Grand Theft Auto V Review

Grand Theft Auto V Review

You find yourself unable to stay focused on routine day to day tasks, going to work is more difficult than usual, and you seem to be avoiding loved one at an alarming rate. No you don’t have some kind of disorder, it just means that you have been playing Grand Theft Auto V and have been cursed with social responsibilities. It may sound like a bit of a joke, but Grand Theft Auto V can’t help but absorb you with its grand ambition and depth.

Despite being a rather long running franchise, Grand Theft Auto V brings a lot to the table. Perhaps its biggest feature is its brand new approach to the single player. You now can play as three very different main characters and you’re able to switch between them at any given moment to see the many different perspectives on this massive story. The first character you are introduced to is Michael, a former bank robber who has left his past behind him to put his family in witness protection. Next is Franklin, who wants to get out of being a simple gangbanger and move up to bigger and better things to make a name for himself. Finally comes the show stealer Trevor, who used to work with Michael when he robbed banks and comes to Los Santos to make everything much more difficult...for everyone.

All three characters quickly become some of the best characters in GTA history. With that said all three of them are also truly flawed and awful humans, but that is what makes them so interesting as the game does a good job of showing their reasons for all of their actions.

Michael may complain about his life all of the time, but unlike every other similar main character from past games, he doesn’t complain about the horrible things he has to do. Franklin is clearly looking up to Michael because of what he has achieved in life, but even after seeing how flawed he is, the chance of scoring big never makes him doubt himself. Trevor...well he just has so much wrong with him that there is no real good place to start. The moment you are introduced to him you understand why he is a danger to the world around him.

Having a story that is told from three different perspectives works for the most part and keeps the game from ever feeling stale. If you have been playing with one character and doing their missions for a long time, just switch over to another and it immediately keeps things feeling different. However, the story can become a bit confusing if you are the type of person who likes to switch things around a lot, as some missions might start from one character getting a text, but starting it as another might not make any sense. These moments however, are extremely rare as the mechanic works throughout the majority of the game. It’s pretty impressive as it’s a rather grandiose story that spans over 25 hours of core missions.

Grand Theft Auto V’s gameplay is made up of all the best elements from Rockstar Games’ different properties. The shooting is an evolution of GTA IV’s combat and Max Payne 3’s cover system. Driving that no longer feels like you're driving on ice, it’s more akin to Midnight Club. The open world is more alive than ever with tons of interesting stranger to meet and random encounters similar to Red Dead Redemption. L.A. Noire’s level of detail has also been brought into the stunningly beautiful and alive world. Let’s not forget various pieces of downloadable content that introduced all sorts of new activities to partake in, that continues in GTA V with the incredibly deep hobbies you can participate in such as tennis, darts, golf, and much more.


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