Playing GTA V.
It has got some issues.
Mainly with the legacy of stupid puns about genitals, at least the game is less homophobic tinged than in the past?
There is a lot of good shit in the game’s story, and the world is generally built amazing, but there are just these pockets of.. shitty old jokes.
Then there is the “satire” I guess it’s generally satire, the game makes fun of everyone, for everything.. but in a way that instead of being edgy feels the opposite, as it doesn’t really go “yeah, fuck you” but is pretty lighthearted on it.
The FBI force you to torture someone and assassinate someone based on the torture victims words, that are false, that everyone knows is a lie to make the suffering stop.. but it’s been missions later and the FBI agents still aren’t fucking dead, or their rivals at the CIA.
Maybe it’s weird that the one mission stood out so much. That in a game where I can casually run people over without a big care in the world, shooting THIS ONE GUY, and hurting this other guy are so different. Maybe it’s because they have names, behaviors, voices. the torture victim, you can see his face in agony and the blood and the way his arms are broken and his crying. It was not a fun mission.
And I realize how GTA V makes it work. I care about these 3 murdering assholes because their murders aren’t real, not even in the GTA world. Their victims don’t cry, they don’t crawl, they don’t suffer, they don’t have names, and the camera is generally far enough away where their faces are hard to really distinguish. There have been very few deaths of characters who have names and oh, at least 30 seconds of dialog, and even fewer where their dialog isn’t about wanting to dock with everyone.
I do see why the game doesn’t have a female protagonist, it was started on 5 years ago, when the demand for good female characters was less well heard, and the way the characters interact and talk with each other, it wouldn’t work as well by switching Amanda and Michael, or Franklin out, just because of the tired tropes they are going for. Trevor though, could actually work most of the time as a woman, except for the tone of the boys-club, which is a tone, that again.. is ruined by how the world is immature and goes generally for jokes about dicks.
I do think the next GTA game needs a female protagonist.
I do think that this GTA game is pretty good, it’s much better than 4, in that there is less dissonance between the characters personalities and the player’s potential actions.
Also the heists are some the best missions a game has done, and the actual best things in the GTA franchise since GTA 3 had a 3d world.
The way they switch between tasking the player with making decisions and doing side-missions to set things up, getting SOME explanation to the plan, and the way the unexpected things from both the world throwing a kink in the plans, or the characters not telling the player what the exact plan is, so that it has awesome surprises is really well done.
Also the way that having multiple characters on a mission allows for some really cool missions, switching between piloting a helicopter to try and shake pursuit (the AI will drive pretty good, but doesn’t go as wild or as fast as a player will) and being another character gunning out the window.. pretty tight.
Or being the guy rappeling down a building, crashing in the window while also being able to be across the street with a rile giving long range support, and switch to the chopper pilot to fly off with the rappel dude dangling below.. it’s pretty cool.
It’s almost always used to give you different tasks to do on a mission, and feels more natural than being the guy who does EVERYTHING (call of duty) but still having other characters around to talk and interact. And being able to cover 3 areas at once during a siege scene is awesome.
Again, I don’t think the dumb shit, the bad jokes, the lack of a real edge to the humor are good, or that the awesome shit makes up for it.. as great shooting DOES NOT cover for sexism.
So yeah, I’m going to get back to it, as this might be the first GTA that I actually complete the story, as I’m actually not sure if the gang will get past their big issues and if any of them will actually figure out what they need/want in their lives, I’m guessing they probably will.. for at least one of them.