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on 17 September 2013
-Firstly, ignore the 1* reviews, they're pretty much all about Amazon not delivering on time rather than this game. (I ordered from Gamestop, chose non-recommended free delivery, got it this morning.. It's down to Royal Mail I guess)

Ok, remember that game GTA IV? erase it's awful movement, shooting and car mechanics from your mind along with the storyline that soon plunged into monotonous two bit thug favors with pointless dilemma's thrown in. Forget about the big lack of features missing from the previous installment Sanandreas. Forget about the overwhelming and chore like take on realism in place of fun gameplay.

GTA V is finally here, some got it a week ago or yesterday, hopefully the rest got theirs today. The chances are, between the information already released and the leaks, you probably already have a good idea of the game, it takes place in a parody recreation of L.A; Los Santo's, and a vast expanse north of it called Blaine county (taking notes from their successful wild west open world, Red Dead) that features desert and Montana-esque country side whose motorway's don't look out of place in police chase programs. You play three protagonists Michael (a retired mid life crisis former bank robber) his best friend Trevor (former partner in crime and all out scizophrenic, sexual deviant violent bully.. Yet somehow you just gotta love him) then Franklin (street hood turned car repo man trying to take the right path) The game is essentially an amalgamation of R*'s best recent efforts (Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and Midnight Club L.A) and is back brimming with it's wonderful blatant humor taking shots at America and many things from pop culture to politics, even Call Of Duty. But the reason you're here is to find out why it is a good (exceptional) game. So onto the ridiculous amount of features new or improved, and why you should buy this game. This might take awhile...


DRIVING; It is greatly improved, it no longer feels like you're going around a corner on ice with a piece of jelly. Where braking plus hand breaking in good time still leaves you veering into a lamp post. Some may worry it's arcade like and not realistic anymore, but it wasn't realistic in GTA IV, it was a pain and sluggish. Now cars are more akin to R*'s big racer Midnight Club, they are fast and very responsive, you can weave in and out of traffic at high speed which is fun and thrilling along with the games other effects. But the car's that're lighter and heavier still handle differently, having enough weight so that your average 15 year old COD fan will probably handbrake in a circle rather than 90' a corner everytime. The same improvements apply to motorbikes and aerial vehicles as well as boats.

MOVING & AIMING / SHOOTING; Again greatly improved, having learned lessons from Red Dead, the movement is easy and fluid, you can easily step or vault over fences and small obstacles, or climb over fences and onto vehicles, ledges etc. Holding A allows you to jog and tapping it to sprint, there is no longer a crouch button (L Stick) which feels odd, but it's been replaced with stealth mode which allows for stealth takedowns and still fast movement. RB allows you to take cover just as with Red Dead and works nicely, aiming is also similar and not a mess like with GTA IV. You no longer have to worry about how hard to press R Trigger just to free aim, it's easy and responsive, plus you can move at speed while aiming by pressing A. Also pressing X allows you to do an evasive roll. LB brings up the weapon wheel which is a welcome and intuitive addition, even making it's way to the vehicle with radio stations being selected that way. The D-Pad has more use now, controlling the cars lights, roof, character stat screen and character switch. Your characters health regenerates past 50% but if badly injured need a health pack or sleeping. You also have a armor, health and skill meter which allows you to use characters individual abilities (slo-mo driving for Franklin, slo-mo bullet time for Michael, double health and damage for Trevor.

WEAPONS; There are a nice number of weapons in this game, all the types you'd expect, except they are customizable (scopes, silences, magazines skins etc) and can be purchased from the resurrected Ammu-Nation stores, these stores also feature different clothes and body armor. Some even with firing ranges where you have 3 challenges per weapon and can sequentially unlock weapons with Silver or Gold scores, this is reminiscent of the N64's Perfect Dark and is fun to see what weapons the game features. The weapons are meaty and sound authentic, reloading them looks the part too. There are also a number of melee weapons; knifes, baton, gold club etc. The crosshair is a white dot but can be changed to have a circle and white dot.

VEHICLES; They are out in numbers, coach, tow truck, 18 wheelers with containers and logs, jeep, jet ski, crop duster, Chinook helicopter, trains, dirtbike, superbikes, quad, moped, lavish sports cars, boats, giant quarry trucks, forklifts, tractors, a 1 birth submersible (lil yellow submarine) you name it and it's probably in this game. With the improved controls these are all a joy to try out and the diversity really adds to the games realism.

