Grand Theft Auto III
The tough thing about dropping $50 on a video game is that you
are never sure just how much worth you'll be able to get out of the
thing. You walk into your local Best Buy, you drop the Visa on
the counter, and as the game is being rung up, you just kind of
wonder...will the thing be any good? If it is any good, how
long will I play it before I get sick of it? Will I want to
play it again?
In the case of "Grand Theft Auto III", from Rockstar
Games, the game is so large, so great and so replayable that $50
might be the greatest bargain for a video game ever. When I
first bought "GTA III" I had not played the previous two iterations
of the game, but that doesn't matter, because the perspective has
changed so much that those first two games don't even compare.
You assume the role of a local thug, recently busted out of the
joint in fictional Liberty City, and it's up to you to make money
and succeed in your new environment. By "succeed", of course,
I mean kill, maim, and steal from other local criminals; win street
races; jack cars; and, have the occasional fun with hookers in your
new ride. Along the way, you'll log a lot of time just hangin'
out in Liberty City, killing innocents, driving around town, picking
up secret packages (normally well-hidden) and getting into trouble
by completing missions for the local heavies.
You've heard enough about "GTA III" through friends and the
media, and if you haven't played it, and you love games that really
ARE open-ended, this one's a no-brainer.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience