Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide
GTA 5 is one of the biggest and fastest-selling games of all time. It’s also one of the first games for PS4 and Xbox One to get a TRUE, next-gen re-mastering complete with new game play modes, camera angles and missions. The original GTA 5 was easily one of the finest console titles ever produced, but the next-generation GTA 5 reboot takes things EVEN further.
If you’re a seasoned GTA 5 player then you might want to stop reading here: this is something of a Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide to the game, and is not meant for those of you with plenty of Los Santos experience already under your belts.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Improve Your Character’s Skills
You play three main characters in GTA 5, and all of them have their own story, personality quirks and special abilities. Franklin’s is driving, Michael’s is shooting and Trevor’s is, well, being a maniac. You don’t get Trevor straight away, so when you’re first starting out with Michael and Franklin it’s worth spending some time developing their special abilities, skills and stamina, as all will come in very helpful later on in the game.
In order to do this you need to find activities to do like visiting the shooting range to improve your gun skills; cycling to improve your stamina; running to get you in better shape; racing in cars to improve your driving skills. San Andreas is your oyster, and there are plenty of things to do that will quickly improve your character’s skill, stamina and abilities.
To increase your character’s stamina by 1%, for instance, you need to run 18 yards or swim for one minute. With shooting, when you complete a challenge, say, the gun range, or a successful hit, your “skill” will increase depending on how well you did in the mission –– you get a 3% increase to your skill for a gold medal, 2% for silver and 1% for bronze.
When you’re driving you can quickly build up skill points with jumps –– you get 1% for every second spent flying through the air –– and stunts, which you get either 2% or 3% for when successfully completed. Jumps and stunts are easy to do, especially when you have a fast car, but you do need to land them, so don’t just drive off high cliffs into the sea.
Other activities, like yoga classes, for instance, which help improve Michael’s special skills, can be found on the map and really are worth doing. The better you can shoot, the longer you’ll survive on harder missions where deadly force is essential. These activities are highlighted with symbols –– a gun for shooting, tennis racket for tennis, and so on –– on the map and are scattered about San Andreas.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide:Use The Map –– IT is YOUR Friend
The Map in GTA 5 is basically your best tool for getting missions, finding things to do and for planning routes to and from jobs. You can zoom in and out of areas, plan routes by selecting a point anywhere and locate missions, as well as find things like clothes shops, barbers, and strip joints. If you find yourself with nothing to do, simply navigate to your character’s pad to begin a mission.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Watch Out For Blue Dots –– They’re IMPORTANT
There is a whole side-mission that runs throughout GTA 5 called “strangers and freaks” which brings you into contact with all kinds of, well, strange people and freaks. To find these little side-missions, simply watch for a question mark symbol on the Map. Once this pops up, just drive or walk towards it to meet your freakish new acquaintance and get started.
And then there are the Blue Dot missions. These are slightly different and pop up from time to time, often with bespoke cut scenes. These are slightly more important because you can make new, very handy contacts doing them, as well as gain a lot of extra skills. They pop up almost randomly from time to time, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Also, there’s one mission which you only get one shot at –– it’s in the construction site –– so make sure you don’t mess that one up or else you’ll never 100% complete GTA 5.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Online Heists
Plan, Prepare, Execute – Online Heists span numerous missions featuring new gameplay, vehicles, weapons, and scenarios to test a team’s full set of skills: from computer hacking to stealth infiltration, precision driving to aerial dogfighting, sniping, skydiving and much more.
4-Player Teams, 4 Ways to Play – Choose your roles and strategize to complete each stage of a Heist, with tight communication and coordination the key to success. Some missions will require the team to work as a single unit, while others will break the team into separate roles to complete key objectives. Replay each Heist to experience a different perspective on the action, and complete Elite Challenges for extra cash.
Additional New Adversary Modes – Brings new kinds of competition to GTA Online while new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities bring chaos to the streets of Los Santos and Blaine County.
