Meta-Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 and Xbox One version)

gtav first personGrand Theft Auto V is an exercise in gaming perfection. It was one of this site’s most favourite games of 2013 and now it is back with a new level of graphical polish and a stunningly fluid frame rate as it marks the series’ debut on the new current gen consoles (PS4 and the Xbox One). Without a doubt, the core of what made the game the excellent piece of fiction that it was last gen remains still in tact, but the question rests with those who played on their old hardware, is it worth dipping in again? Well with a host of new music, a new first person mode, and many other touches and spit cleans, the reviews are overwhelmingly good, and maybe just enough to turn some toward trading in for the newer model. Here is what the reviewers had to say:

gtav graphics comparisonHardcore Gamer: While there’s nothing wrong with the last-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar has created a museum piece with its remastered version. Everybody, from those who have spent the better part of the past year exploring everything its world has to offer to the three people who have yet to play it, should experience what has been put together here. (5/5)

Game Spot: Aside from a few mild frame rate issues that sometimes take the edge off its more dramatic moments, this is the definitive version of GTA V, and the bar by which all other open-world games, or indeed any game that aims for a cinematic feel, should be judged. It is beautiful, and thought-provoking, and thrilling throughout. (9/10)

The National Post: But with all the tweaks and additions, the current generation edition is unquestionably the best. It may not include quite enough fresh content to warrant a second purchase, but it’s certainly the edition that ought to be sought out by those yet to play. Most importantly, perhaps, it provides us with a small peephole into the future of the series. And for the franchise’s most ardent fans, that’s probably all they need to buy and play Rockstar’s most recent crime opus all over again. (9/10)

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