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This review is from: Grand Theft Auto V - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Short but sweet review:
Graphics/Environment: excellent, city is very, very large, and has incredible detail. You won't believe it until you see it.
Voice acting/Character direction: Varied. The main characters are generally good. Trevor is a weaker link, but is fair. Franklin and Michael are very good. Minor characters tend to be a bit over the top.
Controls: Generally very good. Cars handle well (unlike GTA4). Controls are fairly easy (and similar to old GTA games).
Story: Fair. Individual scenes are generally well done, but the main story arc is fragmented and bogs down.
Fun: Middling. Some missions are very involved and interesting, but they tend to be far apart. Side missions can occasionally be interesting. Many are somewhat dull. You feel like you want to spend a lot of time wandering around the huge, detailed city...but there's not much to do. You can go to a distant mission by driving in a car, and missing the city, or you can walk and explore, which is visually interesting for a while, but with no real depth...the buildings are pretty, but not so amazing that you want to walk through them for 30 minutes. Many of the side missions that made earlier GTAs fun (take a cop car and do police missions, take a fire engine and do fire missions, etc) are gone. You can take a cab and drive people to their destinations...but there's no time limit, and it becomes nothing more than a boring chore.
Each character has a special ability, and Franklin's is inspired...he can use "bullet time" to slow down the world when he's driving to make incredible driving moves. Fun. Michael's and Trevor's abilities are less interesting.
Missions are given medals (bronze/silver/gold) based on how well you do, and you can replay missions, but you have no real idea the first time you do a mission what it will take to do well, and so you are guaranteed to have to repeat most missions to get gold medals, which further breaks up the storyline.
I could go on. But the point is that while the game has the most visually amazing world out there, it's a relatively empty world once you look beneath the surface, and not remarkably interesting to explore.
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Initial post: Oct 20, 2013 12:36:13 AM PDT
I have to disagree a bit. I thought the same thing until I actually EXPLORED it. Try looking for spaceship parts or letters. That will cause you to really see what is out there. I have been playing for like 55 hours total and still only am at 85% (78% roughly when I beat the story). So there is plenty to do and explore, if you actually do it. You can't force the game to entertain you. You have to seek it out.
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