Grand Theft Auto
It’s impossible to ignore the biggest t hing to hit entertainment t his year and since Finweek readers are known to enjoy shooting virtual things in the face in-between all the hard work and investing, we’re certainly not going to try. Grand Theft Auto V exploded onto the market last week and has taken the world by storm. No other new game, movie or music release is likely to make a grander entrance this year. Even Stephen Fry is playing it.
That’s what you get when almost $1bn is poured into the production of a video game. The scale is epic and the hype substantial. Not that Rockstar The most fun you can have with your clothes on Games, producers of the series, had any hassle recouping expenses. The game made $800m in its f irst 24 hours of sales and hit $1bn in three days.
So it cost a fortune, made a splash and is now printing money for its creators – but does GTA V live up to the hype? Quite simply: Yes.
Grand Theft Auto has a long tradition as one of the best video game series for both committed and casual gamers. The premise is simple: you are a character of questionable morals who steals vehicles and shoots people. Anything goes in GTA and it’s not for the faint of heart. This is the game your parents
The Last of Us were warned about. Drugs, sex and violence f low unhindered in the world of GTA, which happens to look a lot like Los Angeles in this latest addition to the franchise.
In GTA V you play not one, but three characters of ill repute. Michael De Santa is a retired thief supporting a family, Franklin Clinton repossesses cars for a dodgy f inance company and Trevor Philips is a general psychopath and drug addict with a penchant for violence. In the game you switch between these three miscreants to pull off missions or casually stroll around the city destroying things and hurting people.
Trevor is arguably the most fun. He stumbles around drunk and spends a lot of time partially dressed. His comments are completely offside but often very funny. British author, actor and comedian Stephen Fry tweeted: “I have to say that Trevor in GTA V is not a very nice man at all… dear me.”
That pretty much sums it up.