9. Pest Control (GTA V)
If you don’t want SPOILERS for GTA V, quickly turn away. This is the only mission from the new title to make it on. Mostly because it is still in my memory, but also because I haven’t had time to look back on everything that has happened in the new installment.
This is the first heist mission in GTA V. After getting into some trouble, Michael has to pay back a large sum of money and the only way he knows how to do it is by robbing a jewelry store. This mission is tiered and starts with you casing the place, then figuring out an approach and acquiring all the necessary tools and equipment through a few additional side missions. It’s great. Eventually, it all comes down to the heist and if all goes according to plan, you make away with quite a bit of cash.
What makes this so memorable is because it’s the first encounter with a heist system in GTA. Yes, it’s not perfect, and it doesn’t quite stack up to tension highs of some other robbery missions (see later), but watching a plan unfold and being in the thick of the action throughout, as well as living out the consequences of your choice of approach. It’s one of the most exhilarating early experiences of V.