Grand Theft Auto V: Why It Isn’t For Me


Yes, let the hate flow through you…

Let The Hate Flow Through You

No, not really. I know with a lot of people are drooling at the prospect of owning their own copy of Grand Theft Auto V. I can imagine it’s everything I’ve heard it will be and the sales will rocket as anticipated. I wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the worlds most popular sandboxes. However, I won’t be one of the many people owning a copy.

I’m not one of those people who would just mindlessly bash the series, quite the contrary, I do enjoy it. I played San Andreas frequently and I really did enjoy it but I didn’t enjoy it quite so much that I now want the newest addition to Rockstar’s famous (or infamous) family.

Why? I completely, honestly prefer Saints Row IV.

SR or GTA

So, I should probably explain why my preferences lie where they lie. I guess one of the big ones is I really do consider Saints Row to be more fun as a franchise. They ripped into a lot of games in their latest installment (some of which I’m an avid fan of, so it’s not like I’m biased) but nobody cared. It’s always been an extremely light-hearted franchise which was very focused on humour and satire.

Grand Theft Auto has always just been a bit of a grey area for me. Sure, there were funny MOMENTS. For example, to this day I still don’t know why getting your haircut calls off a helicopter, a squadron of police officers and a tank but there you go.

Nonetheless, it always seemed like there were things in a somewhat serious game that just so happened to be funny. I don’t think that was the intent. Nothing really gripped me and made me want to keep playing; I could always just put the controller down and go ‘yep, that’s me done for today’. Saints Row captivated me much more with its humour, dialogue and homies. (RIP JOHNNY) It ticked all the boxes of a sandbox game for me. Also, it has Keith David.

It's Keith David

Light-hearted games appeal to me, in all honesty. True, I thoroughly enjoy serious games like Skyrim or Dishonoured, but there are games like Saints Row IV and Hitman; Absolution that know that their specific game would be lost in the mishmash of new releases if it didn’t have something to make it stand out from the rest. They integrate what would otherwise be serious gameplay with jokes, one-liners or just general good (or bad, depending on your tastes) humour. It makes the game different; quirky. That, for me, is a must.

There are some genres where the same sort of thing is spewed out over and over again, not because it’s a good idea, but because it will sell. It might not be very creative, imaginative or even that interesting but with an increasing amount of younger people playing games like Call of Duty or Modern Warfarethey quickly learn to keep buying games they know that they’re good at and can spend a lot of time on. Also, pew pew, guns.

Joking aside, Saints Row just has that uniqueness that Grand Theft Auto just seems to lack for me.

Second Date

All in all, I won’t be purchasing Grand Theft Auto V. Not because I find it boring or because I find it tedious, but because it just doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor for me. It just seems like it could do something really special with itself but didn’t. When compared with it’s much more magenta cousin, it just doesn’t compare in my opinion. I don’t mean to rustle any jimmies here but it’s just my opinion.

I hope I’m wrong; I hope someone comes up to me and says ‘YOU WERE WRONG, GTAV IS TOTALLY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL AND RAINBOWS AND SUNSHINE’. I really hope so. It will really give me hope for it and might even persuade me to check it out. I’d honestly love to see a version of Grand Theft Auto with sunshine and rainbows. Ohhhhh…Wait…

Saints Row Steelport

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About Emma Craib

Co-Editor of PressStart2Begin and contributor of Gamemoir. You can follow me on DeviantArt under the name ashenRenegade or email me at emmacraib@yahoo.co.uk

There are 10 comments

  1. Gekko Prime

    Great post! I agree with you, I’m really enjoying Saints Row IV at the moment, I only got it a few days ago. I was really interested in Grand Theft Auto V when it was first announced, me and my brother were hyping each other up ready to play San Andreas all of again! But now that we are here, I haven’t got that “Oh my god, I need this game!” feeling for some reason. I think it’s because a lot of people were saying “Wow, you can play tennis” or “Wow, you can walk up cliff tops and beside rivers!” or even “Wow, I wonder what it would be like to drive across a state!” But for me, I can already do these things in real life (But obviously not rob a bank! xD). When I was younger, I loved playing Grand Theft Auto as you dreamed of owning your own apartment, driving around the city and going to clubs, but now I’m older, it just doesn’t seem to give me that feeling anymore, probably because I am able to do these things now. With Saints Row IV, it caught my eye because it felt like a video game, not too serious, just a load of messing about. I will play Grand Theft Auto V in the future maybe, but I’m not really bothered about getting it right now. I hope it is a good game for everybody who got it, I just hope it wasn’t a too much hyped video game. Once again, great post! :)

    1. Emma Craib

      Ahhh yes! Yes to everything! :D Thank you so much for the feedback, it really means a lot to get something so encouraging. I was a bit nervous about negative feedback but this is so wonderful to log in and look at ;v; Thank you again!

  2. brandonmc87

    Never played Saints Row, but GTA has never been my thing. Same goes for Red Dead Redemption. There’s always been too much “go from point A to B” for my liking, with not enough puzzles or obstacles along the way. I love the freedom the games offer, but the main quest always boils down to “chase that marker on your map!”

    1. Emma Craib

      Saints Row has the same sandbox-type elements as GTA but I like to think it’s slightly more free with it’s story. I’m probably just being biased, you’d have to try it for yourself :3

  3. goseebananafish

    In addition to the humor, Saints Row 3 and 4 has the player customization from gender to tattoos and wardrobe; weapons and car upgrades; and a level up system, though basic, does give you the all important feeling that your character is getting stronger.

    1. Emma Craib

      I completely agree. It gives you a feeling of progression that, for me, GTA just doesn’t. Also customisation is a big thing for me. Being able to make my character mine makes the experience a lot more absorbing

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