Reviews of Grand Theft Auto V have, almost without exception, rated it very highly. The rare criticism has mostly focused on the apparent misogyny of the game:
GTA V is an imperfect yet astounding game that has great characters and an innovative and exciting narrative structure, even if the story it uses that structure to tell is hobbled at times by inconsistent character behaviour, muddled political messages and rampant misogyny.
Women are, once again, relegated to supporting roles as unfaithful wives, hookers and weirdos ... It's fine to parody the idiotic misogyny of violent men, but how about doing it by providing their opposite?
The developer's progress makes the aspects of the game left in cultural stasis - the poorly drawn women, the empty cynicism, the unnecessarily excessive cruelty - especially agitating.
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.