Grand Theft Auto V first released on last-gen consoles in 2013, hit Xbox One and PS4 in 2014, and finally reached PC in 2015. As such, you could argue that Rockstar’s masterpiece has been the best game of each of the last three years.
Granted, we’ve played a lot of other truly fantastic games since the initial debut, ranging from The Witcher III and Super Mario 3D World to The Division and Uncharted 4, but Grand Theft Auto V is the unbelievably engrossing gift that keeps on giving. And yes, that’s even true well into 2016.
Thanks to an ever-flowing stream of free add-on content for Grand Theft Auto Online and loads of support from the PC modding community, there’s still plenty of new ways to pour your hours into the open-world crime odyssey. Here are a few reasons why Grand Theft Auto V remains one of your absolute best gaming options right now.
Grand Theft Auto Online has continued expanding beyond our wildest dreams. Last week’s release of the free Cunning Stunts update is just the latest in a long line of more than 20 major core enhancements to the game, all without charge.
Cunning Stunts is a wild one, as the trailer above shows. While cruising around the open city has long been a highlight of the GTA experience, Cunning Stunts takes the action into over-the-top race courses that loop through the sky, upside down, and even into giant bowling pins. It looks like TrackMania, to be honest, albeit in the wonderland that is Grand Theft Auto Online.
Last month brought the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update, which let you become a criminal CEO and traffic drugs around the city and snuff out rival gangs, as well as the Power Play update with all sorts of over-the-top power-ups that amplified the experience.
And that’s just within the last few weeks. All the previous updates are in there, including the major Heists update – so if you haven’t logged in since 2013 or 2014, you’re missing out on a hell of a lot of added fun.
MODS A MILLION
The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V might have come last, but it was worth the wait: modders have transformed the open-world playground into a paradise of possibilities. Whether it’s new modes, weird gameplay modifiers, silly pop culture cameos, or even graphical enhancements, chances are you’ll find something that fits your demands.
For example, you can turn Grand Theft Auto V into a role-playing game, add a Half-Life 2-esque Gravity Gun, or open up all of the interiors in the game for free exploration. You can add in army pursuits once you hit a five-star wanted level (like in older GTA games), or flood the world and enjoy a global warming nightmare as you explore the streets of Los Santos in a submarine.
Drop Iron Man’s Hulkbuster into the game – or celebrate in a Pride parade. Honestly, the sheer diversity of modding options is utterly insane, and we have dedicated fans to thank for it. If your PC can run GTA V, you owe it to yourself to check out the massive wealth of options. GTA5-Mods is a great place to start digging around.