It’s not exactly a secret that Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best racing games ever made. Not only do you get to play as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, but the game also gives you complete control over the handling and the behaviour of your vehicle, allowing you to really feel as though you are driving a real racecar. One thing that the game doesn’t tell you, however, is how to make the most out of your experience. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered on this front. Here’s how you can make the most of your time in the virtual world of Grand Theft Auto V.
Online Versus Offline Racing
One of the first things that you’ll want to do is make sure that you’re taking advantage of the game’s online functionality. This feature allows you to race against other players both locally and online, whether that’s through a traditional internet connection or a Wi-Fi connection. In some situations, you’re even able to meet up with other racers in person and exchange virtual drivers’ stickers.
If you’re playing on a mobile device that lacks an internet connection, like Google Playstore’s grand ol’ smartphone, you won’t be able to access this feature. On the other hand, if you have a desktop or laptop computer, you can use an internet connection to connect to either Rockstar’s servers or one of many private servers that host an online race. The choice is completely up to you.
Real World Races Or Let’s Plays?
While you’re busy having fun on the track, you might also want to consider whether you want to focus on real-world racing or whether you want to take a more relaxed approach and just focus on exploring the world of Los Angeles and competing for the high-score.
If you want to get the most out of your Grand Theft Auto V experience, you should probably focus on the real-world races, especially if your primary aim is to complete as many laps as possible. This is because taking part in real-world races allows you to unlock more content and advance your character’s career than just about any other activity in the game. In addition, the scenery is breathtaking and provides a genuine sense of speed and danger that you just can’t get from inside a virtual racecar.
Practice Makes Perfect
While it’s always preferable to do things the right way the first time around, sometimes you need to go over things a few times before you get them right. This is especially true when it comes to driving, and Grand Theft Auto V is certainly no exception. Even the most seasoned racer will tell you that a little bit of practice never hurts, especially when it comes to race betting.
For example, if you’re entering a real-world race and want to place a bet on the outcome, it’s probably best to do a bit of research into the various bookmakers who offer odds on the racing. Doing this will give you a good idea of what to expect and allow you to make the correct decision when placing your wagers. Of course, this also applies to the gameplay itself, as you’ll never know exactly how a game will turn out until you’ve played it a few times. This is particularly true when it comes to online game pings, which are often inaccurate and can vary depending on where you are in relation to your opponents.
Career Mode Varies By Race
As you’d expect from a game that’s been around for nearly a decade, Grand Theft Auto V has aged pretty well. One of the things that makes it such an enjoyable game is that it doesn’t get too bogged down in monotonous tasks or chores. Instead, the game allows you to roam around and explore different parts of Los Angeles while also staying focused on your career. This is represented by the fact that the story missions and the races that you participate in vary in length and difficulty based on your current in-game progress. In addition, certain parts of Los Angeles boast extremely high scores, so you’ll want to make sure that you log some serious practice miles in order to attain the highest possible ranking in your chosen racing discipline.
Racing Is Expensive
One of the other big revelations that came with Grand Theft Auto V is just how expensive it is to participate in races. Not only do you need to purchase a license for each car that you own, but you’ll also have to pay for gas, parking, and maybe even a cup of coffee if you’re competing in a multi-race series.
The good news is that Rockstar has a few alternative options for those who want to avoid spending money on races. The first is that you can purchase a VIP membership for $99.95 which grants you access to all of the game’s tracks and modes of transportation, as well as an all-access pass to the online races through Rockstar’s own servers. This is a fantastic option if you want to keep your spending low, as you won’t have to worry about paying for gas, parking, or coffee during your time in the game.
Taking A More Relaxed Approach
If you want to have a good time with Grand Theft Auto V without getting too bogged down in the details, you can always opt to take a more laid back approach. Meaning that you don’t need to complete any particular task or reach a set number of lap-time milestones in order to progress through the game. This is represented by the game’s ‘Pro Tour’ mode, which you can engage at any point during game play by simply pressing the ‘P’ key.
Pro Tour mode allows you to take a more leisurely approach to the game, which is great if you want to get a high score or just want to find some peace and relaxation while enjoying the scenery and music of Los Angeles. So while you’re not going to get the most out of the game by taking an overly serious approach, you also don’t want to have a ridiculous amount of fun either.
Time To Race!
Now that you’re all caught up on the finer points of how Grand Theft Auto V works, you can get down to the real fun part: taking part in a race! Whether it’s a real-world event or an online matchup, get those tires spinning and position your racer correctly because…well…the fun begins!