GTA V: What’s Your Favorite Moment So Far? (Part 2)

With a world as huge and rich as GTA V‘s Los Santos, there’s quite obviously a lot to see, do, destroy and everything in between.

With that in mind (and with Ross Lincoln’s review on the way later this week), we’ll be doing a daily post sharing GF staffers’ stories about cool, unique or otherwise noteworthy stuff we’ve experienced in GTA V. And of course, you guys are invited to chime in and share how your rampage through Los Santos has been so far.

On our second day in Los Santos, we’ve discovered a cheat code for instant, parachute-less skydiving and a quick and dirty way to turn Michael into Heisenberg from “Breaking Bad.” What have you been up to? Let us know about your favorite moments in the comments, and check out our big list of Grand Theft Auto V Cheats for a leg-up in discovering more crazy awesomeness.

Meantime, here are ours:

Ben Richardson
Twitter: @B_C_Richardson

From a visual standpoint, the world of GTA V embodies an interesting contradiction: on the one hand, it’s so beautiful it can look almost un-real — like a painting. On the other, it seems hyper-real — the exaggerated version of real life that the GTA series takes as its founding principle. Open-world developers are getting better and better at art direction, and Rockstar’s are the masters. It seems like every time you turn a corner, whether in Franklin’s tagged-up neighborhood or Trevor’s desert hellscape, there’s some kind of vista or perfectly composed tableaux.

Rockstar supports this artistic prowess with technology. “Longer draw-distance” and “reduced texture pop-in” are bits of gamer jargon that might make the average GTA fan’s eyes glaze over, but they’re crucial to the game’s visual presentation. Some games have great art direction, but their technological guts fall short. Other games are the reverse. Rockstar has always succeeded because they understand how the two components combine to make a whole.

Phil Owen
Twitter: @philrowen

After many hours of playing around in Los Santos, I finally was directed by the game to spend some time out in the desert oasis of Sandy Shores. Essentially a spread-out trailer park full of meth heads and meth dealers and meth cookers, Sandy Shores manages to be quite picturesque even so, sitting next to a large lake. The contrast, too, was welcome, especially as someone who greatly enjoyed traipsing around Mexico in Red Dead Redemption. Just driving around and taking in the sights was pleasant.

And then, out of nowhere, a coyote ran out into the road in front of my truck and I nailed him. So real, Rockstar.

Mark Burnham
Twitter: @MarkBurnham

You’ve probably heard the phrase “sheer size and scope” in reference to GTA V this week, and with good reason. You can sense it’s a big world even while walking around at ground level.

But when I got behind the wheel of the Atomic Blimp (a bonus for preordering the PS3 version), and took it up to insane altitudes, the sheer size and scope of the game become clear as crystal. And there seems to be no real limit to how high you can go. I thought it’d be fun to see how high I could fly before hitting an invisible wall — instead, I got so high, the clouds themselves were thousands of feet below, a nd Los Santos a tiny, a from-orbit sized grid of imperceptible movement and life. You can see the curvature of the earth out on the horizon.

It took me several minutes just to descend to mere plane-in-the-sky height, and I did a lap around the city.

Then I accidentally flew over the airport, and heard a warning, “You’re flying in restricted airspace. Turn back immediately.” I attempted to comply, but my efforts must have been missed (or ignored). In seconds my slow-ass blimp was accosted by a police helicopter. I said, “Nobody, nobody takes me down in a blimp.”

I purposefully steered the blimp into the helicopter, causing the blades to grind unbearably against my hull, and the helicopter began to smoke. Might I be victorious?

No. I suddenly lost power, and took a slow, gloomy nose dive straight down to the freeway below, and exploded beautifully.

So yeah, GTA V: big game.

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9 Comments on GTA V: What’s Your Favorite Moment So Far? (Part 2)


On September 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

My favorite moment is seeing it released on console showing just how crap the game the was made, with glitch’s and bad game play movement. I think Rockstar did an excellent job not to release this on a PC! friggin lamers and low life that RockStar have become..


On September 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

GTA V, my favorite moment for far, my favorite moment was before it was release, a time when I looked at a gaming website and the front page did not have twelve articles dedicated to a single game.

PC player here, so GTA V and Rockstar can go to hell unless they release a version for my chosen platform.

