GTA 5 is an open-world action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games in 2013. The game is set in fictional cities called San Andreas and Los Santos, based in Southern California. While GTA 5 has been released for a very long time, the game is still very hot at moment with many new players, especially GTA 5 Online.

Gta 5 Online Vs Offline
GTA 5 is an open-world action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games

GTA 5 Online was a part of GTA 5 but it is often recognized as a separated game by players. However, this has created a lot of confusion for many new players who want to join the game because the two games are basically in one game.

Here in this article, we will have a detailed comparison between GTA 5 Online vs Offline to point out their differences so new players can decide which one to play.

GTA 5 Online Vs Offline Similarity

To put it simply, GTA 5 Online vs Offline is basically one game so they use the same assets in the same city with all the basic features. You will be playing in the same city by controlling your character and interacting with the world in the game. There will be missions for you to make money.

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Both games are set in the same fictional cities, San Andreas and Los Santo

The main enjoyment of the game is still from exploring the world and developing your characters and so whatever you want to have fun in the world. You will surely have a lot of fun in both versions.

GTA 5 Online Vs Offline Differences

Here are the major differences between GTA 5 Online vs Offline.


The first major difference between the 2 games is obviously that you can play with other players online in GTA V Online with different types of gameplay, based on the server. Each server will have its own rules, gameplay, and a limited number of players. You can get to interact with other players in real-time and might even get to talk to famous streamers.

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In GTA V story mode, you will be controlling 3 characters to go through the e story

In the offline version, you will be playing the story mode using the 3 main characters, Michael, Trevor, and Franklin in the third-person perspective or first-person perspective. Players can complete linear missions to keep the story going or players can roam freely in the world. All areas in the game can be unlocked right at the beginning of the game without any restriction.

New content

You will find more content in GTA V online than in GTA V offline. GTA V online allows players to use the in-game tools to add new content into the game such as new jobs, new cars, new clothes. Players can also work together to complete missions. There is also an online leaderboard to show players who get the most points from missions. Even if you don't want to play with other players, there are tons of solo content for you to do in the mode.

Gta 5 Online Vs Offline
GTA 5 online has more news features and updates

While GTA V offline doesn't get much content as GTA V online, you can install mod made by the community to enjoy different experiences in the game. There are also cheats in the game that allows you to get anything do everything.


The online version has small updates that make the playing experience much more comfortable. For example, your characters take some time to respawn in offline mode, while it will respawn right away in online mode. Cars in online mode are more durable and your character wears a seatbelt while driving so they never go flying out the windshield. Cars have insurance so you don't have to worry about losing your modded car.

Which one you should play if you are new?

First, I want to clarify that even if you are new to the game, you can start either mode without missing anything. The online mode is set 3 months before the story mode happens so it pretty much has nothing to do with the story mode. The control of the game is also fairly simple apart from driving cars.

If you are more of a player who likes to experience the story of the game then the offline mode is the way to go. Also, it is a really good way to get used to everything in the game if you are new.

In the online mode, you might find a lot of trolls who just kill you for fun. Also, the online mode is quite grindy and overwhelming for new players.

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