Grand Theft Auto V Review
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Grand Theft Auto V Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360
Dev: Rockstar North
Pub: Rockstar Games
Release: September 17, 2013
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Nudity, Mature Humor, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

In addition to this being my favorite, I’d be remised if I didn’t comment on the visuals of the game. All the screenshots and all the videos do no justice to the visual experience of the game. So many times I found myself sitting at the top of a hill or mountain while looking at the skyline of Los Santos and being in awe of the visual prowess of the game. The roads look rough and beat up. The buildings are not paper cutouts. The people are not carbon copies at every new block. I know GTA IV shows great progression in the graphics already, but GTA V really raises the bar to a whole new level. It may even challenge some early next-gen experiences.

Grand Theft Auto V Screenshot

While the visuals are fantastic, there is one thing Rockstar did in GTA IV that several colleagues and I loved. Liberty City felt alive and more of a character at times than some of the actual characters in the game. Los Santos, however, feels as if it is alive, with five kids, and several regrets with its life. It makes you sit back and wonder about what goes on in the city in your absence. This is especially true for the conversations you overhear. Some of them are quite epic conversations; you don’t want to miss a single one of them.

This is all due to the voice acting in the game. While this has not been an area Rockstar has stumbled in the past, it is worth mentioning due to the sheer commitment made to make you strongly dislike certain characters. These characters are voice-acted so annoyingly well that you almost wish the character would never speak again, just like some of the main characters. The music and talk shows are also great to listen to as you are traveling around. All in all, the sound department is not one lacking in GTA V.

This is probably the easiest statement to make about the latest entry into the mega-franchise, but here it is anyway--It is not lacking. There is so much to do in the game; you just might be playing this game until next year. Rockstar really outdid itself with this entry. The company gives players more to do and then refines those things to make each extra addition an enjoyable experience. It is a feat many other games will now pick up on to try and utilize. The Grand Theft Auto series has always been one to lead the charge into new and exciting things, and this time, it may have jraised the bar too high. Which I am perfectly fine with, at least until Rockstar returns to Vice City and raises the bar some more. For now, though, I am just fine living in Los Santos with my three new best friends.

Matt Walker
Date: September, 16, 2013

This game is gorgeous.
While some things have been refined, some are just as frustrating as always.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Even the annoying characters sound good.
Play Value
There is so much to do in this game.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets, and fading celebrities; once the envy of the Western world, the city is now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.
  • Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals attempt to increase their own chances of survival by plotting for success.
  • Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Grand Theft Auto V - Michael Trailer - click to enlarge
    Michael Trailer
    Grand Theft Auto V - Franklin Trailer - click to enlarge
    Franklin Trailer
    Grand Theft Auto V - Trevor Trailer - click to enlarge
    Trevor Trailer
    Grand Theft Auto V - Official Trailer #2 - click to enlarge
    Official Trailer #2
    Grand Theft Auto V - Debut Trailer - click to enlarge
    Debut Trailer

    Screenshots / Images
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