It seems like almost forever that PC gamers have waited in high anticipation for Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) to come to the (as some say) the master race of gaming. Even though ROckstar’s open world action-adventure was first released for previous gen consoles in 2013, it saw a remaster with next gen consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One in 2014. With advances in PC hardware, there are high expectations for Rockstar to deliver GTA 5 to even higher standards.
If the size of the game is anything to judge by, the game is huge with over 60GB worth of data. Thankfully broadband is widely available else the 7 disc installation is going to take some time. But the wait is worth it once you enter the game world of San Andreas as the visual have gone through a very impressive upgrade.
The storyline doesn’t change much if you played the original but playing through again is definitely worth it thanks to Rockstar’s attention to detail, both for our trio of Michael, Franklin, and Trevor and everything around them. In fact sometimes it feels like the environment overshadows our 3 main leads but that’s ok as most of the time, you will be doing everything but the main storyline in this open world game thanks to the size of San Andreas.
Travel between the different places can be done with a board selection of vehicles and thankfully, travel is not a pain as with other games thanks to the varied and stunning beautiful landscape rendered. Rockstar’s building of details into the world is top notch as every area is populated correctly and not just some generic npc that somehow feels overused. Gangs and police fill the streets of Los Santos while expensive sports car with tourist posing for pictures are found in Vinewood (the game’s version of Hollywood) are some examples that show this.
Not content to just remaster the game, Rockstar has also include a multiplayer element into its sandbox madness. Find some friends and you can take part in elaborate multi mission heists to rob banks or if you prefer, cause more mayhem in the open world. With a level prog0ession system and hundreds of missions including death matches and the interestingly funny bicycle races, you will almost never run out of things to do in GTA 5.
Another interesting addition to the game is the Rockstar Editor and Director where you get to create movies from all the in game fun you had been having. Best of all is the fact it records in game snapshots rather than footage which brings about even more flexibility when editing. Want to change the mood? Sure just add rain. Need more bodies to make scene dynamic? Sure there is a huge list of NPCs to add in. The options are limited to only your creativity as they say.
The wait has been long for a proper GTA game on the PC (GTA 4 was rather disappointing) but with GTA 5, we finally have a winner in our hands. Just remember not to go overboard with the graphic options as while playing Grand Theft Auto V in all its graphical glory is tempting especially at 60 fps, do expect to have a beefed up rig to do so.
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
by Kenneth Wong
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