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Not for the faint hearted,
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This review is from: Grand Theft Auto V Collector's Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
I bought the standard edition on the release date. And I never had so much fun with a game in the GTA series since Vice City. GTA3 and 4 don't come close. The single player is well done. It's a satire of the post 9/11 and the post financial meltdown age. Or better: it's a kick in the balls. If you do not like what you see in the mirror, just close your eyes and don't buy this game. What happened in real life in the name of protecting our freedom was far worse.
The single player is over very quick. Were the game truly shines is the online multi player. Although at the lower levels, online virtual life can be difficult. At first you lack fire power and financial resources of high level players. High paying missions unlock after you reach a high player level. Online virtual goods are sometimes ridiculously expensive. Also R* steadily decreased the payout of missions, to the point that you spent more GTA$ on bullets than the mission payout.
But that is the way the business model works. Up to now all downloadable content is free. So R* reaches the maximum amount of players, who don't have the cash to buy the new virtual goodies. So a lot of people buy GTA$ with Xbox or PS3 gift cards. Or cheat. R* had to spent more resources on plugging holes, than on new content. And it is very annoying to loose your super car worth 1,5 million GTA$. Or that you have to pay for the insurance of your super car if some looser is camping outside your apartment with a tank. Or that you get shot in your own garage. All these fixes delay the release of content that is worthwhile: The ability to own multiple garages, heist missions or the casino games.
All these drawbacks are made good by the fact that you can be whatever you want to be online. You can do whatever you want to do. You can live the virtual high life. It is not as good in golf as Tiger Woods or in racing as Grand Tourismo or in shooting as Call of Duty. But GTA 5 combines it all masterfully in one game. Pushing the hardware limits of the PS3 / Xbox 360 to its limits. Keep in mind that other games charge you real life $10 for each DLC. GTA 5 is not perfect, but it comes damn close.
Why I bought the collectors edition and sold the standard edition? Just for one car: the Hotknife. It is modelled after ZZ-Top's Eliminator. It is so much fun to have, because it is made of 100% Unobtainium. You need the collectors edition code voucher to get it. Beware, the code on the voucher is single use. So if you buy the collectors edition second hand, the code may not work.