Parents' Guide to

Grand Theft Auto V (2022)

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Crime, violence, sex, drugs, and alcohol = not for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 956 parent reviews

age 13+
This game seems pretty bad for children, but if you teach them that the stuff in the game is bad there is a high probability that they won’t do it in the real world, and if you sometimes play the game with your kid you can feel how they will act and you can learn what your kid is playing.
age 12+

Please read this before you don’t let your kid play the game!!!

So….. Grand theft auto is a very controversial game and does have a bad reputation….. But I’m here to tell you that it is not nearly as bad as you think….. The reason the game is R18+ is because of the story mode… All the big violence, gore, swearing, drugs/alcohol is in the story. And all the “nudity” is only accessible in the story mode in the missions. I think the story mode would be maybe 14+ in my opinion because that’s where all the real bad stuff is. But on the other hand, the online version is much tamer, less violent, no drugs, no nudity and no cussing. Don’t get me wrong, there is still violence but it is seriously no worse than shows rated M. If your child has ever seen a M rated show, they will be fine with the online versions violence. There is no cussing in the online version. None at all. The online GTA V is much more tame than the story mode and is actually a really fun game! And many kids 11+ play this game, your child probably just wants to play with his friends and explore the world and just do whatever! In total I’d give the story mode- 14+ And the online mode- 12+ Trust me, it’s not as bad as it’s made out to be!!!! It just has a bad reputation!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (956 ):
Kids say (1448 ):

This isn't a game for kids. Beyond its glamorized depiction of crime, greed, and violence, Grand Theft Auto V is filled with mature satire both obvious and nuanced -- some of which hasn't aged very well -- that younger audiences are bound to take at face value. That said, it's also an expertly designed game that remains surprisingly playable and engaging. It gives players a vibrant and authentic world bursting with activities and things to discover, tight controls that seamlessly transition between various actions, and a cleverly designed story that puts the player in the shoes of three separate characters, pushing each narrative forward at its own pace. Newly added features in remastered versions of the game -- ranging from vastly improved loading times and enhanced audio to subtle new haptic feedback and contextual trigger sensitivity when using the PlayStation 5 controller -- have helped this game remain relevant and widely played much longer than most.

GTA Online is bound to be where most folks spend the bulk of their time, though. Newer editions allow players to skip the opening part of the story mode altogether -- which was required in earlier editions in order to teach people how to play -- and jump straight into Rockstar's multiplayer universe, where almost nothing's scripted and pretty much anything goes. What's more, the new Career Builder gives players $4 million up front and lets them set themselves up as a gun runner, the operator of a shady nightclub, a corrupt CEO, or a bike gang leader. GTA Online provides endless opportunity for players to indulge dark criminal fantasies while testing their mettle against other players. Just keep in mind, though, that just about everything here -- online and off -- is geared for adult audiences. And even then it won't be to all tastes. Grand Theft Auto V is well made and entertaining, but unequivocally inappropriate for kids.

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