GTA 5 or Grand Theft Auto 5 is the latest and greatest iteration of the open world game concept. Before I jump into an in-depth discussion of Grand Theft Auto, I want to direct your attention to the game concept that it’s an example of.Grand Theft Auto is an open world game. This particular type of game model doesn’t dictate how the player is going to navigate the game world. You can follow the main storyline of the game, or you can choose to explore the different points and narratives interwoven into the game based on your own schedule and based on your own curiosity.
There are many people who play Grand Theft Auto games without ever touching the main story arc. Interestingly enough, these people are as satisfied with the game as players who stick to the main storyline.This reflects the genius and amazing entertainment value of the open world game architecture. You no longer have to go through the story as fed to you by the game developer. You no longer have to play the game like you are on tracks. You don’t have to necessarily go from point A to point B to point C.
This sense of adventure that you get is truly priceless. You can work with the game on your own terms. You can pursue whatever it is that gets your attention. This appeal to the players’ sense of curiosity is what really makes open world games so far superior to other game models out there. If you’ve ever played a fighting game like Streetfighter or Tekken, it can get boring really quickly because there are only so many ways you can play the game. There are only so many narratives available to you. The same applies to a wide range of other games out there.
Even games that have a dense storyline get boring really quickly because you feel that there’s really no other way for you to enjoy the game except through following the steps dictated by the people that produced the game. Open world games give you a completely different experience. Your only guidance is your sense of curiosity and possibility.The initial story or even the over-arching story of the game is left to you as a suggestion. You don’t necessarily have to follow the suggestion. You don’t necessarily have to go through the main storyline. You can explore on your own and still spend hours upon hours playing the game because there’s just so many things to see and so many things to figure out.
The genius of well-crafted open world games is that these different stories can be woven into a greater narrative. So regardless of the fact that you have decided to explore the game based solely on your own agenda, you are still led by clues and other thematic connections to an understanding of the over-arching story behind the game.
You get a sense of independence, while at the same time, you don’t feel like you are completely disconnected from the themes that play out in the game. This requires nothing short of genius. Seriously. There are many open world games out there. In fact, this model has been around for a long time.If you want a great example of an open world game that is not produced by Rockstar Games like Red Dead Redemption, check out The Elder Scrolls. The Elder Scrolls does an amazing job of luring you into an alternative reality. This alternative reality has its own logic. This alternative world has its own themes that you can explore in a wide variety of ways, and it doesn’t get old.
That is the stock and trade of a well-executed, well-planned and well-written open world game. You never get bored because even if you feel that you have explored a large chunk of the game, by simply choosing to play the game in a different sequence or exploring different areas of the game’s map, you end up walking away with a completely different impression of the game. It’s as if every time you play it, it reveals itself to you more and more. You see different aspects and angles of the game. It’s like playing the game with a completely different set of eyes.
GTA 5 Delivers on the Promise of Immersive Games
The big promise behind immersive games using the open world architecture and story management system is that it creates a two-way conversation between the audience and the content. This is revolutionary. Seriously. I’m not exaggerating, I’m not hyping anything up. This is nothing short of a revolution as far as content engagement and interacting with works of art are concerned.
Now, a lot of people are going to roll their eyes the moment they see the words “art” and “video game” in the same sentence, but there’s really no other way to describe this. No other phrase would do justice to what’s going on with open world games like GTA 5 and others.Unlike movies and novels or stories, you’re not stuck in a one-way relationship. When you watch a movie or read a novel or a short story or even a comic book, the communication only goes one way. The author, director, actor, all of these creative individuals speak to you. You don’t speak to them. You don’t have a choice as to which page to read.
If you want to proceed with the story, if you want to get a clear understanding of how the movie plays out, you have to dance to their tune. You have to consume the content based on the sequence that they gave you. It’s a one-way interaction.Accordingly, most entertainment out there is passive. Seriously. You really have no other choice but to sit back and just let it play out in your mind. You’re reading comic books, you’re reading novels and short stories or you’re watching a screen, it doesn’t matter. The flow of information is all the same. It’s all going in one direction.
You are being dictated to, you are being entertained, and there’s really nothing you can do about it. You can’t change the direction, you can’t customize the characters, you can’t change the form, and you definitely have no voice in the substance you get.Now, this doesn’t mean that this passive one-way entertainment is completely worthless. There are lots of amazing movies out there like The Godfather as well as the original Star Wars Trilogy, but you have to admit that this entertainment model leaves a lot to be desired. There is definitely room for improvement. This is where open world games come in.
