This game is rated PEGI 18
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Blood-splatter, Cocaine, Defenceless Characters, Dismemberment, Drugs, Extreme Violence, Gambling, Gore, Graphic Violence, Killing, Marijuana, Nudity, Sex, Sexual Content, Torture and Wounds.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
GTA V is considered a particularly technically impressive example of open-world games, which can be credited to its huge development team and budget. Similar games include Sleeping Dogs, which is set in Hong Kong, and Saints Row IV, which features similar mechanics but openly makes fun of GTA and other games.
It's the first game in the GTA series to have multiple main characters. It tells the stories of three criminals: Michael, a rich former bank robber living under witness protection; Trevor, Michael’s old partner in crime; and Franklin, the youngest of the three. The single-player campaign sees them team up to commit crimes, though their relationships – with each other and with people outside of the group – are heavily tested.
The Grand Theft Auto games are often called satire, as they parody various aspects of American life like politics and celebrity culture. However, some critics have said that GTA V doesn’t manage to get beyond simple offensive humour.
While some will undoubtedly play GTA V because they enjoy speeding away from the cops in a stolen car or carrying out acts of extreme violence, others will be drawn in by the impressive technical achievement that is its open world of Los Santos, closely mirroring Los Angeles, and filled with things to do, whether that’s driving around taking selfies, making money through the stock market, or taking in a round of golf.
Grand Theft Auto has been around since 1997:
- Grand Theft Auto (1997) on PC
- Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999) on PlayStation 1, Dreamcast, PC
- Grand Theft Auto III (2001) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, iOS
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, iOS, Android
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, iOS, Android
- Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
- Grand Theft Auto V (2013) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
- Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
There are handheld versions:
- Grand Theft Auto Advance (2004) on GBA
- Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) on PS2, PSP, iOS and Android
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006) on PS2, PSP
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009) on PSP and DS, iOS, Android
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019
Price: 46% off
Platforms: Android, DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Players: 1 (30 online)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Shooting
Accessibility: 26 features
You can play this game in the following styles:
15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although many children tell parents that all their friends are playing this from as young as 11 or 12-years old, our experience is that many parents don't let children play this until they are much closer to the Age Rating.
Account RatingYou need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
Grand Theft Auto V
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Grand Theft Auto V: Story Mode (Xbox Series X|S)
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You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
Grand Theft Auto V offers purchases of content like The Doomsday Heist, Gunrunning, Smuggler’s Run, Bikers. You can also purchase cash and crimilar enterprise packs for Grand Theft Auto Online.
The following versions of the game include additional content for free and increasing value of in game currency:
- Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition (£24.99)
- Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Great White Shark Card Bundle (£39.99)
- Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Whale Shark Card Bundle (£49.99)
- Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Megalodon Shark Card Bundle (£74.99)
In some circumstances, you'll need to be able to quickly react to in-game events, for example running for cover from gunfire or weaving though slow-moving traffic. In the options, menu, you can enable autosave, which will save your progress at regular intervals, so you can quickly get back to where you left off.
The text in the menus and is easy to read, contrasting well with the background (black on white or vice versa), but can be a little small. Some of the other text, including subtitles, however, can be hard to read, as it can blend in to the gameplay, especially outside or in bright areas. While all of the key dialogue is subtitled, none of the pedestrian conversations are. While nothing important is said in these, you might miss out on some of the more humorous conversations.
During missions, your objective is clearly stated and/or marked on the map. For example, in a car chase, the car you're following will be shown on the map as a big red spot, and the roads are also clearly marked, allowing you to take shortcuts and cut off the target's route.
The game is generally quite bright and colourful, allowing you to easily distinguish between objects. However, sometimes the realistic graphics mean some objects can blend in or be lost in the scenery and background.
Diversity and Inclusion
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