Cayo Perico vs Casino: Which GTA V heist is better?

The Cayo Perico heist is the latest heist available in the GTA V online mode. It’s also the very first update to add an entirely new area to explore – a whole new island. Hype has been building up over the new island and heist for weeks now and now it’s finally here: how does it compare to other famous heists in the game, like GTA V? 

Well, the biggest disappointment is the fact that Cayo Perico doesn’t have any free roam activities and isn’t accessible after beating the heist. Conversely, the Casino is available and has proven to be one of the best additions to GTA Online. However, the Cayo Perico heist does add new guest DJs, and a new radio station introducing over 100 new songs. 

The only part of the new island that is available to access after the heist is the beach party part. Other than that, the rest is locked off. The casino heist added the casino resort. The interior of the casino includes the main lobby, the Inside Track betting area, two small VIP-only lounge areas, a gambling area, two bathrooms, and Agatha’s office. The main lobby is located at the entrance of the casino and includes the reception area, vehicle podium, the Lucky Wheel, cashier booth, bar, the Casino Store, and many slot machines. Visitors with a standard membership can play roulette, blackjack, and Three Card Poker in the gambling area at the back of the casino. And then you have also.

The casino update also added new property, a purchasable penthouse that comes in several different packages, with each consecutive one granting additional rooms within the penthouse. The player may also choose to “build their own” penthouse, where they pay a base price of $1,500,000 and can then add rooms for an additional fee. Unfortunately, it seems a real missed opportunity that’s there not property available on the new Cayo Perico island. A selection of decorations for the penthouse can be purchased with Chips in the Casino Store. The available items rotate each week, needing four weeks to rotate through the entire selection.

Cayo Perico is also the first heist that can be completed completely solo. The biggest benefit being that you needn’t split the pot, though the pot is smaller. The overall pot is also smaller than what you’ll take home in the casino heist, which is a factor to consider. The heist consists of multiple intel-gathering missions that are almost necessary to complete for anyone taking the heist on solo. 

Once you’ve gathered the necessary gear, you can choose to complete as much (or as little) set-up and planning as you want – though be warned that these decisions will, in turn, affect the way the action unfolds. If you want to call in an airstrike or use a cutting torch to burn through steel beams, for example, you would be well advised to put the time in beforehand.

Once all the groundwork is laid down, you can nail down your final details before approaching Cayo Perico. These choices include how you infiltrate and escape the island, your weapons loadouts, air support, and even the operation’s time of day. As a result, no two approaches are alike on subsequent playthroughs. And repeat visits will allow you to heist valuable artifacts and other valuables as they become available.

There is also a load of extra opportunities you can use to play to your advantage, such as breaking into storage lockups to raid hidden stashes of cash and contraband to bolster your bottom-line and fatten up your take. These chances and the tools necessary to complete them will rarely be found in the same place twice – some are only accessible when playing with multiple players, so joining up with friends is very much encouraged.”

Like the casino heist, the Cayo Perico heist also allows multiple ways of tackling the heist. Unlike the casino heist, the new heist allows you flexibility in your approach. This is because you’re now able to switch mid-way through, unlike the casino heist which locked you into a path once you went down it. 

Ultimately, the Cayo Perico update continues evolving from the Casino heist but it doesn’t have enough in it to make it my new go-to heist in GTA Online and personally, I had a lot more fun in the Casino when it first came out compared to the new island.

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