LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.
For a long time, Grand Theft Auto and other games with grand scale always felt cheap to me. It always seemed like the developers traded strong game mechanics for sprawling cities and giant playgrounds. I felt that way through all the PlayStation 2 era Grand Theft Auto games.
It was not until Grand Theft Auto IV that I saw some semblance of quality with these games’ mechanics. However looking back at, I anchored my enjoyment of Grand Theft Auto IV’s mechanics on the strong driving, everything else was rather basic by comparison. Moving to Saints Row: The Third, another open world game set in a modern city, the improvements in the areas of shooting and melee brought me great joy. It enabled the developers to create more diverse scenarios.