GTA V is currently the most recent installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. Released in 2013, it is still a great game with lots of content to enjoy, even if you’ve already completed the main story.
Given that the game is soon going to be a decade old, it is almost surprising how great it looks, especially if you play it on modern hardware. It seems like pretty much every action in the game has its own dedicated animation, including smaller events during missions, such as picking up specific weapons or even getting a drink. Unlike all previous GTA games, GTA V lets you switch between the first- and third-person views, making some in-game experiences a lot more immersive and fun.
If you’ve ever played a GTA game, you know what GTA V is about. That being said, the game brings enough new gameplay elements to the table to not feel like a recycled edition of the old titles. If you want to experience the story-driven missions first, prepare to invest at least 30 hours into the game (players who have no previous experience with the franchise could easily need twice as long to complete the story missions). Once you’re done with those, there are numerous side missions to explore and collectibles to find, so there’s quite a lot to do in GTA V. Of course, there’s also the possibility of roaming around the city looking for cool vehicles to hijack and ride just for the fun of it. Dedicated players can also look for Easter eggs, such as the UFO sightings.
The controls in GTA V are pretty simple and intuitive. They also work really well, allowing you to move around, shoot, and perform other actions with rare (if any) mishaps. Players can choose from a number of control schemes on most platforms, but it would have been nice to see GTA V introduce full customization of the controls on gaming consoles.
Replay Value 4/5
Once you’ve completed the main storyline, you still have a lot left to explore, so you can expect to keep playing GTA V for at least another 10-15 hours. How long you actually stick with the game is going to depend on your overall engagement with the franchise as well as your experience in multiplayer - if you’re lucky and it works fine on your device, you can have a lot of fun with it.
The Bottom Line
If you’ve never played any GTA games before, now is a great time to pick up a copy of GTA V and become familiar with the franchise. With the release of GTA VI drawing nearer, it’s easy to write the fifth game off and just wait for the “next-gen” installment, but GTA V is still a great game that feels fun and exciting in 2020 just as it did in 2013. Whether you’re a long-term fan of the GTA games or a total newbie, GTA V surely has something cool in store for you.
- Graphics 5
- Gameplay 5
- Controls 4
- Replay Value 4
Optional first-person mode;
Quality main story missions;
Lots of additional content.
Multiplayer matchmaking and performance are simply disappointing.
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