Grand Theft Auto V: Record Shattering Fun

By Bryan Koester, ’14

“Grand Theft Auto” isn’t only the name of a serious crime involving the theft of vehicles, but the name of one ofthe biggest game franchises in history. Rockstar North productions, who originally created GTA in 1997, have released their latest

Grand Theft Auto Vinstallment of the series Grand Theft Auto 5 on Sept.17. I was lucky enough to preorder it and pick it up upon release, and I can say that it’s a breathtaking game.


Previously, Grand Theft Auto 4 held the record for the biggest release in game history, however Grand Theft Auto 5 has taken this record back with nearly $1 billion dollars on its first day. It smashed records set even by movies. The Avengers in comparison took 19 days to reach the $1 billion dollar mark, whereas Grand Theft Auto 5 only took 3. Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said, “It’s a cultural phenomenon.”

As I said, I was lucky enough to play the game on its release day. I’ve been tracking it ever since the first trailer announcing it would be made came out about two years ago. I was stunned by the amazing high-definition graphics, and I’d like to believe that GTA 5 pushes the PS3 and Xbox 360 systems to their maximum potential regarding graphics.

The game drops the player right into action as they play a successful bank robber, Michael, during one of his heists ten years before the rest of the story is set. From there, the robbery takes a wrong twist and the player switches between two main characters, a new feature for GTA games, and gamers play as Trevor, saving Michael’s life. The heist goes wrong and Michael ends up faking his death, with Trevor on the run, Michael goes into a witness protection program.

I won’t spoil too much of the game, but to be frank, the story was written so well that it feels as though it’s a movie, not just a game. With that said, there is still much to do besides the story missions. GTA 5 offers all sorts of fun, yet silly, side missions, such as tennis, golf, racing, biking, parachuting, and even yoga for those who need to take a break from all the mindless killing.

GTA 5 also features an online mode that has been in development for twelve years now, since the release of GTA III. Gamers start off by creating a character and landing in the city of Los Santos, where GTA 5 takes place, and jumping right into the criminal world with their friends. Players can compete in races of all sorts, even triathlons. They can do missions with friends, plan heists, or just cause havoc. Traditional game modes such as death match will be returning from GTA 4.

If you haven’t seen Grand Theft Auto 5 yet, you should really check it out.  If not for the silly humor and fun gameplay that Rockstar is known for, but for the technological beauty of the game. GTA 5 breaks records, and can now even be found in competition with movies, it shows the real potential of video games.



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