Been a fan of the GTA series from the beginning when it started out as a top down car stealing rocket launching way to spend your free time and enjoyed the series all the way up to number 3, but GTA 4 put me off a little as it seemed to be trying to make feel guilty about everything I was doing as ' Niko Bellic' gets involved with the wrong people when he comes to America chasing the dream.
Which is fine in itself as the developers are trying to build a dark and gritty storyline of how pursuing the American Dream can go very wrong and turn you into a someone you never wished to be.
But it does half get in the way of enjoying mass chaos and destruction in open world filled with lots of ways to infect mass destruction it seems to be at odds with itself.
So I went looking for something new and with Saints Row 2 on sale for Xbox 360, I thought what the hell and it reminded me of GTA 3, it had a story but it did not get in the way of all the killing.
Now whereas GTA seems to be heading for a serious hard impacting drama in its sandbox, Saints Row story seems to be heading the other way but giving you more weapons and vehicles to enjoy the carnage with and this is what I am looking for in a sandbox game, give me flimsy story and jetbike with shark firing lasers attached to it any day.
Saints Row from 3 upwards is just fun gameplay with just enough story to give you a reason to play with all the cool toys and this can be very relaxing and a real change from the realistic dark worlds the other developers are bringing to the table at the moment that leave you depressed and wondering what is wrong with humanity.
Now this is not to say that GTA V will not be a very good game but I think me and Rockstar Games just want different things out of a sandbox 'do as you please game'.