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San Andreas to GTA IV

The jump from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Grand Theft Auto Four had many positives and negatives. San Andreas was the best game around at the time, because of it’s endless activities and quests to complete in the game. Once Grand Theft Auto Four was announced, there was a lot of hype was created for it. San Andreas came out in 2004, while IV (four) came out in 2008. There was about a 4-year difference in the game release dates, but it felt like GTA IV took a 4-year drop in technology. Other than the graphics, (and the graphics are not even that good, they are way too dark) IV was a major drop in content.

GRAPHICS

Although the graphics in San Andreas weren’t that good, neither were IV’s. Of course, the graphics in IV were better, since they were 4 years newer. On the other hand, the graphics in IV looked really dark and gloomy. The graphics always made it seem like it was nighttime, and in the real nighttime, it was REALLY dark. Yes, part of the city has train tracks placed over them, but the game STILL shouldn’t have been as dark as they made it. In San Andreas, the graphics were bright, cheerful, and good-looking for the time. If somehow there were a program that could compare the graphics of the two games against each other, and consider the year that the game was released, there would be a pretty good chance that San Andreas would still win over IV in my opinion.

CARS

It seemed to me that all of the cars in San Andreas were very…junky. Most of them looked like they just had survived a junkyard car crusher. The cars all had patches of different colors and were textured with rust; so basically, they were all very “ghetto”. I guess the cars sort of matched the setting of Los Santos, for some parts of it. The cars were very junky but REALLY fast. Even a car that you have just smashed close to its exploding point, will still act as a racecar. There are some nicer kinds of vehicles in San Andreas, but most of the time you will not find them on the street, and you may have to spawn them in with cheat codes (which will be explained later in this comparison). Grand Theft Auto Four’s cars looked a lot nicer for the most part, but every once in a while driving on the roads you might see some junkies. The cars in IV were a little harder to control (at least when I first played the game I thought they seemed that way), but they were still fast.

OTHER VEHICLES

What I liked a lot about San Andreas was that there were plenty of cool things you could spawn in. There were planes at the airport, but you could spawn them in as well. You could also spawn in tanks, and other destruction monsters. In Four, there weren’t nearly as many “cool” vehicles added in like San Andreas. There were some helicopters that spawned in at the airport; they were cool and very fun to fly, especially in the multiplayer section of the game. Even though there were plenty of jumbo jets spawned in at the airport in IV, you could not get in them and therefor you were not allowed to fly them. Yes, there were planes taking off at the airport and sometimes you would see the occasional aircraft flying through the air, but you could not fly them, which was not fun.

CHEATS

In San Andreas, there were plenty of cheats available to players who wish to use them. From flying cars to beach parties, the possibilities were endless of what you could do. The codes were fairly easy to remember, just a few words typed (for pc) and a sequence of button pressing (for systems). This was much different for IV. There was no cheats for flying cars, or beach parties, or anything of that sort. Most of the cheats were for spawning in cars or restoring your health, which still came in handy when fighting off enemies. Those features were available in San Andreas though, and to be honest I think that IV lacked a lot of cheat fun that the 2004 game had. The only difference or add on I saw that IV included in the cheats feature, was that instead of entering words or random buttons, the player enters phone numbers into the main character Niko’s phone. The phone would ring and the cheat would be activated, and then the cheats would be saved into a “cheats” section on the in game phone.

CAMPAIGN

Usually campaigns in Grand Theft Auto series are long and are filled with a lot of action and different choices for the player to make. The San Andreas storyline was filled with a lot more gang-related kind of missions, where the player would fight off different gangs or enemies to continue on in the game and protect Grove Street, one of the most popular street names in San Andreas. The campaign in IV was just as exciting as the previous game, but instead of fighting off different gangs, most missions included some sort of spying and or secretive work. The player plays as Niko Bellaire, trying to rise on the chain of top “players” in Liberty City.

AI

Both games have pretty populated areas, because of the towns and cities. Both of these games have AI that are clones, an example would be seeing a person with a brown shirt, walking around the corner, and seeing the same AI wearing the same brown shirt. They are the same person, or same model of a person. In IV, the game company Rockstar did a better kind of job thinning out the number of cloned AI, but there was still a lot. In San Andreas, in my opinion, there was almost twice the number of clones. It makes the game better if there are different people walking around, and it makes it more realistic. Understanding the time period, the AI generators may not have been the best compared to the generators that companies are capable of using now to make games.

Mods

The thing about mods is that usually they only work on PC, which means that this section would apply to PC users for the most part. There are not a lot of known mods for San Andreas, while as in Four, there are many mods. There are mods such as LCPDFR, where you can choose to be a police officer, and there are mods for fuel too. Those are just two of the mods I know of and have looked into a lot, but there are also mods for first person inside of cars where you can see the whole inside of the car from the drivers seat. Another mod that is popular is graphics enhancers, which makes the graphics a lot brighter and easier to see things in the game.

GAME ECONOMY

There are a lot ways to spend a player’s money in San Andreas. Players can spend their money on buying food to increase their character’s health, changing your appearance, spending money on pimping out cars, strip clubs, casinos, and buying houses (safe houses) for your character to save games. As you can see by this long list, Rockstar put a lot into money spending in this game. That is a different story in IV it seems. In IV, players can spend money on buying food, (which is not an easy way to get of money because usually food is only $1 in the game), buying the small amount of clothes that the clothes store in the game has to offer, playing mini-games, and buying paint jobs for cars, (players do not get a chance to pick the color of the paint, random colors are chosen). There is really not a ton of ways to spend money in IV, which made getting money pretty much useless after you had everything you needed. There was definitely an easy to see difference with the economy in the two games.

IN GAME EXPERIENCE

Every game usually gets boring after a long period of playing it, right? I think the Grand Theft Auto series is very enjoyable and fun to play around with when you have nothing to do, but yes, after a little while of playing this game, you might run out of things to do. A popular thing that people say about the Grand Theft Auto is that a player is truly bored if they are driving by the rules in the game. Usually players of Grand Theft Auto drive on the sidewalks, rather than using the roads. That means if someone was driving by the rules, then they would have to be pretty bored. I find San Andreas to be a tiny bit more fun, because there are a lot of things to do in the game compared to Grand Theft Auto Four.

GAME REALISM

Honestly, I think that Rockstar tries a little too hard to make IV realistic, and that changed how people looked at the game. A lot of people are used to the Grand Theft Auto series being a little less serious, because that is what makes the game fun. In Four, players have to hotwire a car usually before being able to drive it, if the car is not currently turned on. The players also have to wait for their character to break into the car, which means looking both ways, and then smashing the window to the car. This takes extra time and gives the enemy a few extra shots at you before you can be in the protection the car provides.

FINAL

Overall, Grand Theft Auto Four was not the best game compared to Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, simply because there was not enough things to do in the game like San Andreas had to offer. The graphics were a little better, but still very shady. Overall I think most people would agree that San Andreas was a little bit better than IV when compared.


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