Final Score: Grand Theft Auto V

'Tis the season for remasters, but is Rockstar's recent regeneration of Grand Theft Auto V worth a second buy?


The time has finally come for Grand Theft Auto 5 to make the jump into the next generation. With improved graphics, more beauty, and even a brand new first person mode – but can a game released last year still hold its own in this holiday season market? Not only that, but is GTA V actually worth another purchase? We’ve gathered up some of the hottest reviews and impressions to help you answer the toughest question of the day, Should I Cave?

Shacknews: Unforgettable joyride

  • "I had an idea I would enjoy Grand Theft Auto 5 on new gen, but I wasn’t aware just how much I would enjoy it. All of the improvements Rockstar has made to the game makes this seem like it’s a title that was originally planned to be a next-gen release. If you’ve been waiting for GTA 5 to come to PS4 and Xbox One, you are going to have one hell of a ride. For the rest of us who think it could be skipped to play one of the other AAA games releasing this year, I highly recommend you reconsider as this is the way Grand Theft Auto 5 is meant to be played"

Kotaku: YES, You should play it

  • “Aided by its new perspective, the updated version of GTA V takes everything we loved and loathed about GTA V—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and doubles down. There's no going back after this, and while Rockstar's next open-world games will doubtless still default to third-person, they'll be left feeling inadequate if they don't include first-person as well. Thanks to one well-executed idea, Grand Theft Auto has been transformed.”

USGamer: 4.5/5

  • “…this is not a true current-gen Grand Theft Auto and yes, there are still some rough edges, but Rockstar has undeniably made a great game even better. Even with the extra year, that's enough to keep Grand Theft Auto V in nearly-perfect territory. “

Gamespot: 9/10

  • “Aside from a few mild frame rate issues that sometimes take the edge off its more dramatic moments, this is the definitive version of GTA V, and the bar by which all other open-world games, or indeed any game that aims for a cinematic feel, should be judged. It is beautiful, and thought-provoking, and thrilling throughout. Even if you've played through GTA V once already, it's worth going back just to be reminded of what an outstanding achievement it is.”

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Joshua holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has been exploring the world of video games for as long as he can remember. He enjoys everything from large-scale RPGs to small, bite-size indie gems and everything in between.

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