|(Video gaming) More mayhem in Grand Theft Auto V
Unabashedly brutal “Grand Theft Auto V’’ hit the streets today in a sequel that promises to enthrall fans of the blockbuster videogame franchise.
Rockstar Games spent five years crafting the title and the time has paid off for gamers, according to reviews.
Computerandvideogames.com digital manager John Houlihan said the “graphics look sensational – it really is like being in a virtual copy of LA.''
GTA V is set in a fictional city of Los Santos based on real-world Los Angeles and its nearby hills and beaches, AFP reports.
In the game triumph depends on acts such as carjacking, gambling and killing. It has also included simulated sex with prostitutes and drunken driving. The latest version is said by reviewers to be rife with more of the same, along with profanity-packed dialog.
GTA V is billed by the New York City-based videogame publisher as the “largest and most ambitious'' title in a franchise that has sold more than 114 million copies since its debut in 1997.
“Grand Theft Auto V builds on everything we've learned about open world gaming,'' said Rockstar founder Sam Houser.
Versions of “GTA V'' for play on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 videogame consoles or personal computers powered by Windows software launched worldwide today.
Houlihan said it was rumored that the production budget for the game was in the vicinity of US$270 million.
The franchise's appeal is fueled by captivating story lines and an open-world format that lets players go wherever they wish in game worlds.
The game will also let people play with or against one another online.
Rockstar, which is owned by Take-Two Interactive, said that GTA V ``focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar'' in a re-imagined Southern California.
Grand Theft Auto IV blew away videogame and Hollywood records by raking in an unprecedented US$500 million in the week after its release in 2008.