Grand Theft Auto is possibly a favorite of mine among the dozens of other games I love to play. In fact, I enjoyed Grand Theft Auto V so much that I purchased it on my PS3, PS4, and PC as I progressed through the release dates for this title. I specifically fell in love with this game’s multiplayer feature, with all the chaos and player killing included. However, there’s only so much you can do online-at least when GTA V was first released- so the online can get a bit stale. My last stint with the game was when I got it as a gift for PC, and I played the hell out of it for several months until I soon lost my heist crew due to disinterest. But here I am again, running GTA V once more, on PS4. What about this game compels me to come back so frequently?
One of the biggest things about GTA online that always pushed me away after a while was the lack of any comprehensive content. Sure the game bringing out some nice cars and vehicles here and there was nice and all, but in the end its just a slightly faster, slightly nicer looking car. The heists were a HUGE addition to the game, as it added a new challenging set of missions, accompanied with some story involving integral characters to GTA V’s story. The heists definitely kept me going until I switched over to another platform. I feel that Rockstar is aware that with having such a major online platform to deal with, content has to constantly be up to date; otherwise players lose interest and leave. However, what I didn’t like about Rockstar’s attempt to keep its player was adding ludicrously expensive content, essentially forcing players to purchase their premium Shark Cards, which instantly pumped in game currency to their online account at the cost of real money. The worst part was that these premium purchases weren’t cheap, with the most expensive package costing 99$. At this point content was a matter of adding more little cars and vehicles that would only fuel these purchases.
Eventually, I left the game because of these purchase-pricing issues, but everything improved vastly over the course of the game’s existence. Sure, they added expensive super yachts and super cars, but they revamped reward pricing, so doing missions was a viable money gaining possibility. On top of that, races and other playlists were getting face-lifts, making the alternatives to money making grow more. Now, people didn’t have to worry about not having buddies play the heist, they can always try out all these other playlists to keep them preoccupied and having fun. When I returned to my latest session of GTA Online, I was using my now defunct PS4 online character, as I had transferred this very character to the PC, ultimately leveling him close to 100 with millions worth of property. This PS4 character was only level 30 and had 15,000 in its account, but with all the changes that Rockstar made to the game over the years, I quickly managed to snag over $1.5 million and level up over 18 times within the matter of two weeks. Now mission running feels more rewarding than ever, so I can tolerate the repetitiousness of running these missions.
On top of that, many of the hacks and glitches that would have deterred many people away from the game have been mostly ironed out, although I still wouldn’t have minded if people would dropped me a ludicrous amount of money from time to time. Many of the God Mode hackers made surviving the overworld near impossible, as these individuals also unlocked the strongest vehicles in the game, but now its mostly free game for all players, so there’s an oddly civil atmosphere that exists in some servers I join.
Overall, I still am a bit worried about Rockstar’s premium purchase options and how it affects gameplay overall, but with these improvements they made I feel much more comfortable returning to GTA online and enjoying it once more. The cooperative elements of the game have never stopped being fun in my opinion, but they could do with improving reward rates for the game. 10 million for a super yacht would involve serious money grinding, which would, in my opinion, ruin the fun of the game. Hopefully Rockstar will release new heists or add new major content updates that will keep us going and add to the chaos that is GTA Online.