Keza MacDonald, games editor at IGN.com, described GTA V as a "masterpiece" and "one of the very best video games ever made".
Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America.
It represents a refinement of everything that GTA IV brought to the table five years ago.
It's technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it's also tremendously ambitious in its own right.
No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem.
It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas.
It is one of the very best video games ever made.
The days of glitzy games launches, like that of Grand Theft Auto V today, could be numbered in the UK as EU controls put the brakes on.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is due to be released next week to more hype than ever before. Here is a look at how the series all began.
Next week will see the highly anticipated release of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5 on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.