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Grand Theft Auto V review: Ending the generation like a rockstar

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Our Grand Theft Auto V review is a day or two late, but here it is nonetheless with plenty of video to keep you satisfied – in particular a dog getting kicked in the face.

You’ve all heard the reviews so far for what is being called not only Game of the Year, but “Best Game Ever Made” is being kicked around in different circles also. Pixel Enemy’s own Jaz gives his video review take on the Rockstar release that has grossed over $1 billion in sales since its release.

Conclusion

Grand Theft Auto V is more extreme than ever. The level of ‘fun’ escalates to what I would brand the best sandbox game of this console generation. Pacing in a sandbox game is something that’s difficult to address, let alone master. GTA V manages to do it splendidly and it might be contrived to say this by now, but what I would call perfection.

Character development as well as the different dynamics in play here provide for some of the best protagonists in video games, believe it or not. With three main characters, the character switching system was executed flawlessly and didn’t feel disjointed at all.

As a direct result, missions now purposely allow the players to experience the most extremes in firefights, driving and flying. The action flows continuously and I can safely say, tedious isn’t a word you’re going to associate with GTA V.

It’s natural that with a game as big as GTA V, you simply cannot fully cover everything in one go. Whether it’s tackling the story missions, fooling around in the city or doing the mountains of other jobs available, you can simply go on and on with the title’s infamous sandbox “do everything” gameplay,

The game is bursting at the seams with nothing but content. Content that is refined and stylized in the Grand Theft Auto way that Rockstar is known for.

There is very little to criticise about this title, Rockstar deserve every cent for a game that will truly end this generation for a lot of gamers.

PROS

  • Very well paced narrative & gameplay
  • Top-notch Character development and character switching is well implemented
  • Missions are more extreme than ever
  • Third-person shooting mechanics take more after Max Payne 3
  • More content than ever – offering anywhere between 30-50 hours of gameplay.

CONS

  • Graphically, not the best looking sandbox game
  • Low amounts of pedestrians and police NPCs on the streets
  • Lack of interiors in-game
  • Heists could be improved

Final Verdict: 10/10 (A sandbox game of this stature, boasting anywhere between 30-50 hours of gameplay demands a purchase.)

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A review copy for Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3) was given to us by Rockstar for review and does not include “GTA Online” as it was not released in time with the core game. GTA V is available in stores for $59.95 and if you haven’t already bought it, what are you waiting for?

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  • Matt

    STOP GIVING THIS GAME A 10/10… It’s far from perfect. The storyline has no real purpose and is horrible compared to previous entries… Character swaps work in free roam but are a forced nuisance in the missions as the AI takes control when your not controlling the character and gets itself into the worst situations possible and prompts you to switch back to them to fix it only to get blasted in the face the second you get control. Buying properties would’ve been great if they handled it like they did Vice city to where they would open up their own story arch but no… you buy the property and you get not even a fraction of the revenue back for it on a weekly basis along with petty “Point A” to “Point B” missions. The driving mechanics are a major step down from GTA IV… I know a lot of people complained about how “Boaty” the vehicles felt in that game but at least they had weight to them unlike GTA V which feels like I’m driving down the road in a Hot Wheels. The dumbed down driving mechanics paired with the unruly nature of the cops leads to pure frustration with as little as a 2 star chase… It’s annoying as hell when the cops ram you from behind and the game makes you lose control instead of letting you compensate for it. The cops are just pure crap now… I don’t understand why they made them so hard to deal with. Chases aren’t fun like they were in GTA IV… instead they’re just annoying. This game could use a major rework in the way vehicles handle and the ferocity of the cops and then, just then would the game deserve the 10/10 everyone is throwing at it due to the hype.

    Not to be completely negative the graphics are awesome and the detail in the city is second to none.

  • TM3

    Does anyone notice that Rockstar make the best GTA’s at the end of the generation ?

    • Matt

      I’m already bored of V… they sucked all the fun out of it with the emphasis on realism. Graphically… hell yeah it looks ok for current gen which is something I appreciate but it lacks in every other area.

      The story line doesn’t really have a focus… instead of one good story you get 3 lazy ones that don’t explain themselves that well. The fun factor has been zapped… Cops are way to hard to have any kind of fun with which can be good or bad but mainly frustrating when your just trying to have fun. Getting on the military base is rage inducing and whoever thought filling the base up with Tanks and soldiers that spawn from thin air would be fun needs to be fired because it’s not. I spent $3,000,000 on a tank and it blows up just as fast as a car does… It’s like WTF R* do you not like fun?!?