The mixed/negative reviews are based on the fact that this game in it’s vanilla Steam state is unmoddable. There are workarounds that work just fine, but I feel the need to get this straight before I start, because imho this is one of the best games ever made.
Grand Theft Auto: 5 was a game pretty much everybody looked forward to, the hype was absolutely surreal… and the game checked every, and I mean EVERY single checkbox and stood true to the hype even after release. Everybody I know already enjoyed Vice City, but when San Andreas came out, it was so much better, pretty much everybody just forgot about the previous game. While some additions and changes seem laughable from 2018 perspective, being able to swim, ride a bike or have open world this broad was no sure thing back 14 years ago.
And because of all these things, GTA 5 didn’t age at all from gameplay’s perspective – I’m serious, this game doesn’t feel archaic in anything gameplay related, it just got old technically. During the course of last year I played through entire “GTA trilogy” again, and I really noticed how GTA 3 and Vice City felt like really old games due to many obstacles and technical issues. While 5 still has some technical issues that come from the age, it’s bearable and definitely doesn’t get into way as much as it did with previous games.
Technically it’s pretty old, let’s be real there – technical side of gaming move a ton since this games released, you need to use horrible frame limiter at times to make some stuff work, but it’s definitely worth the experience.
The story is still great, gags are still funny even after all these years, and gameplay is just as fun as it was back then. The game still feels very packed with ton of content, while I was a bit disappointed with length of Vice City and 3 (I remembered them being longer for some reason), San Andreas clocked at twice as much gameplay time than both Vice City and 3 combined. And that’s not counting for all the possible side activities, mostly just going through story content.
The only bigger problem is that aim is super imprecise with mouse. I’m not sure if that was an issue back in Windows XP days, or if it’s just a problem with newer systems… but it’s there. Aiming at longer distances can be a bit of pain, though usually it’s alright as AI in the game is really bad.
Then again, this is a very old game and it still has all the magic sauce that made it so great… and if you want to play gta 5 again you can… how to get grand theft auto 5 for free
I’m really glad that my nostalgic memories of this masterpiece weren’t shattered, it’s a must-play and true timeless classic.
Two number nines/10.