Game review: Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar Games brings raving madness on a whole new level

Philipp Ciossek, Contributor Ω

GTA V was released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on Sept. 17. Glen Bowman/Flickr Commons

GTA V was released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on Sept. 17. Glen Bowman/Flickr Commons

Grand Theft Auto finally returned to consoles and Rockstar Games truly delivered a masterpiece.

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) takes place in the fictional state of San Andreas, precisely in the city of Los Santos, the self-declared “Bulimic Capital of America” and its surrounding areas, including rednecks, meth cookers and an altruist camp.

The biggest change to the game from previous versions is the three playable characters. You have the charming, but aging, Michael De Santa, a retired con man with a loving family that consists of a stoner son, a promiscuous daughter and an adulterous wife. Next on the list is Franklin Clinton, a young gangster straight out of downtown Los Santos with his sidekick Lamar Davis and Chop the Rottweiler. What would GTA be without a crazy maniac? Now we finally have him as a playable character: Trevor Philips. Philips is a career criminal, killer, meth cooker, tweeker and drugs and arms smuggler who was touched by his hockey coach when he was young.

Another (non-playable) character is Lester “The Molester” Crest, the brain behind all the planning and big scores.

Each character has his own missions tailored to his personality, which lead up to the big heists. Michael is busy with his family and past, Franklin is living the thug life (often accompanied by Lamar) and Trevor is all about going on a drug-fueled trip of mayhem.

There are a lot of things to do besides running people over, stealing cars or beating up prostitutes. Rockstar Games added the Strangers and Freaks missions, which feature encounters with unstable individuals. Ever wanted to know what a bad drug trip might feel like? Meet marijuana legalization advocate, Barry, who is giving out free samples of his best home-grown product which has interesting side effects, including killing aliens and clowns.

There are also the random events that take place all over the map that let the player decide what to do with a given situation. For example, Trevor is minding his own business out in the desert when he gets stun gunned and abducted. Hours pass and he finds himself on the train tracks with a train approaching, rocking stained tighty whities.

In case the player is unsure of what to do with all that money, GTA V has a working stock market, which can be influenced by certain actions, which can then lead to gunfire and blowing up the rest of Los Santos.

The makers of GTA V finally added customization options for weapons. If you feel the urge to go on a spree of violence in style, visit Ammu-Nation and get a pink shotgun with a silencer. Want to pimp your ride like a true Los Santos baller? Head over to Los Santos Customs and get some chrome rims and bulletproof tires for Franklin. No need to worry about losing your expensive ride; there are vehicle impounds now. Put your vehicle into a garage and it’s yours forever.

Final verdict: buy this game. It might affect your GPA in an unfortunate way, but it will help you develop skills in racketeering, petty theft and stock market trading.

GTA is back! Welcome to Los Santos!