GTA 5 Trailer Debut: Questions Answered

Finally the world watched and it damn sure delivered.

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After much anticipation and hype surrounding the news that a GTA V (5, for those thinking I’m saying GTA-vee) does exist, on November 2nd the first GTA V trailer was revealed by Rockstar. For many like myself, from the opening shot to the closing fade, my jaw was getting reacquainted with the carpet for a good 5 minutes. Wow. HOLY. SHIT! Incredible.. and it’s only the trailer.

Here, check it out for yourself below. See what you think (if you haven’t seen it yet due to you either residing under a rock or being in a coma since before last week.)

As I wrote in my previous, pre-trailer blog, there are a lot questions that would be answered just by the one introductory video. And I wasn’t far off.

Firstly, the rumors that it’d be set on the west coast turned out to be confirmed. <Cue Law & Order soundbite, “dah-dun.”>

The official setting for GTA V is Los Santos (Los Angeles). If you look at the trailer, you’d take one look and think its San Andreas all over again. Wrong. Easy mistake to make though. Rockstar Games has officially stated that the whole state of San Andreas won’t actually be featured, which isn’t so bad since the Los Santos map has been said to be the “largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.”

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With surrounding hills, beaches, countryside, mountains, deserts, the city itself and everything in-between, you get more than what Liberty City had to offer in GTA IV; a lot more variety and more exploration. It’s as if Rockstar are injecting some Red Dead Redemption wilderness into the game (more on some of that later.)

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Although Rockstar have said it won’t feature the whole state of San Andreas, it may just be a smokescreen.  There has been no solid proof on the surrounding areas of Las Venturas & San Fierro; those details may be released later on (or maybe even as part of some downloadable content later on) so as to make sure the focus is on Los Santos, rather than San Andreas again.

From the trailer, the location of the game was answered, just like in the first GTA IV trailer with Liberty City. GTA V will focus on the LA lifestyle and play on the Hollywood (or Vinewood as it’s called) theme. With the GTA V logo and the “V” made to look like money, greed and chasing that “American Dream”, all in pursuit for the almighty dollar will no doubt be a prominent part of the game. Where else do people go besides Liberty City and Las Venturas, to chase the green as well as the fame..? LA. Beverly Hills. Hollywood.  It all adds up when you put 2 and 3 together.

Unlike San Andreas, GTA 5 will be set in the modern day just like GTA IV was. You can expect that there will be the latest cars, the latest tech. Just by watching the trailer and seeing the for sale sign go up on a house and the homeless people, you can tell the recession in America and everything to do with our world in 2011-12, will be in this game. Similar Hollywood headlines will be parodied out as it was in GTA IV. Just the thought of all the details has me salivating.

Reading around the web and sifting through all the rumors, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the chase for the almighty dollar and the hint that there could be a major drug war going on throughout the game, as well as corruption with solicitors and banks, maybe even high ranking politicians. It would definitely add an extra layer or excitement to the game and help it become one of the deepest and ambitious games to date.

After the main revelation of the location, we’re shown a man in a suit, looking out over the balcony at Los Santos. There is the narration from a man, telling of how he’s trying to get away and retire from his previous lifestyle and be a normal dad, live a normal life. To quote, “..So I bought a big house, and came here. Thought I’d be a dad like all the other dads, and my kids, would be like the kids on TV.”

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Putting 2 & 3 together again, one would think that the prominent figure in that one shot would be the main character, narrating and introducing himself to us. Just who that is in the picture and whether that is the main character, are 2 questions we probably won’t get answered for a while. One rumor was that it would be an older Tommy Vercetti from Vice City. If my math is correct, he’d be around 60 years old and honestly, would anyone want to run around LA with a 60 year old man? According to sources around the web, the casting agent for Ray Liotta who did the voice for Vercetti has shot down any truth to that story. Doesn’t mean it isn’t him though. Liotta could gain a lot from it too. One of the biggest gaming franchises ever, starring in one of the biggest, most anticipated games not named Call of Duty.. who would pass up a chance like that?!

I also have another theory, on the main character and the news that in GTA V, you can play as multiple characters. My idea or “hunch” is that Vercetti will be back, as well as Packie and Niko from GTA IV, CJ from San Andreas – it will be Oceans 11, back for one last shot. The video game version of “The Avengers” except with more firepower and less super powers.. and latex.

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All the characters reunite, from different time periods to the modern day LA, somehow coming together to take down the corrupt and still get a final slice of the pie for themselves. Hey, it’s a work in progress and just my guess. Never said it was good.

Right now, this trailer is just the beginning of what will probably be a tight-lipped 12 months or so. Information is already slowly, painfully leaking out as to what may or may not be featured in the highly anticipated game. According to a source, the following information came from his co-workers at the magazine, where they were given a 30-minute gameplay preview before the trailer aired via a video call. He then proceeded to post on and share the privledged and confidential information with us. Believable? Read on and judge for yourself.

