Why GTA V is brilliant

August 16, 2016 at 02:50:13
Specs: Windows 7
I've long been hot and cold with GTA V. I enjoyed the single-player without ever feeling the need to spend any more time in it than necessary, and I've found the multiplayer swerves wildly between 'brilliant' and 'dreadful' depending on how janky the servers are feeling, and how much human-waste-with-a-keyboard you happen to end up sharing a lobby with. But I've always kind of acknowledged that it's brilliant. There are very, very few games out there where the sentence 'if you can think it, you can do it', broadly applies. The attention to detail is phenomenal.

Anyway, what inspired me to register in order to share this experience is a race lobby I ended up in last night. I selected my car, and whilst waiting for the others to do the same, figured I'd see what other taunts there were besides my trusty 'air thrusting'. I found one that let me 'drink pisswasser' - "perfect!" I thought, "Not only is coolly drinking a beer rather than wildly celebrating my inevitable victory a totally badass thing for everyone to see me doing, it's also got hilarious 'drinking and driving' connotations!".

So I duly selected the best taunt evertm and proceeded to spam it a few times whilst waiting, partly because it made a funny noise, and partly because there was nothing else to do.

Anyway, the race starts, and I get off to my typical terrible start, wheelspinning off the line like some teenage joyrider wearing concrete boots. And then swerve wildly off to the right, for once without the assistance of one of my fellow racers. Confused, I give the stick on my pad a quick waggle to see if the pad is playing up. The car responds perfectly by veering into the opposite wall. Further confused examination of my trusty X360 pad takes place before the shattering realisation hits me.

I'm drunk!!

Having pounded six beers in a fairly impressive 30 seconds whilst in the lobby, my poor character is now reaping the rewards, and is absolutely off his tits. Any chance I had of getting anything out of the race is gone, because not only is my character smashed, I'm in fits of giggles, much to the bewilderment of my friends in TeamSpeak.

Eventually the effect wears off and I manage to finish an almost-creditable 6th out of 12, but the race will live long in my memory for the way it started.

And this, friends, is why GTA V is brilliant. I might only play it in short, concentrated bursts before the toxicity and unreliability get to me and I tap out for a little while, but when it shines, it creates moments you just can't have in any other game - the attention to detail creates little moments like this - outcomes that shouldn't surprise you, because it's a perfectly logical outcome (you drink six beers in the lobby before a race, you're not going to drive well!), but the fact that it does is surprising in itself, because someone had to put it in there - not just in the game world proper, but in an entirely self-contained lobby.

Anyone care to share similar moments of GTA magic?
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August 16, 2016 at 03:53:17
Very amusing story - - thanks for sharing!

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August 21, 2016 at 08:26:28
Lots of things look better when you're drunk!


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