We all know that the Grand Theft Auto Series has been one of those franchises who “revolutionized” gaming. From Grand theft Auto San Andreas to Grand Theft Auto 4, Rockstar has never failed to impress the crowd with its game elements and presentation. The Grand Theft Auto series focuses on open world or sand box gaming. This “genre” in video games has always attracted a lot of gamers and Rockstar does very well in making quality sandbox games. Recently Rockstar has launched their latest game from the Grand Theft Auto Franchise, Grand Theft Auto V. Development following the release of its predecessor Grand Theft Auto 4 in April 2008. The team were able to render the world of Grand Theft Auto V with greater detail than in Grand Theft Auto IV because they had become familiar with the hardware of the consoles. Art director Aaron Garbut said that while the aging hardware of consoles seemed very difficult, the team were able to overcome these challenges technically and they managed to create a very detailed open world. The lighting also improved in the consoles. We will also expect a PC release soon in the future.
In the game, you will be able to roam the city of Los Santos in California. The environments and level of detail of Grand Theft Auto 5 is absolutely spectacular. You may also notice that Rockstar North is very focused on quality rather than quantity, and with a game of this scope it took awhile for the team to finish this project. Developing this triple A game isn’t that easy, so more time is required if they truly want to let gamers experience this modern world gameplay. GTA 5’s gameplay is very fun and intricate. Players will be able to do a lot of things, and I mean a LOT of things. They can play tennis, buy or steal cars, go scuba diving, drive the whole city, go sky diving, perform heists, or simply walk and enjoy all of the city’s “leisure”. There are many to mention and as always, the developers of the game did a good job in creating a realistic world.
Grand Theft Auto V was released to widespread critical acclaim and strong commercial success worldwide. Reviewers acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V for its story missions, presentation and open world gameplay. According to review aggregating website Metacritic, the game received an average review score of 97/100 for both consoles, and according to GameRankings, the game received an average review score of 96.92% and 96.06% for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, respectively. GameRankings rates its as the second-best PlayStation 3 and third-best Xbox 360 game of all time.
The game was successful commercially; within 24 hours of release, Grand Theft Auto V generated more than $800 million in revenue, equating to approximately 11.21 million copies sold for Take Two, exceeding the previous first-day sales record of $500 million set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The numbers nearly doubled analysts’ expectations for the title. Three days after the release, the game had surpassed $1 billion in sales, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history. This broke the previous record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which took 15 days to surpass $1 billion in sales.
In the United Kingdom, Grand Theft Auto V became the fastest-selling game of all time, having sold over 2.25 million copies in five days. This broke the previous record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops, which sold 2 million copies over the same period. Grand Theft Auto V also broke the day one record by selling 1.57 million copies, generating £65 million. In two weeks, Grand Theft Auto V sold over 2.6 million copies, generating £90 million, which accounted for 52% of games sold September 2013. After just three weeks on sale, Grand Theft Auto V beat the lifetime sales of Grand Theft Auto 4. It also became the largest digital release on the Playstation Store, breaking the previous record set by The Last of Us.
Grand Theft Auto V is indeed a technical masterpiece. The gameplay fun and it seriously delivers a great open world experience. However, as we all say, no game is perfect. There are some people who also “question” the morale issues of the game. The game has a very mature theme and indeed, it’s not for children. The game has violence, sex and drugs. Some critics also “question” the use of women as mere sexual objects or projected as negative or scandalous individuals. Reviewers also observed misogynistic undertones in the game’s treatment of women as “strippers, prostitutes, long-suffering wives, humorless girlfriends and goofy, new-age feminists”, and felt that the game’s satirical representation of misogyny legitimizes it. There are a lot of morale issues in the game that clearly needs to be addressed. Put that aside though, the game is a technical masterpiece like I said. Also, you control three main characters and these characters are not “good” people. This is also one of the reasons why some people don’t like the game at all. However, the game does a great job in fleshing out these 3 characters.
Overall, Rockstar once again made a stunning game. Grand Theft Auto V’s sales are off the charts, generating more than $800 million in revenue. It also became the fastest-selling game of all time, having sold over 2.25 million copies in five days. It’s really amazing achievement, especially in the gaming industry. Rockstar did an amazing job and they are reaping what they’ve sown. Overall, if you don’t mind the profanity and adult themes of the game, the you better check it out, especially if you’re a fan of the open world genre.