Antidote to Grand Theft Auto Lust
Yesterday you were saving up for summer vacation or badly needed home renovations, but today you find yourself looking for the best deal on a PS3 or Xbox360 (about $400) so you can fork over an other $60 on Grand Theft Auto, apparently the best video game of the century. If you are American, the government is making it worse by giving you $600 this week so you can stimulate the economy.
Well, reading this nega-revue should help put things in perspective, especially if you have a PS2 or Xbox that you haven't touched in a while...
"The flow of the game basically goes like this: you watch a cutscene, someone in the cutscene says that someone has done them wrong, you're told they need to be taught a lesson, and then you get in a car and go teach them the lesson. At that point another cinema is triggered and the process repeats. ... it can definitely become a little repetitive.
"You'll probably be surprised to hear GTA IV has noticeably fewer weapons and vehicles on offer than GTA: San Andreas did. ... Yes, this means San Andreas' more unusual vehicles like fighter jets, hovercraft, go-karts and jetpacks are all absent. Don't expect to be wielding chainguns, flamethrowers or chainsaws either." (4) "The world itself is smaller than the state-sized San Andreas" (7) and in general the game has "a feature list that's a step back from its predecessors."