Fandom

GTA Wiki

Grand Theft Auto V

Redirected from Grand Theft Auto 5

11,734pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk355 Share
SpeakerSymbolLogo

Quotation Grand Theft Auto V Main Theme (Oh No - "Welcome to Los Santos") QuotationReverse

OhNo-WelcomeToLosSantos-ThemeSong-GTAV
GAME
Grand Theft Auto V
CoverArt-GTAV
DevelopersRockstar North
PublishersRockstar Games
Release datesPS3
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada September 17 2013
Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the European Union September 17 2013
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand September 17 2013
Flag of Japan (bordered) October 10 2013

Xbox 360
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada September 17 2013
Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the European Union September 17 2013
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand September 17 2013
Flag of Japan (bordered) October 10 2013


PS4
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada November 18 2014
Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the European Union November 18 2014
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand November 18 2014
Flag of Japan (bordered) November 18 2014


Xbox One
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada November 18 2014
Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the European Union November 18 2014
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand November 18 2014
Flag of Japan (bordered) November 18 2014


PC
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada April 14 2015
Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the European Union April 14 2015
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand April 14 2015
Flag of Japan (bordered) April 14 2015
PlatformPlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
EngineRAGE
ProtagonistsMichael De Santa
Franklin Clinton
Trevor Philips
LocationLos Santos
Blaine County
Setting2013

Grand Theft Auto series
chronology of events

2D Universe

1961London 1961
1969London 1969


3D Universe

1984Vice City Stories
1986Vice City
1992San Andreas


2D Universe

1997Grand Theft Auto


3D Universe

1998Liberty City Stories


2D Universe

1999Grand Theft Auto 2 (Possible)


3D Universe

2000Advance
2001Grand Theft Auto III


HD Universe

2008Grand Theft Auto IV
         – The Lost and Damned
         – The Ballad of Gay Tony
2009Chinatown Wars


2D Universe

2013Grand Theft Auto 2 (Possible)


HD Universe

2013Grand Theft Auto Online
2013Grand Theft Auto V

"Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and its surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created."
―Rockstar Games[1]

Grand Theft Auto V (also known as Grand Theft Auto Five, GTA 5 or GTA V) is a video game developed by Rockstar North. It is the fifteenth installment in the Grand Theft Auto series and the successor of Grand Theft Auto IV. The original edition was released on September 17th, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions were released on November 18th, 2014, and was later released on April 14th, 2015 for the PC.

The original edition was announced on October 25th, 2011; the game's first trailer[2] was released on November 2nd, 2011, at 4:00 PM GMT. The game was initially slated for a Spring 2013 release, but was pushed to September 17th the same year. Then, on July 15th, 2013, Rockstar announced the Japanese release date for the game: October 10th, 2013, almost a month after it was released in the West.[3] The enhanced edition was announced on June 9th, 2014, with pre-orders made available on June 10.

Grand Theft Auto V is set circa 2013 in the city of Los Santos and its surrounding areas and tells the stories of three protagonists: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips. It takes place about five years after the events of Grand Theft Auto IV, and four years after the events of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

As one of the most awaited video game titles to be released in 2013, the game was widely anticipated prior to its release. Grand Theft Auto V was released to universal acclaim, holding scores of 96 and above on MetaCritic and GameRankings, as well as receiving perfect scores from over 30 reviewers. The game sold 11.21 million copies and grossed $800 million on its first day, setting many records, and eventually making $1 billion within 3 days of the game's release.

Gameplay

Grand Theft Auto V evolves nearly every mechanic that was in the previous Grand Theft Auto games. As far as driving goes, the vehicles have been greatly improved, with Rockstar running more complex physics on them. The cars can even hold to the ground slightly better. The driving mechanics feel more like a racing game, particularly the Midnight Club series, compared to Grand Theft Auto IV's rocky, boat-like handling system. The shooting mechanics are better in terms of the feel of the mechanics and larger compared to the melee mechanics in the game, but that doesn't mean that the melee combat won't be fun, as it as been improved over the previous titles as well. Weapon selection has now also been changed. Instead of the old way of selecting through all the weapons, there is now a Weapon Wheel, which is similar to the one featured in Red Dead Redemption, another Rockstar game. Grand Theft Auto V draws inspirations from many different Rockstar titles in the past, including Max Payne 3, Midnight Club, Manhunt, and Red Dead Redemption.

