After releases like Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and Max Payne 3, Rockstar had developed a reputation for creating not just interesting virtual worlds, but strong stories as well. Each of its games from this period presented stunning, well-realized environments and narratives that seemed completely sure of what they were trying to say. Needless to say, the 2013 release of Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto V generated a great deal of excitement. For those hoping for yet another virtual sandbox to lose themselves in, the game delivered. The confident storytelling that had come to define the developer/publisher was less evident, though.