Grand Theft Auto V was released on 17th September 2013 by Rockstar Games. It was one of the most anticipated games ever due to the massive success and popularity of all of it’s predecessor, much like how Red Dead Redemption 2 did. Financially, it is one of the largest video games ever made. But, does it live up to all that hype? In this review of GTA V, we will break down the entire game including story, gameplay, performance, environment and graphics.
Welcome to Los Santos
The game is set up in Los Santos, taking inspirations from the Los Santos city from GTA San Andreas. You will notice several places from GTA SA in GTA V including Grove Street). It is one of the most detailed setups from any game, portraying the extraordinary amount of thought and hard-work given into it. Rendering every little thing in every street, alley, and corner of the entire world, the gorgeous sunsets of Los Santos and the way it sublty changes the colour balance on shop glasses, sunglasses and the rain-poured road, it’s all just too good for any game of it’s time, all of which you can enjoy with a perfectly-chosen collection of music to enhance your experience.
Unlike like it’s previous endeavors like GTA IV and Bully who had anti-hero protagonists, Rockstar brought in a mix of all. Michael is a middle-aged retired bank-robber, sick of his boring, unhappy married life, about to have a nervous breakdown. Trevor is a crack head who lives in the desert and is the craziest characters you will ever see. Frankin is a hood-boy with principles, looking to move up in the world no matter what he has to do.
However, the real game begins when the sot expert strategist, the psychopath ex-military pilot and the talented driver come together. This gives you the choice on use all three of them for a specific motive. It is in these moments when you can truly experience Rockstar’s ambitious storytelling skills.
Does GTA V play as well as it looks?
The game has jaw-droppingly good gameplay, period. Rockstar has spared no expense on any aspect of the game whatsoever. The smooth yet realistic gameplay is one of the reasons why GTA V is mind-blowing. Although the only drawback of how realistic it is, is that it is that much more difficult to play. Driving a bike in first-person and falling off, it feels unbelievably real. Fun fact: The game also has a cinematography tool, so you can make short films and become any character any time you want.
Missions and gameplay
Besides the main storyline, you can keep things spicy by interacting with ‘Strangers’ and ‘Freaks’ and unlock weird but exciting missions. You can also try to golf, swim, cycle, boat race, airplane race, tennis, the triathlon race and much more.
The guns work like a charm throughout the game. With a large selection of firearms, on sale and lootable, you can terrorize the entire city. The aiming is a bit tough to use, but doable. The only con I can think of is the sloppy melee combat. Perhaps they went too far in making it realistic, to the point it just feels weird. However, you hardly would find yourself in a fist fight, so it’s not a big deal. Also, the shotgun is surprisingly overpowered of all the weapons, having near infinite range and no recoil at all.
Heists are the heart of the game. Throughout the game, you can organise and execute a number of high profile heists. The setting up of the heist operation by Michael, Franklin and Trevor is entertainment in itself. These often involve stealing equipment, stashing a getaway vehicle, or casing the scene of your crime. After that, you have to choose your crew for the heist and choose either a violent or a stealthy approach.
To sum it up, the depth and detailing of the game alone make it not only best-looking, but also with an incredible gameplay. With an improved driving, gun play and an unbelieveably good variety of missions to spice up your experience, GTA V will give you no regrets.
Hey, I’m Shubhang. I love to write about games and esports. I aspire to eventually become a Streamer and an ESports Athlete, and play all sorts of games for my audience. My gaming alias is Majnoo, and I mainly play CSGO, FIFA, PUBG, GTA V etc.