There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Grand Theft Auto Online recently. Developed by Rockstar Games originally as a PC title back in 2001, the open-world gangster game has always been around for those looking to make some quick cash. Now that the game is finally available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, many are wondering if this is the perfect opportunity to jump in and make some money – especially since the game’s latest update introduces some crazy cool new features.
GTA Online is Back!
If you’ve been away from the game for a while, you’ll probably want to know what’s changed in the game since the last time you played (if that even was a while ago). Basically, a lot has changed. The most significant update is that GTA Online has been officially re-released on current-gen consoles. The game was originally only available for purchase on PC, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports being released last year. Hopefully, this will bring back some of the older players who have since moved on to other games. It’s exciting to see GTA Online gain traction once more and be available for purchase by more gamers. Not only that, but it also includes all the DLC from the previous releases on PC. So, even if you’ve already beaten the game, you’ll still have access to all the content.
New Features to Check Out
One of the biggest additions to the game since its last PC release is the inclusion of Red Dead Redemption-style hunting. The update brings in a ton of new features, including the addition of bears, cougars, and other animal species that can be hunted for sport. It also boasts some pretty neat additions to the core gameplay, like the ability to skin animals and dress them up. A lot of work goes into these new features, and they really shine once you get the hang of it. You’ll find that once you start, you can’t stop.
Mostly Harmless fun?
As is usual with Rockstar games, GTA Online is filled with satirical humor and mature themes. The game’s story centers around a young man named Michael who decides to escape his small town in Northern California and go on a road trip to Las Vegas with his best friends. During the course of the trip, they run across a group of obnoxious drunks who decide that Michael’s friendship is not worth the harm that they can inflict. Michael ends up doing the majority of the talking as he shoots, stabs, and taunts his foes. When the game was first released, many complained about the brutality of the action and the graphic nature of the language. However, all these issues were patched out and the game was generally well-received when it came out on Game Consoles. It is now considered one of the best titles on those platforms. What’s more is that the game is also available on Steam, which means PC and Mac users can also play it again if they own a copy. The game is filled with references to contemporary culture and famous movies – as well as some old-school classics. It’s highly recommended if you’re a movie buff or a fan of classic cinema.
The Bottom Line
Although the game is technically an online multiplayer experience, GTA Online is still very much a single-player game at its core. You’ll be traveling across country meeting new people and making money while having mostly harmless fun. There are tons of modes of play, so you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. If you’ve never played the game or if this is somewhere new for you, I’d say give it a shot. It’s worth noting that as a PS4 owner, you can download the game from the console’s store as part of the PS Plus membership. So, if you’re interested, you can try it out free of charge as long as you keep your membership active. Similarly, Xbox One owners can download the game as part of their Xbox Live Gold membership. If you’re in the market for a game to play this weekend, look no further.