Grand Theft Auto V on PC: What You Need to Know About the New Version

It’s that time of year once again! You step out of your house and the birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing. You breathe the fresh morning air and step to your car down the street. You don’t remember owning this car because it is not your car. The driver is demanding you to get out of your vehicle. Their demands go unheard as you push them out into the street. You speedily drive off to the intersection and slam into the police car ahead of you without hesitation. You now have one star. You put the car into reverse to drive off into oncoming traffic and-

Wait, what did you think I was talking about?
Wait, what did you think I was talking about?

Okay, so maybe I’m not talking about spring. But like every year recently, Rockstar Games is going to release a new spin on their most famous series, Grand Theft Auto. For all computer users, be ready for the fifth edition is now coming to PCs everywhere! To prepare for this occasion, here is what you need to know for Grand Theft Auto V:

What is this game about?

According to the Rockstar Games’ official website, Grand Theft Auto V stars the fictional town of Los Santos, “…A sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.” The player will engage with three different criminals who intend to succeed in a self-centered by committing numerous heists and dangerous activities.

Jersey

Whether you decide to play as Michael, a successful ex-bank robber who is unhappy with how his life turned out, Franklin, a tough car salesman who scams hotheaded customers for expensive cars they cannot pay, or Trevor, a wild man whose abuse on countless drugs may have resulted in his violent outbursts, this new addition to the Grand Theft Auto series should not disappoint loyal fans.

Wait, didn’t I hear about this game a year ago? Why so long for the PC release?

Quite a bit on talk has been placed about this game’s release for the PC, as it took over two years after the initial release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360! Granted, this re-release was also given for the newest generation of consoles (PlayStation 4 and XboxOne) during November 2014, but it still took an additional four months and three delays before the following release date for the computer.

Why was Rockstars Games’ biggest and critically acclaimed video game to date not available on such a widely used platform for so long? An official statement from Rockstar Games’ news website states that the title required, “…A little more development time in order to ensure that it is as amazing and polished as possible.” What many gamers speculated from this statement was the further attention towards graphics and performance beyond the other consoles limitations. That said, it should be noted that through an extensive interview with Rockstar North engineers that a PC game was planned since ‘day one,’ and ultimately wanted to focus on the consoles release as foundation for further improvements for computers.

CityScape

However you wish to interpret this information, what can be said from these delays is that the effort poured into this game does look sharp in comparison to the recent releases! There will even be new features that previous PlayStation 3 and Xbox360 games have not received.

What new features can I expect?

New weapons and vehicles are only one aspect that has been heightened in this revision of Grand Theft Auto V, as further enhancements to the world at large and even gameplay mechanics offers a new point of view.

Los Santos is becoming more fleshed out as new animal wildlife and a new foliage system to fully immerse players into the underbelly of the city. On top of that, new weather effects and enhanced damage further creates the environment for your characters to interact with this updated world.

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One key revolution to this title is the addition of first-person view, in which the player will be able to switch from top-down third person perspective right into what their character actually sees. In this trailer, you can observe how the game suddenly takes on a new vantage point, where it is possible to drive vehicles and aircraft with ease, as well as firing intense weaponry for dangerous situations. In many cases, Grand Theft Auto V takes note from other first person shooters while giving new life and original style within the game’s universe.

Anything else I should know before buying?

Without a doubt, always check to see if your PC is able to support Grand Theft Auto V. It never hurts to check to see if your personal computer, especially if you have an incident with purchasing an up-and-coming game that can’t work due to outdated technology. I’m not saying it’s from personal experience but… I would recommend it.

When will the game come out for PC?

If you want to become immersed in the series universe, whether you want to follow the story or just cause havoc, beginner or returning fan, Grand Theft Auto V will finally be released for the PC April 14, 2015. Check out the final trailer for the game if you are interested in what you see and know about this new addition to Rockstar Games’ series.

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