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Grand Theft Auto V

Just another game about crime and chaos

by: Matt Miller/Staff Writer

I recently picked up the latest installment in Rockstar Games infamous “Grand Theft Auto” video game franchise, “Grand Theft Auto V”. I am not sure why I continue to play video games; as each sequel, regardless of the manufacturer or title, basically is the same as its predecessors, usually only containing upgrades in graphics and sound quality.  “Grand Theft Auto V” is no exception.

GTA 5 takes place in the city of San Andreas, where a few of the franchises other titles have also occurred.  San Andreas is loosely based on the real life city of Los Angeles. Unlike previous installments from the title, this game allows the player to pick and choose from three main characters; Franklin, Trevor and Michael.  While none of these characters have the swagger and attitude as my personal favorite “GTA” hero, Tommy Vicetti from “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”, they each carry a few different special items or skills required to complete the game.  While Michael may be the better swimmer of the trio, his driving skills pale in comparison to that of Trevor, who is not nearly as tough in hand-to-hand fisticuffs as Frank.

GTA V is available worldwide for PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360. Graphic courtesy of Rockstar Games

GTA V is available worldwide for PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360.
Graphic courtesy of Rockstar Games

It does not take all that long to figure out what each character excels or fails at, as Rockstar made the them be either a swimmer with the agility of Olympian Michael Phelps or, on the flip side, a diver who falls to his death like a fat kid with a pocket full of bricks.  Memorize the attire of each character and it will not be hard to forget who passes and fails at which particular scenario.

Each character’s story is relatively the same; complete a set of missions, some large and some small, in order to ultimately achieve wealth and fame among other hood rats.  There are various points throughout the game where the characters cross paths and have to interact with one another.  While I have not completed the game at the time of press, I am hoping that, at one point, the characters have to engage in a fight with one another.  That would be a much embraced plot twist in a rapidly growing mundane franchise.

As a whole, the game delivers in the fun and entertaining category.  It is basically the same concept as the rest of the franchise shoot, kill, steal, fight, chaos, repeat just with upgraded graphics and sound.  The plot is similar to earlier installments as well.  The player takes some poor, penniless persona and builds an empire with him by carrying out gruesome, gangland style tasks throughout a city.  So, if you are looking for a whole new angle to the “GTA” series, you will be let down. However, if you just want to buy the game to basically have fun at parties with friends by seeing who can cause the most anarchy before getting murdered or arrested, then this game is for you.

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