Grand Theft Auto Online - Xbox One

Release Date:

November 18, 2014

Also on:

Xbox One PS4

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
8.9

Summary:

Grand Theft Auto Online is a natural evolution in their company identity as it seeks to continue pushing the technological boundaries that each iteration of the brand seems to represent. Online gaming is the new frontier and the only question is if Rockstar nailed it down on their first try. The sheer scope of the game, coupled with the immaturity and creativity of the players, creates an atmosphere unrivaled in modern gaming. Los Santos is a world of chaos, go have some fun.

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by Rockstar Games
Release Date: 11/18/2014

Details

  • Publisher(s):
    • Rockstar Games
  • Distributor(s):
    • Xbox One Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 18, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Online Player(s):
    • 1-30
  • Online Play:
    • Required
  • Series:
    • Grand Theft Auto
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available
  • Developer(s):
    • Rockstar North

Technical Information

  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • RAGE
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 78 Hours
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2015-03-12

Den_Merry

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Xbox One

9.1

'Grand Theft Auto Online' on the Xbox One is the next release in the ambitious franchise started by Rockstar Games. Over the past decade or so the team has pushed the boundaries on what is considered good taste in gaming while never flinching from their own vision. They've escalated the way that we expect to experience games with their open world sandbox style experience. All the way from humble beginnings and held held, top down racing, Rockstar has changed the way gaming is played. 'Grand Theft Auto Online' is a natural evolution in their company identity as it seeks to continue pushing the technological boundaries that each iteration of the brand seems to represent. Online gaming is the new frontier and the only question is if Rockstar nailed it down on their first try.

Welcome to Los Santos...

Never a bastion of safety and suburban living, Los Santos has become known as a place full of violence and criminal activity. The only thing that could be worse for the city is if it added a bunch of raging adolescent maniacs to the mixture. That is what the team at Rockstar did with 'GTA Online' and it is explicitly why the game works out so well.

Coming off of 'Grand Theft Auto V' the pressure was on for the guys to push the limit even further. 'V' was the best entry in the series and one of the best games of all time. So how could they push the envelope even further? The online element should come as no surprise as 'V' played with the notion for quite awhile. With the Xbox One catering almost explicitly to the online gamer with titles such as 'Titanfall' and 'Evolve', it was only a matter of time until 'GTA' took the next step.

Los Santos is as big as ever and the sandbox is ready for you to leap on in and play. The huge open world is beautifully realized once again by the team of developers. The streets range from the dirty ghetto to the sterile hills of the rich and famous. Mountains dot the skyline that you can venture to and the ocean is out there as well. Server issues initially riddled the Xbox 360 release of this title but it seems that XB1 has things more under control. Along with these server issues there was a severe amount of balancing issues. Again, the gameplay seems smoother than ever.

Upon loading up 'GTA Online' you will be hit with an advanced character creator. You can make the wackiest or most realistic representation of yourself that you want. You will surely run into avatars that have been meticulously created to mirror some real world celebrity and these are fun little, user created delights. Once you finish your character creation process you will be dropped, quite literally, onto a sidewalk in the middle of Los Santos with no idea what to do and little reason to do anything. This is both the heart and the horror of the gameplay experience. Los Santos is your sandbox and much like a real sandbox, a lack of imagination will condemn the entire experience through no fault of the actual content.

Stepping back from the direction of the game let's take a moment to admire some of the boosts that the XB1 port of the game was able to enjoy. Servers can now handle up to 30 insane players at a time. This makes warfare in the streets common place. Gang (clan) violence is now rampant and there is a special sort of comfort in having someone watching your back. That isn't to say there isn't joy in being the lone wolf, either. Sometimes facing the entire world all on your own can give you joy.

Past the amped up servers you will notice that you can switch to first person mode in order to play the game. This immersion enhancing view is great for players that like to go all out with the role playing aspect of the game. First person offers limited advantages and can be a pain as it does not give you the sort of shortcuts that third person view will give you.

Getting back to the game experience itself we should talk about making money. Occasionally the team at Rockstar will release some sort of monetary bonus for existing players. Otherwise you are left to your own devices in order to come up with the kind of cash you need in order to be competitive in this cut throat world. Mirroring the real world, cash rules the system. If you can't buy the right guns or cars then you are forced to play more like a rabbit then a hunter. That doesn't mean you can't progress, though. Learning how to steal vehicles and drive a get away car are useful techniques to have in your disposal.

Once you've managed to stockpile some of the aforementioned cash, it is time to upgrade how you live. Buy a nice apartment downtown and get a sweet garage to store all of your swag. It's a great way to protect your stuff and keep it from being destroyed all at once. Deathmatches can spawn out of nowhere and they are costly, frustrating experiences for the guy desperately trying to save up his money to buy a better life.

You'll invariably find yourself wondering 'what next' while playing 'Grand Theft Auto Online' and that is totally fine. The question mirrors what we'd ask of the real world. Only in this game you have the ability to immediately change both your luck and standing in a few epic, adventurous moves. The game definitely rewards those who are willing to risk what they have but it also opens up alternative play styles for the savvy gamer.

'Grand Theft Auto Online' for the Xbox One isn't a perfect experience but it is definitely enjoyable. The sheer scope of the game, coupled with the immaturity and creativity of the players, creates an atmosphere unrivaled in modern gaming. Los Santos is a world of chaos, go have some fun.

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