What’s up Gamers, Geeks, & Nerds!
Hopefully you checked out my post on Monday and saw that, over this next week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on a few games I have played recently. Today, we move to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V.
Title: Grand Theft Auto V
Platform: Xbox 360 / Playstation 3 (At Launch)
Developers: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: September 17, 2013 (US)
Genre: Action-Adventure / Open-world
Players: Single Player Story / Online play available at a later date.
I was hesitant to pick this game up at first. I pre-ordered the past two GTA games and played them all for maybe a week before putting them back on the shelf. This one? This one felt different from the beginning. I went out and picked up the Xbox 360 version with some friends from Twitter and spent my first night driving around the town wondering if I would ever run out of road.
Welcome back to Los Santos. After a brief stint in Liberty City with GTA4, we’re back in the glorious sun shine that is Los Santos/San Andreas area. This game is visually mind blowing. Now I do play on an HD TV with an HDMI cable, but who doesn’t these days? You might be asking why I only gave this a 4/5, that’s only because there are some times where things will glitch. They are working to fix it, but it does take away from the immersion of your mind from time to time. The sunlight might effect your piloting skills, or lack there of. You might even not like the look of GTAV. But myself? I am in awe every time I turn it on at it’s massiveness. It’s just unbelievable that under all of this is just code.
Everything about this game screams “You need that? Yeah we thought about that” Of course, no game is perfect at launch, and Rockstar admitted their faults and even loaded our online pockets for some sweet rides and a place to kick it.
The idea of three main characters, their stories individual and intertwining, makes this game VGX’s game of the year. I absolutely love the missions together. I found myself focusing mainly on one character over the others just because he was so out there. Then again, I loved the family aspect of another. Also, who doesn’t enjoy towing and boosting cars for cash? It just seemed like heaven in gaming. When I wasn’t on a mission there was a world to explore that would take me what seemed like ten minutes to cross. Stores were real. Shelves were stocked. Banks were open. Nudists camped out and welcomed you with open arms, depending on how you acted at least. There’s a guy on street with a folding table and acid! It just never ended.By far, one of my all time favorite video game characters ever created resides in this game.
Trevor Phillips is a Canadian with an attitude that will make you smile one minute and cringe in the next. It is strongly implied that Trevor has engaged in acts of cannibalism, necrophilia and much worse, but Trevor refuses to confirm or deny it, instead classifying them as “rumors” and implying that he has encouraged them to be spread in order to establish a reputation to be feared. Despite his instabilities, Trevor considers himself to be a moral person, and will often highlight the hypocrisy of those around him. Presumably due to his abandonment issues, he is also anti-misogynistic, as he is very protective of women, and will unhesitatingly rush to the defense of any woman he feels has been slighted, from chastising a friend for referring to a woman as a “bitch” to kidnapping the wife of a Mexican gangster to save her from her abusive relationship.
Beautifully written and perfectly voice acted by Steven Ogg, Trevor Phillips will live forever in my gaming heart. I don’t know why I loved him so much, maybe because he’s SO unlike me. Or maybe, he’s not.
Buy it or Bum it?
It depends, can you buy tobacco and alcohol legally? If so, then BUY IT! If not, sorry kid, come back when you’re old enough. This game is NOT for children. I don’t care if you let your son watch Evil Dead and he’s only eight and he can handle it. Be a good parent for once listen to the ESRB. If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s parents who blindly buy video games for kids and then complain when their kids see or hear something that they shouldn’t.
I’ll be back Friday with my review on Knack for PS4