It’s autumn and the twentieth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III (October 22nd) is upon us. Sadly, or perhaps inevitably, there might not be many singing happy birthday.
It's funny seeing the animation for some of these old games and seeing just how far ahead some developers were even tho they were coming off from PS1. Square Soft was doing some impressive visuals and animations early in the PS2 gen that most devs didn't reach until well into the generation
I was thinking on God of War and how impressive the graphics were for the time. My though was how can it get better than this. Looking back, it's a lot of art and technique. These devs had to balance so much to get a game like this to work. Draw distances, graphics, framerate, etc. were all very limited especially when working with the new hardware. When looking back at GTA3 it is more art than anything
I've replayed a lot of old game in the last year and most of them aged horribly. I ended up selling half of my game collection because of this.
But then we get those gamers raging because of systems not being b/c
Yes, one person said they aged horribly so guess everyone feels the same way /s
Your first console was the PS4, right?
I'd rather play GTA 3 than almost any NES or SNES game, and the vast majority of people prefer games from the 6th gen (PS2/GC/Xbox/DC) to those gens. The PS2 is regularly voted as the best console ever, i.e. it gave people the most fun. Journalists really over-exaggerate how badly many 3D games have aged while letting 2D games completely off the hook because they grew up in that era or get influenced by group think from older gamers running these websites. Just like 2D games, 3D games went through growing pains so when we're just talking about PS1/N64 games, it's understandable but it's a bias that drives me mad. Most old 2D games look awful and garish if you similarly hold them to modern standards and their gameplay is easily surpassed by obscure indie games, let alone the more polished and famous ones. I went on a cheat rampage a few years ago in GTA 3 and thought it held up pretty well. The car controls are still very fun and the auto-aim shooting controls are still easy to use. My criticisms of it now are the same as when I originally played it. Vice City addressed most of my criticisms.
Cant be that bad, RDR 2 and GTA 5 still control like a game from 20 years ago, and they sell like hot cakes....
It's one of the major complaints I've always had with R*; that their controls and game physics never evolved with the times.
We can agree to differ on controls, but their game physics (and tech in general) are some of the best out there. The entertainment from the physics is a big factor in their long-lasting appeal. RDR2, GTA5 and most Rockstar games, tbh, were way ahead of their time in that regard.
I don't feel the same they aged but horribly? Most open world games still couldn't meet the standard that GTA III set 20 years ago. And I'm not talking about graphics.
Booted it up on my Android phone the other day. I still think they play great! The controls isn't the best (even for its time) but it's still really fun and that's all that matters.
I think the "play as gangster" theme has aged horribly, but I am in the minority obviously.
I guess I'm there too. Would like to see the flip side again like L.A. Noire tried to do. Maybe a more modern take about two or three detectives taking on a gang or gang war or mob. Or city murders from a serial killer. And an over arching storyline with a big payoff ending. You also have to find the information needed like Batman does to prove guilt. An open world detective story. CSI Miami style but much better. Lol.
I could seriously get into that. I really enjoy Film Noir and other detective stuff. I agree it would have to be better than CSI lol.
Still remember when it came out. Had the Brady strategy guide and everything. Really a lot of great memories around this game. Easily my favorite GTA of all time. Happy it's getting a remaster.
Everybody knows games don't age as well as say the 16 bit era. These games were meant to be played with av cables, component cables, RGB Scart on CRT tv's so of course they will look bad on an HD tv. Some games have aged well like SH 2,3 and 4, Parasite Eve did no age well but it's still fun to play. That's why companies will spit and polish an old game to make them look and run better on modern hardware the GTA Trilogy, FF7,FF8,FF9 and FFX were all given the spit and polish show and shine. To look better then when they were first released on their original hardware.
3 is the reason why I will probably get the remasters
I kinda disagree. I like that particular liberty city a lot as a sandbox. Also the radio station and satire of the game was more obtuse and subtle and not as in your face as recent games.
Cause it's the 1st gta with 3d visuals.
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