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Grand Theft Auto V

released on September 17, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V is a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer,  Grand Theft Auto V evolves nearly every mechanic found in previous games in the series. GTA V's world is bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV combined. Los Santos is a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and once-important celebrities. Amidst the choas, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success:Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score.

Multiplayer will feature Crews similar to Max Payne 3. The new Social Club functionality will connect play across multiple titles, starting with Max Payne 3 and GTA V will let players form private crews with friends, or join public crews. Players can be a member of up to five at the same time, and completing tasks as a crew will gain experience points for the player.

Platforms: PS3PCPS4360XBOX1
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
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  • 100

    Gamereactor Denmark

    (platform: 360)
    GTA V feels like a next-gen game without actually being one. If all the other studious could do what Rockstar can, there'd be plenty of life left in the current console generation. But that's the thing, isn't it. No other developer is like Rockstar. And no other series is like Grand Theft Auto.
  • 100

    Meristation

    (platform: 360)
    GTA V represents the videogame at its finest. Tense and dramatic when it wants, joyful and surprising when the player wants it. Rockstar has managed to harmonize the different trends in the saga, managing to create an unforgettable experience that will be enjoyed for a long time to come.
  • 100

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: 360)
    A staggering technical achievement that is matched only by the depth and ambition of its gameplay – this is not only the best-looking GTA ever but by far the most fun to play.
  • 100

    VideoGamer

    (platform: 360)
    Unless you play it for yourself, it's near impossible to grasp how big GTA 5 is. It's not just the world. It's the gargantuan story, the sheer amount of missions and the variety introduced with them, the activities to take part in, or the secrets waiting to be unveiled. It's a highlight of the generation.
  • 100

    Hardcore Gamer Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    It features arguably the best story of the series that's greatly enhanced by the added dynamic of three contrasting protagonists.
  • 100

    Official Xbox Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    Rockstar's Xbox 360 swansong is probably the console's greatest technical achievement, and as such it's unmissable.
  • 100

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    From skydiving and submarine exploration to bounty-hunting and watching animated shorts, GTA V is absolutely crammed full of things to do, and it looks amazing while you do them.
  • 100

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    (platform: 360)
    Is Grand Theft Auto V the best game of the year? Easily. Is it the best game of this current generation of consoles? Definitely – and it's quite possibly the best video game yet. I say this after playing it for “only” 20 hours.
  • 100

    Edge Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    No one makes worlds like Rockstar, but at last it has produced one without compromise. Everything works. It has mechanics good enough to anchor games of their own, and a story that is not only what GTA has always wanted to tell but also fits the way people have always played it. It's a remarkable achievement, a peerless marriage of world design, storytelling and mechanics that pushes these ageing consoles to the limit and makes it all look easy.
  • 100

    Gamer.no

    (platform: 360)
    Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best sandboxes that video games have to offer. Where massive worlds often are plagued by boring missions and lifeless areas, Rockstar has managed to make an incredibly engaging game that still retains a humongous and lively world.
  • 100

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    There's no better time than this to use the word masterwork: Rockstar did a colossal job creating a huge, visually stunning world chiseled in its finest details, populated by brilliant characters and with highly spectacular and varied gameplay.
  • 100

    Giant Bomb

    (platform: 360)
    The writing associated with those main characters and their stories is the best part of Grand Theft Auto V.
  • 100

    DarkZero

    (platform: PS3)
    Grand Theft Auto V is the best the series has ever been, and that's a compliment that speaks volumes.
  • 100

    EGM

    (platform: 360)
    Grand Theft Auto V expertly blends the best aspects of the last two major releases in the series, GTA IV and San Andreas, to set a new standard in open-world action. In a year already packed with titles that have pushed aging console hardware to new extremes, GTA V might stand as the crowning technical and design accomplishment.
  • 100

    Eurogamer Spain

    (platform: PS3)
    Quotation forthcoming.
  • 100

    LaPS3

    (platform: PS3)
    Grand Theft Auto V is not just the best sandbox game there is. It's not just one of the best 3rd-person shooters ever. It's not just a great action game, a great driving game, and a great piloting or sports game. It's not just the biggest audiovisual spectacle in the last few years. Grand Theft Auto V is the best game in the current console generation, period.
  • 100

