You understand how each time a brand new story about Grand Theft Auto V’s huge gross sales numbers someway enhance once more – it just lately surpassed 160 million copies bought – any individual makes the joke, “Who the hell hasn’t performed this sport but?” Yeah…It’s me. I’m the one who hasn’t performed the sport but, or at the least, I used to be till Monday. Now, roughly 10 hours into Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 5, I really feel like a idiot.
Grand Theft Auto V completely lives as much as the hype, regardless of my perception that there was no approach an open-world sport with so many methods and mechanics, now nearly a decade previous, would maintain up this properly in 2022. I’ve at all times identified GTA to be the sequence of crude jokes, vulgarity galore, and extra alongside these strains. And to be clear, Grand Theft Auto V could be very a lot that, however someway, all of it works. I chortle as I kind this as a result of I think about 99-percent of individuals studying this are like, “Yeah dude, duh,” however in case you’re somebody who nonetheless hasn’t performed this sport, let me inform you: play it.
After I booted up the story mode for the primary time and noticed the visuals, I chuckled. By no means ought to Rockstar Video games be charging for this new-gen model of the sport. It ought to have been an replace as a result of, at greatest, it’s merely a 4K/60 FPS patch that makes issues look a bit of higher. Regardless of improved textures and lighting, Grand Theft Auto V nonetheless very a lot appears like a sport from 2013. After shaking off the sensation that this enhanced version ought to have been free, although, I used to be capable of play a sport I can already really feel shaping as much as be a brand new favourite.
One factor I discovered significantly placing in Grand Theft Auto V is how instantly genuine these characters really feel. Michael, Trevor, and Brad all react and converse to one another how I think about they might in the event that they had been actual people in a world robbing a financial institution in some distant snowy city. Quick ahead to assembly Franklin and his buddies, and I discover myself continually laughing out loud at their conversations. They’re hilarious and extremely partaking. I’ve already turned down the in-game music’s quantity a contact to make sure I hear each interplay when driving via Los Santos and I like listening to cellphone calls come out of my DualSense controller’s speaker.
Above all of that, although, the conversations between characters on this sport simply really feel so actual. Franklin and his buddies relentlessly (and lovingly) give one another crap the identical approach my buddies and I do. Michael’s nihilism matches in completely with the setup of Rockstar’s Los Santos, and whereas I’ve solely simply met Trevor, I’m already floored by Steven Ogg’s unhinged characterization. Trevor is nuts, and Ogg performs into that so properly.
For me, the dialogue is the driving drive of this sport. It varies from actual and well-written to completely off-the-wall, however not in a nasty approach – the extra zany dialogue feels proper at dwelling on this glamorized, centralized model of Hollywood. One minute, I’m having an actual dialog as Franklin whereas speaking to Jimmy concerning the faults of his dad. One other minute, I’m taking part in as Michael listening to a salesman pitch me a brand new pressure of weed that will get Michael so excessive he goes on a machine-gun fueled rampage to homicide dozens of aliens. Each nook I flip, I discover one thing else in Los Santos that catches my consideration, be it a brand new Strangers and Freaks mission, a billboard with an commercial that makes me cackle, or a avenue harking back to my journey to Los Angeles in 2019.
I’ve performed previous GTA video games, and I am keen on each Crimson Useless Redemption and Crimson Useless Redemption II, however I figured a 2013 Rockstar sport wouldn’t ship an open world designed in addition to the latter one, and but, I’m in love with Los Santos. It’s spectacular how a lot Rockstar was capable of cram into this metropolis and the encircling desert a decade in the past, and my mind hurts to consider simply how large Grand Theft Auto VI goes to be.
Grand Theft Auto V additionally has some impressively good writing. For instance, as Michael, I walked in on my spouse sleeping together with her tennis coach. Enraged, Michael decides to get revenge on the coach. He informs Franklin concerning the scenario, and the pair head over to a Malibu-esque cliffside home in a pickup truck. The 2 tie the truck’s tow line to beams holding the coach’s home up on the cliff. After they drive away, the beams and many of the home fall down the hill.
I cherished this scene, however I used to be considering to myself your complete time, “That is humorous however there’s no approach a tennis coach owns a home like this.” And positive sufficient, 30 seconds later, Michael will get a cellphone name from the coach saying it’s not his home. The truth is, it’s the home of one other would-be tennis participant the coach is sleeping with. I used to be so glad by this twist as a result of Rockstar swiftly and comically answered a query I used to be asking myself. That degree of good writing has been current all through my 10 hours in Grand Theft Auto V so far, and I can’t wait to search out out what else awaits me in Los Santos.
Does the gameplay, particularly the gunplay, really feel like 2013? Oh yeah. Are the visible and efficiency enhancements well worth the value Rockstar is charging? Nah. Does Grand Theft Auto V maintain up extraordinarily properly? Sure, very a lot so.
Maybe it’s foolish that I’m stunned – Grand Theft Auto V is the best-selling sport of all time and one of the crucial profitable leisure properties ever, in any case – however this sport’s actually, actually good. I solely wished I had performed it years and years in the past.
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