It’s been almost a decade since Rockstar initially released Grand Theft Auto V. Landing first on the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360; there are currently three game iterations. Succeeding iterations come in the form of next-gen upgrades, firstly on the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. Recently, Rockstar decided to release a somewhat unwanted upgrade to the current generation of consoles; the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series.
Even with its decade-old age, Grand Theft Auto V still has a large player base. Thanks to Rockstar’s consistent game mode support, the number of players is a product of the ever-expanding multiplayer content. With all of that out of the way, let’s get a deeper insight into what Grand Theft Auto V offers the players. Let’s start our GTA V Overview by looking at the characters.
Grand Theft Auto V: The Protagonists
A Lost Santos native, he became part of the “streets” and joined The Families with his best friend, Lamar Davis. The Families is a small gang that commits various crimes to live day by day.
The GTA 5 story revolves around Franklin Aspires, which is to become much more than his petty life of crime for a small lump of money. He wants something more; he wants to live a life of luxury. That’s where he met his mentor Michael De Santa.
Michael Townley is a former bank robber and a notorious criminal who exchanged his life as a criminal for a fresh new start as an “upstanding citizen” under the witness protection program of the FIB. Upon his new leash in life, he lives by the name of Michael De Santa.
Michael realizes that living everyday life is boring, with an ungrateful family, a therapist who he feels is only milking the money out of him. Now, he wants to get back to his old ways, much to the dismay of the FIB agent protecting him, Dave Norton.
Trevor Philips is a hot-headed individual involved in Michael’s previous criminal activities. He later found his own company named Trevor Philips Enterprises, which operates illegal drug dealing and weapon smuggling transactions in Blaine County.
He is very aggressive and, for the most part, reckless. He was the reason why the 2004 bank heist went south; Trevor chose to kill the security guard at the bank; hence, the police became much more aggressive than they’d hoped for, even killing one of their members.
Grand Theft Auto V: The Plot
For the plot, we’ll only be tackling the early segments of the game to prevent spoilers for those of you who haven’t played the game yet.
A Heist That Failed
In 2004, a crew consisting of Michael Townley, Brad, Trevor, one unnamed driver, and Lester tried to rob a bank. During the heist, Trevor, being the impulsive man, decided to kill a security guard. Trevor’s action triggered the immediate and much more violent response of the police.
They escaped using a getaway vehicle; however, the police relentlessly chased them until they shot down the getaway driver. With the driver dead, the crew had no choice but to travel on foot. A huge shootout ensues, killing Brad, while Trevor makes his exit believing that Michael and Brad are done for. Trevor did not know that Michael instead made a deal with the FIB to turn over a new leash under their witness protection program.
Nine years have passed since the incident; Michael is living a miserable life under the new name of Michael De Santa with an ungrateful family. Michael’s day-to-day life of no action and being clean makes him miss his former self.
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Rookie Meets The Veteran
Franklin and Lamar, two men trying to live their lives day by day, work for a conspicuous car dealership owner named Simeon. Of course, Simeon employs illegal tactics and options to make a living out of his dealership. Simeon tasked Franklin to “repossess” a car owned by the De Santas.
Unfortunately for Franklin, he did not know that Michael was in the backseat of the vehicle. Pointing a gun directly toward the head of Franklin, Michael threatens Franklin to drive the car into the dealership as a form of payback against Simeon. Having no choice left, Franklin rams the vehicle into the dealership, and afterward, Michael starts beating the hell out of Simeon.
Michael has some satisfaction from his stint with Franklin and offers a drink at his house. Michael was mesmerized by Franklin’s willingness to do such a thing even though it cost him his job. Franklin takes up this offer, thinking that this would decision would finally change the course of his life.
They got into their first entanglement together when Michael got a call from his son, Jimmy, telling Michael that he tried to sell their boat and now thieves were speeding away with the boat. Jimmy also clarified that he is still in the boat, triggering Michael to go after the thieves.
Along the highway, Franklin and Michael chase the thieves. Michael asked Franklin to jump over the speeding boat upon arriving near the boat. Franklin rescued Jimmy; however, they were unable to retrieve the boat. Now, Michael fully trusts Franklin and tells him that Michael will call him immediately if any jobs are lying around.
After returning to his home, Michael discovers that his wife is cheating on him with her tennis coach, setting Michael on a rampage. He immediately calls Franklin to accompany him in chasing the instructor.
