Spend your time driving and everything whizzes past you in a blur. Spend your time running around and you're likely more focused on shooting people than admiring scenery. But if you just stopped for a second and watched Grand Theft Auto V's world pass you by, maybe you'd appreciate just how beautiful it is.
A lot has to do with the game's under-appreciated star: the lighting. if you haven't taken the time to notice how gorgeous a sunrise is, or how convincing dusk's "purpleness" looks bouncing off a building, take one. It's the secret sauce that's making a game running on seven-eight year-old hardware look so damn modern.