Grand Theft Auto V: Review

When Grand Theft Auto V was first released in 2013, it did what the franchise always seems to manage: it took the gaming world by storm. With its irreverent world view and wonderfully realised setting not to mention three dynamic, interesting playable characters, GTA V was the talk of the town. And perhaps it stands testament to the overall awesome design and ideas behind the game that it has once again sprung to the forefront… but this time on a whole new generation of hardware.

The re-release of Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One is hardly an unusual thing in this hardware generation we have seen more re-releases of games, tweaked up and improved, than ever before. But what makes Grand Theft Auto V stand out from this pack is the effortless way in which it seems the developers pulled it off. And now, with more power backing it up, we have a much better experience waiting for us, thanks to a whole bunch of added elements.

Top of the list, naturally, is the improved graphics performance of the game. It still isn’t quite on par with some titles that we have seen for the new consoles, but it certainly is an improvement on what we experienced in the previous version of the game. Los Santos feels so much more alive now, with details that simply weren't there before now to be found everywhere. And, of course, let’s not forget about the addition of the first-person viewpoint. This new camera angle makes the game much
more visceral than before. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea I personally prefer the third person view that is more traditional to the Grand Theft Auto series but this viewpoint certainly brings a new immersion to the title, a stronger connection to the three main characters.

Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 and Xbox One doesn't bring much new to the table in terms of plot, but that really doesn't matter too much; this game is vast in its original incarnation, and the added capabilities of the new platforms means that it might be something of a rerun, but everything is bigger, crisper, smoother and generally hugely improved. Here’s a re-release that makes a lot of sense, because Grand Theft Auto V is a game with massive amount of longevity and replayability.

If you haven’t played Grand Theft Auto V before, this is the version to get. And in case you managed to miss all the noise surrounding it when it first released, it is an open-world game that tells the tale of three ‘business’ associates that go on a massive crime spree through an immense landscape. Like any Rockstar title, Grand Theft Auto V is completely irreverent and hugely entertaining, filled with story and side quests that will alternate between making you cringe and having you cry with laughter. The three characters represent three very different experiences; the wannabe gangster who wants more from life, the disgruntled ‘retired’ mobster who yearns for the old days and the unpredictable sociopath who recognises no order but his own. Together, these three characters combine to create a thoroughly entertaining tale, one that is a true feather in the cap of the developers.

And let’s not forget the exceptionally enjoyable multiplayer experience that Grand Theft Auto V offers. The improved infrastructure that came with the new consoles makes it a joy, and players can get up to all kinds of crazy mischief, either on their own or with friends. Grand Theft Auto V is a very welcome addition to the next gen stable.


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