Submitted by The Hillman 1500d ago | opinion piece

SquareGo: Is Grand Theft Auto even relevant anymore?

SquareGo writes:

"It was just the other day, as I finished Liberty City Stories, that I had an epiphany. Since GTA was released in 1997, narratively speaking, we've pretty much been playing exactly the same game time and time again." (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Wenis  +   1501d ago
Of course its still relevant, however nowadays it has a lot more competition than it did back in the PS2 days, mainly being Saints Row, Just Cause, etc. who've both showed that non GTA open world games can be hella fun too.
Blad3star  +   1500d ago
It still is and it will continue to sell million just with the name alone.

I bought into the hype and oF GTA 4 and learned my lesson. Going to wait until the game hits the bargain bin.
vsr  +   1500d ago
Relevant (If san andrias type)
Winning  +   1501d ago
You fuckin kiddin me? GTA is a juggernaut franchise.
FinalSpartan  +   1500d ago
yeah dunno what this retard of author is thinking.
JohnnyMann420  +   1500d ago
Agreed, the author is stupid as hell. Horrible question and I wonder how many gamers would say yes to that question. Nobody I know would answer yes let alone ask that question.
DragonWarrior  +   1500d ago
GTA hasn't been relevant to me since San Andreas. Now its all about the Row. BTW, GTA4 and RDR physics was horrbile, i dont care what any of you have to say bout that.
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Echo307  +   1500d ago
"i dont care what any of you have to say bout that."

Which means you DO care, otherwise you wouldn't have taken the time to say it.
DragonWarrior  +   1500d ago
Just saying you cant change my mind Echo. Anything you guys say just shows me how full of crap you guys really are.
Raul_7  +   1500d ago
GTA is on the few games that makes me truly happy and excited like a young kid, that is including GTA IV.
Ahasverus  +   1501d ago
WTF? GTA is VIDEOGAMES, you don't feel it because there are no announcements, wait 'til it's coming and the whole world will be turned under its feet, GTA is the most important franchise, that important, that even in dormant state it has the media talking and wishing about it.
evrfighter  +   1500d ago
that kind of coverage goes to half life 3.
ANIALATOR136  +   1500d ago
only PC gamers care about half life episode 3. Everyone cares about GTA
LOGICWINS  +   1501d ago
"Is Grand Theft Auto even relevant anymore?"

Are you joking? Have you no idea of what GTA has done to mainstream gaming?
Balt  +   1501d ago
I've never beat a single one. In fact, I think they kind of suck.
JohnnyMann420  +   1500d ago
No wonder you have 20 disagrees and one bubble.
gorebago  +   1501d ago
I've been playing through 4 again off and on and love it. I need to take breaks though because it is kind of repetitive but nothing beats driving around listening to the radio stations.

After the opus that was Red Dead, I'm eagerly awaiting GTA 5.
fatalred alarm  +   1500d ago
just get us the looks of GTA4, and the gameplay from GTA:SA and you have got us a winner.

I would really like to see some jets in 5, i enjoyed flying those.
MrDead  +   1500d ago
hell yes its relevant. I cant wait to hear the new radio ads they always crack me up "PISSWASSER"!
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JusenkyoGuide  +   1500d ago
i hated gt4 with a passion
but yet i loved the other gta games. it tried to be too realistic. it's a video game not real life. i hope rockstar goes back to their roots and makes something like vice city or san andreas-type unrealness.
Pintheshadows  +   1500d ago
Of course it is still relevant.
Big_L  +   1500d ago
Man, wait for the GTAV Reveal trailer. Remember what happened with GTAIV? You had to wait until 2 days later to watch since their servers were crippled with the amount of people waiting to see it

I think a new GTA release could top COD in sales


Thanks a lot, now you've got me all exited for a game that hasnt been announced
DigitalRaptor  +   1500d ago
We know it's coming. And it's gonna be awesome!
tdogchristy90  +   1500d ago
I never got into gta, I'm not into the whole gangster thing. It just felt like drugs violence and sex for its own sake. It's like music videos now days, no story, just jewelry money and showing off. Idk I just never got into that.

I did really enjoy red dead redemption though. It was different from the gta stuff. I'm also excited for la noire
missioncompleted  +   1500d ago
If it's not a FPS in this day and age then the article is true and it's not relevant. Most people online our playing first person shooter look at ur friends list and see whateveryone else is playing. Prob 75% FPS and all other genre's 20% and your married friends on Netflix.
bozebo  +   1500d ago
"we've pretty much been playing exactly the same game time and time again"

NYC_Gamer  +   1500d ago
yes,because that franchise is huge sales wise.
No_Pantaloons  +   1500d ago
Garbage article trying to sound deep.

"OHH NOES!! all the gta's are the same!"

Yup, and they all sell like mad. Bet the next one will too, and I'll buy it cause that's the type of game I like.
The Hillman  +   1500d ago
Wow, you guys are really getting bent out of shape by my article.

I'm not questioning what it has done for the industry or whether it sells well.

Not everything is about sales figures, if you want to look at it critically and objectively all of the narratives in the GTA series are pretty much all the same.

Rockstar did a great job with Read Dead Redemption, in fact I personally think it's their crowning achievement.

What I'm saying is if they don't shake things up and improve the narratives in their games it might not be long before people realise a heck of a lot of the gameplay is just filler.

But hey, thank you for taking the time to state your opinions.
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JohnnyMann420  +   1500d ago
Well maybe it pretty dumb to write an article based on narrative as well. Isn't that what GTA is known for? The story as well as gameplay? Red Dead was done by the same team.

Were you just bored looking for an article to write, because even your explanation above doesn't make much sense considering GTA has always had great narrative and story.

Gameplay is filler? I think most of us play GTA for the gameplay. I would consider the story as filler and the game play the crowning achievement. This says a lot since I do dig the stories as well.

I dunno...I just don't get your points.
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Big_L  +   1500d ago
People buy it to run around killing civilians and having car chases/shootouts with cops. I mean, a deep story and gameplay is awesome (I actually liked GTA 4's) but its the open world concept that only GTA has been able to capture so properly

I hated RDR though, it was like GTA with nothing to do

I can understand your frustration with the comments though, I run a website with a friend and people either dont read the article or dont get the point of it. You need to work on your writing so that you can get your point across
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badboy808  +   1500d ago
Going mulitplatpform instad of timed exclusive HUrst the franchise.
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dmonee  +   1500d ago
Yes. It is still relevant. It is one of the only franchises that you don't need reviews for to purchase. What?! GTA V! heres my money
CaptainPunch  +   1500d ago
Whoever wrote this article is a dumbass. Grand Theft Auto is a huge franchise.
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RatherHavaBigGirl  +   1500d ago
yes its still relevant. gta4 was just a letdown so gamers are a bit skeptical of gta5 now
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Pintheshadows  +   1500d ago
Where did all this hate for 4 come from. Oh Noes, they changed it made it all serious and real so I cried.
RatherHavaBigGirl  +   1500d ago
didnt say hate. for many gta4 was a letdown. many will agree that sa and vc were better. who's crying? i for one like the seriousness and physics in gta4, but it felt more linear
BlmThug  +   1500d ago
Gta Is The Greatest Franchise Ever IMO, People Are More Excited About It Than Mario & Zelda Put Together
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