The first reviews for Grand Theft Auto V for the PS3 and Xbox 360 hit Monday morning and so far the game has garnered nearly perfect review scores across the board. While the review scores for the game have been overwhelmingly positive, there have been some that note the script's misogyny with one outlet going so far as to call the whole experience "morally reprehensible" and others noting its misogyny.
First, let's look at the positive scores.
IGN scored the game a 10 while saying, "Preposterously enjoyable, breathtaking in scope and bitingly funny, GTA V is a landmark game."
VideoGamer scored it perfect as well calling it, "The ultimate swansong for this console cycle, but also a game that'll cast a long shadow over the next one too."
Examiner.com gave it a five out five stars as well by declaring that GTA V, "surpasses your wildest expectations for what an open-world game can be, and should be."
Complaints about the game range from Joystiq calling the storyline "generic" or Eurogamer calling it "inconsistent" to Polygon's and GameSpot's reviewers feeling "nauseated" over the game's treatment of women and minorities. GameSpot's Carolyn Petit in particular has issues with GTA V only portraying women as "strippers, prostitutes, long-suffering wives, humorless girlfriends and goofy, new-age feminists."
The intended satire does not pay off for Petit as she says, "Characters constantly spout lines that glorify male sexuality while demeaning women, and the billboards and radio stations of the world reinforce this misogyny, with ads that equate manhood with sleek sports cars while encouraging women to purchase a fragrance that will make them 'smell like a bitch.'"
The harshest review so far comes from Escapist Magazine which scored GTA V a 3.5/5 with the reviewer not caring about the three main characters - Michael, Trevor and Franklin. "The three men you take control of throughout the game aren't even anti-heroes," Greg Tito wrote. "They're just scumbags."
He goes on to call the game's script "morally reprehensible" and says that without the would be "not just game of the year but game of the decade" without it.
"You can only embody a vicious psychopath a short time before it becomes boring, at best, and soul-crushing, at worst. Forcing players to murder people, not in a gamey 'I killed you to complete a goal' way that defines this medium, but in a terrorizing and demeaning way, is not what will make videogames great. Rockstar had a chance to elevate, and they wasted it on portraying characters you don't want to spend five minutes with, let alone the hours it would take to play through the game's story," he concludes.
Grand Theft Auto V will be released at Midnight on Sept. 17.
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