I'm planning to possibly write something a bit longer about Grand Theft Auto V in the coming week, so I'm really looking to hear your thoughts on the game in this week's Community Review.
I've only put in about three hours so far, so I'm loathe to make any judgements yet. Grand Theft Auto games typically start slow. It doesn't truly come alive until you've gotten a full sense for the world and its possibilities.
I would say, however, that (so far) the writing seems a step below what we saw in Grand Theft Auto IV and particularly Red Dead Redemption. I might be wearing the rose-tinted glasses, but the last third of Red Dead Redemption set a new high point for Rockstar in that regard. I don't know if GTA V is going to match it.
But in terms of world building? Grand Theft Auto V already seems to have raised its own bar — and I say this having done minimal exploration. It just feels more alive and more vibrant than any video game world I've explored to this point, and that's a feeling you get instantly. I've found myself wondering if I'll actually have the time to explore it properly. I hope I will.
I'm keen to hear your thoughts. I always take the early first reviews of Grand Theft Auto V with a pinch of salt. Of course Rockstar's games are, — from a production perspective — absolutely world class but I think the proof is always in how the games are remembered in the long term by fans of the series. How are you all enjoying it so far?