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GTA IV Points at Me, Says It's Better Than Me

It takes a lot for a game to be great.

First off, it has to obviously have some sort of past merit to receive ridiculous pub before it even hit the streets. Second, when it has proven it's worth, it has to be able to prove it over and over again. It's like marrying somebody you know you'll want to sleep with for the rest of your life.

GTA IV is that perfect bride. It looks spectacular, plays so brilliantly, has depth you wouldn't believe, and even has a physics engine that challenges your manhood.

However, it came with one fatal flaw:

Lack of stupid fun.

I harped as loud as anyone possibly could leading up to the days of GTA IV's release. I got my copy at midnight, prompting me to make a 7-Eleven snack run and positioning myself in my Queen Alien eggsack-thingy for an all-nighter. I spent the next couple of days immersed in the re-awesomeness of Liberty City. The final product was so smooth, sexy and oddly...realistic.

I heard it on this site somewhere, stating that realism doesn't always constitute fun.

I posted a lot of man-love related blogs and talkback in all threads relating to GTA IV. The love was strong, but the wifey proved herself to be void of ignorant fun, which is what I need and the previous versions provided.

I feel embarrassed for how much I almost went Joker with my promoting my love for this game. The feeling has thinned out to me not even having finished the game yet. I finally caught that dude that beat up your gay friend in the park. How sad is that?

The best/worse part is that I finally broke down and got a copy of Saint's Row. I'm having way more fun on this far more flawed game than I did in GTA IV. Creating my character to my own design and doing everything San Andreas-esque. Maybe the thuggish/hip-hop style is more appealing, but that is so not the case. The realness of Liberty City almost makes you too nervous to go out and do the stupid stuff. It almost makes you too embarrassed to do anything stupid, in fear of someone catching you dumbing-down the game experience.

GTA actually feels too fancy for me, and that's sad. I almost killed my taste for console gaming, as I ran to City of Heroes for like two months. Thankfully, with a fall-full of awesome games coming out, and me finally deciding to get Saint's Row, I'm a happy gamer again.

Screw you, GTA IV. You're not better than me.

Just smarter.
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About Darkknight37one of us since 12:14 AM on 07.21.2007

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My PS2 broke down in Octoboer '05, and I was so irritated because that was the 8th time that had happened, I swore off systems. Fast forward to December '06, and my friend and I wanted to find an activity to do, but I live in Detroit and he lives in Houston. I broke down and pursued an Xbox 360, and I came out of my year long retirement from gaming.

I dig mostly on sports games, but I fell in love with sandbox GTA games. I don't spend too much time playing, as I try to divide my free time up as much as possible. But because of my narrow gaming tastes, it does not mean I'm closed off to other game types. No WoW though, I'm geeky enough as is.

Away from gaming, I love sports, comics, cartoons, anime and movies. I don't watch as much television as I use to, but I keep up with what I love as much as possible. Cartoons are all I watch on tv besides sports anyway. I also love to write. I write leisurely and sometimes I utilize blogging. I stick to short stories more than anything. I gotta find a spot to slap a link to my myspace, if that's an acceptable action around here. I'm still unsure.

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