The Rise of Two-Way Interactivity
Open world games puts the player front and center. You have a tremendous amount of control over the content you’re going to enjoy. You get a chance to give your input into the story that you are consuming. When you make certain decisions, the game can take on a completely different path. You can explore different areas of the game map because of a series of decisions you made.
And the great thing about open world games is that they can be so sensitive and so content-dense that even if you just made one simple change to the decisions that you’ve made throughout the game, you can end up experiencing a completely different story. That’s how powerful the open world game architecture is. You are front and center. You feel a tremendous amount of control.How does this play out? Well, look at first person shooter games. Many FPS games feature destructible environments. When you go through the environment, you can destroy a building, and the next time you load that module, the building is still destroyed.
Open world games work this way. When you make certain changes to the world environment based on your decision tree or your decision sequence, those changes remain. This is mind blowing because it puts your decisions and your ability to change your environment, and modify it to fit your agenda, front and center. Nobody can take that away from you.This can lead to characters being killed. You can kill central characters in many open world games and the story of the game changes drastically. Most character-sensitive events are planned for, so don’t think that just because you killed one central character, then you would automatically hit a dead end. It doesn’t work that way.
GTA 5 is so rich and dense with content that it’s pretty much prepared for whatever decisions you make involving key NPC characters. The bottom line is that they have distinct lives that can be impacted by your decisions. If you respond to them in a different way, they would perform differently, which can lead to different consequences. Now, if you were to roll the tape back, so to speak, and make slightly different decisions, you can end up in a totally different place.
That’s how exciting the open world game architecture and philosophy is because no game is exactly the same as a previous game. You are treated to a completely different experience each and every time you play the game. That’s definitely something to write home about as far as video games are concerned. This is a very different entertainment platform than music, videos or any other “canned” form of entertainment.
GTA 5 Carries On the GTA Series Powerful Legacy of Open World Game Dominance
Rockstar Games, the studio behind the Grand Theft Auto series is a solid gold brand when it comes to open world game design. In fact, very few other game design outfits come close to the company behind Grand Theft Auto. They have put together an amazing game design legacy.
It’s no surprise that when word comes out that there is a new GTA game about to be released in a few years, people become obsessed. Fans fill up pre-order forms as early as possible. All sorts of blogs and YouTube video channels pop up out of nowhere to simply talk about the upcoming installment to the GTA series. That’s how many loyal fans this open world game title series has. This also highlights the level of commitment to and the respect they have for the GTA brand.
So what exactly is customizable in Grand Theft Auto? First, you are treated to fascinating characters. These characters have a deep, personal story. There are just so many ways you can interact with them, and there are so many ways you can get a glimpse as to their backgrounds, what makes them tick, and their particular set of strengths and weaknesses.
Grand Theft Auto is also well-known for the diversity of cars and music they feature. Each game ensures that when you get into a car, you get to enjoy a specific ambience. And this attention to detail is really what endears many otherwise jaded and skeptical video game fans to the GTA brand.
And the cultural references of a typical GTA release doesn’t just begin and end with the great music selection. There are all sorts of cultural and political references made throughout the game. It’s as if the typical GTA release is nothing but a great collection of all sorts of easter eggs. You really have to be on the lookout for all sorts of popular cultural references. Many might even go over your head.
Wrapping all of this up, of course, is the Grand Theft Auto series’ top notch graphics. They really don’t hold back when it comes to creating a distinct look for all the characters, cars and situations in a typical GTA game.Of course, each game has its own distinct graphic sensibility. There’s definitely a big difference between San Andreas and GTA 5. Still, they all flow from a common graphic vocabulary, if you will, so it doesn’t seem like previous GTA releases are so completely different and alien to the most recent version. There’s enough uniting all of them in terms of graphical components so you can easily get the impression that you are playing a tried and proven GTA release.
Sad Reality: GTA 5 Out of the Box is Very Limiting to Many Players
I wish I could tell you that the Grand Theft Auto series is completely flawless. Unfortunately, if I were to even attempt to tell you that, you probably would roll your eyes before cracking up. You know that, just like with any other game out there, whether they’re open world games or not, there is always room for improvement.
GTA 5 is not an exception. Indeed, this game is so immense as far as content options are concerned that the tremendous amount of choice that it presents its player actually becomes a liability. I know that’s hard for many people to believe, I know that that definitely is quite surprising, but ironically, this is true.
You have to understand that the typical person who plays a GTA game is very busy. Most Americans do not have the luxury of time. There’s only so many hours in a day and you already have a lot of duties, obligations and responsibilities competing for every minute of your time. That’s just the reality all of us have to live in. We’re busy.And accordingly, we can’t camp out at the game. We can’t just babysit different story arcs or have the luxury of poking around following a specific story direction in the hopes that we can fully explore the game just by putting in a tremendous amount of time. It doesn’t work that way because we don’t have the time to invest.
