Providing guidance to the lost of Los Santos.
There are some things in the videogame world that are certain, such as a new FIFA game coming out next year, or princess Peach getting kidnapped again. Another near certainty is that BradyGames will bring out one of their Signature Series Guides alongside almost every big game release. And never before has one of these guides been more needed than with Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V.
Thankfully BradyGames have not disappointed and will be able to provide support for those of you lost in Blaine County with a whopping 430+ page guide to all things GTA V. The usual Signature Series finish has been given to this behemoth volume, with some really nice GTA V artwork and an abundance of screenshots from the game, acting as both reference and for the sheer joy of our eyeballs.
But realistically, how can it require 430+ pages?
Have you played GTA V yet? It’s massive, and there is so much to do that players may find themselves spinning with indecision, at least until they get run over. But that is where the guide comes in, covering every aspect of the game from the story missions with Michael, Franklin and Trevor, to the hidden packages that we can’t tell anyone about. Shhh!
Running through the story in GTA V, which is fairly essential if you are going to want to unlock all of the cool activities in the game and have enough cash for all of those lap dances, is made much easier with the guide. Don’t get me wrong, the guide can’t shoot its way out of your first gun fight, or land a small aircraft for you, but it can make the whole process a little more straight forward by telling you exactly what to do and when to do it, where to find it and what you will get for it. It is a guide and behaves exactly as you would expect a guide to, with guidance.
Each of the missions are laid out in an easy to follow manner, with visual assistance in the form of screenshots. The guide explains which of the characters trigger the mission, and where they can do this. The prerequisites for the mission are listed, along with each of the individual objectives involved to complete the mission.
Did I forget to mention the massive list of vehicles that can be found in the guide, and a map explaining the location of each and every weapon drop? Surely this makes the guide worth its weight in gold. But aside from these lists and the step by step to completing the missions, the guide also covers the random events and the Strangers and Freaks missions.
The random events are listed with their locations, which character can trigger them and their rewards. The Strangers and Freaks missions are a bit more involved and may require more than one dealing with the odd-ball characters that give out the missions. Still, it is all covered in the guide in a very straight forward way.
Hobbies and pastimes are covered next. There is so much to do in Los Santos and Blaine County that a guide to all of the little time wasters could well be deemed necessary. Be it some relaxing assassination missions, picking up some property or grabbing a lap dance (never, never grabbing a lap dancer!), the guide will explain all that you need to know.
The guide then launches into the miscellaneous section, and it is here where all of the juicy secrets can be found. Spaceship parts? Letter scraps? Nuclear waste collection? It is all explained here.
There is no denying the value of the BradyGames Grand Theft Auto V Signature Series Guide. It packs in nearly all of the information any GTA V player could need, and looks good doing it. The one area I was disappointed in was the Stock Market. I admit, I didn’t know what I was doing and I lost a fair chunk of loose change, and the guide did nothing to help. Shame on you, BradyGames!
However, any serious resident of Los Santos and Blaine County really would do well to grab this guide. The BradyGames Signature Series GTA V Guide is an essential traveling companion, don’t leave home without it!