Grand Theft Auto V Review

Isn’t weird that you are reading another review for Grand Theft Auto V? Well It’s been re-released for current gen gaming. Was it necessary? Is this just an instant cash grab by Rockstar? Maybe Not.

I am a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto V, I played through the entire story mode and did most of the extra achievement missions on the Xbox360, so why would I want to restart my career and do it all over again? Easy answer, because it’s so freak’n awesome!

If you haven’t played Grand Theft Auto V before, now is the time to experience it on current gen consoles. Check out our review of the game when it launched back in October 2013 on last gen consoles.

Whilst the protagonists, story and missions remain the same, you can’t help but feel you are playing a different game. The jump from 720p to 1080p makes an immediate impact.

The obvious differences come in the shape of visuals, vehicles looks shiner and damage can be noticeably seen, in regional areas you will notice more foliage and animals, when you take to the road, you will have more traffic to contend with, not to mention more outgoing citizens of Los Santos to interact with.

The most notable change is the option to view the game in first person mode, this is particularly useful during shootouts and you can choose to play the game in full first person mode, This allows you to see everything through the eyes of Franklin, Michael and Trevor, be prepared to literally “Laugh Out Loud” as your favourite moments of the game are now easier and clearer to see in full 1080P or cater to your needs and select first person mode for just shooting and or driving. The possibilities here are endless and you the gamer have the choice, with a quick button press you are in the action.

However this can be construed as a gimmick and something Rockstar had to do to make the game somewhat different to the original. Driving in first person is cumbersome and boring and after walking the streets of Los Santos in first person for about an hour, you will find the same thing. Just go to a Strip club or pick up a prostitute in first person mode! Hilarity will ensue.

Single player gameplay hasn’t changed from the original. Gun and combat mechanics are still the best I have experienced in a Grand Theft Auto game, Driving and character movement are fun to play and the characters themselves, well they border on the criminally insane.

When you choose to play Grand Theft Auto Online, not only will you be able to transfer your multiplayer stats from the last-gen version, but you’ll also notice improved performance. If you have played GTA Online on the 360 or PS3 you would have run into noticeable problems when it first launched on October 1. Finally Rockstar ironed out these issues so the game runs at its full potential.

There are also some really cool Easter Eggs and secrets. Did you ever want to control a shark in the ocean? Or run like a deer in front of headlights? Or even fly as a bird atop of Mt Chilliad? These can all be attained with the Peyote plant. I have only experienced one of these secrets, however knowing Rockstar, I can only assume hundreds of them exist, from cell phone cheats to drug-fueled trips.

You wouldn’t have thought that a game that was only released a year ago would make a comeback with a re-release so soon, however with the new advancements and upgrades, it’s definitely worth one. If you have played it before then this will be an absolute treat for you, if you haven’t, you should be ashamed.


About: Matthew Cawley

I always had a passion for games even in my younger years, when I first received the Atari 2600, Pele Soccer was the flavor of the year, I played that game so much I actually started seeing top down soccer players in real life. My first real advanced gaming experience was when I received the Commodore Amiga 500, this is where adventure games took over my life, Sierra classics such as Police Quest, Space Quest, Kings Quest and the entire Leisure Suit Larry series dominated huge portions of my childhood.

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