I am a big Rockstar/GTA fan. Loved the series since playing 1 on pc, all the way through getting mildly frustrated on GTA London. Again, pc'd my way through the first 3d version of the series, GTA III. Dedicated my console love with Vice City when I bought a PS2 just for it, years after it originally released. [And we all know I love Sony.] Went back to the pc version of GTA III just for the mods and mayhem, then went with Carl to a magical place of Gangsters and free roam. Another killer sound track in the bucket! Oh and I burned out several psp's reliving many of my favorite places on digital earth. [Vice City stories: you will always hold a special place in my heart.]
I even waited outside of a Gamestop Just to get the collectors edition of IV...
****Screech*** [Tires leaving more than heat on the road....]
I was hyped for 4. I was. Then I played it and I had to admit it was ok. San Andreas, we have all talked about, it was not. But on the wake of a game that even after feeling slightly left down by the hype machine last time, I feel hyped again for things to come but mostly I want to say this:
I have grown to appreciate what 4 was in the series.
In an urge to play 5 I am getting a fresh start on IV and I am realizing it was the stepping stone to what kept one of our favorite and most revered series alive. In the wake of many things both real and imagined threatening our daily lives it is nice to see we can still have our fun. Even when it might have not been what we wanted exactly in the end. Now allowing for what looks to be the Pièce de résistance from Rockstar in their story telling endeavors to be here, now; it accomplished.
It stands alone, yet along with Red Dead Redemption, as part of this build up to Rockstar making something memorable for more reasons than violence and misinterpretation. Learning multiplayer here and there. Learning what made the story; what drove a player to reach for the 100% mark.
Remembering they used to entertain like crazy with top down, sprite driven graphics and answering why can't we do it now but it much greater glory and depth.
I haven't played 5. I am just another viewer on the outside sucking in every piece of news and content about this upcoming game. Not feeling used, but fueled by the hype machine Rockstar is driving full speed down my neighborhood street.
Its not for everyone. I am not stupid. I have lived long enough to know that with over 7 billion people on this earth, not everything is for everyone. I don't care. I just care that this is going to happen and that I hope I feel this way again for other games. I am a gamer and I am reading to take it back for Grove Street.