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Is Grand Theft Auto V Worth Buying Again for First-Person?

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Grand Theft Auto V is coming out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18 and for those of us who have already sunk dozens of hours into the last gen version, there doesn’t seem to be anything that compelling in the new versions aside from better graphics.  Sure, Rockstar has likely improved the online suite, and a game that was amazing a year ago will still be amazing in November.  But what is going to bring back all the hardcore gamers that have almost certainly already played through one of the biggest games of the last generation?  Recently, Rockstar leaked some new details on the re-release, including the mention of a new first-person mode. It seems pretty certain the feature is real even though the support page was quickly taken down off their website.  Now that the secret is out, a new question will determine how much novelty will be found for repeat players.  Is the idea of first-person perspective in a Grand Theft Auto game appealing to you?

How will this look in motion?

How will this look in motion?

If you break down the core gameplay of GTA V, much of the action revolves around cover based shooting and driving from point A to point B.  The driving seems like it will lend itself greatly to the first-person view.  The leaked information mentioned that car interiors and speedometers would be visible similar to most racing games that have come out in the past five years, which isn’t surprising considering the financial backing and technical pedigree of Rockstar.  Adding this perspective was definitely not a last minute tack on and views while walking or in a car will be as detailed as everything else we have seen from the developer.  One of the biggest complaints about every GTA game is that lots of the gameplay devolves into mindless driving across increasingly vast maps.  Adding a new perspective to experience these long traversals could go a long way to alleviating one of the franchise’s longest running issues.  I can only assume that the feature will make it into every type of vehicle, not just cars, as Rockstar’s aforementioned attention to detail is much to high to put such a limitation on a new feature.  The idea of flying across Los Santos in first-person is amazing, and I really hope my assumptions about the depth of this perspective feature aren’t wrong.


Flying in first person could be amazing.

Flying in first-person could be amazing.

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