I will admit it, the first time I played Grand Theft Auto – I was probably 8 or 9. It was for the Playstation One and it had a top down screen where you stole cars and shot people. My favorite part was KILLLLL FRENZY
I never felt the urge to steal a car or fire at a crowd of people in real life. Eventually, I played GTA3 in Middle School, you wouldn’t believe the amount of jokes that flew over my head. Same with Vice City and San Andreas.
Then GTA 4 showed up, and I was bored. It was such a decent simulation of actual driving when I had to pay fares and end up in traffic. So much so, I stopped playing it after 2 hours.
SO WHY IN GODS NAME DID I DECIDE TO BUY GTA 5?
Well, for starters – I was probably doing so for novelties sake? I was thinking this game wouldn’t be like any of the other GTA games, and in hindsight – I was right. But many of the problems I have with this came also came from GTA 4.
Grand Theft Auto V-Five is the game that both adults and kids who pretend to be adults or whine to their adult parents to buy for them that is sweeping the world. It’s such a sought-after game, that people impersonated police officers just to get a copy “in advance”. Dumbasses.
But I too am one of those dumbasses that bought this game. I tried my best to avoid spoilers (thanks Let’s Player assholes) and I also tried to limit my knowlege about the game before buying it. At this rate, just because the game is called “Grand Theft Auto” doesn’t mean I should buy it.
It is better than Grand Theft Auto 4. It’s not as good as San Andreas, and personally not as fun as Saints Row IV this year. But it deserves merit for trying a bunch of new things in the familar open-world sandbox.
For starters, three main characters that each tell a different story. Michael wants to do what’s best for the family, but his hot temper gets in the way. Franklin wants to get out of doing crimes to get money, but meeting Michael, he continues. And Trevor, he’s a psychopath that does shit just for enjoyment.
The familar tropes of GTA return, and it’s embodied in these characters. However, as the story progresses – I started giving less of a fuck about the characters and the need to care about them has stopped. TV Shows like “Breaking Bad” in which the villian is the lead character, you still have something to connect with him. You may find 1-2 moments of connection, but then you are stuck driving in traffic for 4 miles to steal a car.
The game has GTA Online, but we are unclear about if it’ll ever show up. Considering that this is pretty much one of “the last games” for this console season. As PS4 and Xbox One are out in a couple months.
The good thing about this game, is it’s ability to replay missions, skip missions (if you get stuck) and having a Taxi pick you up and drive you to the destination of the mission (it’s recommended you “skip”, you may be paying more money. But it’s worth it. And Money is no object in this game)
Although I can’t care about the characters, I can also praise the writing for this game. Yes, GTA has matured as a series. But if you’re a kid wanting to play this because of it’s violence and name recognition. (Talking to you, teenage boys via XBOX LIVE). You will just be yelling “HOLY SHIT” at the explosions. Saints Row 2, 3 and 4 are much better games for you.
Grand Theft Auto is the equivalent of “The Godfather” or “Goodfellas”. Tons of violence and action, but the storyline is the only reason it’s held together. This holds true with this game, but I have fallen asleep holding a controller.
Also, my PS3 froze up a few times while playing it as it loaded up Los Santos.
Also, the autosave didn’t work once, and I had to redo three hours of missions.
But I will recommend it for having so many things to do in the game.