Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game created by Rockstar North and released by Rockstar Games in 2013. It’s the seventh main Grand Theft Auto game and the fifteenth overall.
The single-player story follows three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and gunrunner Trevor Philips—as they attempt heists under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful criminals in the fictional Southern California state of San Andreas.
San Andreas’ open world lets players explore the countryside and Los Santos, based in Los Angeles. The third-person or first-person game is played on foot and by car. Single-player players switch between the three main protagonists during and outside missions.
Heists dominate the tale, and many tasks include shooting and driving. Players who commit crimes are “wanted” by law enforcement. Grand Theft Auto Online lets up to 30 players play cooperative and competitive game types.
Rockstar’s global studios developed the game around Grand Theft Auto IV’s release. The development team took inspiration from Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 and built the game around three characters to improve on its predecessors’ main structure.
Several team members traveled around California to acquire footage for the design team’s open-world development. A group of producers spent years composing the game’s score.
It was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in April 2015 for Windows, and in March 2022 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
The game sold $800 million in its first day and $1 billion in its first three days, breaking industry sales records. Its numerous protagonist design, open world, presentation, and gameplay were lauded. Its depiction of violence and women sparked controversy.
It was named Game of the Year by various gaming publications and is considered one of the best video games ever. As of April 2018, it was the second-best-selling video game of all time, with over 170 million units shipped and $6 billion in worldwide revenue. Its successor is being developed.
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How to Play GTA V in an Open World?
The gameplay of GTA V centers around the city of Los Santos, which is based in Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas of Blaine County. Players take on the role of three main characters: Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. Each character has its unique storyline, but all three storylines eventually intertwine.
Players can explore the world between missions. The world is substantially more comprehensive than previous games, consisting of the San Andreas countryside, Blaine County, and Los Santos. After the game starts, it can be explored freely, although story advancement unlocks more stuff.
Players can hide from enemy fire by ducking behind cover during firefights. Players can run, jump, swim, or drive while fighting foes with melee attacks, weapons, and explosives. Grand Theft Auto V adds fixed-wing aircraft to accommodate the map’s size. Auto-aim and cover aid fighting.
Damaged players’ health meters slowly replenish halfway. Hospitals respawn players. The head-up display (HUD) “wanted” meter may alert police to players’ misdeeds. Stars on the meter indicate the desired level. Police will pursue players who flee. When players are hidden from the officers’ minimap line of sight, the meter cools down and finally disappears.
Players handle three criminals—Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton—in the single-player game. Some missions use one character, others two or three. A directional compass on the HUD lets players transfer characters outside missions, but this capability is restricted at critical stages in the game. Assignments may automatically move characters to achieve goals.
If a character is in trouble and needs aid, his compass avatar will flash red. The more complicated theft objectives require AI-controlled accomplices with computer hacking and driving skills.
If an accomplice survives a robbery, they get a cash cut and may be available for future missions with improved skills. In a holdup mission, participants can covertly incapacitate civilians or openly storm the venue with guns.
Each character has eight skills, including driving and shooting. Each character starts with an expert craft. The eighth “special” talent impacts each character’s ability’s efficacy.
Michael fights in bullet time, Franklin slows time while driving, and Trevor deals twice as much damage while taking half as much. Each character’s HUD meter depletes when an ability is utilized and regenerates when players are skilled.
Free-roaming players can visit movies, strip clubs, scuba diving, and BASE jumping spots. Each character has a smartphone for calling friends, starting activities, and using the in-game Internet. Players can trade stocks online. Players can buy garages, businesses, guns, automobiles, clothing, haircuts, and tattoos.
What is the Storyline of GTA V?
Michael Townley, Trevor Philips, and Brad Snider bungled a Ludendorff, North Yankton robbery in 2004, leaving Michael assumed dead. Nine years later, Michael lives with his family in Los Santos under the alias Michael De Santa after making a secret deal with Federal Investigation Bureau (FIB) agent Dave Norton to keep it hidden.
Franklin Clinton, a criminal who works for a crooked auto salesman, meets Michael while trying to steal his son’s car across town. A friendship develops between them.
Michael ruins a mansion after finding his wife sleeping with her tennis coach. The mansion’s owner, drug kingpin Martin Madrazo, wants reparations. To get the money, Michael and Franklin commit crimes.
Michael’s old friend Lester Crest, a crippled hacker, helps them loot a jewelry store to pay off the debt. Trevor, who lives in squalor on the outskirts of Los Santos, hears about the theft and discovers it was Michael’s work.
Trevor had thought the FIB murdered Michael in the Ludendorff robbery. Trevor finds Michael and reunites with him, compelling Michael to welcome him back into his life.
Life spirals out of control for the characters. Michael’s family leaves him because of his crime. After becoming a movie producer, Devin Weston, a millionaire venture capitalist and corporate raider, tries to shut down Michael’s studio. Devin vows revenge after Michael sabotages his efforts and accidentally murders his aide.
Franklin must save his companion Lamar Davis from their former friend and rival criminal Harold “Stretch” Joseph, who tries to kill them to show himself to his new group. Trevor fights The Lost outlaw motorcycle club, Latin American street gangs, rival meth traffickers, Merryweather private security agency, and triad kingpin Wei Cheng to control Blaine County’s illegal markets.
After breaking his agreement with Dave by conducting heists again, Michael is forced by Dave and his boss, Steve Haines, to work with Franklin and Trevor to destroy the International Affairs Agency (IAA).
They steal an experimental chemical weapon from an IAA facility and assault a truck carrying IAA funding under Steve’s instruction and with Lester’s cooperation. Steve forces Michael and Franklin to delete evidence against him from the FIB servers as he comes under more excellent investigation. Michael erases his activity data, eliminating Steve’s power over him.
After reconciling with his family, Michael plans to rob the Union Depository’s gold bullion reserve alongside Trevor, Franklin, and Lester. Trevor discovers that Brad was not imprisoned but slain in the Ludendorff heist and buried in Michael’s cemetery.
After a standoff with Cheng’s thugs, Trevor feels betrayed and leaves Michael for dead, believing the heist was a plot to kill him in Brad’s place. Despite Franklin’s rescue, Trevor’s animosity towards Michael undermines the group’s goals.
Steve betrays Michael and Dave, and they get stuck in a Mexican standoff between the FIB, the IAA, and Merryweather. Trevor rescues Michael and Dave from the Union Depository theft and leaves Michael later.
After the heist, Franklin is approached by Steve, Dave, and Devin, who want revenge on Michael. Franklin has three choices: kill Trevor, kill Michael, or try to save both. Franklin ends touch with the individual he spares if he kills Michael or Trevor.
The trio, aided by Lamar and Lester, defeats the FIB and Merryweather and kills Cheng, Stretch, Steve, and Devin. The three protagonists stop working together but remain friends, when Michael and Trevor reconnect.
GTA 5 Release Date
Rockstar Games announced it on 25 October 2011. One week later, it released its teaser with a press statement confirming its setting. Due to the series’ cultural significance, journalists said the announcement sparked gaming industry anticipation.
To polish, the game was delayed to 17 September from Q2 2013. Rockstar created a particular version with extra in-game features with multiple retailers to boost pre-order sales. They used a website for a bogus religious cult, “The Epsilon Program,” to virally sell the game by letting users play as cult members.
E3 2014 revealed a PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One re-release. This version has a longer draw distance, finer texture details, more traffic, upgraded weather effects, and new wildlife and vegetation. The animation system was overhauled to support the new on-foot first-person view. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were launched on 18 November 2014.
The PC version was delayed until 14 April 2015. Rockstar said it needed “polish” development time. The Rockstar Editor lets gamers record and edit gameplay footage at 60 FPS in 4K on the PC. The crew prioritized Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Redemption 2, abandoning single-player downloadable content.
In June 2020, “Expanded & Enhanced” was announced.
Technical and performance improvements were released on March 15, 2022, for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
The revised version’s September 2021 trailer was one of PlayStation’s most disliked videos, with critics noting that players were disappointed with Rockstar’s persistent attention on the game instead of other projects like a new Grand Theft Auto game and the trailer’s lack of apparent new features.