    JeuxActu

    (platform: PS3)
    What genius. Rockstar Games are still at the top level of open world videogames and they want everybody to know it, especially the rival titles. They will need a lot of creativity and great ingenuity to take the crown from the grip of the king GTA 5. No matter what happens next, a video game has never reached such depth in its gameplay. Gunfights from Max Payne 3, the exploration system from Red Dead Redemption, the driving system from Midnight Club: simply the best from the best. Simply perfect.
  • 100

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: PS3)
    GTA V is in line with our expectations. It offers what we expected: a beautiful and gigantic world, hours and hours of play... but it does it better than ever. GTA V also adds the ability to switch between three different characters, which is really interesting and fun during hold-up sequences. This is a must-have, obviously.
  • 100

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: PS3)
    Three incredible characters in a well-driven storyline, a ton of things to do and a ton of fun. GTA 5 is simply the best game of this generation.
  • 100

    TheSixthAxis

    (platform: PS3)
    It is engaging, compelling, interesting, clever, funny and packed with things to do and see. It's a personal story, or several personal stories, set in a magnificent world that ebbs and flows with thousands of people who all seem to be living their own personal stories. It's a genuine landmark event in the history of videogames.
  • 100

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    Pull out the clichés and superlatives, because they're all applicable. GTA 5 is the ultimate milestone for the series, as well as for gaming as a whole. When it comes to scale, detail, character, freedom and spectacle this generation of consoles has reached its absolute peak. It doesn't trump The Last of Us or BioShock: Infinite in the form of emotional impact, but there's no other game out there that does this much this well.
  • 100

    Vandal Online

    (platform: PS3)
    It's the best and the biggest sandbox ever made. The story and how it's told, the deep world around us where there's always something happening, and the amount of content and things to do, make it the perfect closure for this generation.
  • 100

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: PS3)
    Part of what makes the game so generally appealing is that, for the most part, it drops the nagging feeling of “good for an open world game."...Grand Theft Auto V is a good shooter and a good driving game with responsive character control. While some of the extras might be spread a little thin, there are no compromises with these central mechanics, which is a feat for a game of this breadth.
  • 100

    Strategy Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    If a picture is worth a thousand words then the game itself is a novel every city block and every dusty trail. It's the million dollar fireworks display at the end of the current generation cycle of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – handing out free beer and barbeque chicken wings.
  • 100

    PlayStation LifeStyle

    (platform: PS3)
    If anyone is still wondering if GTA has lost its ability to take on the politically correct about ‘appropriate' content, do not fear, as it is full of violence, social commentary and explicit nature that is sure to aggravate someone with too much time on their hands.
  • 100

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    There's simply more here than in any game before, and yet quality is never sacrificed for quantity. Personal favourites will persist, but it's hard to put anything else on top of the pile. Everything you've ever wanted a GTA game to be, and a whole lot more. Consistently hilarious, constantly compelling and combining never-before-seen scale and ambition. This is going to make next-gen look bad for a long time to come.
  • 100

    IGN

    (platform: PS3)
    No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem.
  • 100

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: PS3)
    Rockstar shows one more time how to build a masterpiece. GTA V is not perfect but has everything you'll ever dream in a sandbox game. San Andreas is gorgeous and full of life, Trevor, Michael and Franklin are a trio full of charisma and the game simply raises the bar in so many aspects you won't believe that it runs on an eight years old hardware. It's worth your money, it's worth you time.
  • 100

    X360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    GTA V is funny, genuinely laugh out loud funny – and not in a 'shoving a ten-inch purple dildo up your arse' funny – the humour is told through situation, through incredibly clever writing and wonderful sense of place. Really, that says everything you need to know about GTA V. Rockstar has spent five years, and an insane amount of money, building a game that is not only bold enough to step away from expectation, but brave enough to revel in its combined history as well.
  • 100

    Gameplanet

    (platform: 360)
    Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of the franchise and of gaming in 2013. A ridiculously ambitious title that wrings absolutely everything out of the aging seventh-gen consoles, it's a spectacular triumph in every conceivable way. Rejoice, for Rockstar North has done it again.
  • 100

    God is a Geek

    (platform: 360)
    Make no mistake: this game is beyond heavyweight. In many ways, Grand Theft Auto V is a culmination of the current generation; it's a summation of everything we've seen in the last eight years, a love letter, if you like, to the 360 and the PS3.
  • 100

