Grand Theft Auto V becomes best selling video game

Grand Theft Auto V’s title sequence before accessing the main menu.

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Grand Theft Auto V’s title sequence before accessing the main menu.

Alex Pierson

Walking down the street just knowing you can make your character do anything. Hop in someone else’s car and speed down the road, or jump someone for the $12 they have in their pocket. Obviously, this is not what happens in the real world, but it’s all 100 percent reality in Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games.

This open world game allows the player to control three characters, which is new this year, and do each and every mission. There are many things different from GTA IV, which was the latest game before GTA V was released.

There are many people online with complaints about the violence in the game. The blood and gore, the ability to shoot someone point blank or blow them up is too violent for some.

“I think it’s awesome. If you think it’s too violent you need to man up,” said junior Michael Larson.

GTA V is the best selling video game of all time. There were over $1 billion in sales in the first week alone. Many people have different “favorite” things to do in the game, and for good reason. There are so many things to do in the new GTA.

“My favorite thing to do in the game is to drive extremely fast down the sidewalks and snipe from the top of tall buildings,” explained Larson.

While this is a violent thing to do, it is absolutely a part of the game, and that is why it has the M rating for mature.

“I think it deserves its rating because of the drugs, strippers, violence and language in the game,” said senior Thomas Tran.

The new characters and the different story line is a great new addition to the game. The fact that there are now three controllable characters, all with different personalities makes the game so much more exciting to play. The three characters, Michael, Trevor and Franklin, all have their own separate missions and come together to pull off huge heists.

“My favorite new things are the better graphics, the larger map and the three characters give you a variety to choose from,” explained Tran.

Michael, a rich suburban dad, is in Witness Protection and has a lazy son and a wild daughter. He and his wife do not get along, and they are always fighting. Trevor is from the sticks. He’s as redneck as they come. Franklin lives with his aunt, and hangs out with his buddy Lamar.

“I believe it’s too violent, like the scenes where peoples’ heads blow off,” added Tran.

Violence and gore has always been a part of the GTA series, and GTA V is no exception. With new characters and a different story line, there is good reason GTA V is the best selling game of all time.