CUSTOMIZATION; It is back after a seemingly vacant appearance in GTA IV, the three protagonists can now get various haircuts or purchase different clothing, changing them in their houses wardrobes. Cars can now be customized to a degree like in Midnight Club, meaning both each vehicles performance, and look. Allowing to change the bumper, skirting, hood, spoiler, tires, many different paints from metals to chrome. Then there's the weapon customization mentioned above which is indeed a nice addition.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO?; Well.. Tennis, Golf, Yoga, Darts, sea races, street races, triathlons, sky diving, offroad truck, ATV or motox racing, Bong Smoking, Watching TV, Towing Cars, Firing Range, Deep Sea Diving, Catching Illegal Immigrants, various find the missing pieces quests, hunting, a nice amount. The mini games if possible to play with friends will be quite enjoyable, then there's the vast expanse of the map to enjoy, traveling at around 130MPH it takes 7 minutes to go across the maps motorways to the other end, that's around 14 square miles to explore. The game has a large number of random events or miscellaneous side quests that can happen at random (helping someone who is mugged for instance) investigating random occurrences make the world feel really alive with it's own series of events. Simply exploring the environment or getting into cop chases is more fun than before thanks to improved AI, offering more of a challenge. Then of course there's a main storyline. Or simply trying to max and level all your stats or find all the hidden stuff. So running out of things to do in singleplayer won't happen anytime soon, and that's before even touching on the Multiplayer dubbed GTA Online, launching on OCT 1st. Which is where the games lifespan will really come from.

REALISM; The game is really quite realistic, but whilst retaining fun, and Los Santos feels teeming with life.
- You can get a dog that you can train (even with a app Ifruit for a real phone)
- There are animals like deer that'll jump out in the country roads, great white sharks that'll eat you, wolf's or coyote's out in the country and desert, plus those evil cougars again.
- With the smartphone you can use it to take camera shots, or turn it around clicking R Stick, and actually take a selfie. On the internet you can purchase stocks, check up real estate, cars, media. Just to show the amount of content in this game, I typed in "porn" and it came up with a funny parody site on Japanese Hentai, so just the games own internet is fun to browse.
- The car engine stutters as it turns off, and you can hear gear shifts.
- The ocean contains ship wrecks and other things to find.
- You can purchase food and drinks to restore health.
- You can watch TV and do the list of mini games listed above.
- The motorways are full of traffic and 18 wheelers, you can cause traffic jams and mini pileups (Don't shoot the oil tanker connected to your cab while driving an 18 wheeler, it does kaboom..)
- Cars can lose petrol in a trail when damaged badly that can be ignited, the same effect possible with a jerrycan.
- You can do hunting in the wild, assassinations, etc.
- Tires only burst when shot, not the rims, and eventually burn away to the metal rims. Cops in helicopters seem to try aiming for your wheels. Stingers at roadblocks are back too.
- People react to where shot, leg shots drop them etc.
- Bullet holes and other injuries show up on you and NPC's, and scrapes to hands/faces.
- The three characters even have their own walk and animations for some things.
- The water looks very realistic and puddles form that your character will tread in making a splash, the waves also come up against the shore. If entering water your clothes get soaked upto however far in you go.
- When changing characters they will be doing their own random activity usually correlating to their personality, the psycho Trevor for instance might be running about in underwear from cops or wake up drunk in a dumpster.
- The car actually goes into cruise if you press R trigger gently but not all the way as though the clutch is down but you're not accelerating!
- Drive over grates etc and your controller will vibrate, or speed through a bridge with tall girders or past oncoming traffic and you'll hear them whiz past. - Try walking down a hill that's too steep and you'll lose your balance tumbling to your doom, it's funny.
- Aim your gun at someone in a car and they'll try to run you over, shoot them in the face and a blood spatter on the screen will ensue along with their head pressing the horn and the car veering into a wall somewhere.
- Pressing LB in a car with no guns makes the character give the finger.
- Rain and storms affect helicopters making them harder to control.
- If you run and jump into a wall, you'll knock yourself over.
- The police response to crimes is probably one of the best things in the game, their radio chatter as the character specific ambient music kicks in and choppers start gunning for you riddling your car with bullets makes it quite eerie and tense, they will actually respond realistically via radio to your crime and it's location; that's the games 1000 page dialog for you. They'll use their door as cover and shout through their cars tanoy (Try driving through a fort army out for tanks and swat though, they don't play around in this game, hanging out the windows shooting you, or tanks turning their turrets quick to waste you.)
- Kill someone and an ambulance will pull up and they'll assess the person, write notes etc.
- There are firetrucks with a usable hose on top that can knock people over.
- There's parachuting too I should add which is fun and controls rather well.
- The vehicle damage physics worried me at first, but only because your car doesn't look half wrecked from one bump, I got my car stuck down an alleyway hiding from cops, in anger shot it, stood on it stamping on it etc. Then kicked a bin and of course freed it, the damage in the suns reflection is crazy (can see each individual dent from Michaels foot.) and scrapes of missing paint along with severe dents in the sides.
- You can take pictures and send them as messages to a character on your phone contact list, getting a individual response.
- Pressing Right on the D-pad will make your character say something, usually suited to them. It can be a friendly gesture or often something rude, ending in a phone call to the police. Or you can mock a policeman making them want to arrest you.
- You can swim of course, and swim to the bottom of the ocean with a breathing apparatus and at times find various wrecks and loot.

