"a gritty saga of guns, gangs and gear"

It’s one thing to remake a much loved, decade old classic, but re-creating a fairly recent title is another kettle of fish, altogether. And GTA V isn’t alone. The Last of Us and Dead Or Alive have also been upgraded for PS4. Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on you.

Being essentially a last-gen title, you may expect (higher resolution) last-gen graphics. In fact, GTA features some striking polygon pushing. Some of the best on PlayStation 4, even.

Gradually, over time what started life as a tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted sandbox has mutated into a gritty saga of guns, gangs and gear. More worrying now than when the series began. And yet the media barely bat an eyelid when a new episode hits the market.

Like Mortal Kombat before it, GTA has become an accepted videogame staple.

In an attempt to add something new to the formula, you can now switch characters. Career criminals, gangstas and just plain psychos are all available. The fundamentals however, remain fairly unchanged.

First-person views are a nice inclusion, but a slightly unwieldy one.

It goes without saying that if you’ve already played the game, a PS4 remake is a bit redundant. Play Ubisoft’s underrated WatchDogs, instead. For the uninitiated it’s essential.

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