[QUOTE]Um, it sounds like you're describing GTA 1 or 2. GTA 3 and on have maps, and don't have overhead views. The first 2 are much worse than the rest.[/QUOTE]
While it's true my experience with the series is largely with the first few games, those were hyped as much in their time as the newer ones were in theirs.
If they're considered inferior and bad nowadays, they were still considered incredible 10/10 A++ bestest game ever, or whatever people called them, when they were new, and I couldn't stand them then either.