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Great games, better deal
on March 1, 2014
I gave the game 4 stars because it has one of my all-time favorite games in it. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the best game that Rockstar has ever made in my opinion. The others are okay. GTA III starts it out, and you can tell it's age by the play mechanics and graphics. They aren't *bad* per se, just dated.
It should also be noted to anyone new to the franchise that the games were not released in numerical order, and so certain features that you get in some games (like boats and planes) are dramatically different than others. For example, in San Andreas (which is set in the early/mid 90's) you can get planes, boats, hang gliders, parachutes, and more... but in GTA III (set in 2001) you get none of that, but in GTA IV (set in 2008) you get more features than in any of the other games.
I really like the entire series, some more than others, but for the most part I think they are all great fun, as long as you know up front that the M that these games are rated is a 10-foot tall, bold font, HUGE "M" with neon lights around it. GTA III set the stage for every open-world game that came after it, and there have been a ton. Before GTA III you rarely got such freedom in games to do basically whatever you wanted to do. You like that car? Don't worry about the old lady driving it - pull her out of it, smack her down for good measure, and head to the gun store, picking up a couple of hookers on the way. The whole series is pretty much based on your ability to do what you want, when you want, and to whom you want, and it accomplishes that very *very* well.
There are a few downsides to mention as well, but most of them are easily surpassed by the things that they get right so they are mostly insignificant. For instance, I found it very annoying that in GTA: Vice City (set in 1986) you are in a city that is, for all intents and purposes, a Miami clone, and you can't swim. You die as soon as you are in water above your waist. In a game that is dominated by water, I found it more odd than it being a game-breaker. So the protagonist can't swim... strange, but hardly a glaring hindrance to the overall story or gameplay.
So anyway, if you sat through and read this entire gigantic review, then I thank you, and I hope that if you are considering buying this combo that my review was at least a little helpful. I'll monitor this review, so if anyone has any questions about any of the games, I would be happy to answer them as best as I can.