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gta vGrand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don’t know when it’s being released, the main protagonist, the setting, the storyline, or anything else of substance. Many people have had educated guesses, but we’re still mostly in the dark.

However, I already know I’ll be buying GTA V on its release day. I know this based on past Grand Theft Auto games, past Rockstar games, and the small snippets of information and selected screenshots that are making their way slowly but surely out of the developer’s hidden lair. What follows are 8 reasons GTA V will be a day one purchase for me, and possibly for you too.

Open-World Oeuvre

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The size and scope of the worlds Rockstar creates is untouchable. But more than that, they build living, breathing environs featuring people going about their daily lives. It’s only when you jump in and affect that world that things start to go wrong. GTA V is sure to have an expansive open world that can be admired from afar. Being given the opportunity to dive into it at leisure is an added bonus.

Stunning Storyline

Rockstar could get away with providing virtually nothing in the way of a storyline for the GTA games. People would buy these titles regardless, just to mess around in the sandbox. But Rockstar doesn’t take advantage of gamers’ good natures, instead building a complex narrative with strong characters throughout, and twists and turns along the way.

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GTA V won’t be any different. We’ll likely follow one main character as he or she delves into the seedy underbelly of whatever made-up city he or she finds themselves in. Over the course of countless missions we’ll grow to understand the character, and possibly even like them, even though they’re sick, sadistic killers who will happily run over someone’s grandma if it means progressing.

Glorious Graphics

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The Grand Theft Auto games have never been the best looking games in the world. Open-world games have so much packed into them that it’s difficult to maintain the same quality across every part of a particular title. But GTA V is looking pretty damn awesome, both in the screenshots that have been released (spread throughout this article) and in the trailer embedded at the bottom.

It helps that GTA V is being released right at the end of this generation of home consoles. Developers such as Rockstar know how to tease the best from the PS3 and Xbox 360, so the visuals will be right up there besides the Uncharted’s and Halo’s of this world.

Cameo Cramming

The voice acting in GTA games is generally excellent, with real actors brought in to voice the main characters. And then there are the cameos, some so small they can be considered blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quick. I suspect GTA V will be no exception. Video games have grown into mainstream monsters so large that even A-list actors want to get involved. I’m sure the money they have thrown at them helps, but it’s still nice to try and pick out the famous voices.

Multiplayer Mayhem

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This is one of the best reasons to buy this game – or any game for that matter – on day one. In this day and age the multiplayer portion of a game is often more popular than the offline (or campaign) portion, so getting in early is essential if you hope to make a name for yourself. GTA IV had a multitude of multiplayer modes, and I suspect GTA V will up the ante considerably.

As well as the basic deathmatch and capture the flag-type scenarios, many people are hoping Rockstar has seen fit to include a campaign co-op mode which will literally see you teaming up with an online buddy to play through the story. This would be a dream come true for those of us who love playing through missions but also like teaming up with a buddy online.

Soulful Soundtrack

The soundtracks to Grand Theft Auto games are always spectacularly good. If Quentin Tarantino is the master at matching music with movies, Rockstar is the master at matching music with games. If past games are anything to go on, GTA V will have a choice of radio stations, all featuring both current hits and songs from yesteryear, available to be chosen at your leisure.

LOLsome Laughter

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The Grand Theft Auto games are some of the few that provide genuine laughs. Sure, killing some arrogant douchebag in an underhanded way in Call of Duty may put a smile on my face for a few seconds, but for proper, unbridled LOLs, GTA delivers in droves.

From the spoof settings and shop names, to fake adverts and plays on company logos, from funny one-liners, to stupid characters getting their comeuppance in the most gruesome manner, I suspect I’ll spend much of the GTA V campaign laughing at the on-screen action. Which is worth the price of admission on its own.

No End In Sight

Probably the best thing about all of the Grand Theft Auto games GTA : 6 Great Websites For The Grand Theft Auto Aficionado GTA : 6 Great Websites For The Grand Theft Auto Aficionado Can you remember 1997? Those of you who can might also recall the hysteria, outrage and above all critical acclaim festooned on one of the most iconic and original video games of the time -... Read More is their sheer size and scale. This means that even after you finish the campaign you can still carry on playing the game for days, weeks, months, or even years. The single-player mode oozes replayability, and then there are the various multiplayer modes.

Even if you never venture online you’ll have hours of fun just driving around getting up to, well, whatever you want to. As is the nature of open-world titles. Add in the trophies and achievements, a ton of collectibles placed randomly around the huge playing area, challenges issued by friends, and the likelihood of DLC, and you’ll be getting a lot of gaming out of GTA V.

Conclusions

I don’t care when Grand Theft Auto V arrives, just as long as when it does so it lives up to the hype that has already started to build. I’ll be buying a copy as soon as it’s released, which is rare for me these days. Rockstar has done a fantastic job teasing the game, with the trailer above being released a full nine months ago. Still, I’m not bitter, I just want to get my hands on GTA V as soon as it drops. And I suspect many of you reading this will feel the same way.

Image Credits: Official Rockstar GTA V Website

  1. Eike H
    September 6, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Totally with you on every point

  2. IamAshMcLean
    September 3, 2012 at 3:00 am

    If They make GTA: Puerto Rico, i will be the first on line to buy it xD

  3. rama moorthy
    September 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hey man .., GTA 5 coming .. Really ..?
    Loving all gta games for Graphics .. but somewhat I cant run the new GTA due to low Graphics ,.,... Anyway Thanks for the post MUO

  4. Kaashif Haja
    September 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    GTA, My all time favourite game.
    I want to keep my hands on GTA 5!

