I'm one for making things difficult. It's an ethos of mine I suppose. Not only is it an every day habit of challenging myself but even during my leisure time, I still choose to do things the "hard" way.
When I play video games, mainly FIFA & GTA atm, I always set the difficulty to the highest setting. I feel that by doing this, not only am I forcing myself to be a better player per se but I'm encountering things and new challenges most people forget is even an option.
I loaded up my GTA and read one of those notifications R* kindly put in for us during those, lethargic, loading screens. It read something along the lines of "For a truly immersive experience, turn off the radar". So I thought hey, why not give that a try, see how much of Los Santos I really know.
I go into a free roam full of players, hit the start button and proceed in getting rid of my HUD and Radar. Go back into the game and notice instantly how different the game looks already, I felt like I had 'space', for the lack of a better word.
So I'm out in Paleto Bay and order myself a brand new 9F Cabrio. A txt arrives shortly after [a mass stabbing incident] saying my car was very generously delivered to my garage already, for no fee what so ever! White Jesus? Who knows...
I digress. So I steal a car and think f*ck, how do I get back to Los Santos from here [Paleto Bay]. I can't see any other player nearby, I don't know where the next turn is precisely, I have no Idea how much ammo I have left in case sh*t hits the fan and I find myself in a gun battle with no spidey senses on the bottom left of my screen! And what do you know, 4mins into my drive back home some guy starts tailing me in his tuned Primo firing shots at my car.
Not an uncommon circumstance at all but, given the fact I had no idea where I was driving especially if I aimed backwards to shoot this guy, I felt like I was playing an entirely different game. My instant reaction is to just drive as fast as I can and use my racing abilities to lose this guy. What was great about this, was I got the feeling of actually being in a real chase. After miraculously escaping, I was lost again. Which brought upon a whole new objective for me.
Maybe it's because I'm the adventurous type, but I have never enjoyed playing GTA as much as now. Getting rid of the radar & HUD really do give you this feeling of being in that virtual world R* so often talk about.
I recommend this for everyone, whether you're struggling for things to do and becoming bored or even if you're having immense fun with the game already. At least try it out is what I'm saying. Open all the doors of possibilities.