There are many unique features in the game, one of those features is that when the players are playing as one of three protagonists in the game, the other two are living out their daily lives, and you will be surprised by what you find the characters doing when you switch back into them. Another unique feature is that the character swapping feature is executed in a Google Earth-styled manner and was displayed during a Game Informer demo, which was showed to have ran smoothly and without lag. The PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions present an exclusive feature, the first person mode The whole game can be played through the eyes of the protagonist. This gameplay mode presents a whole new way to play the game. Cars have detailed interiors different from one another, shooting is like that of an FPS game.

New activities have been added, such as yoga, triathlons, jet skiing, parachute jumps, tennis, golf, and scuba diving. Random events have also been added to the game and can appear any time, while the player is exploring the map. The mobile phone has returned from Grand Theft Auto IV but is now only used for calling the player's contacts, surfing the web, and quick saving. Giving people the middle finger is another new feature the player can use while in a vehicle (which Rockstar recommended you do in various locations around Los Santos to see the outcome of this effect, depending on where the player is at, they will get different reactions from pedestrians).

Rockstar has also made changes to the pedestrian mechanics; some pedestrians can be seen at the bus stops in East Los Santos, and the same people can reappear in Rockford Hills working on rich peoples' lawns and gardens. Some minor mechanics that help out the environment and looks of Los Santos come on at certain times, such as a sprinklers system coming on in the morning in rich areas like Morningwood.

The map is larger than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Red Dead Redemption combined. After some calculations by members of GawdAlmighty.com, that would equal to around 27.5 square miles/71.2 km2 when land and sea are combined. [3]

Vehicles

Main article: Vehicles in GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V has more vehicles than in any other Grand Theft Auto game to date, with a variety of vehicles, including airplanes, helicopters, cars, utility vehicles, emergency service cars, motorcycles, and jet skis. Players are able to fly planes, which was impossible in Grand Theft Auto IV because of the size of the map, but the feature is now in Grand Theft Auto V because of the much larger map. There are also submarines that players are able to use to explore the Pacific Ocean. The Rhino from previous GTA titles has returned, including a new complex aiming system and a realistic depiction of a tank. A new feature also allows the player to roll-over a vehicle when the car is flipped upside down.

Businesses

Main article: Businesses in GTA V

Businesses from Grand Theft Auto IV re-appear. New businesses also appear, such as the Bugstars fumigation company and Up-n-Atom Burger fast food restaurant. The option to eat from restaurants such as Burger Shot is no longer available. Instead, the player can only buy drinks from the various Vending Machines across the map.

Weapons

Main article: Weapons in GTA V

The game features a large variety of weapons, like the Norinco Type 56-2 assault rifles with sound suppressors, mounted flashlights, olive drab polymer furniture, and side-folding stocks. There is now the option to mount attachments onto various different guns, each one affecting the performance. Melee weapons like the nightstick and the golf club that weren't present in Grand Theft Auto IV have also returned to Grand Theft Auto V.

Character Customization

In the game, the player has the option to customize the three protagonists' wardrobe and appearance.  There is less customisation available compared to that of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (e.g. changing the body mass of the 3 characters isn't available as it was with CJ in San Andreas). The availability of tattoos, haircuts and ability to apply and change facial hair has returned from San Andreas after being missing from previous titles in the HD universe.

Multiplayer

Grand Theft Auto V expands the multiplayer feature that was present in Grand Theft Auto IV. The multiplayer is treated as a additional title and is known as Grand Theft Auto Online. In GTA Online, multiplayer crews from Max Payne 3 can be carried over to Grand Theft Auto V. Grand Theft Auto V has multiplayer features linked to Rockstar's Social Club. 