The instructor decided to park at a house in the Vinewood Hills, and somehow, Michael brought the house down. Unbeknownst to Michael, the house belonged to one of the mistresses of Martin Madrazo, a powerful drug lord.
The First Heist With A New Friend and Reunion With A Familiar Face
Now, Madrazo puts a hit on both Michael and Franklin. After dispatching the henchmen, Madrazo decided to let them live if they were able to pay the money to repair the damages done to the house.
Desperate to pay Madrazo, Michael contacts Lester to commence a heist. Lester still deems Franklin untrustworthy, and to prove himself, Franklin decides to do a mission for Lester, which involves killing the CEO of Lifeinvader.
After successfully assassinating the CEO of Lifeinvader, Lester briefs Michael, Franklin, and the crew to start the heist. Successfully pulling off the elaborate heist, Michael and Franklin were finally able to pay Madrazo.
The heist drew the attention of Trevor, who’s living in a remote desert location while dealing with gangs, production of illegal drugs, etc. All this time, Trevor was sending letters to Brad in prison, believing that he was still alive.
However, Dave Norton, a FIB agent, was the one writing the letters back to Trevor to keep him from knowing that Michael was still alive. After dealing with a few unfinished businesses with Johnny Klebitz (Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and The Damned protagonist), he decides to move to Los Santos to find out what exactly happened with Michael.
Trevor creates an astounding entrance at Michael’s house while both Mr. and Mrs. De Santa are arguing. Later on, Trevor also discovered that Michael has returned to living a criminal life once again. This so-called “awkward” reunion is cut short when Michael finds out that his daughter Tracey went on a television show called Fame or Shame.
The show is hosted by a disgusting television personality Lazlow Jones. To protect Michael’s daughter, Trevor and Michael decided to go after Lazlow to save Tracey. They both beat Lazlow to a pulp which somewhat induces a memory of the past between the two.
After that stint, Trevor, Michael, and Franklin’s faith intertwine with one another in a crazy ride of ups and downs within the vicinity of Los Santos.
Grand Theft Auto V: Gameplay
Grand Theft Auto V’s gameplay revolves mainly around going on missions, progressing through the in-game story. It’s more of a “go here and do that kind of system.” It revolutionizes itself by creating a more “customizable” experience, with random NPCs providing missions while slowly soaking in the sizeable open-world experience or customizing your vehicle and upgrading its existing engine.
What’s better than this is that Grand Theft Auto V introduced the first-ever “Swap between protagonists” mechanic, allowing you to be more tactical about the missions.
We did get a brief glimpse of a mission involving a heist in Grand Theft Auto IV called Three Leaf Clover; however, Grand Theft Auto V further revolutionizes that mode by introducing a “hire your own crew” mechanic.
You can choose a crew member whose skills are bad, but you get a higher payout at the end with the risk of sabotaging the mission altogether, or you can hire a great crew member with more experience in exchange for a more significant cut in the payout.
Rockstar also introduced the first-person view for this game. With that view, you’ll be able to roam around the streets of Los Santos in first-person view, similar to games like Skyrim, Fallout, or Dying Light.
The attention to detail within the world of Los Santos is breathtaking as it offers even a detailed view of the dashboard inside a car (while in first-person view). Even within combat, there’s a bit of recoil, muzzle flash, etc., that you can see during the FPS mode.
Overall, Grand Theft Auto V is a definitive experience of how open-world games should play.
Here’s a better overview of the Grand Theft Auto V’s gameplay:
- Features excellent customization of your open-world experience
- Random NPCs that give you different types of missions.
- Excellent implementation of mechanics during the Heist missions.
- Option to switch between First-Person View and Third-Person View.
- Decent physics system
- Exciting, fun, and quirky missions, whether they may be main storyline missions or side missions.
- Ability to switch between three different protagonists at any given time (with a few exceptions during main storyline missions and side missions)
- Fascinating attention to detail when it comes to environment and world-building.
Grand Theft Auto V: Weapons
Grand Theft Auto V sports a wide array of weapons to choose from. Most weapons in this game have a blend of realism and arcadey feel to it, and they are straightforward to use, mostly just involving you aiming and clicking on heads.
You shouldn’t expect it to blow you away with mechanics like in other realistic FPS shooting games. To be fair, Rockstar refined their mechanics when it comes to combat, such as a better cover system and somewhat decent ragdoll physics.