So what happens? We play based on the main storyline or a point of interest until we hit a wall. Maybe it becomes too challenging, maybe there’s some sort of puzzle or a series of steps that you need to take, and you quickly realize that you don’t have the time. You’re not motivated to jump through so many hoops just to get to the next level.
You start becoming frustrated. You start thinking that maybe I’m just wasting my time, maybe I’m not investing my time properly. After all, you can only continue to bang your head against the wall for so long.Eventually, it seems pointless. In fact, in many cases, a lot of people conclude that it’s just too stupid. So what do they do? They quit.
Most Players Quit GTA 5 Without Completing It
Believe it or not, a large chunk of Grand Theft Auto players, and I’m not just talking about GTA 5, I’m talking about earlier titles as well, end up quitting. In fact, it’s all too predictable. They are all excited when they first buy the game. In fact, a lot of them pre-order it. They get the game the moment it drops.
Sounds good so far, right? Well, despite all that initial motivation and passion, eventually, as they make their way through the game, they find certain spots so tricky, so difficult and so annoying that they feel like they’ve hit a wall. So at that point, players really have two options.
They can flat-out quit. This is pretty straightforward. They would hit a wall in the game where they can’t make any further progress. Maybe at that point it seems too hard or maybe at that point, they just don’t have the time to play it all the way through. Whatever the case may be, they hit a wall.
For people who flat-out quit, they just drop everything. They hit that wall once too many, and they say to themselves, “okay, I’m done.” These people don’t come back. The moment they quit is the moment they permanently turn their back on that particular GTA release.Thankfully, these people are in the minority. The vast majority of players who end up quitting Grand Theft Auto 5 and earlier releases actually quit “softly.” This soft quit process involves a different kind of playing style.
These people didn’t jump in with both feet and really went gung-ho on the main storylines. Instead, they play it lightly. They play it from time to time. They play a scenario every once in a while.People who end up quitting this game in a “soft” way, never actually hit a wall. It’s not like they find themselves in a very frustrating situation where they feel that there’s really no way out. Instead, they play it lightly and they mess around in the game. They screw around, they pick up a few easter eggs here, and it’s really not all that serious. It’s very leisurely, actually.
The problem is, after several weeks of that, they quickly realize that, if there is no way for me to fully explore the game in a small period of time, I can go on with this free range exploration for a long, long period of time and end up wasting that precious resource.Make no mistake about it, your time is your most important resource. You have to guard it very well because you can turn time into all sorts of things in life. You can invest your time in knowledge. You can read a lot of books and become an expert. All of a sudden, after a few years, every single hour of your labor is worth more than before.
Similarly, you can invest in your body. You can hit the gym, you can do exercises, you can take the time to eat the right kinds of food. What do you end up to show for all of this? Well, you lose weight and you can look better.The bottom line is that whatever you invest your time in, it grows. It not only grows in terms of volume, scale and dimension, it also grows in terms of value. Guard your time very carefully.
And unfortunately, people who play GTA 5 who don’t hit a wall, but end up floundering or fumbling through the game quickly conclude that this is just a massive black hole for their time. It just sucks up a tremendous amount of time.So ironically enough, a lighter style of game play leads to the same place as a hard core story-driven game play. While the former doesn’t involve hitting a wall, the end result is the same. People feel that it’s pointless and they quit.
The bottom line is that, given this reality, Grand Theft Auto 5 doesn’t live up to its fullest potential. People aren’t getting full gaming value for the hard earned dollars that they spent to buy the game in the first place.Thankfully, there is an alternative to this. You don’t have to overpay, you don’t have to kiss goodbye to a large chunk of the value you paid for the right to play GTA 5.
The Solution? Play GTA 5 Modded
So what is the one simple solution that you can try to truly unlock all the amazing game play value as well as content richness the typical GTA 5 release has under the hood? The answer is actually pretty straightforward. Play GTA 5 modded.
Modded, of course, means modifications. There are certain modifications in the software that you are playing that enables you to unlock story series without going through each successive step. You don’t have to babysit the game and feed it the right information at the right time, so you can access the full story.
If you play GTA 5 modded, you can play all of the story scenarios. There’s no need to pay your dues. There is no need to put in the time. After all, this is leisure. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. This is not work. This has nothing to do with your professional life.
Unfortunately, the whole idea of unlocking stories in sequence or unlocking key parts of the game as you progress through the game feels too much like work. It’s too close for comfort and, thankfully, there is a workable alternative to normal game play. Just play GTA 5 with certain modifications.