Multiplayer holds up to 16 people on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and 30 players in Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions.

Downloadable Content

DLCs have been released regularly since the launch of GTA V and GTA Online, adding new vehicles, weapons and other content. They are however more advanced in Online with the availability of jobs and properties along with additional character customization options like tattoos, clothing, masks, hairstyles etc. 

Additional content is unlocked if the player buys the Collector's Edition of GTA V. It features a classic hot roda sports bikean electric sports cara shotgun and a hammer. This is available when the Collector's Edition is installed.



Artwork Description
BeachBum1-GTAV Beach Bum Update — Content update introducing two new weapons (the Broken Bottle and the SNS Pistol), three new cars (the BF Bifta, the Canis Kalahari and the Bravado Paradise) and a new boat (the Pegassi Speeder), as well as additional beach-themed clothing, tattoos, hairstyles and jobs. The weapons and vehicles are also available in GTA V's story mode. The update was released on November 19th, 2013.
Capture2Artwork-GTAV Content Creator — Content update introducing a job editor, allowing players to create their own deathmatches and races. The update was released on December 10th, 2013.
CaptureCreator-GTAO Capture — Content update introducing GTA's take on the classic Capture the Flag mode. The update was released on December 18th, 2013.
Christmas-GTAV-postcard Holiday Gifts — Time-limited content update with a festive theme, including Christmas-themed clothing. Snowfall was also present across San Andreas on Christmas Day. The update was released on December 24th, 2013, and new content was removed when the update period expired on January 5th, 2014.

Artwork Description
ValentinesDayMassacreArtwork-GTAV Valentine's Day Massacre Special — Time-limited content with a classic gangster theme, including a new weapon (the Gusenberg Sweeper) and a new car (the Albany Roosevelt), as well as additional gangster-themed clothing, hairstyles and actions. The weapon and vehicle were also available in GTA V's story mode. The update was released on February 13th, 2014, and new content became unavailable when the update period expired on March 3rd, 2014 (although it is still available to those who purchased it before this).
BusinessArtwork-GTAV Business Update — Content update introducing two new weapons (the Heavy Pistol and the Special Carbine), three new cars (the Albany Alpha, the Dinka Jester and the Grotti Turismo R) and a new plane (the Buckingham Vestra), as well as additional formal clothing, hairstyles and tattoos. The weapons and vehicles are also available in GTA V's story mode. The update was released on March 4th, 2014.
The High Life Update High Life Update — Content update introducing a new weapon (the Bullpup Rifle), three new cars (the Enus Huntley S, the Dewbauchee Massacro and the Pegassi Zentorno) and a new motorcycle (the Dinka Thrust), as well as additional high-end clothing, apartments, jobs and contact missions. Players will also have the ability to own two properties simultaneously. The weapons and vehicles are also available in GTA V's story mode. The update was released on May 13th, 2014.
HipsterUpdate-GTAO I'm Not a Hipster Update — Content update introducing two new weapons (the Vintage Pistol and the Antique Cavalry Dagger), seven new cars (the Lampadati Pigalle, the Vapid Blade, the Declasse Rhapsody, the Vulcar Warrener, the Benefactor Glendale, the Benefactor Panto and the Benefactor Dubsta 6x6), 12 new jobs and a host of other adjustments, game tuning and exploit fixes. The update was released on June 17th, 2014.
The Independe Day Update Artwork Independence Day Special — Time-limited content with a July 4th theme, including two new weapons (the Musket and the Firework Launcher), a new vehicle (the Vapid Liberator) and a new motorcycle (the Western Sovereign), as well as additional USA-themed clothing, hairstyle, face-paint and rural safehouses. The weapons and vehicles are also available in GTA V's story mode. The update was released on July 1st, 2014, and content became unavailable when the update period expired on August 1st, 2014 (although it is still available to those who purchased it before this). The update was made available for a second time the following year, from July 1st to July 6th, 2015.
SanAndreasFlightSchoolUpdate-GTAO San Andreas Flight School Update — Content update introducing a new car (the Invetero Coquette Classic), a new helicopter (the Buckingham Swift) and two new planes (the Western Company Besra and the Buckingham Miljet). The update also introduces the Flight School to GTA Online and adds new patriotic parachutes based on the flags of various countries. The ability to buy a second, reserve parachute has been added. Payouts from contact missions were reduced. The update was released on August 19th, 2014.
LastTeamStandingArtwork-GTAV Last Team Standing Update — Content update introducing two new weapons (the Marksman Rifle and the Heavy Shotgun), one new car (the Lampadati Furore GT) and two new motorcycles (the Shitzu Hakuchou and the Liberty City Cycles Innovation), as well as new clothing items and jobs. Last Team Standing mode was also added to the Content Creator. The update was released on October 2nd, 2014.
GTAV-Festive-Surprise-Title Festive Surprise — Time-limited content update with a festive theme, including two new weapons (Proximity Mines and the Homing Rocket Launcher) and four new vehicles (the Bravado Rat-Truck, the Vapid Slamvan, and race car versions of the Dewbauchee Massacro and Dinka Jester), as well as Christmas-themed clothing. The update also allowed players to purchase a third property. The update was released on December 18th, 2014, and time-limited content became unavailable when the update period expired on January 5, 2015; however, the new weapons, vehicles and ability to purchase extra safehouses remained in the game after this.

