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2017-11-09 10:06:20 AM  
Too bad they'll never release a single player expansion.
 
2017-11-09 10:30:10 AM  
Sure, but is it worth playing?
 
2017-11-09 10:52:05 AM  

FortyHams: Sure, but is it worth playing?


Absolute, unqualified yes.

GTA V is the crown jewel of the franchise. It is sublime. The PC version especially.


If you have even a shred of interest in GTA, you should play GTA V, you won't be disappointed.
 
2017-11-09 10:58:35 AM  

Rev.K: FortyHams: Sure, but is it worth playing?

Absolute, unqualified yes.

GTA V is the crown jewel of the franchise. It is sublime. The PC version especially.


If you have even a shred of interest in GTA, you should play GTA V, you won't be disappointed.


The story though, not the multiplayer?
 
2017-11-09 10:59:36 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Too bad they'll never release a single player expansion.


Why would they?  It ended nice and clean.

Working up a multiplayer char is kinda fun too.
 
2017-11-09 11:00:47 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Too bad they'll never release a single player expansion.


Agreed but it's pretty obvious why. If not for Microsoft's timed exclusive subsidy, they'd have lost money on The Lost and The Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony. Meanwhile, GTA Online is printing money 3 years later.
 
2017-11-09 11:02:39 AM  

rjakobi: Tr0mBoNe: Too bad they'll never release a single player expansion.

Why would they?  It ended nice and clean.

Working up a multiplayer char is kinda fun too.


Yeah but they're trying their damnedest to ruin multiplayer with all the dlc.

It was getting to the point where half my time was spent loading trying to get to a server that didn't have dicks on it who spent money on basically invincible cars blowing everyone up.
 
2017-11-09 11:05:13 AM  

ElwoodCuse: Tr0mBoNe: Too bad they'll never release a single player expansion.

Agreed but it's pretty obvious why. If not for Microsoft's timed exclusive subsidy, they'd have lost money on The Lost and The Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony. Meanwhile, GTA Online is printing money 3 years later.


It wouldn't have to be much. Design like ten more heists, each more insane/difficult than the last. If it's not required for the story, they can make them as hard as they like.

/The last heist involves flying a toy plane across the state with 102% of the amount of gas needed to complete the perfect route.
 
2017-11-09 11:08:30 AM  

Rev.K: GTA V is the crown jewel of the franchise. It is sublime. The PC version especially.


Blasphemy. San Andreas was the crown jewel. You can't even go to the gym in GTA V, let alone eat too much and get fat.
 
2017-11-09 11:08:52 AM  

FortyHams: Rev.K: FortyHams: Sure, but is it worth playing?

Absolute, unqualified yes.

GTA V is the crown jewel of the franchise. It is sublime. The PC version especially.


If you have even a shred of interest in GTA, you should play GTA V, you won't be disappointed.

The story though, not the multiplayer?


i played since it came out & only played multiplayer - the chaos was just too good & i figured one day i'd get around to the story
so when i let my XBL run out , i thought 'hey, i'll get to the story on gta now'  & was stoked that my entire garage ported over & was generally enjoying the better graphics & overall fun of the story when *blink* my disc no longer worked - saying unreadable

i assume the ol red ring of death is coming for my 360 & i'll finally get to upgrade - maybe
 
2017-11-09 11:17:32 AM  
"recurrent consumer spending"

Quite literally there are videos posted daily on You Tube on how to glitch money instead of purchasing their Shark Cards for in game currency, I seriously resent microtransactions and the pay to min mentality.

Hell my collecting dust account has 19 Billion on it.
 
2017-11-09 11:18:33 AM  
It was entertaining, but it was no Vice City.

Aiming sucks without auto aim. car physics are realistic to the point of not being able to drive it like you stole it, but not fully modeled. The story was bland beyong Trevor being a lunatic. Stocks didn't work outside of the clear missions involving them. Most property was pointless to own.
 
2017-11-09 11:33:31 AM  

recondite cetacean: Most property was pointless to own.


