Perhaps the most highly anticipated console game in years - Grand Theft Auto V - is finally out for major systems, and it's causing a stir. According to International Business Times, over 3.5 million copies of the game were pre-ordered for the Xbox 360 and PS3 alone - and that's only in the U.S.! Throw in international and PC sales, and the numbers are getting ridiculous for GTA V. More than a few have suggested that the game, in some respects, represents a grand finale for the current generation consoles.
But what are fans liking in the latest edition of this wildly popular franchise? Based on early reviews and gameplay, here are the 5 most exciting features of GTA V.
1. The Three Main Characters
Players can now switch freely between 3 criminals working independently and together to rise in the world of crime. Michael is an ex-criminal dragged back into a life of crime; Trevor is a mentally unstable (and enormously entertaining) petty criminal linking up with Michael to go after the big time; and Franklin is an up-and-coming criminal in need of a mentor. The three characters provide a great new dynamic on GTA gameplay.
2. The Size Of Los Santons
Much has been written about the sheer size of the open world Los Santos - based heavily on LA and the surrounding areas. The bottom line is, you can never stop exploring, and in a GTA game that's more fun than in most open world formats. This is because in GTA, the entire world is alive with interesting activity and possibility - you'll never be bored.
3. Air & Water
Part of the vastness of Los Santos is that the air and water are open to players like never before. Not only can you now pilot fighter jets through the air (insane, we know), but you can also explore the deep seas, exploring wrecks, avoiding sharks, and generally enjoying a whole new dimension of Los Santos.
This is actually speculative, but it has fans excited nonetheless. Casinos are mysteriously "opening soon," which makes us think there will be downloadable content available in no time. What does this mean for the game? Well, if done right, it could open the game to a whole new audience. Thanks to the success of Betfair Casino, and other online gambling environments offering virtual takes on casinos that rival the real experience, gambling has become forever linked with the video game industry. If GTA V can provide some imitation of online gambling within its game, it will have a massive advantage.
5. Action Quality
Finally, there's the action, which is hard to describe unless you've played. Explosions are bigger and better, violence is more readily available than ever, and even the driving has been improved to feel more like the actual handling of a vehicle. Throw in activities like the fighter jet piloting, swimming, and even leisure options like tennis, golf, etc., and the action throughout this game is mind-blowing.