GTA 5 gameplay footage has leaked online after some lucky fans received copies of the game ahead of its official release tomorrow.
Amazon was among the vendors who allegedly broke the game's September 17 street date. Some fans who ordered the much-anticipated game from the online retailer say they received their copies of the game as early as four days before the official worldwide launch date.
Grand Theft Auto V maker Rockstar Games has launched an investigation into the matter and has scrambled to take down pre-release gameplay footage posted to YouTube.
While the ultraviolent series has never been a stranger to controversy, leaked early footage and information from the game's official rating have provided details on in-game features that may prove to be serious fodder for the series' most ardent critics.
In addition to the game series' famed unsavory elements, which includes everything from carjackings, cop killings, prostitution and drunk driving, GTA V will allow gamers to smoke pot and includes the use of cocaine.
"Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted," wrote the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) in its official ratings summary.
In addition to recreational drug use, the game will also feature what sounds like a fairly harrowing interactive torture sequence, according to the ESRB.
"In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts)."
And the disturbing content doesn't even stop there, the game also apparently includes a bit of necrophilia.
"Within the game, TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and faeces on a worker's body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted)."
Despite the game's "Mature" ESRB rating, news outlets will no doubt have a field day with this latest Grand Theft Auto game. Get ready to hear a lot more talk about violence and videogames in the next few months.
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