FAST & FU­RI­OUS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LEVEL UP - By Sid­dhartha Sharma

If you want to take a crash course on how to be­come a crim­i­nal, then Rock­star's much-awaited Grand Theft Auto V is the game for you. This edi­tion also takes open world gam­ing to a whole new level.

The game is based in the city of Los San­tos, which bears more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to Los An­ge­les. GTA V has three cen­tral char­ac­ters in Michael, Franklin and Trevor. Franklin is start­ing afresh and is look­ing to make some real quick money. Michael is a rich mid­dle-aged man who is bored af­ter hav­ing left his old life of crime be­hind. Trevor is the real rot­ten ap­ple in ev­ery sense. When the three meet, it is chaos and a rush of adren­a­line.

The game play is dy­namic, su­perbly ren­dered on the PS3. The way it switches char­ac­ters is just a sight to watch. Though slow, the in­ter cuts are worth the wait. The car ra­dio has also im­proved a lot with some hit num­bers in­te­grated.

The con­trols re­main the same, but ev­ery player will have to work on the strengths of their char­ac­ters. To make Michael, Franklin and Trevor fit and im­prove their skills, you'll have to make them go for a run, cy­cle or play ten­nis. A reg­u­lar visit to the shoot­ing range will help them gun down re­sis­tance more ef­fi­ciently. You keep work­ing on their phys­i­cal as well as men­tal health to strengthen their com­pe­tence.

The heists need plan­ning be­fore they can be ex­e­cuted and the game gives you a choice to be strate­gic in your ap­proach or do an old school smash and grab job. Law au­thor­i­ties are un­for­giv­ing and even if you get a 1-star wanted rat­ing, they will shoot you. The game is worth ev­ery penny that you spend on it. Weapon choices are plenty and if you have $1,00,000 you will never run out of ammo. From snipers, to semi-au­to­mat­ics, to as­sault ri­fles, to high pre­ci­sion pis­tols and even RPGs, GTA V has it all. If this is the costli­est game ever made, that shows in the game all through.

Per­son­ally, GTA V was a joy to play and ev­ery day I just wanted to go home early to play the game. My sleep pat­terns have also been dis­turbed com­pletely. That is how ad­dic­tive the game is.

But this game is strictly for adults only.

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