That’s a very good question, me. It’s one that I asked myself a few months ago, when I was contemplating pre-ordering GTA V, and it’s one that I still ask myself, now and then, in the lead up to its release. I think it’s less about justifying playing a game that I’ve already owned, completed and enjoyed, and more about justifying spending £45 on a game that I’ve already spent that sort of money on once before. But I’ve still pre-ordered it. One or two of my friends have asked why I’ve bothered as well, and I think that’s a fair question – at first I wasn’t overly sure myself. But I do have my reasons, and hopefully I can convince you too.
Kailios has already said that he’ll be getting GTA V again on his PS4, (which you can read here), but I thought I’d go into a little more detail, and explain why I’ll be getting it again on the 18th of this month.
My main reason for pre-ordering GTA V on the One is down to how much fun it was on the 360. The single-player story was second to none, perhaps rivalled only by Red Dead, and I still haven’t had the chance to complete all of the side-missions and the various activities in the game. There is an absolute wealth of content, and I know that I could still get ten or so hours of un-experienced gameplay out of it – without even considering the replay value of the main missions and side-missions, which were all incredibly fun. So, whilst I’ve already played it once before, I enjoyed it so much the first time around that I’m really excited to play it over again. Weird, I know, but the game was just that good.
Whilst the story provided the majority of the content for the first few months on the 360, and was the best crafted aspect of the game overall, the late arrival of GTA Online brought the game to another level. Sure, it had a rocky start, but once Rockstar had ironed out all of the creases, GTA Online was one of the most addictive, engaging and enjoyable gaming experiences of 2013. Not only that, but because the mode arrived so late, I didn’t get to enjoy it for as long as I would have liked. Online came in the October, and my Xbox One came in the November, and a month of GTA Online just wasn’t enough for me. I kept going back to it for the first month or so, but it wasn’t as fun playing it on my own – which leads me to my next point!
GTA Online was one of the best online gaming experiences I’ve ever had, and that was down to the group of friends that I used to play it with. Since our 360 days, one or two have moved on to the PS4, and some haven’t yet adopted a next-gen console, but there are still enough of us on the One to make GTA Online just as good as it was the first time around. Me and my crew used to play GTA Online all of the time, doing the various missions or just driving around causing havoc and mayhem. Since then, Rockstar have increased the number of possible players in a single world – up to 30! That’s going to make for one chaotic, but exciting, world. For me, GTA Online was the best part of GTA V, so I’m incredibly excited to sink my teeth back into that rich world. PLUS, heists have to be coming sometime soon… right?
I guess that I should probably mention the new features of the game, but none of these really sold the next-gen upgrade for me – they were just some great added bonuses. One of the biggest upgrades, on the PS4 and Xbox One, is that the game will be running at 1080p and 30fps, which will make for a far prettier Los Santos. There will also be more content, in the form of new missions, new vehicles and weapons. The game world will also be more populated with vehicles and pedestrians, which will create a more vibrant world for y’all to explore and exploit. Overall, rather than making loads of new experiences for you to play in GTA V, Rockstar have opted instead to change the world that you play in. I think that’s a pretty solid concept; why fix something that ain’t broke?
But the biggest, and most exciting, change comes in the form of a brand new first person perspective for the game. I’m sure that there are some people out there who aren’t phased by the option of playing GTA in first person, but not me. I can’t wait! Los Santos was pretty stunning before, but now that it’s in 1080p AND first person, you’ll really be able to see the life in the city. Playing a game in first person, especially an open-world game like GTA, really changes your perspective of the game and it will help to bring the environments up to a new level of detail. Not only that, but it will also help change the way that you see the missions and the story – as you’ll feel more connected to the action, which will make for a completely different playing experience. So, if you were looking for a reason to replay GTA V, first person perspective could well be reason enough. Plus, you’ll get to play the game as an FPS at times, or a first person racer or even first person flight sim(ish).
There isn’t much ‘new’ about GTA V on the next-gen, but I’m not sure if it needed it. A few new missions and some new basic content is probably enough for me. The game was bursting at the seems before, so with the next-gen update, less is definitely more. I can’t wait to boot up GTA on my Xbox One, so here’s to November 18th!