Getting Started with GTA V: Everything Newbies Need to Know

GTA V is an action and adventure game which came in 2013 after 5 years of GTA IV. Rockstar North developed it and was published by Rockstar Games. It is considered as the second best-selling video game of all time with over 140 million copies sold and one of the most successful entertainment products of all time.This single-player story follows three protagonists- street gangster Franklin Clinton, retired bank robber Michael De Santa and drug dealer and arms smuggler Trevor Philips. Its design lets players roam around San Andreas’ open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles and fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California.


This game is available on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox 1 and Microsoft Windows. For PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions, it is in progress and scheduled to be released in late 2021.


The official minimum requirements for GTA V to be played on Microsoft Windows are as follows:

  • You will need windows 8.1 64 bit or windows 8 64 bit. Minimum you would need a windows 7 64 bit to run this game.
  • Coming on to the hardware, a good Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.40 GHz processor is required.
  • For video quality you will need an NVIDIA 9800 GT card. This will allow your system to produce sound effects for this game.
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • HDD Space: 65GB
  • DVD Drive


The gameplay is very smooth and interesting, giving a realistic effect we are experiencing in the real world . The graphics are superb, even the minor details of the game are dealt very nicely to provide the player a real-life experience. Cool thing about it is that it features an original sound track composed after several years of collaboration of different artists. Players get to complete different objectives and missions to progress in the game. You can play this game from 2 perspectives, either first person or third person. Players get to control the 3 main characters through-out the single player campaign, you can switch among three of them anytime ,both during and outside missions. You can roam around the city either on foot or can cruise in the car. You also get the chance to swim and fly different vehicles to navigate the world. Each of these 3 characters have different skill sets they are master in (for example: one is better in shooting the other might be better in driving and the other in flying ). Players get new skills as the game progresses and also the skills of each player are enhanced the mission and objectives are completed.

The story of this game mostly revolves around heists and shooting missions as players commit crimes during the missions and then face aggressiveness of law enforcement. When not in the mission, players get a chance to see the amazing city and do different interesting activities like scuba diving, base jumping, trade in stocks ,buy new houses and new businesses and buy new weapons and many more. To fight against the enemies you can use different weapons, from melee attacks to different heavy explosives. Game has a health meter which indicates the damage you are getting and After death players are respawned at the hospitals.

There exists a “wanted” meter in the head-up-display of the game which tells you about the responsiveness of law enforcements in-case you commit a crime. Stars are there present in the display of the game which indicates about the actions of law enforcements and how much wanted you are, 5-star is the maximum level ,if you reach the 5 star you will be chased by police helicopters and SWAT teams swarm to lethally dispatch players. Somehow you manage to escape the crime scene and hide from the enforcements. The wanted meter cools down and the number of stars are reduced. This game also has a multiplayer mode in which 30 players get a chance to engage with each other and compete in different competitive game modes.

User Experience

Parents’ Review

As it is a 18+ game parents of children under the age of 18 have very mixed reviews about this game. As in the game there is lots of swearing and nudity and violence but still there are a lot of parents who have no problem with this game. Their point of view is that this game can be played by children of age 13+ as long as a child knows the difference between what is wrong and what is right. But again as the game developers themselves have rated it 18+, it is not suitable to let the children of age less than 18 play this game by themselves without the supervision of their parents.

Players’ Review

Gamers love this game as it is full of entertaining and interesting things providing them with a very life like experience. Moreover the graphics are marvelous which are praised by the youth .They say that the game is phenomenal as it revolves around the life of 3 characters that pulls you in right from the moment you begin playing, the game is filled with laughs and emotional moments, thrills and chaos like you wouldn’t believe.

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