How realistic is GTA V?

#1 Posted by flameboy298 (63 posts) -

How realistic is GTA V really?Because I mean GTA IV felt so real the city felt alive and everyone seemed like they were doing something.I dont have a console so yeah

#2 Edited by Cramsy (1166 posts) -

It's a very lively and colourful world to hang out in, like GTA IV

#3 Posted by ILikePopCans (749 posts) -

My life is like a GTA game

#4 Posted by Rafaelfc (1328 posts) -

It's like playing a documentary.

#5 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

As realistic as a video game can get it: It isn't.

#6 Edited by Brodehouse (9848 posts) -

It does not feel realistic, but moments on the street feel evocative and organic.

#7 Edited by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

when you shoot stuff it dies or explodes usually

#8 Edited by Sammo21 (3261 posts) -

I will say it does a better job of handling pedestrian dialogue. That was always the thing that annoyed the piss out of me in any open world game was how every single person walking around just yells the dumbest stuff for no reason at all and it repeats. GTA V does a better job of this. You get away with a lot more violent crime before the cops are "called" and in general you can kill tons of people before there are any consequences.

#9 Posted by development (2240 posts) -

Well, I guess if those are the things you're going by, then yes it's totally better in all those regards.

#10 Edited by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

It's pretty much the same as my everyday life

#11 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3228 posts) -

It feels alive.

A-LIIIVEE!

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#12 Posted by TruthTellah (8770 posts) -
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#13 Edited by BIGJEFFREY (4919 posts) -

I actually felt like i was walking around in LA. It fucking blew my mind and i had to throw my xbox out the window and piss on it.

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#14 Posted by Vladd (53 posts) -

Haha hilarious comments.

I think it's the small details that makes it "realistic".

If you have a supercar parked and you standing by it, NPC's will actually ask you if they can take a photo of the car.
If you drive around in it, people will take pictures of it.

Plus the cars are so well done the game feels like a tribute to cars.

I like cars ;).

#15 Edited by Counterclockwork87 (652 posts) -

How realistic is GTA V really?Because I mean GTA IV felt so real the city felt alive and everyone seemed like they were doing something.I dont have a console so yeah

Short answer, yes, just as realistic as GTA IV, and by far the most real feeling open world game.

#16 Posted by believer258 (11785 posts) -

@cramsy said:

It's a very lively and colourful world to hang out in, like GTA IV

We must have played different GTA IV's. That game was gray and brown incarnate.

GTA V is vastly superior in that regard.

@sooty said:

As realistic as a video game can get it: It isn't.

I think he might be talking about aesthetics, and GTA V does look fairly realistic. It's impressive that this game is on a console.

In terms of the things you do, it's not realistic at all. You smoke pot and then start shooting aliens. You later get a funny drink from Michael's son and then skydive in your underwear out of an alien spaceship.

Franklin can slow down time and turn cars on a di... man, that fucking sucks.

#17 Posted by jdubintexas (7 posts) -

If you enjoyed IV's environmental "realism", V builds on that. Nothing groundbreaking, but they've made some improvements, and you will probably enjoy it. The ambient sounds seem improved as well.

#18 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3794 posts) -


In terms of the things you do, it's not realistic at all. You smoke pot and then start shooting aliens.

Tell that to these aliens that have me pinned down in my apartment.

#19 Posted by SomeJerk (3213 posts) -

It's not very realistic, it treats Franklin like he was white. Go Redguard in good old Morrowind, the best of the Elder Scrolls games, and see how it could have been handled more realistically.

#20 Posted by Bollard (5425 posts) -
@rafaelfc said:

It's like playing a documentary.

Exactly what I was going to post, if this thread wasn't 7 months old.

#21 Posted by xXHesekielXx (241 posts) -

@rafaelfc said:

It's like playing a documentary.

Word on that!

