Here’s the thing, I truly have never played a GTA game before. I have watched people play them, but never for very long. When most of the pre-IV games were released, I was too young to play them and by the time Grand Theft Auto IV was released back in 2008, I just had no interest in it.
So what’s suddenly changed? Well, nothing. Instead, there’s been a gradual change where I’ve become more and more interested in sandbox styles of game design. And while playing Skyrim for a bit earlier in the week, I thought to myself, “Y’know what? I’m bored of trying to kill dragons and then having to peg it. But damn, I love this open-world, sandboxness – I just need it in a “real world” setting. Wait, haven’t I got GTA IV sat on the games shelf…”
And so last night’s first playthrough began. I haven’t gotten very far, but I do find that Niko is quite a lovable rogue.
I’ve also been trying my best not to drive like a maniac unless cops or crooks are chasing me. This has caused some bemusement with Paul and resulting in him moaning at me, “You’re so square!”