The Grand Theft Auto series is widely recognized and played by millions worldwide. The first game came out in 1997, but it wasn’t until the release of San Andreas that it took off in popularity.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released in 2004 and since then, it is regarded as the most popular among the bunch. Thanks to the success of the game, Rockstar Games continued to pump out sequels after sequels.
The most recent one being the Grand Theft Auto V. It was released in 2013 and it went with a bang. Millions of fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on it and was not disappointed with the game.
After five years since its release, GTA V sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. But what makes the game such a huge success? If you’re curious as we are, here’s everything you need to know about GTA V. Time to grab your console, smartphone or pc and enjoy!
The Stars of the Game
The Grand Theft Auto games have always revolved around a story. It’s what makes the game so interesting and enjoyable if you’re tired of just roaming around freely. Throughout the series, the story always revolved around a single protagonist that. But for the first time, GTA V is the first game ever to feature 3 playable characters! Yes, you heard it right – more characters mean more missions. You can switch among these 3 characters even between missions. Who are the 3 characters and what is their story? Well, read on to find out.
Michael De Santa – Michael is an ex-bank robber who made a deal with the FIB that enabled him and his family to live in Los Santos. They live in a nice mansion and because of this, his wife had become quite a bit of a shopaholic. Then, the family began to have many problems as years passed by.
After getting mixed up with a Mexican cartel leader, Michael is left with no choice but to return to the life he once left. This time, he is accompanied by his friend and the second character, Franklin Clinton.
Franklin Clinton – Franklin is an African-American man who has big dreams in Los Santos. He works at a luxury car dealership but is unhappy with the current state of his life. Franklin met Michael at the dealership since he was once his victim. The two began to form sort of a mentor-protégé relationship and executed a jewelry store heist. In the heist, they are joined by Michael’s old compatriot Trevor Philipps (3rd Character). The three then perform epic heists all around Los Santos leading off to a final heist.
Trevor Philipps – Trevor is a redneck and a bank robber who is quite insane. He is also an ex-military pilot and founded a business called “Trevor Phillips Enterprises” which mainly deals with weapons and drugs.
After hearing about the jewelry store heist performed by Michael and Franklin, Trevor sets out to find them. Trevor had taught that Michael was dead but here he is very much alive and pulling off heists here and there.
As they reunite, Trevor realizes that Michael betrayed him nine years ago. They had a falling out but that did not stop them to pull off one final heist.
Cool In-game Features
GTA has a whole ecosystem inside a game. It is an immersive first-person 3D experience that features an endless list of things to do. Here are some of the biggest features of the game that’s worth mentioning.
Map – The map for GTA V is the biggest of all the GTA games. The city of Los Santos (Los Angeles equivalent in GTA), is so life-like that it feels as though you’re playing in real life. It is reportedly said that the GTA V map is bigger than San Andreas, GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption combined!
Heists and missions – There are 6 main heists which require a level of sophisticated planning involving vehicles, crew, weapons, entry and exit points, etc. The smaller missions are revolving towards teaching players how to do those heists. There are other missions to including a drive by, tailing and assassinations.
Customization – GTA V allows for a truly immersive play as they offer customization for just about anything under the sun. Armors in vehicles, modified guns, disguises are just a few things you can do.
Smartphones – They’ve also implemented smartphones in the game just like in real life. You can take pictures, videos, call people, upload pictures to the Rockstar Social Club or even browse the in-game internet. The internet has tons of website including a knock-off of Facebook.
Tons of Mini Games – If you’re tired of doing missions and just want to relax within the game, you have plenty of things to choose from. GTA V is littered with games such as golf, cycling, tennis and scuba diving, and jet skiing, and biking just to name a few. You can even watch a movie in-game if you’re really bored.
Director Mode – Speaking of movies, players can literally shoot their own movie inside the game. There are tons of actors to choose from all from different categories such as animals, gangs, military, sports and more.
GTA Online – Lastly, players who purchased GTA V will have GTA Online available. The multiplayer component features players from all around the world inside the huge city of Los Santos at the same time. It’s free roaming but includes brand new missions and a mission creator!
That’s it, everything you need to know about GTA V – at least the important ones! We can’t list every single feature in here since that would make the article too long. You just have to play the game extensively. That’s way more fun!
Also, note that the GTA V for mobile is currently not available yet. But if you’re keen on playing GTA on your smartphone, we suggest you play similar games such as GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City or GTA III. They’re all from the same developer – Rockstar Games.
To install any of the mention games, simply open your Google Play app. Then search for the game that you want and click download and wait for it to finish. That’s it, you can now play!