The thread title is really only partially true. Most of the time my game won't load past the "Loading Story Mode" screen. It just gets stuck showing the characters pictures over and over forever. My only option is to press the PS button and quit the game or turn off the system.
The rest of the time (about 1/6 times) I try loading the game it will still take a while to load, but once it finally does, it loads me next to a road with some thug kicking my dead body. Then it teleports me to the hospital and takes away $20 (because I just died without knowing it)… While this does get me to a point where I can play the game, it's not very efficient and a pretty big annoyance.
I installed the game with no problems and played for a few hours the first night I had it. I played up to the point where you're Franklin and get Chop the dog. Did the first mission where you use the tow truck then whats his face called saying Chop was gonna stay at my place. I went back to the first safehouse and saved the game… in the bed… where no thugs would beat me to death on the side of the street. I have a feeling that if I wasn't saved in a "bad part of town" with gangs and stuff, it would never kill me during load and would probably get stuck on the "Loading Story Mode" screen forever, regardless. That's just an assumption though.
I'm on a fat PS3 (the last model they released before they stopped making them backwards compatible) and I don't have this problem with any other games. I tried vacuuming out any excess dust but there really isn't much visible dust to get. I really never have any problems with other games outside of this issue.
I've also got the disc copy of the game. Not the download.
I figured I'd post this in detail because most of the explanations of this problem seem really vague. Gotta be descriptive if you want results.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Edited by kingofallcosmos, 21 September 2013 - 06:01 AM.