GTA V Gameplay And Performance Review: The PC Version Rules

Introduction To GTA V

Ever since Grand Theft Auto V’s initial release back in September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, PC gamers have been eagerly waiting for Rockstar Games to bring title to the PC. 18 months later, and the long-awaited game has finally been released. Unfortunately, while Rockstar Games is known for releasing some top-notch titles, its track record with porting its games to PC hasn’t been stellar.

When Grand Theft Auto IV came out for the PC platform back in 2008, about eight months after the console version, it was criticized as a poor port at the time. Suffering from performance issues and requiring users to be signed in to Windows Live to save their progress, it frustrated many users in many ways that its console counterparts did not. Though, the PC version has some superior aspects as well. The same can be said about Grand Theft Auto V to some extent.

But we’ll get to that later on in the review.

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Los Santos looks beautiful at night - Find GTA V @ Amazon

As with each successive installment in the GTA franchise, Rockstar Games has increased the scope in many ways. Grand Theft Auto V is another open world, action-adventure game that allows players to explore the city of Los Santos and the countryside of Blaine County. Not only are the locations bigger and more engrossing in GTA V, but players will switch between the game’s three playable leads and experience an interwoven story that, in previous installments, only focused on a single main character. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

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The three main leads are up to some shenanigans

Since its initial release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation back in 2013, Rockstar Games has developed the game even further for current consoles and especially for the PC platform. More radio stations have been added, a robust selection of configurable settings for the game is available for PC users, support for mouse and keyboard controls, and even extra things such as a slider for increasing or decreasing the amount of pedestrian and car traffic so that mainstream GPUs will not be overly taxed.

And tax your GPUs, this game will.

Yet Rockstar wasn’t done adding in all the bells and whistles for the latest iteration of the game. They have optimized the PC version for 4K resolution, and the developer went even further by adding in a first-person mode for the game.

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Nothing like driving a sweet ride and listening to some tunes.

Now that Grand Theft Auto V is finally available on PC (find it at Amazon), gamers have asked if the PC version is the definitive one that everyone should own and play? Read on to find out what we think...

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