    Telegraph

    (platform: 360)
    Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of open-world video game design and a colossal feat of technical engineering. It takes a template laid down by its predecessors and expands upon it, improving on and streamlining some of its rougher aspects. It doesn't break out of that template and can be brash, nasty and nihilistic. But for all its more unsavoury aspects, this is a game built with skilled mechanical expertise and creative artistry.
  • 100

    Guardian

    (platform: 360)
    The genius of GTA V is in the sheer seductive force of its vision. The visuals are astonishing – just astonishing. Surely pushing this ageing hardware to the limits, we get the dense downtown with its soaring skyscrapers and murky, rubbish-strewn back alleys. But then out into the country, we have rolling grasslands and desert stretches, coyotes roaming, the shadows of eagles swooping overhead...The world drags you in. It begs you to explore – and then it rewards you.
  • 100

    SpazioGames

    (platform: 360)
    When analyzed in its purest essence, GTA V not only proves to be an excellent title, but also a game that is able to make a sublime parody of today's society, taking advantage of all the excesses and insanities to which the world is slowly getting used.
  • 100

    3DJuegos

    (platform: 360)
    GTA V is not only bigger and funnier than the amazing Niko Bellic's tragedy, it's also better. With a ton of mission variety, amazing visuals and fantastic gameplay, this is the biggest game ever made.
  • 100

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    Memorable missions, barnstorming heists, amusing side objectives and an almost impossibly immersive world to explore, make for the best Grand Theft Auto since Vice City and San Andreas.
  • 100

    Machinima

    (platform: 360)
    Getting through the main story in a timely manner was a challenge in itself, but in that time I found that GTA V was possibly the most well-paced open world game I have ever played. I never felt like I didn't have something to do and as of right now, I'm going right back in to do it all over again. I've been with GTA since the beginning way back in ‘97, and it feels like GTA V is the culmination of everything we love about the series: It's big, it's pretty, and most importantly it's just nonstop fun.
  • 100

    GamesRadar

    (platform: 360)
    The world is massive and detailed, the gameplay is damn near perfect, and though there are some lackluster side missions, the actual story is filled with memorable personalities that feel more fully-realized than even the best of GTA's previous characters.
  • 100

    Digital Spy

    (platform: 360)
    With a great cast, a huge list of missions and activities, some novel new gameplay additions and one of the most stunning environments we've ever explored, Grand Theft Auto 5 is a masterpiece and a hugely impressive technological achievement.
  • 100

    games(TM)

    (platform: 360)
    Sam Houser compared the making of Rockstar's epic to the troubled production of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and in some ways the same result has been met: a product that represents the peak of the blockbuster triple-A form, that realises grand ambition without visible compromise.
  • 100

    Eurogamer Germany

    (platform: 360)
    The fifth game in the series combines the delusions of grandeur facilitated by the most detailed open world to date to super-solid shooting and driving mechanics. Previous lengths have been traded in for a consistently captivating narrative which not only holds everything together, but really makes this game seem more than the sum of its parts. The only remaining question is: Where will – or can –the series go from here? I am looking forward to finding out.
  • 100

    Gamereactor Sweden

    (platform: 360)
    Rockstar revolutionizes gaming once again, implementing three playable characters whilst further pushing the limits of the criminal life in a virtual playground.
  • 100

    IGN Italia

    (platform: 360)
    The quality of GTA V puts to shame 99% of triple A productions. The story is beautiful, the graphics are unbelievable for the old hardware they run on, and most importantly the gameplay is fun and smooth. GTA V is not afraid to show it is a videogame, and has the guts to trade some of its realism for the sake of fun.
  • 98

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    For the anarchist, GTA5 is quite a playground. The entire map is available once you get through an hour or so of the story, and the tools of destruction are numerous and hugely enjoyable, although some of them might need to be unlocked first. The Gatling gun returns and a gas canister spills a solid line of flammable justice waiting to be set off. Guns can be painted up and modded with flashlights, grips, scopes, and suppressors.
  • 98

    AusGamers

    (platform: 360)
    The standout factor for Grand Theft Auto V is that each character not only offers a unique perspective on the GTA world in which you're taking part, but on gaming as a whole. Franklin is new to the ‘game' -- he looks sharp and listens and learns. Michael is as I've painted him to be: a reluctant master in an ever-changing dojo clinging to a wall of arbitrary yet important-to-him trophies, while Trevor is the wild side in every gamer (thanks Joab) -- the sort of yes-man we inevitably become because pain and reward exist on a blurred precipice in modern narrative-driven gaming.
  • 98

