Game Reviews: Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V

I eagerly anticipated this game from the moment it was announced. I wasn’t sure how it would play based on the news leaks; three concurrent storylines in one story? Being able to swap characters in the middle of a mission? Okay, I trusted Rockstar Games to get the job done because Grand Theft Auto IV was so damn good.

I purchased the game and and took the day off of work on launch day.

After 20 minutes of uploading updates to the game (What updates are required on a game on launch day? ugh?) I was ready to play.

The game opened with an epic bank heist. Nice. Then a flash forward to Mike, a retired thief trying to live a domesticated life. Awkward. Then we jump to Franklin, living in the hood (reminding me of San Andreas). Then we jump to Trevor (reminding me of where some of my High School friends probably ended up). I was confused for a while, being forced to swap between different missions. I enjoyed Mike’s storyline the most, mostly chilling in his cool LA pad and robbing the expensive rides in that part of town (and one weird bike mission with his son).

Then the stories converged.

The game is so much more dynamic than Grand Theft Auto IV. The missions are more more creative. The graphics are better. The missions are harder and there are more things to do. Underwater-check. Skydiving-check. Helicopter-check. Plane-check. Jetski-check.

My personal favorite mission is the jewel heist. It was a pain to get all the stuff required to set it up, but the actual robbery was fun.

The last 3 missions were almost like a movie ending, which was good, however part of me felt the game ended too fast. With a game this size, I think the story could have been twice a long.

I’m not a completist, so I wasn’t obsessed with getting all of the achievements. I tried playing online for a while, but kept getting sniped by people randomly sitting around the city waiting to attack. To me, GTA will always be about the story mode.

I can’t wait for GTA 6. I’ve tried playing LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption and it just isn’t the same.

Game Rating: 9.5/10

GUEST REVIEW: GAMERDOG69
What kind of G-rated review was this? Is he getting soft? Why did he not talk about the drug dealing in the game? Or the strip club? Or taking the strippers back to your pad? Or Beating your therapist up? Or the weird Yoga instructor? What about Trevor and his antics?  Or how about this? The game is called Grand Theft AUTO buddy. I’ve robbed 2000 cars in the game. What the hell have you been doing? How many garages did you fill up? Or how about this you damn poser, did you rack up enough cash to buy the country club? No? Yeah, that’s right. You ain’t no baller and you certainly didn’t truly beat the game.

 

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