You all probably remember in 2013 when a game came out called GTA V? Well now this festive period we have the next gen version of this highly popular game. Sure some people thought that Rockstar would have been better waiting to release it on the PS4 and Xbox One, rather than the PS3 and Xbox 360. But in all fairness taking out the trouble with the launch of the online mode it was a pretty great game. So with the promise of enhanced graphics, a First Person Mode and few other things we should have a great game made even better.
Developer: Rockstar North, Rockstar London
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: 18 November 2014
Xbox One version is being reviewed.
Thanks to the publisher for the review copy
You got a next-gen console and you hear that a new GTA V is being released. The urge to return to the strange and wonderful city of Los Santos is just too much to resist. I don’t blame you as when you load up the game and start your first mission you immediate notice the improvement in the graphics, with more details everywhere around your environment. As you would expect the gameplay experience is not really much different to last year incarnation but don’t be thinking that it is just a facelift for your money, it is much more that. Seeing that the fundamentals are the same, I will focus more on the improvements and features.
One of the first changes you notice is that now the roads seem more congested. This is because of the power of the new consoles allows for more action on screen at once and this is used well in GTA V. Also now there is more foliage, more detailed trees and even new wildlife around Blaine County and Los Santos. Because of the animals there is now a mode where you must snap photos of various creatures and send them via your in-game phone to the made-up competition. This adds replayability as I found the mode very addictive trying to find them around and even more funny trying to snap a shot before they spot you and run off.
This time around the online is available straight out of the box…and it actually works well. If you had an online character that you were proud off you can import into the new version. It don’t matter if you are coming from a PS3 or Xbox 360, the character import is universally compatible. But bear in mind that this is a one-time thing and once transferred, is no longer available in the previous GTA V you imported from. The online is far improved over the previous games and now while the tutorials are still available for newcomers, you can skip them and go straight to the action. 30 players can now be present in the online world, so this adds for much more exciting action.
The mode that everyone was excited about is the new First-person. This added a totally new feel to an old title, as the game feels total different. The details when driving in-car view is amazing – with fully working dials and also seeing your character using a phone – which of course is totally against the law and wrong. Another funny moment in First-person driving is crashing and you end up flying though the windscreen. There are no new achievements, other than the play the new mode for 15 hours, which is hard as weather the new perspective actually draw you in for that length of time, still remains to be seen.
I was initially sceptical about the new version of GTA V appearing on the next-gen consoles. Mainly because I just thought it would only have little tweaks to try and make it look better, like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. Then I played and I am glad to admit that I was wrong. The game looked great on previous consoles, so to be wowed for a second time was a big shock. There is enough new features to make your second visit to Los Santos just as enjoyable as the first time. You won’t be disappointed if you buy this.