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- New characters take the lead, with three playable main characters and their own individual stories
- All-new missions for individual and multiple characters
- A massive open-world to explore, the largest in GTA history
- Enhanced gameplay mechanics
- More vehicles and off-mission activities
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I admit that I bought GTAV in no small part because of the hype. It was difficult not to get caught up in it, and I had very high hopes for a new Rockstar world. Many games struggle under the weight of such unrelenting hype, but I'm pleased to report that in my opinion GTAV is one of a very rare breed of games that actually lives up to the expectations that have been set by the gaming world.
Simply put, the world of Los Santos is stunning to explore; it is brimming with life and colour and it feels a privilege to inhabit it. In terms of scale, it took me over 10 minutes just to traverse from one end of the map to the other (land only), and that was using a very welcome fast-moving motorway that runs all around the outside of the island, weaving between traffic on a very nice superbike. The detail of the game world is also fantastic, with every corner of the map populated by little details, such as a colourful little hot dog stand nestled behind a farmyard barn right on the outskirts of civilisation. Taking all this into account, it would be ludicrous to criticise the graphics as not being as polished as very linear, closed-world games, but when the orange sun is setting behind you as you trek up a mountain side and look out at the sea crashing against the rocks, I challenge anybody to quibble about the graphics then!
In general, GTAV is a refinement of previous entries in the series and Rockstar's other open-world series, such as Red Dead. The character and car mechanics, the missions and the game world are all cases in point of this. Your character (there are now three main protagonists) handle well and the shooting mechanics have improved over previous series entries, but in my opinion it still doesn't feel as polished as some dedicated third-person shooter games, such as the underrated Binary Domain. The cars have real weight to them and are a pleasure to drive, and the sheer number of them is staggering. Unusually for open-world games (where exploration and carnage is king for me), I'm really enjoying working my way through the missions. There is so much more variety than the majority of GTAIV missions, and some in-mission twists that genuinely take me by surprise. You now get rated on each mission based on whether or not you met a set of criteria, some more difficult and outlandish than others, which has got me re-playing some missions just to get the higher rating. It's a simple but clever idea that brings added replayability, as they're available to retry as soon as you've completed them. If you don't fancy missions right away, however, why not just cruise around the city area, which is now less than 1/4 of the map size (don't worry - there's plenty to do in the rest though), and look for random events that you can participate in. Do you join two gangsters in holding up a woman outside a supermarket, or help her out? Or do you risk incurring the wrath of the police by trying to rob a security van? Do you return a civilian's bag to them after you've chased down their mugger, or keep the money for yourself? The choices are yours to make.
I could go on forever about the brilliant attention-to-detail that GTAV boasts, and the moments that never fail to make me grin like a kid who's just won a Mario Kart race. Instead, please feel free to ask any burning questions in the comments section and I'll answer if I can and I'm not too busy playing the game!
I'll leave you with two little silly morsels of information if you're still on the fence. Some cars now have three headlight settings: off, normal and raised. Brilliant eh? And when you've completed a taxi fare, keep an eye on the punter to make sure he pays you!
I cannot recommend this game highly enough if you're even remotely interested in the open-world genre, because in my opinion this game is at the pinnacle.
Highly recommended this version if you just have a PS3 and haven’t got it already. An all time classic! 😀👍
The game is huge and you can basically go anywhere. I think flying in a plane is quite difficult and crashed into the ground quite a few times but Ill get the hang of it - I think!
Im a big fan of Rock star - and my all time favorite is Red dead redemption! ive played that game so many times. GTA 5 will be a close second though ! Im enjoying the game immensely!
Superb video capture and editing features. Fantastic all-round game.
Rockstar expands the story from one central character, but three individuals, each with their own personality and perspective. The player can switch between characters on the fly. This makes for some interesting situations, such as sending yourself to go help yourself when you're in a bind. Or, my personal favorite: driving two characters directly towards each other and switching back and forth until the inevitable loss of control takes place. I take a bizarre amount of glee watching my "other" body fly through the windshield in front of me.
The world is just fantastic. Los Santos and Blaine county feel like living breathing places that exist for their own purpose and not just to be the backdrop for your characters' antics. I can lose myself for hours just exploring the world and seeing what non-playable characters are getting up to.
The 3 character aspect works well and the use of a Google map style zoom in and out as you change between them works really well to hide the loading times.
I felt the missions were much more interesting than previous GTA games. The game gives you some big and interesting missions quite early on and keeps a decent pace going throughout. It always seemed like a bit of a grind to work through the early "go here, escort him, fetch this" type of early missions in previous GTAs.
One final point - Trevor is brilliant. One of my favourite GTA characters. It's just so much fun to drop in on him and see what bizarre situation he has found himself in. He's sa very unhinged character and this works very well.