The "you bar way over on the other side of the map needs a beer delivery right now!" is GTA V's version of "Cousin! Let's go bowling!"
 
2017-11-09 11:36:14 AM  
The crown jewel is Trevor.
 
2017-11-09 11:43:55 AM  

FortyHams: Rev.K: FortyHams: Sure, but is it worth playing?

Absolute, unqualified yes.

GTA V is the crown jewel of the franchise. It is sublime. The PC version especially.


If you have even a shred of interest in GTA, you should play GTA V, you won't be disappointed.

The story though, not the multiplayer?


The story is pretty much the opposite of GTA IV.  At least in terms of tone.  It's completely tongue-in-cheek.

I think the PC version may be the greatest game ever made from a technical standpoint.  It's amazing what they were able to do.
 
2017-11-09 11:46:11 AM  

Shaggy_C: Blasphemy. San Andreas was the crown jewel. You can't even go to the gym in GTA V, let alone eat too much and get fat.


haha! I agree, that was a nice feature of San Andreas that never got picked up again.

I love San Andreas and still do, but everything San Andreas has (less the aforementioned gym/get fatness) GTA V has in abundance.
 
2017-11-09 11:51:14 AM  
I think I'm done with Rockstar games. Their parent company is too interested in microtransactions for me to stomach. It'll start seeping into their single player games sooner rather than later.
 
2017-11-09 11:52:15 AM  
Still disappointed they never opened the casino.

(Also haven't played in a year or so, mostly because it's on the 360 which is locked up in the RV, and I refuse to pay another $50 to get in for my XBONE).
 
2017-11-09 11:53:27 AM  

kevljo: Still disappointed they never opened the casino.


Yeah, that's a rough one. That's another San Andreas feature that I wish V had picked up.
 
2017-11-09 12:02:58 PM  
GTA V was a little too reliant on "collect the hidden item" quests: spaceship parts, letter scraps, nuclear waste barrels, Epsilon tracts, briefcases, monkeys, etc. It adds bulk without adding fun.
 
2017-11-09 12:09:31 PM  

Uzzah: GTA V was a little too reliant on "collect the hidden item" quests: spaceship parts, letter scraps, nuclear waste barrels, Epsilon tracts, briefcases, monkeys, etc. It adds bulk without adding fun.


Never do these in any game without first looking up what they unlock. You could skip all this and it wouldn't matter
 
2017-11-09 12:10:14 PM  
The GTA series is great; V is not. The story was pretty good, but I struggled to care about the end missions and haven't thought about the game since completing the story a year ago. I've 100% San Andreas four times and Vice City 15+. It has nothing for me beyond the story.
 
2017-11-09 12:13:51 PM  

alowishus: FortyHams: Rev.K: FortyHams: Sure, but is it worth playing?

Absolute, unqualified yes.

GTA V is the crown jewel of the franchise. It is sublime. The PC version especially.


If you have even a shred of interest in GTA, you should play GTA V, you won't be disappointed.

The story though, not the multiplayer?

The story is pretty much the opposite of GTA IV.  At least in terms of tone.  It's completely tongue-in-cheek.

I think the PC version may be the greatest game ever made from a technical standpoint.  It's amazing what they were able to do.


The PC version is so good I upgraded my video card, got a Steel Series remote, and paid full price for the damned game shortly after release.  I still play rounds often, will fire it up tonight for fun, the new update has some crazy race shiat.
 
2017-11-09 12:23:00 PM  
I think they should have another game set in Vice City, like they did with Liberty City. Instead of the high-flying colorful 80's in Miami, do the dark and seedy 90's Miami - "Square Grouper" writ large.

I mean, there is so much that could be done in the Everglades alone. Being randomly attacked by a gator, a panther, or even a black bear would be pretty cool. It is also the perfect setting for another Trevor-like character, if not Trevor himself before moving out west.
 
2017-11-09 12:35:05 PM  

Kellner21: I think they should have another game set in Vice City, like they did with Liberty City. Instead of the high-flying colorful 80's in Miami, do the dark and seedy 90's Miami - "Square Grouper" writ large.

