Grand Theft Auto V: Everything We Know So Far

You've seen the new trailer. Now catch up on everything else there is to know about Rockstar's latest epic.

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This week's new Grand Theft Auto V trailer sure was a doozy, wasn't it? Within that four minutes and 50 seconds of footage was everything from fighter jets to to investment banking. Yes, GTAV is shaping up to be a pretty massive game. So massive, in fact, that the trailer didn't even cover it all. So what better time than now to cover everything that's happening with Rockstar's latest crime simulator. Ready? Let's dive in…

About The Protagonists

They've got unique abilities. You probably know that Franklin, Michael, and Trevor each come with their own background and personalities. But did you know they've each got their own special powers in combat? Michael, being the cool and experienced bank robber that he is, has the ability to slow down time in a shootout. As the wildman of the bunch, Trevor can trigger a sort of berserker mode where he can go to town on enemies with extra-powerful melee attacks. And finally, Franklin can tap into his not-entirely-legal history with cars to slow down time while driving.

They've got their own lives. Remember that part in the trailer where the camera zoomed high above the map and dropped in on Michael returning from a bike ride with his son? Or Trevor while he was fully engaged in a fight with the cops? That's because these characters all lead their own lives while they're left to their own devices. So when you decide to switch back to them, you'll find them tangled up in a variety of situations meant to give you more insight into their characters.

You can talk about them behind their backs. One of the interesting things about roaming around in a world that all three characters inhabit is that you can take the first character, go find the second, and wind up talking about the third one behind his back. Something tells us Michael and Franklin are going to do a lot of venting about Trevor's eccentricities, to put it mildly.

About Heists and Combat

You'll need to get strategic. GTAV's heists are what Rockstar calls the "narrative spine" of the game, a series of bigger and more dangerous jobs spread throughout the length of the game's main storyline. These heists can get pretty complex, requiring you to plan out your approach from start to finish. This means anything from buying your own disguises at clothing stores to placing the getaway car in the best possible location to hiring goons to fill out your crew. Complicating things is the fact that more skilled mercs will require a bigger percentage from the final tally. Further complicating things is the fact that only those helping hands left standing at the end of a heist will get paid, so you can use your imagination there.

Gunplay is more mobile. According to Rockstar, one of its biggest combat goals is to ensure that players can freely run around while still fully engaged in combat. You fire with the right trigger while moving around and aiming with the analog sticks--the same as a first-person shooter. The game detects when you're engaged in a fight and switches your movement speed from the default walking pace to what Rockstar has dubbed a "combat jog." Yes, a combat jog. If that's not the greatest bit of video game jargon ever, we don't know what is.

Cover is still important. Don't take the above to mean that cover has been completely ditched. It's still very much a factor, but Rockstar wants to make sure that it's more of an option and less of a necessity. But most of all, Rockstar wants to make the transition in and out of cover more natural. As one example, you can now hop in and out of your car and hunker down beside it all without exposing yourself to surrounding gunfire. It's that sort of fluidity that they're aiming for.

Weapons are customizable. Adding more depth to the way you approach each heist is your ability to customize your arsenal of guns. Want to stay quiet? Buy a silencer. Want to keep your distance? Buy a high-powered scope. Want to look like kind of a weirdo? Buy a flashy new paint job. It's your call.

About the World

The world has a soundtrack. Music has always been a hallmark of the GTA series thanks to the wonderful and often ridiculous assortment of in-game radio stations. But GTAV will be the first game in the series to provide a soundtrack to the outside world. There's a very subtle, ambient score that accompanies you throughout your adventures in the game. It'll provide a hint of sonic texture when you're just walking around, then build up to a frantic crescendo during a big shootout. It reminds us of the score HEALTH provided for Max Payne 3 in the way the music just kind of blends into the gameplay. Who knows? It might even be the same band providing the music this time around. Rockstar hasn't confirmed one way or the other.

There are plenty of ways to get around. Besides the standard assortments of cars, helicopters, and boats that you would expect out of a Grand Theft Auto game, this latest game boasts fighter jets, ATVs, jet skis, scuba gear, parachutes, submarines, and--as fans of San Andreas will be thrilled to hear--bicycles. You haven't lived until you've used a bike as your getaway vehicle. Well, you won't live if you try it either.

