Review of GTA V and GTA Online Xbox Series X: a marginal update
Rockstar Games has officially released grand theft auto v for the third time in its third generation of consoles. After selling more than 160 million copies in just eight years, it is not surprising that RockStar wants to keep the momentum. He has done not only launching the main game once again, but also fragmenting GTA online in an independent game. The two can be purchased together or separately, which indicates a long-term plan for GTA online in Xbox series X | S and PS5. That said, this remastery / carrying will not be for everyone.
This seems to have been designed for people who have not played grand theft auto v before, it is probably a minority of players at this time, or those who enjoy gta online and want to continue with him in the long term. If you have not played grand theft auto v before, this is an essential game. It has a rich history with an acute satire, great blockbuster scenarios and a detailed open world. It is all you could ask for a criminal epopey of Rockstar, there is not much more to say about the main game at this point.
If you have played previous versions, the remistering of Xbox One, PS4 and PC from Grand Theft Auto V felt as a much more significant jump because it had a lot of new content. The first remastery included an incredibly innovative and ambitious first person mode that gave the players a new incentive to play the game again. This feature was so well received that it ended up being implemented in dretion red dead 2 about four years later. In addition, there was new secondary content in the campaign, as a mystery of murder, new races and more. Everything added to be a pretty premium package.
Of course, all this content above is included in the new versions of Xbox Series X | S and PS5 of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA online, but do not contribute much more to the table when it comes to substantial content. Unless you are a staunch fan, it is unlikely that this will incite you to buy the game again for $ 20. Some of the featured features include a new main menu, improved explosions and fire, new vehicles and improvements in gta online and performance modes that allow the player to experience the game in a resolution up to 4K and 60 fps (but not at the same time ).
The 60FPS mode changes the rules of the game for console players. Grand Theft Auto V is a very slow game in regards to its controls, and it certainly feels like a rockstar game of 2013, but the new frame speed options make this game slide as a dream. With the smoother performance, you now get a true sensation of speed while traveling the streets. This is particularly remarkable with the new vehicle updates courtesy of Hao’s workshop on the LS Car Meet. These improvements were able to take my bravado Banshee of $ 100,000, one of the cheapest cars of the game, and turn it into a limit rocket. In two seconds, the car was at 80 mph, and in about 10 seconds, it was 140 mph.
With that sharp speed, driving felt slippery and magical. This is a game that has always been chaotic and exciting, but this new presentation improves that experience. Maybe console players have been scammed for too long and this should not seem like a big problem, but it is.
In the latest generation consoles, gta online Performance of often sank under 30fps, sometimes reaching 20 lows. Duplicate or even triple that in the most extreme cases is a feat worth celebrating. It’s hard to imagine playing this game otherwise.
Although there is a fidelity mode that allows you to play in 4K / 30fps, it is not really worth it. Even things like the ray tracing go unnoticed, unless you are looking for it to feel like something that was implemented at the lowest level so that it can be used as a fashionable marketing word. Sure, the game looks more polished and a little more beautiful, but that particular mode does not offer massive visual improvements that are worth sacrificing the speed of frames.
In general terms, all graphic modes are beautiful thanks to the new effects. Rain puddles reflect the world that surrounds them in a precise and striking manner that looks particularly impressive around neon lights at night. The explosions also carry this visible expansive wave and feel stronger, especially when you see that all the debris are flying from a vehicle in eruption. The fire looks much more realistic and emits a much more thick and dark smoke with ashes and embers. It feels more dangerous and less controlled than before, almost emphasizing the immensity of the destruction that you have caused. That dense smoke is also replicated when your vehicle burns when lifting swollen clouds instead of thin stews.
All these elements are relatively minor improvements in the quality of life, but they help give it some weight to the game. Some of the most significant quality of life improvements focus on the user’s overall experience. Players who make a new character in gta online will get the whopping $ 4 million to spend on business, cars and weapons, offering a way for newcomers to be updated easily.
Grand Theft Auto V and GTA online are notorious for their absurdly long loading times that get worse when the game takes you out of a lobby or put you back into history mode. I have wasted innumerable minutes of my life loading other versions of this game, but that is a much younger problem now.
To begin, do not immediately throw you up to a loading screen when the game begins. There is a new front menu that allows you to quickly see the news or start GTA online or History mode. If there is a specific activity you are looking for to do in GTA online, the front menu also allows you to charge directly on robbings and outstanding missions. From there, the loading times are relatively rapid. In less than a minute, you are in a lobby or history mode. Things slow down a little more when it is changed directly from online to history and vice versa, sometimes taking up to 2 minutes. Since it takes time to find a coincidence and allow the game to come out of the way it is found, it is understandable.
This is a competent remaster, but competent is not the most ideal thing for the third relaunching of a game that came out less than a decade ago. Not to mention that this is not free for most players. PS5 players can get GTA online for limited time, but Xbox players have no luck. Rockstar is offering the game at a $ 20 discount price at this time ($ 10 per GTA online, $ 10 for History mode), but in three months, the price will go up to $ 40 ($ 20 each for both versions). This is not a $ 40 remaster; This can be worth $ 10 for GTA online fans and $ 20 for those who have not played the game before. Maybe it would have been easier to swallow if GTA trilogy had not been released as a total disaster.
Without industry standards as the cross game, the downloadable content of the history long-requested or something else to improve the surprise factor of this new version, it is difficult to get excited about it. It’s good, it just seems that the Rockstar polishing is missing after it was announced almost two years ago. The CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, said in 2021 that he trusted that Rockstar would provide a great experience, but “You can not do that if you’re just doing a simple port.” Although some work has been done here, and it was probably not easy, everything is minute in the great scheme of things.
The Xbox Series X | S and PS5 versions of Grand Theft Auto V and gta online are good, this is not a bad game, it just is not as impressive as one could wait. It has some new and striking graphic effects, a redesigned menu and the 60FPS mode is remarkable, but everything is marginal. For newcomers with little or no experience with the game, this will be an absolute pleasure. For veterans, this may sound a little hollow. It is worthwhile to resume it if you want to follow the rhythm gta online and have the best possible version, but otherwise, there are no improvements that you demand that you play the story again once again.
Rating: 3.5 of 5
Grand Theft Auto V and GTA online are already available at Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One PS5, PS4 and PC. Rockstar Games provided a review copy for Xbox Series X | s.