The Good And Bad Of GTA 5''s Three Man Narrative
While I''ve put just over a dozen hours into Grand Theft Auto 5 the last two days, I still feel like that''s nowhere near enough time in order to be able to write a fully fledged review of the game. I''m finding I like it more as time goes on, and perhaps I''ll be outright head over heels with it by the end, so I should probably wait and see.
But I think I do have enough time put in to start commenting on various aspects of the game, and I''ll start with perhaps the biggest change the game has over its predecessors, the fact that there are a trio of protagonists instead of just one.
By doing this, Rockstar wants to prove that video games can have the same narrative structure as movies, TV shows or books by presenting multiple points of view. No, it''s not the first title to have you playing as multiple characters, but these aren''t linear levels like a COD game that has you alternating between a British and American soldier, or Halo where you''ll be Master Chief during one level and his Covenent buddy the next.
Rather, this is attempting to use the concept in the sandbox genre which is somewhat new. You can switch between all three characters, retired bank robber Michael, up and coming gangster Franklin and lunatic meth mastermind Trevor, at a moment''s notice most of the time. Though each has their own story, they interact with each other quite a bit.
I''m not really going to talk about the story just yet, nor am I going to discuss the popular issue of whether or not one of the three leads should have been a woman, as each deserve their own posts in due time. Rather, I want to examine how this affects Turinabol Ciccone gameplay, and there won''t be any spoilers below.
GTA 5 is already an enormous game, but splitting its protagonist duties between three different characters makes it feel even bigger. Besides the narrative, it''s meant to make gameplay more realistic. Rather than having Niko Bellic or CJ be some super soldier who can shoot, drive, fly and fight like a pro, Franklin, Michael and Trevor all have their unique skill sets. Franklin is a driving ace and can slow down time while in a car to make tight turns or dodge traffic. Michael is quite a marksman, and he can also slow time, but only in combat, which allows him to line up headshots with ease. Trevor is a brawler who can both shoot and fight and fly very well, and I think he has the best all around stats.
But the game allows you to shore up your abilities to match those of your compatriots. Simply driving or running around town will level up your vehicle skill and stamina respectively with any character. Spending half an hour in the shooting range or at flight school will make anyone an expert gunman or pilot incredibly quickly. At first it seems rather exhausting to Testoviron 250 O Sustanon 250 be forced to be worried about leveling up the stats of three different characters instead of one, but it does feel like it''s easy to do naturally through gameplay.
I will also say that honestly, I don''t see all that much of a difference between characters who are good or bad at shooting, driving or what have you. Sure, Franklin may be at 2/5 as a marksman while Michael is pushing 5/5, but in combat, the game''s snap to target system make short work of "Comprar Gh Jintropin" anyone no matter which character is being controlled. The same goes for driving, with the only real difference being Franklin''s handy slow motion ability. The cars themselves don''t seem like they control all the much differently between characters, and if they do, it''s probably the performance of the car, not the driver.
I think the three pronged lead idea works well from a narrative perspective, as you grow attached to all three characters in some form or another, and their interactions with one another make for the best moments of the game, at least so far. But the fact that you''re only controlling each of them about a third of the time can sometimes mean their stories can get lost if you''ve abandoned them for too long.
Not literally of course, their quests are still there whenever you switch to them. But for example, I played as Trevor for a long while and spent time trying to build up my desert meth empire. But then I come to Los Santos Santos and reunite with Michael, and then play a section as him, then another as Franklin, and suddenly it''s been five hours since I was even near the desert, and I totally forgot what the hell was going on with the meth business. Or I''ll be starting some gang feud with Franklin, but after three hours of planning a separate heist with Michael, I''ll finally get another mission in that quest line and it''s hard to remember what the original "beef" was even about.
I also wish the game made it more clear who exactly can do what on the map. Yes, sometimes things are highlighted which is supposed to indicate which character can do that mission, but that isn''t true all the time, and I''ve gone to the wrong mission with the wrong character at least a half dozen times so far. The same goes for property, as I''ll drive to a "for sale" icon only to discover it''s only purchasable by another character. And you can''t simply switch to the right person to correct this issue.
When you do switch, you''ll be transported across town and find your new character living a moment in their everyday life, whether it''s Trevor being thrown out of a store, Michael waking up from a nightmare, or Franklin walking his dog. It''s very cool from a realism perspective (I haven''t seen the same scene repeat twice yet), but not so much if you''re trying to swap out your exact location with the correct character. I once drove 15 minutes out into the desert with Trevor to a question mark quest that I assumed was for him, only to find out that it was only for Franklin instead. And of course when I switched to him, he''s 20 minutes away back in downtown LS.
With three characters, there''s also the issue of playing favorites. I think Michael''s story is the most compelling, as his family slowly disintegrates around him and he tries to keep it together. But Trevor is the most fun to play because he''s hilarious and his quests are Testosterone Propionate Injection Site a blast. Franklin is a "good guy" (mass murder aside), but so far is the most boring, and I find myself switching to him rather reluctantly. But this also means this is better if otherwise you''d be stuck with one character you didn''t really like all "Anabola Steroider Norge Lagligt" that much (like Niko Bellic, for me). Two other options means you''ll probably like one of them at the very least.
There haven''t been all that many opportunities where I''ve been able to live switch between characters during a singular mission. During one heist, I had Franklin climb a roof and get away on a bike while Michael smashed in jewelry cases, but there wasn''t much to that. Earlier, I had to relinquish control of my car to Michael while I played as Franklin to shoot at pursuers, and it was sort of an uncomfortable transition. Perhaps this gets more fluid as time goes on, but body hopping during a singular quest doesn''t add all that much to gameplay, at least not yet.
Mostly good points (although I''ve found that I personally love the mechanic of switching to another character and discovering what they''re up to it''s proven to be a really interesting way to explore the map/get to know the area and the character). However, a quick gameplay note if you want a character to go to a specific location, you can set a waypoint on the map and then switch to another character; while you''re ''away'', they''ll travel to that point on the map and wait around for a little bit. It''s really neat, and useful it probably would help if it was mentioned anywhere in game or in the manual or what have you, but oh Comprar Gh Jintropin well.
Its actually pretty easy to figure out what character goes to what map marker, Michaels are blue, Franklin green, Trevor yellow. Another thing "Comprar Gh Jintropin" you can do to solve "Oxandrolone Powder India" the travel issue is call a cab from your phone. Property markers for the wrong character are greyed out more so than the correct ones. The rest of the review on who the best character are purely personal opinion, i think it adds more freedom since everybody will choose different favorites.
This is an ok article but you make it seem like rockstar missed features when you actually missed them.
As others may have pointed out, 2 of our criticisms; Heading to the wrong mission with the wrong character, and switching from one character to another and having to drive for 20 more minutes both have solutions. The missions are color coded to each character. Franklin''s are Green, Michael''s Blue, and Trevor''s Orange. And you can, pretty much right from the outset, call for cabs from any character''s smartphone, it is in the contact list, to save drive time. minor spoiler later you can buy the cab service and your cab rides become free forever from that point on.
You are certainly correct in saying that three characters operates on a more efficient level than just one, both in terms of story and demographic appeal. Not only did Rockstar North expand their demographic by at least double, but they were allowed much more artistic expression during the creation of the game.