Submitted by CraigK 743d ago | opinion piece

In Defence of GTA V's Driving Mechanics

A lot of people really don't like the driving in GTA V and wish it was more like GTA IV. Craig Keeble thinks that the driving suits the game perfectly, but wishes that off-roading was a little more challenging. (Grand Theft Auto V, PS3, Xbox 360)

Hellsvacancy  +   743d ago
I totally agree with this opinion, i'm glad i'm not the only one

I'm LOVING GTAV, but because I got so used to driving the cars in GTAIV (I played the GTA online races ALOT) I went into GTAV thinking the driving mechanics would be the same

The driving in GTA is so easy, the cars handle like the ones in Sleeping Dogs

You can proper wreck your car in GTAV but it takes alot longer, meaning you don't really have to drive carefully in worry of wrecking your car, the cars takes quite abit of damage

It looks as though i'm hating on the game, i'm not, it's AWESOME, doesn't mean I have to like all of it
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snipab8t  +   743d ago
Personally I think Rockstar have found a sweet spot between arcade and realistic handling. I would have to say I lean toward GTA IV cars but am no way disappointed with the handling in GTA V.
Einhert  +   743d ago
GTA IV cars must have had no suspension the way they cornered like boats, although that could have just been R*s satire against american cars.
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DARK WITNESS  +   743d ago
I have to agree. I think 5 is the sweet spot.

I mean, can you really blame R* after the amount of complaining and crying that went on over GTA4 car controls?

The only thing I am disappointed in is the level of car damage.

I mean I dare say, GTA4 had better car damage simulation then some actual racing simulators that "claim" to have car damage !

but again, I can understand why they toned it down a notch.

GTA4 was a technical masterpiece but everyone was to busy crying and moaning to really appreciate that aspect of it.

now people are doing it again....

one thing for sure using the bikes in 4 was nearly impossible so I am glad the found the right balance.
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Ezz2013  +   743d ago
call me crazy but i wanted the driving to be more like sleeping dogs and how you handle the brakes

i really loved the driving in that underrated game
and man driving bikes in sleeping dogs was sooo damn awesome
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ThanatosDMC  +   743d ago
I prefer 5's over the 4's crap physics.
-Foxtrot  +   743d ago
I liked the driving in this game then the one in GTA4...it was too realistic in that game and you couldn't do silly stuff without the bloody car either breaking down or catching on fire straight away.

In GTAV you can drive off high cliffs and do silly stuff which GTA is known for without having to change your car everyone 5 minutes.
3-4-5  +   743d ago
At first I didn't like it. Within about 4-5 hours I was loving the driving though and still do.

It takes a bit to warm up to it but it works well for this game.
yewles1  +   743d ago
Vehicle mechanics are the only downside for me, all else is fantastic so far.
fossilfern  +   743d ago
Same I prefer the driving physics in GTA4.
MysticStrummer  +   743d ago
I can think of a few more downsides but it is a fantastic game nonetheless.
Indigon  +   743d ago
I'm glad they didn't implement the driving of GTAIV, I thougt it sucked.
TheTimeDoctor  +   743d ago
GTA IV cars felt more like boats
tigertron  +   743d ago
Boats on ice.
Blacktric  +   743d ago
"A lot of people really don't like the driving in GTA V and wish it was more like GTA IV."

What? No. No way. General consensus on GTA IV's driving mechanics was that they handled terribly and felt like steering big ships. I'm pretty sure people who wanted IV's driving mechanics back are in minority.
Baka-akaB  +   743d ago
Oh the irony . I liked the handling of cars in GTA IV , but people whined to no end about it , thus it was changed . ANd now people are indeed complaining about GTV's more arcadey feel
N8  +   743d ago
I hated driving in GTA 4 so I guess this doesn't relate to me
WarThunder  +   743d ago
GTA5 driving are not good Vehicle mechanics they are still simple as it was.

Mafia 2 has really great Vehicle mechanics.
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ovnipc  +   743d ago
The main reason i never finish gta iv cause of the driving. I hate playing that game cause driving suckkksss.
Gta v driving its perfect love it!
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-Foxtrot  +   743d ago
Look GTA is a game with arcade like game, having realistic driving mechanics were crap and you could hardly have any driving fun with them.
boing1  +   743d ago
Driving in V is fantastic. Period.
clmstr  +   743d ago
It's not actually.
Spinal  +   742d ago
Let the disagrees be a lesson for you.

