Los Santos is a beautiful, yet dangerous place and here you will have to take control of Michael de Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips. You do not pick only one of them but play through the story from the perspective of each of them, often changing places during the action of the game. The plot circles around the often illegal activities of the three main characters, their lives spiraling out of control and the road to regain control and achieve success in a big city overcome by corruption and gangs.
GTA V features many gameplay elements famous from the earlier games from the series, with the car stealing and carrying many weapons at once being some of the most famous features. The game is played either from a third or, for the first time in the series, the first-person perspective. In the single-player game you play as one of the three main characters, Trevor, Mike or Franklin, with the possibility to change your character at any moment as long as you are not in a mission.
When you enter the world you have the possibility to complete the story missions which play out from the perspective of one of the main characters specific to the plot taking place in a given moment. Additionally, while free-roaming the world you may encounter secondary missions as well as bounties and part-time jobs which can give you money for your spendings. Exploring Los Santos and the rural areas around called Blaine County is a big part of the game, and you may spend a great number of hours doing just that without even picking up a single story mission.