thehermesofverses asked: Which GTA are you playing? Also, how do you feel about San Andreas? I keep thinking I like it but the more I remember, the less I feel the game actually worked overall? At least in terms of plot which I guess is a super-irrelevant part when it comes to those games.
I’m on GTA V, but really, I’m more interested in being on GTA Online.
I remember liking San Andreas, but I never beat it, so I can’t really say. I think in hindsight it’s easy to see where it doesn’t work, but in the moment, you were playing the biggest game ever, with a genuinely unprecedented amount of options and things to do. Being overwhelmed with spectacle is a valid reason to forgive a lot of things (word to Suda 51).
I can’t call it plot-wise, though. Every GTA game feels like it’s trying very hard to be the movies that influenced it to me, so mostly I just try to enjoy the ambiance more than the specific plot. I mean, I think I’ll have to be twenty years older and a thousand times more insecure about my manhood before GTA V feels like something compelling and relatable, instead of some type of Maiden/Mother/Crone’d out take on masculinity and success in America.
"Oh no! Someone out there doesn’t respect me as a man! I better go fix that misconception in an ethnically and culturally appropriate manner!" —Every GTA
"Oh no! GTA forgot how to be GTA, so let us be your huckleberry!" —Saints Row
Trevor is an amazing character though, GTA’s misguided misanthropy given life in the form of a human tornado. He’s a Garth Ennis redneck side character as played by Michael Keaton in makeup.
I couldn’t agree with this any more if I tried.