In some ways, this game is better than any of the GTAs and it lacks things that GTA has. The story line is great and the protagonists is really likable. Mixing the good and bad in him was a great tool. There is like an endless number of side missions if you love to go for 100% completion. There is enough variety of fighting skills so fist fights aren't too repetitive. It isn't until the end where you might start to get over it. I know GTA 5 is coming out soon so I can't speak for that one, but for the other GTAs, I think they could learn something from this game. Square Enix has a great thing going here and they could really succeed in games like this.