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Published 25 September, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt


GTA V: My top 5 issues with this near perfect game

Like many others, I have been banging out GTA V since it was released on Tuesday and what a phenomenal game it is. I am not going to go into too much depth as we will writing our review at some point in the near future. But as with every game, and Rockstar’s latest baby is no exception, it has faults.

The list below is based on my personal opinion and not of Level Complete.  Also, even though it is my top 5 issues, there is no actual order to them as all of them are just as bad as each other. 

5) No metal radio station

It is not only GTA V that done away with its metal station, Saints Row 4 also done it so there must be some substance as to why they both made this decision.

I just want to get in before anyone starts insinuating that I only like metal and should go and listen to some “real” music – I listen to everything from Classical to death metal. In the words of William Cowper “Variety’s the very spice of life.

4) Font is too small at times

I have a 40 inch Full HD TV at home and I play console gaming in my living room where my sofa is on one side of the room and my TV is wall mounted on the opposite side, there is about 6 foot space between and whenever I receive a text that pops up on the screen, it is unreadable for me. There are quite a few occasions where I have had to get closer to the TV just to be able to read what to do next.

I can imagine Rockstar fixing this in an update, as I have seen quite a few people moaning on this very issue.

3)Radio is not as good as previous games

This issue comes down to personal preference. For me, the song selection in this game is poor. The only stations I listen to are: Non stop pop and the two public talk radio stations. As stated above, not implementing a metal station was a huge let down for me personally.

2) Helicopter controls

I think most people can agree on this point. The helicopter controls feel awful. Thankfully the flight school challenges are quite lenient as I was still able to get gold on the 2nd Helicopter challenge but only got a silver on the first. If I persevered with it, I am sure I will get a gold on the first challenge as well.

1)Don’t know how to get a gold on mission till after you finish it

It is obvious why Rockstar went with this decision – for added lifespan – but I still find it a bit annoying how you do not know how to get a gold on a mission until you finish it. If you’re a competitive person like me, you will find yourself retrying most of the missions at some point. For now, I am personally working my way through the game and once I have completed the story, I will go back and still concentrating on getting golds.

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29 Responses to GTA V: My top 5 issues with this near perfect game

  1. ColinZeal says:

    1) Or they went with this to avoid some mission spoilers. Which i´m glad of as I really don´t wanna know what I have in front of me.

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      I tell you what. You raise an extremely good point there! This did not even come to mind. I take my hat off to you good sir!

  2. Lucas Petrini says:

    The radio track list is terrible this time.

  3. koloco1980 says:

    My biggest complaint is the vehicle damage and physics. In IV it took some skill to drive and stay clean. in V the driving feels too arcade’ish and the damage is toned way down.

    • koloco1980 says:

      as far as the radio, I’ve already turned it off and I play “I heart radio” on my cell phone.

    • da Boss says:

      The damage is actually a lot better than GTA IV, are you kidding? The detail on the scratches, and bumbs and all that stuff is simple amazing, especially when considering the PS3/360. The driving is easier, but it’s alot more fun now.

      • koloco1980 says:

        Yes the damage in IV was way better. Go back and compare. use youtube if you must. I still have IV and the difference is glaring.

        • da Boss says:

          You’re insane. GTA 4 doesn’t come close. Especially the way the cars get scratched and bumped in GTA 5, highly superior in every way. Especially the way the wheels get inverted when the car takes to much damage, or all the tire physics. GTA 4 doesn’t come close. Not to mention the sub par resolution that game had on the consoles, you could barely even see the damage.

          • koloco1980 says:

            After playing for a while, you are correct sir. I was flying the wrongway the coastal freeway, clipped some oncoming traffic,when I stopped spinning myfront-right tire just falls off. It wasn’tflat, it was completely off the axel.

          • Mr.RapesYourChildren says:

            GTA4′s wheel damage system was copied into GTA5. Get your information correct, sir. GTA4 had a system where every inch of the car could be damaged, warped, scratched, dented, ect.
            Many of the GTA5 vehicles damage system ideas were brought over from GTA4.
            GTA4 had a much better system when it came to vehicles. In GTA5 for instance, you don’t see the glare of the sun on the cars roof as you turn.
            Just putting you in the know. ;)

    • ThePokeMaster says:

      The driving is realistic enough. This isn’t one of the most realistic games out there in the first place.
      A more realistic driving mechanic would require you to drive more realistically. Obeying most rules of the road. But this type of game doesn’t lend itself to that.

      And yes, while cars in IV were more easily damaged, there is a bit more detail in V.

  4. Franko says:

    I agree with all of this. Two more things i would like to see is option for color blinded cause sometime i can’t tell the difference between Trevors and Franklins missions and stuff. Also i wanna accelerate on X and brake on square! This trigger shit is killing me!

