Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

Posted on September 16 2013, 12:37pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With the countdown to the September 17th arrival of GTAV now being measured in mere hours around the world, here is the first round-up of reviews from across the web:
 
"Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTAIV brought to the table five years ago. It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. 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. It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas. It is one of the very best video games ever made."
 
 
"Set mostly within the glitzily superficial city of Los Santos, a warped mirror of Los Angeles, GTAV is a sprawling tale of criminal maniacs self-destructing on a blood-splattered career trajectory to hell... The genius of GTAV 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. You feel every millimetre of the landscape has been thoughtfully handcrafted with the curious gamer in mind."
 
 
"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. As we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTAV sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat that."
 
 
"The scale is dizzying. It's insanely detailed too. Gangs loitering on street corners, cracked roads, foreclosure notices, and police searchlights cutting through the night sky give the poor areas of the city a tangible layer of grime. In Vinewood, sports cars glint in the sun, tourists snap pictures with their phones, and obnoxious starlets bray into their phones about movie auditions. Wander through the countryside and you'll see backpackers, cyclists, and people walking their dogs. Extras in rubber alien costumes take smoke breaks on studio lots, and bikers cruise the desert highways... The world is breathtaking, the script is funny, the music is superb... and, most of all, it's really, really fun."
 
 
"Throughout GTAV you'll swap between the trio, seeing San Andreas through the eyes of three wildly different personalities, each of whom brings their own breed of psychosis to one of the most exciting games of this generation... They're all exceptionally written, and play off of each other well. Instead of forcing one character to climb his way up his own slice of the criminal underworld, GTAV does a remarkable job of providing each with their own motivations, their own missions, and their own personas you'll come to love as you swap between them."
 
 
"The driving is a lot looser and more exciting than it was in GTAIV, and the lock-on targeting and cover system means that you're never fighting the controls in the middle of combat. It also looks great on current consoles, with a solid draw distance and a frame rate that takes few major hits along the way. Furthermore, the characters themselves emote well in cutscenes, which really helps make the story feel more meaningful. The city itself is nicely evocative of Los Angeles, as well, giving you GTA-ified equivalents of studio lots, the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Santa Monica Pier, and more. Little touches like lighting as the sun rises and sets go a long way, too. That all meets well with the game's on-foot and on-mission soundtrack, which delivers tense backing tracks that heighten the heists whether you're opening fire on the obstacles in your way or watching Michael slyly convince a guard that he is, in fact, supposed to be there. And all of it comes together to bring you a fantastic approximation of LA's sleazy-yet-sunny West Coast vibe."
 
 
"Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of open-world video game design and a colossal feat of technical engineering... It dares the rest of the blockbuster industry to try and match its scope and, even with new consoles on the horizon, it may be some time before anything steps up."
 
 
“...Rockstar Games has produced the most playable, well-plotted, character-driven, fictionally coherent entry in this 16-year-old series. The game is set in an immense, parodic vision of Southern California, a West Coast counterpoint to the caricature of New York City in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008). While Los Santos — the game’s version of Los Angeles — and its surroundings exist in an alternate reality, it is also a contemporary one that evokes and satirizes the anxieties of 21st-century life… Video games tell their own lies to their players: you’re powerful, you’re smart, you’re important, your problems can be solved if you just keep trying. And Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most beautiful, seductive lies yet uttered by our youngest creative medium.”
 
 
 
Also check out some international reviews from Meristation, 3DJuegos, JeuxActu, Gameblog, Vandal, MondoXbox, InsideGamer, AusGamersThe Globe and Mail, Eurogamer Germany, IGN Italia and stay on the look out for lots more reviews hitting the web throughout the day. Of course feel free to share any you find in the comments below.

