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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

Before and after GTA V I have heard people say that SA is the best GTA ever, and having played through it again recently, I find that incredible!

I'll agree that the world is good (however has nothing on V's world) and CJ is a great protagonist, but playing the game , the missions are atrociously bad, there is no fun involved, they are either ridiculously hard or just boring!

It was good when it was released, however I don't understand why people still enjoy playing it in comparison to the HD games?


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:27 PM Edited by Aintgottime2bleed, 03 April 2014 - 07:29 PM.

Since there are people who dont mind graphics, i bet if gta 3 vc or sa had same graphics as gta5 you said gta5 sucks especially if those graphics were better as gta5. So basicly evry gta is better in evrything then gta4 and 5 but yeah gta4 has better graphics. Boring + no fun involved missions ? Most missions different and alot to do so i dont understand, although no good flow, like its start great but then gets less great like no gang wars at 2nd and 3rd island. Calling SA most overrated game is kinda crazy since R* pushed ps2 to his limits, if i would play gta5 now i would be wtf this worse as gta3 ( less stuff if used to vc and sa ) only the graphics are better but only that accomplished in 10years lol. With gta4 i expected like vc with all stuff from sa with better graphics, we got liberty city, no enter able interiors, no R3 missions ( taxi,paramedic,etc. ) and no planes so that was a big dissapointment. You explain me how 10 year old game has evrything more and better as gta5, oh wait they put all their time in graphics and revolutionary 3 main characters storyline?, btw it doesnt look that great. As far as i remember gta was bout you are a nobody and has to work his way to the top ( rule city etc. ), 3 main characters ruins that whole part of game. Sorry for long reply but this is my vision.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:38 PM

Since there are people who dont mind graphics, i bet if gta 3 vc or sa had same graphics as gta5 you said gta5 sucks especially if those graphics were better as gta5. So basicly evry gta is better in evrything then gta4 and 5 but yeah gta4 has better graphics. Boring + no fun involved missions ? Most missions different and alot to do so i dont understand, although no good flow, like its start great but then gets less great like no gang wars at 2nd and 3rd island. Calling SA most overrated game is kinda crazy since R* pushed ps2 to his limits, if i would play gta5 now i would be wtf this worse as gta3 ( less stuff if used to vc and sa ) only the graphics are better but only that accomplished in 10years lol. With gta4 i expected like vc with all stuff from sa with better graphics, we got liberty city, no enter able interiors, no R3 missions ( taxi,paramedic,etc. ) and no planes so that was a big dissapointment. You explain me how 10 year old game has evrything more and better as gta5, oh wait they put all their time in graphics and revolutionary 3 main characters storyline?, btw it doesnt look that great. As far as i remember gta was bout you are a nobody and has to work his way to the top ( rule city etc. ), 3 main characters ruins that whole part of game. Sorry for long reply but this is my vision.

I agree except that GTA IV does have interiors, and it at least has an improved Vigilante.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:20 PM Edited by lil weasel, 03 April 2014 - 09:21 PM.

[T]he missions are atrociously bad, there is no fun involved, they are either ridiculously hard or just boring!
It was good when it was released, however I don't understand why people still enjoy playing it in comparison to the HD games?

'Pretty' doesn't make the game. Hard Missions become boring to Players who aren't and can't develop the skills necessary to do them.
When Players complain about graphics they show a shallow understanding of gaming, as well as a sad, a very sad, lack of imagination.
And, those who's first question when a new game is announced is for a list of the 'cheats' simply aren't going to be playing the game...

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 01:50 PM

What are you talking about. San Andreas has (along with GTA V) best missions in the series and variety in them. Also, fun is one of main reasons what made this game very good. It's like you confused some things. However, everyone has their opinion. About overrated, yes. As you can see it's crazy fan base is REALLY annoying and most of them (such as ' i want jetpack waa') are idiots. Thought some of them claimed down, since V was released, because some of them thought V copied SA enough, and they are okay with it. But there are still people who says 'wheres cj? wheres jetpack? story suck, map samll, fak u cocstar!'. But they are not the only who blash V.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:14 PM

I downloaded San Andreas on PSN about a year ago, it was my first time playing it since the original PS2 days. I was scared to even play it because I was scared I'd be disappointed, not necessarily because its my favourite game of all time (this did play a part of course) but because it represents a particular time in my life... I was young when SA was released, I didn't even own a copy but my older brother was living at home in them days and we shared a room. He bought a PS2 just to play it, I'd sit and watch him play for hours and hours just in awe at everything you could do in the game world, every chance I'd get I'd play the game, sometimes I'd need to use the toilet but I'd hold it in because I did not want to put the controller down.

 

Playing it on PS3 a year ago was a big deal for me then, as soon as the game started I knew it was the same game that I loved and was in awe over as a kid, all the way through the game I was thinking to myself "wow, this is a game like no other".

