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Grand Theft Auto V
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"Damn, what's this button do?" -Franklin Clinton
Protagonist: Franklin Clinton
Michael De Santa/Townley
Trevor Phillips
Genre: Action
Adventure
Platforms: PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 5
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Xbox Series X/S
Microsoft Windows
Release Date: September 17, 2013 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
November 18, 2014 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
April 14, 2015 (PC)
Developer: Rockstar North
Rockstar San Diego
Rockstar Leeds
Rockstar Lincoln
Rockstar Toronto
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Franchise: Grand Theft Auto
Previous Game: Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (by release date)
Grand Theft Auto Online (chronologically)
Next Game: Grand Theft Auto VI (currently in early development)


Grand Theft Auto V (also known as GTA V or GTA 5) is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on September 17, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, on November 18, 2014 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on April 14, 2015 for Microsoft Windows.

Plot

When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.

Why It Rocks

  1. Considering this was released seven years ago, the game features one of the most realistic graphics ever seen in a video game. Even for the seventh-gen versions of the game. Also, the eighth-gen and PC versions also have a few graphical improvements from the seventh-gen such as better car interiors.
    • The graphics themselves are really awesome and beautiful that could be considered superior for a game that was developed in 2013.
  2. The map is the same size as real-world Manhattan in New York and is even bigger than the map seen in San Andreas.
  3. Not one, but three playable characters, all with different abilities.
    • Michael's ability slows down time while on foot, allowing better accuracy during gunfights.
    • Franklin's ability slows down time while in a motorized land vehicle, which in turn improves his driving & drive-by abilities.
    • Trevor's ability grants him near-invincibility.
  4. Lots of violence and mature content.
  5. More extra content than ever.
  6. Tons of and weapons and costumes that have unique abilities.
  7. Over 750 vehicles available. You can also modify your cars to a much bigger extent save for specific cases.
  8. A lot of bonus content, easter eggs, and myths to discover, two of those being an alien and the Bigfoot.
  9. It's the first GTA game that features interactive animals and wildlife (unlike in San Andreas, where animals are just non-interactive 2D sprites), you can dive via scuba gear or submarine to watch and encounter sharks and whales, hunt deer in forests and you can even play as animals in the newer versions.
  10. Lots of hours of gameplay.
  11. Getting 100% unlocks the following rewards:
    • UFOs will also appear at the top of Mount Chiliad and above Fort Zancudo and Sandy Shores.
    • An orange T-shirt that says 100% on it, under T-shirts in Franklin's wardrobe.
    • The Strangers and Freaks mission, The Last One is unlocked for Franklin.
      • A Golden Peyote Plant will spawn in the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness area upon completing The Last One in the Enhanced Versions of the game, allowing the player to become the Sasquatch and the challenge to unlock the Beast.
  12. Besides story missions, you can explore the huge open world at leisure.
  13. Amazing soundtrack, courtesy of the game's many radio stations:
    • The Blue Ark: Reggae station. Hosted by dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
    • Worldwide FM: World music station. Hosted by Gilles Peterson.
    • FlyLo FM: Intelligent dance music (IDM) station. Hosted by and named after Flying Lotus.
    • The Lowdown 91.1: Soul station. Hosted by Mama G, a.k.a. Pam Grier.
    • The Lab: A diverse station, ranging from hip hop to electronic to rock. Hosted by The Alchemist (whose music was previously featured in a homonymous radio station in Chinatown Wars) and Oh No.
    • Radio Mirror Park: Indietronica station. Hosted by Twin Shadow.
    • Space 103.2: Funk station. Hosted by Parliament-Funkadelic ace bassist, Bootsy Collins.
    • Vinewood Boulevard Radio: Modern rock station. Hosted by Wavves members Nate Williams and Stephen Pope.
    • blonded Los Santos 97.8 FM: An even more diverse station, consisting mostly of hip hop. Hosted by Frank Ocean, Vegyn, Roof Access and Fed.
    • Los Santos Underground Radio (LS-UR): House station. Hosted by an unnamed announcer.