The list goes on.. The amount of detail R* has put into this game is huge, and really pushes the games boundaries, making many other games or franchises feel a let down in comparison.

The game will also make many own unique stories for everyone, I drove through a fort in a firetruck avoiding tanks (if you enter an army base it's auto 4 stars) then drove over a mountain and crashed down a ravine with police cars, then jumped out as it was on fire and got pretty much washed down a fast river while being shot at by 3 copters..came out and ran through tall grass and into the shotgun barrel of a cop.


A wonderful job done with the visuals, most notably the games lighting (the sunset glistening on the sea, or shining in the camera, the shimmer of it against cars or glass, the reflection of headlights against the road) it all looks great, especially at night in conjunction with the neon signs and street lamps. The draw distance has been greatly increased making skyscrapers in the distance give a real sense that you're in a sprawling metropolis. Cars etc can be seen from quite a height too which is nice when in a plane. The weather effects are also improved and are enjoyable transitions to see take place, when the rain gets heavier the roads start to fill with puddles and water churns round the tires, looks great. The vehicles themselves look nice, the character models are fine and don't seem fake at any point. The animations especially like with Max Payne 3, are great so all good on the visuals front. But installing the GTA 5 playable disc can for some reason reduce texture performance so avoid doing that (R* said this on their twitter) The best testament to the visuals are standing on the dam, and looking down the mountain vista at the city, it's almost real looking.


The radio stations are back and regardless of your music taste are well selected, suiting the mood of cruising down the street at night, there are modern tracks ranging from Elton John and Rhianna to Queens and 80's tracks. A genre missing is Metal disappointingly, but given everything else on offer it's a small preference based niggle. The games adverts, TV shows, dialogue are a lot of fun, and R* has quite a good sense of humor as before. The cars and vehicles sound authentic too, whether taking off with a burnout or smashing into something. (200 hours of real ambient audio was recorded from people's homes and real gangsters were used for some dialogue) There's also the character specific ambient music mentioned above which kicks in during intense moments (police pursuit namely) and are a great new feature.


It's very good, mainly thanks to the great characters and the brilliant dialogue. Whereas GTA IV started off funny and quickly delved into repetitious boredom, GTA V manages to always surprise you and at times make you laugh in shock from (mainly Trevor's) outbursts. The ending isn't as much an impact as Red Dead Redemption, but it tidy's the game up nicely (depending on how you choose to finish the game) so overall an enjoyable singlplayer storyline.


There was a number of bugs with this to be expected, and no one could really connect, but patches have been released now and the online is quite fun. 700 missions, 16 players, your own house, cars and crews. Plus room for much more updates offered by Rockstar, so all good on this front. The character creation isn't bad, albeit a little fiddly at first, will take a few minutes to make your character not look like a complete fool, or ugly. There are still server connection problems where for no reason you'll lose connection to xbox live (not with any other games) and also randomly be disconnected for no reason, frustrating but still a fun mode that'll pave the way for future games and content.

There's not much more to say, the storyline I will update upon completion, though so far its highly enjoyable with a good script. I have come across only one minor bug involving Michael's family standing on a chair, and a kitchen counter, don't know why, was a one off I think. The visuals are both the same on the xbox 360 and the PS3 having seen a direct comparison between the two.

