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Video GameGrand Theft Auto V (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.

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

DetailsGame Details

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

Developer: Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 27 hours and 28 hours to complete. The story takes about 28 hours to complete, but there are so many side activities that people could easily play for dozens of hours more, especially if they play the multiplayer. Those with less experience with action games may find it challenging to complete missions in order to progress the story, which may also feel at odds with the open world.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game. 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.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 because it features graphic violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, motiveless killing of innocent characters, who may be shot, beaten up or run over. Encouragement of gambling and use of strong language. There are also scenes of torture in which a variety of tools may be used to cause maximum injury. Violence is strong and graphic. For example, incendiary bullets may set characters on fire, who then writhe on the floor screaming in pain. There is sight of wounds on bodies. The game also includes use of strong language ('*!@?*' and '*!@?*'). The game also includes use of illegal drugs, including the production of methamphetamine in a lab. It also contains sexual scenes, without visible genitals.
 
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.

Skill Rating

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 Rating

You 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.
 

CostsCosts

Grand Theft Auto V usually costs £11.99 to £74.99. 

Grand Theft Auto V

XBox Store Xbox One £34.99

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 & PS5 )

PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S)

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition And Great White Shark Card Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition And Megalodon Shark Card Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £74.99

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition And Whale Shark Card Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

Grand Theft Auto V: Story Mode (Xbox Series X|S)

XBox Store Xbox One £17.99

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

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)

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Grand Theft Auto V Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
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 InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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