I didn't have any hype for GTA3, don't know why, it's like I never even heard of it. I used to play GTA2 at a friend's house but that was all. But then, one day, I saw a preview in a gaming mag for Vice City! I read that mag so much it fell to pieces! I would have only been 10 then! I was given a PS2 for my birthday with Vice City in the April after it launched, I didn't have a memory card for a month or so, had to keep starting the game over if I turned the game off but as I was 11 I doubt I cared much! I still to this day play that game.
Put simply, I will probably never get that feeling quite like that again as it was so new and fresh compared to what I knew on the PSone.
Having said that though, I'm so hyped for V. I'm addicted to hunting for the smallest bits of info just like most here. It's going to be my first midnight release, playing it for the first time will probably stick with me forever. It won't replace VC mind!