I'm playing my second play through of GTA V and I found something very interesting.
My first playthrough, I was amazed at some features and details but felt a little let down that I wasn't in love with this game. I enjoyed playing it but never really got to the heights of addiction or love of Vice City or San Andreas. I wasn't really enjoying MP but I don't think I'm a real MP guy. I wasn't on the forums much and it felt like I just couldn't get in to the game like I could - the others.
So what changed? Well, I started reading some topics on the forums again. Reading about the "cool things you didn't know about" thread which is great. I was reading but not playing. It got me psyched about playing GTA - a sort of absence makes the heart grow fonder scenario.
Anyway on the second playthrough, I slowed it down. I wasn't rushing to see what happens next. I was soaking in all the interesting and beautiful details Los Santos/San Andreas has to offer. I had more of a game plan. I'd do all the side missions and then play a main mission as the finale of that particular game session. So I might play for 3-4 hours after work but really only play one storyline mission. I really believe this is almost how Rockstar would want a player to play.
If I'm playing as Trevor, I have him driving a car you might expect a guy like Trevor to have.
I try to wear mission-specific attire too. Like when I had to meet the Chinese guy at the bar for the first time, I change my clothes to look slightly smarter as if I was really going to meet someone new to try do business with - even if it is meth dealing. As the game progresses, I will give the characters longer hair and beards.
My driving style is more realistic. I stick to roads and don't take short-cuts over hills or through grass. I try make the driving look realistic. I'm basically immersing myself in GTA V by trying to make the experience more cinematic and slightly more realistic, taking my time and soaking in all there is.
I did this with RDR too. I'm finding that the second play through is more fun. Not having that excited, rushing to find out what happens next, is good. I'm actually being very immersed in GTA now. It took a long time but it's good.
Has anyone else ever got this? Anyone else agree that second play-through can be more enjoyable?
For those of you with short attention-spans that will just post to say "TLDR" please, f*ck off in advance. We don't need you to spam my topic.
To those who read, thanks.