Grand Theft Auto V – review
PS3, Xbox 360; cert: 18
A scene from Grand Theft Auto V.
What's the story?
Three hardened crooks – veteran Michael, on-the-rise Franklin, criminally insane Trevor – conspire in a series of increasingly elaborate heists in Rockstar's latest opus. There's a surprising level of emotion between the characters, with Michael taking on Franklin as a protege and surrogate son, while Trevor deals with feelings of betrayal and his own mental health.
Buy it from
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Suitable for 18 years and over
- Rockstar Games
Drive, shoot, play tennis, raise a dog – there's not much you can't do in GTA V's varied missions and hobbies. Open-world freedom has always been the greatest asset and remains so here, although being unable to interact with anything unless prompted leaves a sense of detachment.
Highs and Lows
The meticulously realised city of Los Santos is by far the game's greatest achievement. Simply driving around, exploring the murky downtown streets or beautiful wilderness of the hills and farmlands can entertain for hours. The dialogue and performances are of rare quality.
Five years in the making, Grand Theft Auto V doesn't quite live up to expectations. The central story boasts wonderful character moments but is narratively uninspired, while action scenes require little skill. Despite its flaws, this is a remarkable title with a wealth of content that puts most competitors to shame.