‘Grand’ remaster

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Screenshot courtesy of Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games is a developer known for re-mastering its video game titles and with the Nov. 18 release of Grand Theft Auto V for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, they went above and beyond what many fans would have expected from a new generation re-release.

Not only does the re-mastered version of GTA V include increased display resolution, better lighting, more consistent frame rates and higher quality textures, it also consists of interesting new features, bonus content for returning players, and a much better experience than the original.

The biggest change for the new generation version of GTA V is the all-new first-person camera. This lets you play almost the entire game from the viewpoint of the characters, from driving cars, bikes, and planes all from a first person perspective. The first-person camera isn’t perfect though. Running around corners and driving certain vehicles can be challenging at times and overly sensitive. Nonetheless the game was not originally created to accommodate that type of gameplay, but it’s still pretty good and it’s definitely more immersive.

The visual upgrade is by far one of the most noticeable features of the new-gen GTA. There’s a bump in the pedestrian and traffic density and an increase of foliage and wild/domestic animals in the city and countryside. Also, there’s higher-quality textures and effects, including reflections, shadows/lighting and weather effects.

With all that in mind, the city of Los Santos in GTA V resembles the city of Los Angeles. But beyond the visual upgrade, Rockstar Games utilized both of the platforms’ unique controller features. For the Xbox One, the controller vibrates when utilizing a weapon and for the PS4, they made some excellent use of the controller’s integrated speaker. While being chased by the police, you can hear the dispatchers on call and see police lights flashing on the controller’s light bar. Also, you can use the touchpad to change weapons and/or the radio station.

If you’re not a big fan of GTA or you just don’t think it’s the right game for you, you should buy a copy of it anyway for either of the next-gen platforms. I guarantee that nine times out of 10 you’ll have a brand-new perspective on the game and it just might become one of your favorites.