Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:12 PM
The 3D games, III, VC, LCS, and to some extent, SA, had some of the best stories of the franchise. And before you say VC was a Scarface rip-off, or a miami vice rip-off, I simply don't care if its either.
'Vice' city was used since GTA1. Sure, that name may be taken from Miami Vice, but tell me this - what else would you associate it with? The beach? Name it Beach City? Or Palm City? Maybe you could, but the kids over in Glasgow may have thought otherwise. So what? Liberty City was named after the Statue of Liberty, San Andreas was named after the Fault Line, so what if Vice City is named after an 80's TV show?
Secondly, Tommy Vercetti may have roughly the same character traits such as a short temper, but anyone can have a short temper or be ambitious. They probably thought it fitted with the story. The Hawaiian shirt factor is baseless, because Tommy isn't the only one who wore Hawaiian shirts in that game. Harry and Lee, Kent Paul, Ricardo Diaz (I guess?), Gangsters, peds, I could go on. Also, exactly what part of the story is actually a rip of Scarface's or Miami Vice's? Ken Rosenberg was the only other character who had similarities with a Scarface character and other than that, the story was a well-written original piece. And that's what we're lookin' for.
Moving on, GTA III also had a great story. The working with the mob thing, tough, twisted (or maybe not) and silent protagonist, everything just fitted perfectly. GTA LCS had a good mafia theme as well. And San Andreas, well the beginning was great, the next was a mix of great, okay, good, bad, worse, despicable and awesome. Though overall, it didn't suck, but nor did it rock.
On average, the 3D era had good stories and a great and smartly set universe timeline.
I haven't played the HD games apart from CTW, but I've read the stories, the majority of the scripts and watched the videos. And from all I've learned, the HD Universe wasn't so bad either. It started off with GTA IV which blasted away Chernobyl with its breathtaking story, The Lost and damned followed, and the HD Universe kept impressing us with its diversity and storylines. These two stories alone would have won it for the HD Universe, if GTA hadn't started to be taken over by 12-year old SA fanboys who wanted MOAR!! And we wouldn't be moaning how TBoGT had a sh*t story cause Rockstar didn't want to check on stories anymore. However, CTW was a bit better. The majority of people haven't really played it, but if you consider the main plot and premise of the story, it is actually quite cool at times. However, seeing how GTA V has a sh*t story with a weak plot, has gotten me thinking otherwise. Reading V's story has ruined my experience of Reading IV's and TLAD's. Which may lead me to thinking - HD Universe might not be so good after all.
However, if I consider the stories as stand-alone plots and not as single timelines, HD comes out on top. IV+TLAD>III+VC. But if I consider the timelines, and the stories as a whole, like the OP asked us to, then I'd have to say the 3D universe is just a little bit ahead of the HD universe. Though the stories weren't all good, but at least none were horrendous as V.
I have taken an hour on writing this one post, this better count. I'M TELLIN YA THIS BETTER COUNT!! Just don't take this last paragraph too seriously.
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