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Open-world action/adventure game

Rockstar Games launched Grand Theft Auto V in 2013 for fans waiting eagerly for another GTA release. The game features an open-world landscape with offline and multiplayer modes and lets you enjoy the Premium Edition for extra features as well. It’s a fun, mature title with outstanding graphics, gameplay, and storyline.

Immersive story and gameplay

Grand Theft Auto V takes you back to the infamous San Andreas, hailing back to the GTA game of the same name. The story follows the lives of three main characters - Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. Each one has unique personality traits that will often get them into trouble.

You can freely switch among them in the GTA V campaign, selecting the primary objectives or side quests. The former propels you towards the end of the storyline, while the latter gives you funds and experience to get better weapons and other items. If you’re into real estate and vehicles, you can use your amassed fortune to buy several of them in the city.

Of course, there’s the core crime theme, so you can resort to violence and theft to claim assets for free. Grand Theft Auto V is better suited to a mature audience, containing elements of sex, drugs, and extreme violence. You’ll also need to make critical decisions during select parts of the story, which will affect the outcome.

Offline and multiplayer modes

The action-packed game is available in offline and online modes. Before you start playing, deciding which version you want to access is essential. GTA V loads each segment separately, so you’ll leave campaign mode before entering multiplayer.

GTA Online has become popular over the years, with players still using their characters to cause chaos in the different multiplayer challenges. You begin by creating an avatar, changing its looks, gender, clothing, and other items. The open-world aspect has been kept in place, so that you can freely choose how you want to live your online existence.

Grand Theft Auto Online contains many of the same elements of the campaign mechanics. The chief variation is that you can compete against others for rewards or join your friends in eliminating your opponents.

How to install GTA V on Windows

Before you can play Grand Theft Auto V on Windows, you’ll need to download the massive 95 GB file. It’s grown over the years, starting at 36 GB in 2013 and reaching 65 GB by 2015. The file size is a testament to how much work and regular new content Rockstar Games puts into the action/adventure game

Once you have the file, you can use the install wizard and select the location on your hard drive where you'd like to keep the program data. You have the option to create a shortcut on your desktop for easy access. The file will take a while to install since it requires both the offline and multiplayer modes.

You’re also going to have to create a Rockstar Games Social Club Account for playing GTA V on Windows. It includes providing your location details, submitting privacy information, and inserting an account username and password. For security reasons, you should never share your account information with anyone.

Standard Edition vs Premium Edition

While the GTA V Standard Edition is more affordable, the Premium Edition has additional features you may enjoy. The common elements include the campaign and online modes. You’ll also receive the standard weapons, packs, and items available to all players.

The main difference between GTA 5 and GTA 5 Premium Online Edition is the boost you get to the multiplayer version. There’s a Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack with unique items, vehicles, and bonus cash, all to the value of $10,000,000 in San Andreas. You’d have the edge over the competition unless they bought the pack before you.

When it comes to your vehicular arsenal, you’ll receive ten high-performance cars to rip through the streets. If you take a walk to your wardrobe, you’ll also see new clothes to don. The new weapons aren’t too bad, either.

Restoring GTA V files

Many Grand Theft Auto V PC players have indicated an issue with files crashing and losing their saved games. When you’ve spent time, and possibly real money, on developing your criminal empire, this problem can be incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, there’s a way to restore your GTA V files.

It mostly depends on the client you’re playing the game on in your Windows environment. Some platforms have a Library folder where you can verify files and restore GTA V to the last safe setting. If you’re looking for a clean sweep with no mods, you may need to uninstall the game, remove the mod folders, and re-install it all over again.

Vehicle and weapon mayhem

It’s undeniable that Grand Theft Auto V is an intensely entertaining title, hosting so many objectives and items to claim that you’ll spend months playing it. It’s similar to Watch Dogs in terms of gameplay and the open-world factor, presenting more emphasis on crime and vices. There’s also more freedom in GTA V in choosing your desired path and customization options.

One thing’s for sure: GTA V is one of the most successful titles in the franchise and will be popular for many years to come. 


  • Open-world exploration
  • Online community fun
  • Regular updates with new content
  • Immersive campaign story
  • Superb graphics


  • Massive storage space needed

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Grand Theft Auto V for PC

  • Paid
  • In English
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