Rockstar Games released a press release detailing the minimum system requirements and other information regarding the release of GTA V PC. Rockstar released the game for Consoles during last year and earned great reviews. Both GTA V and Max Payne 3 are based on Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which offers revolutionary stability in gameplay on Low-End Consoles and PC Systems. The compression achieved by Rockstar enabled low powered systems to achieve greater FPS (Frames per second) for smooth gameplay.
Now with the release of GTA V delayed to March 24, 2015 [ Update: Maybe further delayed ] the company is in the spotlight and has created accountable desperation among gamers. As we quote, GTA V is one of the costliest in making as well most admired for its gameplay and feel. Here are the top 10 reasons why it beats any other open-world title by miles.
Now if a question arises of whether you should buy GTA V PC this stop, I will say “Right Away”. But you wouldn’t want a yes or no answer, would you? Take a look at what the game has to offer and decide for yourself.
- Lightweight Engine
RAGE abbreviated for Rockstar Advanced Game Engine has been under use after being first seen in GTA IV. Previous hits were based on various Engines such as RenderWare for GTA San Andreas. One peculiar thing that makes Rockstar stand out from rest is the Lightweight-ness of its game engines with achieved texture compression that enables the Titles to run on systems with considerably low resources.
[ Image Courtesy: Rockstar Official Website ]
Titles like Watch Dogs by Ubisoft are appraised for their High-Resolution Textures but most systems fail to run them at playable frame rates. Possible events for sale of any game increases exponentially with subsequent decrease of minimum system requirements and Rockstar has always been a consistent provider of stable games.
In the recent press release, the estimated HDD requirement for GTA V PC is 64 GB with minimum processor requirement of Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 or equivalent. For a texture heavy game of that size, this minimum requirement clearly establishes GTA V’s possible reach to an increased number on consumers.
Lightweight Engine and Texture compression will be the chief reason of GTA V dominating the open world PC game segment.
- Interactive Graphics
GTA Franchise is better known for their interactive graphics that suit best to the open world format. The targeted aim is to achieve texture color balance and controlled graphics post-processing to enable users for longer gameplay by minimizing stress. Rockstar has a history of leading the open world niche in Video Gaming by producing the perfect match which suits a player.
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Better facial detailing add to the already improved vocal performance in GTA V. The World detail feels even more exciting and lively in the new GTA V. Depth of field is set to preferred balance to enable longer draw distance to help one dive into the open world. Road Textures are set to USA original, with imaging of a full city in the account for aiding the development of proper textures. Sky textures are newly introduced to be perfect with astonishing detail. Other than these, GTA V introduces high-quality shapes and entities with detailed water and green covers.
Though not being the one with the highest texture quality, GTA V has optimum detailing that’s ideal for an open world game. To add up, there has been some extra detail added for the First Person Mode which we’ll follow up later on.
- Character Switching and Storyline
Needless to mention, a survey concluded that majority of players having played GTA San Andreas fancied it for the rampant storyline. GTA V features a storyline that’s altogether exciting and divergent and collapses to 3 alternate endings. The game features a newly introduced character switching where one simultaneously plays lives of 3 separate individuals in Los Santos.
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It all begins with a bank robbery involving key Protagonist Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips. Due to a series of incidents, at a point, Trevor feels hatred due to betrayal by Michael De Santa eventually building up the plot. 9 years after this incident, Michael and Franklin meet up in a twisted event where Franklin tries to attempt theft of Michael’s Car. All three characters join in a planned Heist eventually.
GTA V gives us the approach of choosing the character we prefer to play with, leading us to switch between characters which are unique in its own, as nothing of such frame was introduced before. GTA V has an additional customizable fourth character available for social club play.
The game features provocative alternate endings which are worth playing.
Overall, GTA V features one of the most unique and perfectly crafted story-lines ever brought about by Rockstar.
- First Person Gameplay
A few months ago, Rockstar gave details about first-person gameplay which will be made available for PC, PS4 and XBOX ONE. This critical update is one of its kind as well first one to be seen on open world niche.
