5 – Top 5 Features of Grand Theft Auto 5

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So this week the new Grand Theft Auto game came out, GTA V, which cost over 260 million dollars to make which is a bigger budget than a lot of blockbuster films. Over the last 2 years this is the second video game I have bought as I have got bored of all the repackaged COD and Battlefield games so it takes a good game for me to decide to buy it. From the start it is a really engaging and vast open world game with a great new plot despite it being a controversial game.

But anyway seeing as this post is the fifth post on the blog and the game is the fifth instalment of the series I thought I would do a top 5 features list of the game.

5. Realism and Satire

The game includes a parody of the real world IPhone as the IFruit. But the parodies do not stop there as the game includes in car radio, television channels to watch, the stock market and social networks like Bleeter and Life Invader to access anytime among much more.

Citizens of the city will walk around the city on their mobiles, walk they’re dogs, go on jogs and bike rides and even when witnessing a crime whip out they’re smart phone and video the events which they send to the police. The whole world feels very realistic but at the same time there is an element of satire, especially with fictional characters Jock Cranley and Sue Murry who are mock representatives of the democratic and republican parties in the U.S.

4. The Mechanics

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From driving to using weapons and flying planes feel more fluid than in the earlier games and much more accessible to people who may be new to the series. There is even tennis, golf, flight schools, scuba diving, yoga and cycling to do if the missions do not excite you enough. Which brings me onto

3. The Plot

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Since the first GTA game where the decision was made to play as the villains rather than the heroes as the producers thought it would be more fun each game has focussed on the lives of different criminals trying to make it to the top of the crime world and overcoming the local police force. This game is no different but makes the missions within the game much more interesting by adding heist missions. These heists are reminiscent of films such as Heat, Die Hard and other famous crime films. The plot is dark and you can understand why many people have been against the series but there is a lot of drama and action and as a player it is incredibly fun to play through.

2. The Map

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As soon as you start the game it is clear there has been a lot of work been done on the fictional city of Los Santos in which the game is set. The city is inspired of Los Angeles in america and it really does look and feel vibrant and bright. This has been achieved through great lighting, brilliant water and sea effects and far draw distances. It’s not the biggest game world ever made but it is one of the most detailed and best looking worlds.

1. Sandbox

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By far one of the best things about the game and the series is the sandbox type gameplay where you as the player are free to do anything you want within the world and in this game there is more to do than ever before. I have only actually been on the game for a couple of hours so far but I already think it’s pretty brilliant and can’t wait to play some more of it.

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4 – Batfleck

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Over the summer there was big news in the movie industry when Zack Snyder announced that in 2015 there will be a sequel to his recent Man of Steel, Superman film and then got an actor from the film to read an extract from a comic book called The Dark Knight Returns followed by the Man of Steel superman symbol with a black bat behind it. This meant in 2015 Warner Bro’s will have a Batman/Superman film being released. However Christian Bale, the most recent actor to don the black cowl had already said that he was finished with the role which sparked the internet into speculation of who would be cast as the new batman. Names like Josh Brolin, Carl Urban and Ryan Gosling were suggested but ultimately the role was cast to Ben Affleck.

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This seemed to be taken quite negatively over the internet with many people claiming that Ben Affleck’s previous superhero movie, Daredevil, meant that he was a bad choice as Daredevil is generally viewed as a terrible film. Even Ben Affleck himself after Daredevil was released claimed he didn’t want to play a superhero ever again despite being a big comic book fan. However in the last few years he has taken to directing and starring in his own films like The Town and Argo. Argo even won best picture at the oscars which prompted me to buy it on Blu-ray and I really enjoyed it actually, I’m not sure if Affleck was the best actor I’ve ever seen, to be quite honest I preferred John Goodman and Bryan Cranston’s roles in the film (Bryan Cranston has also been rumoured to be cast as Lex Luthor in the sequel), but he did a solid performance and the directing seemed fine.

I haven’t even seen Man of Steel yet, at the time it was in the cinema I didn’t feel excited enough to pay 10 pound to watch the film but it looked alright in the trailers. However I really loved The Dark Knight, the other 2 in the trilogy not as much, especially The Dark Knight rises which is cluttered with plot holes. But in general anything with Batman appeals to me. Wherever or not Ben Affleck will be a good batman I don’t know because I don’t feel like I’ve seen enough of his films to know but he seems like a fairly safe choice. I would have much preferred Josh Brolin actually as I think he seems more capable of portraying a toughened bad ass kind of role.

Writing this reminded me of a gag on Family Guy about Affleck so clearly even if he is a good actor he is flawed enough or has been in the past for the writers of Family Guy to want to write the gag about him.

It may seem like it’s not important who plays the role but for Warner Brothers there is potential for them to make a lot of money of this film (even if its bad it will probably perform great in the box office anyway) and casting can be crucial to the film. Different actors are better at different roles and poor acting in the wrong role by an acting can ruin the tone of a film and take audiences out of the movie. Sometimes having big recognisable names attached to a film can bring a bigger audience in to watch the film aswell, and generally actors who are famous are famous for a reason like every Tom Cruise film may not be brilliant but he has done a fair deal of really good ones which are the reason he’s become so well known. As I said though sometimes even the best actor can be bad in the wrong role, in this context George Clooney is a great example, he has won countless awards and is incredibly famous but was awful as Batman and his Batman and Robin film with Bat nipples and unfunny puns killed the Batman franchise.

Whatever happens though the younger immature part of myself cannot comprehend a film with both Superman and Batman and them possibly fighting each other so I cannot wait. I also think it has the potential to out sell some of the other huge films being released in 2015, namely The Avengers Age of Ultron and the new Star Wars film as these 2 characters are more recognisable than the Avengers and Star Wars episode 7 will never be good enough for the die hard star wars fans and will probably be unviewable because of J.J Abram’s lense flare fetish. 2015 is definitely a year to look forward to for films.