Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

  • HQAZEHQAZE369,398
    11 Sep 2020
    21 2 0
    Review..
    Grand Theft Auto V is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the single-player story follows three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and arms smuggler Trevor Philips—and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful crime figures. The open world design lets players freely roam San Andreas' open countryside and the
    fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles...

    The game is played from either a third-person or first-person perspective, and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. Players control the three lead protagonists throughout single-player and switch among them, both during and outside missions. The story is centred on the heist sequences, and many missions involve shooting and driving gameplay. A "wanted" system governs the aggression of law enforcement response to players who commit crimes. Grand Theft Auto Online, the game's online multiplayer mode, lets up to 30 players engage in a variety of different cooperative and competitive game modes...

    The game's development began soon after Grand Theft Auto IV's release and was shared between many of Rockstar's studios worldwide.. The development team drew influence from many of their previous projects such as Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 and designed the game around three lead protagonists to innovate on the core structure of its predecessors.. Much of the development work constituted the open world's creation, and several team members conducted field research around California to capture footage for the design team.. The game's soundtrack features an original score composed by a team of producers who collaborated over several years.. It was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and April 2015 for Microsoft Windows.. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions are scheduled to release in late 2021...

    Extensively marketed and widely anticipated, the game broke industry sales records and became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history, earning $800 million in its first day and $1 billion in its first three days.. It received widespread critical acclaim, with praise directed at its multiple protagonist design, open world, presentation and gameplay.. However, it caused controversies related to its depiction of violence and women.. Considered one of seventh and eighth generation console gaming's most significant titles and among the best video games ever made, it won year-end accolades including Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications.. It is the second best-selling video game of all time with over 135 million copies shipped and one of the most financially successful entertainment products of all time, with about $6 billion in worldwide revenue...

    Gameplay..
    Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure game played from either a third-person or first-person perspective.. Players complete missions—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story.. Outside of the missions, players may freely roam the open world. Composed of the San Andreas open countryside area, including the fictional Blaine County, and the fictional city of Los Santos, the world is much larger in area than earlier entries in the series.. It may be fully explored after the game's beginning without restriction, although story progress unlocks more gameplay content..
    The player character crouched behind a vehicle while in combat.. The head-up display elements are visible on-screen..
    Players can take cover behind objects during firefights to avoid taking damage from enemies...

    Players use melee attacks, firearms and explosives to fight enemies, and may run, jump, swim or use vehicles to navigate the world.. To accommodate the map's size, the game introduces vehicle types absent in its predecessor Grand Theft Auto IV, such as fixed-wing aircraft..In combat, auto-aim and a cover system may be used as assistance against enemies.. Should players take damage, their health meter will gradually regenerate to its halfway point.. Players respawn at hospitals when their health depletes.. If players commit crimes, law enforcement agencies may respond as indicated by a "wanted" meter in the head-up display.. Stars displayed on the meter indicate the current wanted level (for example, at the maximum five-star level, police helicopters and SWAT teams swarm to lethally dispatch players)..Law enforcement officers will search for players who leave the wanted vicinity.. The meter enters a cool-down mode and eventually recedes when players are hidden from the officers' line of sight that displays on the mini-map...

    The single-player mode lets players control three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton—criminals whose stories interconnect as they complete missions.. Some missions are completed with only one character and others feature two or three.. Outside the missions, players may switch between characters at will by a directional compass on the HUD.. The game may switch characters automatically during missions to complete specific objectives.. A character's compass avatar will flash red if he is in danger and needs help, and flash white if he has a strategic advantage.. Though players complete missions as any of the three protagonists, the more difficult heist missions require aid from AI-controlled accomplices with unique skill sets like computer hacking and driving.. If an accomplice survives a successful heist, they take a cut from the cash reward and may be available for later missions with improvements to their unique skills.. Some heists afford multiple strategies; in a holdup mission, players may either stealthily subdue civilians with an incapacitating agent or conspicuously storm the venue with guns drawn...

