The biggest blockbuster video game release of the year is finally out, and many of you have been playing GTA V since yesterday, your glassy eyes fixed to the screen. I’ve been playing it for a bit, and if there’s one thing that’s struck me it’s the near-perfect recreation of the ideal of Los Angeles in the game’s fictional Los Santos.
The minutiae in the detail is incredible, and most of my time so far has been spent driving around soaking up the sights and sounds. It’s such a tangible, living, breathing digital world. I pretty much squealed when I saw the in-game “Up-n-Atom” burger, which is a parody version of one of my favourite L.A burger joints, In-N-Out.
I really can’t say much about the characters or the story yet – but I think I’m going to have a grand time with GTA V. It just seems a little more fun than GTA IV, a game I ended up hating.
The current Metacritic score for the game (360) is 98, tying it for second place along with GTA IV; just ahead of Super Mario Galaxy and just behind The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64, which is, and probably will forever be the highest rated video game of all time.
Without getting at all spoilery, tell US what you think of GTA V so far. I will, however, say that I’d really, really appreciate a PC version. The game looks amazing, but really could do with a better overall frame rate.