Grand Theft Auto 5 is not necessarily a game about civility and good behavior, and anybody who has been playing the series perfectly knows this fact. The series is best known for its violent nature, be that robbing people, going on a killing spree or simply causing complete mayhem on the street. Weird enough, the people behind Grand Theft Auto made something to let other players know how psychotic their co-players are, and actually forces them sometimes, to do good, which the game is not about at all.
A new update for GTA Online ?contains this exact feature. Along with the ?High Life? update, it also has a way of tracking players? behavior which is called ?Mental State Stat?
?With the new Mental State stat, we are keeping track of your behavior. If you seem to enjoy attacking pedestrians and terrorizing other players, then your blip will start to turn red on other players’ maps. The redder the blip, the more psychotic the player; the whiter the blip, the friendlier they are.
The actions you take will have varying effects on your Mental State. For example, killing another player will turn your blip red faster than blowing up a car or taking out a random pedestrian. Killing a player with a white blip will push your Mental State into the red faster than killing more psycho players, while taking out full-on psycho players won’t cause your own Mental State stat to increase at all.
Mental state also factors into matchmaking – you’ll automatically join Freemode sessions containing people more ‘compatible’ with your play style, and if a red-blipped lunatic does enter your session, you at least have fair warning!?
Make no mistake about this though. Rockstar didn?t implement this feature to control or force the player?s behavior in the game, but this is an interesting addition to the game. This practically gives a you heads up from other players ?possible? intents, which can make the online experience a bit different. You can bet that maps will be packed with red-blips though, and you might start to wonder why this has been implemented at all. Fancy meeting a nice person in GTA?
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