By David Mayne
With only a few months left (yes, 2013 is winding down whether you like it or not) before the highly anticipated ‘Grand Theft Auto V‘ drops on 360’s and PS3’s the world over, we can only but watch and salivate at the sumptuous scenery and epic depth that developer, Rockstar, seems ready to deliver come September! Since rumors began flying as far back as 2009 about the development of GTAV, we’ve been teased over and over with the same few images and a good, but short mini-trailer to wet our whistles on this upcoming behemoth! Now, Amigos, Rockstar has finally released the official trailer, and let’s just say, it looks glorious!
According to Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto V “evolves nearly every mechanic” found in previous games in the series. GTA V’s world is bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV combined. Areas in the game world include beach fronts, mountains, the wilderness, a “Salton Sea” region, a military base and the suburbs. The ocean floor is fully detailed and can be explored.
GTA V’s single-player story is told through three player-controlled protagonists. They are Michael, Trevor and Franklin, criminals whose stories interconnect as they complete missions together. During story missions, the player can switch between the protagonists as they work together to accomplish an objective; in one such mission, Michael rappels down the side of a building, Franklin provides covering fire with a sniper rifle, and Trevor controls the getaway helicopter.
Outside of missions, the player is free to swap between the protagonists and explore the game’s open world, which includes a fully-fledged ecosystem. The camera zooms out to a “Google Earth-style” perspective when switching characters and then drops into wherever the chosen character is. Even when the player is not controlling them, each character will still go about their own business across Los Santos. As any of the protagonists, the player can engage in activities such as yoga, triathlons, Jet Skiing, base-jumping, tennis, golf, scuba diving or go to the gym. Each character will have unique hobbies, which can be completed with the protagonists’ friends, but the dating system from GTA IV does not return. Characters can “flip off” people, “something Rockstar recommends you do in varied circumstances to see different reactions from people”. Depending on the area, people react differently.
Sources: Wired, Wikipedia, Youtube