One of the most anticipated games of 2013 happens to be the newest game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Grand Theft Auto 5. Developed by Rockstar Games and released September 17th, 2013, this new release has received numerous amounts of good reviews and excellent ratings. Most would agree it's taken the next step in gaming, producing a wide broad world experience (sandboxes) for users to explore, changing the game internally, dependent on what the player actually does in the game! How does this compare to Grand Theft Auto 4?
The open world experience of GTA 5 really amazes the average player. The map is four tumes larger than GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption combined! The expansive world not only includes a large and detailed city, but an even bigger wilderness landscape, with luscious mountains and rivers. This opens up a whole new category of activities for open world roam including hunting, off-roading, motorsports, water sports and parachuting, which GTA 4 could never deliver. This game will definitely over-heat your console hardware, having 8GIGS of memory download. This new map is way bigger than GTA 4, therefore making it a more enjoyable experience with a wide variety of things to do. GTA 4 took place in Rockstar's vision of modern day New York. The transition from crowded streets and long freeways to beaches, suburbs, and vast frontiers exemplifies GTA 5's massive core intent to keep the user interested long enough until the next release. Within the map you can customize personal vehicles, own a house, buy planes, buy clothing and other accessories, and participate in random events spontaneously happening in the city.
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"...gives you tremendous freedom to explore an astonishingly well-realised world and tells a story that’s gripping, thrilling, and darkly comic. It is a leap forward in narrative sophistication for the series, and there’s no mechanical element of the gameplay that hasn’t been improved over Grand Theft Auto IV." - IGN
"The narrative fails to match the impact of John Marston or Niko Bellic's tales, but the colorful characters kept me interested in the story nonetheless." -GameInformer
In my personal review of that game, I didn't find the GTA 5 story to be as compelling and complex as GTA 4. Yes, the GTA 5 plot was exhilarating, fun, suspenseful, and creative, but it lacked the depth and emotion portrayed in the characters of GTA 4. I consider this flaw mainly caused by the three lead character design. With two extra story lines, the plot development became dull. I thought the characters were introduced too fast and their personalities weren't developed enough. Nico Belic (Protagonist of GTA 4) withdrew your emotions, as if he was real. You felt his struggle and you wanted to keep on playing. In GTA 5, it's more of an enjoyable experience; action sequences, explosions, very interactive missions.
Over all, I give this game a 10/10. Grand Theft Auto 5 has amazing graphics, intense game play, a wide variety of activities, and beautiful game design. I'd definitely recommend you buy this for Ps3 or Xbox360. The Online Mulit-player portion of this game is even broader and magnificent! It's one of a kind!
"At times the staggering amount of content can be overwhelming; there's so much to do that it's easy to be paralyzed with indecision. Whether you're exploring the upper-class suburbs of Rockford Hills as Michael, the beautiful and scenic Vespucci Beach as Franklin, or the hillbilly-filled Blaine County as Trevor, you'll struggle to drive three blocks without finding something interesting to do.." -GamesRadar