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Spoilers for all HD Universe entries of the Grand Theft Auto series preceding this one, including Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony and Chinatown Wars will be left unmarked. You Have Been Warned!
In pursuit of the almighty dollar.

"You know, I've been in this game for a lot of years... and I got out alive. If you want my advice, give this shit up."
Michael De Santa

Grand Theft Auto V is the fourth Numbered Sequel and 11th overall entry in Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto series, released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 17 September 2013, with an Updated Re-release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One released on 18 November 2014 alongside (after a handful of delays) Windows PCs on 14 April 2015, as well as an "Expanded and Enhanced" edition released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on 15 March 2022.

The game is set in the Los Angeles pastiche of Los Santos and its surrounding countryside of Southern San Andreas based on the greater Southern California, primarily the Mojave Desert. In a first for the series (unless you count Grand Theft Auto IV's Episodes from Liberty City adding in new characters), the game features three playable protagonists as opposed to just one, all from different backgrounds. They are (in order of unlocknote ):

  • Franklin Clinton, an ex-gang banger in his twenties who works a dead-end job as a repo man for a shady car dealership, and lives with his sexist, ungrateful aunt in Strawberrynote . He feels trapped in the ghetto by both his job and his friends, who in turn see him as having grown "soft" and disrespectful of his roots. After a botched job repossessing the car of 20-year-old deadbeat Jimmy De Santa, Franklin meets the guy's father...
  • Michael De Santa,note  an ex-bank robber in his late forties who, after a job gone bad, decided to retire, claiming to be part of the FIB's Witness Protection for those that know he's alive. He is now living in a mansion in Rockford Hillsnote  with his unfaithful wife Amanda and their disrespectful children Tracey and Jimmy. Try as he might, he's soon forced back into crime after the stress of his home life causes him to lash out, inadvertently angering a local crime lord. Michael has a long history with...
  • Trevor Philips, an ex-military pilot in his mid forties. The Canadian Air Force permanently grounded him due to his severe mental instability. Left without a cause as an on-and-off cargo pilot in the Midwest, he soon befriended Michael, which led them to be partners in crime. Unlike Michael, Trevor never retired, instead remaining a drug-abusing career criminal, living out of a trailer in the small desert town of Sandy Shoresnote  north of Los Santos, where he deals in drug-trafficking and gun-running. After he learns that Michael is alive and residing in the city nearby, he decides to track his old buddy down and partner up again.

Together, They Cause (or Are) Crime. Players can switch between the three at any time once they meet the characters (with a few mission-related exceptions), and a major part of gameplay is heist missions in which all three characters take part. On the fly, the player can switch between, say, the guy taking hostages inside the store, the guy sniping cops outside, and the guy rappelling down the side of the building, while the game seamlessly takes over control of the character just vacated.

The first teaser trailer, released in November 2011, can be found here and a second trailer was released a year later in 2012, with three new trailers released on 30 April 2013. More info here.

Less than a month after GTA V's initial release, Rockstar launched Grand Theft Auto Online, this game's MMORPG-esque multiplayer component. GTAO was marketed as a standalone product separate from GTAV, although it took until the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 releases of the game for them to actually sell them as completely separate products.

"You, Trevor, are the proto-troper."

Alternative Title(s): Grand Theft Auto 5



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