Even with the uneasy moments, this trip to Los Santos is most certainly worth it.
It's been a long trip for me into the world of Grand Theft Auto V. Five days, to be exact. Five days of staying in and rampaging through mission after mission, destroying stuff, driving around like a lunatic and adjusting to the traits of the three main characters – a classy criminal with a problematic family, an up-and-comer who isn't sure how to shake his gangster roots, and a complete nutjob who deserves a game all to himself. They make Grand Theft Auto V tick, and even though there are a number of moments that are bound to be uncomfortable to some, it's a game that must be experienced, as it defines this generation of gaming better than most.
The game involves Michael, Franklin and Trevor as they all come together to solve their money woes. Their story isn't an easy one, as they run into a number of situations where they'll need to be at their worst, whether it's completing a high-stakes heist or dealing with a personal issue in the worst way possible. Throughout, you'll find a few moments that go a little "out there" when it comes to comfort zone, like Franklin's buddy overusing the "N" word or Trevor's insistence on a particular type of torture. There is no simple road to take with this game.
I will say this, though – out of the three characters, Trevor is an instant favorite. The things he does in the game are so off-the-wall that he deserves a spot in the "best game characters of all time" category. He's that crazy – and good.
Nor should there be – this is Grand Theft Auto. The series has always been known to wander outside of boundaries, whether it's getting into a bloody shootout with police or running hookers over after completing "dirty business" with you. Taken in the wrong context – and it has been, just check out Fox News – it could be the worst thing in the world. But, surprise, it isn't. It's an immersive game experience, something that Rockstar Games has become familiar with. Just look at Red Dead Redemption and realize that it didn't exactly take the easy way out either. Sometimes that's just how life is.