All gamers have different opinions about Grand Theft Auto, some love the countryside but the others hate to drive all those miles.
In this article I will express my feelings about the San Andreas map sizes and mix some GTA IV while I’m at it.
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When San Andreas came along it was my ultimate game because of the ‘what is on the other side?’ feeling.
I was roaming around in Los Santos the first time and couldn’t help myself but fantasize of what was behind those mountains I would discover that later in the story.
What music added tot he mix.
‘I love a rainy night, such a beautiful sight’ was blasting on my car-radio as I was driving towards the next city in the state that is San Andreas, and it was actually raining
at that very moment.
Those are one of the memories I will never forget, that moment is one of the examples why I like video games, they took me to a whole other vibe while I was sitting on my couch.
I wasn’t really there on my couch, I was driving my little green car up the hill with rain splashing on my windshield.
That moment was so awesome because I knew I was visiting some places I’ve never seen in my life, I was driving myself to another place on the map, it felt so normal and yet so bizarre at the same time.
Everything felt so right , nothing was standing in my way: San Andreas was my world and I was going to discover every little piece of the map until I knew it from the top of my head. ( And yes, I still do until this very day)
As the story progressed I visited San Fierro and Las Venturas and went back to Los Santos.
My trip trough the state of San Andreas was complete, this is one of the reasons why I like GTA; (Along with many other reasons of course) : I could discover the whole map and go to places I never been, it was the freedom that made me love the game.
I just hijacked a car and put on K-DST or Radio X ( because I like rock music a lot) and I would just drive and drive and keep driving some more while the music was blasting trough my speakers and I was feeling euphoric.
Goals and playtime
Every time I was driving I would set myself a goal; Visiting Las Venturas or San Fierro, take a tour around the map, goof around on the country side, chill out in the desert, etc, etc.
This resulted in hours of play time.
After I’ve done one thing I would move on to the next and it all went so naturally.
And that is one of the things I really missed in Grand Theft Auto IV: Cruising around.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Don’t get me wrong: Grand Theft Auto IV is amazing, to this day I still discover these little details and that’s really awesome if you look at the hours I’ve spend in Liberty City.
I’ve completed GTA IV to a full 100% on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and about 80% on the P.C, oh and I’m forgetting all the online hours.
So I really played GTA IV a lot, but I never hopped back in and went cruising.
The problem with cruising in Grand Theft Auto IV is the fact that there was nothing else to explorer because you were in Liberty City all the time.
I spend a little amount of time cruising in GTA IV because I wanted to check out some great songs on Liberty Rock Radio but I never had the same feeling that I got with San Andreas.
Sadly I could never escape the ‘City Life’ in Grand Theft Auto IV but that is what making the game as well: Liberty City IS a concrete jungle.
In the end;
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas stole my heart because of the freedom, scale and music.
Grand Theft Auto IV stole my heart because of the details and the awesome story ( TLAD and TBOGT included) that made the city feel more alive than any other game.
I look at these games like 2 separate worlds most of the time but when I get all sentimental I’m writing things like these.
The thing I also believe is that Rockstar really wanted to do something else with Grand Theft Auto IV and they succeeded, I only hope that in the next GTA we will get some country side/desert loving.
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What do you think, does size matter?