If you read the title you might go: "wtf?". But it's because I've been playing GTA: San Andreas for a week now (as seen it's vacation I've played enough to fill three to four weeks). I love the game it allows more stuff (we can crouch now!) better targeting, rpg elements: you can upgrade your strength/stamina/"sex appeal"/weapon skills per weapon/driving skills per vehicle class (motorbike, bicycle, car)/etc. They even put in a "stealth" part, you can now hide in shadows (from cops and whatnot) and you can pull a soldi snake on people with a knife. In one mission (my favorite so far) you have brake into a mansion and flip a Sam fisher on some personal guards then steal a book and yr off. One more feature I like is that by killing enough rival gangers in a "hood" you can take over that hood for your gang (Grove street families). On top of that you can do some real shiny shit with you car in the form of stunts (ie: controlled barrel rolls) and if you drive really fast you get a too fast too furious/NFS:Underground fade shit alround you.
Apart from that the game starts to become a bit lineair. Though I suspect after the current "in-game crisis" is resolved it will become more free again.
Apart from this there is one more thing I wanted to talk about: respect and sex appeal. Respect gets you into the high parts of town and it also allows you to form up small gangs (the higher your respect level the more gangers you can muster). Respect has a direct influence on your sex appeal, if your respect goes up then so does your SA (though not as fast), but I hear you ask: "why do you need sex appeal?" I only need to kill gangsters and cops (and some civillians) and steal cars. WRONG! Apperantly Rockstar was looking for a twist and they were probably hunting for "the sims" players. Cause you can have a girlfriend now. You have to keep her happy to "keep" her. The only prob is, you can't really choose, your first gf you get from completing a mission and I tell you, she ain't right. I just hope they let u choose more further on in the game. (oh and you can pick yr own cloths, hairstyle, shades, watch-whocares, and tattoos)
I think they should have called this one GTA: Simcity.... (hehe just noticed it sounds like sincity:P) or Sid Meyers criminalisation.
im off, too much writing done too little gta.... need gangster.. style... driveby's..... murder... death ... kill........blurg!