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: PS3)
    Grand Theft Auto V is nothing short of perfection. It has a bit of everything for everyone in terms of gameplay. A good story mixed with intense action sequences and a large scope to set all of it up in. If this was going to be the last big title from Rockstar on this generation, what a helluva way to go out.
  • 98

    InsideGamer.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    Editing the GTA formula has been done with love and care. Playing with no less than three main characters works well in every thinkable way, and after finishing the compelling and sharply written story, there's enough to do in the wide world of Los Santos and environment. GTA 5 simply offers an ambitious, successful experience of a rare quality level.
  • 98

    NZGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    San Andreas is vast and sprawling and so much fun to explore. There are thousands of things to do and hundreds of missions, so this will not be a quick playthrough.
  • 98

    Game Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    Rockstar Games deserves credit for pushing the boundaries of its flagship franchise yet again with improved controls, great mission variety, and the most jam-packed open world I've ever visited.
  • 97

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: PS3)
    An absolute masterpiece that you can't miss: this is a perfect sequel in the GTA series.
  • 95

    GamingTrend

    (platform: 360)
    I can't imagine the pressure behind the scenes, but everything that Rockstar has attempted with Grand Theft Auto V gels together perfectly. As we look forward to the next-generation launches in just a few months, it's pretty awesome to see the best game of this entire generation cap it off.
  • 95

    Polygon

    (platform: 360)
    Rockstar has expanded and improved upon so much of what's special about video games as mainstream spectacles, from the playful use of characters to the refined take on world design. The developer's progress makes the aspects of the game left in cultural stasis — the poorly drawn women, the empty cynicism, the unnecessarily excessive cruelty — especially agitating.
  • 95

    GamesBeat

    (platform: PS3)
    Time just melted away as I lived a second, third, and fourth life in GTA V. The experience consists of more than just crimes. I played tennis, enrolled in a flight school, captured fugitives, watched movies, and towed cars. A lot of that doesn't sound fun on paper, but they bring some semblance of real life to a world that otherwise runs on its own bizarre rules.
  • 95

    NowGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    Whether you were burned by GTA 4 or not, GTA 5 remembers what the series is all about: emergent sandbox fun and a helluva a lot of murder. You need to play it.
  • 94

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PS3)
    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 lacking in GTA V.
  • 90

    Gamer Limit

    (platform: 360)
    Although it does suffer from a few problems that have plagued the franchise since the beginning, the improved driving controls, captivating leads, and the sprawling city of Los Santos should win the hearts of any open world fan out there.
  • 90

    Joystiq

    (platform: 360)
    An ambitious game, attempting to meld three very different characters together to tell one encompassing story of survival in what amounts to the worst place in America. That story stumbles, but the open-ended gameplay remains a showpiece for the vast amount of content that can be poured into a virtual world.
  • 90

    Destructoid

    (platform: 360)
    All three characters, in their respective ways, feel representative of the Grand Theft Auto series as a whole, and contribute to making GTA V what it is -- the ultimate culmination of Rockstar's beloved and despised series.
  • 90

    USgamer

    (platform: PS3)
    If you're absolutely opposed to torture, or you need a positive woman character in your game, Grand Theft Auto V is a complete non-starter...Despite my feelings about those things, however, I still found myself having fun outside of them. The rest of the game is good enough that I was up until 3:00 am one night playing mission after mission.
  • 90

    Eurogamer

    (platform: PS3)
    GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be, then, but it's the best video game it's ever been, and I'll take that.
  • 90

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    GTA V is an imperfect yet astounding game that has great characters and an innovative and exciting narrative structure, even if the story it uses that structure to tell is hobbled at times by inconsistent character behavior, muddled political messages and rampant misogyny. It also raises the bar for open-world mission design in a big way and has one of the most beautiful, lively, diverse and stimulating worlds ever seen in a game.
  • 70

    The Escapist

    (platform: 360)
    It is the difference between The Godfather Part 1 and Part 2, between Inglorious Basterds and Triumph of the Will, and between Just Cause 2 and JFK Reloaded. In the former examples, the audience can get behind the anti-heroes depicted for whatever reason and condone their admittedly awful actions, but in the latter group, the subject matter or the protagonist's morals are skewed too far from the norm to be comfortably witnessed. Previous Next That's what it's like to play Grand Theft Auto V. The three men you take control of throughout the game aren't even anti-heroes. They're just scumbags.

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