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GTA V Online: The First Hour

This has been one game that I’ve been waiting to play since I heard its announcement. A game of legends and a series of games that previously has bought much joy, GTA is renowned for its cheats and apparently (I haven’t tried it yet) there are cheats available for the latest one.

However, I’m not here to talk about the story mode game play. There are several blogs reviewing that and this one is different. This one is about the first hour I played online (after the tutorials). I can compare the first hour between myself and a male counterpart. The results are interesting and it’s a mixed experience.

The 5 things that stand out are:

1)      Racing.
When racing, myself and my friend (Mr X) had two different experiences. Other gamers took him more seriously; they bumped him when they wanted to get ahead and they shouted generic insults over the headset.
When I played I got purposely flipped as the guys wanted me to be on my back. The race didn’t finish for a good 7 minutes as the players ganged up on me and repeatedly flipped my car while creepily asking if I liked it.

NB: I didn’t enjoy the rapey-style comments that were made through the race. However, I completed it just to talk about it with you WOTN readers. Aren’t you pleased?

2)      Messaging

Once people figure out you are a woman, you do not get left alone. Within the hour I had 25 messages to my Xbox Live. Mr X got 1. That 1 was from me saying how awfully sorry I was that they didn’t find his avatar’s derriere “smoking hot” like they did mine.

3)      Destroying cars.

Mr X’s car was left alone. They would bash his car and shoot him while in it, but the good people of GTA V online seemed to enjoy destroying my vehicle. They would kindly wait until I got out the car before blowing it up. It seemed like a pointless process as they would have to pay for it. However, they did it repeatedly.

Car explosions
Luckily this isn’t my car, but it kept happening.

4)      Killing Sprees

Mr X was killed 12 times by strangers for no reason. He was run over by several different cars, shot, stabbed and punched to death. I was ran over twice and both times got a very apologetic message for such an incident. I’m glad that there are some mannered psychopaths out there.

5)      Claiming.

This is a concept that only I had to deal with–shotgunning the woman on the game. Several players got into an argument about who would get me. That’s right, they openly discussed who got to chase me around and do as they pleased. I remained silent until the very end and asked they why they thought I wouldn’t have a say in this.

You know what their reply was? “Because this is a man’s game.”

Did this diminish my experience? Initially I hated GTA V online with a passion but after I discovered I could go into a solo session I was thrilled. I raced on my own, where I always won. I might add; I drove around the island and I did some sightseeing. I loved it. I even got to take some nice pictures. The graphics in this game are phenomenal and I was blown away. I will be spending many hours playing GTA V online and I’m going to hunt down as many scenic pictures as possible to share with you guys.

Image taken from Paleto cove of one of the mountains North of the island

I also met a lovely stripper called Fufu. She keeps ignoring my calls though. Maybe she really is busy.

However, for the men of GTA V online, some of the stuff that happened isn’t cool. It isn’t okay and you should be ashamed. Don’t tell me it’s just a game because you personally went out of your way to harass me because I was a woman. Seriously? That’s not okay. If you hear it then speak up. Although GTA V is aimed at men as a target audience, that doesn’t mean women don’t enjoy playing it. Admittedly, I think Rockstar Games should have put in Chippendales, but can’t always get what we want.

About the author

Susie Cumberland

Susie is from the dark side of Nottingham and is a Research Data Analyst. She spends her free time watching movies, killing things in games, and pretending to work. Also, Susie has her own science based craft business called Astrodoodles. She is a keen doodler of space things. She can be found floating around on twitter @susiecumberland

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