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GTA 5: now I’m playing it, am I bothered yet?

Monday, 16 September 2013 15:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto 5 reviews are dropping now, and VG247′s Dave Cook has been playing it over the weekend. Does it make up for GTA 4′s lack of punch, or does it miss the mark?

Back in May I wrote a blog explaining why I’ve only finished one GTA game. In short, the scale was daunting, menial tasks made the experience a chore, and the creeping RPG elements demanded more time and effort than my already hellishly busy life would allow. It’s always been clear to me that the series exudes quality, but we just didn’t get along.

I’ve now sunk over nine hours into GTA 5 and I’ll start by saying explicitly that Rockstar North as successfully remedied every issue I’ve had with previous installments, and then built on that raised bar even further. It’s a triumph in design, much like the leap between the first two Assassin’s Creed games, but on a grander scale. I no longer feel suffocated by the enormity of the tasks at hand, especially with missions as fun and insane as those drip-fed here.

What started out as a simple bonding session between Michael and his troublesome son Jimmy – a pedal bike race along the sun baked Los Santos shoreline – ended up as a mission to rescue his daughter from a bunch of jocks shooting pornos on a nearby yacht, which then erupted into a ludicrous jet-ski chase through the city’s sewer and marina network.

Not enough? How about dressing up as a geeky intern to infiltrate Facebook parody Lifeinvader’s stupidly kitsch offices? The plan is to sabotage the company’s latest smartphone ahead of its big Apple-style conference, attended by rows of crazed consumers flapping their arms like sexually aroused seals. A simple remote detonation sees the newly-unveiled device blowing up, taking the CEO’s head with it. Like this example, many of GTA 5′s filler missions introduce new mechanics and ludicrous set-pieces that resign the dull fetch quests of old to distant memory.

But then there’s the heists, which see the player assemble crews, acquire tools and execute cleverly-planned jobs throughout the plot. It all starts with the increasingly disturbed Michael suffering an explosive mid-life crisis after years as a retired bank robber. His kids hate him, his wife’s screwing her tennis coach and his shrink is more concerned with making money than actually guiding him towards a breakthrough. He’s a mess, and everything he touches – sometimes literally – explodes.

After getting in deep with a Russian mobster, Michael teams up with Franklin and later on, his old partner in crime, the deliciously psychopathic Trevor. Each job sees the player presented with multiple options as to how they want to tackle the heist at hand. The initial jewellery store plan sees the player recruiting team members. The more skilled they are, the bigger cut of the spoils they take. I opted for stealth, so had to case the store using Google Glass-style specs, and send photos back to the team’s tech-head Lester.

Then, I had to examine the store’s vent system, steal an exterminator van, hijack a truck full of sleeping gas and more. Come the big day, I hurled a canister of gas through the rooftop vents as Franklin, waited until the staff, customers and guards fell asleep, then switched to Michael to clear the place out. Franklin and his buddies then escaped on dirt bikes across the city and eventually meet up with Michael and the others in his truck after giving the cops the slip. It was a beautifully planned, expertly paced thrill ride from start to finish. Kudos to Rockstar.

As you may have heard by now, each character has their own story and campaign that intertwines with the over-arching plot, and this lends them increased depth and a more personal tale. Franklin for example, wants to leave the gang life behind and make some serious money through legitimate means, pouring scorn on his former posse for being ‘stuck in the life’. Trevor – on the other hand – is a meth and arms dealer with zero morals. He’s an unpredictable, kerb-stomping time-bomb.

Flicking between each character is as simple as holding down on the d-pad and flicking the right stick to the person you want to control. The map zooms out, shifts and then focuses in on that person. It takes a matter of moments and underlines the impressive tech fueling the experience. At first the prospect of not one, but three storylines had me concerned, but I’m yet to feel smothered by missions because they’re so damn fun. They also have decent checkpoints, which means you no longer have to drive across the map to restart them if you fail.

It’s about quality, not quantity, and those stranger missions are back, but this time they’re actually fun, unlike GTA 4′s simple time-fillers. Franklin’s escapades with excitable paparazzo Beverly – in which the duo seek to expose the seedy underbelly of the Los Santos celebrity circuit – are particular entertaining. Then there’s the mission that sees Michael toking on a joint, tripping balls and shooting alien hordes with a mini-gun. It’s frequently hilarious and delivers comedic writing in spades.

