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GTA III

When you strip away the hype GTA III is an arena shooter where you drive around and kill shit for points.

Typically when people talk about this game they’ll throw around terms like “emergent”, “non-linear” and “sandbox” as if that explains why it’s such a blast to play. I don’t think it does, mainly because we’ve just spent a good decade playing emergent, non-linear sandbox games that are not nearly as exciting or enjoyable as Rockstar’s opus. Freedom and player choice do not automatically translate to fun. By championing those aspects of GTA III above others we fail to understand what really makes it tick.

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Gun

Tissue?

Featuring tales of lone gunmen wandering a bleak and unforgiving landscape the myths of the Old West possess a potent beauty. It is important to realise that the Old West is not just a setting, it is a metaphor for the conflicting forces of civilisation and barbarism. Like Arthurian legend or Greek tragedy, it is the epic poetry of a bygone era.

Gun does not understand any of this and so delivers us GTA with horses instead.

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Box Art

I want you to understand something, if you suddenly discovered time travel, used it to visit twelve year old me and asked him what his favourite game was he would tell you Space Quest IV. If asked why he’d probably shrug his shoulders and say that it’s got an awesome story, it’s really funny and he likes games with puzzles. Twelve year old me was a bit of a jackarse.

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