See, I don't have the same feelings as you do in regards to VC. Out of all the GTA games, 3 was the revolutionary one. I was extremely disappointed VC at the time, because I hated the map. The 80's setting was nice, but the map ruined it for me.I wouldn't say that's entirely true. Actually when I look at the series as whole VC is the true sleeper of the bunch.You do realize those people only prefer the game over San Andreas is the 80's vibe it gave out with its great 80's soundtrack.
You do realize that there are a lot of people who prefer Vice City over San Andreas, right? And that game has much less content. Think about that for a minute.
You do know why SA was everyone favorite game right? It had a little bit of things for everyone. It had 3 cities for you to pick with 3 countrysides.
Assumptions, assumptions, and some more assumptions. You can only speak for yourself and give your opinion.
No he's right, the praise I hear most about VC is the setting, music and Tommy Vercetti. All 3 of those are opinion based. SA added everything VC had and more. Also, a lot of people didn't like playing as a black street gangbanger.
It introduced the first protagonist with a real personality, clothing options, proper air travel, empire building and the only GTA to have an actual airport interior. I guess you could put the shopping mall in there too.
SA's mechanics are better, but the only thing that stands out for me in SA as being a true addition is the tri city state. It expanded more than it added IMO.
That's why I've never understood the hype surrounding SA. It's not as revolutionary as it's made out to be when the majority of its features were in GTA III and VC.
In saying that I've always had a soft spot for VC and consider it to be the high point of the GTA III era anyway. I loved the approached R* used to develop VC. SA lost its soul by comparison.
As for the story, I've never really cared for them in video games as I prefer to get my story fix from movies and books...but that's just me. As such, I didn't care for Tommy, or CJ for that matter (although it was great to play as a non white character for once). I even remember being pissed that they decided to get an actor to voice the main character as I felt it would take the focus away from the actual gameplay (which is the most important aspect of a video game for me). Even more, I felt it would ruin the connection I had with a silent protagonist whose personality I could shape into my own because he had none.
Anyways, SA was a masterpiece for me because it was the culmination of all the games before it while adding even more in the gameplay. It basically had everything I wanted in a game at the time.
I hope I don't have to explain why GTA V doesn't feel that way.