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Old 09-17-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Spoiler Free Tips For Playing Grand Theft Auto V

This is an article from Kotaku that might be helpful for some people starting out and answer a few of the more frequently asked questions that are popping up. I personally found the Listen For Stock Tips portion interesting in regards to the online player population affecting it.


Grand Theft Auto V is a very good game. It's also really large and complex. Tons of things to do. Many sights to see. Lots of options. Think of it as a vacation. Can we give you some advice? Here are some tips for getting the most of out of GTA V. No spoilers, just some tips to make your play time as pleasant as possible.

Get A Physical Copy

Downloading games is cool and all, but you can't download the big fold-out, two-sided map that comes with GTA V. You need a boxed copy for that. Not only is it nice to have a map of Los Santos and Blaine County, but it's also occasionally useful. See, as good as the in-game map is, one string of side quests that require you to figure out the locations shot in overhead, satellite "photographs" is easier if you have a nice big map to unfold and peruse.

Make Sure You Have 8GB Free

You're going to need it for the game's mandatory installation on Xbox 360 and PS3. (For 360, the game comes on two discs, but Rockstar recommends that you don't install the second disc. Doing so seems to increase graphical pop-in.)

Don't Panic If You Missed Some On Screen Tips

GTA V continues one of the series' more annoying traditions of constantly popping up little tutorial and help messages in the margins of your TV while you are playing. Blink or stay focused on the in-game action and you'll miss them. Don't worry about it. You can read all of the game's recent notifications in the pause menu. Just pause the game, select "Brief" and flip down to both "Help" and "Notifications." Note that the option to read recent dialogue truncates the script, so if you find yourself missing what people are saying, turn on subtitles.

Play The Missions How You Like

There are no wrong steps in GTA V. You can play the game's quests in any order, as soon as they become available. In short order, you'll have multiple missions to choose from. Pursuing one will never lock off the others. Even the heist missions, which require you to choose how you want to approach them, can be easily replayed so that you can try a different approach. Nothing will ever be locked off from you. And once you finish the game's main campaign, you can go back into the world and do any quests you haven't done yet, play any mini-games you want more of. It'll all still be there.

Switch Characters Often

Most of the major missions in the game can only be triggered by one of the game's lead characters, so you'll frequently feel the need to change from one to the next. Thankfully, the character-switches are swift. Some have specific missions, but, more importantly, this keeps things fresh and also shows you cool transitional sequences that add some color to your characters.

Keep An Eye Out For Blue Dots On Your Mini-Map

Opportunities to start the game's major quests pop up on your map and mini-map as capital letters. The well-made "strangers and freaks" side quests pop up as question marks. These are all missions you can easily replay from the game's mission replay menu. But you'll just have to find the blue-dot missions in the world. These are smaller missions, but they too have some scripted lines of speech and even some entertaining little storylines.

They can even have long-term consequences, like adding a henchman to your available partners for your next heist or providing you a good tip for playing the game's stock market. Some of these blue-dot missions will appear in set locations of the map. Others (the less important and interesting ones) can appear anywhere. To help catch your eye, the mini-map will flash when a blue dot appears. Stop what you're doing and check it out.

Also: The one involving the construction site appears to be one of the few things in the game that you can't re-try if you fail it. You've been warned!

Listen For Stock Tips

You can make a lot of money in GTA V. Each character pulls in a haul from various crime missions and maintains a separate bank account that they can tap into to buy vehicles, guns and property. Each character can also buy and sell stock. It may sound boring, but you should try it. Go into any of the characters' cell phones, navigate to the finance part of the web and start scanning the available lists of stocks. There are two stock markets—the Liberty City National Exchange and the BAWSAQ. You can buy and sell stock in either. The former is controlled internally by the game. The latter is affected by how other players are playing GTA V. It pulls data from the playerbase through the Rockstar Social Club, Rockstar's online service that connects all their games. If, say, a certain make of car is being wrecked a lot in the game, then its manufacturer's stock value will decline.

What you want to listen for are the game's numerous hints and prompts regarding the value of stock in both markets. The game's fake radio newscasters will mention the highs and lows of various companies. Use that intel. Some random missions that you come across may introduce you to people who will give out stock tips. Most clearly of all, a series of "assassination" missions provided by the character Lester always explicitly tell you how some company stock will be affected if you carry out the mission to, say, assassinate a rival CEO. Listen to Lester closely! And then invest before you assassinate... always a wise strategy.

