When Grand Theft Auto V came out in 2013, I bought it right away. It was an amazing game, and since then I have also bought the current gen version. The story was great, and the online mode, despite all the problems, was still fun. The graphics were beautiful, even on the Xbox 360, and all around GTA 5 was a very fun game to play, and might even be one of the best games ever released on the last gen systems. It is definitely one of the best so far on the current ones.
The story was one of the best I have ever seen or heard in a video game. The story is very mature, but Rockstar does a great job of adding enough jokes to make the game enjoyable. Most are very subtle, like on an in-game website or poster. But some are very up front, like a mission where you have to invade a computer company, before you can do what you are trying to do though, you must help another employee clear his porn popups and viruses from his computer. Anyway, to get to the point, the story is very enjoyable, and is definitely much more important then the multiplayer part of the game, even though after I was finished with it, I found myself going online to free roam and do activities rather than staying in the single player mode.
Having three characters in this game is something that really made the Grand Theft Auto series go from good to great. While in most open world games you take on the role of one character, in GTA you can control all three, and switch to any of them, at any time, as long as you aren’t on a mission or getting chased by the cops. This was especially fun when you are just exploring the city in free roam, you can get all three characters together, and even make them fight each other. Having the three characters was also a nice addition when you are actually playing the missions, because you can see it from different perspectives, like switching from the person that is scaling down the side of the building to a sniper that is covering them.
The heists were the highlight of the single player story. You would do a few prep missions, do some planning, and then carry out the main heist mission. There are 6 total, and almost all of them give a pretty big payout. You have to make a crew at the start of each one, and each crew member will take a cut. The better they are, the more they will take. But choosing a bad crew can make you less money, so it all ends up evening out. The heists are a part of the story, so if you plan on playing it through completely, which you should, you will end up playing all the heists missions. And now heists are also getting added to online, and you can read about that here.
The online mode is a great place to go if you have already finished or want a break from the story. There are missions that you can complete, but there is no story to them, and if you like, you can play them with other people. And now, in early 2015, online heists are coming to the game. Back in 2013, there were many problems with the online mode, but Rockstar has sorted most of them out by now and it runs pretty smoothly. But sometimes it is nice to be able to go back into single player and not have to worry about someone driving by and throwing a sticky bomb in your face, and that is pretty much what GTA online has become, a huge death match game. So as fun as the online mode is, it is just an extra part of the game, and the single player story is still the best part.
The graphics in this game were amazing, even in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. The old versions actually had better graphics than some games on the current gen consoles. They really just brought the city to life, showing every detail on every character, building, and car. It is probably the best graphics we will ever see in a PS3 or Xbox 360 game, and that just makes it more impressive how much better Rockstar made the new versions look.
Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best single player games I have ever played, and even though the online mode is fun after you finish the main story, it launched with too many problems to give this game a perfect score. So, if you prefer single player games, you should buy this game right now, but if you are more into multiplayer, you might want to wait until the current gen versions drop in price.
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Original Release Date: September 17, 2013
ESRB Rating: M – Mature
Platforms: Xbox 360 (Reviewed), PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC