news\ Sep 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

Grand Theft Auto 5 Review Round-up


Grand Theft Auto 5 isn't set to release until tomorrow, September 17th, but the first batch of reviews have gone live. For those of you hesitant to dive into Rockstar's open world adventure, check out all of the reviews below. Let's be honest though, for many of you, you've already made up your mind about the game -- you're going to get it. But here are the reviews, just for fun.

IGN - 10/10

"Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTA IV brought to the table five years ago."

Polygon - 9.5/10

"Grand Theft Auto 5 is the closure of this generation, and the benchmark for the next. Here is a game caught occasionally for the worst, but overwhelmingly for the better, between the present and the future."

Eurogamer - 9/10

"GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be, then, but it's the best video game it's ever been, and I'll take that."

Joystiq - 4.5/5

"Grand Theft Auto 5 is an ambitious game, attempting to meld three very different characters together to tell one encompassing story of survival in what amounts to the worst place in America."

Kotaku - Yes

"Rockstar Games has scaled a mountain with Grand Theft Auto V, creating the best-looking, best-sounding and, most importantly, best-playing version of gaming's most notorious franchise."

Destructoid - 9/10

"All three characters, in their respective ways, feel representative of the Grand Theft Auto series as a whole, and contribute to making GTA V what it is -- the ultimate culmination of Rockstar's beloved and despised series."

GiantBomb - 5/5

"Overall, this game is less surprising than you might like, because so much of it is precisely what you'd expect from a GTA game."

Gamespot - 9/10

"Your time in Los Santos may leave you with a few psychological scars, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from visiting."

Gameinformer - 9.75/10

"Like the golden state it parodies, Grand Theft Auto V is filled with beautiful scenery, a wealth of activities, and the promise of fortune."

The Escapist - 3.5/5

"A technical achievement, GTAV's driving and shooting gameplay in an excellently crafted open world is marred by a script that presents despicable characters as the protagonists."

God is a Geek - 10/10

"In many ways, Grand Theft Auto V is a culmination of the current generation; it’s a summation of everything we’ve seen in the last eight years, a love letter, if you like, to the 360 and the PS3."

Videogamer - 10/10

"Unless you play it for yourself, it's near impossible to grasp how big GTA 5 is."

I suspect reviews for GTA 5 will continue to roll in as the week progresses. If you know of a score that we missed, be sure to email us the link at "".

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