Ever since Grand Theft Auto V was announced at E3, gamers everywhere have been chomping at the bit to play it.
We have seen the trailers, screenshots, interviews, and have counted down to this date. Now the time has arrived and Grand Theft Auto V has hit store shelves, but is this the game that gamers have been waiting for?
The game starts off in North Yankton, far from the fun and sun that we have seen in the trailers. The bleak and cold wasteland follows characters on a botched bank job. This gives the player the basics to play the game without it feeling like a tutorial as you drive, run, and shoot through the level. Getting into the proper gameplay follows the stories of three people. You have Michael De Santa: an ex-con who is trying to find his place in the sun, Franklin Clinton: a money hungry hustler, and Trevor Phillips: Michael’s psychopath ex partner. You will play as each of these characters as their stories intertwine. A new feature to Grand Theft Auto V is the ability to hop from one character to another. In the middle of a firefight and need someone to snipe targets from afar? No problem! Jump to your sniper and pick off targets as the computer AI controls your partners.
Let’s talk about the combat for a minute here as this has to be some of the best in the entire Grand Theft Auto series. There is the run of the mill “lock on” or you can aim manually, but in this installment you can also shoot from the hip, roll from cover to cover, and have the ability to adjust aim sensitivity.
There are plenty of ways you can make money in the game, but the stars of the show are the heists. Heists are not as simple as driving to a location and robbing it as there are phases of planning and execution that go into the process. In these heists you can hire people to go along with you, plan them how you want, and then execute them to perfection. You can even plan the way you want to tactically carry these missions out as well. If you wanted to go in stealthily and take out your enemies quietly you could, or you can choose to go in guns blazing. The choice is yours but remember the risks you take might come back to haunt you. Outside of robbing places you have plenty of other ways to make a profit in Grand Theft Auto V. From playing the stock market to acquiring properties, each of these has a risk but there is also a reward if the players successfully navigate this route.
To call the city of Los Santos and the surrounding Blaine County vast would be an understatement. There are just not cities and suburbs in this installment but rivers, lakes, beaches, oceans, farmland, desert, and mountains as well! To compliment these new environments is a 24 hour light cycle (day and night) and a dynamic weather system. While you are not running around town and performing missions, there are plenty of things to do. You can choose to play a round of golf , explore the ocean depths, or even go out to the shooting range. These are just some of the many things to do in the game and it feels less of a game and more of an experience.
We’ve only barely scratched the surface of all the things that you can do in this Grand Theft Auto V. There is also the ability to play online and manage crews (similar with Max Payne 3). This is, without a doubt, one of the best games of the year.
For more information on this game head over to Rockstar Games and get ready to take on the streets and sports of Los Santos.