Grand Theft Auto V is a very controversial and popular action-adventure game that has sold almost 2 billion dollars worth of the title. The game is for Windows, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. It is available at Steam and they will occasionally have deals on it. GTA V has you playing as one of three characters. All three are criminal, but besides that they are all very different. GTA V also has a online mode that can hold up to 30 players per server. With 30 players you might experience lag, slow connections, and DDoS attacks. To solve these problems I would recommend a VPN. A VPN will change your IP address to any other IP location that you choose. If you pick an IP that is close to the server you play on then you will experience less lag and faster connections. Since it is not your IP you are not as prone to DDoS attacks. In addition a VPN will help you get around firewall restrictions at work or college. Since some European countries have banned the game from being played, you would want to use a VPN to get around that geographical restriction.
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How to Use a VPN to Play Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
I’ll use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to play GTA V online. First you’ll want to download the VPN client. ExpressVPN offers free client software for Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition to free apps for iOS and Android.
Now that you’ve had a chance to download and install the software it’s time to connect. Launch the ExpressVPN client and select a server location. We’ll walk you through step by step using their Windows client.
- Since a lot of gamers like to connect to servers in the US, we used that country for our guide. ExpressVPN has a large network of servers located all over the world.
- We recommend you select OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube, we use OpenVPN (UDP) because its faster than TCP. They also support PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP. We still recommend OpenVPN UDP for the best mix of speed and privacy protection.
- Click the big round connect button. After a few seconds, you’ll see the shield around the button turn green. There will also be a message letting you know the “VPN is ON”
- You now have an IP address in the USA, as far as anyone can tell online. As such, you can reach any site as if you were sitting there. The same would be true if you connected to a server in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
It is just that easy to do. Now that you have an IP address from an ExpressVPN server in the US, you can game, browse the Internet or watch shows as if you were actually there. Connecting to a server in the UK would give you full access to geo blocked sites there as well. The same is true from any country.
As you can probably tell by now a good VPN opens access to content around the world. If you live outside the United States the service can help you access popular services like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora. You still need an account for services like Netflix but the VPN will help you watch US television shows and movies on Netflix as if you were sitting in the United States or any other region you would like to access.
PlayGrand Theft Auto V on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3 with VPN
Once again I’ll use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to play GTA V on your game console. They are my favorite VPN for gaming because ExpressVPN manages a very large network which makes the service a great choice for gamers.
The first step to getting set up with ExpressVPN is normally to download the client software for your system. ExpressVPN offers free client software for Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition to free apps for iOS and Android. Obviously that won’t work for PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo since the game consoles lack the native support for VPN. Luckily, there is still a way to encrypt your gaming traffic and send it through a VPN. The answer is running the VPN through your router. Note: if you don’t need encryption you can use the ExpressVPN MediaStramer (Smart DNS) feature without the need to configure your router. It supports a wide range of gaming consoles.
Depending on what brand and model of router you use, it might support third party VPN services. If so you can get the necessary information from your VPN provider to set up a connection through your router. Otherwise I highly recommend FlashRouters. The FlashRouters team takes popular, brand name routers and flashes them with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. That allows the devices to have far more features than they would with the factory firmware installed. All FlashRouters come pre-configured with support for VPN.
Grand Theft Auto V Game Highlights
Grand Theft Auto V is based in Los Santos and the areas surrounding it. You will play through missions or roam openly through the world. You can do this as one of three characters, Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton. All three are criminals that stories will interconnect with the more missions you do. Trevor is a middle to low class Canadian born American that has a special ability of hitting the enemy with twice as much power, while taking half the amount of damage while in combat. Franklin is an African American who grew up around gangs that has an ability that can slow down time while he is driving, Micheal is a 40 year old rich, male that has an ability to allow him to activate bullet time.
With these characters you can play online or offline. There are several things you can do online. These things include:
- Scuba diving
- Jet stealing and flying
- Car jacking and driving
- Use your smartphone to talk to CPU friends and real friends
- Base Jump with a parachute
- Airplane stealing and flying
- Go to bars
- Jump off buildings
- Shop for outfits, haircuts, tattoos, and jewelry
- Buy and upgrade guns
- Trade stocks
- Buy properties
- Buy stores
- Buy housing
- Crash vehicles
- Become a bus driver
- Steal and drive a motorcycles
- Kill people
- Steal money
- Playing darts
- Rob stores and banks
- Get in fights with the law
- Cause prison breaks
- Breaking into military bases
- Stealing and driving Tanks
- Betting on horses
- Find Bigfoot
- Stunt Jump
- Finding and flying UFOs
- Find ghosts
- Use Guns
- Steal and Drive helicopters
- Play Soccer (Football)
- Play American Football
- Hunt animal
- And a lots more
The game online allows you to fight with friends or other players and go on strategically planned heists with them. While doing heists you will gain EXP that can be used to upgrade your characters. On these heists you have to fight yourself out of a lot of situations. Some weapons include:
- Baseball Bats
- Broken Bottles
- Grenade launchers
- Sticky Bombs
- Tear Gas
GTA V is a very big game that can let you just about anything. You can play as any of the three characters that have their own special abilities. You can do missions with friends or play alone. Any way you want you play, Grand Theft Auto V will have something for you and your friends.
Once again I recommend using a VPN service to play Grand Theft Auto V. A VPN will give you an IP address from the server location you choose. It will also improve performance by improving your ping and protect you from DDoS attacks. It will also let you get past geographical restrictions and the firewalls at college or work.
Enjoy all the excitement as you play Grand Theft Auto V online. Please share this post with your friends so they can enjoy gaming from anywhere in the world with a VPN. Follow us @VPNFan for the latest deals and guides.