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Last month, I talked about how difficult it is to balance family time with video game time. The hours I can sink into games shrinks just as much as baby Evalei grows. That begs the question: Why on earth am I trying to achieve 100-percent completion in Grand Theft Auto V?I’m clearly out of my damn mind. I’m also having a lot of fun tracking down all of Los Santos’ collectibles and secrets. As of this writing, my completion percentage sits at 86.86. Some of my friends who have already reached the hallowed 100-percent mark, vested over 100 hours into the game, on average. My clock is sitting at a low 52 hours. I’m guessing I’ll hit 100 percent at around 65-75 hours.The disparity in time between my friends’ game and mine comes from my abbreviated approach to world travel and collecting. Everyone should play the game at the pace that feels best to them, but if you’re looking for a quick and effective approach, here are a few tips to help you out.Finish 60 Story Missions FirstI didn't begin my quest for 100 percent until I completed roughly 60 missions in the game. Turns out, this was a wise decision for numerous reasons. For starters, you're going to need a little bit of money to purchase vehicles that make the job easier. On top of this, I wouldn’t attempt any triathlons before all of your characters are maxed out on stamina. Just play the critical path story missions, and you should have no problem getting your characters into tiptop shape. I would also finish all Strangers and Freaks missions that are offered alongside the story missions.
YouTubeI don’t like using strategy guides to show me where to
go next, but for a game of this size, locating 50 tiny scraps of paper
would be as difficult as finding one needle hidden in a thousand
haystacks. This feat requires help. My guide to most of the collectibles
His YouTube videos are concise, and do a great job of showing the
approach needed to reach some of the items or jumps. I’ve included all
of his videos that you’ll need to use. I recommend having a second
screen (phone, tablet, or computer) set up to handle this functionality
as you play.
When I’m looking for spaceship parts and torn letters, I usually take a cab if the distance is greater than 1 mile. I set a waypoint on the location of a desired item, and mash on the A button as soon as I get in the cab to speed up the travel. The cabs are usually pretty good about placing you near the desired location. If the item you are seeking is in the ocean, place the waypoint on the nearest road.Trevor’s HelicopterA helicopter can be your best friend if you are trying to fly under bridges or reach a parachute jump up on a cliff. At one point in the story, a helicopter unlocks at the airfield for Trevor. Switch to Trevor to use it when you need elevation.
Update: As Game Informer reader Andrew Marcos pointed out in the comments, you can bring up your phone to save before hitting a jump. If you fail in spectacular fashion, loading that save will give you another shot. I'm not too keen on this approach, as it doesn't give an accurate reading on the amount of time you've vested in the game. I know that won't matter too much for many of you, but I think it's a fun stat to follow.
Spaceship PartsIf you are using a YouTube guide, you shouldn't have any problems finding all 50 Spaceship Parts. If you are just using a map, listen closely for a humming sound when you near a spaceship part's location. The sound should lead you to it.
Knife FlightsMany people say that the easiest way to complete the eight required Knife Flights is to steal a fighter jet from the airfield. I never did that. I instead purchased the Mallard stuntplane from Elitas Travel. Just go to your in-game web browser and access their website. The Mallard is only $250,000. I found it offered the control needed to navigate tight gaps between buildings, and its speed wasn't a problem at any point.
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