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Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online offer an interesting thought experiment for reviewers

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online offer an interesting thought experiment for reviewers

There are many interesting things about Grand Theft Auto V and the somewhat shaky launch of its online mode. The fact that the single-player game came out before the online portion means that every review written at the time of the game's launch is incomplete... or is it?

This look at game reviews and how one should, or shouldn't look at them in a world where the online and offline portions can be so different is interesting. I don't have a dog in this fight, and think that every approach discussed here is valid for one audience or the other, and it also serves to show how weird review scores can be when it comes to modern games.

I'm personally disinterested in going online in Grand Theft Auto V, so the online play is more of a free curiosity, but a player who bought the game specifically to play with friends online? They're likely going to have a very different thought on the matter. Give this story a read, I'm curious for your thoughts. How should reviewers treat staggered releases?