GTA V Review: Six Years of GreatnessView All Reviews
Grand Theft Auto V (also known as Grand Theft Auto Five, GTA 5, GTA V, or GTAV) is a video game developed by Rockstar North. It is the fifteenth installment in the Grand Theft Auto series and the successor of Grand Theft Auto IV. The original edition was released on September 17th, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions were released on November 18th, 2014, and was later released on April 14th, 2015 for the PC.
Released back in 2013, GTA V is the most popular AAA game of all time. It has sold over 110 million copies worldwide since the release, which is double that of PUBG. Is it still worth it? Let’s dive right in!
What’s the deal
Most people who have been actively gaming in the last decade have played at least one GTA title. The premise of the game is simple: discover the criminal underworld of fictional cities modeled after the big USA metropolises, rise from a nobody to a mob boss, and follow the Godfather-like storyline.
GTA’s fifth entry reshapes GTA: SA’s map. In the 2005 game, you could explore the entirety of San Andreas, a state that contained three major cities, Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas. In GTA 5, you can explore only one major city, Los Santos.
Despite the downscale in the number of cities, you don’t miss out on the fun since the map is bigger, more detailed, and has more content to explore and things to do. Also, you get to play as three different characters, each having their unique side missions.
The best part
The state of San Andreas in this game is huge. The game lets you explore the creeks and mountains in the countryside or the Los Santos city that got much bigger since GTA: SA. The best part about that exploration is that you can do it on your own terms. Walk through the game following the plot, do numerous side missions to earn extra cash, or just wander around. The plot will take you to some interesting locations, but the majority of the map is there for you to discover on your own.
What’s even more intriguing about the world of Grand Theft Auto is how it relates to the real U.S. Rockstar Games’ original poster to the game says, “Visit Los Santos, where plastic surgery, bad movies, and big sharks rule the roost.” This alone tells you that the game you’re about to experience will be full of sarcastic social and political commentary on the city of Los Angeles.
It surrounds you wherever you go — from main missions, like snatching Michael’s daughter from a talent show, to doing side missions, like helping the paparazzi sneak up on celebs to take nudes. It’s even aired on the radio if you care enough to notice it. You’ll recognize the typical US commercials on the air, and if you don’t live in the States, you’ll get an accurate albeit exaggerated depiction of what goes on there.
If you don’t care about the cultural easter eggs, you can just get immersed in the game itself. Following the storyline is fun enough, but it’s not required to have fun with GTA 5. You can skip the main storyline, steal a cab, and work as a taxi driver listening to the radio, trade stocks, or just eat a peyote cactus and trip balls. It’s not a game you can get tired of quickly.
Despite its iconic status, GTA 5 is not a perfect game. For starters, it may upset hardcore gamers with the option of pressing X to win. If you fail a mission for long enough, you will be given the option to skip a part of it. Sure, it’s not obligatory, and you can keep trying until you can ace it, but this option being available can be a major turn-off for some.
The game also lacks two side missions that were an integral part of previous entries in the series. You can’t do police missions and gang war. While you can satisfy your thirst for justice by doing bail bond missions, there’s nothing that makes up for the gang missions. If that’s disappointing for you, you can try GTA Online that’s based on GTA 5.
Another major criticism of the game is that the cops seem to be more homicidal in GTA 5 than in any other Rockstar’s entry. They’ll open fire once you get just one star. At first, this comes off as a commentary on police brutality and a way to add more police chases to the gameplay, but you’ll get bored of having to run away after hitting a police car pretty soon.
GTA 5 does have its fair share of drawbacks, but it’s safe to say the pros outweigh the cons by a huge margin. Rockstar may miss out on some elements of gameplay, but there’s one element they nail every time — replayability.
You can enjoy this game even if you’ve already gone through all the content it has to offer. Adding the online version to the game makes it even more replayable and fun too.
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