Grand Theft Auto V released, here is a review round-up

When it comes to open world sandbox games, the Grand Theft Auto Series is undoubtedly the most popular amongst many hardcore as well as casual gamers. I remember it being the most talked about game in my neighborhood while I was growing up, rather for most of the kids I knew this was the game which hooked them on to other titles.

Rockstar Studios gave this franchise a huge boost with the launch of GTA III for the PlayStation 2. Now, just yesterday Rockstar Games released the latest Grand Theft Auto V or simply known as GTA 5 which is not only the latest title in the franchise, but also the most expensive, extensive and ambitious video game of all times for current generation consoles.

The game appears to have had a great start and has successfully attracted many gamers. Most reviewers seem more than satisfied with the title and here is what they have to say.

Polygon‘s Chris Plante says, “Rockstar has expanded and improved upon so much of what’s special about video games as mainstream spectacles, from the playful use of characters to the refined take on world design. The developer’s progress makes the aspects of the game left in cultural stasis — the poorly drawn women, the empty cynicism, the unnecessarily excessive cruelty — especially agitating.”

The Mirror‘s Dan Silver, “As we stand on the cusp of a new era in console gaming, GTA V isn’t just the greatest entry in one of its great series, it’s also one of the entire medium’s most accomplished and amazing achievements to date,” he says.

Liam Martin from Digital Spy adds “The city of Los Santos and its surrounding countryside is among the most diverse, interesting and visually striking virtual environments that I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring.”

IGN‘s Keza Macdonald has certainly enjoyed it a lot saying that “Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America.”

Tom Bramwell probably did not get what he expected but at EuroGamer he says, “GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be, then, but it’s the best video game it’s ever been, and I’ll take that.”

There is no doubt that this is quite an impressive game from an pic franchise. It is violent and certainly mocks the modern American culture to some point. With a single session lasting over 60 hours it is packed with a legendary amount of fun.

The game is now available for purchase in India and has currently been released just for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 consoles, a later release for new generation consoles in planned for November while it will arrive on PC in sometime in 2014.