It’s safe to say that just about everybody dug Grand Theft Auto V last year. Part of that success was due to the game having three great leads, a vibrant world and no annoying cousin phoning you and wanting to enquire about an evening of ten-pin bowling. What the game also had, were bank heists. These were great missions, structured into several phases that required planning, teamwork and precision. And now, they’re finally headed online.
As a result of a petition, a pair of retailers in Australia stopped stocking Grand Theft Auto V. The reason for the petition was GTA V’s deplorable treatment of its digital women. TakeTwo’s uberboss, Strauss Zelnick responded to the curtailment in a reasonable way. Speaking in a presentation at BMO Capital Markets 2014 Technology & Digital Media Conference, Take-Two’s president Karl Slatoff had a little more fire in what he had to say.
Guys, I get you. Yes GTA V is possibly far better on newer hardware. Yes, it’s the same game, but with some new enhancements such as a first-person mode. And using this mode, I can teach you how to make the game more extreme than a GoPro camera with maximum fish-eye lens effect attached to a skateboarding bear performing a Benihana flip over a dozen flaming buses. Also, the bear might be on fire.
You may have heard that the Australian arm of the retailer Target has removed Grand Theft Auto V from sale in all of its stores. Their reason, is that the game’s dark and gritty content – much of it featuring less than lovely treatment of women – is something their customers don’t want to see in store.
I haven’t played the “new gen” remaster of Grand Theft Auto V on the new consoles yet, because time and money are not things I have in abundance. I’m going to have to scrape up the cash and the hours though, because I’ll be damned if that remaster hasn’t brought Los Santos to life.
So like, Dave’s not here man. But GTA V is. And besides a new FPS mode, the game also has one other new feature worth experiencing. Drugs. Digital drugs that is. Or peyote to be extra-exact. That plant sap will send you tripping man, making you fly through the air as an eagle or experience Los Santos as a number of other wildlife species. Here’s where you can find the good sh*t.
Words. Who has time for them? Especially when there are hundreds of the buggers to sort through, decipher, interpret and string together. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat! Yesterday, I posted my penultimate chapter from the review season with a re-review of GTA V, now new and improved on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I understand if you don’t have time to read that review. So I’ve made some visual and audio options for all of you and oh look a squirrel!
Over the past few weeks we’ve all been amazed at the massive improvement in graphics that Rockstar has shoved into their Xbox One and PS4 versions of Grand Theft Auto V and the early videos and screenshots showed a near parity between the Xbox One version and the PS4, however it’s not true.
Grand Theft Auto is making the news all over again, thanks to its brutal violence and general, lasciviousness now available to be experienced in the first person. It makes the wanton killing that much more visceral, and the first-person blow jobs and sex with prostitutes just that much sleazier. As is expected, it’s drawing a bit of moral outrage. speaking on Bloomberg, Take Two boss Strauss Zelnick has defended the game’s particular brand of awfulness.
By now, most of you are re-cruising through San Andreas, taking advantage of a bump in textures while Trevor takes advantage of a bump of coke inside GTA V. There’s no denying that GTA V looks simply marvellous with some proper horses under the console hood. But more importantly, which console does it look better on? Who gets to take home the bragging rights?
To me, Grand Theft Auto’s biggest accomplishment won’t be in the visual, storytelling or bowling department. It’ll be in the sheer size and scale of the soundtrack that you can choose from when cruising through a city looking for a sex worker to assault, like a British lorry driver. There have been some truly fantastic tunes licensed to that game. And the list keeps on growing in the latest current-gen versions of GTA V.
If you haven't already noticed, this week is more packed than your suitcases for the upcoming holiday season. Just today sees the launch of both Far Cry 4 and the new and improved GTA V which, which brings all the open-world murder mayhem to current-gen consoles. Unfortunately, it's also bringing along some last-gen problems for good measure.
Those who’ve moved on from this physical media nonsense and who’ve got bandwidth to burn can, as of this weekend, pre-load the digital version of GTA V on the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, as many noticed, there seems to be a few problems with the pre-load.
It’s becoming increasingly rare these days to get a new game, and be able to play it without having to patch the damned thing. The very thing that made consoles such a hassle-free gaming environment has all but disappeared, leaving console gamers at the mercy of a myriad of patches and updates. Assassin’s Creed Unity had a rather large day one update, and it seems that GTA V will too.
Confession time: I never finished Grand Theft Auto V. In fact, I don't think I've ever played a GTA title to completion. Somewhere along the line I get really bored - although I do think I should give Los Santos one more shot. And judging by the launch trailer, it's going to look prettier than ever.