Submachine Guns & Light Machine Guns
|Antique Cavalry Dagger||AP Pistol||Assault Shotgun||Assault SMG|
|Baseball Bat||Combat Pistol||Bullpup Shotgun||Combat MG|
|Broken Bottle||Heavy Pistol||Heavy Shotgun||Combat PDW|
|Crowbar||Marksman Pistol||Musket||Gusenberg Sweeper|
|Fist||Pistol||Pump Shotgun||Machine Pistol|
|Golf Club||Pistol .50||Sawed-Off Shotgun||MG|
|Hammer||SNS Pistol||–||Micro SMG|
|Sniper Rifles||Heavy Weapons||
Thrown Weapons and Special Weapons
|Advanced Rifle||Heavy Sniper||Fireworks Launcher||Ball|
|Assault Rifle||Marksman Rifle||Grenade Launcher||BZ Gas|
|Bullpup Rifle||Sniper Rifle||Homing Launcher||Grenade|
|Carbine Rifle||–||Minigun||Jerry Can|
|Special Carbine||–||Railgun||Molotov Cocktail|
|–||–||Rocket Launcher||Proximity Mine|
Grand Theft Auto V: Vehicles
There are a lot of controllable vehicles in Grand Theft Auto V. Amounting to almost 300+ cars, there’s no shortage of your preferred experience while getting around in the city of Los Santos.
Similar to the weapons, vehicles in Grand Theft Auto V sport the same feel, a blend of realism-arcadey experience. Not to say that this is bad, but it certainly helps you get into the action, especially when you’re in a high-speed car chase.
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|Sports Cars||Muscle Cars||Super||Sports Classics||Sedans||SUV, Crossovers, Pick-ups, Vans|
|9F Cabrio||Buccaneer||Bullet||JB 700||Asea (Snow)||Baller (Second Generation)|
|Alpha||Burger Shot Stallion||Cheetah||Manana||Asterope||BeeJay XL|
|Blista Compact||Coquette BlackFin||Infernus||Peyote||Emperor (Beater)||Cavalcade (Second Generation)|
|Buffalo S||Duke O’Death||T20||Roosevelt||Fugitive||Dubsta2|
|Carbonizzare||Dukes||Turismo R||Stinger||Glendale||FQ 2|
|Elegy RH8||Phoenix||Zentorno||Tornado (Convertible)||Premier||Habanero|
|Feltzer||Picador||–||Tornado (Beater)||Primo||Huntley S|
|Furore GT||Pißwasser Dominator||–||Tornado (Mariachi)||Regina||Landstalker|
|Go Go Monkey Blista||Redwood Gauntlet||–||–||Stanier||Patriot|
|Jester (Racecar)||Sabre Turbo||–||–||Stretch||Rocoto|
|Rapid GT (Convertible)||Voodoo||–||–||Washington||–|
|Dilettante (Security)||G620||Bati 801||Blazer Lifeguard||Endurex Race Bike||Bison (The Mighty Bush)|
|Issi||Felon||Bati 801RR||Bodhi||Fixter||Bobcat XL|
|Panto||Felon GT||Carbon RS||Brawler||Scorcher||Boxville|
|Prairie||Jackal||Daemon (Lost)||Dubsta 6×6||Tri-Cycles Race Bike||Boxville (Post OP)|
|Rhapsody||Oracle||Double T||Dune Buggy||Whippet Race Bike||Boxville (Humane Labs)|
|–||Oracle XS||Faggio||Dune Loader||–||Boxville (Go Postal)|
|–||Sentinel||Hakuchou||Hot Rod Blazer||–||Burrito|
|–||Sentinel XS||Hexer||Injection||–||Bugstars Burrito|
|–||Windsor||Innovation||Kalahari||–||Burrito (Second Generation)|
|–||Zion Cabrio||PCJ 600||Mesa (Merryweather)||–||Burrito (Snow)|
|–||–||Sanchez||Rancher XL (Snow)||–||Clown Van|
|–||–||–||The Liberator||–||Pony (Smoke on The Water)|
|Airtug||Army Trailer (Military)||Cutter||Airport Bus||Benson||Ambulance|
|Caddy||Army Trailer (Civilian; Driller)||Dock Handler||Bus||Biff||FIB (Buffalo)|
|Caddy (Civilian)||Army Trailer (Extended; Sidetracked)||Dozer||Dashound||Hauler||FIB|
|Docktug||Army Trailer (tanker)||Dump||Rental Shuttle Bus||Mule||Fire Truck|
|Fieldmaster (Snow) [M]||Boat Trailer||Mixer (First Generation)||Tourbus||Phantom||Park Ranger|
|Forklift||Dock Trailer||Mixer (Second Generation)||Trashmaster||Pounder||Police Bike|
|Lawn Mower||Graintrailer||Rubble||–||Stockade||Police Cruiser (Interceptor)|
|Ripley||Ortega’s trailer||Tipper (First Generation)||–||Stockade (Snow)||Police Cruiser (Buffalo)|