Artwork Description
IllGottenGainPt1Artwork-GTAO Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 — Content update introducing a new weapon (the Coil Combat PDW), four new cars (the Pegassi Osiris, the Enus Windsor, the Albany Virgo and the Benefactor Stirling GT) and deluxe gold-colored variants of two existing aircraft (the Buckingham Luxor and Swift), as well as new clothing items. The update was released on June 10th, 2015.
Ill-Gotten-Gains-Part2-Artwork Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 — Content update introducing two new weapons (Marksman Pistol and Knuckledusters), four new cars (the Progen T20, the Vapid Chino, the Invetero Coquette BlackFin and the Coil Brawler), a new motorbike (the Dinka Vindicator) and a new boat (the Lampadati Toro), as well as new clothing items. This was the last update to be added to 7th generation consoles (confirmed by Rockstar Games here); all subsequent updates are exclusive to 8th generation consoles and PC. The update was released on July 8th, 2015.

All subsequent content updates focus on GTA Online, and no content has been implemented in single player GTA V in updates that followed the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 update.

Synopsis

Setting

On November 3rd 2011, Rockstar Games confirmed that the game would take place in Los Santos and the surrounding countryside - and will not feature a recreated rendition of an entire State of San Andreas - in a statement on their Newswire:

"We are very proud to officially announce that Grand Theft Auto V is in full development."

Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.

"A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present day Southern California."

During the Game Informer Grand Theft Auto V Cover Story, the vice president of creativity for Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, has stated that Los Santos this time around is different and a lot more developed (having cities, wilderness, deserts, farmlands, towns, a Mount Chiliad, a military base and a fully detailed ocean floor (including coral beds). The state of San Andreas is also about five times larger than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Red Dead Redemption. After some calculations by members of GawdAlmighty.com, that would equal to around 27.5 square miles/71.2 km2 when land and sea are put together. [4]

Characters and Premise

Main article: Characters in GTA V
"Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life."
―Game description on box
ProtagonistsOnMission-GTAV

A screenshot featuring the game's playable characters.
From left to right: Franklin, Trevor and Michael.

Grand Theft Auto V features three playable protagonists: Michael, Trevor and Franklin.

Michael is a retired professional bank robber, who after making a sweet deal with the FIB, returned to the life of crime. Trevor is the loose cannon in this story, and is also a long time best friend of Michael's and a hothead psychopath as well. Last but certainly not least, we have Franklin, a young and grim repossession agent who has a large amount of experience behind the wheel, but no real experience with crime until he meets Michael while he was trying to hustle.

Other main characters include Amanda De Santa, Michael's wife; Jimmy De Santa and Tracey De Santa, Michael's children; Lamar Davis, Franklin's friend; Ron Jakowski, Trevor's paranoid friend; and Lester Crest, an associate of the protagonists. 

Timeframe

Although it is not specifically stated when exactly in 2013 the game takes place, the following evidence suggests August - October 2013:

  • There's an advertisement on the the side of a strip mall in Davis stating that it's having a "Summer Sale on flat-screen TVs".
  • The calendar in Trevor's trailer is open on the month of August.
  • When Michael meets Lester to come out of retirement, the calendar in Lester's House shows September.
  • After Franklin moves into 3671 Whispymound Drive, a bank statement is opened on his entry sideboard. Close inspection in the enhanced version reveals it is his September statement for transactions in August.
  • During the mission "Cleaning out the Bureau", a calendar briefly seen in Harvey Molina's apartment is also open on the month of September.
  • Towards the end/completion of the storyline, one of the barbers in Sandy Shores might comment on how it is "October already". 
  • Some houses have pumpkins on their front porches. Pumpkins are rarely seen at any time of the year other than autumn.
  • In the enhanced version, the text message that the creators of Space Monkey 3D send the player after completing Monkey Mosaics state that the film would be coming out in the holiday season, this again suggests that the story would take place in late-summer to fall.

Media

Unique Features

  • The map is now one entire landmass, rather than several islands.
  • Players can ragdoll by pressing X/Square/SPACE (Xbox/PlayStation/PC) then B/Circle/R (Xbox/Playstation/PC).
  • Players can play as animals (enhanced version), unlike in any other GTA game.

Editions Comparison

Original Edition

Hobbies and Pastimes

These are all the hobbies and pastimes listed in the Rockstar Social Club page, note that they are not all mandatory to achieve the 100% completion in the game.

Trailers

Enhanced and PC Versions

This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
V


Prior to the announcement of the eighth generation consoles and PC versions, there was wide speculation and anticipation regarding an official announcement from Rockstar. On change.org, there was a petition with 728,000+ signatures asking for a PC version at the time of announcement. Within the comments section of the Rockstar Newswire, and many other GTA related blogs, there were many comments asking for a PC/Next Gen release. After its reveal at E3 2014, the news spread like wildfire, and became one of the most talked-about announcements.

The enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V was released on November 18, 2014 for the PS4 and Xbox One and was released for PC on April 14, 2015. With the release, there are many improvements and changes compared to the versions released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. No major graphical changes from PS4 and Xbox One are seen in the PC version, other than further Draw Distance and 4K capable quality. The PC version also features 2 exclusive radio stations: The Lab (now available for all consoles from the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 update) and Self Radio.

GraphicsComparison-GTAV

PS3 vs PS4

The biggest new feature was a first person view, which is not only available in vehicles, but is also for the first time available on foot. Several other features were added. These include (see edition comparison table for more information):

Features New
Vehicles Increased reflections on vehicle bodywork, especially in high-key lighting
New detailed interiors with working speedometers and steering wheels
New customization options, including underglow.
Most DLC vehicles from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions appear in regular traffic
Modded vehicles can spawn in traffic
New vehicles — some of which will be exclusive to players who played the original edition of the game — including:


Special/Collector's Edition vehicles are now available to all players, including:


Weapons
Two new weapons exclusive to players who played the original edition:


Wildlife New dog breeds, such as:
  • Husky
  • Pug
  • Poodle
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Border Collie
New animals, including:


Weather New weather effects
Graphics Better lighting
Improved skybox
Updated Radar with a three-dimensional appearance and new color scheme
Pause menu Map is now grayscale and in higher resolution
Longer draw distance
Higher resolution textures
1080p on PS4 and Xbox One, multi-monitors and 4K support for the PC version (hardware dependent)
Gameplay features & other First person view and First person hood camera (vehicles only). (found on PC version, Introduced onto XB1/PS4 in the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 Update).
New actions that can be performed while taking a selfie using the Snapmatic.
New walking animations available to the protagonist in GTA Online.
New collectibles in the form of Peyote Plants.
New side missions exclusive to players who played the original edition:


