You're undoubtedly familiar with the GTA franchise, if not from having hands-on experience with previous titles, then by the frequent media outcries about in-game violence. Developer Rockstar Games is often the recipient of criticism and moral outrage whenever a politician or media figure covers a real-world tragedy and tries to connect the event to violent video games. The most current GTA title at any given point in time is always an easy target, and GTA V is no exception.
If you're reading this, then chances are you're okay with that (and if not, I suggest reading what Todd Martens had to say in his short review for the Los Angeles Times), so I'm not going to spend much time focusing on the moral angle of the grossly inappropriate tasks presented in GTA V and what that says about our society. Perhaps we're all a little twisted on the inside, as evidenced by GTA V raking in over $1 billion during its first three days. I'll leave that for the licensed psychologists for figure out.
In any event, GTA V affords plenty of opportunity to engage in tasks that you wouldn't dare attempt to play out in real life. Like previous titles in the series. stealing cars is a basic skill, and also a necessary one in order to navigate the vast landscape in a timely fashion. What isn't necessary is running over pedestrians on sidewalks or crushing motorcyclists that get in your way, though until you get a feel for the unique handling of different types of vehicles, this type of illegal carnage is virtually unavoidable.