“GTA V,” the mother of all sandbox games, has returned in style, offering players an interesting storyline, entertaining activities to pass the time when not in a mission, customizable everything and a world so large and realistic it will take years to explore every square inch of it.
Unlike previous installments of the franchise, where players assume the role of a main protagonist and control every decision, “GTA V” has three characters players can jump between at any time when not in a mission or when on a mission together.
When not in control of a character while playing someone else, the other characters go about their business, going wherever their personalities take them, never just sitting around idly waiting to be played again.
Players take on the role of Franklin, a well-intentioned street hustler who refuses to get pulled into the gang life again; Michael, an old professional bank robber turned family man who hates his life; and Trevor, Michael’s old bank robbing buddy who is now building a meth empire in northern Los Santos.
Like many other Rockstar games, the infamous load screen is a thing of the past, being nonexistent throughout the game. Once the game gets started, it doesn’t stop until the player quits.
“GTA V” sees the return of character stats that can be built up throughout the game by practicing various actions. Shooting skill is increased by shooting, driving skill is increased by driving, stamina by running, and so on.
The GTA franchise has always been controversial or demonized for its mature content and this one is no different.
The game is not only filled with violence, hateful language and criminality, but it is also filled with gratuitous sex, nudity, drug use and, more importantly, social satires naïve minds won’t be able to understand. So children, keep out.
Every mission, from the big heists to challenging someone to a bike race, is extremely fun and interactive, making every part of “GTA V” feel well thought out and executed.
“GTA V” provides hours upon hours of gameplay with almost unlimited replay value without the irritation of Cousin Roman constantly calling to go bowling.
When the Grand Theft Auto Online servers for “GTA V” fire up in a couple of weeks, the game will be complete, adding a new level of entertainment to game that is already worth its weight in gold without it.
Rating: 5 out of 5