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In news that will most likely make people who are sick of GTA V headlines sicker, the game is almost out. Apparently, we weren’t cool enough to get an advance copy on time, but the following outlets certainly did. Here’s what they’re saying about the next chapter in Grand Theft Auto.

 Polygon – 9.5/10

Rockstar has expanded and improved upon so much of what’s special about video games as mainstream spectacles, from the playful use of characters to the refined take on world design.

Destructoid – 9/10

Grand Theft Auto V is both a reflective and deflective game, diving into the heart of the GTAseries with more than a few subtle things to say about itself.

Eurogamer – 9/10

GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be, then, but it’s the best video game it’s ever been, and I’ll take that.

CVG – 10/10

The world is breathtaking, the script is funny, the music is superb (both the licensed tracks and the atmospheric original score), and, most of all, it’s really, really fun.

IGN – 10/10

Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTA IV brought to the table five years ago. 

OXM – 10/10

Rockstar’s Xbox 360 swansong is probably the console’s greatest technical achievement, and as such it’s unmissable.

OPM – 10/10

Everything you’ve ever wanted a GTA game to be, and a whole lot more. Consistently hilarious, constantly compelling and combining never-before-seen scale and ambition. This is going to make next-gen look bad for a long time to come.

Joystiq – 4.5/5

Grand Theft Auto 5 is an ambitious game, attempting to meld three very different characters together to tell one encompassing story of survival in what amounts to the worst place in America. That story stumbles, but the open-ended gameplay remains a showpiece for the vast amount of content that can be poured into a virtual world.

 TheSixthAxis 10/10

GTA V doesn’t break new ground. It’s not going to change the world. It is, after all, the fifth numbered title in a well loved series and for the most part it is simply delivering more of what the developers must know the fans want to see. To expect otherwise is idiocy.

But it is engaging, compelling, interesting, clever, funny and packed with things to do and see. It’s a personal story, or several personal stories, set in a magnificent world that ebbs and flows with thousands of people who all seem to be living their own personal stories. It’s a genuine landmark event in the history of videogames and it’s one that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

GamesTM 10/10

Sam Houser compared the making of Rockstar’s epic to the troubled production of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, and in some ways the same result has been met: a product that represents the peak of the blockbuster triple-A form, that realises grand ambition without visible compromise.

It’s likely you’re reading this review with the intention of already buying Grand Theft Auto V – indeed, its release is a deserved cultural event, and while this sequel may not be remembered for showing us anything strictly new, this represents the pinnacle of Rockstar’s design ingenuity across every single discipline, a game that absolutely everyone will feel richer for playing.

Giantbomb 5/5

Overall, this game is less surprising than you might like, because so much of it is precisely what you’d expect from a GTA game. As other open-world games push forward in ways that make things like traversal more convenient, GTA forces you to look at the minimap for your turn-by-turn directions.

At times, it feels like it was made in a vacuum, away from the influence of other games. But while you could certainly pick out a handful of individual systems or design choices that feel like they’ve been handled more intelligently elsewhere, none of those other games bring together so many interesting and disparate systems with the same level of aplomb on display here.

That, combined with the game’s unique multi-character approach to storytelling, makes Grand Theft Auto V an exciting successor in the long-running franchise.

Gameinformer 9.75/10

Grand Theft Auto V has the lofty expectations of living up to the pedigree of its critically acclaimed predecessors. Rockstar Games deserves credit for pushing the boundaries of its flagship franchise yet again with improved controls, great mission variety, and the most jam-packed open world I’ve ever visited.

The narrative fails to match the impact John Marston or Niko Bellic’s tales, but the colorful characters kept me interested in the story nonetheless. Like the golden state it parodies, Grand Theft Auto V is filled with beautiful scenery, a wealth of activities, and the promise of fortune.

 Gamespot 9/10

GTA V is an imperfect yet astounding game that has great characters and an innovative and exciting narrative structure, even if the story it uses that structure to tell is hobbled at times by inconsistent character behavior, muddled political messages and rampant misogyny.

It also raises the bar for open-world mission design in a big way and has one of the most beautiful, lively, diverse and stimulating worlds ever seen in a game. Your time in Los Santos may leave you with a few psychological scars, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from visiting.

 

 

And to prove that game reviewers are all in it for the swag, here’s Destructoid’s Jim Sterling giving conspiracy theorists enough ammo for all those 11/10’s hitting Metacritic right now.

