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Review: Grand Theft Auto V really does live up to the hype

So is Grand Theft Auto V really worth the wait, the queueing and the £42 price tag? Belfast gamer Ray McGeough (18) booted up to find out

I PLAYED the new Grand Theft Auto V for little under an hour having just bought it, and already it is easy to see that it is, as has been widely stated, a landmark game.

Imagine Games Network has rated the game a huge 10/10 and it's very easy to understand why.

From the outset, one of the first things which hit me was that the graphics are way beyond what I had anticipated. They are just fantastic, you can see everything even down to the different people's haircuts.

The scenery when you look in to the distance is amazing, nothing can go wrong with it at all and the vast array of possible things to do is staggering. This gives the game a whole new feel and look that is unlike any of the previous games.

One of the game's biggest, and possibly one of the most important, features is that there are now three main characters instead of one. The characters have become so iconic to this game franchise that it is interesting to see how they develop and further the relationships and story. I have only been introduced to one of the new characters so far, so I look forward to some more game play time to find out more.

Everything from the combat to the driving feels fun and responsive with the game gripping your attention from the very get go.

It feels so different and instantly better compared to the last Grand Theft Auto.

In the previous game I found one of the main faults was that the driving was very stiff.

Before, you could not do a hard turn and they have completely changed that.

In addition to this every single car has its own feature.

For example one car will drive completely different to the next and to the next after that, which is just brilliant as they are all so individual.

It really adds to the experience of the game.

One of my own personal favourite features that I have seen in the game so far is the fact that we can go back to the very 'hood that we saw previous Grand Theft Auto hero CJ grow up in.

This alone will instantly make any Grand Theft Auto fan marvel at the game's crispness and look as the difference in the graphics from back then to now is incomparable.

It was quite funny and actually made me laugh, because the entire house which CJ was in has changed.

The latest game is 100% worth all the waiting in queues, hype and the money.

It doesn't feel like any of the other Grand Theft Autos. All I can say is that it is something new and really it is just out of this world.

All in all, a solid five stars from me.


Grand Theft Auto V - the reviewers: seven verdicts on a virtual world


'More risks could have been taken – a female lead? – but, that aside, it is the finest game in arguably the greatest series ever made.' The Independent

'An ambitious game, attempting to meld three very different characters together to tell one encompassing story of survival in what amounts to the worst place in America. That story stumbles, but the open-ended gameplay remains a showpiece.' Joystiq

'The narrative fails to match the impact of John Marston or Niko Bellic's tales, but the colourful characters kept me interested in the story nonetheless. Like the golden state it parodies, Grand Theft Auto V is filled with beautiful scenery, a wealth of activities, and the promise of fortune.' GameInformer

'The pinnacle of open-world video game design and a colossal feat of technical engineering. For all its more unsavoury aspects, this is a game built with skilled mechanical expertise and creative artistry.' The Telegraph

'Some will hate the sheer amorality, the relentless seething darkness of the narrative. Some, like me, will thoroughly enjoy it.' The Guardian

'Yes, there's some pop up here and there and dodgy textures from time to time – particularly when you first load the game – but more so than any other title, you're constantly tempted to stop what you're doing and soak up the sights.'  Digital Spy

'No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem. It is one of the very best video games ever made.' Imagine Games Network

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