While we toil away on our own Grand Theft Auto V review, a number of publications have gone live with their glowing appraisals earlier this afternoon. As expected, the title appears to be a rip-roaring success, currently carrying a Metacritic rating of 99 based on nine reviews – though we expect that to slip a little as more evaluations get published.
The general consensus is that this is not only the best sandbox that renowned developer Rockstar Games has ever constructed, but also the most mechanically sound instalment in the wildly popular brand. We’ve included some of the best reviews below – feel free to have a browse, and don’t forget to check back for our coverage over the coming days.
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.
EDGE - 10/10
No one makes worlds like Rockstar, but at last it has produced one without compromise. Everything works. It has mechanics good enough to anchor games of their own, and a story that is not only what GTA has always wanted to tell but also fits the way people have always played it. It’s a remarkable achievement, a peerless marriage of world design, storytelling and mechanics that pushes these ageing consoles to the limit and makes it all look easy.
Giant Bomb - 5/5
Grand Theft Auto V's unique storytelling meshes well with standard GTA-style action, giving you multiple perspectives on some fantastic criminal activities.
Eurogamer.net - 9/10
Grand Theft Auto V 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.
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.
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