Yes, 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.
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.
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 Warfare, they 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.
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…