Grand Theft Auto V released in September of 2013, garnering game of the year nominations and awards from every publication that keeps score on such things. Metacritic has GTA V listed as one of its highest-rated games of all time, earning aggregate review scores of 97 (out of 100) for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
But is the next-gen GTA V, released Nov. 18 on Xbox One and PS4, worth paying another $60 for?
In a word, abso-freakin-lutely.
Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best looking console games ever made, and now you can play it in first-person. The next-gen iteration from gaming’s greatest sandbox series is console eye candy at its finest. Jack a helicopter and fly around, taking it all in. Then throw it in first-person mode and jump out, free-falling before pulling the chute. I mean why the hell not? It’s your playground.
And that’s the thing because there has never been a first-person game that allows as much freedom as GTA V.
Grand Theft Auto began with a top-down view and exploded after going to third-person with Grand Theft Auto 3. We’ve never seen a first-person view in the series and it’s a total game-changer.
It’s far from perfect.
But it’s fresh and fun, and feels like playing a different game altogether. Aiming in FPS mode still locks on your targets for quick disposal. Or you can free aim down the sights with a quick click of the right thumbstick.
GTA V‘s online multiplayer is still a blast, and you can transfer your last-gen characters — no matter which system you played on. So, yes, PS3 characters transfer to your new Xbox One via the Rockstar Social Club, and you can pick up right where you left off. Rockstar also tweaked the multiplayer to allow up to 30 players at once, nearly double the last-gen capacity.
You will have to start the story mode over again but no complaints here. If you enjoyed the campaign, having another go is well worth the restart just for the improved visuals alone.
And — FINALLY — heists are coming to GTA Online. So they say, anyway.
Since its release, fans have been clamoring for co-op online heists and, according to Rockstar, they will get them after the game’s first update. There’s no firm date yet but it should be soon. So whether you played GTA V on last-gen consoles or not, jumping in — or back in — San Andreas is more than a worthwhile experience.
It’s a no-brainer.