The momentus occasion in gaming that is the release of GTA 5 is finally upon us, and as the open-world crime drama drops, reviews have started pouring in for the giant highly-anticipated game.
The game currently has no Metascore or GamerRankings percentage due to an aggregate still to be finalised, however, we can expect it to be extremely high given what the critics are saying.
You’ve also got one last chance to put in your pre-orders before tomorrow, so check out MyGaming’s GTA 5 pre-order price roundup.
“Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTA IV brought to the table five years ago. It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem.”
“Part of Grand Theft Auto V’s magic is discovery, and enjoying the thrilling, unpredictable ride the story takes you on. Whether you’re in the thick of a bank heist or exploring the wilderness listening to Johnny Cash on the country station, it always feels tight, refined, and polished. The world is breathtaking, the script is funny, the music is superb (both the licensed tracks and the atmospheric original score), and, most of all, it’s really, really fun.”
“Grand Theft Auto 5 is an ambitious game, attempting to meld three very different characters together to tell one encompassing story of survival in what amounts to the worst place in America. That story stumbles, but the open-ended gameplay remains a showpiece for the vast amount of content that can be poured into a virtual world.”
“Grand Theft Auto V is an outrageous, exhilarating, sometimes troubling crime epic that pushes open-world game design forward in amazing ways.”
“Rockstar Games deserves credit for pushing the boundaries of its flagship franchise yet again with improved controls, great mission variety, and the most jam-packed open world I’ve ever visited. The narrative fails to match the impact John Marston or Niko Bellic’s tales, but the colorful characters kept me interested in the story nonetheless.”
“Five years ago, it looked as though it would’ve been difficult to make a bigger, more impressive game than Grand Theft Auto IV, but Rockstar didn’t just settle for improvements to visuals. Instead, it polished and iterated upon every single element of the game – and the genre. The world is massive and detailed, the gameplay is damn near perfect, and though there are some lackluster side missions, the actual story is filled with memorable personalities that feel more fully-realized than even the best of GTA’s previous characters.”
“GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be, then, but it’s the best video game it’s ever been, and I’ll take that.”
“It’s no exaggeration to say that Grand Theft Auto 5 releases to perhaps the highest expectations of any game in history. It’s also no exaggeration to say that it, somehow, manages to surpass them all. The finest game of the generation? It depends on your perspective.”
Official Xbox 360 Magazine: 10/10
“Rockstar’s Xbox 360 swansong is probably the console’s greatest technical achievement, and as such it’s unmissable.”
Grand Theft Auto 5 will release on 17 September 2013, so if you’re prepared to commit to a pre-order (which should be safe considering Rockstar’s promises of quality), then there are a few options.