Those cars are customizable. In GTAV, Pay and Sprays have been ditched in favor of more fully featured auto shops in the form of LS Customs. These shops let you add cosmetic options like window tinting and body kits as well as functional enhancements like bulletproof wheels and vehicle armor. You can also tune your performance and handling by tweaking your car's suspension, brakes, and more. No word on being able to add wings or a periscope, but we have our fingers crossed

There are missions all around you. As you explore the gameworld, you'll happen upon ambient missions that have nothing to do with the main story or characters. This might mean picking up a hitchhiker out in the middle of nowhere, or helping a starlet escape the paparazzi on Vinewood Boulevard. And that's in addition to all the assorted outdoor activities featured in the new trailer, such as bike races, golf, and hunting.

You can buy more than just safe houses. So what happens once you've completed a few big heists and suddenly you've got money to burn? You invest it. You can buy assorted businesses throughout the city that not only provide a steady income, but also everyday benefits like free cab rides throughout Los Santos if you've purchased a taxi company. But if you're into more high-stakes investments, there's always the stock trading system as well. Buy low, sell high, and rob the joint when Black Friday hits.

It's big. Now for everyone's favorite metric for the quality of a game: cold, hard numbers. In terms of size, Rockstar claims that the world of GTAV is three and a half times as big as that of Red Dead Redemption, or five times as big if you count the underwater exploration areas accessible while scuba diving. That size will require a pretty hefty mandatory installation, however. That's nothing new for PlayStation 3 owners, but Xbox 360 owners should be aware that GTAV will require an 8GB install using one of its two game discs. After that, Rockstar says you'll be able to play the single-player game as well as Grand Theft Auto Online without switching discs. Oh yeah, about that multiplayer…

It's got multiplayer. Yep. There's multiplayer, and it's called Grand Theft Auto Online. That's about all we know for the time being. But you can be sure we'll update you once we know more. In the mean time, have a look at GameSpot's previous Grand Theft Auto V coverage.

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Discussion

619 comments
TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

Hopefully the soundtrack will be better than 4's.  In all the GTA games, 4 was the worst IMHO.  Even the soundtrack from Saints Row 1 was more enjoyable, and that was 2-3 years earlier.

DisturbedFan789
DisturbedFan789

With all this focus on car customization, will we get to keep the cars like in Saints Row, or will we lose them forever if we wreck them? Kinda freaking out here. I don't want to spend time and money on a car if I can't recover it.

Mikeol1987
Mikeol1987

Hands down 2013's game of the year!! 

Kain-Murdoc
Kain-Murdoc

if I don't GTA 5 when the console do, I'll wait for it to go on sell

Daenerys-
Daenerys-

We want this on PC not on stupid consoles D:<!

prime_pm
prime_pm

Grand Theft Auto doesn't do what Grand Theft Auto does for Grand Theft Auto.


Grand Theft Auto does what Grand Theft Auto does because Grand Theft Auto is...Grand Theft Auto.

sullyliam
sullyliam

The standard for open world games has now been set. Time for other developers to step up.

dcaseng
dcaseng

All this for just 60 bucks! In a world where developers are looking for ways to rip people off by giving you LESS content in order to resell it to you as "DLC", Rockstar stands above the muck. I'd gladly pay a hundred bucks for this game, but perhaps that wasn't a good idea to say it out loud.

FPcaptain
FPcaptain

Can't wait till it comes out! Unfortunately I have school when it comes out.

Adavanter
Adavanter

This will be an interesting beast to say the least. It's the first time there are so many features... that I actually don't care about some of them. I'm liking the music idea simply because the airport scene in Max Payne 3 was epic.

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

Game is made on computers but only available for consoles. Science!!!

heshamdj
heshamdj

لعبة رائعة جدا ولاكن نرجو من شركت روك ستار أن يترجمو اللعبة الى العربية ترجمة فقط لانطلب شيئا صعب أرجوكم أنا أأكد لكم ستباع نسخ كثيرا جدا أذا ترجمتوها ألى العربية ألي معي يعطيني لايك ليروها المسؤليت في روك ستار A very wonderful game and I hope the game translated to Arabic translation Just do not ask something difficult I assure you very much copies will be sold if translated to Arabic ........ With me gives me the Lake to see it Contact Person in Rock Star

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

After the swapping-character button's example, and the weapon wheel... well... I'm already impressed. This is truly the new way of innovation they're talking about so much. I hope they did not forgot about the car handling with all of this new amazing things, one of the innovative details behind GTA IV.

malificus1
malificus1

And this is why I love Rockstar. I can't wait to get my hands on this game. It Seem as though they've been listening to what we want to see in the Grand Theft Auto series. I am a little disappointed that it was not announced for the next-gen consoles..oh well. Can't wait for the release!

