GTA V on PC – The DVDfever Review

GTA V on PC

Some additional observations:

  • I love the way you can run up to people and punch them in the street. After you’ve done this to the first one, some of the others are going to leg it if they think they’re next, so as you chase up to them and are within a reasonable distance, pressing ‘punch’ while running will make your character lurch forward just enough to strike them. (add video of Franklin being a complete…)
  • I like that the police are shown as just one car with a directional ‘view’ in front of them which shows what they can see, rather than making the whole area a big circle you need to escape from, as per the previous entries in the series.
  • As taxis pull up, it is possible to hail one, but everyone knows you’re just going to nick any car you want. Then again, you can take one and skip the ride part of it (paying a slightly higher cost, albeit nothing to worry about) so you can effectively teleport there.
  • You can train Chop the dog via the iFruit app (available for iPhone and Android), and in the game, itself, you can even *play* as Chop, chasing after a bad guy. Personally, I tried downloading the app and my phone’s being a bit crap as it’s telling me I do have enough space to download the 147Mb app, yet then is telling me there’s not enough space! I need to get that sorted, but I’m due for an upgrade, anyway.
  • There’s also entering Franklin in races, going hunting with Trevor, and playing a round of golf with Michael, for a game of golf, although one time it was clearly the rainy season and it still didn’t put him off!
  • You can also do some of the usual things in GTA games, such as going to sleep to save the game and advance time, using Quick Save on your phone to… well, quickly save. And watch TV back home, and in Franklin’s case, you can smoke some weed at the same time. However, this, like being in Niko’s apartment in GTA IV, and CJ’s games console in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, these are a once or twice novelty and not something you’ll do regularly.
  • On the PS3, I couldn’t press ‘circle’ to centre the view ahead while driving, whereas I could press a similar button on the Xbox 360 in GTA 4 to do exactly that, and same again with GTA III on the PS2. So, on the PS3, the only equivalent was to switch to a rear view first by pressing R3, but it took about half-a-second to react rather than show you instantly, which was rather annoying. On the PC, this problem is solved as whatever I do with the mouse, as soon as I set forward in my vehicle, it’s only a moment before the view corrects itself.


Grand Theft Auto V: First Person Experience – Rockstar Games


Now some gripes:

GTA III was the first 3D game in the series.
GTA IV took the 3D into high-defintion.
GTA V feels more like… GTA 4.1

So…

  • Yes, there’s a greater draw distance on the game, this time round, and the visuals are improved, but it feels more like another game in the GTA IV series rather than something brand new, despite the inclusion of three fully-playable characters rather than just one.
  • There’s a funfair in Los Santos, and it was a laugh to ride the rollercoaster “Leviathan”, but at $15, it’s quite overpriced for the average rickety ride. That said, only that and the ferris wheel seem to be playable. Which is a shame.
  • Overall, it feels very samey at times, but then when GTA VI comes along, do they change what works dramatically ? and leave it to go all Hitman Absolution, which was an abomination, taking over the final scene from some levels rather than letting you work out how to cap the bad guys… or just play it safe and keep it the same again?
  • And not a major gripe, but in playing this on the PC, I’m still getting used to using the keyboard to play the game as I don’t have a joypad for my PC, but that’s something else I need to resolve.


GTA V – Escaping the cops (badly) (720p HD – PS3)


Want some new stuff on the PC? (which also applies to next-gen consoles):

  • The Dodo – Can you find this classic GTA seaplane somewhere on the coastline?
  • Imponte Duke O’Death – Take a ride in this new vehicle, but if you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place… as Elvis sang.
  • The Rail Gun and Hatchet – get active with these new weapons, especially in the shooting range challenges!
  • Murder Mystery – Solve the case by finding the clues to unlock film-noir game filters.
  • Stock Car Races – a new race location unlocks 4 new liveries.
  • Wildlife Photo Challenge – capture photo of new animal species to unlock the new Kraken Sub.
  • Monkey Mosaics – find all of these to unlock monkey outfits and Monkey Blista.
  • Xero Blimp – Hey there, Blimpy Boy! Take a ride in this fast and manoeuvrable blimp.
  • Marshall Monster Truck – Ride roughshod over anyone else in your path in this beastly new vehicle.

While I’m not one for multiplayer, generally, for those who are there’s GTA Online with an online multiplayer maximum of 30, there’s Heists, a new 4-player co-operative gameplay experience addition GTA Online, giving players the chance to team up to pull off a string of intense, multi-part raids and robberies across Los Santos and Blaine County.

First-person view is also new to next-gen and PC, and it seems rather marmite – some like it, some don’t. Personally, I’m not wholly sold on it so far, but that’s probably because I’m used to 14 years of third-person view and I like to stick with what I’m used to. I’ll give it another bash, but either way, it’s nice to see something new brought into a game series which we’ve not seen before.

PC users will also find GTA V includes the new Rockstar Editor, which gives players a full suite of editing tools to create and publish gameplay clips direct to both Social Club and YouTube. Myself, I’ll still use my own method of recording them via Fraps, editing them to suit in Adobe Premiere Pro and uploading to Youtube directly and I’ll keep a copy of my uploads on my PC, but it does simplify the process for anyone who’s not editing video on a daily basis like myself.

Finally, I’m in the process of making some new GTA V videos, but I haven’t had chance to finalise them yet, so in the meantime, there’s a couple of my favourite videos from other Youtubers, plus Rockstar’s video about the first-person experience, and also two of my GTA V videos on the PS3.

Visit my DVDfeverGames Youtube channel for many more gaming videos.


Important info:

  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Players: single player campaign, multiplayer: 2-30 (+2 spectators)
  • HDTV options: every resolution up to and including 1080p and 4K


GTA V – Franklin being a complete dick (720p HD – PS3)


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OVERALL 10

Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.

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