GTA V is out from midnight tonight on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. PC Gamers get their own copy, accessible through their imagination.

Last Updated: September 16, 2013

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79 Comments

  1. f#$% yea!!!!

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  2. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 16, 2013 at 16:16

    Jim!!!!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 16, 2013 at 16:30

      Yes?

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  3. CypherGate

    September 16, 2013 at 16:21

    Wow scores well deserved.

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  4. SaintsRowLee

    September 16, 2013 at 16:22

    Yeah, I would love to see a review of this say, two months from now…

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 16, 2013 at 16:23

      Yeah, when all the hype has gone…

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      • SaintsRowLee

        September 16, 2013 at 16:27

        Uh-huh. I am sorry, but I trust these reviews about as far as I can throw Gabe Newell

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        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 16, 2013 at 16:27

          But METACRITIC has it on 99%! It must be true 😉

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 16, 2013 at 16:34

            Wash your mouth.. METACRITIC IS NEVER WRONG 😛

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 16, 2013 at 16:34

      Yeah…. :/ I always remember GTA 4 and the 10/10 reviews :/ In hindsight, GTA 4 while (entertaining) was grossly overrated, and the more you played the more obvious the flaws became. (No! Cousin I DON’T WANT YOU TO BOTHER ME EVERY 15mins. I just want to drive around and kill pedestrians).

      I hope GTA 5 delivers… and is more like GTA SA (my personal favourite GTA game), I REALLY DO!

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    • brad coetzee

      September 16, 2013 at 17:09

      Same here. Just like when Skyrim came out everyone thought it was the most perfect game ever made, now everyone thinks its a crap arcade game disguised as an RPG. Oh and GTA IV, “wow so perfect, so real. People phone you!” now look what people say about it these days.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 16, 2013 at 18:00

        “its a crap arcade game disguised as an RPG” I couldn’t have put it better.

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 16, 2013 at 20:36

          YOU SHADDAP YOUSA!!!

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  5. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 16, 2013 at 16:26

    PS. I hate you Jim, you lucky, lucky bastard.

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 16, 2013 at 16:30

      Me too, hate me too!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 16, 2013 at 16:30

      Wait what.. OOOHH THAT Jim… carry on soldier!

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 16, 2013 at 16:31

        Of course not you! I said ‘lucky’ BOOM! *Runs.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          September 16, 2013 at 16:35

          Aaaawwww! 🙁

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          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 16, 2013 at 16:39

            I didn’t mean it!

    • ElNicko

      September 17, 2013 at 09:49

      Thank God for Jim

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  6. Deano

    September 16, 2013 at 16:28

    Thank goodness I gave in and pre-ordered this 🙂

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 16, 2013 at 16:29

      Seconded

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      • Graeme

        September 16, 2013 at 16:39

        Thirded!

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  7. Hammersteyn

    September 16, 2013 at 16:36

    “PC Gamers get their own copy, accessible through their imagination.” Consoles win this round
    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aoz200A_460sa.gif

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 16, 2013 at 16:47

      That was just mean Darryn.
      Sadly true though.

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      • A pink squid

        September 19, 2013 at 12:33

        Your name is hilarious hahaha, I was going to wait for PC but read all the reviews and bought it for Xbox instead

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    • Brian Murphy

      September 17, 2013 at 07:59

      Yeah…until it comes out for PC that is??? I bought a launch 60g PS3 for the sole purpose of playing GT5, I can wait an extra 6 months for GTA5.

      Someday, I wonder if this whole superiority/inferiority complex people have over the gaming platform they supposedly enjoy will go away, because it’s really really sad.

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      • ToshZA

        September 17, 2013 at 08:05

        I have both an Xbox 360 and a PC, and I have them for their different experiences. Some games (Assassin’s Creed, Dark Souls, Darksiders etc.) just feel better on console, and others work better on pc.

        I honestly think that a true gamer has multiple platforms, and doesn’t fanboi over one or the other, but see’s them all for their pros & cons.

        GTA just seems more like a pc game to me, so I’d rather get it there. If it never releases on pc, then I guess I’ll pick it up for console on some sale in a few years time – or just never play it, because I’d have something else to do. That’s life for you.

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        • Brian Murphy

          September 17, 2013 at 08:10

          Similar situation here, I have a PS3 and a PC. I prefer certain genre’s on certain platforms, however, I’m not intractable about it. For example, I own, and have conquered Killzone 1 and 2, and Resistance 1 and 2….and I absolutely prefer keyboard and mouse for FPS, and GTA also…I just find the controls vastly superior.

