Platform: PS3 (360, PC)
ESRB Rating: M
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Team Bondi, Rockstar Leeds
Review by: Bill Jones
Rockstar Games, as a developer and publisher, has been no stranger to pushing the boundaries of the gaming industry. Whether it’s pushing the envelope of what type of content is acceptable in games, breaking open the 3D open-world genre or reinventing the Western, Rockstar has often found itself ahead of the curve, boldly trying new ideas. So it’s no wonder the publisher’s collaboration with Team Bondi is such a riveting success and arguably reinvents what video games can be once again.
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