Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5

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Overall Take

Grand Theft Auto has long been a popular game. With Rockstar's "Grand Theft Auto 5," online gaming moves to the next level. You get realistic, crisp graphics and engaging storylines. You can also move between three different storylines, ensuring you won't get bored. In our analysis of 102 expert reviews, the Rockstar Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5 placed 1st 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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
3. Square Enix Final Fantasy XIV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Blizzard Overwatch
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Capcom Monster Hunter World
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Mojang Minecraft
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
7. EA Sports FIFA 19
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. EA Star Wars Battlefront 2
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 10
9. EA The Sims 4
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Gun Media Friday the 13th
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Online Games

Gaming is far more fun when you can do it with friends. Even gameplay with one or more strangers can ignite the spirit of competition, taking your experience to the next level. At one time, if you want a group game night, you had to invite friends over to your place. Today, though, thanks to the internet, you can hang out at home alone and play against people located across the world.

When you think of your favorite games over the years, you probably specifically remember the setup of the game itself. There were likely characters and a story that engaged you, but simple games can be just as enthralling. As games have evolved, though, gamers have begun to demand an immersive experience, allowing them to feel as though they’re part of the game, rather than simply watching as a spectator.

But while today’s online gaming landscape may be crowded, there are some games that stand out from the crowd. They’ve managed to find a way to capitalize on the popularity of online multiplayer gaming and create games that draw players in and keep them there. With each new release, these games provide crisper graphics and more realistic settings, further drawing players into their imaginary worlds.

But violence is an always-present concern, particularly for parents of teens who play. The Entertainment Software Rating Board helps with that, creating ratings for each game similar to the way movies are rated. Games that are rated E are suitable for everyone, while E 10+ is for players 10 years of age and older. Teen-rated games are approved for those ages 13 and up and games rated Mature are suitable for 17 and up. Some games are for adults only, and those games are marked with an “A” and warn that there can be prolonged scenes of intense violence or graphic sexual content. Games that involve players gambling with real currency are also rated for adults only.

DYWM Fun Fact

Playing others online was nothing new in the ’90s. It all started in the late ’70s when ARPANET connected universities across the U.S. in a way similar to what would eventually become the internet. Through ARPANET, end-users could connect a computer to a central mainframe, and then communicate with others who were also connected. In 1980, two students at the University of Essex in England created a game called MUD, which stood for “multiuser dungeon.” Users were able to connect up to play MUD in real-time, engaging in the first-ever online multiuser gameplay experience. As internet technology rapidly evolved in the 90s, several software manufacturers strove to make connecting and playing online easier, which pushed internet-based gaming to where it is today.

The Online Game Buying Guide

  • “Grand Theft Auto” fans have watched the game evolve over the years. Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto 5” brings interesting characters and interwoven storylines that enrich the experience. You aren’t stuck following just one story. Instead, you’ll weave in and out between three characters’ viewpoints, keeping things interesting throughout.
  • Players have become fascinated with the Wild West-era setting of “Red Dead Redemption.” Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” introduces new protagonist Arthur Morgan, who goes on the run with the Van der Lidne gang as they try to evade federal agents and bounty hunters. The depth of the story does make it seem slow to some, as cowboy life sometimes can be, but the length of the game can deeply immerse the player in the story.
  • “Final Fantasy” has been a force in gaming since the 1980s, and Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” brings a new chapter. You’ll find the story in this one moves quickly as you battle other players.
  • Mojang’s “Minecraft” is popular for builders, giving you the opportunity to use supplies to create a 3-D generated world using building blocks and other materials. At the same time, you’re adventuring. With “Minecraft,” you get unlimited supplies and the option of playing either alone or with others online.
  • The gaming experience itself is what typically draws gamers to a specific online game. If you like an action-packed experience, you can’t go wrong with “Grand Theft Auto 5” and “Final Fantasy XIV,” which keep you on the edge of your seat throughout your gameplay. A richer, deeper experience comes with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” which lets you make decisions on missions. The gaming experience with Mojang’s “Minecraft” is more of a creative one, appealing to those who like building things.
  • At full 1080p resolution, “Grand Theft Auto 5” looks better than ever, giving you sharper detail on the characters and their surroundings. If you’ve played earlier versions of GTA, you’ll be surprised how far it’s come in recent years.
  • For those who prefer a more retro gaming experience, “Minecraft” has maintained its original block design, setting it apart from many other games on the market today. Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” has also remained true to its original design, allowing players to pick up and start playing even if years have passed since the last time they played.
  • Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” is an open-world game, a genre that has become popular in recent years. You get to choose your own adventure as you make decisions throughout the game, enhancing the experience.
  • Violence is important to some buyers, especially those who have kids. “Grand Theft Auto” has always been on the violent side, but “Grand Theft Auto 5″” takes it to the next level once you progress farther into the game. It’s a level of violence not previously seen in the series. It does have an ESRB Mature rating, recommended for players 17 and older only. Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is also rated Mature 17+ due to violence and sexual content, among other issues.
  • If you’re looking for a more family-friendly option, Mojang “Minecraft” is safe for all ages, and  “Final Fantasy XIV” is rated safe for ages 13 and up.
  • One problem with online gaming is that it can be prone to technical issues. You’re relying on an internet connection, as well as the dependability of the server storing the game you’re playing. You may notice some dropped flames and visual glitches occasionally with “Grand Theft Auto 5,” and the rare graphical glitch can also affect gameplay with “Red Dead Redemption 2.” Although “Minecraft” is largely bug-free, you may find it lacks the polish of some of your favorite games. It’s better suited to those who like a retro gaming experience.