GRAND THEFT AUTO V
RRP: $ 89 ( reviewed on PS3)
EASILY one of the most anticipated video- game releases this year, Grand Theft Auto V takes the freeroaming open- world genre to the next level by putting you in a familiar urban setting, where if you can see something far off in the distance, you can walk, swim, drive, or fly there.
The latest instalment in this genredefining series is set in a fictional modern- day urban jungle, remarkably similar to Los Angeles, and follows the story of three protagonists, whom you switch between throughout the game.
As the main story unfolds, you carry out various missions as each character, all the while learning about their past and what brought them together.
This branching storyline is more entertaining than previous GTA games, though the chopping and changing occasionally overcomplicates matters.
The familiar gameplay mechanics have also been refined. The wide range of drivable vehicles – of which there are dozens – all handle better and react more realistically with the environment.
Firing weapons remains clunky at times, though the new quick- select weapon wheel and protective cover system are welcome new features.
Besides the life of crime, the GTA series has always offered plenty of other distractions. Why not take a break from the running and gunning to do some yoga, ride a jet ski, try a triathlon, or play a round of golf.
There is also an online mode. This has been plagued with issues since its launch, though recent updates to the game have all but addressed them, allowing players to meet up and carry out story- driven missions together.
GTA V is bigger in scale, darker in content, as entertaining as always, and a defining new milestone in the series.