Back At It – GTA V

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Welcome to this weeks edition of Back At It

With your host, the one with the most, the most of what I don’t know, It just rhymed so I gave it a go, Cathew Murlock. And this week I dwelled into that horrifying thing we like to call a backlog to see what Indie gems and AAA power mongers we could find and with just a few steps we ran into one of the most elite franchises in gaming history, yes, I am talking about, GTA. And it may surprise you, that until recently I had still yet to play Grand Theft Auto V, a game I’ve wanted to play since launch, what kept me from playing it? Who knows, but luckily it was there waiting for me when I was ready to play.2016-02-26_00022

 To start off I wanted this experience to feel new

Like a GTA I never played before, so I decided to play my first play through in the stunningly marvelous feature we call FPS mode. And oh what a dynamic experience that was. I know there was backlash from the community when the feature was first announced, but trust me, it was worth implementing and worth giving a go, it was just wow. I felt immersed and right in the game, the car flips, the rolling down hills are just a few things that must be experienced first hand, even getting hit by a car. It was like VR, but without the VR, so entertaining and fun and felt new every time it happened. The fighting, the walking down streets, falling, crashing, bikes, motorcycles, you name the experience it was perfected from head to toe to fit perfectly with the First Person mode. Rockstar honestly didn’t slouch on this feature, you could just feel that they made sure it was more then a mode, that it was basically the game when you played it, not just some added broken feature that the company could brag about, no, it was an ADVENTURE and EXPERIENCE.2016-02-26_00013

But with good came the bad

Because as much as I loved the world around me, as much as I felt mind blown by every single detail they added in this game, it felt a little short and dull. This GTA was probably the first GTA since GTA 2, where I did not get sucked into the characters. I was left feeling eh, like there should of been more to it, like the game should of been longer and the only reason it wasn’t was because they decided to go a little too big and do too much with the 3 character at once feature. I love the characters, but never through out the game did I become attached to them. It was a weird feeling for a Grand Theft Auto game really. We have all fell attached to the silent protagonist in GTA 3 and even his enemies, along with the characters in Vice City, San Andrea’s and GTA IV, but for some reason I really couldn’t get into these new faces or lives. The majority of the time I just wanted Michael’s whole family just to burn in a horribly caused accident, because they really didn’t bring anything to the table, other than annoyance. I know GTA is meant to be a parody of films or at least a homage, but this whole game actually felt like a long drawn joke. Where by the end, your just like, well that happened, it’s over. The game wasn’t bad by any means, it just wasn’t GTA and by that I mean, it just wasn’t special. The story was too short for there own good and the characters felt expendable, Uh, I don’t know how to explain it other that this campaign might be the first underwhelming GTA campaign that I have ever played.

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It is understandable why they have basically skipped bringing out any DLC

Being basic clothing items to an actual new story missions to the GTA V campaign. Since with this GTA, so far it has felt like it was molded and created for this new generation of gamers, as in Rockstar has focused on the money maker, the main selling point this day in age for the franchise, GTA Online. Yes, sadly Rockstar has joined the rest of the triple A studios in abandoning the campaign and focusing all there time on the multiplayer aspect. The story felt short and dull for the campaign, but everything about online has felt bright and vivid so far and is basically all you see gamers play on Twitch or on there spare time when it comes to GTA V, It is also the only one out of the two, Online and Campaign, that is getting any support at all. It was even announced, that it’s the reason they have delayed/not coming out with any campaign DLC as well, basically, it’s not worth there time and effort, since it’s no longer what this gen wants to see, which in the back of my head is pretty crippling, because it’s my favorite experience in this franchise, the Campaign, but hey, we old farts, we are the past, guess we just have to say goodbye, because I doubt GTA 6 will cater to us next time around at all.

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In the end, I kind of wish that I hadn’t played GTA V

I enjoyed the world in it’s glorious FPSness, Thought the story was decent enough, glad to have played and watched the characters go through there dramas, but to see that my favorite genre was falling to the new age kind of hurt. Sure GTA Online is popular and great, but from seeing how much support it gets compared to the campaign, I just have a gut feeling that the future holds nothing positive for us old GTA story mode loving fans.2016-02-26_00028

BAI is my backlog segment Back At It

Where I play one of the hundred of games shoved away in one of my many love dungeons (Steam, Origin, Uplay etc.) and describe my experience, thoughts and/or feelings about what I have played, I don’t like to keep it suit and tie, basically loose and random, not so professional, I don’t want my articles to be This is a review, blah blah blah these are the rules, this is the format, no, because this isn’t a review, It’s just a tool to open a discussion with you guys and get you to tell me your experience with the game currently being talked about or played. And also have it as a gateway to getting me to play many more games that I have left abandoned for far too long in may backlog.

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So please, let me know your experience of GTA V

Does it feel like the campaign will be abandoned completely in the future? What are your opinions on Rockstar not having any plans for any campaign DLC? Let me know in the comments below.