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Sex & Nudity

  • Rockstar Games has put a lot of sex and nudity in past GTA games, however this game is not the worst one made yet.
  • There is one scene in which female breasts are briefly shown but this is not present in the European, Brazilian, Korean, American, and Australian retail versions of the game due to conflict between Rockstar and the ERSB Board for Children's safety.
  • There are many sexual scenes throughout the game, that are not that explicit, that are parts of the main story line or "campaign."
  • A strip club mini-game shows women naked, save skimpy panties. They push their breasts toward the camera, and players can direct their avatars' hands to touch the strippers' bodies when bouncers aren't looking. Prostitutes attempt to sell themselves on the street, and many of the game's female characters are clad in revealing clothing. Men and women are shown having sex, though they aren't naked. Some scenes imply masturbation, fellatio, and even necrophilia, including pleasured moaning sounds. Men's genitals are shown, though in non-sexual context.
  • In one scene, a man and a woman have sex standing up and bent over a table. The two are shown from the side and from behind. While the woman is fully clothed, the man's buttock is exposed. The man thrusts and grunts. This is a cut-scene like many of the other sexual scenes. Since it is a cut-scene, the player can skip it at any time
  • In another scene, the player is required to film two celebrities having sex in an effort to create a sex-tape. The two engaged in the act are bent over a lawn table outside, the man behind the woman, and the man thrusts while the woman views her cell phone. There is sexual dialogue. The woman is fully clothed but the man's buttocks and hips are exposed. This goes on for about 15-30 seconds or so.
  • The player is free (but not required by the game) to participate in sexual activities in the game, including visiting the one in game strip club.
  • In the strip club, the player is free (but not required) to view strippers perform erotic dance moves and throw money at them. Here the women are clothed (top and bottom) in lingerie. The player may also pay the stripper money to perform a "private dance" in a back room, during which the woman is completely topless, fully exposing her breasts. She is still clothed in lingerie on her bottom half.
  • In online, the only thing you can do is go to the strip club, however there is a bouncer who only lets you in if you have rights which you get from a job.
  • There is a completely random encounter in single player where a man tries to assault a woman. You have to kill the man before this happens and you can drive the girl back to her home.

Violence & Gore

  • There is a lot of violence and fighting in this game. Much of the violence is played for comedy, although it's also very bloody. People are killed in a variety of ways with bloody results.
  • Players can shoot enemies and cops to death with blood splatter.
  • By the book mission contains torture, and it is quiet intense to watch. An innocent, poor man is helpless being tortured, beaten and mistreated quite harshly and mercilessly. He begs for mercy and is even tortured to the point where he not only bleeds but he literally cries.. He can be drowned, electrocuted, his teeth ripped out due to dental torture or you can break his kneecaps or his penis. Some blood can be seen here.
  • In the role of criminal characters, players employ an extensive array of realistic weapons ranging from pistols and shotguns to machine guns and grenades, killing hundreds of people including gangsters, police, and innocent bystanders. Cars can be used as weapons, too, both purposefully and accidentally, as players race through crowded streets slamming into anyone who gets in the way. Blood often spills, squirts and sprays from injured and dying characters, staining their clothing and the environment. One scene involves the player's character graphically torturing another, using methods including waterboarding and pliers. Screams and moans of pain are also frequent.
  • There is violence throughout the entirety of Grand Theft Auto V. Nearly every level or mission in the game features some form of violence be it lethal or not. When someone is killed, blood emerges from the body, and it spills, squirts and stains surrounding objects. When a person is shot with a gun, a bloody bullet wound appears in the place that he/she was hit and blood emerges from the body, and it can splatter, spill and stain surrounding objects. There are gruesome scenes of violence throughout the main story including people falling into grinding machines and being chopped to bits (much blood and gore is shown) and a woman is sucked into a jet turbine and her bloody, gory shreds and remains are spit out of the other side.
  • One scene shows large gory hole open in a man's head as he is shot. His graphic brain is visible and blood pours out of the bloody bullet wound.
  • Players are free to run people over with vehicles on the streets of Los Santos with blood emerging from the victim's body spraying, staining and splattering the environment. Moans and screams of death are heard.
  • Players may arbitrarily kill any other person in the game. There are no children present, but any adult may be killed at will.
  • GTA 5 is the first game where animals are present, including dogs, cats, chickens, birds, cows, etc and they can all be killed in the same ways as humans.
  • Most of the explicit violence is in cut-scenes and can be skipped


  • It's a GTA game, so you expect the same amount of profanity as the other games in the series. There is lots of swearing, literally tons of profanity used in every forms, dozens of times in all cut scenes. Not just in English but in other languages too (such as in Mandarin and Spanish). Frequent coarse language includes very strong words, including hundreds of instances of both "f--k" and the "N" word. Other words, including "s--t," "c--t," and "c--k," appear frequently as well.
  • Some of the terms used include the large amounts of F-bombs such as "Fuck" and it's derivatives including "fucking", "fucker", "for fuck's sake", etc. (in which the F-word literally said over 1000 times in the campaign), along with dozens of other profanities you can think of such as "Shit" (and it's derivatives "bullshit", "shitting", "shitter", "shitnugget" etc), "Bitch" (and it's derivatives such as "son of a bitch", "bitchy", etc), "Ass" and "Asshole", "Dick", "Prick", "Piss", "Hell", "Damn", "Cock", "Dammit", "Goddamn", "Goddammit", "I swear", "God", "Lord", "Jesus Christ", "For God's sake/For Christ's sake/For Lord's sake", "Sissy" and "Pussy" are used many times throughout. Ruder terms like "cunt" (only said 6 times in the main campaign) and "Nigger/Nigga" (the N-word) are also used as well.
  • Nearly every profane term one could think up is featured in GTA V.
  • Keep in mind the campaign is about ten hours long, longer than any movie, which would make the language not as frequent.
  • About 90 percent of the language is in the cut-scenes and can be skipped at will of the player.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are a few missions involving drug trades and deals.
  • The many use of alcohol, drugs and smoking is also featured many times throughout the bulk of the game.
  • Scenes in the story mode include hallucinating various absurdities like killer clowns and aliens, getting drunk in bars (bar fights due to intoxication also present), being drugged with a hallucinogenic agent by others, constant alcohol drinking and smoking of cigarettes by most characters, participating in drug deals and large scale drug trafficking, and characters snorting cocaine.
  • A player has several opportunities to make his character smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Effects of the former include the avatar commenting on how pot doesn't phase him, even though his vision becomes brighter and objects become haloed with light. In one instance it makes the player's character hallucinate alien monsters. The result of imbibing alcohol is a wonky camera designed to simulate dizziness and loss of balance. Players can drive while drunk.
  • The player is also free during free-roaming to drink alcohol to the point of drunkenness and get high on various drugs. These produce hazy effects on the screen and impair player movement.
  • You are not once obligated or forced to do drugs in this game.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Many scenes in the game can be considered intense.
  • In one graphic scene, the player is forced to torture a captive to extract information. Various graphic torture methods are used and this particular mission may be difficult for some players to experience.
  • There is one scene with a ghost that is quite intense.
  • The tone in general is darkly comedic and satirical. Heists are also tense. Some of the gunfights may be intense.
  • If this were a movie, it would be rated NC-17.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Another scene graphically shows a man being burned alive until he is dead. The man screams in agony throughout. However, it is optional and only available if you pick option A in the end.

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