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BoulderFaceplant

Best Atmosphere of the series? Rank them if you want.

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BoulderFaceplant

For me it's gotta be VCS. The original VC provides a more realistic depiction for what 80s Miami looked like, but the neon hues of VCS create a dream-like atmosphere. Try driving anywhere - anywhere - at night while Space Age Love Song plays. It's downright surreal. Hard to describe, but transcendent and bizarrely affecting. I love it.

So now for my ranks:

 

1. VCS

2. San Andreas (another surreal romanticized one, but doesn't have the same emotional resonance)

3. V

4. IV

5. Vice City

6. III

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American Venom

GTA IV has the best atmosphere IMO. Dark, gritty and just feels awesome everytime I play.

 

After that it would be..

 

2) Vice City

3) GTA III

4) VCS

5) LCS

6) San Andreas

7) GTA V

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Osho

V beats IV, hands down. Its got the best atmosphere in the series.

In 3D era, Vice city!

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evd

very simple

 

IV

III

V

SA

VC

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Pastry

This is a tough one...

 

1. VCS

2. III

3. IV

4. SA

5. V

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slimeball supreme

V beats IV, hands down. Its got the best atmosphere in the series.

What atmosphere? lol

 

Anyway;

 

1) IV

2) VC

3) III

4) VCS

5) SA

Edited by Mr. Fahrenheit

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HaythamKenway

1. IV

2. TLaD

3. VC

4. SA

5. LCS

6. III

7. VCS

8. TBoGT

9. V

 

But I should say that the bottom six is more or less interchangeable, depending on my current mood. I enjoy VCS' fever dream as much as elusive heat of SA or foggy, grim nights of III.

Edited by HaythamKenway

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[...]

 

  1. IV

 

VC

 

III

 

LCS

 

SA

 

VCS

 

V

 

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Son of Zeus

1. SA

2. VCS

3. VC

4. TLaD

5. V

6. III

7. LCS

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Sweet Bellic

IV TLAD and TBOGT
VCS

VC

SA

LCS

III
V

Edited by GTA4LIFE9000

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The Deadite

I find TBOGT atmosphere to be fabulous!

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Gnocchi Flip Flops

1. San Andreas

2. Vice City

3. IV

4. TBOGT

5. V

4. TLAD

5. III

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TreFacTor

Gotta love the votes for tlatd and tbogt....couldn't put V any lower on the list if you added in China town wars and the the mobile version of iii in the rankings.

 

 

 

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UshaB

Time to rank:

 

1) San Andre: Each island on the map felt so different from one another. The contrast between every urban city, the refreshing vibes from the countryside to the desert. To me, hands down it has the best atmosphere.

 

2) TLAD: It created a very, very strong biker culture which resonated throughout the whole story and the map itself.

 

3) VCS/VC: By day you relax at the beach, by night the lights come out and it looks like time to party. The city of Vice City itself brightly flourished itself of those beautiful natural elements yet it contrasted so well with that dark criminal underworld of drug trafficking and the battle for criminal empire leadership. That stark contrast itself creates that strong atmosphere.

 

4) IV/TBOGT: For IV, it showed that grim underworld of Liberty City. The take of an immigrant freshly off the boat looking for a new life yet he delves into the criminal world where he becomes some sort of most wanted for hire Terminator. From different cultures, of Irish to Italian Mafia, each exposed a criminal lifestyle that was dark and really showcased Niko's personality. For TBOGT, it showed the brighter side of LC. A culture that is driven by sex, fame, parties, drugs and people gettin' f*cked up (probably the most relatable culture in the GTA series to be honest). That lifestyle had spread across the whole story and parts of the map. The atmosphere here is best at night and it really does show strongly.

 

5) V: Technically has the best natural atmosphere eg the ocean, the mountains. Yet the overall game's atmosphere doesn't feel that great, due to one thing (IMO) over-used satire. If the npc's were more serious and so to were the conversations, this game would of brought a great atmosphere. Over-used satire from the ghetto, to the streets of LS, the wealthy areas, the counrty deserty people folk. The only atmosphere that I found great was Paleto Bay, it felt so, so down to earth. Although small, there's something about that isolated place that feels real. I liked it. If the other places weren't so satirical and the conversations were more serious it would of made the atmosphere feel alive. But to soley base off the natural atmosphere, the game did very well. I found the oceans to be alive but not so much for the land animals and woods and such. Though I don't own a next/current gen console so that's probably why. I also admit that flying a crop duster or an old rusty kinda plane and flying it and looking over the landscape of the farm areas and that place with that water and river between those hills. That was nice.

 

6) LCS: It had a very nice Mafia vibe throughout the game.

 

7) III: Grim, almost too......grim. Or maybe that's what makes its atmosphere really really strong, it was so dark. Very underbelly like. Maybe I should put this as number 2. For now I can't be bothered. Rankings may change later.

