I loved all of them except GTA 3, I never played that one...the graphics were just a little too bad for me. I think it was about 2004 when I first got a hold of it, and for some reason I just couldn't do it. Plus there were no cut scenes either.
Poor graphics is almost never a legitimate criticism IMHO*
I kinda know what you mean though, GTAIII had aged pretty badly in every aspect even by the time Vice City was released. I've always thought most of the third island missions were kinda shitty and fake-hard, too.
* - Unless they were truly Godawful at the time of release, which GTAIII wasn't. It's only major issue is the general "fogginess" compared to the other games, which I assume has something to do with the PS2's processing power.
The only exception IMO are if the game makes you feel sick either by giving you headaches or makes you feel dizzy.
I've been done with GTA since SA. They bore me to death now. I rented (remember those?) GTA4 and stopped playing it after a day or so. They just can't hold my interest anymore.
They could never bore me. Really, the only really bad thing about GTA 4 was the voice actors. Don't get me wrong, the voice actors still did a fantastic job, but I didn't no anyone.
Vice City had some great ones, I mean they were chalk full of them. Ray Liotta, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Gary Busey, Burt Reynolds. All of them in one game.
Then San Andreas had Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Dick, David Cross, James Woods, Chris Penn, they've even got Axl Rose in there.
It's obvious that they really avoided spending money on voice actors in GTA 4, and that's quite a disappointment.
Can I get another opinion on this? I'd like to know if anyone else is moderately disappointed with the lack of voice actor talent in Grand Theft Auto 4, compared to the other two big releases.
Also, on a side note, has anyone played the other games? Vice City Stories, or Liberty City Stories? I really enjoyed Vice City Stories, very nice to go back to that city, with a pretty underrated storyline. If you haven't played it yet, and you're a fan of the Grand Theft Auto games, I suggest doing it. You play as Lance's brother about 6 months before the events of the first Vice City story takes place.
I've heard good things about Liberty city Stories: the Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned. Both have been well received, and I will be getting them eventually.