Beneath all of the drama, laughs and shocking scenes lies a master-work of design and coding. Make no mistake, this is true cusp of the generation stuff, with visuals that – without any hint of hyperbole – actually seem to bled into what we now consider ‘next-gen’. It’s a phenomenal technical achievement in terms of both visuals and delivery. It feels brilliant in your hands now, which is a major plus for me as I felt Niko handled sluggishly and clumsily in GTA 4. Shooting is slick, cars glide brilliantly on the roads and on-foot controls are perfectly fine.

There’s more; so much more. The RPG elements return from San Andreas, except this time you needn’t worry about keeping your stamina up continuously. There’s an ‘improve by doing’ progression system at play here that sees Michael, Franklin and Trevor’s stats increase as they perform tasks. Sprint around the block and your stamina will increase, or if you like, play some tennis. Shooting can be enhanced by frequenting a target range, or just by pulling off headshots in battle.

You’re never forced to go play golf or anything like that to keep your character healthy and skilled. That was my big fear going into this thing. Instead, I’ve just been levelling the trio by performing well in missions. It you want to partake in the bonus attractions then that’s entirely up to you. Speaking of which, Chop the dog is a treat. You can walk around the block with him as Franklin, toss a ball around to get him healthy or download Rockstar’s iFruit app and improve his skills and behaviour that way. Just don’t throw the ball into traffic like I did. He will go after it.

On top of this you can buy properties to expand your empire and increase your daily income, trick out your car at the auto-shop, customise your weapons with various attachments, go to the movies, run a triathlon and more. There’s no pressure to do any of it, and speaking of ‘pressure’, your smartphone is no longer a sustaining source of annoyance in GTA 5. It’s there to use in missions and while you get texts, you’re under no obligation to reply. There’s no friend or loyalty system to speak of.

Saying too much more would spoil the experience for you, but put it this way: I’ve only finished one GTA game – the third one – because the other games bored me before the end credits rolled. It’s not because they were bad games at all, but I guess it was because I wanted a greater variety of tasks at hand. I was always like, ‘Cool, I’ve unlocked that last region! Lots of new stuff to do!’, but then no, it was the same fetch quests, clumsy shoot-outs and other things I couldn’t be arsed with. In GTA 5, you can replay missions to improve your score, and for the first time since Three-Leaf Clover, I feel compelled to relive them.

Not a single moment of GTA 5 has felt like a slog so far. I’m too busy sitting there ogling the beauty of it to notice, and when I do have to focus on gameplay, it positively sings. I’ll likely write another blog about GTA 5 once I’ve finished it, and when GTA Online goes live October 1, but for now just know that Rockstar North – as monolithic and unwilling to divulge secrets as it is – has listened to your complaints and has remedied them all with style, grace and technical mastery.

GTA 5 hits PS3 and Xbox 360 worldwide on September 17.

Disclosure: To assist in writing this piece, Rockstar Games sent Dave a copy of GTA 5 on Xbox 360.

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28 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    You can go to the movies? Care to elaborate on that? Do they have trailers on the big screen? Haha.

    Is TV back? That was one of my favourite activities in GTAIV. Watching TV. In a video game. I’m sure there’s something incredibly meta about that. Hahaha.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Custard Ganet

    @1 Yeah you can watch TV,they posted some TV adverts on the GTA site,apparently you can also watch people in car chases with the cops or having deathmatches on TV in the online portion of the game.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 The latter of which isn’t live yet sadly, GTA Online goes live October 1st. Looking forward to trying it :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    @Dave

    Great write up thanks!

    Im going to be playing on 360 too, can you tell me a bit about how the game ‘ran’?

    Are the graphics comparable to the screenshots? Any screen tear, etc? Framerate stable or does it chug?

    Cheers Dave! :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Panthro

    @4

    I would also like to hear an indefinite responses from someone who has actually played it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Custard Ganet

    @3 Absolutely yeah,very much looking forward to seeing that feature in action when the game goes online,nice article by the way.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    It looks superb on Xbox 360, honestly verge of the generation stuff (with the big install of course). It runs smooth, no framerate issues so far, and the technical stuff is just superb. It looks leaps ahead of GTA 4.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @6 Thanks :)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    I want to read but i’m want to be kept in the dark about all the new features, spoilers and whatnot, want to experience it first hand.

    But i am going to assume its an amazing article, as always Dave :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    Nice stuff man. I hear it everywhere that the fps is great, but jesus…that Eurogamer GTA gameplay video you guys posted is choppy as hell. How can that be?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @9 Thanks mate, I don’t blame you ;)

    @10 No idea man, maybe some capture issue at their end perhaps? Thanks for reading mate :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    I find it really cool to read this, cause i knew that you were quite sceptical about this one. Again, nice read friend!