(Quoted from forum:)

Hi all, I am new to this forum and what I am writing here is not to spam/troll, etc. I work for a Playstation magazine in the UK ( I will not be disclosing any further details….) and a select few of our team have seen via video links with Rockstar in Scotland 30 minutes of in-game footage. I have not, personally, been privy to this unfortunately but I will relay to you what I have heard so far and I promise you that none of this is BS but that is down to the lot of you fans to judge. Ok, here goes:

1: The game world is absolutely massive and will push both xbox and PS3 to the very limit in terms of what it has accomplished. Yes, the main city is simply Los Santos however is it AT LEAST 4 times bigger than Liberty City in GTA 4 and that is just Los Santos. The surrounding country side, beaches, etc are massive. For instance, we saw the main character ( an African/American, early 30’s) travel by car from the center of Los Santos into the wildnerness and it took over 15 minutes. The views were incredible from farmhouses with cattle, huge wind farms, an oil refinery which appeared to be living and breathing with nearly 100 NPCs working on machinery, operating vehicles, lifting and loaded, etc, unlike the gas works in GTA 4 which seemed to only house a few NPC at a time. The forests are more beautiful than those in RDR and featured people camping, young NPC drinking and dancing around campfires, people riding dirt bikes and jumping over logs, streams, etc. The water effects, forna, plants, trees all looked beautiful.

2: The shooting mechanics have been greatly improved with animations for diving, climbing, rolling and crawling all added for better realism. The re-loading animations for new ammo also look cooler, less static.

3: There is much more climbable elements in the world such as ladders, overhand climbing, etc.

4: There are animals in the game from dogs to cattle but at this time it is not confirmed if you will be able to harm the animals. Rockstar were able to get away with it in RDR as it was a true depiction of the world in which the game was set. Allowing dogs/cattle to die in a game sent in current times may cause headaches with PETA. Its unclear if Rockstar were joking here.

5: There are planes to pilot and they can be crashed into buildings if you choose to do so….

6: Rockstar have included many, many more interior locations such as a shopping mall, college campus, police station, a huge hospital and there is also a vast underground sewer network which one mission later in the game involves a jet ski chase that culminates in a Fugitive-esque waterfall jump ( there are nods to the ridiculous but awesome Ballad Of Gay Tony missions)

7: The city is full of NPCs jogging, weight-lifting, hitting on women, being chased on foot by cops, shopping, washing cars, fixing fences, moving home, filling up their cars, etc.


1: Cars can be upgraded/repaired and it has been considered to have a car have fuel forcing the player to fill her up.

2: The dating aspect of the game is gone. You still have a cell-phone but only people you will meet in the game will call you to ask you to do a mission or to ask you to do something else before the mission.

3: Weapons include the usual arsenal you’d aspect but the flamethrowers, remote mines, laxer trip mines and claymores are included. It is possible now to pick up random objects in a street/buidling to use as a weapon. There is also a museam where it is possible to steal old age swords, axes, etc.

4: it is possible to rupture a fuel line and if you shot at the trail of gasoline it will lead straight back to the car blowing it up.

5: mini games such as bowling, darts, etc have all gone. You can play basketball, weight train, arm wrestle, gamble and cage fight, enter triatholons, water races, cannoing, ab-saling, rock climbing, base jumping, ski diving. More to be confirmed.

6: Character customisation is back but only in terms of clothing, body weight, etc. The player you start off which, much like CJ, can’t be altered by race, age, height, etc.

7: Rockstar said burglary missions may return but only as part of missions and not on neigbourhood houses.

8: No children NPC at all. Ever.

9: There is now an ability to grab people and use as sheilds or in “hostage” situations.

10: The cops are much, much, much more realistic. If you kill somebody when you know there are no cops around you will not run the risk of a one star as often as you would in GTA4. The cops will use smoke and tear gas, dogs, riot gear and rams to knock down the doors of buildings you are hiding in.

11: You can enter some buildings and lock doors, push objects in the way to barricade.

12: You become better at things as the game progresses. If you only ride motorbikes then you will increase your skills, same as individual weapons.

13: Certain weapons can be customisable and some even home-made.

14: One mission involves breaking out a very familiar GTA icon from a previous game…

15: Torrential rain fall and sunshine and even tremors will appear in the game.


Interesting information. Take it for what it is, internet rumors at this point but there could very well be something to this information. Personally, I love the fact there are animals and wilderness, an added element I think just helps the realism factor climb up a few notches. The fact that the characters and guns can be customizable is pretty awesome as well. If half of these “features” are true, it would be fantastic obviously. I do think Rockstar will pull something unreal out of a hat, and my trust is in them to deliver once again and deliver on some fantastic features and details that will leave gamers and fans breathless.