 

I hear people say that nostalgia is the biggest key in people who say San Andreas is the best GTA game in the series and to be honest, it could well be, either way I don't care, I have such fond memories of San Andreas and completing it again a year ago showed me that with nostalgia or without it, San Andreas is still an amazing game to play. 

 

I think because its a much older game people I.e. San Andreas fans forget that people are allowed to have differing opinions on the game, that's why fans of San Andreas are so protective an cherish the game so much. Me personally? I don't care what people say about San Andreas, because what I think of the game goes far beyond the game itself, it represents a time in my life and a great one at that.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 11:28 PM

Yep San Andreas was a great success indeed.
The reason is simple, I think.
It's because majority of GTA players does not play for the story.
And SA offered a huge map to explore with it's every tiny detail.

But wow people still play this in 2014? Well...

I think I haven't even played any GTA games this year. Still waiting for that V PC version. Guess the next year is GTAGaming again.
 

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 12:09 AM

Yep San Andreas was a great success indeed.
The reason is simple, I think.
It's because majority of GTA players does not play for the story.
And SA offered a huge map to explore with it's every tiny detail.

But wow people still play this in 2014? Well...

I think I haven't even played any GTA games this year. Still waiting for that V PC version. Guess the next year is GTAGaming again.
 

 

When you say 'successful' in what sense do you mean? Because if you mean sales your hypothesis makes non sense because V sold 29 million copies in 6 weeks and IV also was ridiculously successful, nearing San Andreas' life time sales.

 

You say that many don't play for the story but I think this is flawed, I'd argue that San Andreas' story is just as well written as V and possibly IV. I think you might be mistaking players preferring a more light hearted humorous story rather than a deep emotional one.

 

Also you should really try and play one of the older GTA games if you are a dedicated fan, its good to see how things have progressed and experience the games again, you might even enjoy it as much as you're going to enjoy V, providing graphics aren't a problem. 


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 02:42 AM

Yep San Andreas was a great success indeed.
The reason is simple, I think.
It's because majority of GTA players does not play for the story.
And SA offered a huge map to explore with it's every tiny detail.

But wow people still play this in 2014? Well...

I think I haven't even played any GTA games this year. Still waiting for that V PC version. Guess the next year is GTAGaming again.
 

people think sa has a good story even though i thought it was all over the place.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:54 AM

Good? It certainly is amusingly absurd which makes it fun.
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Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:54 PM

i could see people who didnt play GTAs or games at all in ps2 era not enjoying them... something like myself not digging those old school Street Fighter, Super Mario etc games while people who did play them in that era adore them..

 

at the same time, the stories are amazing (10/10) in all five games. i still play all of them time to time and in 04 San Andreas was mind blowing, so no way i would call it overrated..


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:13 PM

i would say its by far the Most Overrated game In the Series but of all time? i Would have to say no   it was still a great game for its time its just a shame its Deluded   fan boys  put it on this God Like Pedestal.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 03:59 PM

Most overrated game in history? I'd go with Battlefield 4 on that one.

 

For me GTASA was amazing, maybe not the best game of all time, i guess that would be GTAV.

The map was big, didn't really cared about the graphics, gameplay good enough, had lots of things to do, could be modified in every way, could be played in every way, overall i got way more play time in GTASA than in all of the other games combined, about 5000 hours i'd say, in 8 years i guess.

 

But that's just me tho...


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:16 PM

The answer is simple.

Because It is GTA San Andreas*! That is why it is overrated

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:12 AM

GTA SA was the best game ever on PS2. The console just did not have anything else that could compare to it. It was just so huge and immersive and brill looking.

 

And at the time, it might have been the best game on PC too. I mean what was there as good on PC? -Morrowind and Deus Ex. And SA was way better than those.

 

So, not overrated at all. Underrated is better term, since if you look at gaming mags back then, they did not all like SA that much, probably because it was so difficult.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 06:46 AM

 

[T]he missions are atrociously bad, there is no fun involved, they are either ridiculously hard or just boring!
It was good when it was released, however I don't understand why people still enjoy playing it in comparison to the HD games?

'Pretty' doesn't make the game. Hard Missions become boring to Players who aren't and can't develop the skills necessary to do them.
When Players complain about graphics they show a shallow understanding of gaming, as well as a sad, a very sad, lack of imagination.
And, those who's first question when a new game is announced is for a list of the 'cheats' simply aren't going to be playing the game...

 

I don't think it's always inapropriate to complain about graphics, of course you need to take date released into account and such, but imagine if rockstar released GTA 5 same time, everything else the same, but with SA's level of graphics. I'd say that we should expect better in this day and age and if a game has outdated graphics it's a point of complaint.