    Each character has a set of eight skills that represent their ability in specific areas such as shooting and driving. Though skills improve through play, each character has a skill with expertise by default (e.g. Trevor's flying skill).. The eighth "special" skill determines the effectiveness in performing an ability that is unique to each respective character.. Michael enters bullet time in combat, Franklin slows down time while driving, and Trevor deals twice as much damage to enemies while taking half as much in combat.. A meter on each character's HUD depletes when an ability is being used and regenerates when players perform skilful actions (for example, drifting in vehicles as Franklin or performing headshots as Michael)...

    While free-roaming the game world, players may engage in context-specific activities such as scuba diving and BASE jumping.. Each character has a smartphone for contacting friends, starting activities and accessing an in-game Internet.. The Internet lets players trade in stocks via a stock market.. Players may purchase properties such as garages and businesses, upgrade the weapons and vehicles in each character's arsenal.. Players may also visit places such as cinemas and strip clubs.. Players can also customise their appearance by purchasing outfits, haircuts and tattoos...


    GTA: Online
    Developed in tandem with the single-player mode, the online multiplayer mode Grand Theft Auto Online was conceived as a separate experience to be played in a continually evolving world.. Up to 30 players freely roam across the game world and enter lobbies to complete jobs (story-driven competitive and cooperative modes).. The Content Creator toolset lets players create their own parameters for custom jobs, like racetracks and deathmatch weapon spawn points.. Players may band together in organised player teams called crews to complete jobs together.. Rockstar Games Social Club extends crews formed in Max Payne 3's multiplayer mode to those of Grand Theft Auto Online.. Players may create their own crews and join up to five total.. Crews win multiplayer matches to earn experience points and climb online leaderboards...

    Grand Theft Auto Online launched on 1 October 2013, two weeks after Grand Theft Auto V's release.. Many players reported connection difficulties and game freezes during load screens.. Rockstar released a technical patch on 5 October in an effort to resolve the issues, but problems persisted the second week following launch as some players reported their character progress as having disappeared.. Another technical patch was released on 10 October combating the issues, and Rockstar offered a GTA$500,000 (in-game currency) stimulus to the accounts of all players connected to Online since launch as recompense.. Because of the widespread technical issues present at launch, many reviewers bemoaned their Grand Theft Auto Online experience but generally recognised its open-ended exploration and dynamic content as strengths...

    Post-release content is continually added to Grand Theft Auto Online through free title updates. Some updates add new game modes and features, and others feature themed gameplay content, such as the Independence Day Special update that added patriotic-themed content on 1 July 2014.. The widely anticipated Online Heists update launched on 10 March 2015 and suffered some initial technical difficulties due to the increased user load.. Shortly after the game's PC release, some players reported being banned from Grand Theft Auto Online for using field of view and cosmetic mods in single-player.. Rockstar stated in their official blog that nobody had been banned from Online for using single-player mods, but that recent updates to the PC version had the "unintentional effect" of making such mods unplayable. They stated that mods are unauthorised and may cause unforeseen technical problems and instabilities.. A standalone version of Online will be available for free on PlayStation 5 for the first three months after release...

    Controversies..
    The game has generated several controversies related to its violence and depiction of women.. A mission that requires players to use torture equipment in a hostage interrogation polarised reviewers, who noted its political commentary but felt that the torture sequence was in poor taste.. The mission also received criticism from politicians and anti-torture charity groups.. The game became subject to widespread online debate over its portrayal of women, particularly in the wake of the backlash against GameSpot journalist Carolyn Petit when she claimed the game was misogynistic in her review.. After Petit's review webpage received more than 20,000 mostly negative comments, many journalists defended her right to an opinion and lamented the gaming community's defensiveness towards criticism..Television personality Karen Gravano and actress Lindsay Lohan both filed lawsuits against Rockstar in allegation that characters in the game were based on their likenesses.. Their lawsuits were later dismissed.. Australian department store Target pulled the game from their 300 stores following a Change.org petition against depictions of violence towards women in the game...