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  • R* Aon September 25 2013, 1:11pmFlag
    Hi everyone, just a reminder to please keep your comments on topic and if you have something unrelated that you'd like to say to Rockstar directly, please mind Rule #5 right above the Comment Box and feel free to send us your thoughts to mouthoff@rockstargames.com. Any persistent 'Hey Rockstar...' comments may be removed. Thanks all for your understanding and support!
  • bluntWorm1 week, 4 days agoReplyFlag
    we need 4-8 player heist. i have more than 4 people i know who play and when we are all on it sucks that we all waited 2 years for the heist and cant play them together. im not staying you have to have 8 players just up to 8 with a minimum of 4 players.
    • MackenzieEvanson January 6 2016, 11:27pmReplyFlag
      you should be able to change your characters face not just their makeup.
      • MackenzieEvanson January 6 2016, 11:24pmReplyFlag
        Rockstar should add new features like
        Gta players should be able to live together and start a family/relationship with other players and all that
        Gta players should be able to get jobs at any place of their choice and earn money
        Female gta players should be able to wear one piece swimsuits and also gta players should be able to surf
        There should be a club/bar to go and hang out aswell
        Gta players should be able to decorate the house interior and be able to design their own house, and the most expensive house should have a pool
        Gta players should be able to live in those high end houses that you cant go inside.
        Gta players should be able to own pets.
        Players should be able to chuck a house party.
        At christmas time under the tree, players should be able to open presents/gifts from other players. Basically you should be able to give & recieve presents at christmas time.
        • alex_faucetteon January 4 2016, 8:58pmReplyFlag
          For future updates things should be more realistic like when you customize your truck or jeep you should be able to put lift kits,programmers to blow black smoke out your tail pipe and be able to turn it up and down on desiels.You should be able to pick you on tire and wheel spacers for your truck and more realistic wheels. More realistic bumpers and should be able to work your winch and get stuck in mud like real life. It would be nick to have real fourwheelers and customize it like real life with all the mud tires and stuff. Thanks
          • skye985on December 30 2015, 1:54amReplyFlag
            For future updates it would be really cool to be able to sell a property on its own without having to buy another one. Also on the topic of properties, online when looking to buy, there should be pictures of the interiors. And maybe since you can smoke pot in your apartment, maybe you should have to go to a dealer. That would be cool. That's all u can think of for now
            • mohsin_battashion December 28 2015, 11:29amReplyFlag
              Rockstart should add new features in GTA 5 like
              -Gta players can share one apartment, garage, cars or leave togather
              -Gta players can make a house party and invite other players to join
              -A player whos hosting a hoist should have an option to view Three small screen to monitor and give instructions to other players and switch them off
              -players can sell thier propertay to other players
              -players can borrow from other players thier cars, planes, boats
              • honeybager6910on December 24 2015, 9:47pmReplyFlag
                Thanks for the festive dlc 2015 I really loved the snow and the mask
                • EVANDEECon November 21 2015, 12:11pmReplyFlag
                  pleas ROCKSTAR PLEAS CAN I HAVE 2000000 GTA DOLLERS XBOX360 GAMETAG IS LEEEEEE 122 AND IF YOU
                  DONT GIVE ME IT I WILL NEVER PLAY GTA5 AND I WILL NEVER BUY SHARK CARDS AGEN PS I ALL WASE BUY
                  THE £12.00 WUN
                  • EVANDEECon November 21 2015, 11:05amReplyFlag
                    CAN I HAVE $2.000.000 XBOX 360 game tag is LEEEEEE 122
                    • EVANDEECon November 21 2015, 10:54amReplyFlag
                      I KNOW ITS A BIT SILLY BUT I'M TRYING TO SAVE UP MY MONEY AND IT JUST FLIES AWAY SO I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD GIVE LEEEEEE 122 $2.000.000 PLEAS
                      • WestPrimeon November 13 2015, 9:25amReplyFlag
                        Bring back Las Ventures so we can play Casino games. We also need an extended single player missions or more single player and online heists
                        • connorrodaway123on November 4 2015, 2:43pmReplyFlag
                          I come that i have played gta and ive got banned when will i be allowed to come back online
                          my gamertag for xbox 360 is Syndicate798
                          • thomas3324on October 19 2015, 10:42pmReplyFlag
                            Well Rockstar, wasnt too thrilled about the last update but i think since the lowrider update is coming out and i know everythings going to be raw but im going to leave some suggestions on what you should add to your future updates. So i was thinking, mansions, which everyone wants!!! a whole lot of new cars, maybe car dealerships around the area to kind of make it realistic, but open burger shot and up in atom and the taco bomb and all the places, so your character can actually eat something! but also jewlery stores, add more luxury watches and clothes like the ill gotten gains updates, make it so you can take more than 1 vehicle out at once, maybe add some more boats like a race boat thats super luxury and fast, or a mini yacht, or even a drag boat where you can take it into come kind of shop to upgrade the huge engine sticking out of the back and the looks, like a picklefork drag boat with flames and even make it so you can call pegasus and set the location to where you want it or have it so you can order your boat to pull on a trailer so you can go on a boat trip and dock wherever, and last, pets, new apartments, new different car interiors, Custom pegasus upgrading shop at the airport, a boat upgrading shop and lots more, by the time all this happens GTA 6 will be out but looking forward to further notice and hope youtubers who are reading this get some ideas and have ideas for future dlc ideas, Thanks!
                            • dMorganFreemanbon October 14 2015, 5:17pmReplyFlag
                              Great game. But in the newest update for the ps4, either when I get a wanted level, my car will randomly explode. Or the cops now have bombs. If anyone can, please inform me. Lastly, the original 5 heists are okay but new heists are needed. It's not fun anymore having only a range of 5 heists to choose from. I'm thinking at least 1 new heist is in demand.
                              • sinastra123on September 23 2015, 8:04pmReplyFlag
                                Hi, huge fan I just wanna say that this car called duke o death can you put to online because you already know of course that you guys made the car called kuruma which basically is similar to the duke o death. Can u please put the duke o death online if u put it to online I will pay for this car $700,000 in Graf just to buy this car.
                                • ImSoFlyeeon September 23 2015, 3:24amReplyFlag
                                  PUT IN HYDRAULICS , this is the best game ever all you are missing is changing the size of your tires and HYDRAULICS !!!!!! How can it be on San Andreas and not GTA 5 when GTA 5 was an aftermath of Gta: San Andreas ? Besides that , great game man
                                  • TauqeerAhmad12on August 31 2015, 4:47amReplyFlag
                                    HI GTA V IS AWESOME . YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE CARS FLY PLANES D MISSIONS IT IS SO FUN. THERE ARE SOME DRAWBACKS THOUGH. I WISH IT HAD SOME NEW VEHICLES SUCH AS THE SAVAGE AND KARIN KURUMA FROM GTA ONLINE OVERALL THIS GAME IS A TREAT TO PLAY
                                    • nuM1GAMER009987on August 16 2015, 8:14pmReplyFlag
                                      I think it would be cool to have a go cart and three wheelers in gta 5 and they are customizable
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