What Makes Grand Theft Auto 5 A Gamer’s Must Have

Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular videogame franchises, sitting alongside greats like Mario, Sonic, and Halo. With strong characters, huge game worlds to explore, and a wealth of things to see and do, Grand Theft Auto games deliver incredible experiences that few games can hope to match.

Grand Theft Auto 5
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Grand Theft Auto 5, the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, is easily the most anticipated yet, with over 3 million copies expected to be sold in the UK alone. This article will explain why Grand Theft Auto 5 is a must have for gamers everywhere.

A new world to explore

Grand Theft Auto 5’s story takes place on the fictional island of Los Santos, a caricature of the American city of Los Angeles, California. While Los Santos was first featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, arguably the most popular video game title in the GTA franchise, the newest version of Los Santos is completely unrecognizable from the GTA:SA version. GTA 5 PS3 is purportedly the most expensive game ever made and it shows, with a game world that will take hundreds of hours to explore.

Whereas the Los Santos in GTA: SA was a small neighborhood with only a few buildings, the new GTA 5 Los Santos is a living, breathing city that is home to millions. With a land mass of nearly 50 miles squared, GTA 5’s Los Santos is also bigger than the game worlds of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas combined.

A bold new story
Grand Theft Auto games have always pushed the envelope in terms of story, and Grand Theft Auto 5 is no different. The story follows three characters as they get tangled in Los Santos’ criminal underworld.

Grand Theft Auto Online
Whereas previous entries in the Grand Theft Auto series were purely single player affairs, GTA 5 PS3 comes with a robust multiplayer mode called ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ that allows players to deathmatch with up to 15 players; plot bank heists; carry out one of over 500 missions as a group; play golf, tennis, and other sports; and much more.

Grand Theft Auto Online is expected to launch at the end of September 2013.

A new graphics engine
For Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar Games created a brand new graphics engine that pushes the PS3 to its limits. This new engine allows for more detailed graphics, more expressive characters, and a bigger game world than in previous entries in the series.

An expanded soundtrack
With over 240 licensed songs and 15 radio stations complete with radio commentary, Grand Theft Auto 5 upholds the series’ tradition of having impressive soundtracks that are sure to cater to every gamer’s music tastes.

Added to the mix for GTA 5 are a new Mexican station and a classic rock station. Series favorites like Lazlow Jones are also slated to make an appearance.

Summing Up
With a new game world filled with hundreds of hours of gameplay, a new story complete with new characters, a new graphics engine, and a new online mode, Grand Theft Auto 5 is likely the best Grand Theft Auto game yet. It’s a must buy for gamers everywhere