But what is the very best thing of this version of GTA is the Humour they have used alot more in this version. Yes im talking about the character Trevor. He is simply just awesome and a fresh breeze to the series.. Its kinda the same effect of the scarface game from ps2 where u have this alpacino running around and cursing everybody :D
a good game to have in the collection
I liked the multiplayer part but I havent played it for a while coz I got tired of hearing all those phony people that likes to say the weirdest stuff in their mic and share it with everyone -.-
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this truly fantastic game? I'd been looking forward to this release for a while and Rockstar did not disappoint.
Whilst I understand that this "type" of game isn't everyones cup of tea, I cannot understand how anyone cannot fail to be impressed by the quality, depth and scale of the thing! There must have been thousands of hours gone in to create this game.
The content and attention to detail is simply staggering. The humour in the game is right up my street, covering the full spectrum from totally stupid to completely irreverant. I've had some proper laugh out loud moments.
Its the little things that have been put in, wildlife, the way the windows drop when raising/lowering convertible roofs, the endless tweaks you can make to the characters etc.etc. It seems like nothing has been overlooked.
In summary. Buy it. You will not be disappointed.
its better than GTA 4 ...... miles better, infact GTA4 sucks compared to this!
....but its not better than GTA san andreas....but san andreas was way bigger and longer. but it comes close to san andreas standards..... although has better graphics and physics engine obviously!
it may be worth buying if you plan on sticking with current gen consoles a while longer..... but if your getting next gen launch consoles I advise to wait until it gets released on them.... because it probably will get a next gen release as it would be stupid not to take advantage of new consoles with the lack of games!
if your expecting it to be as aweome as san andreas was then you will be disappointed. but if you liked GTA4 then this will be a real gem of a game for you.
it does have some funny bits in aswell, I find this to be the funniest most laid back GTA of the series so far and that does so it credit and gives it a pleasant feel.
I really should rate it at 4 out of 5 for not being as good as san andreas.... but ill give it 5 because its better than most churned out games that everyone keeps rating at 5...
OH MY. This is game is amazing. I got it the day of release and I ended spending most of the day on it. GTA 5 is the most fun I have ever had on a game, even more so than San Andreas!!!! The map is huge. The characters are hilarious. The music on the radio is pretty average, but the talk shows and adverts are so funny! So much fun its unreal.
I'm not sure if I was disappointed with the story. The actual missions are amazing. They are all pretty long, the situations and stuff you have to do is insane. But I cant help but feel the storyline is a little weak and too short. Now I don't know if it was the sheer amount of time I spent playing the first week, but I completed the story pretty quickly. Its 69 missions long, and it feels a lot shorter than San Andreas and GTA 4, but I never played those as much as I have this in such a short amount of time. But even so, the missions are amazing, whether the overall story is too short or not. Also the story seems pretty weak. There isn't much of an aim or story until the end... The characters have a connection which is sort of explained through the beginning, but the main body of seems to be personal errands, heist, FIB, heist etc. Not much really happens in the story till the end, when you revisit the start.. But its still bloody great fun.
The online is also amazing. Yes, the servers are terrible, but rockstar are sorting that out, and as each day goes on, they get a little better. Basically, online you can do the usual Deathmatches, races and missions. All of these are pretty well thought out, and good fun to play with your mates. Deathmatches can get a little stale after a while however. But before you do these, you get put in to 'a lobby' area, which is basically 18 people thrown into the map and you can do whatever you want. It is so much fun. If you're going to play online, i'd say play with your mates, because it can get quite boring if you are just cruising around by yourself.
Overall this is the bench mark for modern gaming. It is the most fun I have ever had on a game, and I don't really see anything beating it in the near future... (GTA 6 maybe..)
The three central characters are reprehensible and hard to really like, but there are aspects to them that are relatable and the game puts some good effort into making you root for their success. You have to be prepared to play as real criminals with no moral justifications but if you are then the game offers an engrossing and rewarding experience.
Online play is lacklustre and buggy, but it is gradually improving and it's an entirely optional component that comes at no apparent cost to the single-player experience.
Absolutely love this game, loving the dog "Chop", what a name!
Had a whale of a time (excuse the pun) trying to take off in a business jet and then laughed my ass off when the police set my engine alight and I was unable to turn around at make it back to the runway, instead managing to plough into the sea and then get killed by a shark...
Graphics are pretty damn well improved, game has a nice sort of polished feel to it and from what I've seen there is far more interaction, you can buy houses, etc.
Loving the Blimp also. Had fun with that and a Police Helicopter... to cut a long story short ended up on the tarmac dead with bits of Blimp and police helicopter around me.
Well worth the £34.99 pre-order price I paid for it.
Can't wait to see what this "alleged" in game purchases will be.
Great come back from the awkward controls of IV, feels much more playable.
Gunfights are smooth with almost Gears of War fluidity to taking cover, voice acting is first class, highly recommend to play with with headphones and without subtitles for the movie-like experience.
Online multiplayer is good fun, especially with friends.
The LOOOONG loading times are almost Resident Evil 1 frustrating, there is only so much patience one can spend looking at the loading screen pictures.
Once you max out all the skills (which actually doesn't take that long), there is little incentive to keep grinding away. Even the new missions unlocked at higher levels feel repetitive.