A Glorious Sandbox
With Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar is realizing that the rules of sandbox games are shifting around them. Thankfully, they react well. This also means that there’s no way they can scale back down to a single protagonist with only one or two missions available at any time. They are doomed to build ever-bigger and bigger. While the open world nature of the series becomes more of a chore in favor of tighter, more story-driven missions, this is the most diverse and enjoyable game in the series to date, personally beating out my long-favorite Chinatown Wars. With Grand Theft Auto Online out in a week to satiate millions of multiplayer fantasies and the inevitable massive DLC in the months to follow, this heist is excellent and only going to get better.