|Sadler||Trailer (boat)||Tipper (Second Generation)||–||–||Police Cruiser|
|Sadler (Snow) [M]||Trailer (Car Carrier; Civilian)||–||–||–||Police Maverick|
|Scrap Truck||Trailer (Car Carrier; Pack Man)||–||–||–||Police Rancher|
|Towtruck (Truck)||Trailer (flatbed)||–||–||–||Police Riot|
|Towtruck||Trailer (Container/Curtain-side)||–||–||–||Police Roadcruiser|
|Tractor||Trailer (Box)||–||–||–||Police Transporter|
|Utility Truck (Crane)||Trailer (Ramp)||–||–||–||Police Prison Bus|
|Utility Truck (Box)||Trailer (Fame or Shame)||–||–||–||Police Predator|
|Utility Truck (Van)||Trailer (logs)||–||–||–||Sheriff Cruiser|
|–||Trailer (rake)||–||–||–||Sheriff SUV|
|–||Trailer (small)||–||–||–||Unmarked Cruiser|
|–||Trailer (Tanker; RON)||–||–||–||–|
|Barracks Semi||Dinghy (2-Seater)||Besra||Buzzard Attack Chopper|
|Rhino Tank||Kraken||Cuban 800||Cargobob (Trevor Philips Enterprises)|
|–||Seashark (Lifeguard)||Jet||Frogger (Trevor Philips Enterprises)|
Grand Theft Auto V: Mission Overview
For this missions GTA V overview, we decided not to include a description of what the mission is about to avoid spoilers for new players.
|Franklin and Lamar||Simeon Yetarian|
|Father/Son||Michael De Santa|
|Daddy’s Little Girl|
|Friend Request||Lester Crest|
|The Long Stretch||Lamar Davis|
|Casing the Jewel Store||Lester Crest|
|The Jewel Store Job (Loud Approach)|
|BZ Gas Grenades|
|The Jewel Store Job (Smart Approach)|
|Mr. Philips||Trevor Philips|
|Trevor Philips Industries||Tao Cheng|
|Nervous Ron||Trevor Philips|
|Crystal Maze||Tao Cheng|
|Friends Reunited||Trevor Philips|
|Fame or Shame||Michael De Santa|
|Dead Man Walking||Dave Norton|
|By the Book||Steve Haines|
|Hood Safari||Lamar Davis|
|Did Somebody Say Yoga?||Michael De Santa|
|Scouting the Port||Trevor Philipps|
|The Merryweather Heist (Freighter)|
|The Merryweather Heist (Offshore)|
|The Hotel Assassination||Lester Crest|
|Boiler Suits||Steve Haines, Dave Norton|
|Masks||Steve Haines, Dave Norton|
|I Fought the Law||Devin Weston|
|Eye in The Sky|
|Mr. Richards||Solomon Richards|
|Caida Libre||Martin Madrazo|
|Deep Inside||Devin Weston|
|Minor Turbulence||Trevor Philips|
|Paleto Score Setup||Steve Haines|
|Military Hardware||Steve Haines|
|The Paleto Score||Lester Crest|
|Monkey Business||Steve Haines|
|Hang Ten||Trevor Philips|
|Surveying the Score||Lester Crest|
|Bury the Hatchet||Bury The Hatchet|
|Pack Man||Devin Weston|
|Fresh Meat||Franklin Clinton|
|The Ballad of Rocco||Solomon Richards|
|Cleaning Out the Bureau||Lester Crest|
|Architect’s Plans||Franklin Clinton|
|Fire Truck||Lester Crest|
|The Bureau Raid (Fire Crew)||Steve Haines|
|The Bureau Raid (Roof Entry)|
|The Wrap Up||Dave Norton|
|Reuniting the Family||Michael De Santa|
|Legal Trouble||Solomon Richards|
|Lamar Down||Franklin Clinton|
|Planning The Big Score||Lester Crest|
|The Big Score (Subtle Approach)|
|The Big Score (Obvious Approach)|
|Something Sensible (Ending 1)||Steve Haines|
|The Time’s Come (Ending 2)||Devin Weston|
|The Third Way (Ending 3)||Lester Crest|
Optional Missions (Missable and Side Missions)
|The Good Husband (Family Event)||Amanda De Santa|
|The Multi-Target Assassination||Lester Crest|
|The Vice Assassination|
|The Bus Assassination|
|The Construction Assassination|
|Doting Dad (Family Event)||Tracey De Santa|
|Parenting 101 (Family Event)||Jimmy De Santa|
Strangers and Freaks Mission
There are roughly 65 strangers and freaks missions; we’ll only be listing the ones needed to get 100% completion for Grand Theft Auto V.
