As you know I’m a rather avid fan of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto brand. It all started with the original Grand Theft Auto - naturally - with it’s classical top-down view of the action. Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto II wasn’t really all that fun, I have to admit that. But GTA III totally redefined everything. It created a new genre of games, and a brand that many have tried to copy, but no one has really succeeded in doing so.
When Stine and I split up back in 2004 I bought an Xbox to keep my mind from thinking too much about the whole ordeal. How well the Xbox worked as a mind killer is perhaps something that can be discussed, but one thing is for sure - it brought with it hours and hours of entertainment. The Xbox is a great console, there are only two things wrong with it:
- It’s impossible to find a good wheel for it. Since I don’t have a driver’s license I have to do most of my road rage on the virtual roads I prefer to use a wheel instead of the clumsy controller.
- It takes forever before games in the GTA series are released on the Xbox, PlayStation2 has always been Rockstar’s primary console. On top of this, GTA: Liberty City Stories and GTA: Vice City Stories are only (or will be) available on PlayStation consoles.
These two issues have sometimes made me wonder if I made the right console choice. Still, what’s done is done and at least three of the GTA games are available on the Xbox, too. In addition, GTA IV will be released simultaneously on both the Xbox and the Playstation. Unfortunately, I’ll have to buy an Xbox 360 to enjoy it.
Where am I heading with all this? Nowhere. You know that. When I start rambling there’s nothing stopping me! I’m an unstoppable rambling machine, and I’m out of control!
A few weeks ago I decided to order the Grand Theft Auto Double Pack, containing both GTA III and GTA: Vice City. It proved to be a bit hard to find a copy, but I finally managed to dig one up through a Norwegian online games store. The delivery time was a couple of weeks, probably because they had to get it from somewhere else. Finally, yesterday, I got the game in my mailbox.
Or so I thought. They’d actually managed to send me a copy of GTA: San Andreas for the PlayStation2 console. The invoice even said that the package should contain the Double Pack.
Thankfully I managed to get hold of a friendly guy at their customer service department. They’re located in Oslo, too, so I’ll just stop by their office tomorrow and pick of a copy of what I really ordered.
Congratulate yourself if you actually read through all this. If you just skipped to the last paragraph, then shame on you! I spent almost half an hour I could have used in San Andreas to write this!