On the 24th of June 2015, I have completed the campaign in Grand Theft Auto V on PC. It was fun, but I expected a lot more.
GTA V’s world is big, beautiful and immersive. At any point in time, whether it is day or night, sunny or rainy, San Andreas looks astonishing. I experienced it however, through the perspective of the three main characters: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips.
8 JULY 2015 … since that day this review has been in the drafts, that’s when I have finished it on my PC back home and because I had a lot of screenshots to choose from for this review … I ended up too lazy to do it, and my initial thoughts were never written or published.
Fast forward to 14 MAY 2018 … almost three years later … OMG time flies so fast! and I have finished Grand Theft Auto V’s main story again, but this time, on my XBOX ONE S. The experience differed a little bit, but my overall impression about the game stayed the same.
It’s a good game …. a very good game. Lots to do, but way too focused on the main story. I kind of felt the hollowness and the emptiness of the world and at some point it haunted me. After playing Watch Dogs 2 last summer, GTA V shows its age. It’s almost 5 years since it was released on PS3 and XBOX 360 … almost 5 years already, but the game still looks at feels amazing, although it lacks big time in interesting things to do, places to explore and overall having fun.
After finishing the game the second time around, the very last missions felt more exciting for some reason. The mission “Big Score”, I played it in the same way as the first time, even though I acknowledged half-way, but all the other pre-last missions felt completely new too me … maybe there were too boring when I passed them on my PC three years ago, and I didn’t memorize them, or maybe I have made different choices prior to the end of the game, on the XBOX, that altered the finale. On my PC, I chose to save all three characters, but on my second play, now on the XBOX, I chose to kill Trevor, both for freshness and curiosity as well as that Trevor deserved being murdered for being such a sick bastard. That being said, I had fun, and enjoyed it as much as I could.
The mechanics are great, the looks are amazing, characters are full, but the main story is so disappointing that I remember the first time when I saw it through, got angry and at the same time very sad, because GTA V has so much more potential for a story that the one developed by Rockstar.