I’ve gotten about 25% off the way through GTA V, I’m not sure the total time played because I’ll pause and do something else for an hour or so and come back. Maybe around 15 hours or so.
It’s already in this early stage a complete improvement over GTAIV for me personally. I don’t believe I even got through 25% of that game. The combination of the “friends” wanting to hang out and the annoying driving physics being such a change from the overly arcade style of San Andres just turned me off. While thus far in GTAV I’ve yet to resort to calling a taxi to try to bypass the need to drive. One thing that is a bit annoying is cars on the road and some objects on the side of the road seem to have unreasonably high resistance. Where they act like multiple ton boulders instead of cars. For example if you want to push a car out of the way at a red light, you’ll find you’ll just smoke your tires and the car will barely budge. I’ve had a few times where driving through, i’ll get in a wreck, end up sandwiched between two cars and despite flooring it can’t budge the cars i’m stuck between. I’ll get out,s teal one, back them up and get back into my car. A minor annoyance, but not something that’s detracted me from joyriding yet.
At this point in the game I’ve only done one heist, a robbery on a jewelry store. The first one you do you only have two characters unlocked and works out quite well between the two. Each had their own defined role and it made logical sense when you’d switch between them. The heist itself was pretty simple and straightforward but had a very fun escape sequence that involved riding a motorcycle through tunnels.
The story of the game is beginning to ramp up, but at this point, it hasn’t been overly engaging. Perhaps this is the fault of the multiple protagonist, perhaps it’s just because it’s early in the game. There is enough to suggest a grander storyline that I’m not willing to write it off yet, but as it stands effectively everyone is a stereotype, especially the side-characters. It’s difficult to truly care about anyone at this point.
The side activities are there, but as expected didn’t quite match the hype. Tennis doesn’t have the fluidity or control of say, Virtua tennis. It feels slowed down and smaller comparatively. You still have your assortment of shot types and you can control where they go, but it’s just not as engaging. While the 9 holes of golf is no tiger woods. It doesn’t account for splice when taking your shot making it much easier to get to the green. While early on, I’m finding it harder to read the green than in a tiger woods game. Both sports are fun, but after doing them once I’ve felt no compelling reason to go back to them. The physical activities, like biking/races largely revolve around mashing the x button. I haven’t yet gotten to exploring the sea or trying to hike the mountains. While flying a plane is quite fun if landing is quite difficult. Flying a helicopter is significantly less fun.
All in all the game is very enjoyable despite the flaws listed. The missions have variety. It doesn’t feel like it’s all drive to point A across the map and return to point B on the other side of the map as GTAIV often felt like.