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!
  • gusser626 days, 23 hours agoReplyFlag
    Althought I was very happy with this game, it has become boresome as there are too many players using cheats or glitches to ruin the fun for everyone else. Please correct these issues before doing any more updates, or you may see usage substantially drop.
    • MRBADBATMAN2 weeks, 4 days agoReplyFlag
      ROCKSTAR! A cool feature that we could get would be being able to have cops in your session or not you guys did it with GTA 4 but why not GTA 5. A cool way in my opinion would be 2 options 1. join a session with cops 2. join a session without cops or be in you own invite only session with cops or no cops this we be great

      • jbreezy532 weeks, 6 days agoReplyFlag
        So how about banning these people that gotta use god mode huh keep this up yall will lose busniess straight up.
        • THOMASYNDICATE2 weeks, 6 days agoReplyFlag
          hello rockstar why do i have to reset my GTA 5 online
        • WhodatTWOpoint03 weeks, 1 day agoReplyFlag
          To Rockstar games im so dissapointed with gta v and the way yall handled it been a fan since 98 and this is the first game that i can't be teamed up with friends or crew in dmatches Ltd or any other vs mode who the first wants to fight against friends and break up crews mid match also out of 17 updates 3 were par it as impossible to make money legitimately and buy the dlc stuff im very very dissapointed to put it nicely I've been nothing but discouraged why would i buy this for next gen. Its bs
          • xnaenaru3 weeks, 3 days agoReplyFlag
            Heyy, I just bought a new garage. I tought that then I will have 2 garages, but NO. I lost more than 160 000 dollars!! C'mon!
            Because of that I think playing would be nice if we could get money easier. I don't like wasting money for nothing!! Getting money is already very hard...

            <3: girl player ;-;
            ~ waiting for winter ~
            • Hansson66on September 18 2014, 2:17amReplyFlag
              One thing, everytime a car explodes with crew logo on, when you get it. back the crew logo is gone. And the cars explode allt in the game.
              • A33KICKERon September 16 2014, 10:03pmReplyFlag
                I am having trouble staying connected to the other players in an online public session. I have movednmy ps3 closer to a WiFi modem and even cleared my cache, but I am still having the same issue. Only happens every once in a while to private sessions. Fix this or I am done with all rock star games and will delete my social club account and will never buy another rock star game ever again.
                • L0ENREAPERon September 16 2014, 11:50amReplyFlag
                  Pls add Jihad bomb vests
                  • Viso_Luckeron September 12 2014, 2:54pmReplyFlag
                    Great Game but for trucks you should make it so you can put lift kits on them, and you should be able to put stacks on them that roal coal, also you should make more offroading spots like where you can take your trucks and offroading vehicles through the mud
                    • Cookeizon September 12 2014, 2:50amReplyFlag
                      Whenever I enter my garage in my eclipse towers home in GTA online, all my cars sort of... Try to kill me.
                      I constantly bounce and when I take a step my SUV ends up launching me to the roof
                      And killing me. Yes my cars also get damaged in the process.
                      Please fix this fast!!!!
                      • NOxFATxCHICKsxxon September 6 2014, 5:06pmReplyFlag
                        For gta 5 they should make a bat mobile like on batman begins
                        • Zilenseron August 26 2014, 7:36amReplyFlag
                          Hello, In gta 5 online patch 1.16 my car is floating how can i fix that i really need to fix that i can't even use that car!!!
                          • PicO_AntraX104on August 26 2014, 1:03amReplyFlag
                            For the future update it would be nice to see new single cab pick up trucks thats whats popular here in Los Angeles right now, for example the contender and rancher from gta4, thank you
                            • jaysmoove17on August 24 2014, 4:45pmReplyFlag
                              Rockstar

                              in GTA 5 online is not as enjoyable right now no more little bits of RP and money the update that you should have as an idea wud be to give us online players the choice to be FBI,police,or in the army , and add whole outfits for each of those make it stand out and put us on missions for one of those three we pick and let us arrest people and more fighting moves squad cars Let us do some real FBI ,police, or army stuff that's an idea that wat people actually asked for before but that right there wud make it live
                              • lucifer3113on August 22 2014, 5:09pmReplyFlag
                                you really gotta work on your "player kick" it is nothing but a piss off. freezes, dosn't actually kick the player. fix it.
                                • lexythehumanon August 19 2014, 3:43amReplyFlag
                                  Every time I go to kick someone from a mission, race, death match, etc, it freezes my Xbox. Please, fix this bug! Also that pathetic hair glitch with the hats, it's a great game, just stupid flaws like these make it, not so fun.
                                  • azeljames1234567on July 27 2014, 4:14pmReplyFlag
                                    I just want to say that you sould add some free cars and new colours for the cars anddddddd new car parts
                                    • D-wolf87on July 22 2014, 11:00pmReplyFlag
                                      First thanks for everything rockstars you guys rock.when I heard the news about gta5 is coming to the ps4 I lost my mind just one request how about a fool on police mode where you can be a good cop or bad cop even get promoted on the force and a corrupt cop thank again rockstars
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