| For this weeks gamelog I decided to replay one of my favorite games which happened to be on the classics list. GTA San Andreas is the 3rd of the 3D GTA games and by far the best. Its rare that a game has a storyline mode that it entertaining enough to follow, and still maintains a strong pick-up game-play, where you can have fun doing random stuff not directly tied to the story line. I started up a new game and played the story for a bit but lost interest eventually since I had already beaten most of the game back when it came out. So Inevitably I began killing pedestrians, cops and gang members and seeing how long I could keep from getting caught.|
I think what separates the GTA series in general from other similar games is the freedom you have over your character, there is not much you are prohibited from doing, although whatever you do has at least some consequence. The other thing I love about GTA is the attention to detail, everything from the multiple hilarious radio stations you can listen to while driving around, to working out at a gym to increase and maintain your characters physical abilities, are things that most games would just gloss over. You definitely get the sense of an RPG with the weapon skills system, without making the game into a RGP.
By todays standards, or even the standards of the PS2, GTA:SA is noticeably lacking in the graphics department. I found myself longing for pre-rendered cut-scenes after going through a few of the first missions. Still the detail and size of the world probably required that the game be less graphic intensive, and I'm pretty happy with the balance that is struck.
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