Development of the World:
Typically when you’re dropped into an online map or virtual world, what you see is pretty much what you get. Most of the elements regarding what you’ll do and how you will do it are all pre-determined by the developers. Even with the release of new DLC packs, the game elements themselves remain basically unchanged. You’ll find yourself doing the same things, just in new locations on different maps. Rockstar plans to keep Los Santos ever evolving, allowing players to determine what types of missions they encounter and how they’ll spend their time. At launch, Rockstar will have hours of pre-packed missions and meta-games to keep gamers busy, but it promises to bring new content to the world based on user activity. So, just think of the players as ants in an ant farm. Rockstar will pay close attention to what we do online and craft new missions and content around that.
Rep and Dolla’ Dolla’s:
Leveling up in online games is nothing new. In fact, it’s essential to any online mode in order for you to not only just track your progress, but also to allow the game to become more enjoyable as you unlock bigger and better things to play with. Often associated with games such as World of Warcraft, this idea has even made its way into the first-person shooter genre. Games such as Call of Duty allow for the ranking-up and the unlocking of weapons. GTA Online allows you to earn cash for your various exploits in the game, thus allowing you to spend it on a wide variety of items. This isn’t exactly a new concept, but for GTA, being able to customize your experience from the start and having this much control over what you do, where you go, what you take with you, and how you get there is something that I’m sure will occupy much of gamers’ times. Also, in addition to earning the cash in the game, if gamers would like to jump ahead, they can get access to items by spending real-world cash without putting in the hours of gameplay. It’s perfect if you have extra cash to blow and want a new SUV in your GTA garage.
Building Your World, Your Way:
Map editors are common, but the idea of pairing that concept with the world of GTA opens up so many possibilities--it seems endless. Rockstar plans to incorporate a content creator that will allow players to set up their own custom races or death matches. Imagine the fun to be had by allowing you to set certain weapons and items in an enclosed arena and dropping you into a frenetic gun fight, where the game is based on a mad scramble to grab heavy weapons before your opponents do (and the carnage that would no doubt unfold). Not your bag? Do you prefer more of a laid-back FPS experience? It would be no problem here, as you could easily set two sniper rifles in one of the huge areas of the GTA Online world in what would play out as a tense search-and-destroy mission of cat and mouse. As for the race types (which can also be shared online in addition to the other custom game types), you can recreate your favorites scenes from Smokey and the Bandit or Cannon Ball Run while racing from one side of the game world to the next without ever covering the same ground. Oh, and did I mention there will be a Capture the Flag mode? That’s right…GTA-CTF…enough said.
GTA Online released today, but not without its technical difficulties. This follows in a long string of glitches that plagued the early days of GTA V’s launch. (Here’s a list:item 1, item 2, item 3, anditem 4.) But Rockstar is working hard to resolve them. Pretty soon, they’ll be a distant memory, and no one will remember those small speed bumps, but rather they’ll remember how GTA Online potentially blew the doors open on what an online multiplayer mode really means. The verdict is still out if the concept of a Grand Theft Auto online mode can hold gamers’ interests indefinitely, or if they will tire out over time, much as the people start to leave the GTA world when all the missions and collectibles have been found.
In the meantime, gamers will fill no doubt fill the GTA Online servers to the brim, looking to see exactly what crazy mischief and adventures they can get into to.
So the question is, what are you doing still reading this? Get outta here…those cars aren’t going to steal themselves.
Date: October 1, 2013
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