All previous non time-limited DLC
Improved framerate of 60 FPS (depending on the hardware used, PC only)
New foliage and environmental details
Increased traffic and pedestrian density
New interiors
Increased Pedestrian-Player and Pedestrian-Pedestrian interaction
Rockstar Editor (found on PC version, Introduced onto XB1/PS4 in the Freemode Events Update)
Over 100 new songs for in-game radio stations
One new radio station for PC version: Self Radio and originally also The Lab (Before being added to all consoles in the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2)
New sound effects, including cars, car horns, sirens etc.
New damage effects
New Cinematic Camera Views
New 3D mobile phone models (first person view)

Several new loading screen artworks

Continued additional content support (or DLC) after Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2

Galleries

Screenshots

See more, Grand Theft Auto V/Screenshots

Artworks

See more, Grand Theft Auto V/Artworks

Soundtracks

Accolades

Date Award Category Recipient(s) and Nominee(s) Result
13 December 2011 2012 Spike Video Game Awards Most Anticipated Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
25 October 2013 31st Golden Joystick Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Won
2 December 2013 18th Satellite Awards Outstanding Action / Adventure Video Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
3 December 2013 Good Game Awards 2013 Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
3 December 2013 Good Game Awards 2013 Most Memorable Moment Looking out over Los Santos as Trevor. Nominated
3 December 2013 Time's 25 Best Video Games of 2013 Best Video Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
4 December 2013 5th Annual Inside Gaming Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Won
4 December 2013 5th Annual Inside Gaming Awards Most Immersive Grand Theft Auto V Won
4 December 2013 5th Annual Inside Gaming Awards Best Voice Acting Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
4 December 2013 5th Annual Inside Gaming Awards Best Trailer Franklin Trailer Nominated
4 December 2013 5th Annual Inside Gaming Awards Gamers' Choice Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 December 2013 Cheat Code Central's 7th Annual Cody Awards Studio of the Year Rockstar North Runner-Up
7 December 2013 Cheat Code Central's 7th Annual Cody Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 December 2013 Cheat Code Central's 7th Annual Cody Awards Best Sound Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 December 2013 Cheat Code Central's 7th Annual Cody Awards Best Male Character Trevor Philips Nominated
7 December 2013 Cheat Code Central's 7th Annual Cody Awards Best Xbox Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 December 2013 Cheat Code Central's 7th Annual Cody Awards Best Action/Adventure Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 December 2013 Slant Magazine's 25 Best Video Games of 2013 Best Video Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
13 December 2013 GameSpot's Game of the Year 2013 Awards PS3 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
15 December 2013 GameSpot's Game of the Year 2013 Awards Xbox 360 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Won
19 December 2013 GameSpot's Game of the Year 2013 Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
17 December 2013 Canada.com's Top video games of 2013 Best Xbox Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
17 December 2013 Game Revolution's Best of 2013 Awards Best Developer Rockstar North Nominated
17 December 2013 Game Revolution's Best of 2013 Awards Biggest Disappointment Grand Theft Auto Online Nominated
20 December 2013 Game Revolution's Best of 2013 Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
18 December 2013 cnet's 15 best video games of 2013 Best Video Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
19 December 2013 The New Zealand Herlad's 2013 in review Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Second
20 December 2013 Digital Spy's best games of 2013 Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Fifth
20 December 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Third
20 December 2013 The Guardian's Top 25 video games of 2013 Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Fourth
20 December 2013 Wired Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Eighth
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Original Soundtrack Grand Theft Auto V Won
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best New Character Trevor Philips Nominated
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Writing Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 The Sequel of Sequels Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 Most Disappointing Grand Theft Auto Online Nominated
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Runner-Up
21 December 2013 Hardcore Gamer's Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Developer Rockstar North Nominated
21 December 2016 IGN Australia's Top 12 Games of 2013 Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Second
24 December 2016 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Best Multiplatform Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
24 December 2016 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Community Choice Grand Theft Auto V Runner-Up
24 December 2016 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
24 December 2016 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Best Story Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
24 December 2013 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Best Action Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
24 December 2013 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Best Character Trevor Philips Nominated
24 December 2013 Destructoid's Best of 2013 Best Soundtrack Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
24 December 2013 Giant Bomb's 2013 Game of the Year Awards Best New Character Lamar Davis Won
24 December 2013 Giant Bomb's 2013 Game of the Year Awards Best Music Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
26 December 2013 Ars Technica Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Fourth
26 December 2013 Edge Awards 2013 Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
28 December 2013 Edge Awards 2013 Best Audio Design Grand Theft Auto V Runner-Up
30 December 2013 Edge Awards 2013 Studio of the Year Rockstar North Won
29 December 2013 EGM's Best of 2013 Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Second
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Art Direction Aaron Garbut Won
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Technical Achievement Grand Theft Auto V Won
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Director Leslie Benzies Nominated
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Script Dan Houser Nominated
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Performer Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips Nominated
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Original Score Woody Jackson, Tangerine Dream, Oh No, The Alchemist Nominated
31 December 2013 Telegraph Video Game Awards 2013 Best Developer Rockstar North Nominated
1 January 2014 The Escapist Awards 2013 Best Action-Adventure Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
3 January 2014 GameTrailers' Game of the Year Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 January 2014 GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Multiplayer Grand Theft Auto Online Won
7 January 2014 GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Multiplatform Grand Theft Auto V Won
7 January 2014 GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 January 2014 GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Soundtrack Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
7 January 2014 GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2013 Best Third Person Shooter Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Best Technology Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Best Audio Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Best Design Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Xbox 360 Action Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Xbox 360 Multiplayer Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Xbox 360 Graphics Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Xbox 360 Sound Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Xbox 360 Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best PS3 Action Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
10 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Overall Action Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Xbox 360 Story Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best PS3 Multiplayer Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best PS3 Sound Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best PS3 Story Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
9 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best PS3 Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
10 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
10 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Overall Multiplayer Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
10 January 2014 IGN's Best of 2013 Best Overall Graphics - Technology Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
14 January 2014 Polygon's Games of the Year 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Seventh
21 January 2014 GamesRadar's Game of the Year 2013 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Fourth
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Action & Adventure Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Audio Achievement Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Best Game Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards British Game Grand Theft Auto V Won
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Game Design Grand Theft Auto V Won
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Game Innovation Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Multiplayer Grand Theft Auto Online Won
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Performer Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips Nominated
13 March 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Story Grand Theft Auto V Nominated
5 December 2014 The Game Awards 2014 Best Remaster Grand Theft Auto V Won
10 December 2014 GameSpot's Game of the Year 2014 Awards Best Reissue of the Year Grand Theft Auto V Won

