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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than GTA IV in every way with only a few issues., September 23, 2013
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto V - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
There are hundreds of reviews on how pretty this game is and music and story...I've played all the way through it now... So I'll make this short and sweet, and as always, compare it a bit between other games in the series. This is definitely an 80 out of 100 game. A few issues with certain Xbox systems drags it down a bit, including loading problems with installing both discs to the Harddrive. (This can be circumvented by using a USB 2.0 Flash drive with 10GB or above and installing the install disc on the HDD while installing the Play disc on the flash-drive. I had no problems with loading or too much texture pop-in or stuttering after that.)

This game is many times better than GTA IV. I was seriously disappointed in GTA IV in nearly every way, especially after how amazing GTA San Andreas was. GTA V is longer, bigger, has better graphics, more customization options, better car handling, better gun play, more sandbox type stuff to do, absolutely amazing amounts of things to explore, and doesn't try to take itself too seriously (except for one part involving government agents in a warehouse.)

Even though the map size is massively bigger than GTA San Andreas; there is just something about it that makes it feel smaller than San Andreas to me. Everything seems to be in close proximity to a road with traffic, so the wilderness feeling of being stuck in the middle of nowhere like in San Andreas is lacking (in GTA San Andreas you could get lost in the desert or forest areas, but not so much in GTA V.) That and there is only one big city and no San Fransisco or Las Vegas parody this time. The missions are great and the Heists are amazing, though they really missed out on a casino heist of some sort by not putting in an Indian Casino or Vegas/Reno setting. Here's hoping for an expansion or DLC that adds such things.

The amount the main city resembles Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, Hollywood, Malibu, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the outskirts representing a bit of Angeles Crest and the Salton Sea is amazing! There were times I would find things exactly where I would expect them to be if I was driving through LA including many landmarks or parodies of landmarks. They did an absolutely amazing job, especially at night when you look at the city from on top of a mountain.

A few of my only gripes are: The garage system is seriously lacking; Each character gets one purchasable garage that can only hold 4 cars, and the garage attached to the player characters houses that can hold 2 cars often "forgets" or "deletes" cars that are parked in them. The vehicle damage models are a step backwards from the models in GTA IV and often take massive amounts of hits before showing any damage. Something seems to be wrong with the vehicle randomization code, as the same cars as you are driving are the only cars to show up, as if the type of cars that show up are based purely off of what you are driving at the time, especially after completing the main story. There are lots of different vehicles but they seem to only show up when driving a similar vehicle so you may only see certain cars once or twice for the whole game and never again, even cars that should be rather common. The flying vehicle controls are absolutely horrid; helicopters buck and pitch, and randomly twitch all over the place making flying them a massive chore, especially when needing to pick something up or land on a small spot even with maxed out flying skills. Airplanes also twitch and turn and are very sensitive to input and will often overreact to input. Really, that is about all I could find wrong with the game other than the usual open world game issues like occasional texture pop or rarely a vehicle driving halfway in the ground.

Some of the things I love: A return to upgradable "skills" like driving, shooting, stealth, stamina, strength, flying, and such. Stunning visuals, even at 720p with the small amount of graphics memory the Xbox360 has. The land vehicle handling is wonderful and very familiar to people that play lots of racing games. You get tons of clothing options, upgradeable weapons, and customizable cars. I'm a total car nut and love to see all the bits of real life cars that show up in the vehicle design of GTA cars. There is plenty to do and explore. This game has a large amount of replay value and is definitely worth buying.

If you are a fan of the GTA series, then this is a must have game.

Cons:
-Some install issues for certain people.
-Way too much rap and hip-hop music and not enough metal, rock, techno, pop, classical or such.
-Flawed and lacking garage system.
-The map often does not "feel" as big as it actually is.
-No purchasable safe houses or any other garages beyond the single 4 car garage each player character can buy.
-Not enough purchasable properties or ways to get enough money quickly without either finishing the game first or forgoing vehicle customization.
-Too many missions have absolutely no rewards what-so-ever. Including some of the big main missions, so get used to being broke most the time.
-No gyms, driving schools, or ways to improve certain skills like GTA San Andreas had.
-No way to save custom outfits for quick use.
-Aiming reticles are sometimes very hard to see.
-No option to change underwater inverted controls when using subs or scuba.
-Vehicle randomization could use some serious work, as it gets rather tiring seeing the same 10 cars filling up the roads all the time.
-The airplane and helicopter handling is the worst I have ever seen in an open world game, they randomly twitch, buck, and steer all over the place, even with maxed flying skills.
-The police are way too aggressive, overpowered, and often appear out of nowhere; a 2-star wanted level can get you killed quite often and police vehicles have freakish acceleration, handling, and ramming abilities when A.I. is driving them even if you are in the fastest car in the game.

Pros:
-The best graphics that can be expected on an over 7 year old console system. Lots of "Wow" moments when up on hills, especially at night, or underwater.
-One of the most immersive GTA games so far, well... Next to GTA San Andreas.
-The color pallet and weather is stunningly realistic, like in Red Dead Redemption.
-3 very unique main characters along with many other memorable characters that Rockstar is famous for.
-Lots of popular culture parodies and jokes.
-Tons of open world sandbox things to do.
-Vehicle handling is much better than GTA IV and feels like a racing game instead of floating like GTA IV's horrible handling and is less arcadey than GTA San Andreas.
-Vehicle models are amazingly detailed.
-Some mini-games to play like golf, tennis, and darts. Though I miss bowling, pool, and the casino games other GTAs had.
-Tons of car and weapon customization.
-3 different configuration settings for weapons aiming: Standard GTA lock on style, Assisted auto aiming, and complete free aim.
-Lots of different clothing options for each player character.
-Special abilities that come in handy with each character.
-The main city and outskirts feel very "alive"... Including animals and wildlife.

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Bottom Line:
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If you are a fan of the GTA series and sandbox games like Saints Row, Just Cause, Mercenaries, Red Dead Redemption, or racing games like Midnight Club, Need for speed, Forza, and so on; GET THIS GAME!
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