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Run of the mill
on 8 October 2010
If you've played any of the previous GTA games you will know what to expect. With this sort of game exploring the environment is half the fun which means a lot of emphasis is put on the controls, the game engine and the way the game feels and looks. The graphics are impressive but unfortunately when you move the whole experience falls apart as the scenery jerks along at what seems like snails pace. The scrolling is terrible, especially if you compare it to the likes of Modern Warfare 2 which is super smooth and slick in comparison. The whole game feels sluggish and awkward.
Your character lurches along when he's on foot leanining over as he turns, the zip there was in San Andreas is gone in favour of slower realism, but realism just means boring in this case. They've tried to make the game more realistic for example when car-jacking or having a punch up but in reality it means more waiting around for the animations to finish or having a boring fist fight which goes on too long.
There is no swimming underwater like there was on San Andreas, so that's half the world to explore gone at a stroke. The car controls are truly diabolical, they understeer ridiculously forcing you to take corners boringly slow which takes out all the enjoyment. This game is also becoming desperately repetetive, I can't even be bothered with it after playing a few missions because I've seen it all before in the last 2 games. On the PS3 this game should have been fantastic to pick up and just explore but it isn't, I can't get past the awful game controls and frame rate. Having bought every GTA so far this will be the last one for me.