The latest in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series brings you back to the West Coast and introduces three different protagonists and a game world much larger than the already impressive Grand Theft Auto IV’s Liberty City. There’s really nothing you can say about a GTA game that hasn’t already been said: its combination of story, game, environment, graphics, and even music, make it something rare and undoubtedly difficult to beat. It takes itself seriously without stepping too much into parody (like Saints Row) but it never gets so gritty that you feel uncomfortable with wanton mayhem and destruction. Consequences never feel that immediate but it never stops feeling like a game, either. This is an important distinction that many detractors of GTA’s violence sometimes forget.

Release Date: September 17, 2013