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Modesty isn't GTA's strong suit. The latest game doesn't have the emphasis of its prequel's opening line "daddy's back, bitches"; the slower-burn story takes its time getting up to speed, but when it does you're treated to radio adverts and player conversations taking pops at thinly-disguised Call of Duty clone Righteous Slaughter. "They're all the same!" proclaims bank-robber-failing-to-make-good Michael, the most erudite of the three protagonists, as he professes he's "more of a movie guy".... read more

GTA 5 Xbox 360

Postby Jobe wan kenobi » 16 Sep 2013, 15:06

Sounds amazing, I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to contain my excitement until tomorrow!
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Postby offline » 16 Sep 2013, 15:09

You mentioned how the freeway had more cars on it and such, is this the same for pedestrians on the street or is it still like driving through a ghost town with no hustle and bustle?

Great review.
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Postby Sean Blackburn » 16 Sep 2013, 15:13

Doesn't surprise me this got a 10. It warms my heart to see a game develop over time into something amazing rather than a pushed release and something mediocre. Shame I wasn't one of the lucky ones to get my hands on this early but you can't win 'em all.
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Postby Timmeh555 » 16 Sep 2013, 15:15

Can't wait, sounds amazing
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Postby Thundercrackers » 16 Sep 2013, 15:21

A really well written, informative & thorough review, the game sounds incredible and i think the awe held by the reviewer shines through as a result :)

My only caveat is that it was Jon who reviewed GTA IV as a 10 - which as his opinion is fair enough etc - but it was a game i really couldn't get along with. It's all semantics anyway i guess, it's getting 9-10's and praise from everywhere, and there's 0 chance of me not buying this so it makes little difference. Still a great read, and i'm hopeful i can come away from it this time thinking it deserves a ten!
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Postby CunningSmile » 16 Sep 2013, 15:29

generally slightly darker edge to the characteristic GTA satire. There are all the expected cracks at consumer culture - TV talent shows, social networking, and approximations of Microsoft and Apple all feature - but it feels less like it's being played purely for laughs


But is it fun to play? Vice City was one of my all time gaming high lights, whilst I thought GTA4 was a soul crushing grind of endless drabness best suited as the background accompaniment to a suicide attempt. Which is this?
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Postby FishyGinger » 16 Sep 2013, 15:34

If you kill yourself due to this game can I take your place as a mod? I feel like banning someone for the sake of it :P
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Postby Bugsquat » 16 Sep 2013, 15:41

With Great Power, comes Great Respo...Oh, who am I kidding. :wink:
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Postby Twilight Error » 16 Sep 2013, 15:56

CunningSmile wrote:I thought GTA4 was a soul crushing grind of endless drabness best suited as the background accompaniment to a suicide attempt.


haha! That's pure poetry.
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Postby Grummy » 16 Sep 2013, 15:59

This getting a 10 isn't a suprise, it was never in doubt. On the balance of things I expect it will be an excellent game, but I too have concerns. Like Cunning, I thought GTA IV was hell to play, boring, depressing, controlled badly and ugly as sin. This *sounds* like it will be incredible, but some of the things you've mentioned concern me. The slow start, slower even than GTAIV which was itself incredibly slow and boring, that's not a good sign, it sounds like it'll be a real chore to play through the beginnings. Then there is the thing with Trevor, which concerns me a fair bit, the lack of choice to ignore a particular part because it is too graphic is a bad oversight. It's a small thing, but it bugs me that R* have chosen to include it then not let people by pass it. I personally feel R* have a duty to inform people and let them avoid the worst of the unpleasantness.

These are the only things I can see might be a concern though, the quality of the controls and general gameplay interface, the story pacing and Trevor. The rest of it really does sound rather excellent.
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Postby msbhvn » 16 Sep 2013, 16:11

Loved GTA IV, going to love this! Even though I'm a dirty traitor and will be playing in Sonyland. :lol:

I'm going to a midnight launch for the first time ever, more as a dry run for getting my Xbox One in a couple of months' time than not being able to wait a few hours to play this. I'm going to have to loiter in the nearby 24-hour McDonalds for ages as the last bus only gets in at 10:20pm. Then I'll have to get a taxi back, which I'm sure will cost a fortune. :roll:
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Postby Bin Boy Billy » 16 Sep 2013, 16:45

I cannot wait until tomorrow.
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Postby Johnbhoy69 » 16 Sep 2013, 16:48

I read on Gameinformer that we shouldn't install both discs. I really dislike having to play from the disc though

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/09/16/rockstar-warns-xbox-360-players-not-to-install-both-gta-v-discs.aspx
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Postby OXM Jonty » 16 Sep 2013, 17:03

CunningSmile wrote:
generally slightly darker edge to the characteristic GTA satire. There are all the expected cracks at consumer culture - TV talent shows, social networking, and approximations of Microsoft and Apple all feature - but it feels less like it's being played purely for laughs


But is it fun to play? Vice City was one of my all time gaming high lights, whilst I thought GTA4 was a soul crushing grind of endless drabness best suited as the background accompaniment to a suicide attempt. Which is this?


I think it's a bit more fun than GTA 4, and the ending's definitely better (the one I got, anyway) but Michael and Trevor aren't pleasant people. They're funny sometimes, but they aren't nice, and that can be a bit draining at times.
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Postby OXM Jonty » 16 Sep 2013, 17:05

offline wrote:You mentioned how the freeway had more cars on it and such, is this the same for pedestrians on the street or is it still like driving through a ghost town with no hustle and bustle?

Great review.


Glad you like it - the pedestrian density is maybe a bit higher, but it's still no Hitman, crowd-wise. The traffic density isn't a big jump but it's noticeable: it's hard work getting through traffic, and running up the freeway feels authentically suicidal.
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