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Grand Theft Auto V is that special kind of game that appeals to so many people. The satire is witty and expertly written, the story is inspired and masterfully paced, and the world of Los Santos is meticulously and lovingly crafted.
After recently finishing the game’s storyline, I found myself empty and wanting more of it. For about half a minute, anyhow. Grand Theft Auto has enough content to fill up your gameplay gas tank for the rest of the year. The real question is where to start.
Welcome to the Top Ten Things to Do After You Finish GTA V!
10.) Catch Up on the Real Life You’ve Been Missing!!
Seriously, go to bed. You could use the sleep.
Believe it or not, GTA V came out a week-and-a-half ago, and your productivity at work is probably as effective as Trevor at a piece summit. Or Michael at his therapist. It’s ok to put down the controller now, lay your head to your pillow and get a good six-to-eight. Then take some time to reconnect with all the friends you stopped spending time with while you were playing GTA. Trust me, they will be missing you and it will make going through this list easier and more enjoyable.
9.) Play the Other Endings!
After choosing one of the endings, probably disappointed with the results (more on that with the upcoming review) you’re probably looking to reload an earlier save to experience how it could have played out differently. No need! Just go into your Mission menu, go to the bottom of the list and choose the endings you didn’t play! The best (or worst) part is, you won’t lose the ending you chose, so get on it.
8.) Purchase Some Local Businesses!
By game’s end you’ll have a mountain of cash. Why not invest it in guaranteed cash each in-game week? Each business brings in cash or opens up missions to bring in cash. In addition, random missions can pop up from time to time to assist with your businesses, adding to the already impressive number.
7.) See the Local Oceanlife…And Get Eaten By It!
Apparently, you’re delicious!
It’s safe to say you’ve probably spent most of your game time on dry land, but your inner Quint is calling to you now. Take a jet ski or other watercraft into the ocean and wait for the red dot to appear. Great Whites are truly terrifying to see on the surface, but for some quality terror (and five Achievement points) take a little dive and try to swim with Jaws Jr. Just don’t drown before you see nature’s greatest predator in action.
6.) Hang Out with Friends!
One of the more overlooked aspects of the game, the Hang Out option on your phone is a funny option. Mini games like Darts and Tennis are more fun when you know the guy or girl you’re whooping. Also, bar encounters are usually insightful/comical/awkward an they shouldn’t be missed (Amanda and Michael are belly-shake inducing).
5.) Compete with Friends for the Craziest Rampage!
If they ain’t chasing, you ain’t doing it right…
One of the best parts of the 3D Universe era of Grand Theft Auto (GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas) was the lack of an online multiplayer component. Players would have to be in the same house to enjoy the great gameplay moments. Though the internet has mostly done away with the need for this, there is still nothing like going on a full-blown rampage, seeing how much property damage and NPC death a player could get with a five-star wanted rating, then passing the controller to your friends to see if they could do better. Order a pizza, invite some friends, and see who’s the best at bringing on the chaos!
4.) Meet All the Strangers and Freaks!
Possibly the most dangerous character in the game.
If you thought the main story missions were fantastic, just wait until you do each character’s “Grass Roots” missions with Barry. Or any of Franklin’s paparazzi missions with Beverly. Or Trevor’s hilarious quests for the vacationing Nigel and Mrs. Thornhill. Or the Border Patrol missions with the one guy who only speaks Italian and salutes like a fascist. There are lots of these people around Los Santos, and they are just as well crafted as the rest of the game. Check them out.
3.) Go For the Gold on Missions!
For the completionist/perfectionist in all of us, a bronze medal on a mission won’t stand. With the Replay Mission option, you can see the requirements for Gold and erase that rusty looking POS from your board forever!
2.) Go For 100% Completion!
You’ve already finished the main story and have done a bunch of side quests, now it’s time to get your numbers up to a hundred! Try everything you haven’t done yet: amusement park rides, websites, TV shows, movies, Darts…the list is massive. Aside from an achievement, the writers put a lot of work into making such a fantastic world. Every aspect should be enjoyed!
1.) Keep Your Skills Sharp for GTA Online!
The real reason you picked up this game.
The first thing GTA players will do on October 1st, 2013 is load up the long anticipated GTA Online. Customizable characters, full Crews with tiered benefits, six gameplay modes, additional heists, and over 500 missions to complete. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not gonna be the guy who needs to refresh himself on controls: I’m gonna be the Hacker who needs one more minute to break through security, or failing that, the getaway driver who is actually there when he’s needed!
Get ready folks. GTA Online is coming. Until then, explore the world, enjoy the work and keep your gun skills sharp. I’m coming for you, and I like my chances!