Spoiler free review from that guy that despised GTA4
You might have noticed I haven’t been posting much for the last week or so. Was I on a secret mission to North Korea sabotaging nuclear weapons? Was I receiving ninja training in a secret ninja village in Japan? No, I was doing something even better – I was playing Grand Theft Auto 5, officially the fasted selling videogame ever. Did I like it? To answer that all I can say is that its the first GTA I’ve finished since GTA3. It’s that good
I’m a person who totally hated GTA4. It was too serious, too drab, too difficult. It wasn’t Grand Theft Auto, it was a videogame version of a shitty homage to Scorcese gangster movies. I don’t even like going bowling with friends in real life, why would I enjoy doing it in a virtual world with my fictional cousin Roman?
Apologies for the rant but it needs to be considered when looking at GTA5. Over the past five years Rockstar North (the makers of GTA and based right here in Edinburgh!) have been beavering away to produce something epic, fun, exciting, funny and best of all – it has no bowling. The makers have stripped out anything approaching dull and replaced it with that element missing from the previous game – fun.
You get to parachute out of planes, raid a burning building, rob banks, pilot a submarine, hijack a train, amongst so much more. Its GTA with all the fat trimmed and it’s been refined to its purest form. Rockstar deserve to be applauded for taking all of the criticisms of GTA4 and fixing them. And they haven’t just left it there. There are multiple innovations in the game that make it a joy to play.
The main addition to the traditional mechanics of stealing cars, punching mimes, or riding motorbikes off cliffs, is the three character system. You don’t play one person, you control a trio of hoods meaning you always have something fun to do. The ability to switch between Michael, Trevor, and Franklin on the fly means that if you’re stranded in the desert after a botched parachute jump you can switch to someone else instead of walking miles to the nearest town. It changes the way you think about the game meaning no more rage quitting after a mission goes wrong.
There’s too much awesomeness to describe in this humble blog – the characters are fantastic, the shooting has been fixed, Los Santos is an amazing setting and best of all you can roll your car back on its wheels if you overturn it! GTA5 isn’t a perfect game, it doesn’t have the surprise factor of GTA3, it doesn’t have the retro style of Vice City, but it’s the formula distilled and acted out in a wonderful, violent, ridiculous playground.
And there’s no more bowling!
Have you finished GTA5? I have! I just wanted to say that. Spill your guts about anything GTA related below and if you like this poorly written diatribe then please share it using the buttons below.