MGP's official review: Grand Theft Auto V.

Rockstar's latest installment is going to blow your mind.

Posted by Bytyqi   26th September 2013

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GTA V is one of the most incredible games I've ever got to play. It's unique way of having three main characters rather than one. Meet Franklin, a normal guy living in the ghetto, dreaming of the bigger "score". Michael, a rich middle-aged guy with family crysis. Or Trevor, the comical psychopath that you really don't want to piss off. Combined, these three fellas create chaos in the streets of San Andreas while doing everything they can to reach the final "score".


I had my doubts when I first heard about three main characters rather than one. I understood the idea. Rockstar wanted to create something unique. Something that many games don't have. So they came up with three characters. Right there I had my doubts whether this game was going to be good or not. But once I played it myself, it really felt geniune and like something very special. The way they managed to create the game is very impressive. If I, myself, gathered all my best ideas and tried to create something, Rockstar still beats it with GTA V.

This GTA comes totally updated from any other GTA. The graphics are AMAZING, as well the environment. Try flying a jet during dawn and you'll see what I mean. Even if you don't like the GTA series at all, but you enjoy flying, this thing is the real deal. The way pedestrians react to certain things is another thing that makes GTA V fantastic. They know and fear danger. They respect that you're in their path and won't accelerate... most of the times. To put it simply, the game is very realistic in many ways.

The gameplay is undoubtebly one of the best I've ever experienced. You can pretty much do everything you want. Considering to play tennis on Top Spin? Play tennis on GTA! Golf of Tiger Woods? Ding! GTA! Cycling in Tour de France? GTA! These are only a couple examples. The list could've gone on for quite some time.

You could encounter random events while roaming the streets of Los Santos. It could be someone in danger, or even a thief running away with some old woman's bag. These are random and that's what makes this game so good. You may be bored driving around, when all of a sudden someone needs your help. Keeps you occupied and adds joy to the game and does indeed extend the gameplay.

There is so much to do. It has multiple sorts of vehicles. Not only cars, but even jets! You can even take rides in boats and jetskiis. If you feel like you want to explore even further down, why not grab the submarine and explore the depths of the sea? Maybe you'll find something worth keeping...

I've played video games for a long time. I can't recall the exact time when I started, but it was a long time ago. Since I started hunting achievements I noticed that collectible-related achievements started to show up pretty much in any game. At first, I found them interesting. They weren't fun, but was something new for me, and I thought they were OK. By the time I played my fifth game with collectibles, all I saw them as was something that needed to be done. I hated them, and couldn't wait for them to all collected so that I never had to se them again. That didn't apply to Grand Theft Auto V.

The game contains many collectibles, but believe it or not, I enjoyed collecting every single one of them. These collectibles weren't just there for you to collect. They were introduced somehow. Either through a mission or otherwise. Because the collectibles had a meaning to the game, I was just eager to collect them and find out what exactly happens! Of course, it could get boring sometimes after running around, looking for them for hours, but then it's just back to doing missions, until you're ready to go again.

Any previous GTA fan will recognize the achievement list. Pretty straightforward. Rockstar did not forget to include their classic "100%" achievement. In my opinion, this one is easier than the one for Grand Theft Auto 4. We have a couple of story-related achievements, along side one or two missable ones. Some of them really puts your skills to the test.

My GTA journey began with GTA 4. I wasn't an achievement hunter back, so therefore I just played the story for fun. The online experience for GTA 4 is probably the only game that I play without gaining any achievements. I usually buddy up with a couple of friends, and just start tearing the environment (including ourselves apart). What I'm trying to say with this is that if I enjoyed GTA 4 that much, then I can't wait to see what the multiplayer in GTA V has in store for us.

    Site Moderator n1ckKz 27 Sep 2013 04:50 pm

    I thought this was way to short for a review of a game like GTA o.o

    Well written though.

      News Manager Bytyqi 27 Sep 2013 09:22 pm

      That's all I could figure out regarding the singleplayer.

        Site Moderator Theo Boots 28 Sep 2013 12:20 am

        This review reminded me of GTA III.
        That was my first game with collectibles, back in 2001.
        The game had me collect all the vehicles in the game. Advantage of this was the vehicles became available from the garage. Anyone remember the "dodo"?

        A year later I played GTA Vice City. This was the best game I played to date. Vice City did seem to focus a bit more on cumulatives rather than collectibles.

          Site Moderator n1ckKz 28 Sep 2013 01:30 am

          That's all I could figure out regarding the singleplayer.Bytyqi

          Actually Don, good point. My bad i forgot MP wasn't in the mix yet, you should re-do this review in full when the MP has been released.

            WeisGuy9 28 Sep 2013 06:51 am

            Haven't played the game yet, but isn't it set in Los Santos, rather than San Andreas? I may be mistaken.

              Site Moderator Theo Boots 28 Sep 2013 02:14 pm

              hello Weis,

              You may or may not have a point there. :)
              Since I don't own the game yet I can't really give a final judgement.
              It is a bit confusing; the achievement has San Andreas in it.
              However the achievement-description does not have San Andreas in it.

              Achievement: San Andreas Sightseer
              Achievement description: Explore all of Los Santos and Blaine County

              Post last edited 28 Sep 2013 02:18 pm by Theo Boots.

                Site Moderator n1ckKz 28 Sep 2013 04:34 pm

                Either way, thanks for pointing it out, Weis.


                  Site Moderator n1ckKz 28 Sep 2013 04:35 pm

                  Either way, thanks for pointing it out, Weis.


                    News Manager Bytyqi 30 Sep 2013 02:21 pm

                    Haven't played the game yet, but isn't it set in Los Santos, rather than San Andreas? I may be mistaken.WeisGuy9

                    Los Santos is the name of the town, while San Andreas is the entire region, including all of the map. Saying that you roam around in Los Santos would mean that you never leave the city, while saying San Andreas, you're meaning that you're roaming around freely across the map that you see if you press start (if you've unlocked it fully, that is)

                      Site Moderator n1ckKz 4 Oct 2013 02:24 pm

                      Streets are not in the other parts of the region though for example -

                      "You could encounter random events while roaming the streets of San Andreas"

                      Corrected to

                      "You could encounter random events while roaming the streets of Los Santos"


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