First and foremost I would like to establish the fact that this is not a topic about why driving sucks.
Secondly, if you have the attention span of a squirrel and don't feel like reading this; don't. But there is no need to comment and waste your time and mine by being rude or disrespectful. Yes, I know its long. Yes, our opinions may differ. Yes, we've talked about this in length before, but I've felt there wasn't really a legitimate breakdown of the aspects. In any case, we're all here for the same thing; GTA V and how awesome it is.
This is my first-hand account with driving in GTA V and I'd like to share some of my observations with you guys in the hopes of discussing technics and tips.
My first time driving, was a race with my friend, Lamar, and I can honestly say I drove like a sloppy drunk. Here I am, in this top-of-the-line sports car, zig-zagging back and forth across the road as if I'm trying to out-maneuver an alligator that's right on my ass. I caused easily a couple thousand dollars in damage and took 3 lives in my sad attempt to beat Lamar back to the dealership.
By the time I got there, in second place obviously, the car was in shambles; the only two doors it had were gone, no trunk lid, every window blown out and a flat tire.
I passed the mission, but as I paused the game and sat back and enjoyed some herbals; I formulated my theory on how to perfect my driving skills.
What I realized is that driving in GTA V is nothing like the previous entries; sh*t, it hardly shares similarities with GTA IV. The key to getting driving down pat is recognizing that the car has actual, believable mass first and foremost. It does not feel like your sliding around, rather, it feels like the most believable driving I've experienced in an open world game. Like most of you, I'm used to just banging my left thumbstick all the way to left or right, dependant on what direction I need to go. That doesn't work so well here. If you take the time and break yourself of this habit, the driving is a memorable experience in itself. You have slightly move the left thumbstick in the direction you want to travel so as not to cut the wheel too hard and spin out. Its all about finesse.
Secondly, again just like all of us have played in past GTA games, its not about holding the gas down and getting to our destination as fast as we can. The key is to keep the car at a moderate speed in conjuction with what I mentioned previously about steering and you'll start to feel how awesome and rewarding driving is. Now, obviously sometimes you gotta get the f*ck out of some places sometime, and giving the gas all its got is a necessity. When you are traveling at a high rate of speed, flutter the gas as you turn; let off when initially starting the turn and get back on it when you're exiting the turn.
There are so many complaints at how the driving feels 'arcady', but in all honesty I cannot get behind the comparison. I feel as if Rockstar did the driving the way they did so we would be, in a sense, forced us to slow down and enjoy our surroundings while also making us to change our habits, I.e. balls to the wall driving ALL the time; granted in a getaway it may be necessary but there are other ways to evade the police now instead of gunning it. You can duck down an alley and turn your headlights off is one awesome thing I experienced while playing.
I've been driving around in as many different cars as I could, to get a feel for everything. I have to admit that the driving mechanics are fair and balanced across all vehicles; any complaints about driving will most likely come from people who do not like change, they've never driven a real car and think that cars slide all over the damn place, or are just generally not able to grasp the new mechanics and how rewarding it is.
The next time you play GTA V, or if you're like me and have been playing since the midnight release haha, when you get in a car slightly press the gas in at first and accelerate naturally. Slow down around a corner and turn by slightly pressing the desired direction you wish to go in and you'll notice the fluidity.
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Please sign the pettition on change.orgRockstar: Add an option to GTA 5 to change the driving mechanics back to GTA 4 Style
Lets see if we can make a difference!