    • Los Santos Rock Radio: Classic rock station. Hosted by legendary 80's singer Kenny Loggins.
    • Non-Stop-Pop FM: Pop station featuring everything from Pet Shop Boys to Lady Gaga to Lorde. Hosted by Cara Delevingne.
    • Radio Los Santos: Modern hip hop station. Hosted by Big Boy (not the Outkast rapper).
    • Channel X: Hardcore punk station. Hosted by once-frontman of both Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Keith Morris.
    • West Coast Talk Radio (WCTR): Public talk radio station with several different programs and hosts. Can only be heard when in Los Santos.
    • Blaine County Radio: Same as the above, but can only be heard when in Blaine County.
    • Rebel Radio: Country station. Hosted by the Dancin' Outlaw Jesco White.
    • Soulwax FM: Techno station. Lacks a host or commercial breaks.
    • East Los Santos FM: (aka: the station that has El Sondito) Cross-genre Mexican pop station. Hosted by Don Cheto and Camilo Lara. The songs and banter between hosts are entirely in Spanish.
    • West Coast Classics: West Coast hip hop station. Hosted by DJ Pooh.
  14. Game progress can now be saved anywhere at any time when not on a mission; however, saving at Safehouses remain and quick saving does not advance time.
  15. The game features an auto-aim and cover system.
  16. A lot of mini-games available.
  17. Each character has a smartphone for contacting friends, starting activities, and accessing an in-game Internet.
  18. Tons of replay value.
  19. It uses a benchmark test where you press the Tab key in the settings menu to initiate the sequence, something really useful to show how easily your PC can run the game.
    • However, keep in mind that it's recommended to play the Prologue and Franklin's first mission (Franklin And Lamar) in order for the Benchmark to work properly.
  20. You now can fly large airplanes (such as a cargo plane, a Boeing 747 or a C-130) or jet fighters, like in San Andreas that were absent in IV.
  21. A skill system similar to that of San Andreas, except that said bars don't decrease automatically, since they are all related to the character's skill in something.
  22. In the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game, the first-person mode was introduced in the series for the first time and can be accessed normally without resorting to hacking and mods.
  23. Its DLC adds tons of new content. And they're free!!!
  24. The Banshee has the actual Dodge Viper engine sound.
  25. Car models look pretty great.
  26. Like the previous games, it has mod support.
  27. Unlike previous GTA games, there are lots of cars inspired by movies and TV shows. Some of them can be modified to look like a car from a movie or TV show. Some examples include:
    • Futo: You can with white body and black lower parts with carbon hood and some correct parts make it look like the Toyota AE86 driven by Takumi Fujiwara in Initial D.
    • JB 700: Inspired in the Aston Martin DB5 appeared in the James Bond franchise and films.
    • Tornado convertible: Can be modified to make look like the Christine, a possessed vehicle from Stephen King's works.
    • Rhapsody: You can make this car look like the Mirthmobile from the film Wayne's World by painting your car to blue and adding a flame vinyl.
    • Banshee: With color yellow and correct parts you can make this car look like the Mazda RX-7 driven by Keisuke Takahashi. Also you can make look like the said car driven by Dominic Toretto in The Fast and Furious and the Veilside RX-7 by selecting Two Tone livery from the film 2 Fast 2 Furious.
    • Dukes: Painting your car to orange and applying a UK flag (that impersonates the confederate flag) and the musical horn 5 it can resemble General Lee from the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard".
    • Dominator: Painting the car Race Green and applying black rims and doing some correct parts, it resembles the Bullitt Mustang.
    • Bullet: You can modify it to look exactly like the Ford GT 40 from Sega GT 2002/Sega GT Online.
  28. Packie McReary, a well-known character from GTA IV returns to the game as a heist crew member.
  29. Princess Robot Bubblegum, an anime parody that was only mentioned on the radio and only a short pilot on the television in GTA IV's The Ballad of Gay Tony, has a second episode in the enhanced version. You can even get a PRB mask, as well as a decal and paint job for your car (Online only).
  30. The Swing glitch returns from IV, but as a different object. Various gates are around Vinewood Hills, and if you push into the automatic gate, most of the time your car flings into the air. This works only on unpatched versions of the last generation versions of the game.
  31. Some cars and weapons from literally Grand Theft Auto 2 make a return!