Mark Burnham

On September 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

@Aedelric Given the success of the game ($800 million on day 1) I think we’ll see a PC version. If I’m a betting men I’d put my money on it.

I don’t necessarily disagree with some of the performance issues, mind you. Would love to see it on PC, lower those load times and get some hi res textures. It’ll happen.

Mr Glassback

On September 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

Funniest thing so far is all the PC only gamer’s getting all indignant over it not being released on PC yet and slagging off Rockstar.
Grow the f**k up and stop acting like children.
It’s comments like this that result in the word “entitled” being used against the whole gaming community, when in reality, it’s just a few childish people throwing their toys out of the pram.


On September 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Not to be rude, but one would wonder, if this was a pc exclusive, how loudly you would be crying right now and don’t even try to say you wouldn’t. So give pc users a break. They only want the same thing everyone else is getting.
You want to know what’s really funny? Someone like you, telling people to grow up. The use of even censored bad language to tell others to grow up.
Entitled? Since when is simply wanting what others are getting to be entitlement? Rockstar got to be who they are, because of the pc. I don’t consider it entitlement to want the same chance to play as the children boasting about their toy.
What’s childish is the console community putting out a petition, trying to convince Rockstar not to make a pc version. The children don’t want to share. Funny, that sort of thing gives the gaming community a lot bigger black eye than anything pc users have don’t. So look at you own console users before you start throwing words around that describe the console community, more than the people you’re trying to insult.
Just saying.

Mr Glassback

On September 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Yup, the console owners are pathetically childish too (probably even more so). I myself own BOTH a console and a PC and, unlike your good self, don’t consider myself biased to either.
What I object to, is people going on a console article just to moan about PC problems or vice versa.
Also I didn’t call anyone entitled, I said its comments like that which get the gaming community accused of entitled attitudes.
Don’t be so quick to argue and assume people are attacking PC users, read posts properly before jumping in dog.
I truly hope it does come to PC but being a kid about it won’t help.


On September 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

First off you haven’t a clue what you are talking about. I own both 360 and ps3 granted my daughter plays them as I prefer the pc, I do own them, and refresh me on just where I said anything bias in my comment. I know a lot of people who prefer the console to the pc and none of them think I’m bias. I just like my pc better. But I do hate people who attack pc users, as stated, like the twits trying to petition Rockstar not to make a pc version of GTAV. When have you ever heard of pc users doing that to the console? Name just one time. Come on, anything that even comes close. I really want to here it. So if you want to talk bias, look to those closer to home. I wont say that there aren’t jerks on the pc who love to criticize console users. I on the other hand have no problem unless given a problem.
Secondly you did attack pc users, at least the ones that are ing about Rockstar. You flat out said it. Comments from those people complaining about Rockstar screwing over the pc user, gave the gaming community a bad name. How else are we suppose to take it? Flat out the pc user feels screwed over, not entitled, but left out. Rockstar has been screwing the pc user over more and more. Still no RD Redemption for pc. Wow. do I ever feel entitled. We just want the same games on all platforms.
Being a kid???? OMG. Who was the child telling others to (and I quote) “F-ing grow up”. Yes all my English teachers in college would have been thrilled at your incredible use of the English language. Truly inspiring. Tell me, do you write Obamas speeches as well.
Look, I apologize if I misunderstood you, but anyone who reads your comment would say it was an attack on pc users who feel the need to complain. Going to tell me you’ve never complained when you felt like you were getting screwed.
I hope it comes to pc as well but not as much as some. To me the last good game Rockstar put out was GTASA. GTA 4 sucked. Max Payne 3 wasn’t much better. 4 got critical acclaim but was the most slammed GTA game ever by the public.
I don’t mean to get into a verbal conflict with you, I just get a little defensive especially since I agree wit those complaining. I just didn’t write it down. So cheers and here’s to hoping it actually makes it to the pc. I would like to try it.


On September 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

OMG. Gamefront, pull your head out of your as.s. I had words censored that weren’t either abusive or vulgar. I see this happening to others too. Fix you pathetically messed up program, or get a different one. This just goes beyond stupid and ridiculous.


On September 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

I was killed by a mountain lion, i didn’t expect that. Fantastic game.