Before I go any further I want to let readers know I am a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, irresponsibly at a young age I do remember being blown away by past titles in the series like Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and a personal all-time favorite Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Coming fresh from finishing Grand theft Auto IV personally for the first time back in 2013, I was ready for what Rockstar was going to provide with Grand Theft Auto V. The one thing that I loved with the past titles was the enjoyable open world environments and most notably screwing around in it while also appreciating the memorable main story missions and indeed Grand Theft Auto V does provide some of that magic and when I mean some I’m also trying to convey that there is stuff that I miss in their latest release and that is really the number of things you can do in the environment.
It is such a huge environment where you can do the typical stealing of cars while running from the cops, have fun with various gun combinations, flying various planes and of course complete missions. I don’t mind this stuff at all, but
compared to past titles there really isn’t much to do. This becomes extremely evident when I observed the number of cheat codes the game had as well, 31 mediocre cheats that were decent but lacking in what other games had to offer. Understandably Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has a good 231 cheats and whenever I would mention this to fans of Grand Theft Auto V, they’d push me aside and tell me to just get on good old (somewhat) Grand Theft Auto Online.
Now see I actually got into Grand Theft Auto Online joylessly ready to race on custom ramps, own my own apartment and enjoy all the future content added to the game mode, however over time the online experience quickly became a grind to unlock more features and items. Want that top speed car that helps with various races? Gotta grind for 4 plus hours for it! Now for anyone who has more than 4 hours to spend grinding on the game, good for you, but everyone seriously has different lives and different priorities as well. I had no choice but to dive into the cautious mindset of relying on shark cards to get the fix I needed to get content faster.
However, that was back when I was a high school teen that spent whatever 20 bucks (sometimes I would pay more) he got on this game and the older I got the more and more I started seeing the glaring problem with the overall community and mode itself. As I started getting older GTA Online starting feeling like real life. I’d go online broke in real life knowing that I at least had a luxury car I could not drive in real life. As I got into my 20’s I stopped playing online completely, the grind just simply sucked, I sort of wish more had gone into the single-player experience. Matter a fact even Rockstar proved they didn’t care to even add a single player expansion to the game, while older games like Grand Theft Auto IV benefited from it quite much.
Surprisingly what got me back into playing Grand Theft Auto V was the PC release of the game and it wasn’t because it offered more online content, but more so because it was offering a whole new modding community
that I knew would revitalize the game..at least on PC. I applaud the wonderful additions modders added to the game. Mods that made your car fly all around Los Santos to mods that allow you to play old police missions (something missing from Grand Theft Auto V). These mods made me fall back in love with a game I simply started to despise slightly over time. Then again this still had me wondering if this would truly become the only way to enjoy the single-player side of Grand Theft Auto in the future. It sort of started to worry me that Rockstar wasn’t caring for it anymore and instead focusing on more on nickel and diming people with micro-transactions and tedious online gameplay grinding.
Will this become Grand Theft Auto 6? I sure the heck hope not, gosh that would be slightly depressing. The past Grand Theft Auto titles got me onto other platforms, as a die-hard Nintendo fan that had the notion at one time that Nintendo only made great quality titles, Rockstars GTA series at one point proved that I was wrong, it got me into wanting to explore other open world titles and various other AAA games. As long as Rockstar makes millions off the online community, I worry that Grand Theft Auto won’t be the GTA I remember, I know I’m not the only one with this feeling.