    And yeah, must be an issue on their end. Seen several videos and livestreams and were all smooth. And graphically…would you say it’s exactly like what they showed in the gameplay trailer? I’ve seen several youtube videos and streams, but you don’t get to see exactly what you will see on tv.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    The frame rate and draw distance seemed a bit iffy in that helicopter video posted in that other news story, but for the most part the game looks phenomenal. Just seeing the water effects in that shark video yesterday was surreal. It’s not about fidelity so much as it is about immersion, and this game has it in spades.

    The game definitely raises the bar for what’s possible in this medium, no doubt about it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    @12 I really think it comes close yeah. One mission sees you drive from the countryside down to Los Santos. Seeing the city creep over the horizon is glorious. Truly lovely.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DuckOfDestiny

    I read like two paragraphs in and had to stop. Too many spoilers and it’s just making me more wet.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. fearmonkey

    Thanks for this write up Dave, after reading your article, I am even more interested giving it a shot. The previous GTA games were fun but bored me to tears after awhile and I never finished them. I was hoping this one would be different, and your write up indicates thats the case.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dave Cook

    @16 I guarantee you’ll be more compelled to play this one, absolutely :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Droid

    Got mine early thx to a pre-order early ship, but all the shimmering graphics ingame is making me want a pc version. I guess there’s no anti aliasing with a 360 to stop or reduce this or do i have the wrong settings or something?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    http://www.lifeinvader.com

    #19 2 years ago
  20. saman137810

    I’m from Iran and I’m playing it too.
    I have played about 15% of the game and the last mission I played was the jewelry store. But I still didn’t see Tervor. When can I see him?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. JewyMcJew

    I did not enjoy GTA IV because I felt it was too slow (Infamous is more my speed).

    Do you think I will be a happy gamer if I buy it?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. nyceLyfe

    I WAS HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE GRAPHICS OF GRAND THEFT AUTO 5 , GTA 4 SHOULDN’T OF LOOKED BETTER THEN 5, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE REVIEWERS & CONSUMERS WANTED MORE OF A GRAND THEFT AUTO SAN ANDREA’S FEEL BUT NOT THE SAME LOOK! GTA 5 SHOULD OF LOOKED BETTER THEN GTA 4 GRAPHIC WISE I FEEL THAT IT WAS DOWNGRADED IN THAT ASPECT OF THE GAME, I FEEL THAT THE GRAPHICS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THEN THE REST, 5 YEARS OF WAITING FOR THIS GAME & SPENDING $150 FOR IT IM VERY DISAPPOINTED ROCSTAR

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @22 Something wrong with your keyboard bud?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. silkvg247

    Arrghhh!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. salarta

    @23: IT IS POSSESSED BY SATAN AND PONIES.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. VibraniumSpork

    @22 Anyone saying that 4 looks better than 5 seriously – and I say this in my capacity as a fully qualified Optometrist – needs their eyes tested.

    You may have early on-set Diabetes, Glaucoma or Cataracts, which could easily lead to blindness or permanent partial vision loss.

    Or you might have a really shit TV, which is much easier to rectify *tosses out a bundle of that sweet Optometrist cash-money*.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    @26 Yeah, it has more graphical flair (sort of, because the details are turned way down so as not to kill the antique hardware) but it really feels to me like the driving physics have been taken down a notch.

    The weight and impact of the cars, and the feel of the suspension seems very lacking. It’s closer to LA Noire than GTA IV, and LA Noires driving physics were just abysmal.

    Still fun, just not as responsive.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. VibraniumSpork

    @27 I know what you mean, but I feel like the driving mechanics are something I’ll get used to. They also seem to vary wildly between car-to-car, and especially from car-to-bike-to-motorcycle (kinda preferring the two wheels option myself at the moment). I saw some reviews say that it handles just like Midnight Club? Never played that series so couldn’t comment, not sure if that’s a good or bad thing etc.

    Graphics-wise though, I think it takes a bit of a curmudgeon to say that it’s not impressive in its own right. To achieve that level of details at that scale on hardware as old as the current-gen…I feel there’s a large amount of kudos owed in that respect. Having said that, can’t wait to see the step up it takes on the transition to PC/next-gen!

    #28 2 years ago

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  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

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  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

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  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

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  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

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  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

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  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

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  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

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  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

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  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

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  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

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  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

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  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

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  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

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  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

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  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

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  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

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  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

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  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

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  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

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  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

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  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

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  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

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  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

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  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

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  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

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  • Sarkeesian and PewDiePie make Time’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet list

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