In just a few hours I hope to have successfully secured my reserved copy of Grand Theft Auto V from the GameStop down the street from my apartment at its midnight launch. The last midnight launch I took part in was for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, despite having school the next morning I played until the wee hours of the morning. Flash-forward to my post-graduate life where now I got work in the morning but sometimes you must make first-world sacrifices.
Over the past week I've been prepping myself for GTA V by playing some of the earlier games in the series, namely Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV. Full disclosure, the only GTA game I've actually beat (as far as main missions go as there is always more to do, even after "100% completion) is Vice City - so I left that out of my recent playings even though I remember it fondly and regard it has having the single best video game soundtrack of all-time. Let me share some brief thoughts from playing these three recently and why each are masterful and vital examples of these things we call video games.
|Get a load of them touch-screen controls for the 10th Anniversary edition of GTA III for the iPad.|
|Photo taken of my game. Found the Chinese Grauman's Theater is Los Santos, can't wait to find it again in GTA V.|
|Photo taken of my game. Niko Bellic is taking in the view of the Liberty City skyline. I was actually on this ship looking for an armor pick-up but had no luck...|
Even if GTA V was not coming out tomorrow I would have more than enough to consume my hands and mind for a long while with stepping stones I'm far from finished with. We all play games differently and I'm certain that my way is far from the ideal. It's a rare occasion if ever I finish with a game and I'm never ever just working on one at a time. I'm scatterbrained, always looking backward and always looking forward. At least one thing's for sure, it'll give me plenty to muse over and pen down about my play-through of GTA V.
|Photo I took on the way to work this morning. GTA V billboard where movie ads usually are. It pays to advertise for the most expensive video game of all-time.|
|Let the stalking begin.|
|In this mini-game you guide Chop to the Ballas bustin' up Franklin's car, one of three activities you can do in the virtual pet piece of iFruit aside from general pet-care.|
Last week friends and I spent some time perusing the leaked gameplay footage that was being uploaded to YouTube every minute. This has to be the biggest pre-release leak in game history, but if anything it has only helped Rockstar garner more hype and excitement for the release. Walmart and GameStop employees are such examples of the perpetrators. Who knows if they'll ever be reprimanded, but the rest of us were able to observe some of their exploits. In one video I watched Franklin drive up to the Getty, roll down a mountainside, hijack a bike, run into a deer and then get gunned down by the police. Nobody will ever replicate that same experience which is why video games are so incredible to me.
Last of all, in my preparation for Grand Theft Auto V I've been perusing reddit (the front page of the internet) where there are countless gamers just as antsy as I. Here are some favorites of their memes and pictures:
|I can certainly (mostly) relate to this one.|
|Oh, how I hope that's possible in the game!|
|A direct message to gamers who were boo-hooing over the size of the leaked map.|
|A co-worker and I were sharing what we would do first when we got GTA V. He was going to bike up Mount Chillead and jump off (with or without a parachute). I was going to try and find that reported submersible. We were both wrong.|
The 5-year wait is in its final hours. Next time you hear from me I hope to have a report on some early impressions and what I actually ended up doing first. Until then, live on and game on!
|Photo taken of my game. Grove Street. I'll be seeing you soon in HD!|
More on Grand Theft Auto:
- "Grand Theft Auto or: How I Learned To Steal Cars and Love the Series"
- Preview, Preview II and Preview III for Grand Theft Auto V
Words by J.S. Lewis