Ok, lets get to the point. I'm a GTA follower, and have been itching to play the next GTA since I completed GTA4, but have been searching the PS3 market for something to fill in the time between. Bottom line is, I found it, and this game is an absolute blast!
Graphics: The graphics in HDMI are superb, with attention to detail in every corner, and in every explosion. Fire looks realistic, as does blood, and the landscapes are different enough around the island to avoid being the same old view.
Sound: The FX are nice and realistic, with plenty of noise to keep you entertained. The music just blends into the game, so even if it has been repeating itself, I haven't noticed in the 10 hours of gameplay I've had.
Story & Missions: The storyline is enough to keep you interested, but reminds me a lot of FarCry2. The missions have also been fairly varied, with plenty of killing going on. Several of the missions in the first 10 hours of play, have made me want to replay them already.
In game equipment/items: There is absolutely loads to play around with. Motorbikes, Cars, Trucks, Armoured Vehicles, Helicopters, Jets... It pretty much has it all. On top of the impressive vehicle collection are the weapons. Grenades, Explosives, MPGs, Assault Rifles, Snipers Rifle - again.. plenty of choice. All the items are available to upgrade, giving them new life throughout the game.
Overall Gameplay: Everything plays as you'd want it to. There are the odd few little niggles, like getting killed mid mission and being unable to complete it without restarting. Not too bad you say? I'd agree, if they actually told you that you had to restart!! All that aside, there is nothing that has disappointed me so far.
I was concerned about buying this on the console as I'm usually a keyboard and mouse kinda guy, but this was overcome by some handy targetting system.. so long as you are in the near general area, the bullets will find their mark, however things like one shot kills (headshots) require precision, so this give those who like a challenge something to aim for.
There are statistics all over this game, and the area to explore is huge. To give you GTA fans an idea, add all the areas or all the GTA games so far into one... and times it by 10.. we're talking humungous! I doubt I'll finish this anytime soon, and with plenty of clever quirks to make you want to explore the entire island, Rockstar will really have to pull their finger out in the next GTA, to avoid being left for dead.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the game if you buy it!!! :)