Grand Theft Auto has earned a reputation for both representing the best and worst in video games, its free form, open world environment offering gamers an excess of exaggerated action and violence to revel in and explore. However the fifth installment set in a barely disguised Los Angeles (Los Santos), is a truly massive virtual city populated with an array of intricate details, amusing conversations between characters, and an assortment of normal activities to keep you preoccupied...
6. Learn Scuba Diving
GTA V is the first in the series to include diving underwater rather than just swimming along the surface. Players can rent some scuba gear and take a dip on the beaches to admire the clear water and hunt for hidden treasure. Just watch out for the sharks!
7. Compete in a Triathlon
Running, swimming, and traveling by bike are all activities available in the game; put all three to a test of endurance with an actual triathlon competition! Keep up the pace by tapping "X" or "A" and pit your physical skills against a group of virtual competitors with nary a real drop of sweat.
8. Relax With Some Yoga
Rockstar did a fantastic job replicating the laid back Californian lifestyle, complete with sunny beaches and serene outdoor activities like cycling, boating, running, and of course, yoga. I found following the timed prompts on screens and holding the shoulder buttons to breath in and out is actually quite challenging, stretching my hands in strange positions much like required by the exercise itself.
9. Walk Your Dog
Franklin's dog, Chop, plays prominently in GTA V's smartphone companion app as a Tamagotchi-type side game. Through vigorous training Chop will stop leaving messes in Franklin's backyard. In-game you can have Chop accompany you on walks where he can do his business and play fetch, and he can even come along for car rides.
With a good portion of the map taking place on water there are various methods of traversing over the waterscape. The jet-ski is the quickest and most efficient way to nimbly weave through buoys and other boats. Just make sure not to get trapped on land.
Additional activities available to enjoy in the city of Los Santos:
- Watch a Movie
- Customize Cars
- Clothes Shopping
- UFO Investigation
- Ride the Rollercoaster
- Ride the Cable Car
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