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Have you ever dreamed of something like a life simulator? Not like easygoing Sims, something more realistic with plenty of capabilities and freedoms? Just think for a minute how you slowly wake up, get breakfast into the bed, turn on a TV, put your suit on, go to work on your luxury car and finish your weekday in a bar with a couple of charming beauties. Not bad, right? I’m mentioning all of this just to let you know that such life simulator has been already created and its name is Grand Theft Auto V. So you don’t need to dream anymore, GTA will gladly introduce you to this wonderful world of simulation.
Most of the players didn’t expect from GTA V something completely changed and extremely new. However, Rockstar has been working on their concept of the series for years and not in vain. Grand Theft Auto V is much more than a сar thief’s simulator in an open world. It’s a presentable project with outstanding and unseen before graphics, different intricate gameplay and a widely expanded list of actions available to the player.
Graphics — 5/5
Xbox One version of GTA V's grants you with a highly compelling feature - a first-person mode. Of course, we all remember how we used to play a top-down shooter with some truly violent scenes of crimes that we rather observed as witnesses than felt ourselves participating there. So the first-person mode significantly changes how you view and perceive the GTA V's world. Playing the game this way you will spend more time on thinking whether you should commit crimes or simply stop doing them. That’s something different for GTA, but apparently, it's not a bad thing especially after this game got repeatedly criticized for glorifying a criminal style of life.
If we compare GTA V to the previous series, we’ll notice right away significantly improved high-quality graphics with noticeably sharper visuals and textures. Mentioning new animation level, lights and lens effects, we can’t skip the game’s resolution because it’s one of the best that the gaming world has ever met. You can see in details whatever you want from signs on the shop windows to tiny raindrops on the ground. And viewing all of this in first-person is more than just delight. You can easily tilt the camera up, above and around the city anytime, so you will likely just walking around the streets in the beginning and watching for hours everything that will come across your eyes. Just don’t get overexcited about the realistic graphics that third-person mode could never give you because this game has much more to surprise you with.
Gameplay — 5/5
Everyone has own idea of how to play Grand Theft Auto, but most people still believe that all you do in this game is just chasing prostitutes and killing bad guys to get easy money. Well, if everything was that simple, Rockstar North would stop their work a while ago. Grand Theft Auto V introduces you to the new world of GTA where you watch cartoons, do yoga and scuba diving. Of course, you will kill and rob from time to time, but that’s not the primary dignity of this game.
Ready to get surprised? Let’s do it. You’ll have three protagonists in GTA V and will need to play them simultaneously. Right, I was shocked the same as you. When it was announced at first that GTA V gets three main characters instead of one, most of the players doubted how it’s going to work because back in the days Rockstar could barely handle just one hero. Personally, my doubts have disappeared from the first minutes of playing the game. It’s amazing how three entirely different characters can not just co-exist but even complement each other.
So your protagonists are Franklin, Michael and Trevor. Franklin is a young black guy who is an excellent driver, faithful to his band, doesn’t like to risk, but for the sake of friends is ready for anything. He steals cars from time to time and dreams of getting on a serious deal one day. Franklin doesn’t seem to have lots of opportunities to move up in the world until he meets our next character - Michael.
Michael, unlike other heroes, has a beautiful life of a former criminal: respect and recognition, a mansion in Vinewood, a full garage of super cars as well as a broken marriage with his dissatisfied wife, tough relations with a daughter who spends all the time with porn moguls and a post puberty boy who only does that smokes weed all days and nights and plays something similar to Call of Duty. So no wonder why Michael spends more time with Franklin than his children and gives Franklin a chance to check out the life of big-time crime by himself.
We have one more character - a methamphetamine dealer Trevor, who lives in a desert town north of Los Santos and appears to be Michael’s companion and business partner. Trevor is a character that you will never forget, even if you try hard. He is truly horrible and terrifying person. Lives in a dirty trailer, makes methamphetamine, screams swear words, spontaneously beats people and kills bikers. Trevor is absolutely uncontrollable, impudent, arrogant and socially dangerous. So other two protagonists seem to be nice enough people by comparing them to Trevor.
As you likely noticed, Michael, Trevor and Franklin work together but don’t always get along. Therefore, to complete some missions in GTA V, you will have to hire additional members to your crew. There will be a need sometimes for jobs like hacker, driver, gunman and others. If you look for skilled crew members, they will typically cost you more. However, if you hire cheap and inexperienced ones, then you’ll likely end up your missions because of their tasks fails. Don’t forget to get all the necessary equipment aforehand, find the perfect places to hide your getaway car for example, and check other things before you’ll ready to start the job.
Also, you can switch any of your three protagonists even if you’re not on missions. Doing so, you’ll gradually get out from one character’s location and view another’s. Be ready that you never know what the character you’re swapping to might be doing at this particular moment. Sometimes you can find them in relatively crappy situations, so I warned you.
If we look at the game in overall, it might seem like each character has his own life and is dedicated to certain missions. But just because all the protagonists are so different, switching between them makes GTA V feel so realistic and surprisingly addictive.
Controls — 4.5/5
The control system of GTA V was also changed. Things like shooting and throwing bombs are much easier to do in the first-person mode. However, the cover system isn't that good as well as driving that is quite hard to ope with. That's not impossible to get your skills impeccable, but it’s a genuinely tough task to master them in first-person. Those twitchy controls that we used in the third-person mode for outrageous driving stunts are just too sensitive in first-person, and you have to work hard to keep the car on the road especially when a dozen of mad policemen are chasing you. Thankfully, you can choose to drive in third-person and have the game automatically switch you back to first-person whenever you get on-foot. This feature might be extremely helpful if you can’t complete a particular mission.
But even if you’re not an excellent driver you’ll still enjoy riding all of those beautiful vehicles because they have wonderfully detailed and impressive interiors. Don’t give up and hastily run to check them out. Here is still something for you. Read on.
Replay Value — 5/5
Grand Theft Auto has never been a boring game. There is always something to do for each type of player. You can never know what’s going to happen to you the next five minutes, but this is what keeps you always engaged in the game.
If you’re one of those who thinks that there is nothing to do after completing all missions, you’re wrong. Go play tennis, practice yoga, do scuba diving, ride beautiful streets, explore picturesque landscapes or just go to a strip bar, get drunk and call a girl in a private room to dance for you. You have plenty of various services and entertainments available for you anytime and even an in-game analog of the Internet with a huge amount of content. So text SMS, send and get emails, photographs everything around, post your pictures in the real Network, call your friends or girls and meet with them whenever you want - nothing is forbidden. Grand Theft Auto V opens up an enormous world of unseen opportunities in front of you. Just go ahead and explore them.
GTA is no more an open world space where you need to move from point to point occasionally completing some silly missions and making chaos whenever you get bored. Rockstar has made a long way through the thorny path of evolution, and as a result, we see an excellent simulation game without any rules and conventions.
Grand Theft Auto V has fantastic in own way characters and new exciting narrative structure completed by perfect open-world mission design and highly detailed graphics. It has one of the most beautiful, lively and diverse simulating worlds the gaming world has ever seen. Los Santos is open for you and ready to take you in a big crime journey. Hurry up.
Incredible sequel to the legendary GTA series that takes everything to a new level and grants you with a fantastical gaming experience.
Pros : excellent game concept;
three bright main characters;
helpful dialogues and lively cut scenes;
picturesque landscapes of Los Santos;
high level of interactivity;
Cons : Only true admirers of criticism can find any cons in this game.
Replay Value 5