10 things to do in GTAV that don’t involve killing people
As with any high-profile 18-rated game, it’s pretty obvious that Grand Theft Auto V will invite a truckload of controversy, from people who think you get points for shooting prostitutes, and who have clearly never actually played a GTA game in their lives. If they had, they’d know you can easily spend dozens of hours on GTAV without perpetrating any violence whatsoever.
1. Parachute out of an aircraft
Most of us will never get the chance to parachute out of a helicopter, but thanks to GTAV you can live out your daredevil fantasies with no fear of serious injury. And if you’re not the daring type, then you can always stay in the chopper and view the expansive San Andreas skyline from the air. Oh yeah, and did we mention that planes are back as well?
2. Show off your best forehand in tennis
It turns out that the early screenshot of a tennis court wasn’t just for show, because you really can play tennis in Grand Theft Auto V. It’s not exactly Virtua Tennis, but there’s still quite a bit of depth here, as most shot types are supported. You can also play anything from a single game to a full 3-set match, so you can recreate Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory!
3. Play a round of golf
Although Grand Theft Auto: Vice City featured a massive golf course, which was fun to drive a buggy around, one thing you couldn’t do was actually play golf! However, Rockstar North has more than made up for that omission with GTAV, which features a 9-hole course. This is seriously almost a full game in itself, as it’ll take a lot of practice to come in under par.
4. Spend some time at the funfair
It seems that Rockstar North is making good on all the missed potential of previous GTA games. For example, GTAIV featured a version of Coney Island, but you couldn’t actually go on any of the rides. However, on GTAV, a Ferris wheel and rollercoaster are available from almost the very start of the game. We recommend a visit at night, when the fair is at its most illuminating.
5. Have a relaxing Sunday drive
One of the early missions in Grand Theft Auto V sees you speeding through the streets of Los Santos with a stolen sports car, but driving in GTAV doesn’t have to be so reckless. If you feel like it, it’s perfectly possible to follow the rules of the road, obeying traffic lights and other signs. It means your car journeys will consequently take much longer, but you can’t cut corners when it comes to safety!
6. See what’s on at the cinema
In GTAIV, you could view various shows on television, but GTAV takes this to a whole new level, and allows you to visit the cinema to watch a movie. When we went, they were showing an artsy Italian film which was… well, interesting to say the least. To be honest we didn’t particularly understand it, but just the fact it exists in the game at all is really quite incredible.
7. Go for a bike ride in the mountains
One of our favourite things to do in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was to steal (er, we mean legally purchase) a BMX, and take it for a ride to the top of Mount Chiliad (and then, of course, speed back down again!). That experience is made even better with GTAV, which features bigger mountains and fittingly impressive vistas that you’d be mad to miss out on seeing.
8. Take a dip in the ocean
Remember the days when accidently falling into the sea in a Grand Theft Auto game would result in a tirade of swear words? To be fair, you’ve been able to swim in the last couple of GTA games, but GTAV is the first in which you can fully explore the world underwater. If you’re the sporty type, you can even participate in a triathlon, and swim, bike and run to victory!
9. Listen to some awesome music
Grand Theft Auto games have always had superb soundtracks, and so does GTAV. On the game’s 16 (yes, 16!) radio stations you’ll hear artists such as Dr. Dre, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Queen, Pet Shop Boys, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and many more, so there’s something for everyone. Don’t judge, but our favourite station at the moment is the guilty pleasure of Non-Stop-Pop FM.
10. Become an amateur photographer
Although the next console generation is fast approaching, Grand Theft Auto V still looks absolutely phenomenal, especially considering the sheer size and variety of the world. Many of the sights of San Andreas are genuinely amazing, and deserve to be captured on your trusty camera phone. And thanks to a genius design decision, you can even take selfies!