GTA 5; The Iconic Journey And Other Aspects Of The Game

Every once-in-a-while a video game is launched into the market that raises the bar of video gaming experience for users all across the globe. Such games are not released every other day as they take years to be developed and tested for bugs. A game that followed through with our expectations and did better than just match up to them was GTA 5. The game created ripples in the gaming industry just shortly after its launch and had everyone in awe. Let’s gather some more details about this game and its journey to stardom.


Grand Theft Auto 5 or GTA 5 was released on 17th September 2013 with initially being available just for consoles and later on was released for PCs also. The free-roam game was developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. The preliminary work on this game began after GTA 4 was released in 2008. If we exclude the preliminary period, we can agree upon the fact that it took multiple teams almost 3 years to fully release the game in 2013.


The game is set in the city of San Andreas’ open countryside and a few more fictional cities like Blaine County and Los Santos. The players have an option to choose from FPP (first-person perspective) and TPP (third-person perspective). In the single-player mode, the players follow a very diverse and constantly changing storyline in the shoes of 3 characters which they have to keep switching between. The main crux though is centered around heist sequences. The three protagonists in the game are retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drugs and arms smuggler Trevor Philips. The entire map and gameplay are extremely interactive and have the gamers on edge for every big and small mission. The expert coders at explained how the game became the ideal place for hackers and cheaters. Even to date players use cheats to enhance the in-game interaction and gameplay of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Development & Sales

The game was developed by Rockstar North with a team of more than 1000 people. Since GTA 5 wasn’t the first game of its kind to be developed by Rockstar North, they were able to use their experience to push the boundaries and the graphic potential of the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Such was the buzz and craze around this game that on the 3rd day the game had broken all previous records of sales of a video game. It had surpassed the 1 billion dollar mark in sales in just 3 days. If we talk about this year, well, the number of copies sold has crossed 135 million.


Fame always brings a lot of attention and criticism along it to the bearer. GTA 5 has had its fair share of criticism. Not soon after the release and the hype of the game a lot of critics came forward to point out the violent side of the game. A lot of critics also went ahead and claimed that the game objectifies women and puts them in a bad light. A mission where a payer has to torture a hostage also sparked some remarks against the game. These controversies were spread all across the globe but it did not take very long for them to quiet down and be dismissed.

Games like GTA 5 often spark a trend amongst youngsters and set the bar for graphics and gameplay development. These games go down in history as the best source of entertainment for a lot of age groups.