GTA Online is based off of the same map of GTA V, but the game is seen as a completely different game by developers. Fun and exciting, you can play with up to 16 players. When your friends aren’t online or you’re simply bored of the gameplay, there is a lot to keep you occupied.
Let’s look at 10 ways you can play GTA Online and have fun.
1. Run Mission Jobs
Missions allow you to earn:
As you level up, you’ll be able to play contact missions. Essentially, as you rank up in the game, you’ll receive text messages that will invite you to join a mission that has been unlocked. You may also find these missions by looking on your radar for the star icons that appear.
2. Modify Your Ride
All throughout Los Santos, you’ll come across Los Santos Customs. These are like the old Pay ‘n’ Spray garages that you would use during a police chase to escape from the cops in older GTA games.
Inside of these garages, you’ll be able to:
[list_item]Change your wheels[/list_item]
[list_item]Add new lights[/list_item]
[list_item]Change the horn[/list_item]
[list_item]Add performance parts[/list_item]
Essentially, you’ll be able to pimp your ride out to make it truly unique – and fast.
Hint: Some bikes can also be modified.
It’s easy to miss the parachute jumps found in the game. This allows you to jump into an airplane or helicopter and parachute out at 20,000 feet in the air. The best part is you’ll be able to catch some rare views of the city – it’s stunning from above.
There are several locations where these jumps take place: find them here.
If you want to get 100% completion, skydiving is a requirement.
4. Do Heist
Heists? There are no heists in-game! Well, there weren’t until March. A recent update included heists so that players can work together to pull off a big heist. You can use 2 – 4 players of rank 12 or above to do a heist.
This is a great way to get cash in the game.
There are also bonus rewards that award your group for completing challenges in order or completing all heist setups in the game.
5. Kill Players
Remember Lester? Well, a quick call to him allows you to set a bounty on another player. The bounty ranges from $2000 to $10,000 and Lester naturally takes a small cut of the proceeds. This, for me, is a lot of fun because you can join a crowded server and simply start killing other players.
You’ll easily see a bounty on a player and then will have to kill them in any way that you can.
If you want to cause mayhem, this is definitely the way to do it in GTA. Players that stay alive for 24-hours (48 minutes in real-time) will lose the bounty placed on their head, so make sure that you act fast.
6. Go Shopping
Let’s face it, your toon can seem boring after a little while. That’s okay, you have a lot of customization options available to you if you go shopping. You can shop for:
Clothing and weapons are found all over the city. If you want to buy military gear, you’ll need to go to the Warstock Cache & Carry store.
7. Watch Movies or TV
Sometimes, you just want to sit back and relax. One feature that is often overlooked is that there are a lot of entertainment options in-game that your character and you can watch together.
[list_item]Television: Go into your house and turn on the television. You’ll see loads of advertisements, watch CNT or Weazel which is the Fox of Los Santos. There are quite a few television shows you can watch. I personally like Impotent Rage.[/list_item]
[list_item]Theater: There are three theaters in the game: Tivoli, Ten Cent and Oriental. For $20 in-game, you’ll be able to watch three movies: Capolavoro, Meltdown and The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain. [/list_item]
The next time you’re bored, why not sit down and watch a movie, television show or a cartoon?
8. Join Races
Are you a good driver? Races take place all throughout the city and provide you with an opportunity to make in-game money, gain experience and even earn upgrades for your vehicle.
The best part is that there can be races with real people, so the competition is a lot harder than playing against the AI. Players can also setup their own races to offer impressive rewards to all drivers.
9. Arm Wrestling
Arm wrestling is really difficult but a lot of fun. If you’ve played GTA V, you’ll know that arm wrestling isn’t present. Instead, this feature was present in GTA IV: The Lost and Damned. While you cannot arm wrestle against NPCs, you can arm wrestle other players.
This can be done in any bar found in the Grand Senora Desert.
I will be honest, you’ll need a lot of button smashing to beat your opponent. This is more about how fast your fingers can move than it is about skill or technique. You’ll have a lot of fun if you’ve never arm wrestled in-game before, but you’ll also have to deal with extremely happy, overly boasting players if you lose mano e mano.
10. Cycle Around Los Santos and Explore the City
Vehicles can only go to so many spots in-game – no matter how hard you try. One of the best modes of transportation, aside from motorcycles, to get in the smallest, most remote places is to cycle.
You’ll be able to find bicycles that you can ride all around the city.
The best part is that you’ll be able to really take in the sights and sounds of the city and enjoy the immersive environment like never before. There are even cool jumps you can do on your bike that will make it even better.
While I don’t recommend going all over Los Santos on a bike in one day – it will take forever – it is definitely something you should try when you’re bored. The only downside of cycling around town is that there is no radio or music available.
If you’re desperately in need of in-game cash, just get the Rockstar’s ‘Shark Cards’ or you could use Steam Wallet funds to purchase the Shark Cards in-game. Press the “Home” button to access the Shark Cards.
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