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      I can imagine that being extremely frustrating for you. As for controller configeration, it find it mind bogling how games are getting less and less customisable to being able to map your own settings. I can remember changing a lot of setting to suit myself in the psx and ps2 days, but don’t seem to recall doing it nowadays, apart from fighting games. I can remember a few times wanting to change the buttons but not having the options to do so……this gen that is.

  5. Jaxon Holden says:

    Scared of backlash? Just HAD to throw in “this near-perfect game” in the title, huh. Afraid all the idgits would start freiking out, threatening your life, cursing and what not?
    Gaming has become too ridiculous. Especially when two games come out only days apart, both with identical user scores on Metacritic, but there’s a TWENTY POINT SPREAD and tens across the board in favor of the one with the billion-dollar hype machine behind it.
    GTA5 is a great game, but you’re scared if you can’t call it for what it is.

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      Huh? I don’t care about backlash. I chucked in the “near perfect game” part because that’s how I personally feel about the game. I used to run a football website and the abuse I got would make gamers’ abuse look minute, so I don’t care about that stuff.

      • Jaxon Holden says:

        Fair enough- I’ll take you at your word. If that’s how you truly feel then by all means… I just see way too many critics and journalists dial up the praise-meter to play it safe with fan-reaction, and it does an injustice to both the game and gamers alike. I suppose I should be applaud you for being bold enough to point out your disappointments in the first place. Perhaps I was a bit trigger-happy with that initial post.

        • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

          I can see where you are coming from. One thing I told everyone when we first opened this site is to be completely honest with their feelings in the article…even if it is against the popular opinion.

    • koloco1980 says:

      Your spelling/grammar is too ridiculous. Maybe you’re the one freiking out.

      • Jaxon Holden says:

        Your understanding of the word “grammar” is ridiculous if you think my grammar is wrong. Learn what grammar is before you ridicule it, because my post had pristine grammar.

        Now, if you want to lecture me for ONE wrong letter in ONE mis-spelled word, go ahead, but if critiquing one mis-spelled letter of one mis-spelled word is the best rebuttal you can come against me with, I don’t think debating you is even worth my or anyone else’s time.

        If you want to say something of actual SUBSTANCE, bring it, rather than point out mis-typed letters as your golden argument against me.

        But… but… but he typed a word incorrectly! So what he’s saying must have no merit! But… but… but he spelled a word wrong! And I pointed it out! See, I win! I win! Grow up, kid.

  6. KuchikiSentou says:

    There really hasn’t been any recent metal, death classical or otherwise to go on. It’s more a reflection of metal in today’s age of random crap.

    • ThePokeMaster says:

      There’s plenty of older music in almost all of its radio stations. So it doesn’t necessarily need to be brand new metal music.

      • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:


        • VonSeux says:

          but hell there’s some awesome metal releases every year; if you’re into that scene; check Adrenaline Mob, Testament, Volbeat, 5FDP, Ghost, H.E.A.T., Europe’s new albums, Soulfly, The Black Dhalia Murder, Dillinger Scape Plan, Clutch, Accept…

  7. Sam Patel says:

    The plane controls got on my tits! I had to skip the mission because of the amount of times I failed.
    Also remember ZiT in GTA IV? The service you used in your in game phone to ID tracks that were playing on the radio? I Loved that feature, GTA V needs that, especially because you only get to see the name of the song playing for about a second, when you switch to that radio channel.

    • raeqwon says:

      if you hold down the button that lets you change the radio station, you can see the name of the radio station for as long as the song plays

  8. nikki says:

    jesus christ i can’t believe you don’t like the radio stations! i think it’s a very very very big step up from previous games. when i heard Thee Oh Sees come on the radio for the first time as I blasted down the freeway, i was experiencing pure glee. this game has even introduced me to some bands that wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, with older GTA games, i always felt that they were kinda off the ball when it came to music selection. GTA V has nailed LA/Nor Cal culture down (whether it’s the music, ambient conversations, or even attire for npc’s) to the dotted i’s and crossed t’s. come on man, they even have fixed gear bikes! btw helicopter controls great once you get the hang of turning w/ R1 & L1, until i figured that out though i was losing control all over the place XD

    • SamHewitt SamHewitt says:

      Many people I have spoke to don’t like them. There is most likely less than 10 songs that I like on the radio stations. As I said in the article, it really does come down to personal preference, and mine is not in favour of the tracks in this game. I’d say I would rather turn off the radio and listen to nothing than listen to 50% of the tracks that are available.

  9. Trial by Fire says:

    I don’t understand why there is a whole station dedicated to punk, but no love for metal. I’m sure the amount of metalheads outweighs punks??

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