Not only are you able to see and enjoy the whole storyline and be aware of alternative storylines and narratives, you can also unlock tremendous abilities for your character as well as whatever guns or vehicles and other equipment your character uses in the game. How awesome is that?
Again, like the stages of the game, you don’t have to jump through hoop after hoop and spend a tremendous amount of time just to unlock certain abilities. If you play a modified version or a modded version of GTA 5, these abilities are waiting for you the moment you load the game. There’s no need for qualification. There’s no need to go through a long series of missions or side stories just to unlock your full suite of abilities.
Finally, playing a modded version of GTA 5 enables you to unlock the whole map. Believe it or not, a lot of people who play a typical Grant Theft Auto game only manage to explore a relatively small fraction of the game world that they’re playing in. I know that this sounds crazy, considering how excited and loyal GTA 5 fans are, but be that as it may, a lot of them simply just end up chasing their tails throughout the game because they remain stuck in a particular location in the game.
In fact, it can get so frustrating that a lot of people who have a casual game play are essentially just pushed into a story-driven type of game play. They feel that since they don’t really have that much time to truly enjoy the game on their own terms, they feel forced to just follow the main storyline of the game and take it from there.
You give up a lot of freedom here. You give up a lot of flexibility. You definitely give up a lot of spontaneity.
The good news is, when you’re playing GTA 5 modded, you’re free of all of that. You have the ability to skip through different sections of the map. You no longer have to chase your tail. You can set your own agenda and follow through because the modifications that the version you’re playing has, enables you to fully unlock the map and its matching storylines as well as resources.
So why is this good news? Well, it finally means that you don’t have to camp out at the game. You probably know at least one person who is an out and out video game addict. It’s obvious based on how long they play Grand Theft Auto. It’s obvious based on how they carry themselves online. But when you talk to these people, they wouldn’t tell you that they are an addict. However, when you notice that they’re camping out at the game pretty much on a 24/7 basis, this is a clear indication that they have addiction issues.
Well, the good news here is that playing GTA 5 modded doesn’t require game addiction on your part. It doesn’t require that you essentially live in the game. You get to overview the whole game quickly, efficiently and effectively. You get all the information you need from the get-go, so you can map out the most optimal game enjoyment strategy for you in light of your schedule.
You did not have this luxury before. You did not have this ability before. Playing a modded version of this game gives you this ability. You get to cherry pick the game’s features and stories, you get to interact with characters more fully.The bottom line is that you end up feeling that you’re fully playing the game. You’re not just a spectator. You’re not just somebody who is in for the ride and ends up moving in circles. You definitely don’t end up getting stuck and end up banging your head against the wall.
That doesn’t happen because when you play a modded GTA 5 game, everything is open for you the moment you play the game. There’s no need to put in the time, there’s no need to pay your dues, there’s no need to jump through all sorts of unnecessary hurdles. You just go straight to playing the game based on what you feel and based on certain details that you see in the game. There are no big mysteries here.
Ironically enough, this actually helps boost the curiosity and passion level of GTA 5 players. I know this sounds too good to be true, but it’s true. Because the moment you realize that you have full access to all of the game, then your sense of curiosity kicks in, so you try to explore as many different parts based on your schedule. This is a lot of fun because when you roll the tape back, you probably would go through a different sequence and walk away with a totally different experience.
Again, it all boils down to getting players to feel that they’re finally playing the game fully instead of just getting stuck or drifting or wandering aimlessly throughout the game. This enables you to level up your game. This enables you to play the game in a more thorough and thoughtful way, and with a higher degree of attention to detail.
GTA 5 Modded is Unleashed GTA
So what is a fair way to describe modded versions of GTA 5 ? The first thing that comes to my mind is that the GTA 5 modded version truly unleashes all the potential and all the promise of the GTA series. There is really no other way to say it. In fact, there is really no other choice as far as conceptions and framings are concerned because this is the only conclusion.
When you mod the game, you unleash all its content power. You unleash all its storytelling possibilities. You unleash the creative power of its narratives. That’s how powerful GTA 5 is. But unfortunately, it’s very easy to play it in such a shallow and superficial way that you can easily get bored.
Unfortunately, a lot of players who first try their hand at playing GTA 5 flat-out become skeptical. A lot of them even give in to the temptation of wondering, often out loud, what’s so special about the series? It’s really hard to get excited about the game if you are only focused on external experiences and superficial or cosmetic issues. You need to scratch beneath the surface. You need to drill deeper. You need to dig in. And unfortunately, most people don’t have the time to do this with the regular unmodified version of GTA.
If you play GTA 5 modded , you get access to the whole storylines. You get a clear understanding of the whole energy and flow of the game. This enables you to conclude that the series fully lives up to its reputation.
