Rockstar finally releases the next ‘GTA’

September 26, 2013


Staff Reporter


Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
– Courtesy of Rockstar Games

After what seemed like an inhumane wait, the year’s most anticipated game came crashing down like a bolt of lightning last Tuesday.


Developed by the visionaries at Rockstar Games, “Grand Theft Auto V” was released with record-breaking sales of $800 million worldwide on the first day.


“GTA V’s” world is the biggest in-game map Rockstar has ever created, totally eclipsing 2010’s western-shooter (and previous record-holder) “Red Dead Redemption.” The sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding Blaine County area provide no shortage of things to do.


Rockstar has always filled its games with parodies of real-world events and organizations.


In “GTA V”, these return in full force. Some priceless gems include the F.I.B. (F.B.I.), Weazel News (FOX News), and the horribly not safe for work version of the NASDAQ (hint: it has to do with male genitalia.).


Also, celebrities make cameo appearances as the various radio DJs. Nothing beats outrunning cops to classic rock hand-picked by DJ Kenny Loggins.


For the first time in a “GTA” game, the story focuses on three leading men: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton and Trevor Phillips.


The three men team up and form a crew to take on progressively audacious heists.


Sadly, next to the bombastic Trevor, Michael and Franklin begin to feel a bit bland over time.


Between missions, the characters who you aren’t controlling at the time live out their daily lives, and switching to them will drop you down into their shoes to continue their day.


The thing is, while you can usually predict Michael and Franklin’s activities, you never know what you will drop into with Trevor.


At one point, I switched to him’ and he was lying on the railing of a bridge drunk and in his underwear. As soon as I stepped toward his truck, cops swarmed the area with shotguns, forcing me to make a feeble escape attempt (as driving drunk is a serious challenge).


Those kinds of dynamic, unscripted experiences make the game feel that much more alive.


Let’s be perfectly clear, “GTA V” earns every bit of its mature rating.


If you have kids, this is not the game for them. There is nudity, graphic language and loads of violence (almost all of which is brought about by Trevor).


All of the women I’ve come across so far, with the exception of one (you’ll know her when you meet her), tended to come off as generic stereotypes.


Anyone who is sensitive to the use of the n-word also may not have a good time, as the first few Franklin missions threaten to eclipse the PlayStation 2 classic “GTA: San Andreas” (which was inspired by “gangsta” movies, so that should give you an idea of how many times the word is used).


“Grand Theft Auto V” is the generation-defining console experience that players have waited for since 2005.


It isn’t a perfect game, but it has come closer for me than any game this entire generation.


With the new consoles looming on the horizon, “GTA V” is one amazing final blast for the beloved PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


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