Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA V) and Grand Theft Auto Online Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
Written by: steelearth

At first glance of playing the game I was like, “what the hell is this.” Between starting in the middle of a mission and the map looking a lot like the map from San Andreas but larger Rockstar really made this one different from the others. Once I got into the game I noticed that the weapon selection is the same as Saints Row 3 and 4 just a different button, I do like the fact that you can carry all your weapons at once. After a few Hours of playing the game you get two other characters to play as, all three of the single player characters interact with each other and work a lot of missions together, which is great because as you get to the point of almost death you can change characters and have full life once again. Rockstar games has definitely given the gamers what I think is the best GTA yet with all the new ideas they incorporated into this installment. With the game the players were given a new online feature (which I will get into later in this review). Overall gameplay in single player mode is rather short compared to the other GTA games but at the same time there are also plenty of side missions that you can play over and over again. You can buy just about any vehicle in the game, you can buy and sell stocks on both a local game market and a market that changes based on the statistics of all the players on the Rockstar Social Club network. Players also have the ability to buy stores, shops, realestate and movie theaters in order to generate a regular income of money. All the standard aspects and activities, if you would, that everyone knows and loves of GTA, such as hookers, strip clubs, stealing cars and random pedestrian killing are all still there but the cops are more realistic so gamers be careful when driving around in stolen cars some how the cops always know its stolen. All in all i give GTA V single player mode a 7.5 out of 10.

As for GTA Online, this is a whole other level of game play for GTA, this mode of gameplay is before the story mode of the single player. Like with all new ideas there were glitches and problems at first but as of Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 Rockstar is confident that all the bugs are worked out of the system and the game is running at optimal levels. In the world of GTA Online you not only get to create your own character but with your character you get to purchase garages, or apartments to store your vehicles. GTA online is a lot like freemode in GTA 4 but instead of having to go to your phone and vote to do an activity, hoping that everyone else wants to do it as well you can do any activity you want and invite other players to join you in the activity. As your level up your character you unlock all the weapons from single player mode, as well as customizable options for vehicles. Now you do get missions given to you by NPC’s (nonplayer characters) in online mode and the more missions you do and complete the hard the missions given to you become with higher paydays for them. Now you still get to purchase everything you can in single player mode as far as vehicles are concerned, but you can only purchase one garage or one apartment, it is my suggestion to buy the cheapest garage first and then save up your money to buy an apartment the costs over $200,000 that way you have the ability to take advantage of the soon to come heists update or dlc, also race as much as you can to unlock upgrades for your cars. Everything a player does gets saved on the Rockstar cloud servers and can alter your characters gameplay, such as: rewards for good behavior, or disapline for bad behavior. Good behavior bonus’ are said to increase with how long you are good starting at $1,000 and going up, how ever bad behavior such as killing other gamers or destroying there cars gives your character a dunce cap indefinitely and your character will change servers after every mission so you can not be with your friends or crew members. You can create your own crew along with an emblem and color on the Rockstar Social Club website in which you can recruit players to your crew and regulate who you are playing with in the online world. As for my personal opinion of GTA Online I give it a 9 of 10 for gameplay and a 10 of 10 for the new ideas implemented in order to create a new experience to online gaming.

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