Bad Qualities

  1. Grand Theft Auto Online, as most of the content is a hit or miss and it has a lot of problems that are only increasing in time. Since 2015, Rockstar has officially abandoned the single-player base game in favor of the online version.
    • Speaking of that, the Online updates broke some of the single-player assets.
    • There are many game-breaking bugs and glitches that weren't fixed for a long time.
  2. All DLC items released after 2015 are online exclusive and are not available in single player (thankfully, they can be added in with mods), and in online they cost ridiculous amounts of money in which grinding money is very difficult for beginners.
  3. The NPC AI is a downgrade when compared to that seen in GTA IV.
    • A good example includes pedestrians picking a fight or calling the police on the player for no apparent reason if you stand close to them. Back in IV, the cops would have a conversation with you while walking, and if you bump into them, they would talk to you with a conversation like "Hey, watch it asshole!" instead of immediately trying to bust you.
    • Police AI is too aggressive. For example, they no longer arrest NPCs, instead shooting them dead, even when they're unarmed. Also, half of the cops that spawn in police cars wield pump-action shotguns.
    • NPC drivers will often get into 50-car pileups after an accident, which often results in a chain reaction of explosions.
  4. First-person view isn't the best and feels too fast paced when on foot and too clunky when driving vehicles.
  5. In the next-gen versions, car interiors are not unique and are reused on multiple vehicles.
  6. The player cannot properly crouch out of cover; instead, there is a Stealth Mode, which the character is just simply hunching over when enabled.
  7. Some songs didn't make it on most radio stations. (Notably, American Boy by Estelle and Kanye West was removed from Non-Stop Pop FM)
  8. The physics are rather weak. Cars can't become as badly damaged looking as they did in previous games. Walls don't get scratches when cars grind up against them. The ragdoll physics are also weak when compared to GTA IV.
  9. Many features from previous GTA games are gone. The player can no longer eat food at restaurants, work out at gyms, buy hot dogs, go on a police computer, and there is no GPS voice on many cars. Though it still has great features such as the car wash, barbershop, and going to cinemas.
  10. Loading times are very long unless you install the game to a solid-state drive, or even Seagate external drives (they are faster than average HDD's).
  11. As of March 6th, 2017 players can no longer transfer their PS3/Xbox 360 character progress to PS4/Xbox One, forcing players to start from the very beginning on those aforementioned versions.
  12. The story overall feels like a step down compared to IV.
  13. Most of the songs included on the PS4/Xbox One/PC versions don't fit the timeline. This isn't so bad with the songs that came out in 2014, but stations like Blonded Los Santos and iFruit Radio have songs that came out in 2017 and beyond, despite the main game taking place in 2013.
  14. Even if it's an interesting feature, the Special Abilities do not suit a GTA game, and would be better as cheat codes.
  15. Some missions are just flat out taken from other Rockstar games, which is disappointing.
  16. While the PC version isn't bad, and it is an improvement of GTA IV's PC Port, it can suffer from long texture loading times.
  17. Also up until Reuniting The Family, Tracey and Jimmy (Michael's kids) are incredibly unlikable.
  18. The rewards for 100% are a downgrade since you don't get anything all that meaningful in comparison to previous entries.
  19. Many errors on the map, like the arrows on roads showing the wrong direction or the "Do not block" sign in the middle of the exit blocking it.
  20. Johnny Klebitz, the main character who grew heavily on players from The Lost and Damned, is unceremoniously killed by Trevor. This is one of the most controversial scenes in the entire franchise.
  21. Friend Request feels like a jab towards Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg due to the fact that Lester orders Michael to kill Lifeinvader CEO Jay Norris (Lifeinvader is a parody of FB while Jay is a counterpart to Mark Zuckerberg) with an exploding phone, which he does unwittingly, unaware of Lester's plans.
  22. By The Book is one of the most controversial missions in not only the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but video gaming in general. Even hardcore GTA fans found the mission to be uncomfortable.
    • In the mission, Trevor tortures an innocent man, Ferdinand Kerimov (aka Mr. K.), under FIB Agent Steve Haines' order, in order to gain information related to a target, Tahir Javan, that Michael eventually assassinates. In the torture sections, you do some brutal things to Mr. K, ranging from pulling out one of his teeth, electrocuting him, waterboarding him, and hitting him with a large pipe wrench. Once Haines gets the information he wants and the target is assassinated, he wants Mr. K dead; however, Trevor escorts him to the airport to leave the country.
    • On the way to the airport, Trevor gives a lecture to Mr. K about how torture is an ineffective method of getting information, and that Mr. K's torture was only to satisfy Haines' and Trevor's bloodlust. Also, Mr. K is neither seen nor mentioned again, rendering the whole mission pointless.
    • Worse, unlike No Russian in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you cannot skip this mission. In fact, this mission was so controversial, the Japanese version has it removed from the game.
  23. The stunt jumps are harder and more frustrating than its previous games.
    • Some stunt jumps cannot have a margin for error, you have to land properly on the right scripted spot or you will fail.
    • The Bolingbroke Penitentiary stunt jump is considered one of the worst stunt jumps in the game.

