Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3 game)
Grand Theft Auto 5 (aka GTA V)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
: Everything you'd expect from GTA and so much more, 'Grand Theft Auto 5' is worthy of the hype.
It doesn't get much better than this. Since the third entry in the record-breaking series, the 'Grand Theft Auto' franchise hasn't just delivered enjoyable action games. They've presented us with worlds, brimming over with humanity, humour, emotion, wit, raw power and awe-inspiring attention to detail. You can literally get lost in a game as vast and expansive as 'Grand Theft Auto V', the latest in the series.
The concept is familiar: you control a crook working his way through missions within a criminal empire, not just to advance his career but also just to simply survive on the mean streets that dictate fate with flippant brutality.
What sets 'GTAV' aside from the previous games is that you actually control three characters each with their own strengths and weaknesses and can switch between them for better and worse, as brilliantly depicted in the opening robbery scene whereby one of you has a gun to the head while the other diffuses the situation by shooting the aggressor.
The three characters (Trevor, Michael and Franklin) are full of life and personality, vividly accentuating an already rich sandbox environment. Put simply, there's even more for the casual player to latch on to in 'GTAV'.
The writers at Rockstar hold on to their title as perhaps the wittiest scribes in the gaming business with another biting satire of our modern world filtered through the fictional locale of Los Santos - a town of failed celebrities, reality TV, vapid performers and cash-strapped economic powers.
'GTAV' works in the same way that its predecessors did (albeit less seriously in tone than 'GTAIV'), by delivering an irrestible cocktail of dreams and reality. On one hand it's pure escapism, allowing its players to crash stolen cars, take to the skies with planes, rob banks, build a criminal empire and evade the cops with a cavalier attitute. On the other, it's a searing indictment of modern life, encapsulating the worlds of entertainment, politics, religion, advertising, technology, health, crime and even the pitfalls of dating.
With nearly every other game, if you get lost it's a bad thing and a sure sign of a confusing, underdeveloped structure. For 'GTAV', getting lost never felt so good.
GRAND THEFT AUTO 5 is out now and gets our full recommendation.
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