#22 Posted by MarvinPontiac (112 posts) -

When you're not ghostriding a cop car into a stripper, the general walking around the city feels very real. Busy streets have great sound design. I also like going for a drive on the highway when it's raining. They nailed the weather sounds and the sky perfectly. The beach and pier are also spot on.

Also, the basic character movement is hugely improved from IV. It's fun to just walk around like a normal human being. Transitioning from running to a jog to walking is very seamless, and walking up stairs / slopes looks really good.

#23 Posted by believer258 (11785 posts) -

@cramsy said:

It's a very lively and colourful world to hang out in, like GTA IV

We must have played different GTA IV's. That game was gray and brown incarnate.

GTA V is vastly superior in that regard.

@sooty said:

As realistic as a video game can get it: It isn't.

I think he might be talking about aesthetics, and GTA V does look fairly realistic. It's impressive that this game is on a console.

In terms of the things you do, it's not realistic at all. You smoke pot and then start shooting aliens. You later get a funny drink from Michael's son and then skydive in your underwear out of an alien spaceship.

Franklin can slow down time and turn cars on a di... man, that fucking sucks.

Stupid me, not picking up on fucking sarcasm. Also I have no idea what I was getting at with that last line.

#24 Edited by Crembaw (370 posts) -

@brodehouse said:

It does not feel realistic, but moments on the street feel evocative and organic.

This just about describes it. Speaking as a (fellow?) Californian, the scenery and NPCs do a spot-on job painting the huge dichotomies that define this state. Phenomenal wealth and abysmal destitution, breathtaking natural beauty and intimidating urbanization, the omnipresence of both Celebrities and Nobodies everywhere you go, and on top of it all, terrible fucking radio stations. It's a shame the game fails to deliver on the promises its environment makes to the player.

#25 Posted by Pr1mus (3869 posts) -

It's a real life simulator.

#26 Edited by Brodehouse (9848 posts) -

@crembaw said:

@brodehouse said:

It does not feel realistic, but moments on the street feel evocative and organic.

This just about describes it. Speaking as a (fellow?) Californian, the scenery and NPCs do a spot-on job painting the huge dichotomies that define this state. Phenomenal wealth and abysmal destitution, breathtaking natural beauty and intimidating urbanization, the omnipresence of both Celebrities and Nobodies everywhere you go, and on top of it all, terrible fucking radio stations. It's a shame the game fails to deliver on the promises its environment makes to the player.

Nah, I'm from Winnipeg. Let's see Winnipeg rendered with a 280 million budget! Oh wait that's more than everything in Winnipeg cost to build.

What I remember most from GTA are those unscripted moments that come across so real. I have these absolute bullet-proof memories of situations that struck me as very true-to-life. Getting in a cab and listening to latin rap while my cabbie spends three minutes trying to merge. I finished some mission that ended with Michael being chewed out by his wife, so I got him drunk and wandered around downtown past midnight, pissed off, checking my phone occasionally. I left a strip club with Franklin and took two lefts and found myself in a deserted parking lot under a freeway, and found a sleeping homeless person. Strolling down my block as Franklin, having my neighbors sitting on their stoop calling "Ay yo Franklin!" The stupid scumbag hipster girl who works at the thrift clothing store, oh my God, she's so true-to-life I want to slingshot her into the sun. Leaving the city and finding hick small towns with dirt roads (which actually reminds me of rural Manitoba) and seeing county sheriffs offices rather than police precincts. I remember playing my GTA Online character (her name's Michelle D and she gets respect, your cash and your jewelry is what she expects) and racing a guy out to some dock in Northern San Andreas, stopping to take a selfie in front of the water.

I'm excited for that game on PS4. Half of why I like it so much is how well its rendered, and adding more detail can only make the effect stronger.

#28 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2434 posts) -

All sarcasm aside, I think they should have toned down how much damage is done to the player.Seriously in a shoot-out with cops,even with full health/armor, you are still fucking dead before it even starts.

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