Controversy and Criticism

Like all previous GTA games, Grand Theft Auto V has courted controversy, though has been viewed by some as significantly more controversial than its predecessors.

Controversy (missions)

A mission which requires the player to torture a target for the government has proven significantly controversial. The mission contains water-boarding, using a wrench on kneecaps and genitals, electrocution and even an action where the player can perform tooth extraction using pliers.

Criticism

GTA V received criticism both for the game and its Online counterpart. One part was missions, as only three made the player profit, and only one of them topped $1,000,000. Missions were longer, more taxing and low to non-paying. Only seven non heist missions gave a payout; Franklin and Lamar gave the player $250, Nervous Ron gave the player $62,000 and Lester's Assassinations gave the player varying amounts of between $3,000 and $10,000. Further criticism included the recent lack of an actual discounted price of the game during the Steam Summer Sale events for the PC version of GTA V, which retained the price at $60, resulting in a major backlash among other customers. The PC version was also criticized from the lack of Valve Anti-Cheat with hackers becoming prevalent in GTA Online and being dealt with very little.

Copyrighting and Lawsuits

After the game was released, actress Lindsay Lohan claimed that Rockstar had used her likeness without permission for in game celeb Lacey Jonas, which Rockstar denied. On 1 September 2016, Lohan's lawsuit was dismissed.

In October 2013 Daz Dillinger claimed Rockstar used two songs from Death Row Records without permission, the songs in question being "C-Walk" by Kurupt and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" by Tha Dogg Pound and Mack 10. However, Dillinger was not signed to Death Row at the time, and had an ongoing feud with Kurupt. The lawsuit was eventually dropped and the songs stayed in the game.

Title Update Notes

To see a list of GTA V's patch notes history, see Grand Theft Auto V/Title Update Notes

100% Completion

Trivia

  • For the first time, certain cars can retract and deploy their soft top/hard top covers. In previous games, convertibles were stuck with the roof they had or didn't have (with the exception of being able to install a permanent cover on low-riders in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas).
  • Grand Theft Auto V is the first game in the franchise to feature in-game incidental music (not counting cutscenes, credits and pause menus, as several earlier games had incidental music for these sequences).
  • The registration plates have orange stickers on the top right. The same plates are used for 2013 California registration plates. The same was also used in California in 2008.
  • If a player finds another of the protagonists, or more likely tries to set them up in the same location, and begins to follow them, the AI controlled protagonists will ask if the player is following them. Should they continue for too long, the AI protagonist will consider they're being stalked and will knock out the player, wasting them.
  • Each protagonists' character was made to fit a specific Grand Theft Auto player:
    • Michael initially represents the player who has already "beat the game", now living out their life as a successfully retired criminal.
    • Trevor is a complete psychopath, representing the type of player who prefers to kill and cause chaos when they free roam.
    • Franklin is a small time thug wanting to rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld similar to the traditional protagonists that the player controls in previous games.
  • Each protagonist seems to represent a different Rockstar game. Michael represents both Max Payne and Red Dead Redemption, seeing as he is a troubled retired middle aged "family man" with a criminal background and bullet-time ability. Franklin represents Midnight Club: Los Angeles, due to him being an ambitious young man with an impressive driving ability. Trevor represents Manhunt, mainly, because of his psychotic personality and reckless behavior that defines his character.
    • In addition, the protagonists' personalities can be determined by how long they sleep. Michael sleeps for 6 hours, Franklin sleeps for 8 hours, and Trevor sleeps for 12 hours. This could mean that Franklin is the most "normal" of the characters.
  • The game Saints Row IV has a DLC pack of weapons and clothes named GAT V, which is a reference to the initials of Grand Theft Auto V. The publisher, Deep Silver released it for free on PC, mocking GTA V's absence from the platform at the time.
  • The script for Grand Theft Auto V is 10,000+ pages long, according to Dan Houser in an interview in 2012.
  • The name of the theme song ("Welcome To Los Santos") might be a reference to the first lyrics in Young Maylay's "San Andreas Theme Song" being "Welcome to San Andreas".
    • Also, if you listen to the two theme songs simultaneously, the buildup and beats of both songs are very similar. The main difference of course is the use of instruments as the "San Andreas Theme Song" has a much more "gang oriented" feel to it with a heavy reliance on acoustics (electronic piano, chimes), while "Welcome to Los Santos" is infused with more bass and horns in addition to acoustics to give it a much "grander and open" feel (saxophone, trumpet).
  • In the game, there is an animation for if the player gets stuck under a vehicle, but it is almost never used.
    • The animation is used if the player is stuck under a truck, but if the player is stuck under a car, they will simply teleport next to the car.
  • Grand Theft Auto V has similar mission structures to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas such as heists requiring setup, as did the main heist in GTA San Andreas and introducing characters by name. Also many flying missions resembled ones from San Andreas such as Nervous Ron which required dropping equipment from a plane later on in the mission like N.O.E. in San Andreas. Minor Turbulence also had similarities to N.O.E. but also Freefall and Stowaway.
  • There is a noticeable similarity between the GTA V logo and the icon on the 1899 five-dollar bill.[5]
  • GTA V is the third game in the series to start with a bank robbery, with Grand Theft Auto III and The Ballad of Gay Tony being the first and second respectively. Unlike the previous two games, however, the bank robbery in GTA V is a playable mission instead of just a simple cutscene.
  • GTA V is the first GTA since Grand Theft Auto III where the player can store all the weapons in their inventory instead of replacing them.

Further Reading

References

External Links

Navigation