|Pulling Favors||Tonya Wiggins|
|Pulling Another Favor|
|Pulling Favors Again|
|Still Pulling Favors|
|Pulling One Last Favor|
|Paparazzo – The Sex Tape|
|The Final Frontier|
|Grass Roots – Franklin||Barry|
|Grass Roots – The Pickup|
|Grass Roots – The Drag|
|Grass Roots – The Smoke-In|
|Paparazzo – The Partnership||Beverly Felton|
|Paparazzo – The Meltdown|
|Paparazzo – The Highness|
|Paparazzo – Reality Check|
|Risk Assessment||Dom Beasley|
|Exercising Demons – Franklin||Mary-Ann Quinn|
|A Starlet in Vinewood||Peter Dreyfuss|
Grand Theft Auto V: Multiplayer Overview
One of the most beloved modes in Grand Theft Auto V is the multiplayer mode. Within the multiplayer servers, you’ll be able to tackle only a few gameplay modes, such as deathmatch, races, etc.
However, with how much the Grand Theft Auto Online servers have evolved these days, you’ll now be able to play role-playing games such as cops vs robbers and even a zombie survival server reminiscent of the Day Z mod in Arma II.
Here are a few takeaways from the multiplayer mode in Grand Theft Auto V.
- Option to purchase properties that range from low-end to luxury apartments.
- Option to purchase vehicles including tanks, helicopters, etc.
- Option to customize and personalize your CAC (Create-a-character)
- Play with other players in different and challenging heist missions; these missions reward you with a vast amount of money to spend.
- Play on different servers with different mechanics and objectives.
- Race with other players on various maps with multiple obstacles.
- Leveling up your character by earning reputation points (earned through various missions and activities in Grand Theft Auto Online)
- A wide array of multiplayer-only vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is Grand Theft Auto V Better Than Grand Theft Auto IV?
Answer: It highly depends on the definition your definition of better. If your definition of “better” has more content, more replayability, and a very active player base, Grand Theft Auto V wins by a mile. However, if you feel that “better” means a more in-depth story, better and more realistic physics, then for me, Grand Theft Auto IV takes the cake. To see a complete head-on comparison between the two games, check out this fantastic article Grand Theft Auto V vs Grand Theft Auto IV.
Question: Are There Any Similar Games To Grand Theft Auto V?
Answer: Many open-world games are available today; however, none of them come close to Grand Theft Auto V’s world. There are some games in-line with the genre of Grand Theft Auto V, and here are some of them.
• Saints Row Series
• Mafia Series
• Red Dead Redemption Series
• Watch Dogs Series
• Sleeping Dogs
• Just Cause Series
• The Simpsons Hit and Run
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Question: How Long Would It Take To 100% Grand Theft Auto V?
Answer: According to howlongtobeat, 637 players clocked in an average of 83 hours and 12 minutes of in-game time to complete Grand Theft Auto V. There are lots of missions and challenges to 100% of the game; here are the requirements:
• 69 main story missions
• 20 strangers and freak
• 14 random NPC missions
• 42 pastimes
• 16 miscellaneous tasks
Grand Theft Auto V is a genuinely complete open-world gaming experience. Although the story and writing have some shortcomings, it still is one of the best open-world games out there right now. Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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