When I re-purchased GTA V on the Xbox One, I pretty much forgot about the campaign. In fact, the first thing that I did was boot up GTA Online. I had spent much of the first month or so of GTA on the 360 waiting for the Online mode and, when it finally came, I didn’t give the story a second thought. That’s because I had completed it, and because Online was everything that I had hoped it would be… minus the heists. But, a few months in to having GTA on the Xbox One and still no heists – so I’ve decided to go back to the campaign. Here are my reasons for thinking that you should do the same!
1) Pick up on things you missed… I’m going to admit it, I missed a lot in my first play-through. That’s partly my fault, for skipping cut scenes or not really paying attention. But it’s also Rockstar’s fault, because there are multiple different conversation paths during missions, at least there are now, anyway. I’m not sure if it was in the original, but on the Xbox One at least, characters will have a different conversation now and then, particularly whilst driving to objectives. These conversations are always funny, and it makes driving to an objective (after you’ve died, or even if you remember doing it the first time) even more interesting, because there’s something new to experience.
2) Re-live the brilliant moments again… there are so many brilliant moments in the GTA story, so many that it would be impossible to mention them all. Blowing up the drug farm as Trevor or smashing Simion’s dealership up with an SUV as Michael are two of my favourite moments. But there are hundreds of little gems hidden in that story, and they all still bring a smile to my face. Re-living those moments is a real drive for me as I replay the story, and sometimes they take me by surprise because I had almost completely forgotten about them. In a way, I’m re-experiencing some of my favourite experiences of two years past – and that’s a good thing.
3) Do things a little differently… occasionally in this game, you’re faced with choices. Whilst these choices, in the most part, don’t impact the story, it does impact how you play the game. For instance, in the first heist you can decide to break in sensibly, using gas, or gun-ho, using rifles and bike helmets. In my first play-through, I chose sensible. This time around, though, I decided to go guns blazing. It changes the way that you case the joint, and whilst they’re only small changes, it still adds another perspective to a game that was already incredibly detailed.
4) Enjoy the smaller things in life… Los Santos is an incredibly diverse and rich world to experience. It’s packed full of things to do, people to meet and places to see – even more so now that they’ve utilized the stronger current-gen machines. There was a lot of content that I missed in the first play-through, so this time around I’m going to concentrate on the side-missions, like the ‘Strangers and Freaks’. There are plenty hidden things to do around the game world, and part of the fun is finding the ones I’ve not done before.
5) See the world from a different perspective… I’ve saved the best till last – ‘First Person Mode’. This new camera angle adds a whole different perspective to the game. The way that it immerses you into the world, it makes it feel as though you’re actually there, on the streets of Los Santos. I love playing the game from this perspective, it’s like a massively interactive FPS.