Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5 easily qualifies as one of 2013's best games, an epic adventure with hours' worth of gameplay, a deep multiplayer mode and surprises around every corner.
With that, we put together a list of 10 essential tips that will help you get the most from the game, whether you're letting your gun do the talking or just feel like goofing off with a jumbo jet.
10.) Watch Yourself When Attacking Security Trucks
Robbing a security truck may seem like an ideal way to cut and run with some money – especially compared to more elaborate heists. However, you'll want to prepare for trouble when breaking into one. After setting off the sticky bomb that'll open the truck, keep your gun on stand-by and prepare for opposition from both the drivers and any nearby police. Then, after you've taken care of them, grab what you can and hit the road. Don't stick around the crime scene or you'll pay for it later.
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9.) It Pays to Help Your Fellow Man
When it comes to side missions, it may not sound like you're getting much in return. You'd be surprised how some can pay off, though. If you come across a bike thief, take them out and then return the stolen vehicle to its proper owner. Sometimes you'll get a simple thank you, but one in particular is a wealthy CEO who will line your pockets with $100,000 in stock as a result. See? It pays to have good judgment.
8.) Use the Secondary Driving Camera Only When Necessary
When it comes to pursuing someone, you may be tempted to use an alternate "follow" camera angle, which takes your eyes off the main road and concentrates on where your target may be heading. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for disaster, mainly because it takes your eyes off the road. If you aren't careful, you'll end up colliding with passerby traffic or perhaps even a solid wall, distancing your follow target even further. Stay on their tail and only use the "follow" camera when you absolutely have to. You'll survive longer.
7.) Nail the Landing With Your Car
When it comes to mid-air jumps, you have a neat trick on your side that will help you with landing – you can control it in mid-air. Once you come off a big jump, use the left analog stick to twist your vehicle around so that you land as cleanly as possible. You may be tempted to perform a mid-air stunt, but you could also leave yourself open for a disastrous wreck. Think cautiously and nail the landing – you'll thank yourself later when you don't have to take your car to a repair shop.
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6.) Let Chop Find Collectibles
There are a vast number of collectibles hidden throughout Grand Theft Auto 5, including UFO space pieces and other cool goodies. However, they aren't always in plain sight. That's why it's good to have a dog like Chop around. He can sniff out collectibles, making it easier for you to pick up stuff. Simply download the iFruit app for your mobile device – relax, it's free – and select "Make Chop Hunt For Pick-Ups." He'll do the rest – when he's not humping a lady friend, that is.
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5.) Max Out Your Weapons
When it comes to getting the most from your firearms, you'll want to level them up as quickly as possible. This will improve their accuracy, bullet capability and firing capabilities, which can make all the difference when it comes to gun battles. Stop by Ammu-Nation when you have some extra cash on hand, and go ahead and level up your favorite weapons. You'll see big improvements the next time you get into a skirmish.
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4.) Take Some Time and Relax
You might think that side activities are rather useless when it comes to getting your life of crime on, but in fact, they can provide an additional boost to your character. For instance, doing yoga with Michael will help improve his special ability skill, and playing golf and/or tennis will be a great way to ease up on energy loss after consistent missions. Besides, these activities provide a nice change of pace from the usual chaos. Give them a try.
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3.) Buy a Hangar – and Save Yourself Airport Trouble
Entering an airport or military installation can easily spell trouble for your Wanted ranking – especially if you have a firearm drawn or try to steal a jumbo jet with security on your tail. If you want to ease up the tension a bit, invest in a nearby hangar. This will let you enter most air facilities, though some are still locked. It may be expensive, but it could save you trouble down the road – especially if you really want to boost that 747.
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2.) Kill Your Opponents Quickly with a Head Shot
When killing adversaries, the best kind of shot to take is a head shot. Sure, you can hit them in the arm and/or leg, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're down for the count. Heavily armored enemies – we're talking high-level police officers and mercenaries – will take a lot more damage than your average gunman. Try to line up your shot and take it. This will guarantee their quick demise, and save you a headache when you want to end the gunfight.
1.) Take Cover
While in gun fights, someone like Trevor may be too cocky to find cover, shooting enemies while staying in plain sight. Honestly, though, cover is your best bet. By pressing the proper button next to an object, you'll find sufficient cover most of the time – unless enemies blow it apart quickly – where you can duck and take out targets with ease. Don't stay too much in the open, because you'll be looking at a hefty hospital bill as a result. It pays to be patient.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now. Be sure to check out our Free Guide for complete coverage on the game!