Did we really put up with GTA when it sucked like this?

They say you should never go back. But in GTA's case it's surprising how well the old adventures have aged. GTA III, for example, doesn't look half bad, and can occasionally outshine even the more recent San Andreas in the visual department. Especially when compared to the flat, cardboard desert outside of Las Venturas.

But how in the hell did we put up with all the ways it sucked? We're talking GTA's many glaring or recurring flaws that, because the rest of the game was so ruddy awesome, we chose not to notice. The little niggles, the gameplay flaws. Did we really put up with Grand Theft Auto when it sucked like this...?


Grand Theft Auto III's policemen are a confusing bunch. On the one hand, they can idle on street corners in their squad cars, acting totally indifferent as you drive headlong into their rear end. And then ram their doors off.

But then, in other moments, if you so much as accidentally scrape a millimetre of virtual police car paintwork the uniformed goons will be bursting out in fury, blasting away at you like Magnum PI. Lord above, guys - make your minds up!


  • JosefMotley - January 2, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    it's funny when the first GTA came out it did feel like a throwback to those days of amiga games with such spectacular game ruining bugs in them it was almost like being on drugs. and the 3D ones haven't really progressed from that much. no mention of the awful girlfriend system in san andreas? half the time they'd never ever come home and you'd leave your character outside their house for like two weeks of gametime before just having to give up. also half the time i could never play pool in any of the bars and i have a lot of memories of boring drives between the only three bars in the game. and the stupid glitches in the territory gaining sections....i could go on about how broken that was for weeks, but i wish you guys had instead! san andreas is intensely bugged... vice city was miles better simply for actually feeling finished.
  • gdd411 - July 13, 2009 4:59 a.m.

    i understand what you mean i never realy used to like to play gta because it was messed up but now that i think its a little better looking and i also think that its a little bit better to play the story instead of just ocasionally screw around

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