If GTA 5 is proof of anything it’s that controversy sells, as the supposedly fifth instalment of this controversial franchise continues to make money by the boatload, despite being violent, sexual, sexist, disturbing, and other words that are usually grouped with controversy, so we imagine that a lot of parents and government officials wouldn’t like it if this game ended up in a family-friendly Nintendo Switch.
To be fair, Grand Theft Auto has always been open about its more controversial aspects ever since the first entry, though most people only really noticed how explicitly crass it was in the PS2 era when GTA 3 first arrived in the scene, with GTA San Andreas adding even more controversy due to the Hot Coffee incident that was, to be honest, a little overblown.
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What is GTA 5's Age Rating?
Still, despite disturbing moments where the player can torture a character, GTA 5 managed to keep the series’ signature M for Mature 17+ rating.
Many concerned parents thought this rating was too light for the game at the time of release, even though it means children wouldn’t be able to get their hands on it unless their parents buy it for them.
We’re sure many are still upset over the GTA 5 age rating but if you don’t want your children to play this game, don’t get it for them.
In defence of GTA 5, M-rated games have become a huge part of gaming recently, with instalments in the Call of Duty and Saints Row franchises selling a ton of copies.
In fact, according to CommonSenseMedia.org, over 800+ parents have suggested the game is suitable for children over 12+.
Make of that what you will.
GTA 5 is now available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.