Nearly a decade ago Grand Theft Auto V released – a game from Rockstar that would redefine the series for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Back then it was really pushing the consoles to their limits. Now remastered in 4K with all of the DLC’s and extras Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is back.

If, somehow, you missed it on what was the cutting edge of console gaming nine years ago, GTA V sees the story of three characters, Franklin – a wannabe with something to prove, only to himself, Michael – the sensible type and Trevor who is just plain crazy.


Your crime wielding action plays out in Los Santos, a little bit California and a little bit Miami. A fuse of both.

The guts of what mage the Grand Theft Auto series both controversial and like nothing else is still there. Jack cars, commit crimes, go awhole.

Each character has their own storyline and being very different personality types, differing abilities and skills.

Gameplay is mission based and at times you will have more than one character, so there’s the ability to play as each on the fly.

Handy if a certain event requires a specific skill set.


Between missions you can free roam.

Check out the sites of Santos, pillage, steal and cause criminal mayhem. Cruise the mean streets in your stolen supercar while jamming out to one of the many unique GTA radio stations.

Check emails, SMS’ and take calls as you commit your own brand of chaos.

The NPC’s in GTA V a fully reactive and if you’re not careful you may find yourself in a brawl you didn’t expect.

A fan favourite, and mine as well, is the Heists. Pretty much very complex burglaries that require a fair amount of planning, where anything can go wrong and usually does.

It’s real easy to lose yourself in GTA V and spend months in the game without having completed near half of the missions on offer.


The remastered version has had a full makeover treatment, not just for the current PS5 and Xbox Series gen, everything has a had redo including the game menu’s. Play on or offline.

If you were too young back in 2013 to have been able to play GTA V now’s the time. If you did play it and still are via backwards compatibility on Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S you may want to get yourself in to the 4K zone.

Having gone from a top down shooter in 1997 to full roam 3D in 2001, the Grand Theft Auto franchise is legendary and continues to be with the ever evolving, ever expanding GTA Online.

GTA V is still one of the best games out there.

Grand Theft Auto V Remaster (Xbox Series X) Review
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Released: April 2022
Rating: R16
Platforms reviewed: Xbox Series X
Genre: Action
Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games

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