Edited by UshaB

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iiCriminnaaL 49
Posted (edited)

Bump.

 

  1. IV & The Lost and Damned
  2. Vice City & San Andreas (PS2)
  3. Vice City Stories (PS2)
  4. Liberty City Stories (PS2)
  5. III (PS2)
  6. The Ballad of Gay Tony
  7. V
Edited by iiCriminnaaL 49

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TheSantader25

1.VC,SA,III

2.V,IV

3.TBOGT

4.TLAD

5.VCS

6.LCS

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FearThoseWhoFearHim

1.- IV

2.- SA

3.- Vice City and III

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Beato_dim

1. VC (& VCS). The eighties. The music! the neons! the palm trees! Oh, why am I even talking about this.

2. SA (PS2 version, with the orange atmosphere). Pretty much the only reason I put it this high in the list is that orange sunset.

3. IV. The most Max Payne-like, noir, down to earth game in the series. And I like it.

4. GTA V. The story is debatable, but the environment itself is top-notch.

5. III. The atmosphere is alright, but at this point it feels just a tad bland.

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Lioshenka
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III, no doubt 'bout dat.

SA - pretty damn close to III though.

VC.

5 - it's not really an atmosphere, it's just a world, that's relatively pretty.

IV. While I can name a few areas where IV did well, athmosphere is the one where it can't fall any lower. The sh*t-brown tint to everything is just horrible.

Edited by Lioshenka

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Yinepi
Posted (edited)

I enjoy the grey grim and near dystopia atmosphere, so naturally IV, III, and 2 are the medal winners. Would've ranked LCS higher, but that game didn't feel the same as III did. III is just in a different league as the others.


7) LCS
6) SA
5) VC
4) VCS
3) IV/EFLC
2) GTA2
1) GTAIII

Edited by Yinepi

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ChengizVlad09

1 GTA SA, VC, III - PS2

2 GTA IV

3 GTA2 - PC

4 GTA VCS, LCS - PS2

5 Whatever

 

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Phaston

1 - GTA IV and EFLC : what can i say ? The music and the weather is highly linked to the atmosphere of the games , the city itself feels alive .

This has to be my top choice .

2 - GTA SA : the 90s atmosphere in here is really strong and it was thought out really well . Oh and also the lighting effects are marvelous (at least on the PS2) .

3 - GTA VC : the vibrant atmoshpere of the beloved 1980s is here and it feels really good . The radio also feels very realistic for the 80s . The city doesn't feel really alive though .

4 - GTA V : the atmosphere sure is good on here but not phenomenal and sometimes it just feels bland and generic . At least the weather and lighting effects are good .

5 - GTA VCS : Vice City Stories also looks and feels good , but not as vibrant as Vice City . The radio is really good though .

6 - GTA LCS : i personally don't like the atmosphere , even if i love the game itself . I know it is supposed to be gritty but it just turns out bland and not alive .

7 - GTA III : just like LCS , but even more generic . Don't get me wrong , the game is phenomenal and i get it was the first GTA in 3D but i don't really like the atmosphere .

8 - GTA CTW : it feels generic and not even the radio is really good . But at least it has a weather cycle .

9 - GTA London 1969 : the radio is incredible and realistic , but the rest isn't .

10 - GTA 2 : bland but at least the radio is sometimes good .

11 - GTA 1 : generic , bland and forgettable (but it is forgettable) .

12 - GTA Advance : the most generic of the bunch . I get that it was limited by the GBA's capabilities , but look at what Leeds could do with Max Payne Advance some time earlier ...

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JPFL

1.IV and EFLC

2.Vice City/San Andreas

3.Vice City Stories

4.Chinatown Wars

5.V

6.III

7.Liberty City Stories

8.GTA 2

9.Advance

10.GTA 1

 

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Typhus

Grand Theft Auto III wins it for me. Dark, foggy, sleazy neon sex shops, derelict tower blocks, dangerous streets you can't walk down. This is also helped by amazing sound design, the echo effects in certain areas are terrifying, especially when a gang is running after you and you can hear them screaming and shouting.

IV is a very close runner-up, too. I think the map could have been a lot smaller and not been any worse for it, but as it stands, I love the brown hues, and just all the debris and trash on the streets. It looks like a rundown Hellhole, and just has so much character in every area - like that one part of the city where every street is named after a cult leader, or the ruined pier where the homeless have pretty much taken over the beach. That version of Liberty City was a creative triumph.

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Failure
  1. IV/TLaD
  2. VC
  3. VCS
  4. III
  5. TBoGT
  6. LCS
  7. V
  8. SA

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HOW'S ANNIE?

1: III

2: IV

3: Vice City

4: The Lost and Damned

5: VCS

6: Ballad of Gay Tony

7: V

8:San Andreas

9: LCS

 

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