Grand Theft Auto V gameplay premiere

Rockstar Games releases first official gameplay video for upcoming open-world game; check out GameSpot editor analysis.

Rockstar Games has released the first official gameplay video for Grand Theft Auto V, giving gamers a glimpse into the world of Los Santos ahead of its launch this September.

The full trailer is available below. For more, check out GameSpot's editor analysis of the new footage.

A narrator describes the world of GTAV as a "sprawling, satirical re-imagining of modern southern California covering mountains and oceans, expensive stores and strip malls; urban decay and untouched wilderness; beaches and backwoods; the sublime and the ridiculous; greed and hypocrisy."

The video also explains how the game's three-character system will work. During one mission, the player is shown switching between Trevor, Michael, and Franklin during a heist. One character is shown piloting a helicopter, another rappels down a building, while the third stands atop a faraway building and assists by firing on enemies from afar.

When not in a combat mission, players can switch between characters "for a touch of voyeurism," the video says.

The video also reveals that players will be able to customize cars, fly planes, purchase clothes, play sports (golf, tennis, and bike riding were shown), hunt animals, and dive for underwater treasure.

GTAV launches September 17 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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203 comments
Dark_Matter1337
Dark_Matter1337

Finally a true sequel to San andreas, i think most will agree that SA had the most customizability of almost any rpg, and we all thought GTAIV was almost a step back from SA. (Though still a great game). Very much looking foward to this and am very excited to see all the fun stuff to do because lets get real for a sec, i think we all would admit that we spent way more time goofing off between missions than actually playing them. 

vivalatour
vivalatour

I think this game is just what I wanted I needed a good game to bleed , so bleed me ! all the guys getting a CRASH/BOOM/BANG role , I like it I do I do I like it I do !

Devilish102
Devilish102

The gameplay looks cool, graphic looks poor, The gameplay video just prove screenshot are just a bullshot..

CTR360
CTR360

i cant wait for GTA V another  two months waiting

Jasurim
Jasurim

Only thing I'm a bit hesitant on is the character switching, the rest looks solid though.

Cor0203
Cor0203

Middle finger cursor... Awesome!

hadlee73
hadlee73

*sigh* Here come Rockstar to school all the other studios on how to make a game. Again. :P

d3nR
d3nR

I didn't like the ladies voice. I felt like I was being sold a time share.

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

I died an came back a more productive person after I watched this I clean my room

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

I'm pretty sure I had my pants on when I was watching this video xD

Stiler
Stiler

It looks like they have changed the shooting mechanics from the crappy GTA4 controls to the awesome Max Payne 3 style of shooting mechanics. 


The MP part looked amazing.

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

100 in 1 for the current generation.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Golf! Parachuting! Tennis! Believe it or not, it's the little mini-games within GTA that make it all the better.

tanador
tanador

I have to say I have never really been a GTA fan.  I mean GTA 3 was great but after that I just didn't care, now totally different story.  This game looks really good.  I do understand its just a trailer but all the things you can do diving, flying and hunting... it just looks well done.  If its anything like Red Dead then count me in!

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

Super excited by the SP ... still cautious about the MP even though it looks incredible .... I just can't forget all of the cheating that went on in IV online ... I stopped playing GTAIV MP due to the bullish*t online - hope they keep on top of those people this go around.

isv666
isv666

The gameplay looks incredibly fun and with a lot of extra things you can do.  I love the idea of three protagonists and the ability to switch between them or just sticking to one.  But I can see how it may be overwhelming for some. The graphics aren't anything to write home about, but I can deal with that.  

I'm really intrigued about the idea of planning your own missions.  I don't know how in-depth it is, but it seems very cool.  I figure at worst it's not too fleshed out and maybe could serve as building blocks for the next GTA.  At best, it's awesome.

CANOFOWNAGE
CANOFOWNAGE

After watching this, GTA 4 seems like an unoptimized piece of shit.

BillJr106
BillJr106

This game is going to be HUGE!!! Size, Sales, and just things to do!!


the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

Such a hassle, Id rather just play as one guy.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

Underwhelmed. I wanted this to look like the screenshots I was shown. :-(


And this also seems to be just about as action based as Saints Row 3, where it's almost an open world shooter.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Game of the year material. Bioshock Infinite isn't even close in diversity.

deathblow3
deathblow3

holy fckn sh!t this game play video has blown my mind mental note preorder game as soon as i get back and take the week off on release day :)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

The more I see, the more I like.

I thought I was the only one who didn't care for GTA4... multiplayer was blah, shooting was less than average, most entertaining thing about the game was the in-car radio and TV programs.  Which.. concerned me.

But this... this has my interest.

rayonmachristie
rayonmachristie

Ive not put down a preorder yet for a next gen console, I may just wait it out a few months if these calibur of games are still being released on current gen.

Arkhalipso
Arkhalipso

@tanador I feel the same, I didn't like GTA 4 too much, but this looks like something totally different in a lot of ways. Just like what happened with GTA 3 to GTA SA.

mr_azim
mr_azim

@kingcrimson24 Relax.....the smoothened/flat looking characters aren't that impressive.  I hope this isn't next gen.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@deathblow3 This footage blows no ones mind. You guys need to quit. We should be discussing the good and bad bit of this trailer. Unfortunately it's likely too late for Rockstar to change any of this shit.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@PixelAddict I have to agree.  I didn't particularly care for IV.  Of course, I play these games for the story and not the multiplayer.  They also seemed to have lost the sense of humor that the others had as well.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@Kryptonbornson @deathblow3 How can you not be excited to play this? 

Managing 3 characters on the same mission seems a little off but I have an open mind about it. With that out of the way they showed even more then i expected out of the game. This looks like it will surpass my expectations. 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Kryptonbornson Well not literally, no.

C'mon, man. Let the guy have his metaphorical mind blown!  It's only Tuesday, after all.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

@Arkhalipso I said it's game of the year material not game of the year. The quality I'm sure will be more than fine but yes, we will have to wait. If the quality is great, then I'll take the game with diversity.

Arkhalipso
Arkhalipso

@ScreamDream @Arkhalipso You're comparing the genres, not the quality of the games in their respective genres.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

@Arkhalipso Yes but if it's a great game, I will take GTA V on it's diversity and open world alone.

Arkhalipso
Arkhalipso

@ScreamDream @Arkhalipso Bioshock infinite might still be game of the year for a lot of people, just like the last of us, because those are completely different experiences from GTA V. If GTA or Bioshock or whatever other game gets to be GOTY, it doesn't necessary mean that the game is better than the others, it means that most likely it has the biggest audience.