But You'll Have Plenty Of Money, Regardless

Don't care about the stock market? Don't worry! You will rarely be short on money in GTA V. If you just play with whatever money you get from missions, you'll have plenty to take taxis, buy guns and armor and modify your car. You won't have enough money to buy the game's most expensive properties and vehicles, but that's not the end of the world.

Connect To The Rockstar Social Club

Do this and you'll be able to play the online stock market (see above). You'll also be able to store and check the photos you've taken with any of the game's three main characters. Nothing life-changing here, but some nice perks. The Social Club will likely be way more meaningful once Grand Theft Auto Online is added to GTA V in early October.

Don't Worry About Grinding Your Stats Except For Driving

Each character has several stats that will upgrade based on how you use your character. Drive a lot and your driving stat improves. Get into fights or go running and your strength or stamina should increase. Most of this will come naturally. You're not going to run into a mission that you can't clear because your shooting skills aren't good enough (even though Michael does keep asking Franklin to go to the practice range!).

The only skill that seems important to upgrade is the driving one, as it will make cars easier to handle. Get better at driving by... driving! That's handy, because it means that if you keep screwing up at driving, you'll get better. Also: learn to use Franklin's driving skill, which you trigger by pressing in on both thumbsticks. It'll slow down time and let you make hairpin turns. Hit the sticks again to turn it off so that you don't spend all of it in one go.

Reply To Your Emails

You'll get a lot of e-mails on your in-game cellphones. Texts, too. You can't reply to texts, but you can reply to a lot of the e-mails. You'll know you can do this if your phone illuminates a reply button (a green one on the Xbox 360) while you're reading a specific e-mail. Press the reply button and you'll be given a prompt to reply.

There's actually no choice, just one reply option. Select it. This will push you through a few e-mail chains with some of the game's supporting characters. All of them flesh things out. They're a small but useful touch for immersing yourself in the lives of Franklin, Michael and Trevor.

Stick Around To Hear Conversations

Lots of characters in GTA V like to talk. Lots of these characters have a lot of lines—more lines than you'd expect. If you hear someone talking, whether you're in a mission or just wandering through the game world, hang back and listen. You'll be surprised how far some conversations go.

Do The Dom Sidequests

There are a lot of good sidequests in the game. Most of the strangers and freaks missions are well worth doing. One particularly good batch is tied to a character named Dom. Do his mission and you'll wind up doing some of the most extreme things in the game. No spoilers. See for yourself!

Try To Meet Characters As Different People

You may get in a groove of visiting certain characters as Trevor, Michael or Franklin. What you may not realize right away, though, is that you can meet some mission-givers as different characters. Some of the sidequest folks will actually dole out one mission per lead character. These are some of the most interesting missions in the game, because they show you how differently our three leads react to the same people. Seek them out.

Grab A Tank Or Fighter Jet Early If You'd Like

Forget everything else and just have fun causing mayhem.

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Thanks for the tips. I really hope that construction mission that you can fail isn't necessary for 100%.
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Originally Posted by WalterWhite View Post

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This, I like the sound of.

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Good thread Walter, this may need a depends how many stickys this game will end up having.

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Originally Posted by xhunterrrr View Post
Thanks for the tips. I really hope that construction mission that you can fail isn't necessary for 100%.
It won't because it's a random event. My Strategy guide says you only have to complete 14 out of the 57 or so random events. So don't worry.
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It won't because it's a random event. My Strategy guide says you only have to complete 14 out of the 57 or so random events. So don't worry.
I'm pretty disappointed that I died during it though, I was hoping to eventually truly 100% the game, as in, finish everything that you can do, but I guess not now, unless I start a new save (which at this point I highly doubt I'll do).

Somehow something caught on fire and Michael just decided to get out of his car and set alight.
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Originally Posted by WalterWhite View Post
Also: The one involving the construction site appears to be one of the few things in the game that you can't re-try if you fail it. You've been warned!
Fuck that shit man, for real!? There was one guy sitting in a truck and all of a sudden pipes dropped down on him and I had to use a bulldozer to help him out. I was too late, everything blew up.

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Good thread Walter, this may need a depends how many stickys this game will end up having.
Haha totally agree, I was also thinking about a OFFICIAL PRAISE THREAD!

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It won't because it's a random event. My Strategy guide says you only have to complete 14 out of the 57 or so random events. So don't worry.
That's good to know man!

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