Grand Theft Auto V Review!
Travel back to the sunny world of Los Santos with Grand Theft Auto 5! This open world adventure is the first in the Grand Theft Auto series to have you play as more than one character as you switch through Michael, Franklin, and Trevor throughout the game. Besides this major break from Grand Theft Auto tradition, the world is incredibly open and while you have a main story to focus on, there’s tons of side quests that will keep you entertained for hours and hours.
The game starts off with a heist being pulled off. At this point, we don’t really know who the characters are except for initials. For the most part, you play as T. and you try and escape with oodles of money until the police show up. The trio manage to get to the getaway car but their driver gets shot and dies. The group continues on to the rendezvous point where there’s a helicopter for escape. Two of three guys get shot and T. shoots at the cops as he tries to escape. The camera pans to an open area and has the cops looking for T. Next, T. is at a funeral but walks away.
Things are switched to Michael’s perspective. He’s middle aged and retired from the life of crime. His wife doesn’t show any love, his daughter is into being promiscuous along with recreational drug use, and his son is a recluse who smokes pot and plays video games all day. There was a time where Michael pulled off heists and got a buzz off being a criminal. He ends up meeting Franklin, who leads a somewhat miserable life repossessing cars with his friend Lamar. Franklin is always looking for ways to make money without dying for the cause. Once he and Michael team up, they start pulling heists together and Trevor gets introduced. Trevor and Michael used to pull heists together back in the day, and while Trevor is pretty much insane, he’s sought after for his heisting skills to score tons of money.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is filled to the brim with an insane amount of missions and side quest to make sure your always entertained, while also constantly feeding you more and more back story on each of our main characters. Be ready to loose some sleep when you toss this game into your system of choice.
One of the biggest changes to the series is that for the first time in a Grand Theft Auto game, you can switch between 3 different characters at any point in time. Whether it’s in a mission or you just want to switch up who you control for awhile, it’s one of the most groundbreaking options ever to come to the Grand Theft Auto series. This also presents the opportunity for random events to happen to each character. The Strangers and Freaks side missions are marked with a question mark and are playable to certain characters at certain times of the day. Each of the characters also have stats that you can improve on including stamina, driving, and shooting skills. The characters also have a special ability that they can use to their advantage. Franklin is able to slow time down while driving, Trevor can deal double damage while taking half damage in combat and Michael can enter bullet time, where things slow down and shooting ensues.
There are so many extra activities besides what you have to complete to finish the main story. If you want to play some games, you can visit a tennis court or a golf club to get your sporty fix. If you’re feeling particularly naughty, you can visit the local strip club and get the strippers there to like you by making it rain. If they like you enough, some will allow you to take them home while others will allow another girl to come in and dance for you while she shakes her money maker. One big update from Grand Theft Auto IV is that you don’t have to be at a computer to use the internet. Your characters now have a smartphone that can access the internet anywhere. The internet can be used to purchase properties and make money on the stock market. You will also receive emails and text messages throughout the game, along with some picture messages. The phone is also customizable, from your background to your ringtone.
Some other things are brought back to this game, including limited character customization. You can purchase clothes, haircuts, tattoos, and bling to really make your characters stand out. Car customization is more in depth as well, with the options ranging from simple to more extravagant. If you’re wanted by the police, you can get a quick repaint to escape the heat or make bigger modifications to really pimp your ride.
Something that was brought from one of the episodes for Grand Theft Auto is the replayabilty of missions. All missions are replayable on one saved game so you don’t have to worry about starting a brand new game to replay the game. Along with the replayablilty, your missions also get ranked by how well or fast you completed them. The game has certain criteria for missions that you can try and meet so this brings you back to try and complete all the missions as well as you can.
This game is absolutely gorgeous. The environment feels incredibly real and is something marvelous to look at while you’re driving by the ocean or cruising through town. Buildings, foliage, people, cars, and everything look absolutely amazing. There haven’t been any loading issues between areas so the movement through Los Santos is as fluid as switching characters. The characters themselves also look incredibly real when it comes to both their looks and movements. You can explore deep parts of the ocean that show off the underwater animals (including scary sharks) that makes being underwater as fun as running above ground. The weather throughout Los Santos changes as time passes on and as far as the graphics, there’s only one word that really sums up everything: lifelike.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is actually one of the first GTA games to have an original score. Alchemist, Oh No, and Tangerine Dream were brought in by Rockstar to make something totally original and the score is something good to listen to. Even the small loop when you have the game paused is nice to listen to. When a new Grand Theft Auto comes out, one thing that’s questioned from the beginning is its soundtrack. There’s over 240 songs spanned over 17 radio stations and range from genres such as techno, punk, reggae, old school rap, and rock. Some of the artists you’ll hear are Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, OutKast, Hall and Oates, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Wham!, N.W.A., Too Short, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and so, so, so many more.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is like a conversation that started almost 9 years ago and has finally continued with many new tidbits and information. San Andreas came out and blew everyone away and now, with many technological advances from 2004, we have Grand Theft Auto 5. This game is the definition of perfect and any other open world game to come out will have to compare itself to this game. The world is so beautiful, along with all the people and activities inside of it. It’s not an over-exaggeration to say that a picture of Grand Theft Auto 5 will be added to the definition of perfection in the dictionary.