    Legacy..
    Critics agreed that Grand Theft Auto V was among seventh generation console gaming's best and a great closing title before the eighth generation's emergence.. Polygon's Plante observed that the game would "bridge between games present and the future", and declared it "the closure of this generation, and the benchmark for the next".. VideoGamer.com's Simon Miller considered it "the ultimate swansong for this console cycle" that would "cast a long shadow over the next".. Three days after its release, the game ranked second on IGN's "Top 25 Xbox 360 Games" list.. Editor Ryan McCaffrey considered that the open world's scale and detail succeeded the majority of other Xbox 360 games.. He called the game "a triumph both for gamers and for the medium itself, and it deserves its runaway success".. In November 2013, Hardcore Gamer placed the game third on their "Top 100 Games of the Generation" list.. They cited its improved shooting and driving mechanics over its predecessors, and considered the multiple protagonist design "a welcome change of pace" that could become an eighth-generation gaming benchmark.. In December, The Daily Telegraph listed the game among their "50 best games of the console generation".. They called it a "cultural behemoth" that "will be Rockstar's lasting legacy"..

    In January 2014, Computer and Video Games ranked the game fourth on their "Games of the Generation" list.. Editor Rob Crossley said that for the first time, Rockstar created an "utterly beautiful" open world. He found that the game did away with Grand Theft Auto IV's repetitive mission design and focused instead on fun gameplay..
    In May, IGN ranked it eighth on their "Top 100 Games of a Generation" list and called it a "huge, raucous, and wildly ambitious bridge towards the [eighth] generation of console gaming".. The next month, it placed third on IGN's "Games of a Generation: Your Top 100" list as voted by the site's readers.. In August, Game Informer ranked it third on their "Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation" list.. They compared the game's quality to that of its predecessor but thought that its ensemble character set-up, varied missions and multiplayer superseded Grand Theft Auto IV's placement on the list.. They wrote of the story's absurd drama and the open world's vastness, and did not "regret a single second" spent playing the game.. In November, Edge named it the fifth-best game of its generation and commented that "no other game studio is even daring to attempt an open world game in its tradition because there is simply no possibility of measuring up to it's standards.." In 2015, the publication rated it the second greatest video game of all time.. The game ranked high on several best game lists determined by the public; it featured eighth on Empire's "100 Greatest Video Games Of All Time" list, and fifth on Good Game's "Top 100 Games" list, as voted by the magazine and programme's respective audiences.. It was the most tweeted game of 2015, despite being released over a year earlier...

    Notes/Facts..
    1: Additional work by Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar New England and Rockstar London..
    2: The first-person view is only available in the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game..
    3: Art director Aaron Garbut estimated that it is large enough to fit the game worlds of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV inside of it..
    4: Accessed via a pop-up "weapon wheel" that features eight slots corresponding to different weapon types..
    Players can alternatively hail taxicabs that drive to specific destinations..
    5: Health is fully replenished by using first aid kits or consuming food and drink..
    Players arrested or killed by officers during missions may restart from the last checkpoint..
    6:Players may take alternative evasive measures like respraying their vehicle at chop shops, which instantly erases the wanted level..
    7: The game's prologue is set nine years prior to the main storyline, which takes place in 2013..
    8: In Grand Theft Auto V, the FIB and IAA are fictionalised parodies of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), respectively..
    9: Media analyst Arvind Bhatia estimated that the development budget exceeded US US$137 million.. The Scotsman reporter Marty McLaughlin estimated that the combined budget of the development and marketing efforts exceeded GB£170 million (US$265 million)..
    10: The Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions add another 162 tracks to the in-game radio..
    11: Grand Theft Auto V shares its status as fifth-highest rated game on Metacritic with eleven others: there are four games rated higher..
    12: The game's first-day sales record beat the previous record of US$500 million set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II..
    The game's US$1 billion revenue broke the previous record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which took 15 days to surpass US$1 billion in sales..
    13: The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto Online allow up to 16 concurrent players, while the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows versions allow up to 30 concurrent players...


