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GTA V PC Review – The Definitive Edition

As you may know, GTA V was released about a year and a half ago for the last generation of consoles and re-released on next generation consoles last year. We as PC gamers have been waiting a LONG time for this game. But is it worth the wait? Does the game perform well? Is this the ultimate version of the game? All burning questions we’ve been asking …Well, it’s time to answer them.

SETTING

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Set in the beautiful city of Los Santos GTA V shows what an open world game should be all about, From Vinewood to the Mountains, Grove Street and Blaine County’s desert wasteland this game has a varied landscape and feels like a living breathing world.

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Having played over 25+ hours in and over 100 hours on console we can surely say there is a lot to do, see and explore in this game.

It’s very layered and detailed, The city is full of life and things to do, such as the rides on the pier, off road races, random events, side missions and even the activities such as Golf, Tennis, and Triathlons are very fun and even more so with a few friends online.

STORY

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You begin the game as Franklin; a reluctant gang member trying to leave behind petty squabbling and theft, who is currently a repo man for a credit scheming car dealership which leads him to Michael; a retired thief who has grown old and soft after years of living the good life, who also bares an uncanny resemblance to Michael Madsen.

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After taking Franklin under his wing and getting himself in trouble with the wrong people Michael finds himself organizing a score to get himself out of said trouble which draws attention of the final member of our trio of anti-heros Trevor; quite possibly the best character in GTA History. He is an old partner of Michael’s, a meth dealing, paranoid psychopath who is on a violent streak that makes Tommy Vercetti look like a middle school teacher.

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Trevor’s side of the story is the most ridiculous and hilarious portion of the game; one mission for example has you jumping on top of a moving train on a dirt bike. These missions feel a bit like the old school GTA where mayhem and destruction are the order of the day.

Aside from that, the story is a well done piece of satire on American life. From rich politicians, angry small town America and even some references about the banking crisis, which the in-game movie, The Meltdown, shows Rockstar’s wit. The voice acting is top notch, even minor characters or random pedestrians have memorable lines which is rare in a game of this scale, Trevor and Michael really steal the show though.

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The only character who could have been written better was Franklin, who seems to have no drive or ambition besides becoming a better criminal and is very bland when compared to the rest of the cast, Franklin seems to be middle of the road in everything that is going on and usually has very little to add in all but a few sequences.

As you may know, GTA V was released about a year and a half ago for the last generation of consoles and re-released on next generation consoles last year. We as PC gamers have been waiting a LONG time for this game. But is it worth the wait? Does the game perform well? Is this the ultimate version of the game? All burning questions we've been asking ...Well, it's time to answer them. SETTING Set in the beautiful city of Los Santos GTA V shows what an open world game should be all about, From Vinewood to the Mountains, Grove…

Review Overview

Overall - 95%
Online - 95%
Gameplay - 100%
Performance - 80%
Graphics - 90%

92%

5 Stars!

GTA V for PC may very well be one of the best games we have played to date! A great game to truly establish why you need the hardware you do in your gaming system

User Rating: 4.7 ( 1 votes)
  • Brechan Fraser

    Thanks for a great in-depth review; just installed the game (my specs aren’t much different than your test bed), will play – and hope for the best – with the water cooled GPU I have now until my 8 GB 290-X comes in.

    • Donny Stanley

      Hi, thanks for the comment! we really appreciate the feedback.

      Let us know how the game runs on your current system as well as the new 290-X when it arrives! We also have another GTA article coming with additional hardware tests, so stay tuned for that as well.

      Thanks again.

      • Brechan Fraser

        So far in the 8+ hours that I’ve played; I’ve only experienced 1 system crash, don’t what caused the crash (haven’t been bothered to check the mini-dumps), but graphics have been great, as are the frame rates – all is smooth.
        My water cooled GPU doesn’t seem to get above 38 or 39 degrees Celsius, which is why I went to water cooling in the first place.

        As soon as I make sure the new GPU is running as it should; it’ll get a shiny new waterblock on it, then I’ll be set – at least for a while.

    • Alex Stevens

      Yes, I’m currently working on that article as we speak I can’t wait to hear how your 8GB Card handles the game, the biggest bottleneck we’ve found is VRAM in this game. Also I really appreciate the feedback Brechan!

  • Nice review 🙂
    Though I wont give it 100% for gameplay.

  • GTA V rocks ! That is all i can say about this amazing game.