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GTA V
Grand Theft Auto V Box Art


Developer:
  Rockstar North
Publisher:
  Rockstar Games (Parent Company: Take-Two Interactive)
Platforms:
  PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Multiplayer:
  Up to 16 players (30 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC)
Website:
  www.rockstargames.com/V
Release Date:
  September 17, 2013 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
  November 18, 2014 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  January 27, 2015 (PC)
Rating:
  ERSB: M (17+), PEGI: (18+), AU: R (18+), NZ: R (18+)


Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.

Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.

GTA V protagonist
Michael, one of the three protagonists

The Unveiling of GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V was announced by Rockstar Games on October 25, 2011, a few days after the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III. Every Rockstar Games web page (even the old Vice City and San Andreas pages from 2002-2004) were replaced with a GTA 5 logo and a release date for the game's first trailer. The page also promoted the Twitter hashtag #GTAV.

The one-and-a-half-minute-long trailer revealed that the game is set in Los Santos, Rockstar's take on Los Angeles, California. Soon after, Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced in a Take-Two Interactive press statement. In the statement, Rockstar confirmed that "Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created." Rockstar also asserted that GTA V is "a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer [..] focusing on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California."

Release Date

Grand Theft Auto V was originally scheduled for release in spring 2013 (beginning of March to the end of May). On January 31, 2013, Rockstar announced that Grand Theft Auto V would no longer be scheduled for a spring 2013 release as the game "simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you [the fans] require." Grand Theft Auto 5 was eventually released worldwide on September 17, 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Next-Gen and PC Versions

On November 18, 2014 a new version of GTA 5 was released for the new generation of consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, featuring updated graphics, improved GTA Online performance and several new gameplay additions. Among the new features are the first person camera mode, new weapons, vehicles and activities, wildlife, denser traffic, enhanced damage and weather effects, and over 100 new songs.

Furthermore, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 was released on January 27, 2015. The PC version provides stunningly detailed, high resolution graphics (with multiple options to customize your experience) and the ability to add custom modifications. Over the years, the GTA modding community has extended the life of each GTA game through the addition of hundreds of new weapons, missions, vehicles, skins and maps.

Game Features


Gameplay

  • The GTA V map is the biggest, most detailed and most diverse map in Grand Theft Auto history. It includes urban areas (the city of Los Santos), countryside, desert, mountains and beaches.
  • Grand Theft Auto V is the first game since the original where the player can control several characters.
    • A unique switching system allows the player to switch between characters almost instantly and at any time when off-mission.
    • A number of missions will involve all three protagonists allowing you to switch between them to play different parts of the mission. Therefore you could, for example, switch between playing as a helicopter pilot, a sniper and the man on the ground, meaning that you're always in the action.
  • Unlike previous Grand Theft Auto games, the full map is open and free to explore from the start.
  • There is a functioning ecosystem teeming with wildlife including animals such as dogs, seagulls, fish and sharks.
  • The player can take part in a variety of side missions and activities, including yoga, golf, tennis, bike races, base jumping, scuba diving, jet skiing, triathlons and hunting!
  • iFruit, the game's new phone, can be used to snap pictures and upload them to Rockstar Games Social Club to share with the GTA community.
  • Players can invest money in the stock market using the Internet app on the phone. Buy low, sell high and earn a tidy profit.
  • Character appearances can be customized with new clothes, haircuts and tattoos.
  • Vehicles are fully customizable. Customizations include paint jobs, wheels, window tints, horn sounds, grills and spoilers, along with robust performance upgrades to suspension, engine, brakes, and more that make meaningful changes to the way vehicles feel and handle.
  • Weapons can be customized at Ammu-Nation with silencers, scopes, extended mags, laser sights, and more.
  • The weather system is the most complex system yet in the series, creating beautifully realistic weather effects.

Missions & Heists

  • There are 69 main missions in total. Mission types vary among big and small events, explosive, infiltration, super spectacular, family, invasion, hostage recovery, heists and robberies - plus classic GTA missions, but updated and improved.
  • Michael, Trevor and Franklin Trevor, Michael and Franklin
  • Some missions require one character, some require two, while some require all three.
  • Of the main storyline missions, there are several complex missions focused on heists in the style of "Three Leaf Clover" from GTA IV. One mission involves robbing a high-end jewellery store in the GTA V equivalent of Rodeo Drive, called Portola Drive.
    • Prior to each heist the player must prepare by acquiring weapons, outfits, masks and getaway vehicles.
    • A successful heist requires a qualified crew (which you, the player, must recruit) and players must decide whether to go for the cheap setup, which results in a less skilled crew, or the expensive option which results in more profit, however the crew takes a bigger cut.
    • The crew members are able to specialize in different areas such as wheelman, gunman, technician, and so on.
    • Hiring the same crew members across several heists (assuming they survive) allows their skills to improve.

GTA Online

  • Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players (or up to 30 on PS4, Xbox One and PC) that begins by sharing gameplay features, geography and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V.
  • New content is being continually added by Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto community, via the in-game content creator.
  • Players can customize both the appearance of their character and their personal vehicles, which can be stored in a garage.
  • Online game modes include deathmatch, race, capture, survival, parachuting and free mode.
  • Completing a job increases your rank, and ranking up unlocks new missions, weapons, cars, etc.
  • Free Mode, as the name suggests, is a complete free for all with no rules or objectives. Jobs can be accessed from Free Mode.
  • Rockstar Games is treating GTA Online as a standalone title. Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V.

The Grand Theft Auto Series

Grand Theft Auto V is the fourteenth game in the series and, if it can replicate the success of its predecessors, there should be many more to come in future. The GTA series began in 1997, at which time its developer, Rockstar North, was known as DMA Design. The table below lists all the Grand Theft Auto releases to date.


Title Setting Release Date
Grand Theft Auto Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City October 1997
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 London (1969) April 1999
Grand Theft Auto 2 Futuristic October 1999
Grand Theft Auto III Liberty City (2001) October 2001
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Vice City (1986) October 2002
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas San Andreas (1990-1992) October 2004
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Liberty City (1998) October 2005
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Vice City (1984) October 2006
Grand Theft Auto IV Liberty City (2008-2010) April 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Liberty City (2009) March 2009
Grand Theft Auto V Los Santos (Present Day) September 17, 2013