Game Tips

  1. If you go to a street race, muscle cars are superior to sports and super ones because the latter two have a habit to spinout, despite being faster. If it is an offroad truck race, the BF Injection (old Volkswagen Beetle-like car with big wheels that appears around where Trevor lives if you're not good with names) is preferable.
  2. Some tips regarding the Hunting mini-game:
    • Do not kill female elk. If Cletus' warning didn't convince you, they give out a grand total of 13 bucks and a whopping 0 points. Also, females don't have antlers, while males do.
    • The most "pointful" way of killing elk is shooting at their heart. If that proves to be too difficult, aim for the neck.
    • Cougars are very dangerous and can kill you in a single attack. However, they can be easily identified by their roaring and Trevor says things like "I smell a big cat" when they're close. Immediately activate Trevor's special ability to survive the cougar's attack and then kill them. If your special bar is empty, shoot at it with a pistol as quickly as possible.

Reception

Grand Theft Auto V received widespread critical acclaim, with praise directed at its multiple protagonist design, open world, presentation and gameplay.

Grand Theft Auto V holds 7 Guinness World Records in terms of profits for example; The Most Selling Video Games in The Release Date with over 11.2 million copies sold on the release date. The Fastest Video Game/Entertainment Content That earned Billions, And The Highest Profits earned in first 24 hours with $860 Million in first 24 hours of the release date.

Considered one of seventh generation console gaming's most significant titles, it won year-end accolades including Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications. It has shipped over 65 million copies and is one of the best-selling video games of all time.

It is one of the few non-Japanese games to have received a perfect score from Famitsu.

Trivia

  • This the first time in GTA where a protagonist (potentially, depending on the player's final choice near the end of the game) kills another protagonist.
  • This game marks the second time in GTA where a Parliament-Funkadelic member hosts the game's funk radio station, the first being in GTA San Andreas with George Clinton (the leader of both bands), who voiced Bounce FM host The Funktipus.
  • This is the very first GTA game to have accurate strip clubs. The strippers actually remove their tops (only in 2015 re-releases).
  • This game marks the second time Lazlow is seen in person, the first was artwork for Vice City.
  • The game became free on Epic Games Store on May 15, 2020, up until May 21.
  • The game has spawned a couple of memes on the internet, most notably the Wasted screen (specifically the PS3/Xbox 360 version of it), recently with the ending scene where Lamar roasts Franklin in the first mission of the game, Franklin And Lamar, and the “Damn, what’s this button do?” scene from the mission “Deep Inside”.

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Comments


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Space0720

15 months ago
Score 1
BQ#10: Are you sure? I've seen a first-gen Ryzen with a GTX 570 run this game just fine, even at high settings at 1080p.
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Glitchedblood

15 months ago
Score 2
I shall remove it.
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Space0720

12 months ago
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Nvm, it was actually a r9 285 at ultra 1080p. It ran at around 70 fps IIrc.
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Mr. Tenno

14 months ago
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I got it digital for 10 bucks on the PS store, and I like what I played of it.
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Tkgaynor

3 months ago
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What a deal.
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SpazJR61

11 months ago
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While it's one of the best GTA game ever made, but it is still a step down compared to GTA 4 and San Andreas.
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 2
The only think what i think was for me butchered, was the A.I, Physics and the story (while not bad) wasn't as good.
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Space0720

10 months ago
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yeah IMO SA and IV have the best storylines in the series.
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Glitchedblood

10 months ago
Score -2
The story just felt rushed to me.
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TakeASoda

