I could literally write pages upon pages detailing everything that caught my eye during my time with "Grand Theft Auto V." But so much of what makes this game great is experiencing these unforgettable moments for yourself. Like the first time you encounter one of the aptly named Strangers and Freaks. Or the first time you sail out into the ocean and dive in to see what dangers lurk beneath the calm. Or the first time you hear West Virginia's own Jesco White on the radio.
"Grand Theft Auto V" doesn't simply break new ground when it comes to the sandbox genre the series helped popularize. Instead, it stands as the Taj Mahal of open-world games, a glorious monument built on the foundation of some of Rockstar's tried and true franchises. Yes, "GTA V" is everything I hoped it would be -- and so much more. The next generation of consoles arrives later this year, but in "Grand Theft Auto V," the future of gaming is now.
"Grand Theft Auto V"
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Available for: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($59.99)
Rating: M for mature
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