You can doubt Rockstar's methods, not the results. GTA V pushes farther the boundaries of open world gaming, giving birth to an area yet larger, more alive and believable. A huge sandbox to unravel at the wheel of a car, in a private jet or nested inside a submarine, in the company of 3 fleshed out and varied characters. This exemplary success rests on a perfectly thought out ambiance comparable to that of GTA San Andreas, with yet richer gameplay, missions that are huge in scope, and clean production values for a game of this style - maybe the best surprise of all coming from Rockstar. The wait was long, the hopes arguably beyond reason, and there remain some unpolished mechanics, chief among them the aiming. But GTA has won its bet, to make standout moments feel like the norm. A lesson in game design.