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:00 AM

While it wasn't my favourite, I still understand why people like it. Big variety of missions, huge map compared to the previous games, More vehicles, weapons, everything. People played the game when they were younger, and liked it so much they remember the good things about the game. So I say it's Nostalgia. In my case, I played Vice city and that's what makes it my favourite 3D era game. Then I played Gta 3, and had the same feeling that I have with Vice City. But IV is still my absolute favourite in the series.


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:53 PM

Overrated? Not one tiny f*cking bit.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:37 AM

 

[T]he missions are atrociously bad, there is no fun involved, they are either ridiculously hard or just boring!
It was good when it was released, however I don't understand why people still enjoy playing it in comparison to the HD games?

'Pretty' doesn't make the game. Hard Missions become boring to Players who aren't and can't develop the skills necessary to do them.
When Players complain about graphics they show a shallow understanding of gaming, as well as a sad, a very sad, lack of imagination.
And, those who's first question when a new game is announced is for a list of the 'cheats' simply aren't going to be playing the game...

 

Agree, OP just has no clue. Not fanboying or smthing, I'm just considering the low arguments.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:03 PM

Before and after GTA V I have heard people say that SA is the best GTA ever, and having played through it again recently, I find that incredible!

I'll agree that the world is good (however has nothing on V's world) and CJ is a great protagonist, but playing the game , the missions are atrociously bad, there is no fun involved, they are either ridiculously hard or just boring!

It was good when it was released, however I don't understand why people still enjoy playing it in comparison to the HD games?

Its because GTASA has a more 'rigid' player.I mean that if the any of the GTA 5 guys hit a wall or a ped they fall down.And GTASA is the game with the highest real-life Xpirience.So GTASA is the best.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 01:20 AM Edited by MagnumOpuz, 18 May 2014 - 01:20 AM.

I love both games equally, however, i must say........wait, never mind.   that's all I had to say.  

 

 

I love both games equally, because both brought to their respective systems a redefinition of open world multiplayer .   from two player mayhem against the police, to 16 guys chasing each other down in adders, muscle cars, trucks, tanks and attack choppers.  It has been great playing gta for the last 15 years.

 

y'all enjoy your drive by debate.  As for me, I'll have a two number nines, a number nine large, a number six with extra dip..........

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 05:30 AM

I don't know if I'd call it the most overrated game ever as like it or not it did achieve a lot for its time. However as far as the GTA series goes yes IMO it is overrated.

In saying that I was never a huge fan of SA even when it was new. I respected the fact R* were trying different things, but I preferred the simplied gameplay of GTA III and VC. GTA IV's return to much more focussed gameplay is why it's currently my favourite.
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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:11 AM

Best game eva
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Posted 19 May 2014 - 05:41 AM

Most of SA missions are great,few are lame,but still helps the story 

I think they are too few,only 100 missions,I want more


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 01:29 PM

I love how people act like San Andreas is a f*cking relic, when I'm just sitting here playing Doom, a game from 1993, online. And no SA is not at all overrated, it is in my opinion possibly the best GTA game created. The missions are very well made and obviously the graphics are not a valid point.
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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:39 PM

I would not say it is overrated. Why? Well, it simply creates an unrivaled atmosphere that you could not find in any other game - even today. You start the game, C.R.A.S.H. took your paper, you are on your own in a Jefferson alley controlled by the Ballas, 6:00 a.m., the sun is coming, the sky is still orange: San Andreas.

 

People seems to be scared of everything that is actually considered great. Back in 2004, I was 12, I can guarantee you that the first time I played it, I felt as if I actually was in L.A. in the early 90s. Intense. I have never felt this feeling since that particular year.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 05:05 PM

the one answer is needed ; GTA SA is the best. Graphics,engine etc are not important for SA, if you can't have fun while playing it,you should check yourself

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:34 AM

It's certanly not overrated.I believe it deserves every praise it got since the day it was released. 

I have the game in my computer and i still play it from time to time, and i still have no complains. 


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

If you enjoy a game, nothing else really matters, especially graphics. I just recently 100%ed Vice City again, and I enjoyed it as much now as I did 12 years ago, new technology or not.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 08:20 AM Edited by khsh97, 03 June 2014 - 08:23 AM.

SA is not overrated. Battlefield 4 and gta v are overrated. SA provide a fun which other games do not provide. Gta V is like you are controlling a hero in a movie nothing else. If SA missions are hard thats your problem because passing hard mission is a fun and thats what games are made for. If you think SA missions are hard then sit and watch cartoons on tv because you don't have the skills to play games. Play SA in ios or android and you will like the new graphics. GTA IV is a crap and is the worst game if the gta series except the protagonist Nikko.

GTA V saled more because it was set in san andreas and people hoped that it will return most of the things of SA.
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