The only real disappointment with this game is lack of an army wanted level. With a more realistic than ever game and army (tanks with functioning turrets, jeeps, etc) it seems a huge waste you cannot make them actually pursue you. It would've made for a better challenge than just police and swat/FIB.

To summarize, the game is brilliant, and definitely worth purchasing, it's on par with Skyrim easily (it has much less content and side quests, or characters who live a real life, but makes up for in attention to detail or realism) Also Gamestop did an offer where you can trade in 2 of 200 games on their list, they'll give you £35 refund. If the offer's still available, go for it.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 May 2016
“Grand Theft Auto V” is an action-adventure videogame about urban criminal gangsters, and can be played from either a first-person or third-person perspective. It’s set within a fictional state in the USA – known as San Andreas (based on Southern California). This is an open world environment, and you can roam freely throughout San Andreas – on foot, in cars and trucks, even in planes. The single-player campaign concerns three criminals, and the various missions they are assigned – often involving heists, shoot-outs, and get-away driving. There is also an online multi-player mode – where up to 30 players at a time can engage in either cooperative or competitive game matches.

This is a big game – with a superbly designed open world environment. The overall presentation is excellent, and the gameplay is great. The game is rather controversial (especially concerning its depiction of women, and its use of torture). If you’ve played and enjoyed the previous games in the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ saga, you’ll probably really like this instalment.

The graphics are great on the Xbox 360. And the online gameplay is highly entertaining. This is one of the biggest open-world games I’ve played, and the attention to detail by the game designers is amazing. While there is a lot of fun to be had playing the various missions, it’s equally good fun just exploring the world and causing trouble – resulting in law enforcement agencies trying to catch you. This is a adult-themed game, and is not suitable for children.
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on 1 April 2014
Rockstar games have become true "keepers" in my game collection.
Their commitment to great storytelling and immersive open-worlds is so impressive and unique.
And this game is no exception. It is excellent.

Rockstar has outdone themselves when it comes to designing missions.
They've made a true effort to give you as much variety as possible.
The main missions in particular are simply spectacular, like something from a Hollywood action film.
The random/side-missions are often so fantastically weird and surreal that they keep you guessing as to what will happen next.
Each step in the quest-chain raises the anticipation of something even weirder to come.

There's just so much to do in this game and things to discover, besides the missions.
You can level up your characters in all sorts of ways, there are mini-games, racing, you can buy properties etc.

Sure, the main characters in GTA V are highly stereotypical and I would have liked something more unique.
However they are still very entertaining, there's a great dynamic between them, which is probably the whole point of it.

The storyline and characters can be overly cheesy and silly at times, but the GTA games are parodies of whatever location in the real-world they happen to represent. They are the video game equivalence of a Mel Brooks film.
So even though GTA is considered more serious and realistic than Saint's Row, you should still not take it seriously.

The shooting mechanics are somewhat clunky, similar to that in Red Dead Redemption.
However they are not as stiff as in GTA 4. Far from it.
So it is definitely an improvement over the previous GTA game.

A bigger improvement is that you can retry missions right from where the action starts, the check-point system is not as punishing as in GTA4, where you had to drive all the way back to the mission if you failed.
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on 16 November 2013
I pre-ordered this game, and Amazon delivered it on the day of release (which, to be honest, I did not expect, as my history with Amazon pre-orders has not been great). The install (I can't quite remember the size) did not take long at all and I was playing it withing 10 minutes.
The gameplay was very immersing and fun, and when not on a mission, I could generally mess around across the map. Some of the missions could be considered repetitive, though in comparison to the rest of the game, this is irrelevant. The story-line is perhaps not as good as other games that came out this year, though it is still very well thought out and makes good gameplay. Once the story is completed there is a myriad of things to do on the map.
Multiplayer can be either extremely fun, or just boring. When it was launched, it did have some technical issues (some of which linger) which really hindered the entertainment. Overall, I find that the multiplayer is only as fun as the friends you play it with - if you play in a game with random people, then you will find some selfish so-and-so that only care for killing as many players as possible. Do not expect to run into someone in the street without them attacking you, I'm afraid this is the problem with the immature players on this game. Money is perhaps a bit to hard to get online, though there are many fun and entertaining methods, like races, mission, deathmatches, etc, with this hard-earned money, you can invest in anything from hair and clothing, to cars and guns.

Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 7/10
Customization: 9/10
Map: 8/10 (Perhaps slightly too much wilderness, and not enough city)
Multiplayer: 8/10
Graphics: 7/10
Audio: 9/10 (includes a nice range of radio stations)
AI: 7/10 (Police can pretty much locate you from halfway across the city, which over-powered)
Engine: 8/10 (Pretty smooth, with perhaps only a few bugs)
Community support: 10/10 (Rockstar will constantly be releasing content-updates for online)
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on 30 December 2015
First of all, ignore all those 1stars comments, most of them are just because their CDs came damaged or games came late. But the chances for that are extremely low. This is amazing, it's an open world adventure, helicopters, parachutes, jets, racing cars, ect... The fun never ends! Just note, that you will need 8GB of spare space.

Although this game is intensely popular for age groups above 13, I've even seen kids under 11 play it. I would deffinatly not recommend this for people under the age of 15, due to nudity, drugs, murder, theft, and so on.

Also, this has Online Gameing which enables you to play with other people which i thought was a great improvement since the last GTA which is nothing like this one. Overwise, enjoy playing this.
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on 6 September 2015
This game is a must play for anyone. Everybody needs to play this game as it's a beautiful open world with an intriguing story. I've 100% this game and got all the SP achievments. This GTA game stands out from the rest of the GTA franchise because how well it plays. Ever since GTA 3 in my opinion Rockstar have been pumping out masterpieces and this game is no different it's hard to say if this game tops the GTA 3 era but it damn comes close if not. Also don't hate this game because it's violent that's such a narrow minded way to view it as that just limits Rockstar's creativity in the masterpiece they have created that revolves around organised crime.
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on 24 June 2016
This game may be the current Mount Everest of what Rockstar Games is able to produce. After spending like 20 game hours with it, I can't understand the immense number of totally uncritical glorification reviews here. Sure, some things got better compared to the predecessors - a lot others were artificially worsened, so you can "get better" while playing. Flying, which I enjoyed immensely in the previous titles was artificially broken to enable you to attend a ridiculous mini game named "flight school". I stared in wonder at my controller and considered buying a new one until I realized that this was purposely done to let me feel "improvement" - which then is curiously shared across three playable characters by what exactly? A mental link? Some magic mirror neuron mumbo jumbo?

Game play wise you have (at times) the choice between a sociopathic psychopath, a fat middle aged white witness protection member and the amalgamation of all US East Central hood homie stereotypes you can imagine. At other times you simply are forced to play with a certain character (especially in the beginning) - if you want to or not. This means you can choose between two types of white trash and the omnipresent "black guy big gun" US mainstream media archetype. As a western European I found not much in this game I really could relate to and I'm glad about not having to live in this fictive, portrayed US.

This all could be forgiven if the game would not have made me torture someone for absolutely nothing. There's no way around this, no matter what you try. Creative torturing is even awarded with an "achievement". You simply cannot progress in the game is you do not do this. For me, this spoiled the whole game up to a point that I considered behaving inappropriate towards Rockstar Game employees. Suffice to say I stopped playing this rotten piece of software which made me feel ashamed of being a programmer myself.

This, as far as I am concerned, was a waste of money and lifetime. A very good looking one though. If you have to choose between this and Red Dead Redemption, go for the cowboy!
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on 1 February 2014
This game is just brilliant, with perfect landscapes, animals and cars and much, much more.


A real working cinema/movie theater where you can watch a movie for 15-20 minutes.

Good multiplayer, I have a very poor internet connection (iPhone hotspot) and it connects to online, I was sceptical at first as GTA 4 never, ever connected online but I'm thrilled with that as my internet has a strict NAT setting. Also earning money online makes it a incentive to go online instead of staying on story mode.

Many more vehicles than GTA 4 has, great variety, flying planes is definetly the best thing to do, make sure you goto the flying school first as they are hard to fly unless you hae Trevor who has a high flying rating

Buying businesses is great as well, except you can never go in them, for example I bought a bar but I could never go in there, only got a $7,000 profit each week.

Characters - I love this, swapping between 3 different charecters at any time (apart from when you are wanted), and the clothes shopping and barbers are excellent, perhaps then could be more haircuts as online has many more than you could get on the story mode.

Map - The map is huge, meaning there is lots of places to explore which is huge fun, GTA 4 had a disappointing map, I found myself constantly getting my PS2 out just to play San Andreas lol.

Weather - This is great as well, constantly changing, there are also cheats you can find on YouTube that means you can change the weather from thunder and lightning to snow and much more.

