Why Next-Gen GTA V Will Rule 2015
We know what you’re thinking. Surely everyone in the whole freaking world has played and completed Grand Theft Auto V by now, right? The title has sold an astonishing 14.26 million copies on Xbox 360 alone, and that ridiculous figure doesn’t even account for digital sales. So is there value in repackaging, remastering and re-releasing GTA V on Xbox One? It’s a valid question, but it turns out that a shockingly low amount of you actually ran the San Andreas story to its conclusion. If TrueAchievement’s figures are anything to go by, of the 115,465 gamers it’s logged playing GTA V, only 2.91% have actually seen it to 100% completion. Which is utter madness. Rockstar’s masterpiece is making its way to Xbox One in a matter of weeks, and whether you’re coming in as fresh blood or as a veteran of Los Santos warfare, there’s plenty to see and do to justify purchasing GTA V on your next-gen console.
IT’S TIME TO RETURN TO LOS SANTOS
So you’ve already played GTA V? Here are five reasons to return to Rockstar’s masterpiece…
The king returns
We’ve been a little disappointed by the amount of HD remasters and remakes that have made their way onto Xbox One in the last 12 months, but it’s hard to fight the temptation to return to one of the crowning achievements of the last generation. GTA V is returning with more than a new coat of next-gen paint, instead Rockstar is doing everything it can to ensure this is the definitive edition of its criminal simulation experience.
It looks incredible
Utilising the power of the Xbox One, GTA V will go above and beyond anything else we’ve received on the system to date. We were immensely impressed with how alive Los Santos felt the first time around. But as this package brings denser traffic, additional wildlife, a new foliage system, and better damage and weather effects to an already incredible package, we can’t help but think it’ll put other open world games on the system to shame.
Those upgrading to the Xbox One version after playing GTA V on Xbox 360 will find a raft of exclusive content waiting, including additional weapons and rare versions of classic vehicles. We’ve heard two of the new vehicles are the Dukes and the Dodo Seaplane from GTA III. Also expect a faster, more manoeuvrable Blimp; and new activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges.
This is probably the thing that has us most excited, truth be told. The 17 in-game radio stations are being refreshed and upgraded for the next-generation with over 100 new songs and DJ mixes being added to the airwaves. The first thing we plan on doing with GTA V on Xbox One is to hop in an Elegy RH8 and cruise through Blaine Country with Los Santos Rock Radio blaring. Who better to take us through the danger zone than Mr. Kenny Loggins?
GTA V massively revamped the series’ shooting mechanics and introduced a pretty great cover system, which meant that – possibly for the first time – capping pedestrians and cops in San Andreas wasn’t a frustrating exercise. Rockstar is giving us even more cause to create chaos this time out as it introduces brand new weaponry into GTA V. Gun-loving criminals will love the new additions.
THE SECRETS OF GTA V
Discover Los Santos most insane hidden secrets…
The Mount Chiliad mystery
A year on, and this is still unsolved. A large map in the cable car station at the summit of Mount Chiliad kickstarted GTA V’s biggest mystery and it’s still making us question everything. New strange ‘All Seeing Eye’ markings are constantly being unearthed around the game world, leading to some pretty crazy theories about the mountain and the UFOs that tend to surround it. Will it finally be solved when GTA V hits Xbox One? Does the mountain really hide a secret tunnel and a jetpack? We can’t wait to find out.
Collect 50 UFO parts
There’s something otherworldly happening behind the scenes in San Andreas. If you want to make contact with the unknown, you’ll need to crawl through Los Santos and Blaine Country to find 50 hidden UFO parts. It’ll take some time and effort on your part – plus you need to go and beat the Fame or Shame Mission and pay a visit to Omega the Hippie – but it’s all worth it in the end for a totally far our experience, man.
The Infinity Killer
Murder isn’t a new pastime in San Andreas, in fact, we probably spent most of our time in GTA V pulling out Gats for fun. But there’s a serial killer mystery in the history of Los Santos and Blaine Country. A string of murders were carried out in 1999, but the bodies were never recovered. Head over to Sandy Shores to start your investigation, and keep an eye out for a creepy nursery rhyme scrawled on a rock by Merle Abraham’s house to get you on the right path. The rest is up to you.
If you happen to be near the swamplands near Mount Josiah, it might be worth taking a run at Fort Zancudo. It’s incredibly tough to get inside – teeming with military personnel and firepower – but the rewards are potentially lucrative. Not only does Fort Zancudo hold vehicles such as the Rhino Tank, Cargobob, Buzzard Attack Chopper, P-996 LAZER, and the Titan inside, but rumour has it there could be another jetpack hidden within. Good luck staying alive long enough to explore though.
The Rockstar drop-off
This still has us confused. Largely thought to tie into the greater Mount Chiliad mystery, the special edition of GTA V came with a map that, when run under a UV light, revealed a series of instructions for a drop-off. The instructions ask for half a mil to be deposited by the docks near Raton Canyon, but to this day the mystery has never been solved. Is it a red herring from Rockstar to get us endlessly driving around?
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