It is the eleventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Set within the fictional Liberty City (based on New York City), the single-player story follows a war veteran, Niko Bellic, and his attempts to escape his past while under pressure from loan sharks and mob bosses.
The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. For Niko Bellic, fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape his past.
For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity.
He seems to have no trouble flying helicopters, though.
In order to unlock a friend's special ability, you must have a high 'like stat' for that friend, and this stat is based on how regularly you hang out with your friend.
Each friend (and three of the girlfriends) provide special unlockable abilities in return for maintaining good relationships with them.
There are five friends in total, which become available at different times during the storyline.
Throughout the single-player mode, players play as Niko Bellic.
An online multiplayer mode is included with the game, allowing up to 32 players to engage in both co-operative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting.