Conan O’Brien Reviews ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’

By | 3 years ago 

For anyone even remotely interested in the video game industry, it has been nearly impossible to miss the attention garnered by Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar Games is always one to make headlines (one way or another), whether the people discussing the game – or its threat to morality and peace around the globe – have any firsthand experience with the series or not.

It seems fitting, then, that late night host Conan O’Brien should try his hand at GTAV before giving his opinions on the most recent installment of his ‘Clueless Gamer’ segment. Take a look at O’Brien’s unique attempts at handling Rockstar’s driving engine, and which… exotic locations most caught his eye.

Where previous Clueless Gamer videos have shown O’Brien finding fun and absurdity where a game’s developers likely intended players to behave seriously, the pairing of Grand Theft Auto‘s carnage and the late night host’s sense of humor is a much better fit. The video also happens to begin with a particularly high-octane mission involving a yacht-napping and some death-defying car-hopping, which – for those who have yet to play the game – takes place quite early on in the campaign.

Conan OBrien Clueless Gamer GTA5

If the sales numbers of GTAV are any indication, gamers should get used to see video games featured on more than just a handful of mainstream programming; with the game bringing in $800 million in the first day, and $1 billion by day three, it’s a wonder more major studios haven’t already tried to share in the wealth. Then again, that might be a good thing.

So which aspects of GTAV have gotten the most of your time? Are you the kind of player who sticks to the story missions, or, like O’Brien, do you spend hour after hour simply wreaking havoc on an open world? If you’re the latter, you’re likely having fun while wondering what all the controversy is about.

However you play, the video proves that lackluster driving skills and a tendency to catastrophically fail important missions isn’t something to be frustrated by; it might just be the whole point.


Grand Theft Auto 5 releases September 17, 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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