So you see all those cool lightning bolts shooting through the sky when playing GTAV? The ones that happen every time you play the level "Friends Reunited" where Trevor has to blow up the bikers trailers. Or everytime you enter the weather cheat. Wondered why they have disappeared recently? Well, i have discovered that it's the update/patch that has removed them.
When i first played the level "Friends Reunited" i was blown away by the lightning bolt effects. So i messed around with the weather cheat to show a friend. Then came the update/patch from Rockstar in October. After the patch i noticed that the thundery weather was still there, but there were no more of those cool lightning bolts shooting through the sky no matter how many times i replayed that level or entered the weather cheat. It just thundered and the whole sky flashed like in GTA4, but there were NO lightning bolts streaking through the sky anymore like before the update/patch.
Then i deleted the October update/patch and voila, those super cool lightning bolts effects were back in full force.
So the update/patch (on the 360 at least) removes the lightning bolt effects.
Try it out for yourselves. Play that level or use the weather cheat with the update/patch installed and you WON'T see or get any lightning bolt effects no matter how long you wait or try. Then delete the patch and try again, they will instantly be back in full force.
FPS isn't an issue, at least not on my 360. All runs smooth even with the lightning bolts.
So i'm guessing it's just a conflicting bug in the update or something.
Here is a video http://www.youtube.c...h?v=PuggQEH7vYU
GOOD NEWS! THE LATEST 1.08 PATCH RESTORES THE LIGHTNING BOLT EFFECTS! WOOT WOOT!