So I finally got past the race last night and had no issues after that. Not sure if it was sorted out Rockstar's side a bit while I was trying, but I seriously had a really smooth experience after trying at least 10 times before that.|
I had a great time! Once they add heists and other content, this will be really special.
As soon as I was able to free-roam I turned the Passive Mode on. I had a run around for a bit and other players actually just left me alone. I did end up killing myself some how and when I respawned I left Passive Mode off. I saw 2 stationary player blips nearby and went to investigate. As I got there the one player on a bike shot the other one, he then proceeded to shoot me. While respawning I saw in the feed that he had killed someone else. I had myself a griefier.
I then actively sought him out and killed him easily seeing as I was in a jeep and he on a bike. I did this once more and received a request for a 1 v 1 deathmatch, which was great fun actually. What happened next showed the potential to me, I had someone come up to me in the game and I thought I was going to be murdered again and this is what the game will be like... But no, he hooted his car for me to get in, which I did. He drove like a madman to guess who - the same guy I had a tiff with earlier. Clearly I was not the only one seeking revenge. We then chased him around the map and destroyed him and his personal vehicle (you get a fine for doing this btw). It was so much fun that I think even our victim was enjoying himself.
After he left I played a couple of deathmatches which were really fun. Having one life is pretty cool actually.
Then I started getting invites to missions. For example in one our team had to chase after a car with important evidence and stop it before it was able to deliver.
I did a few more missions, and they all have a little cut-scene after them. Very cool and I can't wait for the heists.
Just before bed (way too late) I went to a shop to deposit my earnings, but when I got there I thought I'd do one last job and rob the store. Everything was going fine, but there must've been a cop close by because I was shot in the back of the head while the cashier was filling the bag with money.
Upon respawning, I had another player drive up to me, hoot for me to get in, and took me to a store. Hooted for me to get out, I went inside robbed the place, ran outside and we made our getaway. I gave him 50% of the cash from the job after we stopped. We both got out, he saluted (literally) and we went our separate ways. Not sure if this was a coincidence or if he had seen that I was killed in a store robbery and wanted to help me out.
Back to the ATM, deposited my money and forced myself to stop for the night.
Overall it was awesome and I can't wait to play more this afternoon.