Metal Arcade: Jason Bakker writes:
It’s tough to find a starting point to begin talking about Grand Theft Auto V. This is just such a massive, detailed game, building upon its predecessors’ achievements to create one of the most vast open-world games ever. The graphics and animations have been polished to a mirror sheen, providing a huge leap over Grand Theft Auto IV to the point that’s hard to believe that the two games are rendered on the same platform. Its world is larger than any Rockstar game before it, and possibly any other open-world game ever. The geographical scope is quite varied, ranging from mountains and rivers to lush beaches and dense, populated cities that feel far more alive than in previous outings for the franchise. A compelling new three-character mechanic allows you to switch between the new crime lords on the fly, creating a dynamic, incredibly novel approach to storytelling and gameplay. This is an ambitious title in just about every conceivable way, and the devs have managed to hit just about every goal they’ve set for themselves, truly raising the bar for sandbox games as the next generation of consoles approaches.