I mean, there is so much that could be done in the Everglades alone. Being randomly attacked by a gator, a panther, or even a black bear would be pretty cool. It is also the perfect setting for another Trevor-like character, if not Trevor himself before moving out west.


Or random attacks by "Florida Man". Just an occasional crazy tweeker on the sidewalk that attacks for no reason.
 
2017-11-09 12:36:50 PM  

Kellner21: I think they should have another game set in Vice City, like they did with Liberty City. Instead of the high-flying colorful 80's in Miami, do the dark and seedy 90's Miami - "Square Grouper" writ large.

I mean, there is so much that could be done in the Everglades alone. Being randomly attacked by a gator, a panther, or even a black bear would be pretty cool. It is also the perfect setting for another Trevor-like character, if not Trevor himself before moving out west.


They would call it Grand Vice Redemption or something with the wildlife and all.  It could be interesting but I think the highest natural elevation in Florida is 345 feet so you'd have to get creative.

I think they should expand out and maybe do Nuevo Laredo and Laredo,TX as the city area or TJ and San Diego thing - they could incorporate the huge military facilities too.  Probably only be another 5 years before they release whatever is next.
 
2017-11-09 12:41:58 PM  
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remains my favorite overall GTA game. While some criticize the game's large world as being "empty", I found the rural areas separating the three distinct cities to give the world a more "real" feeling.

For story, my favorite is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

For city layout, my favorite is Grand Theft Auto III.

I did not dislike V, but I felt that it was overrated. It was better than IV in terms of tone and characters, but it still kept things a little too "real". The III-era games had a more absurd tone to their world which allowed me to laugh and enjoy the sociopathic behavior of the protagonists (especially Tommy Vercetti), because it never felt too genuinely monstrous (being too unrealistic for such a feeling). With V, I have difficulty actually liking the characters, especially Trevor. Trevor's antics may be amusing to some (and I did laugh at his lines at times), but his personality is utterly repellent.
 
2017-11-09 12:55:41 PM  
I've had gta5 on ps3 since it came out, and I'd say a couple times a month at least I'll break it out.
Sometimes it's fun to drive or fly around causing random destruction.
 
2017-11-09 12:58:34 PM  
Add me to the list of "GTA V was good/great but GTA:SA is still my fav".

Maybe it's nostalgia from a lost youth, or who knows. I do know my most memorable gaming moment happened in that game:

It was first mission where you can take over territory. You gather three GSF gang members and drive to another area. I gathered my homies up, got into a lowrider drop top, started driving towards the destination, and "Welcome to the Jungle" starts playing on the radio. Seems mundane in retrospect when described in text, but it was pure awesomeness.

Also hours spent flying around in the Hydra. Trying to land the jumbo on Mount Chiliad. Driving a Nitro-enabled Infernus up Mount Chiliad and driving off the ramp up there. The short little side mission back to Liberty City.
 
2017-11-09 01:03:24 PM  

Nexzus: Add me to the list of "GTA V was good/great but GTA:SA is still my fav".

Maybe it's nostalgia from a lost youth, or who knows. I do know my most memorable gaming moment happened in that game:

It was first mission where you can take over territory. You gather three GSF gang members and drive to another area. I gathered my homies up, got into a lowrider drop top, started driving towards the destination, and "Welcome to the Jungle" starts playing on the radio. Seems mundane in retrospect when described in text, but it was pure awesomeness.

Also hours spent flying around in the Hydra. Trying to land the jumbo on Mount Chiliad. Driving a Nitro-enabled Infernus up Mount Chiliad and driving off the ramp up there. The short little side mission back to Liberty City.


GTA:SA is my fave because of all the cool add-ons I have. My favorite being able to spawn the DeLorean time machine at any moment and hover convert away. Oh, four star wanted level? Time circuits on... 88mph later.. clean record.

Time travel to hit the gym as often as I want.
 
