Grand Theft Auto V

9.8 Overall Score
Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 9/10
Online: 9/10

Amazing characters | Awesome story | Pretty much everything about it

Unforgivable online launch

At this point, GTA V has taken the world by storm. Having being released almost two months ago, it has gone from one of the most celebrated releases of the year to something that players are afraid to sign into, lest they lose all of their hard earned work in the addicting online mode. Needless to say, it’s a game that nobody will forget for a while, and these problems have definitely not stopped millions of people from playing every day. That’s because Grand Theft Auto V is, hands down, one of the best video games I have ever had the pleasure of playing.

If you have been following the Review in Progress here on Dead Screen, you know that there was a large lull in parts two and three of the coverage. This is due to the online mode being almost unplayable at its launch on October 1. Players were losing their characters for no reason, games were difficult to join, and people overall were just not happy. Thankfully, Rockstar has finally put an end to these vicious problems, promising a large sum ($500,000 in game dollars) to those affected by these prevalent issues.

Now that the issues have been put aside in the online, it’s easy to see people playing this great mode for years to come (or at least until the next GTA comes out). It’s a highly addictive, immersive experience that puts the already amazing campaign into a world where you can run rampant with your friends, join team death-matches, race your rivals or just wander the world that Rockstar has built for you. Now that I have put the campaign behind me, I plan on spending most of my playtime in this online venue, and I doubt I’m the only one making that decision.

Now for the meat of GTA V, the campaign. For the first time in the franchise players get to control three different protagonists in the form of the collected Franklin, the bored Michael and the delightfully sadistic Trevor. I learned to love all of these characters in their own right, thanks to incredible acting and storytelling provided. The story that GTA V weaves isn’t an explosion-fest like Call of Duty, or as dramatic as, say, Red Dead Redemption, making it a unique and modern tale that kept me guessing until the very end. And although I have my qualms with how the game ends, as the credits rolled I couldn’t help but be satisfied with my adventures with the three guys I came to know better than I might have liked to.

I don’t want to just restate everything that I’ve mentioned already in my past Reviews in Progress, so I’ll wrap it up here and hope that you go back and read into each facet that makes this game great. GTA V represents everything that makes a game great. Rockstar has taken everything that was wrong with GTA IV and made it better by stitching together all the best of their franchises and making one hell of an enjoyable Frankenstein’s monster. Online issues aside, GTA V is hands down one of the best video games I have ever played. The story is great, the characters are both relatable and lovable, the mechanics are squeaky-clean and the online could draw me into the incredible world for days. It didn’t make billions of dollars for nothing people, so if you live under a rock and still haven’t gotten this game, please, for the love of God, go get it right now.


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