How do you get to this point? Well, playing a modified version of Grand Theft Auto 5 enables you to savor the whole landscape. You’re not just stuck in one significant portion of the game. You don’t necessarily have to continue to chase your tail. You don’t necessarily have to feel stuck.
By playing a modded version, you see the whole map open up in front of you. You can start from the top right corner, you can start from another corner, it wouldn’t matter. You would continue to enjoy many different story avenues and story trajectories through the game. That’s how awesome it is and when you play a modded version, you can easily see that GTA 5 lives up to the reputation of the series. In fact, it adds another layer of quality expectations because it did such a great job just getting out of the gate.
You savor the landscape, you are more likely to enjoy the characters, you can even get away with blowing up certain aspects or parts of the game and then figuring out how they relate to each other and possibly give you ideas on how to put it all back together in your mind so you can employ a more workable strategy.
I’m sure when you were a kid, you often experimented with your toys. And one of the most effective ways to figure out how a toy is put together is to essentially just blow it up and take everything apart and then try to think through the dynamics of putting it back together.
It’s kind of like buying a very old car, yanking out the engine, and overhauling the engine by hand. The first time you do it, it’s probably not going to feel all that great. It might feel like an ordeal. You might be thinking that you have better things to do. But the more you do it, the less intimidating the process becomes. This is what a modded GTA 5 game brings to the table. If anything, it takes away the intimidation that you feel when it’s obvious that you have to put in the time to fully unlock the game.
You’re probably thinking to yourself that you are caught between your intense loyalty and love for the GTA series and, on the other hand, you have to still face the reality that you don’t have enough hours in a day. Playing a modded version gives you a tremendous appreciation of what GTA 5 has going for it, without sucking up too much of your time. You end up feeling more in-control of the game.
It is very easy to get this feeling. In fact, it’s not surprising at all because, who wants to chase their tails throughout the game? You may have given yourself a one-hour budget to play video games, but that budget can quickly go up in smoke because it may turn out that you’re basically just chasing your tail over and over again in the game.
That’s no way to play the game because, eventually, you will burn out. Eventually, you may even reach a point where you don’t want to have anything to do with a video game that is, somehow or another, related to the GTA series. Playing a modified version puts you in full control. Once again, you tap into the tremendous amount of value open world games bring to the table.
As I mentioned above, open world games make you feel in control. They put you right in the center. Your decisions count for a lot. Your decisions have consequences and they impact many characters as well as many situations in the game. This is serious stuff, and all of this plays out when you play a modified version.
Modified versions of GTA 5 have unlocked several key features. Many of these key features and the timeline they follow often get in the way of you fully exploring and fully appreciating the game. You can easily come up with so many insights when you choose to unleash Grand Theft Auto 5 by deciding to play GTA 5 modded.
The Value of Freedom
As I mentioned in the discussion above regarding open world game architecture and open world game systems, there is a tremendous sense of flexibility, versatility and, yes, freedom, when you play open world games. You not only immerse yourself in the game, but you actually jump in. You start emotionally responding to the content.
In turn, you can make changes in your world environment. It creates a truly immersive experience and you get this sense of freedom when you play GTA 5 modded. It seems that nothing can get in your way of fully exploring the world. It seems that you quickly run out of excuses as to why you normally chase your tail and fail to achieve much of anything.
So if you are feeling stuck with Grand Theft Auto because either you can’t get past a certain point or something else, there is still hope for your game play. You can choose to play the game in a way where a lot of the initial excitement that you felt for the Grand Theft Auto series and, by extension, the open world game design architecture, can be met.
I know that sounds crazy, but if you play the game modded, the sense of freedom that open world games are supposed to bring to the table becomes palpable to you. It becomes many times more real than before. And it all boils down to appealing to that sense of freedom. That’s how open world games are supposed to work. That’s how GTA 5 is supposed to work. Unfortunately, if you just focus on the main themes of the game, it’s very easy to get stuck. It’s very easy to cover the same territory and the same themes over and over again.
It becomes so repetitive and so seemingly shallow that it’s very tempting to just quit the game. Well, if you play the game modded, these modifications help ensure that you will continue to play the game for a long, long time. Make no mistake about it, when it comes to overall value and content richness and diversity as well as content-driven ambience, there is nothing close to Rockstar Games. I know that sounds quite a boast, but it’s absolutely true.
Most other games, except perhaps with the exception of The Elder Scrolls series, can’t hold a candle to just how thorough the Grand Theft Auto series is. So if you really want to tap into all the amazing entertainment value GTA 5 brings to the table, play the game using a modified version.