The long awaited December issue of Gameinformer has finally arrived with new screenshots and information about one of 2013’s biggest upcoming releases, Grand Theft Auto V. There’s a slew of information to be found within the article, and as you know, we don’t just copy and paste said article word for word.  Readers still have an incentive to pick up the mag, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t supply you with all the juicy details.

The game’s three main characters are named Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Michael is a retired bank robber in his 40’s, whilst Trevor is a hard head who’s always ready for a heist and pretty much controlled by drug use. Finally, Franklin is a hustler who works in a luxury car dealership.

All three are playable and GTA V allows you to switch characters at any time by pulling up a menu that spans out into a “Google Earth” type view. This provides you with the opportunity to drop right into the selected character’s location.

The characters will also do missions co-operatively, as the article details the trio rappelling down the side of a sky scraper for a snatch and grab assault, with the rappelling mechanics said to be reminiscent of Rainbow Six Vegas. Once they breach as a unit, the currently controlled character grabs the designated hostage with one arm, and points a gun at the interrogators with the other. At this point the player can then decide to switch characters if they wish to do so.

The getaway involves the player snatching a helicopter, which throws up a range of player choices. You can choose to switch to another character who’s sniping from a different building, pilot the helicopter personally, or take control of the character with an assault rifle who can be found shooting out of the back. One important note from the article is that the music followed the tone of the action, which happens to be a first for the GTA series.

Gameplay wise, Grand Theft Auto V is sounding like it is the culmination of what the Rockstar team has learned from previous releases such as Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. Rockstar believes that GTA V has the strongest plot line of any of their games, and as a result, will be employing a cinematic quality recently witnessed in Max Payne 3.

While the details on the story were scarce in the article, the exploration of three different characters and their lives is intriguing. One of the better examples detailed in the article is the exploration and analysis of Michael’s family. Michael lives within a lavished lifestyle, but as the player quickly learns, not all is as is seems. His wife Amanda burns through their income incessantly, whilst Michael hasn’t the slightest clue on how to communicate with his children. After she leaves, Michael exits the house and players get their first glimpse of the suburbia in which he lives. While playing as one character, the other character will live their daily lives until you take control of them again.

The shooting mechanics in GTA V have essentially been built from the ground up, although we can expect great comparisons to the cover and shoot combat featured in Max Payne 3. Melee combat has also been improved, and while it’s not as big of a focus as gunplay, Rockstar wants to make sure, ” it feels really fun and strong.” Cars, according to Rockstar in GTA IV, were a bit “boat-like” and have been reworked to feel more like those you’d find in a arcade racing game.

What will probably be the most intriguing detail for you readers however, is that Los Santos is bigger than the locations of Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA IV combined.

Almost mind boggling when you think about it.

Los Santos sounds like it will be a very diverse open world, including large areas of wilderness, a military base, barren deserts, beaches, a fully detailed underwater environment, wine country, suburban hills, as well as the afore mentioned city itself.

Along with the improvements to the core mechanics, the return of side activities is coming in full force to GTA V, which includes new outdoor activities such as yoga, triathlons, Jet Skiing, base jumping, tennis, and an integrated golf game. RPG elements that were found in San Andreas will not be making an appearance however, but you can customize clothing.

The dynamic mission system that was introduced in Red Dead Redemption will play a great part in player approach for GTA V. If  the dynamic mission system is unknown to you, it’s essentially random events that happen throughout the world, providing the player with a more… dynamic… experience. The GI article gives examples such as helping out a broken down motorist, finding criminals, or even ripping off cash vans. Finally, the economy will play more of a prominent role in GTA V, but the player won’t be involved in the purchasing of property like in past GTA games.

While we don’t have a full list of all the weapons or vehicles found in GTA V, the article did provide a pretty sizable list of what  types of vehicles will be available. Confirmed vehicles include BMX, mountain bikes, road bikes, dirt bikes, a huge variety of cars and trucks, helicopters, planes, ATVs and jet skis.

There’s plenty more information to be found in the Gameinformer article, which you can pick up now from store shelves, or download straight to Mac/PC, iOS and Android.




Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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