As the video for Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTAV) hits the internet, we finally have our first glimpse at what's sure to become one of the most popular - and controversial - games of 2012.

Set in Los Santos, a fictional (but eerily accurate) facsimile of Los Angeles, it looks to follow the story of a retired criminal wanting to start a new life in the sun and surf of the California-like San Andreas county.

Predictably, this doesn't work out for our protagonist and he's drawn into a life of crime in the new city, with robberies, car thefts and extortion likely to be the order of the day.

The setting might be a little disappointing for fans of the series hoping for something new - after all, we've been to Los Santos before in the PlayStation 2 game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. At the same time that particular game set a new high standard for videogames, so we're hoping for more of the same with GTAV.

We're most interested in the cars here at All Car Tech and it's looking good in that respect. They're more detailed than ever and the area surrounding the city looks stunning, with roads twisting around wind farms, immense mountains and skyscrapers providing the backdrop.

There are some great little details too, such as convertibles with folding roofs, the usual selection of close-to-real life vehicles (we spotted Audi R8, Aston Martin Vantage and Pontiac Firebird replicas in the video), bikes, trucks, helicopters and aircraft too.

Are you as excited about GTAV as us? Let us know below...