GTA V – Game Overview, PC Requirements and Controversies

Find out all you need to know about Grand Theft Auto V, including what are the requirements for playing the game on PC as well as the controversies surrounding it.

The GTA series action-adventure games were originally created by David Jones and Mike Dailly. (Image Credit: Twitter/@Rockstar Games)

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V, released in 2013, is the latest instalment in the GTA series that first started in 1997 and has since seen several expansion packs as well. The series of action-adventure games was originally created by David Jones and Mike Dailly but subsequent titles were developed under the watch of brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut. Set in a fictional state of San Andreas, GTA V is a single-player story consists of three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and arms smuggler Trevor Philips—and their efforts to pull off crimes while under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful criminals.

PC Requirements

The minimum Operating System (OS) requirements for the game are either Windows 10 64 Bit, Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1 or Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2 but with an NVIDIA video card recommended. 

The minimum required processor would Intel Core 2 Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, AMD Phenom 9850 @ 2.5GHz. 

The minimum memory that would be required on your system is 4GB as well as video Card NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB and AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11). 

Also among the minimal requirements are a Sound Card that is 100% DirectX 10 compatible and a hard disk drive (HDD) of 72GB. 

However, the game manufacturer Rockstar Games recommend an OS of Windows 10 64 Bit, Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit and Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1. 

Similarly, the processor recommended would be Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz or AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz, while the recommended memory on the system is 8GB. 

Also recommended for a seamless gameplay experience would be a video Card NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB or AMD HD 7870 2GB, along with a sound card 100% DirectX 10 compatible and an HDD of 72GB. 

Controversies Around the Game

The game generated headlines for the wrong reasons due to its violence and depiction of women. A mission that needs players to use torture equipment in a hostage interrogation was particularly polarising. 

Reviewers took note of the political commentary at hand but added that depicting a torture sequence was in poor taste. 

The mission also received criticism from politicians and anti-torture charity groups. 

The game has also gotten widespread on social media over its portrayal of women, particularly in the wake of backlash received by GameSpot journalist Carolyn Petit when she stated in a review that the game was misogynistic in her review.

Petit’s review article was subjected to plenty of hate as it got more than 20,000 mostly negative comments. 

As a result, journalists defended her right to an opinion and called out the gaming community’s defensiveness towards any form of criticism. 

Australian department store Target eventually stopped selling the game in their 300 stores after a petition that spoke up against depictions of violence towards women in the game.

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