The First 15 – Grand Theft Auto 5 (Spoiler Free!)

The wait is over. GTA 5 is finally here. Was it worth the wait? Well, based on my first 15, which turned into about the first 2 hours… Oh yes!

As I’m sure everyone knows, the game takes place back in Los Santos. An absolutely massive Los Santos. The map is huge. In the time I have spent playing, I have hardly cleared the map. Just the downtown area for the most part. In GTA 5 the map is totally unlocked from the beginning. There is however a “fog of war” effect until you travel to all areas of the map for it to completely clear off.


This time around there are 3 main characters. Franklin, Trevor, and Michael. In the first moments of the game you are introduced to each character and the games newly refined mechanics. It does a great job of getting you into the action fast, and captures your attention right away. That is all I will say about the story, cause well, this is a spoiler free zone!

On to the gameplay itself. Rockstar has refined just about everything that was in GTA 4; The movement of the characters, the driving, and most importantly, the shooting. Personally I didn’t have much against the shooting in GTA 4, but I can see a huge difference in the way GTA 5 does its shooting. They learned a lot in their games since GTA 4, Red Dead, Max Payne 3, All huge learning experiences, and it shows. Mechanics from each of these games finds itself in GTA 5 to make it an all around blast to play.

Just in the short time I have spent in the game, many random things have happened. I was chasing a guy who stole a bike, I was in a car chasing him down; when I hit him he fell off the bike right into an oncoming car, which ended up killing the guy! It’s moments like this that make just a drive from point A to B so awesome cause you never know what might happen.

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Even sitting here writing this, with GTA in the background taunting me, I just can’t wait to get back to is massive open world and steal an airplane so I can get a look at this beautiful creation Rockstar has managed to create. All of this on a current gen platform? I can’t wait to see what they do in the new generation.

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  • GTA Photos October 14, 2013

    whoa, thanks so much for posting this! GTA looks Awesome! Is everyone going to wait to play online until after you complete the story? Or are you going to rip into it and not even bother?

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