5 Things We Do In All GTA Games
With GTA V’s monumental release, I feel it is only fit to give you readers an article that celebrates our years with the crime themed, Fox News attracting franchise. I’ve been a fan since GTA: San Andreas that has truly taken over my adolescence because of the fact that I’ve played it for literally hundreds of hours. I’ve yet to play previous iterations, but I still have a firm grasp on the GTA world and what goes along with it. Now, there are things that I’ve noticed we all do in every GTA game.
Because GTA games give you so much freedom, we can basically do whatever the hell we want to, and that’s fantastic. Here are some of the things that I’ve observed:
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Obeying The Law
After quite a few hours playing the game, you sometimes get a bit bored with all the bloodlust infused rampaging through the streets. Then you have this morbid curiosity to see what it would be like to actually obey the law. The most common type is following the street rules where you stop at red lights and actually drive on the correct side of the road for once. It also includes not running over someone’s grandmother every 5 seconds and then getting involved in a massive cop chase that only ends in heartbreak and turmoil. This usually doesn’t last long because obeying the law is exactly the opposite of the game’s initial intentions. But it’s still somehow fun to do.
When I find an awesome car or any other cool vehicle, I always like to put a marker on the opposite side of the map and just cruise along the highway, listening to some tunes on the radio. To my surprise, I’ve heard other people say that they love doing that as well. Sure, it’s not an extremely long road trip, but it’s still decent enough to last quite a while. In GTA: San Andreas and V, whenever I found a nice BMX I would do a cross country tour on the thing for absolutely no reason at all. It’s one fun experience.
Jumping Off The Highest Point On The Map
When I first saw the mountain on GTA V’s trailers I instantly thought: “I’m jumping off that bitch as soon as I can.” Sure enough, I did. And died horribly. This feeling originated because that’s what we all do in open-world games. Find the highest point and jump off it for shits and giggles. Even in the city heavy GTA IV, we still flew to the top of the highest building and jumped off. Just for lolz. It’s an unexplainable phenomenon for why we do it, but we still manage to do it.
Trying To Live A Normal Life
GTA certainly isn’t a Sims game. Unless there’s an expansion where you can go batshit insane and kill your family with guns rather than a ladderless pool. With all the options given to us by the latest GTA games, we have more and more methods to live a life that would be considered normal. Hell, just a few days ago I was driving around, trying my best to avoid running over nuns and just going to the country club, playing a round of tennis and going on a hiking expedition. Of course, after a few hours I snapped and killed about 60 cops outside a hospital after I fell off a mountain and died. But it was still rather nice.
Complete And Total Rampage
The obvious one. The spice of every GTA game is the ability to take heavy weapons and unleashing pure chaos upon the world. Blowing up helicopters and mowing down streets of pedestrians. Some of this behaviour might be considered unhealthy. The countless Fox News reports have made us very aware of that. But I see it as a sort of catharsis. Something to alleviate some stress and just going completely off the rocker for a while to break the monotony of everyday life. It’s fulfilling in a way. The other day I was standing on a train and shooting at cops that could not quite reach me and the rush of dopamine in my brain gave me one big smile. It’s fun and we need some fun in our lives.
Even though the GTA franchise has been getting a lot of flack from the mainstream media, it’s still one of the best experiences in gaming. The fact that the franchise has now made more money than God is a testament of that. People love the franchise for a reason and as you can see from some of the examples above, it’s a universal love. So tell me, what do you usually do in your GTA game?