 

lucik1
lucik1

Oh my .... Is this game  the biggest video game ever made ?


speedylomeli
speedylomeli

Sure to be a great game. Even Kojima is jealous. 

sangdolee
sangdolee

this gonna be amazing simply amazing cant wait for the release date :(

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Hope if they release on PC they do something to prevent the local, cheap, pirate bay lovers from stealing their game... horrible that most PC gamers would never pay full for a game thats worth it.

There are vids on youtube with 12 year olds showing people how to crack and mount games... terrible and soon will be left behind, rightly so.

Bobba609
Bobba609

Does anyone know if the game will come out for next gen?

tarutaru74
tarutaru74

This looks awesome. I know its a stupid question but a question came up from investing in cars, i' sure you can go and just steal cars like before right? And hopefully there is a place to store cars? Is there any confirmation on these?

faisal_6600
faisal_6600

GTA V gameplay trailer looks better than all of the watchdogs gameplay trailers combined lol :D Yes, I'm excited for WatchDogs but after watching GTA V I forgot about watchdogs.

RICKKLOKZ
RICKKLOKZ

THE LAST DOPE GAME OF THE ENDING ERA OF X360 PS3!!!!!  GO OUT WITH A GTA BANG!!!! BANG BANG! 

quidditch3
quidditch3

OMFG after watching the gameplay trailer for the billionth I noticed that in the scene where it shows you the stock market and real estate web site that the mouse turns into a middle finger instead of the normal index finger. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Slinqy
Slinqy

So we can kill off our own guys during the heist to give ourselves a larger cut... just like the Joker did. Use 'em and abuse 'em... Delicious.

7rooper
7rooper

And once again the Xbox 360 version will look sharper and play smoother than PS3's. Just to let clear who is the DEFINITIVE WINNER of this videogame console generation :)

TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

@DisturbedFan789 I agree.  I hated playing SA, only to loose the stupid car in a really stupid way.  e.g. avoid another car, causing you to hit the curb and roll it.

b-krimo
b-krimo

@Daenerys-  what ? stupid consoles . i agree with if you meant the Xbox 360 . but when  you  r talking about Playstation 3 . you should re-think about what you have just said 

jonnyliu
jonnyliu

@prime_pm Technically with the customisation in multiplayer, can't you create a heist that involves stealing x amount of luxury/exotic vehicles in a similar vein ti gone in 60 seconds ;)

b-krimo
b-krimo

@heshamdj i've seen like this comment before on IGN website . i would like to see grand theft auto in arabic version .


udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@theCCyberDDemon  

uh, swapping and wheel is not innovative.

let's hope the world is actually full of life and meaningful things to do.

let's see if the combat controls and car handling have more than just basic competence.

jwrebholz
jwrebholz

@lucik1 I think there are bigger., but I don't know what they are offhand.

Abelius
Abelius

@EL_Bomberdor 

LOL, that's rich... They even can't do anything to stop us pirating the Xbox360 version, for that matter.

But for your peace of mind, I'll be buying the PC version when it comes out, to play online. Feeling better...? :-P

AverageGameJoe
AverageGameJoe

@7rooper cough....Killzone, Uncharted, God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, Resistance, Infamous.....Xbox can run games at 1080 and 1000000000000 FPS for all I care, titles are there and I dont see any green on game cases

Navardo95
Navardo95

@7rooper Lol and yet another garbage Xbot making his stinkin opinions sound like fact....fyi this footage was captured on a PS3 and secondly R* confirmed the difference between both versions will be completely negligible. :)

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

@udubdawgz @theCCyberDDemon For a GTA game is very innovative if you know, that's exactly what I meant. Gta is far more sophisticated in that than many other games out there, and a open world don't even really need it.