The 'Grand Theft Auto' video game series returns for its fifth installment, with the cleverly titled 'Grand Theft Auto V' which is set to be released on the masses today. Will you buy one of the tens of millions of copies that will be sold in the first weeks of the release? If you're on the fence like me, maybe one of these reviews will help you make up your mind.


  • 1


    It is one of the very best video games ever made.

    Rating: 10 out of 10

    "Grand Theft Auto V is also an intelligent, wickedly comic, and bitingly relevant commentary on contemporary, post-economic crisis America. Everything about it drips satire: it rips into the Millennial generation, celebrities, the far right, the far left, the middle class, the media... Nothing is safe from Rockstar’s sharp tongue, including modern video games."

  • 2


    A nihilistic, scintillating and technically astonishing video game.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Grand Theft Auto V is still an extraordinary technical achievement and a fabulous piece of entertainment. I’m not sure every aspect is an unqualified success, and its violent bitterness can be a little wearying, but this is a bold and scintillating full-stop to an explosive generation of video games. It dares the rest of the blockbuster industry to try and match its scope and, even with new consoles on the horizon, it may be some time before anything steps up."

  • 3


    It was after waterboarding a man with a canister of gasoline that I realized Grand Theft Auto 5 operates on its own set of rules.

    Rating: 4½ out of 5 stars

    "Grand Theft Auto 5 is 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 for the vast amount of content that can be poured into a virtual world."

  • 4


    Grand Theft Auto V is an outrageous, exhilarating, sometimes troubling crime epic that pushes open-world game design forward in amazing ways.

    Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

    • Innovative three-protagonist structure leads to loads of amazing moments  
    • Outstanding, multilayered heists and other missions   
    • Huge, gorgeous, varied open world packed with things to see and do   
    • Trevor is an unforgettable character  
    • Great vehicle handling makes traveling the world a joy.
  • 5

    ABC News

    'GTA V' Triples the Intensity

    I had such a fun weekend.

    "Fortunately, any shortcomings with "GTA V" feel about as important as a random stranger crossing the street in Los Santos. Rockstar Games has created such a fascinating place for Michael, Trevor and Franklin to explore and wreak havoc, I think you'll want to visit for more than a weekend. I know I do. Four stars out of four."

  • 6


    Grand Theft Auto V Blows All Other GTAs Away

    Grand Theft Auto V skips all of the preliminaries and gets right to the insanity.

    "Want to hijack a plane in midair? Smoke some dubious weed and go on a very bad trip? Blow up a meth lab? Stop dreaming and start doing. Grand Theft Auto V, to be released Tuesday for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (reviewed), ramps up fast and doesn’t slow down for anyone. If you don’t like those early hours of other Grand Theft Auto games, where you have to run dinky fetch quests for low-level gangsters for 10 hours before things get interesting, you won’t have a chance to feel that way aboutGTA V because it’ll have you robbing banks and jumping trains on a dirt bike faster than you can say “not eligible for parole.” I couldn’t really get into previous games in the series, but I can’t stop playing the fifth."