Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
    1. Welcome to GTAForums!

    1. GTANet.com

    1. GTA Online

      1. The Contract
      2. Updates
      3. Find Lobbies & Players
      4. Guides & Strategies
      5. Vehicles
      6. Content Creator
      7. Help & Support
    2. Red Dead Online

      1. Blood Money
      2. Frontier Pursuits
      3. Find Lobbies & Outlaws
      4. Help & Support
    3. Crews

    1. GTA San Andreas

      1. Classic GTA SA
      2. Guides & Strategies
      3. Help & Support
    2. GTA Vice City

      1. Classic GTA VC
      2. Guides & Strategies
      3. Help & Support
    3. GTA III

      1. Classic GTA III
      2. Guides & Strategies
      3. Help & Support
    4. Bugs*

    1. Grand Theft Auto Series

      1. St. Andrews Cathedral
    2. GTA VI

    3. GTA V

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
    4. GTA IV

      1. The Lost and Damned
      2. The Ballad of Gay Tony
      3. Guides & Strategies
      4. Help & Support
    5. Portable Games

      1. GTA Chinatown Wars
      2. GTA Vice City Stories
      3. GTA Liberty City Stories
    6. Top-Down Games

      1. GTA Advance
      2. GTA 2
      3. GTA
    1. Red Dead Redemption 2

      1. PC
      2. Help & Support
    2. Red Dead Redemption

    1. GTA Mods

      1. GTA V
      2. GTA IV
      3. GTA III, VC & SA
      4. Tutorials
    2. Red Dead Mods

      1. Documentation
    3. Mod Showroom

      1. Scripts & Plugins
      2. Maps
      3. Total Conversions
      4. Vehicles
      5. Textures
      6. Characters
      7. Tools
      8. Other
      9. Workshop
    4. Featured Mods

      1. Design Your Own Mission
      2. OpenIV
      3. GTA: Underground
      4. GTA: Liberty City
      5. GTA: State of Liberty
    1. Rockstar Games

    2. Rockstar Collectors

    1. Off-Topic

      1. General Chat
      2. Gaming
      3. Technology
      4. Movies & TV
      5. Music
      6. Sports
      7. Vehicles
    2. Expression

      1. Graphics / Visual Arts
      2. GFX Requests & Tutorials
      3. Writers' Discussion
      4. Debates & Discussion
    1. Announcements

      1. GTANet 20th Anniversary
    2. Support

    3. Suggestions

Looking back, The Introduction really offered the best GTA feeling out


Recommended Posts

Seriously, rewatching the official The Introduction video of San Andreas (

), San Andreas really seems to have the most immersive story of all GTA titles for me.

The other games were amazing as well, especially IV, but San Andreas' "The Introduction" really nailed the feeling GTA should offer. You do immoral things, you kill people, hurt people, but you immerse with the characters and learn to love them doing these horrific things. V just made me feel I am a psychotic asshole to everybody, no matter which character I played - in San Andreas, I just feel cool. No way to describe it.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites


It made everything more detailed and answered questions about the game. It's awesome.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I still firmly hold that GTA SA story is quite underrated in the series, and The Introduction video reflects just one of the many reasons why I feel so. It attempts to piece together the moments that lead up to the events of the story. The game attempts to center the story around the actions of the player, following the "Show, but don't tell" everything approach, leaving certain things for the players to interpret.

Unlike in case of GTA IV which loves to tell a lot in the cut scenes, too much of talking, and too many things attached to one story that you never know what is going on, because they serve no real purpose, whatsoever, while the missions connected with the story are just another action sequence already played out.


SA handles the serious narrative in a much better way by combining with humour, perfect casting of characters that creates a compelling story with a lot of motivations for CJ to engage in what he's doing without feeling like a waste or no real connection to the story, while ensuring that you have fun in "playing" the game at the same time . The storyline is nicely integrated with the gameplay.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Introduction felt like somewhat of a holy grail to me at the time. I hadn't seen it until well after my third or fourth playthrough. By that point I was fairly familiar with the story, and it gave better insight to some of the characters I was taught to dislike. It was fascinating to see Toreno's relationship with Mike and seeing CJ in Liberty was fantastic fan service back when the city was more like a character than a setting.


You couldn't really do that now, at least not in that format. I don't think people would like it seeing as the recent games are very full-on with explanatory cutscenes. A lot of exposition is revealed as you play, and anything you need to know about a character's backstory is revealed in convenient small talk whilst driving from one place to the next.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Introduction is a brilliant addition to the game, and I'm glad I found it halfway during my first playthrough. It provides the depth of the character personality, a thing which the previous games lacked, and does a good job in clearing most of the confusions an average person encounters during the story.


I wish the HD era games had something similar to this too.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Introduction is the whole reason why Rockstar didn't release a San Andreas Stories. With this, we can also ask, how cool would a San Andreas Stories have been?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • 1 User Currently Viewing
    0 members, 0 Anonymous, 1 Guest

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using GTAForums.com, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.