GTA V is coming to PC this month. No, really, it is. This time, I actually believe the release date. In two weeks, on April 14, PC gamers will finally get to play Rockstar’s criminal jerk simulator, Grand Theft Auto V. Unfortunately that date coincides with Mortal Kombat X’s release date, so I know what I’ll be doing that day.
The 1.08 patch for GTA V managed to improve the game’s frame rate performance across both of the new gen console, but it seems this boost to fps came at the expense of some of the game’s graphical fidelity and some of its physics. There’s a great deal more texture pop-in, the level of detail has taken a serious knock, and the anisotropic filtering has pretty much just gone away. Rockstar’s released a brand new patch with an iterative number on the end…but it unfortunately doesn’t fix much.
Grand Theft Auto V is a technical marvel on old hardware, but shines especially bright on current-gen consoles. The frame rate is noticeable better, textures are sharper and the world generally feels more alive. There are hiccups here and there, and Rockstar are constantly working on patches to rectify these technical issues. Too bad these optimisations are sacrificing some of the overall sheen the game has.
GTA V Heists have finally launched, bring the most arguably the most anticipated feature of the entire game to every platform currently on shelves. You can now hop online and plan dangerous, stealthy and explosive heists in equal measure, with a brand new range of vehicles and weaponry at your disposal. The money you manage to make off with will come in handy too - especially if you're in the market for these two exotic new vehicles on offer.
[Update] It's now rolling out on PlayStation 4 too. GTA V is getting the much anticipated online heists feature tomorrow. The date was meant to coincide with the release of the PC version of the rejiggered game, but that version’s been delayed. Still heists will be available on all four of the consoles that have the game already. And for a lucky few, the update is already rolling out, giving them early access to the game’s most awaited online feature.
Grand Theft Auto V has been teasing Heists ever since the very first trailer for their online mode. The feature has been delayed time and time again, but it's finally reaching all versions of the open-world game next week. You’ll be able to rob banks with friends, engage in heart-racing getaways and bag a whole lot of cash in the process. That’s what it sounds like on paper, but how does it actually look in game?
I bet no one was expecting to wait this long when Rockstar finally announced GTA V for PC. The game has launched on consoles twice now, and still Rockstar is hammering away with the PC version. It recently got delayed for the third time, pushing the release date to early April. And I won't lie, these new screenshots aren't making that pill any easier to swallow.
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GTA V has been a on long road to PC - and taking wrong turns at nearly ever junction possible. Just a few short days before the game was set to launch in January, Rockstar set back the PC version back to March, along with a window for the eagerly anticipated Heists mode. Heists are still on track for launch, but GTA V on PC has been delayed yet again.
While it’s perfectly fine to argue between whether AMD or Nvidia is the better video card purveyor, it’s a bit different when games start forcing you into making some of these choices. Take Nvidia Gameworks for example. Nvidia has had its hand in a lot of recent games, adding in some neat functionality for their card users and, unintentionally or not, making it a bit of a nightmare for the AMD crowd. Is GTA V next on the list?
GTA V is a pretty good game. For all its faults, objective depictions of the seedy underbelly of a digital Los Angeles, base humour and crass pseudo-satire, it’s a heck of a lot of fun. And it’s selling like proverbial hotcakes. Take 2 has now confirmed that it’s sold in – shipped – 45 million copies of the thing.
It's been happening for a while locally but the practice of adding a premium on to the price tags of top-tier games is now spreading and while it hasn't yet hit the American or European market in force is it really such a bad thing?
Well that’s not all that surprising. GTA V was scheduled for release on PC in just over two weeks, without any real screenshots, trailers or even system specs to show. So it’s not that hard to imagine that Rockstar need a little more time with the title, as they’ve now pushed it back a few months.
Grand Theft Auto V is nearly available on most major platforms, and I’m waiting patiently for the arrival of it on PC. That’s coming in a few short weeks, but it seems like I, along with thousands of others, will have a choice to make. That’s because a rumour suggests that the retail version of the game will be skipping Steam entirely.
Pack away the tinsel, put the Christmas tree away and ship grandma back off to the retirement village, because 2014 is over! And what better way to ring in the new year, than by taking a gander at all the lovely games headed your way? Let’s get this show on the road!