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Sex & Nudity

  • While in a police helicopter trying to find a target through a camera, the player can discover a man receiving oral sex from a prostitute in an alleyway. It's from a distance and there is no nudity visible but the sex is obvious. Vulgar dialogue mentions that the prostitute is "deepthroating" the man, this happens only in the campaign.
  • At one point one of the main characters asks to see the penis of an individual. After the individual refuses, the main character pulls his pants down. You can't see his genitals until the end of the cutscene where bends down and you can briefly see his balls and penis.
  • 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 in the campaign, but this is not present in the European, Brazilian, Korean, American, Canadian 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, some of which that are not that explicit, but still very strong and graphic, 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 story 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 seen. This is a cut-scene like some of the other sexual scenes. Since it is a cut-scene, the player can skip it at any time
  • In another scene during the campaign, 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 visit the one in game strip club.
  • In the strip club, the player is free (but not required) to view dancers perform erotic dance moves and throw money at them. Here the women are clothed (top and bottom) in lingerie.
  • 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, the dancers are clothed (No sex or nudity in online).
  • 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

  • You can kill people as you wish but you will face the consequences for your behavior, which is what happens pretty much in real life, and the violence here is extremely graphic and realistic, not helped by the fact that this game has incredibly realistic and highly detailed graphics that make the violent content look more "in-your-face", although the graphics are really nice to look at.
  • Much more violent than its predecessors.
  • There is a ton of violence and fighting in this game. Much of the violence is played for comedy, though, and it's very over-the-top.
  • Players can shoot people to death with much blood splatter.
  • There is a torture scene. It is extremely graphic and unbelievably disturbing to watch.
  • In the role of 3 different characters, players can use a wide array of weapons ranging from pistols and shotguns to machine guns and grenades to kill people, with a cloud of blood usually splattering on the area. 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. A lot of blood will stain the environment if this happens.
  • Most missions feature some sort of violence, lethal or non-lethal. There is also violence in cutscenes (shooting, fist fights). In one such cutscene, Trevor Phillips throws a man, Johnny Klebitz, to the ground and stomps on his face several times, reducing it to a bloody pulp, and we see a pool of blood on the ground as well as flesh, muscle and bone on Johnny's mangled face as Trevor angrily threatens him. His girlfriend then mourns his death. This scene is extremely gory and disturbing.
  • One scene shows a man getting shot in the head in extremely graphic detail, with lots of blood and brain matter splattering all over the place. In another scene, a woman gets sucked into a plane's jet engine's turbine, causing her to be completely torn to shreds while we see millions of gory pieces and massive amounts of blood being tossed out by the turbine. These two scenes are extremely graphic, bloody and disturbing.
  • Players can run people over with vehicles on the streets of Los Santos. This is accompanied with lots of blood splattering all over the place and people can be heard grunting, groaning and yelling in pain and sometimes this will result in large trails of blood. The police will obviously be alarmed if they choose to do that.
  • 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 violence can be avoided. However, when it happens it's incredibly graphic and this is without a doubt one of the most violent games of all time.


  • 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

  • Lots of smoking weed, etc.
  • 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

  • Recommend for ages 18+ and up.
  • If Grand Theft Auto V was a tv show it would be rated TV-MA-LSV for sequences of strong violence throughout including a disturbing scene of torture, pervasive, non-stop strong language, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use.
  • If the bbfc rated this it would be 18 for: Strong bloody violence, antisocial behaviour, strong sex, torture, very strong language, hard drug use
  • It should be mentioned that while this game is graphic in terms in content, nowadays it's actually quite tame, though it's still rather mature.
  • Another possible MPAA rating equivalent would be: rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, grisly images, pervasive sexual content, graphic nudity, crude humor, drug use and language throughout.
  • Many scenes in the game can be considered intense.
  • Women are sometimes objectified throughout the game.
  • 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 Grand Theft Auto V was a movie, it would be rated NC-17 for continuous sequences of pervasive strong brutal violence including a disturbing scene of torture, gore, gang shootouts, and non-stop criminal behavior and mayhem involving innocent deaths and destruction, strong vulgar sexual content including graphic nudity, explicit dialogue, sexual references, pervasive extreme language and drug use throughout.


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Violence & Gore

  • At the end, there's a scene that shows Trevor being burned alive. We see him screaming in extreme agony as the flames engulf him. This is very disturbing, but this is completely optional and is one of the 3 endings the players can choose.

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