2017-11-09 01:05:40 PM  
GTA V is by far the greatest on-line bullying simulator I have ever played. The single player was fun as hell, though, in fact, I just finished Wolfenstein 2 so might fire up GTA V for another play through.

Dimensio: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remains my favorite overall GTA game. While some criticize the game's large world as being "empty", I found the rural areas separating the three distinct cities to give the world a more "real" feeling.

For story, my favorite is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

For city layout, my favorite is Grand Theft Auto III.


I agree with this opinion.
 
2017-11-09 01:19:55 PM  
Y'all need to get off my lawn.
GTA2, baby. Four kids in the computer lab after school, having a deathmatch.

There is no sweeter victory in the entire world than picking up the 'invisibility' item (which didn't make you invisible, it just removed the radar arrow from your car/character), and then grabbing some shiatty car and driving towards your opponents while obeying traffic laws such that they assume you are an NPC, and then when you are 10 feet away from them, swerving onto the sidewalk and pasting them.

The screams were . . . exquisite.
 
2017-11-09 01:29:02 PM  

evader: Y'all need to get off my lawn.
GTA2, baby. Four kids in the computer lab after school, having a deathmatch.

There is no sweeter victory in the entire world than picking up the 'invisibility' item (which didn't make you invisible, it just removed the radar arrow from your car/character), and then grabbing some shiatty car and driving towards your opponents while obeying traffic laws such that they assume you are an NPC, and then when you are 10 feet away from them, swerving onto the sidewalk and pasting them.

The screams were . . . exquisite.


I rented the first ones but never got into them with the isometric view point.  They were awesome, but the play mechanics were a biatch.
 
2017-11-09 01:37:51 PM  

evader: Y'all need to get off my lawn.
GTA2, baby. Four kids in the computer lab after school, having a deathmatch.

There is no sweeter victory in the entire world than picking up the 'invisibility' item (which didn't make you invisible, it just removed the radar arrow from your car/character), and then grabbing some shiatty car and driving towards your opponents while obeying traffic laws such that they assume you are an NPC, and then when you are 10 feet away from them, swerving onto the sidewalk and pasting them.

The screams were . . . exquisite.


I tried to play GTA the first about a month ago. I had forgotten just how horrible the camera was; I took about 5 minutes before the constant in and out (heh) gave me motion sickness.
Is GTA2 better to play?
 
2017-11-09 01:39:52 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Too bad they'll never release a single player expansion.


Its more profitable to force you to buy shark cards or be a russian hacker to enjoy the new DLC.

Just another pay to win, GTA V will be my last purchase in the series.
 
2017-11-09 01:53:37 PM  
That's a lot of dead hookers.
 
2017-11-09 02:00:05 PM  
"Vice City" was beautiful and perfect. It's everything that a GTA game should be.

All the others feel like retreads, comparatively.
 
2017-11-09 02:10:11 PM  
GTA online is NOTHING compared to predatory business practices in gaming, what do yall even play

"all our DLC is free for everyone because paywalls split up userbases. if you want it, earn or buy money and get the stuff you want to play" protip: most of it is useless trash for whale suckers

everyone else: "buy packs and lootboxes to advance in the game, even if you are only playing single player"
 
2017-11-09 02:42:16 PM  

Dimensio: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remains my favorite overall GTA game. While some criticize the game's large world as being "empty", I found the rural areas separating the three distinct cities to give the world a more "real" feeling.


I completely agree with you. I absolutely loved the bank heists with that crazy woman (who's name escapes me), I loved that there was some actual driving distance between cities. I loved that you could meander on the rural roads for quite a long time. Totally agree, that was a great add.


That brings me to my next point. While I would still say that overall, GTA V is the best, that's largely because it's technically the best.

If you consider what San Andreas offered  at the time of its release, the jump to that level was even more profound than from GTA IV to GTA V.

So in that respect, I can still see the argument for SA being the best of all-time and I don't disagree.
 
2017-11-09 02:44:29 PM  
I'll catch heat for this, but GTA IV is hands down the worst GTA.

I tried no less than 4 times to get into that game. I TRIED TO LOVE IT.

