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Grand Theft Auto V Review

by phnk

posted January 2, 2015 @ 11:50AM
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filed under ReviewGames


The porting of Grand Theft Auto V to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was one of the worst kept secrets in gaming history. Fans knew it was coming, various retailers leaked the fact that it was coming, but all fans could do was play the waiting game. When the game was officially announced, the conversation turned from “when is it coming” to “what is it going to add?” A valid question – with the game already at a discounted price on the previous generation's systems, Grand Theft Auto V would need plenty of extra bells and whistles to justify a full $60 cost. Luckily, it succeeds in this aspect.

While this review will mainly focus on answering the question “Is this version of the game worth getting over last generation's release?”, the answer is a resounding “Yes” if you've never played any previous version of the game. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release is the definitive version of Grand Theft Auto V, and the story, characters and action are some of the best in the genre. If you've never played the game prior to this, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy.

The major difference between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto V compared to the last generation is in the graphics. The world of San Andreas comes alive in striking 1080p, a higher frames-per-second count, and a higher draw distance. You'll see more and see it in better clarity, in layman’s terms. In addition, extra wildlife and on-screen characters make the city and surrounding countryside feel more alive.

While there isn't much different in terms of graphics between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 versions of the game, gamers who own both systems will want to pick up the PlayStation 4 version due to the DualShock 4 enhancements. The speaker on the DualShock 4 is used for cellphone conversations, and the lightbar on top of the controller changes color based on who you are playing as, in addition to flashing if the police are chasing you. While these are small additions, they help create immersion, and help give the overall recommendation to the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

Gameplay enhancements are minor, except for one huge addition: first-person mode. At first, this mode may seem like a novelty, but you'll quickly notice the amount of effort Rockstar put into it. Unique animations abound in this mode, and never has it been more fun to get into a fist fight on the street. While in first-person mode, you'll have an up-close and personal look at the game's environments, likely noticing many of the smaller touches of the game that you missed the first time through. The amount of detail that went into Franklin's bedroom, for example, is astonishing.

Players returning from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will find additional content in this port, provided they have registered their previous game with the Rockstar Social Club. These additional missions, guns and vehicles provide a great reason to upgrade to the latest version of the game.

Multiplayer returns in the form of Grand Theft Auto Online, and getting into a game has never been quicker thanks to the better hardware in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The multiplayer community is thriving on these newer systems, which is a good thing: With frequent updates made to the multiplayer mode, you'll want to get a crew together as soon as possible.

While the upgrades are minimal, they are enough to make this the definitive version of one of last generation's best games.


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