          Same though, I don’t have to have it right now. I mean, I’d take it if it were handed to me, but it’s not a heroine urge type thing (I did for GT5 mind you). Have plenty of games to keep me busy for awhile, and it’s not like it’s going to get worse with age hah.

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 17, 2013 at 08:15

        There is no doubt that PC will have the superior version. Always has and always will. That being said I enjoy PC gaming as much as console so I’m not biased either ways. But for now consoles kinda has the upper hand.

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        • Brian Murphy

          September 17, 2013 at 08:22

          Well, to be honest I wasn’t really thinking about whether it’d be better or not. Because quite honestly, a PC owner never knows how much better it is than on console unless they’ve played it, or watched it at length.

          The only reason I knew for GTAIV was because I bought the collector’s ed for PS3 and the turned around and bought a copy for PC, and immediately stopped playing it on console lol.

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  8. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 16, 2013 at 16:39

    I wish I had a massive beach towel like that….

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  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 16, 2013 at 16:47

    Hahaha, that is a little ridiculous if you think about it. A massive beach towel…? A ZIPPO LIGHTER? CHOP as a stuffed toy? A BULLET WHISTLE?? I like Rockstar, but there’s no reason to butter up critics and reviewers like that. At most, reviewers should get a game code or review code on a crappy disk… and an editor riding your ass for being late with a review.

    🙁 All I got from reviewing was a damn hernia….

    Damnit.. I want a massive GTA V beach towel… 🙁

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 16, 2013 at 16:48

      The towel is mine Banana

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 16, 2013 at 16:50

        That’s how wars start… you don’t take a man’s TOWEL!! That’s some serious business!!

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 16, 2013 at 16:53

          You probably deserve it because you’ll actually have the game. But I’m too jealous to let you have the towel. Let the wars begin.

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  10. The Noble TiMsTeR

    September 16, 2013 at 16:49

    Just another day of work tomorrow and then I can pick up my copy!! To all of those who are sick tomorrow, I hate you all!

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 16, 2013 at 16:50

      I hate myself for being so damn loyal to my pc. I have a PS but don’t want to buy the game twice, so I’m waiting.

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      • The Noble TiMsTeR

        September 16, 2013 at 16:56

        Don’t be silly now John..

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 16, 2013 at 19:16

          Loyalty isn’t silly. GTA V is the Gom Jabbar test of the Master Racedom.

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      • ToshZA

        September 17, 2013 at 08:01

        I’d rather wait for this on PC too. Maybe Steam special. muahaha.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 16, 2013 at 16:52

      I’ll be sick on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…. Monday, TUESDAY… etc, cough!

      Chronic Gamer Bunkalitis is a very serious affliction! If it’s not treated you could die, so I’m not taking any chances.

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  11. M-m-m-monster John

    September 16, 2013 at 16:57

    Wait a second… the internet sure is full of weird shite

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    • The Noble TiMsTeR

      September 17, 2013 at 07:53

      Oh my I do like the bottom right picture. 🙂

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      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 17, 2013 at 08:44

        You do know that she is like 10 years old in that picture, right? :/

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        • The Noble TiMsTeR

          September 17, 2013 at 08:54

          butt the ass… damn you!

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          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 17, 2013 at 09:20

  12. Tarisma

    September 16, 2013 at 16:59

    Get the feeling this is going to be like skyrim, diablo 3 etc 10’s everywhere, then once the hype has calmed down people start to poke holes in it and everyone realises its just a game not the Messiah

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 16, 2013 at 21:17

      It’s not the Messiah, it’s a very naughty game!

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      • Tarisma

        September 16, 2013 at 21:20

        Haha very clever maybe messiah wasn’t the correct word. But I still got my point across.

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    • Mossel

      September 17, 2013 at 07:52

      Agreed. I will stick to my guns… Bioshock Infinite for game of the year!

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  13. brad coetzee

    September 16, 2013 at 17:09

    the hype has got to the reviewers ten fold.

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  14. oVg

    September 16, 2013 at 17:31

    And then there was one, THE ESCAPIST 7/0. How much hate are they going to get?

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    • Brenz

      September 17, 2013 at 07:44

      That was such a shit review, that idiot bleeding heart liberal crybaby, sounds like he was reviewing for the church.