First Person Gameplay [ popularly known as “FPS” ] is a point of view where the chasing camera is set to show what the character being controlled will literally see. Never seen in any GTA Franchise, First Person Gameplay will offer revolutionary experience with dramatic detailing of textures. Rockstar painfully took the task of redesigning vehicle interiors where every part is taken care of, including fully functional vehicle odometers, interiors, dashboards etc. Even places like Helicopter Cockpits are complete to the last detail. Though Rockstar may not be experienced in FPS modes, it is considered one of the major updates ever launched by Company.
FPS mode fills in a whole new level of excitement and presents an alternate segment to play with. FPS gameplay is not a major, but still a prominent reason why GTA V will be the one in demand.
- Easy Modifications
GTA has always been the one where one can enable a lot of modifications including maps, models, textures and even algorithms. GTA IV was the one which saw an incredible range of possible add-ons prepared by third-party services. Due to the popularity of the game and its code structure, it has been possible to modify the game in whichever way one wants.
GTA IV had Iron man mod, Hulk mod, Variety of vehicle mods, Custom tracks for racing, and numerous other third-party add-ons that brought about an overall amazing open world experience.
GTA V will undoubtedly have a variety of available Add-ons for customizing the game.
- Improved Algorithms
How models interact with each other in various scenarios is a crucial aspect of any open world game. There are many ways to accomplish a mission and the game has to perform like a living world. GTA V sees improved algorithms for Vehicles, World Entities, and Mission logic.
Remember the old times when every now and then things got interlaced into each other due to improper coding or the drunken driving algorithm of GTA IV. In the new release, developers have made it sure that every aspect of the game us complete to last detail. Driving dynamics and interaction with road/surface and collision mechanics have all been improved. It’s more difficult than ever to evade cops and yet we can explore new ways to do things. Improved algorithms play a crucial role in surfacing a ‘Finish’ for an open world game and Rockstar has left no stones unturned.
- Extra things to do!!
GTA V comes up with excess stuff loaded that one can do to kill time. This includes Taking Selfies, Going Sightseeing, Hunting, Fishing, Watching Movies, Riding Roller-Coasters and other rides, Being an Animal, Investing in stocks and real estate, Playing outdoor and Indoor games like Tennis, Golf, Dart, Sprint, Shooting, etc
Not to forget the cheats that can be activated at any moment to have fun or create mayhem. One of the things that people do most of the time in GTA is beating the hell out of cops and civilians.
- Newly Introduced weapon wheel and Bank Heists
Unlike the previous GTA titles, the weapon wheel in GTA V is fully re-designed. Instead of scrolling through every weapon like in previous titles, the character can now use a circular array of weapon images to scroll through them.
There are various allotted slots where different classes of weapons are stored. In addition to this, GTA V features allowance for a character to store more than one weapon of the same class.
Heists were first introduced in the early Rockstar release GTA Vice City. They are elaborate missions that include preparation, planning and planned execution. Heists are the adrenaline pumping missions and being the only way to earn big chunks of cash. GTA V has many heist missions and one has the choice to plan a Bank Heist with friends in the online multiplayer. Nothing can be as good as shooting the hell out of cops in GTA!
- Improved Multiplayer Gaming and Social Club integration
GTA introduced players to one of the most unique multiplayer game plays ever available. Grand Theft Auto Online brings out the experience to a dynamic and ever-changing world.
Rockstar games is looking forward to bring the heart of the unique GTA Gameplay to the online world with GTA Online. There are a variety of things that you could choose to do including missions, robberies, heists, races on land, water and air, etc. Missions can be participated in by a group ( crew ) rewarding money and reputation.
One can also design custom race tracks and death-matches and upload created content online for others to access. The customization is up to the level that one can create custom missions as well by picking out enemies and placing entities.
- “Rockstar game at its best”
There may be enough technical aspects as to why the GTA V package is a great game, but beyond that, Rockstar has gone through years of testing and applying their experience into gameplay. The much-awaited GTA V has received critical worldwide acclaim and has its unique structure and scale far in excess better than any of its previous titles. The legendary game developer will certainly keep on producing better games as such.
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- Recent Rockstar Press Release: http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52374/gtav-pc-new-release-date-first-screens-and-system-specs
- RAGE Engine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockstar_Advanced_Game_Engine
- Wiki Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Theft_Auto_V
- Images from IGN, GTAV.NET, Gametracker
- Review by self-assessment