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Post by Dan @ 10:12am 03/05/13 | 21 Comments
The embargo has lifted on a round of previews across international publications that were treated to a hands-off demo of the hugely anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, bringing with them a raft of new details on Rockstar's return to Los Santos, and an assortment of new screenshots and character art.

New articles can be found on Game Informer, Edge, Polygon, Destructoid, and VideoGamer, among others.

Fan site GTAV.net has done a great job of collating the many features revealed from the multitude of articles with a large bulleted list. Here's a few choice points of note:
General
  • The character selection wheel is split into four triangles: Franklin, Trevor, Michael, and your multiplayer character
  • Some boats will include gear such as wetsuit, flippers and tanks for diving
  • GTAV rewards exploration, there's no signposting underwater, so you'll have to find the treasure the hard way
  • There are subtle differences in the way each character moves to reflect their personalities; Michael is slower and deliberate.
  • Rockstar says there will be five times as many pedestrians in GTAV as there were in Grand Theft Auto IV
  • There's a "crazy level of detail": Tourist buses can be boarded for a tour of celebrity homes, film posters are plastered on the walls, men in comedy costumes try to corner you outside the Cathay Theatre, including the Superman-like Impotent Rage and Master Chief riff, Space Ranger.
  • You can switch between Franklin, Trevor and Michael during a cutscene, manually, or automatically when the AI takes control for you
  • Each character has a job to do, how much you switch yourself in or let the computer do, is entirely up to you
  • If you die the game reloads to the last checkpoint, even if two other characters are alive
  • Although it's up to the player when they switch, dialogue will suggest ideal moments. For example, when Michael and Franklin are being overwhelmed by snipers, Michael might ask for Trevor's help.
Skill Categories:
  • Each character is rated in a series of skill categories: Stamina, Shooting, Strength, Stealth, Flying, Driving, Mechanic, Lung Capacity.
  • Each character has a 'Special': Franklin is an adrenalin junkie and can slow down time while driving; Trevor has a frenzy mode, where he does double damage, takes half damage, and has a unique melee attack; Michael has his own version of bullet time
  • Specials are governed by a meter, it drains after use and recharges slowly
  • Other skill categories are shared and can be improved by completing missions, side missions, activities and more
  • Trevor will always be the best pilot, Franklin will always be the best driver but each can improve their proficiency a little
  • One of the skill categories is stealth, suggesting players will be able to take different approaches to missions
Head over to GTAV.net for their complete list of extracted factoids, and hit up our game page gallery for all of the new screenshots and character art.

Grand Theft Auto V is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th 2013.




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Latest Comments
The GuVna
Posted 11:27am 03/5/13
I really hope I don't have to wait till March 2014 for this game to arrive on PC :'(
fryzeegunner
Posted 11:49am 03/5/13
Make it september 2014
ravn0s
Posted 11:55am 03/5/13
The character selection wheel is split into four triangles: Franklin, Trevor, Michael, and your multiplayer character


there's multiplayer?
BladeRunner
Posted 02:52pm 03/5/13
Looks like Ill be getting it for my PS3 :( How can they make a game look this good on these old consoles? Bait and switch?
TiT
Posted 03:13pm 03/5/13
Looks like Ill be getting it for my PS3 :( How can they make a game look this good on these old consoles? Bait and switch?


It wont i cant see the graphics being nice at all. it will look like GTA IV looked when you lowered graphic setting on the PC version
ravn0s
Posted 03:43pm 03/5/13
Looks like Ill be getting it for my PS3 :( How can they make a game look this good on these old consoles? Bait and switch?


tbh, the graphics don't look all that good to me.
kos
Posted 09:54pm 03/5/13
So far the graphics just look like a slightly tweaked version of GTA 4, which is not surprising considering so far it's been developed only for 8 year old hardware.

I'll reserve judgement on how much the graphics are improved for when they release a next gen console version, and hopefully a PC version along with it. (Still annoyed they haven't even confirmed they'll release it on PC though.)
fpot
Posted 07:12pm 03/5/13
If they don't release a PC version I'll probably be buying an Xbox 2 just for this game.
Trauma
Posted 07:13pm 03/5/13
Crakaveli
Posted 07:17pm 03/5/13
To call it slightly tweaked is a bit of a stretch.

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Remember, Console version ran terribly too, and look a the amount of AA in those screens. Unless they've figured out some way to use AA without a performance hit i'm calling it right now that i won't look that good come release.
kos
Posted 10:01pm 03/5/13
I was referring to what I'd seen in the short in-game clips we've seen in videos released so far, which yeah did not look anywhere near as good as those screens and basically just looked like GTA 4 to me.

If I had to guess I'd say those screenshots were from next-gen console developer hardware, if they manage to make the game look that good and not run like s*** on current gen consoles I'll eat my hat.

Also:
there's multiplayer?

There was multiplayer in GTA 4 that was incredibly fun, so I would definitely hope for more of the same!
ravn0s
Posted 09:59pm 03/5/13
marketing pics always look better.
Lynx
Posted 10:07pm 03/5/13
Wish I could have played the GTA IV multiplayer, but by the time I got it on PC there wasn't anyone playing it in Aus. :/
ctd
Posted 10:24pm 03/5/13
I remember GTA always having exclusive deals for consoles :( Probably will be delayed again so people run out and buy ps4 and xbox6
kos
Posted 10:33pm 03/5/13
Wish I could have played the GTA IV multiplayer, but by the time I got it on PC there wasn't anyone playing it in Aus. :/

Worst thing about it was they tried to force console-style matchmaking on the PC version, but it was awesome once you were in a game. I was lucky enough to be in Europe for the last 4 or so years where there were still servers full of people.

Some of my favourite multiplayer gaming moments ever were in GTA 4, usually in freeplay where you could just do whatever the f*** you wanted with up to 31 other people. Had a f*****g brilliant spontaneous chase once with some random guy in an attack helicopter chasing and firing at my car from one side of Liberty City to the other, dodging rockets and swapping cars and all sorts, was some serious movie level action!
BladeRunner
Posted 07:25pm 04/5/13
I played some GTA IV multiplayer. I remember cars driving past each other shooting, It was like car jousting.
Sc00bs
Posted 07:31pm 04/5/13
this ran s*** on my ps3, i hope they have optimised it or something. The graphics look way better than the last one
WetWired
Posted 09:01am 05/5/13
with the concurrent 3 character play it seems like they're gonna announce co-op at some point. Maybe at E3.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:24am 05/5/13
So is this the last great game for the Xbox 360, before the new console comes out, or will there be more?
trog
Posted 05:46pm 05/5/13
To call it slightly tweaked is a bit of a stretch.
Yeh, but the graphics on GTA4 were nowhere near worth the massive downgrade in gameplay. It had nowhere near the playability of GTA:SA (imho, anyway) - so much more limited.
kos
Posted 08:41am 06/5/13
GTA 5 basically looks like it's doing to GTA 4 what GTA:SA did to GTA 3, adding in a lot more fun gameplay and interactivity without radically changing the graphics.

I still maintain that what we've seen so far in actual in-game videos looks like a tweaked version of GTA 4. Yes the new screenshots look significantly better but I'm assuming we'll have to wait for the next gen console/PC versions to experience those graphics in-game, and I'll reserve judgement on how it looks till that is all confirmed and shown in the flesh.
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