First Impressions of GTAV

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I got Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) the Tuesday it came out. I didn’t have the energy to go to a midnight launch and get it so I tried as hard as I could to stay away from the reaction other people were having who went to the midnight launch. I started to install the game at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night and I’ll tell you, my anticipation and excitement would not stop rising as it installed. I said it was going to be one of the best games I’ve ever played and so far (probably less than 5% into the story mode), I can say that it is,

SPOILERS AHEAD (if you have yet to get this game, go and get it now)

The tutorial mission was really cool. It had everything that you would expect from a GTA game: doing something illegal, shooting cops, driving away from cops. I liked that it mixed cinematics with gameplay. It feels a lot more interactive.

Because I didn’t read too much about the game before the release, I thought that you’d be playing the stories of characters separately. I was shocked to find out that you can switch characters during gameplay. This changed the whole dynamic of the game for me from the start.

Since I’m talking about the switching characters aspect of the game, I should talk about the characters themselves. So far I’ve played the story modes of two of the three main characters, Michael and Franklin. Michael is a white 40-something retired mobster and Franklin is a young black gangbanger. Both characters are really likable and are starting to form a connection. I already feel myself starting to feel a connection to them. I’ll be sad if one of them dies.

The story hasn’t revealed itself too much so far to me, but I’m already seeing signs that it’s going to be a good one. Michael has a lot of things to teach a naive Franklin and I’m sure he’ll do that on a plethora of crazy illegal adventures.

Other things I like include the open world environment. I feel like I’ve only graced a small portion of the game’s world and the idea of exploring more gets me excited. As Michael, I engaged in a closely contested tennis match with my wife. Actually, it wasn’t close at all. I embarrassed her.

There’s so much more I have yet to discover. Did you buy GTA V? What do you think of it so far? Let me know in the comments below.

Look for my next blog to be about the negative fallout that’ll come with the success of GTA V.

PHOTO: A screenshot of one of the main characters, Michael, standing against the hood of his expensive car. (Courtesy of Rockstar Games)

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