    Beside the fact i didn't like the Review's from the other 2/3.. and really loving this Game/Series.. I thought i make/post a 'REAL REVIEW...

    5 out of 5.. (Easy...)
    5.0
  • joFuRijoFuRi163,368 163,368 GamerScore
    31 May 2018
    5 13 0
    What can I say other than this game is one of my favorites in my modest collection of games?

    I've only played GTA 4 and 5, but the first time I played 5, I admit I was a little hesitant. I had come off right from finishing 4, and my mind and heart were still with those characters in Liberty City, it almost felt fake to come here to Los Santos. I played these games on the PS3, so I played the prologue of GTA 5 and then took a break for awhile. After coming back after maybe a year, my perspective had totally changed. I'd missed the GTA world, and it was exciting for me to try new content. This time I had it for the PS4 and immediately my reaction was insanely more positive. Maybe it was just the graphics that bothered me the first time around, but this time that I played it was truly uplifting for me.

    The game centers around Franklin, Michael, and Trevor: a small time hustler, retired bank robber, and a deranged, trigger-happy guy respectively, who eventually find their way together and use their criminal cunning to fight for their freedom. It's an open world with a thoroughly engaging story line that had me enticed all the way to the very end. You get to switch between all three characters, doing missions and side quests to further you along the game. It took me awhile to finish my first play through, and when I wanted a break from the main story, there were plenty of Strangers and Freaks side missions to do where you help out (or con out) some pretty interesting people, along with random events that occur around town where you can cash in for a quick buck or play hero to some helpless civilian. My favorites are the collectibles, where you have to collect spaceship parts or letter scraps; finding all of them unlocks a unique Strangers and Freaks mission. Even after you finish the game, there's still plenty to do. I'm currently trying to get to 100% game play and that in itself is packed full of checks you have to get through on the checklist. It's enough to keep you occupied for months.

    The characters were pretty solid, the main characters anyway. Trevor is by far the most entertaining of the three with his general wackiness and psychopathic tendencies. Depending on your tastes, the events and dialogue centered around him are incredibly humorous and never fail to make me laugh. The graphics and driving are so much smoother than on the PS3, making the driving sometimes sensitive if you're used to the rough turns on its predecessor.

    GTA 5 is definitely worth the buy if you don't want to finish a game in a couple settings. The world is vast and full of goodies, like armor and ammo just lying around in the woods or underwater, so you can't go wrong there. With the PS4 version of the game, there are perks for returning PS3 players who played GTA 5 on there first, like exclusive weapons and missions. So, even if you already have the PS3 version, getting the PS4 version would not be a bad idea!
    5.0
  • MissSapphire xxMissSapphire xx105,651
    15 Jul 2018
    3 14 0
    Gta 5 Online endless fun

    I've had GTA 5 since a couple months after the release date and I played it on the 360. I've come to the Xbox one last year in April, not making the transfer(one of the most unfortunate things for the dedicated GTA players)

    There is always something to do, and you can learn something new any day you play. There's lots of variety if you're looking to rank up and/or make money such as races, death matches, last team standings, captures, missions, adversary modes, versus modes, survivals, heists, etc.

    GTA public lobbies are not all the same. Sometimes you have to switch lobbies depending on what you're looking for. From my experiences, it depends on the individual players in the lobby if they're hostile or not. You have the option of having free aim or assisted aim too, which can help your overall experience of killing if you're into that.

    In public lobbies you can make money, too. If you have a CEO you can run special cargo crates or collecting cars. If you have a MC you can run any business(s) which gives good money also.

    Some vehicles in GTA can be a bit over priced.. however, it is worth it because of all the upgrades available and the wide variety of what there is. There's something for everyone whether you're into driving or flying.

    They're very good with having glitches patched so there's not much cheating and so it's fair for everybody.
    4.5