Grand Theft Auto V is the fifth game in the popular Grand Theft Auto series. Like its predecessors, it plunges the player into a world of automotive crime inspired by classic exploitation movies. Here, the player will have to commit all manner of virtual crimes to survive.
The game can be played from either first-person or third-person perspectives. It takes place in an open world, freely navigable by the player, where certain interactions will trigger specific missions, requiring the player to complete a certain objective to proceed. Players can use various vehicles, and also carry a range of different weapons.
The game has an immersive plot involving a web of character interactions. It takes place nine years after a bungled robbery, with various characters trying to pick up the pieces and ending up sucked back into crime. As the game proceeds, the plot delivers many surprising revelations.
The game introduces a number of innovations to the series. A major one is the usage of three main characters, rather than just one as in earlier titles. Another new addition is the presence of heist missions, which depart from the typical mission structure of the series.
Being themed entirely around crime and gang violence the game is aimed squarely at adults and, due to the explicit nature of its content, is not suitable for children.
The game's multiplayer mode, entitled Grand Theft Auto Online, has room for up to thirty players to share the game world together. They can take part in jobs, some of which involve co-operative play, others of which are competitive in nature. Players can also customise jobs themselves.
The Grand Theft Auto series is one that has long prided itself on pushing boundaries and courting controversy. Drawing heavily on the more exploitative sort of crime film, the game is filled with all manner of violence and mayhem: however, all of this is presented in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
No. While earlier games in the series received multiple expansion packs between them, GTA V was never given a single-player expansion of its own. However, the multiplayer Grand Theft Auto Online has been expanded since it made its debut.
The game was originally released onto PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013; PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases followed in 2014. Outside of consoles, a Windows version was released in 2015.
The Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions constitute an enhanced re-release. As well as a range of graphical enhancements and new songs, this edition includes an on-foot first-person viewpoint that was hailed by critics as introducing a new dimension to the series.