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It’s rare that I walk out in the mean streets of London and experience carpet-bombing marketing for a videogame, but that’s exactly what happened this week. Something called Grand Theft Auto V is now available to purchase apparently, so I thought I might start with that. Elsewhere the rather great Zelda adventure, The Wind …

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  1. JDX Gold badge

    He's not even looked at the multiplayer yet.

    It's too early.

  2. Parax

    I've not even looked at the multiplayer yet.

    It's too early.

  3. jolly

    Re: I've not even looked at the multiplayer yet.

    I'm hoping for more on that next time

  4. Stevey

    Re: I've not even looked at the multiplayer yet.

    Does anyone know if he's looked at the multiplayer yet?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: He's not even looked at the multiplayer yet.

    Multi-player?

    I'm gobsmacked Zelda was placed between GTA:V and ROME II. Talk about being the odd game out.

  6. Peter Gordon

    I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    and if not, why not?

  7. MJI Silver badge

    Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    Not available until October AFAIR

  8. Huntsman

    Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    It's too early.

  9. Denzel

    Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    Maybe it's too early?

  10. Miek
    Coat

    Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    Rome2. Multiplayer Available. Send provisions. Haven't left house since release.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    But Rome 2's multiplayer is the basterd child to Shogun 2's excellent multiplayer options. Not to mention the AI is less then stellar... You could almost go as far to say Empire is the better game, but Empire had a vast number of horrible flaws. Shogun 2, particularly with Rise and Fall is the best the total war series has to offer us.

  12. Miek
    Coat

    Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

    Um, thanks AC, I was thinking about buying Shogun 2 and your balanced and focussed review has persuaded me, no seriously!

  13. quarky

    Does GTAV come with multiplayer?

  14. Anonymous Coward 101

    Apparently it does, but the reviewer had no chance to examine it any depth as he no doubt had a tough deadline and was possibly drunk as well.

  15. Graham Dawson
    Pint

    It's never too early. -->

  16. chuBb.

    GTA online is part of GTA V, its just being launched a few weeks after GTA V (Guess they want to try and have enough servers to handle the load and avoid a Simcity type farce).

    Also the reviewer clearly hasnt played game very much (if at all) the third protagonist is called Trevor not Lester... Pretty pisspoor review TBH

  17. GaryBarber

    I've lost count of the number of web sites that list the 3rd playable character as Lester. I'm starting to think none of them have played the game.

  18. AbelSoul

    It's never too early

    .... for a Fusilier!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD20cIrvp64

  19. DrStrangeLug

    I've not even looked at the single player yet.

    I waited to long to buy it and it's sold out.

  20. auburnman
    Trollface

    Re: I've not even looked at the single player yet.

    You didn't have to wait to long to buy it, I longed to buy it for months before it came out.

  21. Magnus_Pym

    Re: I've not even looked at the single player yet.

    You waited four months before it came out? That's a lot of longing.

  22. MJI Silver badge

    Am I unusual?

    I don't like games where I play as a baddie, yet I like war based games, if it attacks me I will shoot it, but robbing banks ect, just doesn't seem fun.

    Yes I did enjoy Dishono(u)red more in stealth mode, and I went through in hard only taking out baddies and the assassins.

    So playing as a bank robbing criminal, sorry just doesn't work for me.

    BTW My game of the year is The Last Of Us, and to be honest Joel is not nice, but the writing is just superb.

  23. PhilBuk
    Meh

    Re: Am I unusual?

    I was wondering whether to try GTA V as I liked sandbox games like Saints Row 3 and 4 so much. Having watched some playthroughs of GTA V on Youtube, I'm not impressed. The game looks great but the tasks look boring and the general atmosphere is just like having a 9-5 job.

    There are better games around like the Saints Row series (except the first one) and Tomb Raider. I'll give this one a miss.

    Phil.

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  25. Lewis Rage

    Re: Am I unusual?

    I played SR II after I completed GTA IV, then had a go with SR III before GTA V came out, and I can imagine what SR IV will be like.... stupid like all the previous ones.

    I get that the GTA games can *seem* a little staid but they are genuinely funny, in a clever way not in the 'DILDO! LOL' way that SR presents its humour. The tasks are not boring, unless you don't enjoy the driving/shooting/flying mechanic, which you must enjoy for Saints Row? Its cleverly scripted with some genuine story telling that includes subtlety, emotion and character development, which you won't have come across in SR.

    You should give it a real go, follow the story and try to engage. You might find you enjoy it.

  26. GaryBarber

    Re: Am I unusual?

    Yep. I rescue my daughter from a yacht where she's being groomed by porn directors, and then get into a shootout on JetSki's on a daily basis. Just part of my 9-5 ordinary day.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Am I unusual?

    Exactly. Saints Row is for chavs that don't get satire.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Am I unusual?

    ^ This, undoubtedly.

    I tried SR3 when it was in one of the Steam summer/winter/Thanksgiving/Michaelmas sales as I wanted to see if it was worth the hype.

    To be fair to it, some of the action sequences are downright stunning, and it's clear to see that Rockstar has learned from these and incorporated similar into GTA V.

