Grand Theft Auto V YouTuber completes "pacifist" run after three years

A Grand Theft Auto V (GTA) player managed to complete the game by killing as few people as possible after a three-year attempt.

A YouTuber has completed a "pacifist run" of Grand Theft Auto V, where the gamer set out to kill as few people as possible after three years of trying.
A YouTuber has completed a "pacifist run" of Grand Theft Auto V, where the gamer set out to kill as few people as possible after three years of trying.  © Rockstar Games

While the GTA series is infamous for having an absurd amount of senseless violence and arguably glorifying it, one player set out to prove you can enjoy the game without killing too many people.

YouTuber DarkViperAU, whose real name is Mike Judge, began the project back in May 2019 and has since been uploading updates of his progress to the platform on a rolling basis.

While pacifism in the real world means abstaining from all violence, video games such as GTA have it worked into the plot, which makes it necessary for progression.

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So DarkViperAU set up a few ground rules for his challenge, which included:

  • No personally ending anyone unless I must.
  • If I have to do so, I must do so with melee.
  • If I can't melee, I use my weakest weapon.
  • No armor unless I can't progress.
  • The mission must be completed without mods.

After filming over 1,000 hours of footage for the challenge and amassing a dedicated following of 90,000 new subscribers, Judge completed the run and uploaded the final video earlier this week.

He impressively managed to only kill 96 people, 30 of which were by melee. While many others died, they were either killed by non-playable characters (NPCs) or environmental elements.

DarkViperAU's challenge shows us that you don't have to be a ruthless killer to complete GTA, but you won't beat it as a saint, either.

Cover photo: Rockstar Games

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