Even though “GTA 5” has been out for a good while now, the game hasn’t really dropped down from the major headlines for a significant period of time, and it’s still a hot talk of the industry all over. It’s easy to see why by just taking a look at the game on the surface, too, but is that really all there is to it? A more in-depth look at what “GTA 5” has to offer can quickly reveal a game full of potential and long-term value, something which the industry seems to have forgotten all about lately.
Rockstar have been handling the game in a very clever way in multiple aspects, but their ability to get players hooked and sufficiently invested into the game for a longer period of time is undoubtedly what helped “GTA 5” stand out from the rest.
The studio kept adding more and more content to the base game after its release for free, while also giving players the opportunity to spend their money on various additional bits of content that expanded the gameplay in interesting and creative ways.
At the same time, we saw a lot of community engagement from Rockstar and they made it clear that they wanted to get in touch with their fans and help everyone get the most out of their experience playing “GTA 5”.
Rockstar have been known for a while for their down-to-earth approach to development in this way, but they arguably completely shattered all expectations this time with the way they handled “GTA 5”. The studio’s approach to the extra paid content for the game was something that drew a lot of attention towards them as well, and all this gave players hope for the future.
It’s also interesting to note that “GTA 5” managed to introduce various gameplay elements that bordered on what MMORPGs have to offer, but they were brought onto the scene in a very gentle, controlled way which helped ease players in and didn’t make anyone feel uncomfortable.
This was a pretty big risk for Rockstar, as there has been a trend in the general gaming community against the addition of random MMO elements to games where they traditionally don’t belong. Rockstar made it clear that they had put a lot of thought into their own version though, and the final result was a great blend between non-stop dynamic action and an exciting progression system based on what most popular MMOs have to offer.
Another element of “GTA 5” which helped bring in many players and undoubtedly made the game even more popular than it could have been on its own, was its constant solid presence on YouTube. Rockstar realized that the platform was a huge opportunity for them to get more players to see what the game has to offer, and they were quick to capitalize on that potential in amazing ways.
It makes perfect sense too, as YouTube is practically free advertising for the studio and they managed to pull it off in an amazing way.
Last but not least, even though some players expressed disappointment over this, Rockstar also perfected the “art” of selling in-game content with “GTA 5”. There was some criticism in the beginning towards the studio’s decision to monetize the game so heavily, but in the end they managed to pull it off in a way that pleased most players, even those who were against microtransactions in the first place.