Grand Theft Auto V

Good
  • The best game in the series yet with a new level of realistic game world full of activities
  • Skill system adds an element of progression to the action adventure core experience
Bad
  • Three characters makes for less connection to them compared to previous titles
  • Online game modes are plagued with hackers that will detract from your experience
9.5

Grand Theft Auto V continues the popular open world series and takes it into the next level with plenty of innovation to expand on the strong and familiar foundation of open world adventures to date. As a result this fifth main title in the GTA series is one of the most fully fledged games in the genre and once again pushes towards feeling like an actual living game world.

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On top of the single player gameplay a vast world of GTA V Online also exists expanding potential gameplay even further with interactions with other players in the community. One of the most notable innovations to the Grand Theft Auto formula is the introduction of three main characters that players can seamlessly switch between during missions that have their own perspective and history.

With each of these characters having their own story and background they will grow differently throughout your GTA adventure across eight different skills that ensures each feels like they bring a unique speciality to your team of criminals. These skills range from a shared pool of basic actions like driving and shooting and their own special character specific skill that is unique to them.

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Your setting this time around has players exploring a Los Angeles inspired city known as Los Santos that delivers a large city infrastructure alongside quiet suburban areas and business hubs. Moving between these locations at your own pace players encounter a range of NPCs, side activities and missions to give character to the large game world and take players from one corner of the map to the other. While easy to get lost in this side content your main story missions will have you attempt to pull off six large heists for a series of massive scores that will raise you to a level of wealth you never dreamed of with your group of main characters.

Gameplay is fairly in line with previous games in the GTA series on the surface but has plenty of hidden tweaks and improvements that push the game to the next level for the next generation of gaming. Exploring the diverse world in your choice of third or first person perspectives you’ll run or drive to the major game locations for main and side content challenges. Central to this is the familiar wanted system that alters how players are perceived by those around them and importantly law enforcement that encourages players to lay low when they want to fly under the radar.

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In addition to the wanted system  all the usual elements are there that fans are well accustomed with by now with semi regenerative health, auto-aim, cover and plenty of driving. Beyond game content there is also a wealth of customisation for your character, the properties and cards that you purchase to give the game an almost second life experience.

Summary:

  • The best in the series and genre yet with an expansive and living game world with no shortage of activities.
  • Explore the game world in first or third person on foot or within one of the many vehicles.
  • Own property and trade on the share market to grow your in game wealth in new ways.
  • Use three different characters instead of one that have their own unique stories, designs and special skill.
  • Train the large range of skills to create unique characters that provide a sense of progression to the core action adventure.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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