Grand Theft Auto V Review

Grand Theft Auto V

Developed by Rockstar North

Published by Rockstar

*You Make Me Want A Labotomy!*

*Please Note: This review is for the PlayStation 4 Version*

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The Story:

Grand Theft Auto V follows 3 protagonists with a huge interlinking story. Nine years after a failed Bank Robbery; Michael Townley, a former bank robber is living with his family under witness protection as Michael De Santa and is suffering from a mid-life crisis. After realizing his wife is cheating on him and that none of his kids respect him; He decides to get back into the business of stealing with his new protege; Franklin Clinton; A young car thief who meets Michael when trying to steal his son’s car. The two pull off a heist in a jewelry shop which catches the attention of Michael’s former partner in crime; Trevor Phillips who realizes his friend isn’t dead and sets out to reunite with him.

Together the 3 of them start committing some of the biggest heists Los Santos has seen in a long time as their personal lives start to spin way out of control leading them towards an ending that is worthy of applause.

The Gameplay:

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world sandbox game with many things to keep you satisfied while you wander around Los Santos. GTA V retains the series classic gameplay of basically Stealing, Racing and Gunning down anything that gets in your way to get to the big league and live the American Dream. The array of weapons and vehicles to choose from is huge and so varied that there is literally something for everyone. When your not running around shooting people or knifing them; There is plenty of activities available to the player including playing golf, watching movies at the cinema and even building a space docker which leads to some fun and time consuming mini-games. The cops in this game have also improved from their previous iterations with the crime being much more harsher and brutal in Los Santos then it was in Liberty City with the cops in this game feeling more like Robocop than Paul Blart.

The ability to switch between the 3 characters at will is simplistic yet enjoyable and can help you out when surrounded by enemies in levels. As a big fan of Dogs in general; I found the parts where you could play as Chop hilarious with some of the attacks that you could perform being great aswell as the fact the dog can get distracted very easily leading to some hilarious dialogue from Franklin and Lamar. Of course the big new feature on show for the PS4, Xbox One and (Eventual) PC releases is the First Person mode which allows you to see things from the character’s perspective which changes the whole way you look at the GTA series and while the first person mode was great; For me it just didn’t feel right with this particular series but it does make the game much better to look at. Another feature I did enjoy was the online aspect which in ways can be treated as a completely separate game featuring your own customizable character in another scenario taking part in Los Santos featuring many different competitive game modes such as deathmatch and racing which is brilliant and one of the best parts about the online is that it has a feature which keeps you safe from campers who think it’s fun to basically just kill you as soon as you respawn; saving both your character and your TV from going out the window.

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The Sound:

The Sound segments of GTA V are brilliant with a phenomenal soundtrack that comprises of some fantastic songs from artists like The Chain Gang of 1974 (Sleepwalking), Queen (Radio GaGa), The Five Stairsteps (O-o-h Child), Kenny Loggins (I’m Free) & many many more from the original soundtrack but with the new generation comes even more new songs featuring artists like Gorillaz, Maroon 5, Creedance Clearwater Revival and of course my personal favorite; Carry on Wayward Son from Kansas. The score for the game echoes the soundtrack with an intense composure that really immerses you in the world of Grand Theft Auto and feels like another staple in the series’ long running continuity for great composed music. The Voice Acting in the game is brilliant aswell with a cast mainly comprising of unknown voice actors with Shawn Fonteno, Ned Luke & Steven Ogg leading the cast as Protagonists; Franklin, Michael & Trevor respectively along with many other brilliant voice actors and actresses who should be proud of being a great part of a great game.

The Graphics:

Grand Theft Auto V if anybody can still remember when it came to the PS3 & Xbox 360 in 2013 had and still has some of the best visuals for both of those consoles so as you can expect the current gen versions look good and very much like The Last of Us: Remastered; This game’s visuals look stunning with their improved upgrade enhancing an already incredible looking game and making Los Santos look like a Murder filled Paradise. The characters looked amazing with a few of the characters reminding me of other media like Michael who reminded me of Dead Rising’s Frank West & Trevor who reminded me of Jack Nicholson. Another thing that can’t be forgotten is the games many visual references including the likes of the Xenomorph from Alien, Bigfoot and even Jesus Christ. All in all, the Visual elements are spot on.

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Lasting Appeal:

As you can imagine; A game of GTA V’s caliber means there is literally hours and hours of fun to be had (and that’s just the campaign) but of course there is more to this game than just the campaign with plenty of activities to take part in plus the plethora of Side Quests available. Then of course you have the pretty much never-ending Grand Theft Auto Online which also has side quests and competitive multiplayer and of course there is trophies/achievements available for trophy/achievement hunters to collect.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Grand Theft Auto V is a fantastic port of an already fantastic game bringing many new things to the table; some things worked while others didn’t. The game rarely has any bad points really for me apart from the first person mode not feeling right with GTA, The Cops pursuing you like Predator, Sometimes the game got a little bit boring now and again aswell as some of the other players on GTA online being absolute douches and camping like crazy  but otherwise yet another fantastic addition to Rockstar’s Resume.

My Score = 9.5/10

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The Good:

  • Brilliant Story
  • Very enjoyable characters
  • Superb Voice Acting
  • Phenomenal Soundtrack
  • Chop
  • Gameplay is great
  • Graphics look stunning
  • GTA Online

The Bad:

  • Game sometimes gets boring
  • Cops pursue you like RoboCop
  • First Person Mode just doesn’t feel right with GTA
  • GTA Online

Grand Theft Auto V is available now from all good retailers for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 & Xbox 360 and will be available on PC in March. Thanks go out to Rockstar for supplying the Game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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