The Grand Theft Auto franchise was a huge hit that generated mass popularity around the world, not only in the gaming community, but even in the mass media, after the controversial Hot Coffee issue leaked out to the public, landing Rockstar Games in a lot of hot water. Putting the legal issues behind, many people have failed to realise what amazingly massive gameplay this game has to offer.
San Andreas showed Rockstar Games? philosophies in top form. The latest GTA title allowed one to play through the game?s enticing story, while also allowing you to play on the sidelines as a gun-toting vigilante, a crazed taxi driver, a profiteering pimp, a long-distance trailer driver, a race driver, a daredevil stunt man, a private pilot, and pretty much anything else imaginable. San Andreas was a game that you play for a very, very long time.
I myself am one of the people who played through the entire campaign, yet still have it installed on my machine; taking a walk through the city or a drive in the country every now and then. Sometimes, I simply play the game to cause trouble for the police and create mayhem. Unfortunately today?s games don?t focus on interesting gameplay, but rather, on flashy graphics and other useless gimmicks. San Andreas allowed you to immerse yourself in a fully dynamic world, featuring car-crashing, destructible lamp posts, and so on so forth. A lot of critics said that the game was a bad influence for young people, especially the violence, pornography and prostitution. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly commented on San Andreas, saying, ?It’s despicable to glamorize violence in games like these, regardless of how far-fetched the setting may be,.
Adding to the growing criticism and legal action, Jason Post, the spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg, delivered a damning verdict. Citing that auto thefts have dropped 58% since Bloomberg took office, and that this year?s murder rate is down 28%, he said, ?The mayor does not support any video game where you earn points for injuring or killing police officers.?
After many rumours and much anticipation, Grand Theft Auto 4 is finally on its way. The trailer demonstrated the new engine that promises gamers a breath-taking world, a grittier story-line and much diversity. It has even been said that the game will be shipped with a built-in multiplayer! San Andreas presented everything that the Grand Theft Auto series had to offer, so let?s hope that GTA 4 will be able to keep to its predecessor?s adrenalin-pumping action and open-minded diversity, with no Easter Eggs to land the developer in any more trouble. After all the legal repercussions that San Andreas brought to the company, many fear that Rockstar Games will go soft in their new title, although the trailer does seem to indicate otherwise.
After the announcement of the new title, and its trailer released on the internet, a lot of questions and criticism is starting to pile up from the media. Grand Theft Auto is a violent game and the 4th release in the series will take place in liberty city. Till now there is nothing bad, but critics are already comparing Liberty City with the most secure city of all, New York City. Critics have seen the trailer and they spotted that there are famous landmark buildings such as the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. ?Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland,? said City Councilman Peter Vallone, chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.
Till now only Console release has been announced in the hope to see the release date for the PC version. It will be a long wait to the release date in October, yet in the meantime we can sit back and allow our imagination to go wild with thoughts of what the future Grand Theft Auto will be like. I leave your imagination to work as I quote the trailer with ?Life is complicated. I killed people, smuggled people, sold people. Perhaps here things will be different.?