So I just got my copy yesterday from my local game shop (ps3). And our kids will be talking about this game. This GTA in particular. It has everything for wide critical acclaim while satisfying the masses. Its beautiful, logical, and breathtaking. That's no easy feat. If a videogame could be a Mona Lisa painting mixed with the detailed visions of JD Salinger then you'd have GTA V. The dialogue is perfect; its funny, serious, sad, touching, ironic, and real within each scenes (thats hard to write, but I am hooked to the different stories of the 3 characters). You'll relate to at least one of the lead characters, and many of the “side” characters. Game's don't usually achieve that, but GTA surely does. You start caring for these guys very early on.
Ok enough of this Romanticism stuff.
Los Santos - this city is more beautiful than any Californian city I've been too (including San Francisco). Its vibrant, lively, colorful, and full of energy. Its always breathing. New things are always happening. Satire is spread throughout. From political campaigns to TV shows to fake boobs. Having explored the city for only a day and half, I haven't even touched 30%. Each street is unique, has its own character. And just like Los Angeles, a block makes a big difference from the ghettos of Los Santos to the materialistic hills of Vinewood. My favourite part is probably the beaches area right now. Its beautiful. The water, the sun, the babes in bikinis, the bikes, its special. Prettier than any beach in Canada I've been too! The countryside is its own beast, but equally beautiful and unique. I still have so much to explore, but all I can say, I don't know how Rockstar did this. One particular moment really struck out is when I first went swimming in a mission and used a jetski. it was just magical. It had everything in that moment; the score was perfect, the dialogue, and the visuals – all coming together. And then these magical, hold your breath moments kept happening in the game. So many of them already, and I am not even 20% done. Seriously, play the initial missions before you start roaming around and killing pedestrians, this game deserves it. You'll find so many amazing things about the characters and the city.
Characters – I won't get into them much, partly cause of spoilers and also I haven't gone so deep into the story. But all very unique and handles many things differently. Trevor is hilarious and mad, unpredictable at best. Michael is my favourite though, his story is touching. Franklin is the good kidd stuck in a madd city.
Gameplay – I don't play much games, other than sport titles like FIFA and NBA2K. But I did play Last Of Us and all of the Uncharted, and GTA V honestly makes them look like amateurs. I know, thats harsh, because their amazing games. But this game is a masterpiece, Dan and Sam Houser, kept this on the low, and did work. And you can really see it. The heart and soul. Please buy this game, even if you got a leaked copy on the 360 version already it, people deserve credit for this. Anyways back to gameplay. The driving has improved ten fold than GTA IV, I can finally handle a bike and not crash every 4 minutes. The cars have much more weight to them, more realistic, kind of like Need For Speed and GranTurismo mix. Not like Burnout. Airplanes are a bit hard to control, the landing is brutal. But you can do some really cool stuff with them. I wont get into the other vehicles, but you'll be surprised come Tuesday.
Loads of traffic, lot of different NPC's with hilarious personalities. The babes at the beach and strippers actually look hot ha! The city is massive. Unexplainably massive. Everything feels unique. Feels like they designated a designer to each block of the city. The water looks amazing. Paradise. Damage and physics is all there. Euphoria works smoothly. Car damage got toned down a bit, but thats a good thing, so you are not forced to change cars every 10 minutes due to highspeed crashes.
The music is dope, from old 80's pop to 90's rap to modern fusion. But the real music lies in the score during the heists and missions. It pulls you in.
Minor Issues: Pop up once in a while, but I don't blame them due to the sheer size of the game and city. That's literally all I can say for issues. And sometimes, the graphic looks a bit edgy, not fully smoothed out. But you notice it very rarely.
Still exploring and finding amazing things every day. It took me to an alternate world and reality this weekend, back to the real working grind this week. But seriously, enjoy this game. It's gonna be in the history books, not just as a game, but as a piece of rare art. The Michael Angelo.
Thanks fellas. I can't wait to share this game with you guys. Wish you guys got it early, but the wait is totally worth it. If you are a fan of great literature, music, and movies -- art in itself, than you can't possibly hate on GTA V. I know beauty and art is subjective, but this game throws that notion out of the window.
I just had a mission with Michael, and it made me smile (sounds really "naive") but damn, games don't do that man. But this did. Its transcendental. Enjoy it Tuesday, and let me know how you guys found it. Go beyond the game mechanics, look into all the other things encompassing this beauty.
Have fun! This is a great step for videogame lovers. And it truly does feel nextgen. Don't let those stream videos or other people playing the game on youtube change your perspective on this. It's something that needs to be experienced personally, videos won't justify the experience.