GTA V!

Posted: November 9, 2012 by davidsugden in gamers assemble, gaming, PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
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As promised earlier on today, we’ve found the new screen shots of Rockstar’s GTA V. And boy do they look awesome. Along with the images released is a whole lot of NEW information. And of course we’re more than happy to share that with you.

The images and info are taken from GameInformer, who got early and first journalist access to Rockstar to see the ‘Game of The Year 2013?’ last September/October. The digital magazine is on sale right now.

As you can tell from the images, Los Santos looks awesome. The action looks slick and if its anything to go by, Rockstar is about to land another Big game.

NEW Information:
Rockstar claim that the new Los Santos is the size of Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA IV all combined.. Wow!!
Three main characters, the image of them are on the cover of GameInformer and was posted on here earlier today. (from left to right above):

  • Trevor, a burned out trailer trash hick with constipation and a character described as “a deranged Dennis Hopper character”. He lives in Blaine County, a backwater desert region full of bikers and meth heads (the image of the Jet Ski)
  • Michael, a retired bank robber, “living a lavish lifestyle thanks to an unconventional deal with the FBI”. He and Trevor appear to be old friends.
  • Franklin, a repo man who hasn’t known the other two that long. First appears in Vespucci (Venice) Beach. (the guy who narrates from the first trailer)

You can switch between each of the characters at anytime using a radial dial you call up on screen. Outside of missions you’ll find them going about their daily business when left unattended. We’re told you might be “surprised by the situations they find themselves in” when you check back on them. Inside missions switching offers you different options. One example gives you the choice between flying a helicopter in a chase, firing at pursuing choppers from the back or sniping from a nearby building. While each character has their own story arc playing as one can affect the others. (Kind of reminds me of the LEGO games switching out to other characters to finish a mission. I’m a bit hasty about this swapping characters but it is Rockstar, I keep my faith in them.)

Other characters:

  • Lamar – “Franklin’s Crazy friend. Described as “a lunatic version” of the more “serious and ambitious” Franklin.
  • Jimmy – Michael’s son. “A whiney pot smoking 20-year-old kid”.
  • Ron -Trevor’s best friend. “A paranoid conspiracy theorist living in the next trailer”.
  • Amanda – Michael’s wife. He’s mistreated her in the past and they hate each other but are stuck together.

Each character has unique hobbies with Dan Houser talking of, “One or two key minigame activities per character”. Trevor will have access to planes “very early on”. Activities mentioned include, yoga, Triathlons, jet skiing, base jumping, bike riding, tennis and golf.

You can insult people. At one point Trevor flips the bird and you’ll get different reactions according to who you do it.

Ammu-Nation is back, the only named “familiar businesses” so far.

Planning and pulling off multi-stage heists are a large theme. Dan Houser talks about, “investing the story and design for some of the missions into making these built-out series of heists”.

One mission see the trio rescuing a hostage, Trevor flies the helicopter, Michael abseils down a building and Franklin provides sniper support from another building. When you smash through the window to grab the victim you’re shown an icon indicating you can switch mid-mission. You can stay as Micheal to fight it out close up, or change to Franklin to snipe from a distance.

There’s no RPG-style player customisation but you can customise a character’s clothing. There’s no romance this time. Partly due to the nature of the characters, and the complexity of having three on the go at once. There is an economy. No property but “loads of other stuff”. There will be random missions (like Red Dead Redemption) where you can stumble on things like broken down cars or hitchhikers, or two parked cars and “a sea of dead bodies”. You can then, “investigate if you want”.

Multiplayer is in but not being discussed yet.

In a nut shell it seems that Rockstar are doing a good job and the game should be one of the best to date. Knowing Rockstar games they’l be a lot more surprises in store for us. 

– Credit for images & information goes to GameInformer & Official Playstation Magazine. –

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