5 Reasons the GTA 5 Special Edition is Worth the Extra $20

The GTA 5 release is less than two weeks away which means we will soon be able to play GTA 5 and GTA Online on the PS3 and Xbox 360, giving new life to consoles that are soon to be replaced by the PS4 and Xbox one.

Like most big game releases Rockstar offers a range of GTA 5 packages ranging from just the game all the way up to a GTA 5 Collector’s edition with a plethora of GTA 5 branded gear and special in-game bonus items like a garage stocked with high-end vehicles.

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While not everyone can justify paying $150 for GTA 5, the GTA 5 Special Edition is worth the extra $20 Rockstar is asking, if only for the in-game unlockables.

Read: 15 Awesome New GTA 5 Features

The GTA 5 Special Edition Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are worth the added price.

The GTA 5 Special Edition Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are worth the added price.

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Keep reading to see why it may be a good idea to upgrade your GTA 5 pre-order to the Special Edition before September 17th rolls around. Unlike many special editions, which come with random collectibles that sit on shelves, gamers will actually use the added features in the $79 version of GTA 5.

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5 Reasons to Buy the GTA 5 Special Edition

The GTA 5 Special Edition version is $20 more than the game, but it includes four major in game features that gamers would otherwise need to work for or buy as an in game purchase or with in game currency. Gamers also get a few extra physical items with this version.

Special Abilities Regenerate Faster

Slow down speed while driving, shooting and inflict more damage with special abilities.

Slow down speed while driving, shooting and inflict more damage with special abilities.

Each of the main characters in GTA 5 have special abilities. These unique special abilities will help gamers complete missions and explore the city without getting gunned down.

  • Franklin slows time down while driving which will help gamers slip through roadblocks and more.
  • Michael can activate a bullet time modes to slow down the action while shooting.
  • Trevor can limit the damage he takes and inflict more damage for a limited amount of time.

Gamers who buy the GTA 5 special edition will see the special abilities generate faster, 25% faster to be specific.

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Free Weapons at any Single Player Gun Shop

Pick up free weapons at any gun shop in GTA 5 single player mode.

Pick up free weapons at any gun shop in GTA 5 single player mode.

If gamers need to pick up a gun to get the job done, forget spending in-game cash just to get armed. With the Special Edition of GTA 5, the gun shops will always offer three free weapons.

  • Pistol .50
  • Bullpup Shotgun
  • melee Hammer

Gamers can walk into any of the stores and walk out armed for a mission without wasting cash or heading to an ATM. These are only available free in the single player mode.

More Outfits, Tattoos and Deals

Customize the look with special tattoos, clothing and deals at stores.

Customize the look with special tattoos, clothing and deals at stores.

A big part of the GTA 5 experience is the ability to customize the main characters clothing, body and choose how they spend thier cash. The Special Edition includes extras such as,

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  • Bonus outfits
  • New Tattoos
  • Deals at select Stores

With so much emphasis on buying items in-game, discounts are sure to be a nice addition to getting started in Los Santos.

Stunt Plane Trials

Get more Stunt plane challenges with the Special Edition.

Get more Stunt plane challenges with the Special Edition.

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GTA 5 is all about multiple modes of transportation and users with the Special Edition gain access to a new set of stunt plane time trials. According to Rockstar these added stunt plane trials are spread throughout Los Santos and Blaine County.

Map for Fast Access to Cash & More

The GTA 5 map includes markers for where to get fast cash.

The GTA 5 map includes markers for where to get fast cash.

The GTA 5 Special Edition includes a 21.5” x 26.75” map of Los Santos and the surrounding areas. At first glance, a collectible Blueprint GTA 5 maps seems like a dust collecting accessory, but Rockstar says there is a reason to get it and to use this map.

“Cryptic markings indicate locations for fast cash and other points of interest for the up-and-coming entrepreneur”

With the major focus on cash and spending money in GTA 5, any help in finding cash and other in-game items is worth getting.

Read: 15 Incredible GTA 5 Multiplayer Features: GTA Online Revealed

GTA 5 comes out on September 17th for current generation consoles. There is no confirmation of GTA 5 on PS4 or Xbox 360. GTA 5 Online arrives as a free update in October.