  5. anthonymonori
    August 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    To bad I don't have a desktop PC anymore, but I'm looking forward to watch those 'silly' GTA V videos on YouTube. :)

  6. blackberrybison
    August 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    i'm buying it too!

  7. Kao Vang
    August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Probably will wait a bit on it. Excited though.

  8. asdas
    August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

    on i5 750 quad core 4 ghz oc
    8 gb ram
    gtx 660 ti
    I can run it medium/high ?

  9. word
    August 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

    how can someone NOT have about 60 dollars spare money to buy a game? Are you unemployed bums?

    • General Melchett
      August 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Try paying for a mortgage/rent, household bills, half-decent food and run a modest car every month on what passes for an acceptable wage these days, and see if you have $60/£40 just lying about at the month's end...

      It seems to be the unemployed bums - and of course the spoilt brats / trust-fund kidults - who are the only ones who don't have this problem.

      It's quite depressing really, but like the author - and many other hard-working people - I'll put a bit of cash aside and buy it on day one, and cheer myself up by indulging in wholesale carnage!

      • Dave Parrack
        September 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        General Melchett, thanks for saying everything I would have said myself :)

  10. Igor Rizvi?
    August 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

    ill gotta found some new hardware for my pc ..so i can run it.Or just buy a new one :(

  11. palu
    August 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

    do you HONNESTLY believe that the graphics shown so far are from the console versions???! honnestly? they're pc for sure... hell, last E3 all the games were running on a PC... a lot of game websites were reporting that "curio"

    fact is, X360/PS3 graphics wont wow anyone today. really, dont expect more than GTA4 quality graphics. you want what you see in the promo screenshots, get a decent pc

    • Dave Parrack
      August 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Did I say they were from the console version? I do expect an upgrade from GTA 4 though, by the very fact both Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire looked better than that.

      I don't play games on my PC, I much prefer console gaming. Visuals aren't everything.

      • CDJay
        September 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        Let's pretend that visuals aren't everything (even though in an open world game having detail and draw distance seem fairly crucial). How about playability? GTA IV on consoles was actually unplayable if you are used to games running what could be called "well". I thought my friends 360 was actually broken.

        Games running at 60fps, consistently, make them a lot more responsive and fun to play. If they run at 60fps they also don't tend to smear with motion on modern non-CRT displays as much.

        Given that a HTPC capable of running GTA V, and other titles, really well, is hardly a bank-busting affair at this point paired w/ the likelihood that GTA V will be on Steam with Big-Picture mode.... it'll be a lot nicer than a console version. Just in terms of being able to play it quickly. You can chuck the operating system on one smallish SSD, steam on a larger SSD, and resume from sleep in half a second, load GTA V in a few seconds more, and be playing in less time that it would otherwise take you to locate the DVD/Blu-ray of the console versions. Then it'll run far better, look infinitely better, and play infinitely better due to those two factors combined.

        How could anyone "prefer" console gaming on a multi platform release at this point. You can use either a PS3 or 360 controller. It'll cost less on PC. It'll look better. It'll load faster. It'll run smoother.

        *shrugs*

        • Dave Parrack
          September 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          Visuals aren't everything, otherwise any game released prior to 2012 would be unplayable.

          GTA IV was not unplayable on consoles, or I'm a genius for having played through it twice on my PS3.

          I prefer console gaming because playing on the PC isn't comfortable. As I work on a laptop all day, I need to get away from it to feel as though I'm relaxing. I'm happy to put up with the slight disadvantages of console gaming in order to enjoy the overall experience.

  12. Darren Reynolds
    August 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I have an amazon voucher which is sitting there waiting :)

  13. Varun Nagwekar
    August 31, 2012 at 7:31 am

    6 reasons why I’m NOT buying GTA V on release day

    1- Wait for all the game backlogs to be finished.
    2- Wait for the bugs to be ironed out.
    3- Wait for DLC to come out.
    4- Wait for the game to get cheap.
    5- Wait for the reviews and see if it's worth buying/playing (most probably yes!)
    6- Wait for the mods.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

      That's a fair comeback! I usually do wait on new games for all those reasons, but Rockstar has built a reputation that means I'll be buying this on day one.

  14. Kanibal CamelLip
    August 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I thought it was supposed to follow the main character of a previous GTA and be in a revamped San Andreas. 0.o

    • Dave Parrack
      August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

      It may do, no one knows yet. But the setting certainly is attached to San Andreas.

  15. HannibalCat
    August 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I just hope it'll run on my PC.

  16. Vipul Jain
    August 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    9th reason - you got the $$$ to buy it!! :p

    • Dave Parrack
      August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

      I'll have to save up the same as everyone else. I don't generally buy games new, I buy them used months later to save money.

  17. Reý Aetar
    August 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    looks great

  18. Daniel Hartle
    August 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    One of my most anticipated games.

  19. Aditya Roy
    August 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Need to get my pc updated! Gta V will be the perfect excuse! :)

  20. kindrudekid
    August 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    It would be really awesome if you mention it on which Platform, by the looks the Console version looks crappy!!

  21. Fayz
    August 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I hope I have enough money left to buy this on release day! c:

    • Alex Downs
      August 31, 2012 at 2:32 am

      Do we know its release date yet?

      • Fayz
        August 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

        No release date has been announced yet.

      • Dave Parrack
        August 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

        No, unfortunately not. My guess would be either November of this year or March of next. Rockstar rarely releases games when everybody else does, so I'm guessing early next year.

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