5 months ago
Score 1
Yeah, I'll agree on that. Even if V is an amazing game, it does miss on some stuff when compared to San Andreas and IV.
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PituckosTheCockatiel

4 days ago
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gta 4 is my favorite game
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Awikiuser

11 months ago
Score -8
I disagree. Most of the bad qualities are nit - picks besides the AI.
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SpazJR61

10 months ago
Score 4
No, they're not.
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 6
The only nitpick is you.
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Tkgaynor

3 months ago
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No they aren't. For example, Tracey and Jimmy being incredibly unlikable until Reuniting the Family is true.
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HunterZolomon

10 months ago
Score 2
About to get my 100th hour in the game still it got lots of collectibles, stunts, knife flight and under the bridge challenges
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Glitchedblood

9 months ago
Score 4
My least favorite gta game.
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Mr. Dready

9 months ago
Score 6
The reason why this may be my 2nd favorite GTA game is because, i'm really happy that they brought back some features from GTA San Andreas, that we're Removed from GTA 4.
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Anonymous user #1

9 months ago
Score 2 You
fave game on xbox one
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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
Score 6 You
It is dissapointing that we get this on PS5 instead of VI
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HunterZolomon

8 months ago
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Rockstar, stop milking GTA V
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Stephenfisher2001

8 months ago
Score 6
Look, GTA VI is coming.
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PituckosTheCockatiel

4 days ago
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In the year that the sun dies maybe but until then we will have gta 5 on every console imaginable except nintendo
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Mr. Dready

8 months ago
Score 6
This one also the has the best PC port out of all GTA games or any Rockstar game in general, the game runs very well without issues, however at times some textures might took a long time too load, Gta IV PC port was pretty much a mess, while not bad it runs poorly even on my GTX 1050ti, but hopefull when i will get an RTX it might run better, the older gta games do run well, but can be ruined if you're playing on a high framerate.
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Emoboy69

7 months ago
Score 2
This is my favourite game of all time!
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DmitriLeon2000

6 months ago
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Speaking of cheat codes, the codes for flaming bullets and explosive ammo rounds are both references to Judge Dredd.
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Kaiolauro06

5 months ago
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I´m exited that I will have this game on my birthday!
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Tkgaynor

2 months ago
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Director Mode is hilarious to mess with.
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SporeShroom2007

2 months ago
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Why did I move here?
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Glitchedblood

2 months ago
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I guess it was the franchise milking.
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RaymesisEvil

2 months ago
Score 1
Let's face it, I played this game 2 years ago, My dad bought this game, and I really enjoyed this amazing game, and it's one of my favorites.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

2 months ago
Score 1
Even i played this game on my cousin's PS3 since late 2013 and i bought the game for my PS3 in early 2014.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 4
Wassup, can a loo come up in your crib?
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No bias

one month ago
Score 3
Man f**k you, i'll see you at work.
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 4
Ah, n***a, don't hate me, 'cause I'm beautiful, n***a, maybe if you got rid of that yee-yee-ass haircut, cut you some bitches on your d**k. Oh, better yet, maybe Tanisha'll call your dog-ass if she ever stop f**king with that brain surgeon or lawyer she f**king with, 🎶 n***aaa! 🎵
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Danirabbid

one month ago
Score 2
What!?
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RaymesisEvil

one month ago
Score 2
xD
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Glitchedblood

one month ago
Score 0
N*gga...
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It's a me Lamar

one month ago
Score 1
What!?
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Misha dorofeev

one month ago
Score 0
My favourite activity here is steal a random car as Franklin, go to the LS Customs at the Route 68 (which is owned by him so all upgrades are free), then start a massive cop chase on the freeway, it's so fun.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

one month ago
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In the ocean, west to Los Santos beach, there's a sunken ship that has a money case with 25000$, so everytime I get, i save the game via the phone in the boat before entering underwater, load the save, then I dive underwater, get the money case, swim up, enter in the boat, drive in the boat (to prevent the vehicle disappearing), save using the phone, load again the save, since repeat. I have 300000$ early in the game doing this exploit in single-player.
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RexLouis

12 days ago
Score 1
Tip #3: If the loading screen is long, just turn it off. Your mom will ground you if you don't.

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