    However after playing through a few of the missions on SR3 I just became incredibly bored with the childishness of it all. As you say, the character development in GTA V and the other recent GTA games provides a much deeper experience.

    One week and about 30% into GTA V and I'm loving it, the attention to detail is stunning, the controls are slick and while there's perhaps not quite the depth that GTA SA had, it's got to be the best GTA yet. The three character viewpoints adds tremendously to the depth, and from what I've played of the heist missions these are a great progression from the previous standard GTA missions which were starting to get a bit monotonous.

  29. Jerky Jerk face

    Re: Am I unusual?

    Playing another persons life sometimes feels like a 9-5 job?

    Doesnt that mean they got it spot on?!

  30. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Wonderful achievement

    Looks like a game equivalent of Battleship: The Movie or "music" by Skrillex...

  31. mad_dr

    "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

    Who the hell is Lester? Do you mean Trevor? :)

  32. Dave W

    Re: "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

    You mean you haven't found how to unlock Lester Haines (http://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/29) as a playable character yet?

  33. SwinBob72

    Re: "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

    Yeah, reading that review I suspect the 'reviewer' hasn't tried the single player yet, never mind the multiplayer.

  34. nsld
    Coat

    Re: "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

    Michael and Franklin plan the bank jobs whilst Lester creates the diversions by blowing up some wind farms and strangling a couple of penguins.

  35. Toby Rose

    Re: "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

    The one character you can't afford to misname is Trevor!

  36. envmod

    multiplayer?

    i need a definitive answer on whether GTAV has multiplayer and whether the reviewer has had a chance to look at it yet.

  37. Andy Scott

    Re: multiplayer?

    Yes there's a multiplayer, but it doesnt't go live until the 1st October

  38. ID10T
    Trollface

    It's quite obvious that the reviewer didn't spend much time actually playing the story of GTA. The 3 characters the player switches between are Franklin, Michel and "Trevor", Lester is the silent Black Hat partner of the team.

  39. Ali on the Reg

    Actually the Daily Mail gave it a glowing review with top marks

  40. Gene Cash Silver badge
    Pint

    Nintendo are their own worse enemy

    So everyone and their dog does "let's plays" and other internet content featuring games, doing walk throughs, and tips on getting gamer score points, or various easter eggs.

    Except for Nintendo. Why? Because Nintendo will sue their ass off for showing their copyrighted content in anything more than a screenshot or two in a review. Rooster Teeth has discussed this in their "Patch" gamer podcast as people keep asking "why don't you do Nintendo lets-plays?".

    So the entire grass roots internet interest machine is completely unavailable to them. This is why they "haven't penetrated the mass market"

    Here's a beer to toast the idiots going down in flames. Again.

  41. sabroni Silver badge

    Re: Nintendo are their own worse enemy

    The Wii penetrated the mass market far better than ps3 or xbox 360, kind of makes your "they won't succeed without the grass roots internet interest machine" argument look a bit weak....

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't know if its been asked before but have we got a videodoes GTAV have multiplayer?

  43. NoOnions
    Go

    Yes, there is multiplayer - launches 1st October.

    See title!

  44. Scott 26

    @AC - have an upvote for TYO reference.....

    I don't understand, does this mean we have got multiplayer or not????

  45. SpaMster

    Let me get this straight...

    The reviewer thinks Bioshock Infinite, a game with zero re playability, which fell way short of most peoples expectations bar the story, is better than this?

    LOL

    What has this guy been smoking!

  46. Spleen

    Re: Let me get this straight...

    I haven't played GTA5 yet, but Bioshock Infinite was a bloody excellent game, fully deserving of five stars. It has some of the most enjoyable gameplay mechanics of any game I've played for years, while still being challenging. The GTA games are at their hearts fairly basic and often tedious shooting / driving games, raised to a much higher level by their writing and satire.

    (By basic I mean the central gameplay mechanic, not the open world. In GTA3 it was stand in the open and mow everyone down, in GTA4 it was upgraded to hide behind something and mow everyone down.)

    Lack of replayability does not detract from a game if it's good enough the first time round. You don't generally judge films by how good they are the second time - a few you do, but most you don't.

  47. Flatpackhamster

    Re: Let me get this straight...

    Games aren't films. Lack of replayability makes a huge difference to a game and any game which you can't go back and enjoy again should be marked down when compared to ones you can. The best games (IMO) are the ones you can come back to and enjoy again. Of course the games studios don't like that because if you are playing the old game you won't buy another one.

  48. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

    Re: Let me get this straight...

    You might think Bioshock Infinite was great if you didn't pay any attention to the writing.

    Fun yes, great no.

  49. GaryBarber

    Re: Let me get this straight...

    Really? Once I've finished a single player game I'm pretty much done. There's too many new quality games coming out for me to even have time to consider playing through something as big as GTA V AGAIN!

    Bring on the new stuff.

  50. The Indomitable Gall

    Re: Let me get this straight...

    Yup. Playing Paradroid on my C64 emulator and Elite on my BBC emulator really is still fun, almost 30 years on. And no-one gets a penny out of me for all that replaying.

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