Just yesterday I went back and forced myself to beat Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure for GBA. The PS1 Crash games are my favorite games of all time, and I owned Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced on GBA as a kid, and replaying it, it holds up. Not as good as the PS1 game, but a respectable effort. But it took me several tries over the years to beat The Huge Adventure. The level design doesn't hold up as well as N-Tranced. It has a lot of blind jumps and other things that don't make platformers very fun. But then I realized the game was like 2/3 the length of any other Crash game, including N-Tranced, and figured I should just force myself to beat it so I can say I beat every old-style Crash game. Also, it has a secret final boss, which the PS1 games don't have, and I wanted to see that boss. Anyway, not a great game, but at least it's better than Crash 4.
>Still, I wish I could back to when life wasn't absolute 1984 tier shit and GTA III kind of reminds me of those times.
>game that is about satirizing (then) modern America and pointing out its dystopia-like qualities is a reminder of better times
Sad, but relatable.
When I was like 10 and GTAIII came out, I was one of the casual kids that never finished it but just liked ramming pedestrians in my car. Same with Vice City. Only after San Andreas came out did I bother to go back and beat them properly, and realize that there is a lot more depth than I was giving them credit for. But despite going back to GTA IV and V multiple times, I've never been able to bring myself to beat them. I always just get bored partway through. I can go back and beat the PS2/PSP era games again and again though. Except for 100%ing San Andreas. That game has Donkey Kong 64 levels of extra stuff to get and I can't bring myself to ever do it all. But just doing some of the side content for fun while beating the regular game is great.