Game review: Grand Theft Auto V for PCs - feels like new

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 May, 2015, 10:30pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 May, 2015, 10:30pm

Grand Theft Auto V

We all know about Grand Theft Auto V, originally released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in September 2013, and we all know it's an incredible game. But there's a reason Rockstar, the developer, waited almost two years to unleash its great beast on the PC. Put simply, this is the best possible version of the game imaginable.

By itself, GTA V is already a stunning feat: a massive-scale, unbelievably ambitious crime adventure that pushed the boundaries of open-world games. From its triple-perspective gameplay, to a story that brilliantly tied its facets together, alongside advanced graphics and all those little details that reward obsessive repeat play, it's one of the greatest games ever made.

But this edition takes all that and redefines it to the point that it not only feels as if it is made exclusively for PC, but also as if it's an entirely new game altogether. If you've splashed out for the ultimate geek gaming set-up, you'll be heavily rewarded: multiple monitors allow you to be fully immersed in its highly addictive world, 4K or UHD resolutions alongside the impressive graphic upgrade place visuals in a phenomenal league, while a rate of 60 frames per second keeps things ultra-smooth.

Beyond the technical, the list goes on: customisable controls, seamless swapping between mouse/keyboard and gamepad, the ability to play your own music on the in-game radio, and of course, the "mods", in which you can recreate the world as you see fit. It's one of the key reasons hard-core gamers prefer PC editions over consoles, and a world like GTA V becomes an endless playground for your deranged sense of creativity.

Fancy roaming the world as a cat? It's possible. Want to wreak animal havoc through your own version of Planet of the Apes? Axe-wielding monkeys are at your disposal. The PC edition has only just come out, so options are currently limited, but expect your newsfeed to be flooded with GIFs of GTA insanity.

There's a war in the gaming community over mods. For years, it's been a free-for-all, but money-hungry developers are starting to catch on, so it's almost guaranteed that, in a few years, we'll have to pay for what are genuinely fans' creations. That's unfair, but for now, this is the golden era - a world where nearly anything is possible.