Games have been pushing the boundaries for years. More disturbing deaths, drug use, prostitution, but GTA is a game where all of it is a normal everyday occurrence. A breakdown of the game from the ESRB shows just what players are getting into.
"Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
Includes online features that may expose players to unrated user-generated content (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill various enemies (e.g., rival gang members); players also have the ability to shoot non-adversary civilians, though this may negatively affect players' progress as a penalty system triggers a broad police search. Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment.
In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts).
The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player's character procures from a prostitute--while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard. Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context.
Within the game, TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and feces on a worker's body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted).
Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted.
Finally, "players' character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence" and "the words “fuck,” “cunt,” and “nigger” can be heard in the dialogue."
It's not the first time that any game has delved into these areas, but with GTA throwing them all in your face, it may give some cause for concern that the game may be going too far, too fast.
Grand Theft Auto V launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17.