Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Grand Theft Auto. It's the name of the game and that means cars, lots of them, in every shape and size you can imagine. From American muscle heavyweights to European carbon fibre supercars, from dirt bikes to SUV's, there's the perfect car for everyone, and for those of you that are choosy you can keep up to 30 personal vehicles. one for every occasion.

With the amount of Vehicles in this game this is going to be a long post but please bear with me.

For starters for physics of the game itself. Handling in GTA:V is very different from that of GTA:IV. For starters they actually drive like cars not boats, (for the most part, JB700 i'm looking at you!) the handling is also extremely intuitive and frustration free!

All cars also have a range of upgrades and modifications that can be applied to them at Los Santos Customs to fully customise your car to how you want it. However when you start out most will be locked. Some parts, mostly cosmetic, will be level locked (Such as spoilers and exhausts). However other parts are locked until you win a certain number of races. These parts are items like engine and brake upgrades as well as fitting a Turbo. What has become standard practice in GTA:Online however is for 2 players to team up and trade race wins on a quick race to get those elusive parts.

There are numerous different classes of car in GTA:V each with their own characteristics.
Below are some of the main types of cars in GTA:V

  • Sports
  • Super
  • Muscle
  • Coupe
  • Compact
  • Sedan
  • Sports Classic
  • SUV
  • Off-Road

Sports cars in GTA:V are amongst the most varied with the highest number of cars in the class. For the most part car in the Sports class can be thought of as jack of all trades - master of none. Some are excellent Tuner cars, great in the corners, not so good top speed/acceleration. Others lean more towards high performance cars - excellent acceleration but turn like a boat.
Two of my personal favourites from this class are the Annis Elergy RH8 and the Dinka Jester (Racecar Edition).

The Annis Elegy RH8 can best be compared to the Nissan GTR. It's fast, light and agile, with the best handling in it's class. Fully upgraded this thing gives the Super's a run for their money at a fraction of the cost. (And what's more it's free for Social Club members).

Annis Elegy RH8

The Dinka Jester (Racecar Edition) has, in my opinion, one of the nicest sounding engines in the game. it also features the best top speed of any Sports cars and drives like it's on rails.

Dinka Jester (Racecar Edition)

Once you've got some disposable income in GTA you're probably going to want a Super car. They're the ultimate speed machines on 4 wheels, but they've got the price tag to match, from $150,000 to $1,000,000! So my advice is choose wisely!
With the Supers everyone has their own favourite. Some favour the Pegassi Zentorno with it's exceptional speed and acceleration that can get round a corner, others lean towards the Overflod Entity XF with the best handling of any of the Supers, this thing corners like nothing else!

Pegassi Zentorno
Mr Treets - Zentorno With Clan Emblem
Overflod Entity XF
For me though it's got to be the Grotti Turismo R. It's not the fastest nor has it got the best handling, but what it has got is epic good looks and above all one of the nicest sounding engines going.
Grotti Turismo R

What are the highways of California without some home grown American Steel. Muscle cars are good at doing one thing and they do it well, fast acceleration off the line and a high top speed. The only downside to this is you've got to plan for corners well in advance! In GTA:V there are both new models of muscle cars as well as the classics. It is in this class that one of the longstanding GTA classics resides. The Declasse Sabre Turbo. This car is the posterboy for the Muscle cars. Beautifully crafted and a roaring engine, You'll fall for it quick.
Declasse Sabre Turbo

I could keep going with the other classes but I think that's enough for now.


Besides the cars that you can find on the street and store in your garage there's a whole range of other vehicles that you can order from Pegasus Lifestyle Management that are a bit different to the 4 wheeled peasent mobiles.
There's Planes, Helicopters, Boats, Monster Trucks and Tanks!
Once you've bought the vehicle that's right for you, give Pegasus a call and for the low fee of $200 (roughly the same cost as a clip of ammo) they'll deliver your new toy to the nearest available location for you (Helicopters to Helipads, Planes to Airfields, Tanks to the Police Station!?) The best thing about Pegasus vehicles is that, if destroyed, there's no insurance to worry about. Just call them up again, one more $200 fee and a new one will be delivered to you. Pick the right one and it will pay for itself over time. For me it's the Buzzard Attack Helicopter. With lock on missiles and outstanding agility, call this in on missions and watch the world burn! Just beware if there is a package to collect though as they can be destroyed!

Pegassi Speeder

Buckingham Vestra
Rhino Tank
Nagasaki Buzzard Attack Helicopter

Well that's me done for another week! Any questions feel free to ask! 3 weeks to go folks!

Still to come
  • Weapons and Mods
  • Missions and what to expect
  • Messing around in Freeroam

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