Haha @RAZ395 you read my minds, it scares the sh*t out of me, it`s just like i would wrote that.
I would say this is the only GTA game (i haven`t ever played the top down ones and i don`t plan to) i realy hate with passion. Every f*cking thing in this game makes me sick. It`s so neurotic, dull and sick atmosphere that you`d almost need a f*cking xanax to play it.
The characters, vehicles, cops, sounds, missions, map, everything is so f*cking annoying. Even the main character is mute heartless and greedy psychopath who would kill his own mother for some nice cash if someone would told him to. It makes me sick. All the other GTA protags were improving and became more and more influental during the gameplay but claude always stays a little psychotic errand boy. I hate the thing that with Claude you got the feeling that you`re just another small thug or street hoodlum but with other protags you just feel the reputation you are gaining throughout the gameplay.
Today he works for Sal, tomorrow he kills him. Tommorow he works for Kenji, the day after tommorow he kills him. Give me a break, it`s totaly f*cked up story, he killed like 100 of people just to revenge to Catalina at the end, like he couldn`t just poped her in the grand theft aero mission.
Like you said, you end up being alone in the psychotic city full of degenerates and everyone wants you dead. But you have a million $. HURRAY!! And you will spend it on what? On weapon? You get all the weapon you need for 2 days of constant shooting for 200000 $.
This protag is the only one who is even lower on the end than at the start. He ends up alone, no friends and everyone hates him.
LOL. I like that my protag has at least a little bit of heart and emotions, that he makes friendships and no matter if he is a lunatic he still has feelings for some people. And that`s the way it is with most other protags, more or less except with Claude. He is realy messed up sociopath he would kill his own mother if he would be paid for it.
And the weather is so f*cked up that you got the feeling it`s a night time all the time. Not to mention those psychotic echo voices that sh*t creeps me out. The whole atmosphere seems so psychotic and negative vibrations that you can literaly feel.
And those people who love this game so much, this is all about the nostalgia they have, the only people who ever loved this game were probably started to play with GTA3 and because it was a huge break and improvement since GTA2 they were thrilled. But if you`ve started to play with any other game and than tried 3 you couldn`t possibly love it.
So i can understand GTA 3 fans because of the reason i just stated above but i`m having trouble to understand how can anyone like Claude so much. What could possibly like about him? You can`t even identify with him like you can with other protags, he is mute, he is heartless, friendship and loyalty doesn`t mean crap to him and all he cares about is money.
Besides we don`t need dull atmosphere to get the sense of danger, VCS and SA had both warm positive atmosphere but yet there was a sense of danger.