Grand Theft Auto (Series) Review
Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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 protagonists. 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
- 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
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019
Players: You can play this with 30 players online. There is no local multiplayer, but Grand Theft Auto Online an online multiplayer mode in which players can explore that open-world together and team up to carry out heists or stab each other in the back.
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)
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Grand Theft Auto. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Grand Theft Auto for younger age ratings.
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