Two goliaths are going to square off this year in a battle for open-world dominance and gamers are going to reap the rewards of that competition in spades. Volition Inc and Rockstar Games are both preparing to launch Saints Row IV and Grand Theft Auto V over the course of the next two months and they are easily two of the most anticipated titles of 2013. Honestly, it’s going to require over a hundred hours if you want to get the most out of both games and that’s hard value to find.
Today we’re going to tell you about why you need to pick Grand Theft Auto V over Saints Row IV if you can only pick up one of these games at launch.
Multiple Lead Characters
At first, I thought the idea of multiple protagonists was an odd thing to have included into an open world game like Grand Theft Auto. After all, most games of this magnitude involve just your lone protagonist kicking some serious ass and wreaking havoc on the city. However, after the gameplay trailer was released today, it’s looking like it’s going to be a ton of fun having multiple characters to wrap your head around. The example in the trailer where one guy is sniping, the second is breaking into the building via the window, and the third is flying the chopper is an excellent use of these mechanics. We’re stoked for this and you should be too.
Tennis, Golf AND Cycling?
Mini-games are nothing new to these franchises. They’re fun once or twice and then you don’t really bother with them much anymore. Rockstar has found a way to take the concept of a mini-game and make it look and feel like it is its own little game in and of itself. This is a rare ability and it’s something we’re excited to explore further. The fact that you’re going to be able to do things like this and have it be more than just mindless drivel is encouraging. It feels surprising to take this stance with something so insignificant in the grand scheme of the game.
Playing the Stock Market
If Animal Crossing has taught me anything, it’s that buying turnips low and selling them high is one way to become a rich mayor. GTAV is giving you the opportunity to do something similar but on a much larger scale by allowing you to play the game’s stock market. I’d imagine a ton of people are going to turn this into contests and competitions of their own and create their very own experience through this alone. It’s amazing how something, like mini-games, can result in such a large provider of entertainment within the game.