The Billion Dollar Game
What’s the game of the moment? Ask anyone this question and the answer will probably be Grand Theft Auto V.
Rockstar is well known for bringing us quality material in the past years and they delivered again with GTA V.
In all the “specialized press” you see high review scores, describing this game as a masterpiece. Is it? After going through the offline mode I must say it’s an excellent game: Fun, addictive, with tons of stuff to do but is it perfect, like everyone acclaims? My response is no.
Rockstar’s attention to detail is admirable; in fact, they are probably the best when it comes to tiny things that make the game realistic. From the top of my head, for example losing GPS signal when entering a tunnel. Do you always want realistic? Sometimes that can become a bit boring: Do we need the missions where we have to exercise yoga? These kinds of missions just take away the pace of the game and make it lose momentum, which is a shame.
On the positive side, GTA V delivers what the audiences wanted (or expected). It takes full potential of the HD consoles and pushes the graphics high and gives us the opportunity to explore a huge map with tons of stuff to do, even if you don’t want to play the main story and just do side missions, wander around, make a carnage somewhere, rob, kill, get a haircut, anything you want to do, you just do it in GTA V.
The game is solid, the story is entertaining even with some clichés background stories for the characters: the ghetto guy that feels he’s more intelligent than is companions and wants to climb up the crime ladder, the guy who got out of the game but is forced back into it and (my favorite) the insane guy who just acts randomly as he wishes. These are all trademarks of the GTA series and that we look for in a GTA game, that’s why we all have so much fun.
Moving away from the Living room?
There is one simple reason why GTA misses perfection: The lack of local multiplayer!!!! Rockstar put some much effort into a unparalleled online experience (which I haven’t tested yet but will soon), and completely forgot that the must fun we have playing video games is with a mate, sitting side by side. If this were possible in GTA, imagine the reunions among people to go on carnage in Los Santos city, or do the missions side by side with a friend of yours. In a multimillion-dollar budget game, with so many opportunities and options, it’s a shame that a basic idea like this was left out. Sometimes the simplest options are the best, and for me before going on a buggy online experience (I tried to get in the first two days but failed due to server problems), you must have a solid local multiplayer experience and GTA has all the elements necessary: You even have missions where you have to switch between characters so why not have a partner on those missions?! It’s a shame, and for me that reason is enough to fail perfection. To reach perfection, 10 or more years ago, the game had to have innovation and be almost flawless. GTA, in my opinion, fails in that area and they are close, real close to perfection. Maybe when we have a solid online experience and a local multiplayer I will have to say: It seems that at this point, there is not much you can do to make it better. That’s when the game will be a masterpiece.
For now, I will just continue have tons of fun, by myself or with other virtual players hoping that the servers will not crash.