Each time I got 10-15 missions in and just said f*ck this.


That said, I do like Lost and the Damned, but the PC release is bug-riddled garbage, so I never finished that either.
 
2017-11-09 02:56:28 PM  

Rev.K: I'll catch heat for this, but GTA IV is hands down the worst GTA.

I tried no less than 4 times to get into that game. I TRIED TO LOVE IT.

Each time I got 10-15 missions in and just said f*ck this.


That said, I do like Lost and the Damned, but the PC release is bug-riddled garbage, so I never finished that either.


Yeah, GTAIV is easily the worst of the series. It did a million little things wrong. The worst of which is that it just didn't have that sense of...joy...that you get from the other games. It always felt like work.
 
2017-11-09 02:59:50 PM  

Rev.K: I'll catch heat for this, but GTA IV is hands down the worst GTA.

I tried no less than 4 times to get into that game. I TRIED TO LOVE IT.


I hated the driving in it after playing it for 10 minutes.  I put a few hours into it but couldn't get past how much I hated driving.
 
2017-11-09 03:12:01 PM  
Just wanted to echo the love for San Andreas. From burglary missions to turf wars to casino and OTB gambling and, the side stuff was fun. Not to mention actual airplanes and not dying when you fell in the water. And the not-as-fun stuff like eating/working out/dancing was mostly optional, unless you wanted to date all the ladies.
Also, the jetpack and James Woods' performance as Mike Toreno.
 
2017-11-09 03:27:26 PM  
You guys are hipsters. GTA V is great and I've played them all including 1 and 2 when they came out.
 
2017-11-09 03:48:22 PM  

Rev.K: I'll catch heat for this, but GTA IV is hands down the worst GTA.

I tried no less than 4 times to get into that game. I TRIED TO LOVE IT.

Each time I got 10-15 missions in and just said f*ck this.


That said, I do like Lost and the Damned, but the PC release is bug-riddled garbage, so I never finished that either.


I agree with most of the above but I liked The Lost and the Damned better than vanilla GTAIV.  I'm sorry it didn't work for you, it really was worth playing.  It was very short though.

I slogged through GTAIV in the hopes that i would get the "Boy, is this great!" moments that I did from the other games, and it never arrived.
 
2017-11-09 04:34:44 PM  
Piece of shiat. Requires you to log in to play single player. No single player game should ever require you to log into anywhere.
 
2017-11-09 04:42:27 PM  
Great! Now let's get a Switch version and increase those sales numbers even more.
 
2017-11-09 05:58:09 PM  
Oddly enough, my wife hated Michael and loved Trevor.

She felt that Franklin was interesting overall, but thought he needed to get rid of Lamar since he was such a bad influence.
 
2017-11-09 06:16:40 PM  

divx88: Piece of shiat. Requires you to log in to play single player. No single player game should ever require you to log into anywhere.


I agree. My one and only Steam return to date was Elite Dangerous for that very reason.
 
2017-11-09 08:28:07 PM  
My first GTA was SA--I think I only looked at it due to the hype around the "Hot Coffee" nonsense--and it was  incredible. There was a little letdown when I realized the traffic was just "scenery" that popped in and out of existence a second ahead of you and not an actual simulation of hundreds of people going about their lives, but still it was an awesome eye-opening experience--James Woods in a video game!?!--I have memories of playing it that feel like they really happened.

I can be listed as one who also loved IV even though it was quite different from SA. V is technically amazing, but I might actually say that IV's story was better. Why? Well...it may have been annoying being forced to "hang out" with various characters, but it did help make them actual characters to me, I was more invested in the roid-raging douchebag and the unintelligible Rastafarian than Michael's family or bloody Lamar.

Red Dead Redemption had the best story(though it dragged in Mexico)out of the GTAs, and with it and V I can kinda feel them banging against the stops of what the go-here-watch-cutscene-go-there-shoot-​people format is capable of in terms of storytelling and you wonder what they can do to take it to another level, or why they don't just make movies.
 
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