Important Points in GTA V:
- Play missions freely: There are no restrictions on the order or approach to missions.
- Switch characters: Experience the game from different perspectives and enjoy unique missions.
- Pay attention to details: Listen for stock tips, reply to emails, and explore sidequests for a richer experience.
Don't Panic If You Missed Some On-Screen Tips
GTA V often provides tutorial and help messages while you're playing. If you miss them, don't worry. You can read all the recent notifications in the pause menu. Just pause the game, select “Brief,” and go to “Help” and “Notifications.” If you have trouble hearing dialogue, consider turning on subtitles.
Play the Missions However You'd 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. Pursuing one mission doesn't lock off the others. Even the heist missions, which require you to choose an approach, can be easily replayed for a different experience. Once you finish the main campaign, you can go back and complete any remaining quests or play mini-games at your leisure.
Switch Characters a Lot
In GTA V, most major missions can only be triggered by specific lead characters. You'll frequently switch between them. Fortunately, the character-switching mechanic is swift and keeps things fresh. It also provides cool transitional sequences that add depth to your characters.
If You're Color-Blind, Pay Attention to Map Icons' Size
Each character's missions are color-coded on the map, which may pose challenges for color-blind players. However, you can still differentiate them by paying attention to the size of the mission icons. If they're big, the character you're controlling can trigger them; if they're small, they can't.
Keep an Eye Out for Blue Dots on Your Mini-Map
Major quests appear on the map as capital letters, while well-made “strangers and freaks” sidequests are indicated by question marks. However, there are smaller missions marked by blue dots that you'll have to find in the world. These missions often have scripted lines and entertaining storylines, and some can have long-term consequences. When a blue dot appears, the mini-map will flash to catch your attention. Make sure to investigate them, except for the construction site mission, as it's not retryable if failed.
Listen for Stock Tips
Making money in GTA V is possible through crime missions and stock trading. Each character can buy and sell stocks on two markets: the Liberty City National Exchange and the BAWSAQ. The game's radio newscasters provide hints about stock market trends. Pay attention to these hints and prompts, as they can help you make wise investment decisions. Lester's assassination missions are particularly explicit about the impact on stock values, so listen closely to him.
But You'll Have Plenty of Money, Regardless
If you're not interested in the stock market, don't worry. Money won't be a major issue in GTA V. The money earned from missions will be sufficient for your needs, allowing you to buy weapons, vehicles, and property. While you may not be able to afford the most expensive assets, it won't hinder your overall gameplay experience.
Don't Worry About Grinding Your Stats… Except for Driving
Each character in GTA V has stats that improve based on their actions. Most of these upgrades occur naturally as you play the game. However, the driving stat is worth paying attention to, as it makes cars easier to handle. Improve your driving skill by simply driving more. Additionally, learn to utilize Franklin's driving skill by pressing in on both thumbsticks, which slows down time and enables hairpin turns.
Reply to Your Emails
In-game mobile phones in GTA V receive numerous emails and texts. While you can't reply to texts, you can reply to certain emails that prompt a green reply button. Selecting the reply option will engage you in email chains with supporting characters, providing additional