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Grand Theft Auto Matures Along With Its Loyal Video Gamers

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 09:36 AM

Reviewers this week are saying there is something different about Grand Theft Auto V that seems to show an aging, if not maturing process, among the game itself and its loyal audience.

Meanwhile, GTA V was expected to smash sales records after going on sale worldwide on Wednesday, reported the Daily Mail. Stores across the UK opened their doors at midnight for the special launch of the game. Online seller Amazon has already sold out of the game and copies have started appearing on eBay.

International Business Times quoted analysts who predicted worldwide first day ssales of 6.5 million units for $400 million.

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Chris Suellentrop of the New York Times said Grand Theft Auto V may show a maturing, or at least a settling into a style its players expect and count on.

"But while the franchise has lost the ability to shock, it remains the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment," Suellentrop said in his review posted Tuesday. "And with the profane and hugely enjoyable Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games has produced the best plotted, most playable, character-driven, fictionally coherent entry in this 16-year-old series."

Grand Theft is still a first-person shooter game. It takes place in a fictional Los Angeles, called Los Santos, a chance of venue from Grand Theft Auto IV, which had a fictional New York City as its backdrop in 2008.

"Its surroundings exist in an alternate reality, it is also a contemporary one that evokes and satirizes the anxieties of 21st-century life," Suellentrop reported.

There are three controllable characters instead of only one: Franklin, a repo man on the make; Michael, a witness-protection retiree; and Trevor, a meth dealer and gun runner.

The Guardian's Keith Stuart said the ability to jump from character to character adds to the enjoyment and interest of Grand Theft Auto V.

"This three-character format emancipates the narrative, jettisoning the awkward requirement for one protagonist to be everywhere, witnessing everything in this vast world," Stuart said in his review Monday. "Switching between the characters can be done at any time while off mission, and all three have their own little pet projects to get involved with."

Adam Shaw, of Fox News, said Grand Theft Auto programmers seem to acknowledge with the new version that gamers who have grown up with GTA are older.

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"Some of the game’s new features also seem less inclined to teenage boys, and more to a more mature gamer," Shaw wrote. "Fancy playing tennis and dabbling in the stock market before investing in some real estate? Surprisingly this all seems to be part of the new title. This isn’t to say that the game won’t be bloody. It's definitely not one for the kids, but then again Rockstar never claimed to make 'Grand Theft Disney.'"

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