Just a few slight cons,

- The map is too big online, and on GTA 4 people used to meet at the airport, no one does anything on GTA 5 like that unless you are lucky or play with freinds.

- The game is slightly short, considering they have been working on it for 5 years or so but having an active online means there is stuff to do after online

None of this really makes a huge difference to my rating.

I didn't buy this from Amazon so I cannot comment on their Customer Service.

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on 25 January 2014
GTA 5 has had a massive improvement from GTA 4, The graphics are greatly improved and you are also given the option to choose between 3 characters, which you was not able to do in previous games. Even though the story line is unrealistic, it is still great. One of my favorite things in GTA 5 was the heists, you were able to set up heists the way YOU want to, and you get to choose who comes with you. You can choose cheap but crap, or expensive but good, however the cheap ones skill gradually increases per heist, and their percentage of the score stays the same.

GTA 5 has a whole new customization option, you are able to choose between different clothes and outfits, in previous GTA games, all characters wear the same clothes. There is also a big variety of car upgrades you are able to choose, just like in games such as Forza or Need for speed. You can design your car and clothes the way YOU want. You are also able to upgrade weapons, such as putting scopes on snipers or extended mags on LMG's etc.

Many GTA fans say that San Andreas was the best GTA game, some still say it is the best, but in my opinion this is the best game they have made so far for this franchise.

If I had to point out one flaw though, it would be that when driving, especially on a motorbikes, NPCs will be driving their cars and will just pull out straight in front of you, if you are trying to get away from police this can be extremely frustrating and whats worse, if you are on a bike, you will knocked of without a doubt, also, they took away a feature from NPCs cars from GTA 4, INDICATORS, if Rockstar left indicators in, you would be able to see where cars are going and would easily be able to avoid hitting the car .

This is another point I should mention, they have not improved the bike driving at all, some may argue that it is realistic but it is extremely annoying, you will notice when driving a bike, the SLIGHTEST tap, will make you fall off, I noticed this within a few hours of playing GTA 5. This can also be annoying when trying to get away from police.

I also feel that police have ruined the game slightly, I got GTA 5 on the realease day, and one thing I noticed is that to get away from police you would have to stay out of their sites for about 30 seconds. However, I then noticed that a month down the line, Rockstar updated this and made the waiting time at least in a minute, if not two depending on your wanted level.
I can remember when I was being chased by police, I had a 4 star wanted level, I was hiding in a car around a factory where they couldn't see me and I started to count, the helicopter was right near me but could not see me, I counted at least 2 minutes and was thinking, surely I will loose my wanted level, but I didn't. My point is that even if you have a wanted level, even if the police are near you, you cant escape them unless they are far away. I am almost adamant of this.

GTA Online
I will keep this brief, GTA online is extremely fun, Apart from the problems that Rockstar had when the online was released, it seems that every update there is always some annoying glitch that gets put in, and whats worse, it will get fixed but on the same update another glitch will form. 3 months down the line of it being released I occasionally got stuck in loading screens, even though Rockstar supposedly fixed this at the start of GTA online
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on 21 January 2014
The Grand Theft Auto games have, over the years, gone on to become a phenominon. Literally it is like they have their own genre.
Grand Theft Auto & Grand Theft Auto 2 were the first games to acknoledge the gangster flicks from the 60s, 70s and 80s like 'Get Carter'.

However it was 'Grand Theft Auto 3' that really put Rockstar into the limelight with its 3-diamentional approach. Since then the games have become more and more detailed.

When GTAIV was released I thought it was excellent. Sadly it hasn't dated well for a game its age (when compared to Saints Row 2 which came out the same year). Grand Theft Auto V on the other hand has prooved one thing to me, next gen consoles can't power this.
This game is crammed with such detail that whenever your character (of which you have three to choose. Laid back gangster Michael, hoodie Franklyn or hilarious psychopath Trevor) is out in the sun for too long sweat comes through the clothing. You see things like couples having arguments. People having parties etc. The missions are pretty intense but easier than GTAIV. You can purchase properties like airport hangars, cinemas, golf/tennis courses. Heck you can even go on a Ferris Wheel at the fair ground.
You can buy vehicles one of them being the Aston Martin DB5. In short you can pretty much fully customise your characters.
The graphics are amazing. It is like you are watching a film on blu-ray.

The only problem I found is that controlling the helicopters was a pain in the backside. Otherwise amazing game and definately worth the long wait. **********
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