Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5

Last updated date: May 15, 2019

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9.3

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 102 expert reviews, the Rockstar Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
7,960 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Grand Theft Auto 5 on the new platforms is a great comeback for the already impressive game. The first-person view mode, the enhanced visuals, and the many different smaller alterations transform the game into an even better experience.
- Metacritic
Incredibly detailed open-world.
- Games Radar
November 28, 2014 | Full review
GTA 5 is still more interesting, more sophisticated and morelayered than any other game in its genre – or most any other genre – and it’s every bit as exciting, illicit and addictive as any previous GTA.
- Trusted Reviews
January 26, 2017 | Full review
I found it entertaining to drive at top speeds and crash through the windshield, for example, and GTA's traditional, mayhem-filled rampages are given new life as well.
- Engadget
November 18, 2014 | Full review
Faces are more detailed, grass is thicker, trees have more foliage, and of course, GTA V now runs at 1080p.
- Windows Central
December 5, 2014 | Full review
Great new visual details and animations.
- PC Magazine
November 26, 2014 | Full review
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a journey well worth taking. It displays an astonishing amount of variety, a real ambition to innovate previous gameplay, and a narrative about three people trying to find friendship in their messed up and broken worlds, making it one of the most emotionally impactful in the series.
- Game Rant
GTA 5 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.
- Euro Gamer
November 18, 2014 | Full review
Complex characters contribute to a very enjoyable story.
- Digital Trends
September 16, 2013 | Full review
The three main characters are compelling in their own unique ways, and act with a distinct set of motives. The interplay between the three characters is what makes the game so compelling.
- Stuff
September 16, 2013 | Full review
What really makes this version of Grand Theft Auto V feel like it was made on a current-gen system is the visual upgrade it received. Speaking as someone who has played several recent titles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, I honestly think that this may be one of the most impressive looking titles I have seen so far. All of the characters, pedestrians and vehicles look great, especially running at full 1080p resolution. The increased draw distance also does an incredible job of illustrating just how big this world really is.
- We Got This Covered
What experts didn't like
However, lingering problems with the gameplay and a few visual issues keep it from achieving perfection.
- Metacritic
Occasional GTA Online connection problems.
- Games Radar
November 28, 2014 | Full review
Grand Theft Auto 5 has difficulty with its cast.
- Engadget
November 18, 2014 | Full review
This version does suffer from some dropped frames from time to time.
- Windows Central
December 5, 2014 | Full review
Field of view could be wider.
- PC Magazine
November 26, 2014 | Full review
GTA 5 is a game of masterful quality in both design and execution but it doesn’t always have the depth to say anything profound. The game has a cultural cynicism but it fails to say much by attacking the easiest targets with old arguments. It is a shame because if the writers lifted up the hood just a little more, they could have presented a more compelling argument than “capitalism living is too materialistic.”
- Game Rant
Where GTA 5 goes a little overboard is in a mission around a third of the way through the game, where it takes violence in the series to a new and unpleasant extreme. It's not a great moment for the game, which can't pull it off without it feeling gratuitous.
- Euro Gamer
November 18, 2014 | Full review
Tying all heists to the story limits the sense of freedom. Occasional visual and functional glitches.
- Digital Trends
September 16, 2013 | Full review
Immaturity creeps in a number of times.
- Stuff
September 16, 2013 | Full review
Not everything is perfect in Los Santos, though, as there are some noticeable technical hiccups at times. The game generally does a solid job of maintaining a consistent 30fps, but driving too fast near a busy intersection tends to wreak havoc on the framerate. I also ran into some issues trying to enter GTA Online, most notably when it came to actually connecting with other players. It took way too long to find other people to play with, and even when I did, there was a chance of getting disconnected.
- We Got This Covered

From The Manufacturer

The critically acclaimed and record-breaking open world, Grand Theft Auto V comes to a new generation. Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One will take full advantage of the power of the new generation system to deliver across-the-board enhancements including increased resolution and graphical detail, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects for the ultimate open world experience. Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals risk everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life. The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created and now packed with layers of new detail, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game's three lead characters, playing all sides of the game's interwoven story. Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One also includes Grand Theft Auto Online, the ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe. Explore the vast world or rise through the criminal ranks by banding together to complete Jobs for cash, purchase properties, vehicles and character upgrades, compete in traditional competitive modes, or create new content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto community. All new content and gameplay created and released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online including new Jobs, an arsenal of new weapons, scores of new vehicles, new properties and player customizations will also be available in Grand Theft Auto Online for Xbox One. In addition, the current community of players will have the ability to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation4, Xbox One or PC.

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