Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5

Last updated date: June 11, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

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We looked at the top 1 PS4 Games and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Lifewire, Engadget, Tech Spot, Games Radar, God Is A Geek, Push Square, Game Informer, Game Rant and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best PS4 Game you should buy.

Overall Take

Grand Theft Auto specializes in auto heists, and the heists in Rockstar "Grand Theft Auto 5" are better than ever. You'll get realistic worldbuilding down to the smallest detail, truly immersing yourself in your adventures. But perhaps the best thing about this game is its affordability, as one of the lowest-priced popular PS4 games. In our analysis of 121 expert reviews, the Rockstar Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5 placed 6th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
12,721 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It’s impressive how virtually no opportunity to throw in a subtle little touch was missed.
- IGN
November 17, 2014 | Full review
New weather and lighting effects in the increased 1080p resolution have made an already-rich world even richer and deeper in its believability, and, therefore, its entertainment value.
- Lifewire
May 24, 2018 | Full review
One component that stands out is a pair of functioning stock markets, one of which is based on global connected player interaction.
- Engadget
May 15, 2019 | Full review
Heist missions are a blast to plan and execute.
- Tech Spot
Most impressive of all is the new first person mode. Rockstar could have simply crammed an extra camera in, slapped a bullet point on the back of the box and had done with it.
- Games Radar
November 28, 2014 | Full review
Perhaps the crowning achievement here is the new first-person mode, not only because Rockstar were mad enough to add it at all, but because it works so well you’ll forget it was absent before.
- God Is A Geek
November 17, 2014 | Full review
That said, the realistic mechanics really gel with the world that Rockstar has crafted. In many ways, the game is unique in that it doesn't inherently feel like other sandbox outings.
- Push Square
November 26, 2014 | Full review
Playing the game again from the first-person perspective is a blast. It’s also become my perspective of choice for Grand Theft Auto Online.
- Game Informer
November 21, 2014 | Full review
Since then, Rockstar have been making improvements and tweaking their mechanics and the work has paid off in droves as Gran Theft Auto 5 is one of the most impressive and complete packages ever put together.
- Game Rant
What experts didn't like
Worse, the wait times to get in and out of matches has been extreme, to the point where my GTA Online experience has been roughly 60 percent playing and 40 percent waiting to play, with frequent disconnects and occasional crashes.
- IGN
November 17, 2014 | Full review
Irritating characters and grating dialogue.
- Tech Spot
Occasional GTA Online connection problems.
- Games Radar
November 28, 2014 | Full review
Vehicle handling still isn't quite tight enough.
- God Is A Geek
November 17, 2014 | Full review
Rockstar Games has offered an experience with a few flaws – but flaws that don’t break the core (and extremely enjoyable) gameplay.
- Game Rant

From The Manufacturer

Experience Rockstar Games' critically acclaimed open world game, Grand Theft Auto V. When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other. Explore the stunning world of Los Santos and Blaine County in the ultimate Grand Theft Auto V experience, featuring a range of technical upgrades and enhancements for new and returning players. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including: New weapons, vehicles and activities. Additional wildlife. Denser traffic. New foliage system. Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more. Grand Theft Auto V also comes with Grand Theft Auto Online, the dynamic and ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe with online play for up to 30 players, including all existing gameplay upgrades and content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online. Rise through the ranks to become a CEO of a criminal empire by trading contraband or form a motorcycle club and rule the streets; pull off complex co-operative Heists or enter radical, adrenaline-fueled Stunt Races; compete in unique Adversary modes; or create your own content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto Community. SPECIAL CONTENT FOR RETURNING PLAYERS Players returning from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions get special access to a host of content on PS4 including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more. Special access content requires Rockstar Games Social Club account. Visit rockstargames.com/v/bonuscontent for details.

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An Overview On PS4 Games

  • If you haven’t played Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” in a while, it may be worth a relook. The award-winning game has undergone a recent revamp, taking it in the direction of a role-playing game. However, it’s still technically a stealth game, requiring the player to master the ability to sneak up on opponents.
  • When it comes down to it, many of today’s top games excel at worldbuilding. With Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” it’s all about the map. This version has the largest and most connected map in all the renditions. You’ll find even when you’re out in the middle of the desert, there are plenty of awe-inspiring views. The game will take you deep into the heart of Egypt, immersing you in the ancient culture of the country.
  • The open-world Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” also offers a sizeable map, with mesmerizing landscapes and photorealistic graphics.
  • If you’ve played “Grand Theft Auto” before, you’re probably already familiar with the meticulous detail put into the graphics. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” has realism all the way down to weather and lighting effects. This lends authenticity to the experience that makes you feel as though you’re truly a part of that world.
  • One of the best things about Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition is that it helps you grow as a player. The game takes note of moves that you haven’t yet used and coaches you to complete them in order to become better at virtual combat.
  • One new feature that will enhance your experience with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. It also adds Mother Base to your adventures, which means Big Boss will have more resources than in previous Metal Gear games.
  • Storylines have become huge in many of today’s PS4 games, but many of them have a problem with growing repetitive over time. As with previous iterations, Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” has an engaging storyline. However, some find the quests are repetitive over time, and you may find that finding the loot is too easy if you’re a more experienced player. Missions with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” can also become repetitive. Although the story is captivating, it doesn’t seem to have as many twists and turns as other open-world games. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is all based on auto heists, which provide plenty of adventures without a complex storyline. The quests in Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can also become repetitive.
  • Although Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” repeats itself over time, it’s important to note that you drive the storyline in open-world games, and this game gives you plenty of opportunities to make it your own.
  • If your setup supports 4K resolution, you may want to sway toward Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which offers 4K gameplay as an option.
  • Lack of responsiveness can become frustrating with any game. The controls with Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” can feel a bit awkward at times. That means combat can tend to feel unnatural, with attacks not landing quite the blow they feel like they should.
  • Many players prefer the spirit of competition that comes with playing others. Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” offers both solo and online team gameplay options.
  • For gamers on a budget, Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is the best option, selling for less than $20. Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can be found in the $20-$30 range. But the Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition includes a season pass, which expands your gameplay options.

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The PS4 Game Buying Guide

Your PS4 is all hooked up and ready to go. Now you just need the perfect game to get you started. If you’ve owned a PlayStation before, you probably have a few favorites of your own, but it can’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You may even find that a game you tried in the past has improved so much in recent versions, you’ll want to try it again.

With so many PS4 games available, though, you’ll first need to narrow down the type of game you want to play. There are role-playing games, abbreviated RPG, which are among the most popular. RPGs kicked off with games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and continue today with popular options like “Final Fantasy.”

The vast majority of games will fall under the action header, which includes the many shooter games you find when you’re looking around. This genre also includes fighting and combat games like “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon,” as well as stealth games like “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”

Another video game category that’s popular with many players is open-world games. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” falls into this category, as does “Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” With an open-world game, you’re free to move around a virtual environment, choosing how you reach particular goals. These games have become increasingly popular as gamers seek to feel as though they’re part of an adventure, rather than just competing to win.

There are plenty of factors beyond gameplay, including the visuals on the screen in front of you. You’ll want to spend time in a world that’s immersive, rather than one that takes away from the experience. If you have a 4K TV, you’ll find your options are narrowed considerably since not all PS4 games are built to render at that resolution. Some games also have technical glitches that slow down response time, a flaw that can be extremely frustrating if you’re just trying to enjoy some game time.