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Grand Theft Auto V (Series) Review

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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 9 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

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @RockstarGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
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.

CostsCosts

Grand Theft Auto V usually costs £7.99 to £74.99. 

Grand Theft Auto V

PlayStation Store PS3 £15.99

Grand Theft Auto V And Great White Shark Cash Card Bundle

PlayStation Store PS3 £24.99

Grand Theft Auto V And Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle

PlayStation Store PS3 £59.99

Grand Theft Auto V And Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle

PlayStation Store PS3 £39.99

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition

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

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99

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

XBox Store Xbox One £74.99

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

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

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: Vice City

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
PlayStation Store PS3 £7.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to subscribe, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) 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)

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 18 for extreme violence; multiple, motiveless killing; violence towards defenceless people; and strong language. The GRA expands on its PEGI details by explaining that the violence “includes the usual shooting at people, beating them up on the street or running them over with your car”, as well as “scenes of torture using a variety of tools to cause maximum injury to your victim”. The new-gen versions of the game have some new elements including “flaming and explosive bullets. The flaming bullets set the victim on fire and they writhe on the floor screaming until they die.” Language includes the “f” word and “c” word, and there are also “scenes of sex with no visible genitalia, and illegal drug use”. The GRA also points out that the online multiplayer “may involve real-time interaction with other players”.
 
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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our Grand Theft Auto V Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:


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