GTA 5 driving shits on GTA 4 driving. End of.
Bathyj  +   743d ago
No way.

The less GTA5 has in common with GTA4 the better.
DFray919  +   743d ago
Ppl r always complaining. if they would have kept the driving machanics the same as GTA4 we would have ppl complaining about how they didnt change if. Can't make everybody happy.
despair  +   743d ago
Didn't know it needed defending, pretty happy with it, though helicopters are still a bitch to get to the right position sometimes.

Plus the Dashboard view for driving was actually fun.
360ICE  +   743d ago
I like the driving mechanics in GTAV. I also liked them in GTAIV. I'm a wonderful human being.
Baka-akaB  +   743d ago
Same here , i enjoyed IV controls , was a bit surprised by the controls in V , but it's ok . I just find it funny to see people complains when supposedly nobody could stand IV's driving . people dont know what they want as usual
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360ICE  +   743d ago
I agree. Also, people loved GTAIV originally (yes, players and critics alike), but the further away we get from it, the less they like it (yes, critics and players alike)
Perjoss  +   743d ago
I love the driving mechanics in both IV and V, IV is harder to play as the cars are more realistic. In V you can pretty much forget about the handling as its very hard to crash and just have fun with your current mission or just sight seeing. Driving in V is really for but for different reasons, its just easier to handle the cars at really high speeds.
kingPoS  +   743d ago
The cars drive in a manner simular to Midnight Club LA. Which to honest wasn't all that bad. It definitely handles better gta4's boat physics. GTA4 did have great car damage, so I can sorta understand sacrificing or toning that down in V to make the city feel more lived in.
spektical  +   743d ago
glad the driving mechanics were improved form the terrible gta4 ones. Vehicles handled like 18 rig pulling a yacht.
andron666  +   743d ago
Well I was a bit sceptical at first about the driving physics in GTAV, but after playing a while I now like them.

You can still feel similarities to the GTA IV handling in there, and it all depends on the car you are driving.

I wasn't sure about the way you can right your car with the right stick if you land on your roof, but ultimately it save me some restarts when racing. I remember in GTA IV I had a knack for ending belly up all the time.
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JonnyBigBoss  +   743d ago
I love GTA 5's handling and disliked GTA 4's.
Xzin_Blader  +   741d ago
All cool but..
For those who are still blind attention...
The handling is great yes and many improvements been seen...However it's not realistic enough when it comes to car burnout if you compare it with the previous GTA IV,it's not even exsist in GTA V anymore as if they forgot about it,in real life if your car is parked and suddenly you put your legs on the gas completely what will happen to the wheels? it will keep spinning while the car enters a drift mode for a while with some smooks around the wheels that what GTA IV HAD AND IT'S NOW NO MORE CAN BE FELT IN GTA V,in xbox 360 or ps3 we got triggers with pressure levels as we had the ability to keep the wheels spinning as much we liked before and while drifting,also on PC version people extends the burnout with mods for fun,thats the only thing which I complain about for this game,i will add extra cool notes which it's cool to have interior cam view while driving to see your hands on the steering wheel other than that I complain about character when taking wall covers it seems we can't slide on floor from distance while running like before,it will be nice also to run and slide over cars hood while gunning like on movies,if you try running now on GTA V to do a slide over a car hood you simply can't the character will halt and just stand over the car..we need chain cool reactions with low slides and free running jump style if you got what i mean.

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Xzin_Blader  +   741d ago
I realised I can slide over the cars hood nice to see that, but why we can't crouch down whenever we wanted like before, unless if u hide back of small wall and even you can't stand or crouch behind the wall manually, for the cars there are some cars which drift nicely too, I just hope to see cops mode in this game where you can level up to police officer to call road blocks, spikes or swat or Apache chopper gunner for online busting modes the more ignorant the enemy are the more stars you get where more stars = new available calling support will be unlocked it will be nice if in free roam you can start being as a cop to intercept other outlaws players imagine two gangs fighting for money while you are the third group being as police officer with your friends being as police men AI can be called for supports too,reminds me of most wanted sort of,I still wonder why they never though of night vision goggles or infiror red scopes for night times adventures,I'm still happy for this game though just wish to see cops n robbers mode.
Xzin_Blader  +   741d ago
Imagine we get ranges of dogs breeds in this game from police dog types to gangs breed types that have thick chains that you can pet,or send him to collect you some ammo from dead body's or find you a tool to fix your blown wheel in desert :P

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