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      • oVg

        September 17, 2013 at 08:35

        I know, WTF? It is also a AAA site. I think they are trying to prove a point because I do not see why they would want to troll for hits. But dam, are they going to get some hate.

        http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/grand-theft-auto-v/critic-reviews

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        • Brenz

          September 17, 2013 at 08:43

          Looks like they decided to be different to try and score some publicity points, be the only site who didnt give it an amazing review. Ooh look at us, we badass rebels, we swim upstream, we non-conformists, fucking idiots.

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          • oVg

            September 17, 2013 at 08:44

            and WTF? is up with this story? Just shows how many kids are playing this game.

            http://n4g.com/news/1355565/angry-readers-want-gamespot-reviewer-fired-after-her-gta-v-review

          • Brenz

            September 17, 2013 at 08:48

            Ok thats going a bit far. I mean we can disagree with reviewers opinions and think they are idiots sure, but to get a petition to fire them for their opinion we disagree with? As you said, kids, ‘Murican kids……

          • Brian Murphy

            September 17, 2013 at 08:55

            Yeah, that’s absurd. She’s paid to review a game, that entails giving her opinion on the whole thing, she would have no way of not interjecting her own thoughts on the game, and do her job properly.

            That having been said, c’mon….it’s GTA, there’s alway going to be some misogny (though I wouldn’t necessarily call it hate), for one it’s a tongue in cheek reflection on America’s past. It really is. There’s some shit in there that really comes close to reality for the time period, yes, even the radio stations…and the TV stations.

            But firing her is ludicrous.

          • oVg

            September 17, 2013 at 08:57

            she gave it a 9. Hell what is wrong with the world?

          • Brian Murphy

            September 17, 2013 at 09:46

            Well, it IS the internet, and there are a shitload of stupid people on the internet. Sad to see it thrown in your face though.

          • oVg

            September 17, 2013 at 09:49

            With great power comes even greater responsibility.

  15. Willem Swanepoel

    September 16, 2013 at 19:14

    I do not look at these wanker bullshit review sites anymore. It is LazyGamer or AngryJoe and sometimes I look at Metacritic user ratings.

    All the other review sites can suck my nob.

    I mean, the rated Rome 2: Total War 8/10 .. 9/10 and for me it is a poor game

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  16. hairyknees

    September 17, 2013 at 00:42

    So who is all up playing? 😛 10/10 material?! 7/10?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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    • Grimthwacker

      September 17, 2013 at 07:57

      I so wanted to play too…. .except my PS3 preload went all corrupt during download… :((( Have to download the 18 GB again. $@#%@#$

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  17. HeniQpotter

    September 17, 2013 at 07:37

    Come-on delivery man, hurry [your ass dfaq] up…..

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    • HeniQpotter

      September 17, 2013 at 11:50

      It has arrived…. HeniQpotter -> Offline until further notice

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  18. The Noble TiMsTeR

    September 17, 2013 at 07:41

    1. Wallet with Gta v pre order slip check
    2. Gta v t shirt on. check
    3. hard drive and flash drive cleared for space check
    4. Xbox 360 with Gtav skin on check.
    5. wait for end of work for game……. CRAP!!!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 17, 2013 at 08:20

      Don’t forget you need to work late tonight too…

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  19. Anon A Mouse

    September 17, 2013 at 07:52

    Aaaaaand still not on the Hype Train. Man I must be getting old or something if a game with this much hype isn’t getting me excited.

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    • Mossel

      September 17, 2013 at 07:54

      I thought it was just me. I give it one month and everyone is over it. Just like Diablo.

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      • The Noble TiMsTeR

        September 17, 2013 at 07:56

        I would be like that for any other game, but Gta is all time favourite game series.

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        • Mossel

          September 17, 2013 at 08:01

          I suppose everyone likes that one series. I honestly dont know what mine is though.

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  20. caponeil

    September 17, 2013 at 08:21

    Hell no – NOT GETTING GTAV. I can’t afford to lose more time…If I buy this it will be a case of divorce, alcoholism and alimony.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 17, 2013 at 08:42

      Surely your ex-wife will be able to get help for that while you enjoy GTA V? 😉

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  21. Shade

    September 18, 2013 at 11:32

    Got my limited edition copy yesterday…guess what my PS3 broke!!!

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  22. nick

    September 20, 2013 at 14:27

    i really enjoyed gta 4 up to a point. once i reached that point i could no longer play it i was so bored. hopefully this keeps up the excitement

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