For now, we can keep sitting here, thinking about possible scenarios and asking questions and sifting through rumors that the interwebz provides us with. But until we know more and have more questions answered, it’s just basically a game of wait and see.

Hard to wait and see when GTA V will probably be the most anticipated and most likely the best selling game of all time. Big call, but I can see it happening. I know I can’t wait. Must. have. now.

The main pressing questions were answered and confirmed, which is a start.

The only question I’ll be waiting to get answered now in the coming months is when will it be hitting our shelves?

If you want more GTA V information and news until then, I suggest following or going into hibernation until the release of the game. For some, it might be the only way to survive premature excitement.

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GTA 5: Waiting on Answers

When I first saw the news on Twitter about Grand Theft Auto 5 and that it does actually exist; along with a premiere trailer release just around the corner, a little bit of pee came out. We’re all friends here.. it was a joyous moment. Not unlike watching Cam Newton throw to Steve Smith really. Pure excitement exited my body, at the very thought of a game that could be the best GTA to date and hopefully, top GTA IV.

For me, GTA San Andreas was one of the best, if not the best released GTA game of all by Rockstar Games, but I really got into GTA IV and the expansion packs. Addictive, it had a different tone and a much more realistic storyline. If the 2 of those games can be combined in one, awesome game with a few tweaks here and there, I’m in.

(Let’s be honest here for a second as we’re still all friends here.. I’m in just at the mention of GTA – or any game made by Rockstar. See: Red Dead, LA Noire etc.)

Wednesday, November 2nd. Mark it in your diaries. Mark it on your hand after marking it in your diaries and then set an alarm every hour until November 2nd. (It will be a Thursday here in Australia, but nonetheless, an extra 24hrs won’t kill me.) November 2nd is when the wait is over and we finally get to see some action from GTA V. How much? Who knows. Hopefully, basing off the first trailer from GTA IV back in 2007, they’ll reveal just as much if not more.

The GTA IV trailer revealed the location, the main protagonist and the start to the storyline of Niko leaving the ship on the docks of Liberty City to come to America. Who knows what questions will be answered this time around, if any at all get answered. No doubt, we’ll be left excited yet with many more unanswered questions.

Rumour around the interwebz is that the location has been confirmed by sources as Los Angeles, which I love. I liked San Andreas, but I loved the big city feel of Liberty City. LA can provide that, along with something entwined with Hollywood and Beverly Hills most likely. No doubt it’ll basically be as if they turned LA Noire into GTA 5 except with a few differences in character and gameplay. (And time period.) But will those rumours turn out to be true? Maybe the sources are just a smokescreen for something bigger? Washington DC? Philadelphia? Boston? Dallas? VEGAS?!

Another rumour is that GTA 5 will be returning to San Andreas for a 2nd time around. I don’t see it, returning to the same location (although awesome) for an entire game but, they might just return there for the start of the storyline, as evidenced by this ticket from the end of GTA IV – that is, if they continue on from GTA IV, whether in a big way or just to tie in some type of backstory (eg. reading about the bank robbery/aftermath of the robbery from GTA IV in the local LA paper or something like that.)

I for one loved Niko. Yeah, he was a bit serious but he kicked ass. If he and Packie have something to do with GTA 5, that would unbelievably cool. Word on the street is that you’ll be controlling multiple people, rather than just 1 player like you had with Niko. Different protagonists could me we control Packie, Niko and the new, main guy? All speculation at this point, and until we see more.. that’s all we can really do. Discuss and speculate; procrastinate.

So now we wait. For the trailer, for more details, for leaks. Anything, to feed our need of information on the new GTA game. Realistically, we’re probably 12 months away or so from release. Based on the time from when the first trailer of GTA IV (end of March ’07) was released and the actual game release, it was around 12-13 months, 29th April 2008. Expect it to be ready to ship out before Christmas in 2012. But hey, that’s just assuming based on past history. Maybe they’re only 6 months away. Maybe they’re already finalizing the minor details and are just polishing DVDs. WHO KNOWS?!

One thing is for sure. Expect a showing at E3 in 2012. There wasn’t a hint or mention of GTA V at E3 this year and there’s little doubt they’ll miss the opportunity to further build up suspense at the one of the world’s biggest gaming expos, especially since the expo is in LA (as is GTAV rumoured to be.)

All that remains are lots of questions. What will the game show? Will Niko be back? Will there be any follow on from GTA IV or will this be a complete new, separate game? Will there be gameplay and multiplayer improvements? What, sweet-ass cool things will we be able to do? Will there be expansion packs and if so, how many? Am I getting too worked up over this GTA news??

So what say you.. What are your thoughts and guesses on GTA 5? What are your wishes?

Feel free to comment away, let’s pass the time until November 2nd!