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Did you people ever notice that? The first town in each GTA is always the one where the most love was put in. Comparably the other ones are letdowns.

 

In GTA 3 and 4 this is the most. In Vice City the second town is okay.

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Well obviously it's gonna be one or the other with Vice City and Vice City Stories,as they both start on different sides of the map. I don't necessarily agree with the OP actually. I prefer Algonquin to Broker/Dukes, Staunton to Portland, and second island to first island (can't even remember the names) in Vice City.

 

Doesn't this belong in GTA Series Chat anyway?

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Harwood Butch3r

I think R* put equal effort in every area they make, but it's perception and memory which makes the first seem more memorable and thus seems to have more effort put into it IMO.

 

For example in GTA III if we started in Shoreside Vale we'd probably view Portland differently or if we started in Alderney in GTA IV.

 

 

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I agree with the OP on GTA3. Portland had the most detail.

 

Staunton Island was okay but it was less detailed (bigger buildings and longer roads but everything was square and there were very few alleyways to explore).

 

Shoreside Vale was terrible. On one of the concept maps you can see that Staunton was going to have the airport, and ShoreSide vale was going to have a lot more roads and detail, and for some reason they decided to move the airport to Shoreside Vale which takes up half the map, and keep a small industrial town next to it. A street with 5 houses and an area with 3 buildings, and there you have it, Shoreside Vale as it stands in the final version! Not to mention the layout is terrible and illogical too.

 

Vice City had a much smaller map than GTA3. Technically same size but the first island is 50% beach. The second island is 70% water and only consists of 2 roads.

The third island mainly only had that avenue, a small portion that was meant to be downtown and that airport (and a poorer area). It wasn't credible as being the "mainland".

 

San Andreas wasn't so bad, but there is a big contrast in detail between Los Santos and San Fierro. (the latter being much less detailed).

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Pooka Mustard

Not always. I liked Staunton more cause of size and ease of driving.

 

For other games, both Vice City islands seems okay. San Andreas, I liked the desert better and San Fierro's modern feel. LV had some childish looking casinos (a castle??), but it still looked good.

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Shoreside Vale was not what i was expecting. As said above, The Airport took up half of it, while Staunton Island seemed to take the cake.

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For example in GTA III if we started in Shoreside Vale we'd probably view Portland differently or if we started in Alderney in GTA IV.

Same thing I was going to say, really. It's the island we start on, so it's the island that we spend most time driving around and exploring, since that's what 90% of us tend to do on a brand new GTA game. This is what happened in my instance anyway regarding III. I spent hours just exploring Portland and trying sh*t out, because it was a brand new game to me, and was the first 3D GTA game to come out, so wanted to check everything out. As I progressed through the game, I found myself still checking the new islands out, but was busy progressing through the missions, so found myself distracted too much by this to explore the islands to the fullest extent. Saying all that though, I think all 3 islands were just as great as each other, in their own special way. They each had their own unique quality to them, such as industrial and whatnot, and I think R* did a great job of representing this.

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For example in GTA III if we started in Shoreside Vale we'd probably view Portland differently or if we started in Alderney in GTA IV.

Same thing I was going to say, really. It's the island we start on, so it's the island that we spend most time driving around and exploring, since that's what 90% of us tend to do on a brand new GTA game. This is what happened in my instance anyway regarding III. I spent hours just exploring Portland and trying sh*t out, because it was a brand new game to me, and was the first 3D GTA game to come out, so wanted to check everything out. As I progressed through the game, I found myself still checking the new islands out, but was busy progressing through the missions, so found myself distracted too much by this to explore the islands to the fullest extent. Saying all that though, I think all 3 islands were just as great as each other, in their own special way. They each had their own unique quality to them, such as industrial and whatnot, and I think R* did a great job of representing this.

I third this, the first island is where you start and learn the area best, and often where the best part of the plot unfolds.

It's basically like where you grow up, the first place you live for a long time is usually going to be where you are most comfortable, most at home.

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Senex Iunior

No way, except in Vice City.

 

Staunton>Portland, Mainland<Vice Beach, San Fierro>Los Santos, Algonquin>Broker/Dukes.