Assemble Your Team – Create a Crew or join existing Crews at the Rockstar Games Social Club to earn additional RP rewards as you play.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Use Your Phone
As you progress through the game you’ll meet new people and when you do their details will be added to your phone, so you can call them to hang out anytime. This is also a quick method for doing side-stories, as people can call you to see if you’re up for doing something for them, say, towing your brother’s truck when playing as Franklin. All this little side-stories gain you skills, cash and connections. You can access your phone at any point and, as you get further into the game, more and more people will start calling you.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: iFruit App
Rockstar has launched a companion app called ‘iFruit’, which is the name of the spoof Apple brand found in the game. The app integrates with in-game features allowing you to keep tabs on and interact with your game while away from your console.
The basic functionality includes integration with the Rockstar Social Club, which lets you see news and content from the game and interact with other players, but it also ties in with GTA V’s in-game Facebook spoof, dubbed ‘LifeInvader’. Presumably this will become more important when the multiplayer component, GTA Online, is released as a free download in the next few weeks.
You can also enhance performance with engine upgrades, turbos, nitrous, brakes, suspension, tires and even bullet-proof armour for those particularly risky heists and chases. Apparently changes you make to cars on the app will be saved for when you boot up the main game, we would assume you can only customise cars you’ve already got stored in your garage.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Seek Out Dom –– He’s a Legend
Word to the wise: if you want to do some REALLY cool stuff in GTA 5 you need to find a character called Dom. Once you do locate Dom, be prepared for some pretty extreme missions and a lot of fun –– we won’t spoil anything here, though. That’s for you to find out for yourself.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: How To Get Cash Quick
Money is pretty limited in the first few hours of the game, but if you want to procure more cash –– and fast –– there are plenty of ways to do so. One method, although it’s not exactly a walk in the park, are the Secret Packages which are scattered around Los Santos. These usually contain A LOT of cash –– anything from $5,000 to $25,000 –– and are great when you eventually find one. The only downside is how difficult they are to locate.
A far easier way of getting some cash (usually $5000) fast is taking out an armoured car… although you will get the cops after you, so some decent driving skills are required to ensure you get away safely in order to spend your ill-gotten gains. Armoured car drops happen all the time and if you’re near one it’ll show up as a dot on your Map, so keep your eyes open –– they can pop up when you least expect it.
Or, you can just revert back to basics and mug people after they’ve drawn cash out of an ATM. Head to the posh part of Los Santos for the biggest scores and be mindful of cops, especially in the fancier parts of town where people are more likely to report crime. You can also rob shops by drawing your weapon before entering, just be aware that not all shop assistants are the same and you could end up in a shoot-out, which means COPS and lots of them.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Play The Stock Market
Listen in to the talk show radio stations as you cruise around Los Santos to ensure you get all the latest stock information. Franklin will sometimes get assassination missions from a phone box in the south of the city – before you head there be sure to check what effect the target’s death will have on the stock market and make sure your characters invest the right way.
Each character has their own wallet though so be sure to use all three characters to invest before you undertake the mission. Once the mission has started you’ll be locked out from your phone’s stock exchange meaning you can no longer invest.
Grand Theft Auto V Beginner’s Game Guide: Buy Property
Once you’ve got some cash you can begin building your property empire with houses, garages and vacant buildings. Some are better earners than others, but it’s definitely worth putting at least some of you blood money into bricks and mortar. You don’t have to of course, like, you don’t have to play the stock market, but it is another fun dynamic of the game that is definitely worth exploring.
You can find property for sale on the Map. Note that if you want to store planes (or even enter the airport without getting a wanted level) you can buy a hangar. This is a good idea because if you break into the military base and steal a fighter jet, you’ll be able to store it once you lose the wanted level.
Another thing to watch out for is the bike thief random events – it’s a good idea to follow up on these and catch the thief, then return the bike to its owner. Eventually you’ll encounter one who is a CEO of a company and he gives you $100,000 work of stock in his company at a later date.