 

In III alone, Staunton>Shoreside>Portland.

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As for me, I DO prefer Portland to other islands, but in SA it was San Fierro that made me hook up the most.

 

I guess that, apart from the island you start in, it also depends on where you are taking up most of your time.

 

I remember that I was stuck on Jizzy's missions in SA, so I was staying in the San Fierro missions part for a month somewhere - I used that time to explore it in more detail.

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I agree, although my favorite island of all time would have to be Portland, I still love each and ever other island from the other Grand Theft Auto games as much, they were all fun to explore......

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I have to say, my least favorite island of all time is Shoreside Vale, totally irrelevant, and the game could have been way better if they did two islands with more detail in each.

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I have to say, my least favorite island of all time is Shoreside Vale, totally irrelevant, and the game could have been way better if they did two islands with more detail in each.

Same here. They did the street map in a totally illogical way. I try driving to the other side of it and realise I need to go ALL THE WAY BACK!

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I agree, Staunton and Portland were fine on their own. Shoreside is my least favorite, and the only unique things are the dam and airport. They could have put the dam as the north border and the airport at the very southern tip, even. But oh well, I still love the whole game more than any other R* title.

 

I don't really have a favorite among the other two, they just complement each other. tounge.gif

 

Also, nice to see ya back Arsen. icon14.gif

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Yeah, Ive always sort of noticed that, but hell, they used to make those old games so quick that I didnt mind.

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I actually really liked Shoreside. I liked all islands in III though.

 

San Andreas was the only noticeable game in which the quality of the map dipped the further out we got from LS.

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I think R* just changes the vibes in IV.

 

Broker/Dukes gave you a gritty feel.

 

Algonquin gave you that glitzy feel.

 

And Alderney had a mob/mafia feel to it, not to mention the industrial surroundings..

 

The same goes for all GTA games, each area has their own VIBE.

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I think it's partly due to them wanting to 'hook you in' to the game by making the first island at least the most detailed, so you'll be more inclined to explore and stick around for the rest of the game.

 

While not my favourite, Broker is by far the most detailed in GTA IV. This is evident in the road layout (which has a lot of intricacies), and the lighting, which by the Broker bridge is simply incredible. A lot of this is lot as you push forward to Bohan, Algonquin etc.

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Well, for some reason I like the last place best in SA(Las venturas) than LS. LS is just second to my list.

 

In Vice city I liked the first island(washington) best.

In III I like staunton better because gangs are hostile to you in Portland.

 

So, not all first towns are always the best IMO.

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Two Exceptions. Algonquin and Las Venturas.

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I liked Staunton more than Portland an San Fierro more than Los Santos.Also entering Alqonquin from Broker looks like entering 21st century Metropolis from third world country.

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(First of all, hello again to all those who remember me, I'm back!)

 

I played LCS before III (makes sense I guess, because it took place 3 years earlier) and Portland definitely had the best feel to it. It felt more like home as it was where your friends (the Leones) were located, and the site of your original home sweet home. I spent so much time exploring it, I nowadays know the entire Portland layout from memory, while my knowledge of Staunton or Shoreside Vale is more lacking. To be honest I have never explored either of those as much as I did Portland, once I was done exploring, I got caught in the storyline and just kept proceeding, learning the basic locations as the missions went on. In GTA 3 I had a very easy time navigating the whole city even without an in-game map thanks to LCS, even though I had to get used to the slight difference in the city, especially having all those construction sites turned into proper buildings that served as some sorts of landmarks.

 

Did I go off-topic? Well the point is, I liked Portland a lot until I played GTA 3 and got through its missions. Then it became an island of certain death if you wandered to where you weren't wanted suicidal.gif

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Yes, this might be true but that's not always the case. I thought Staunton Island was better than Portland.

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stretchfitgimpsuit

not true. I like las venturas more in san andreas then the others.

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ToniForelli

Nope, first city isn't always the best(except in GTA VCS).

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Flight180Victim

I disagree. My favorite citys were,

GTA3-Staunton

GTAVC-The first island you start on. (I forget the name of it)

GTASA-Las Venturas

GTA4-Algonquin

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