Grand Theft Auto V arrives September 17th, and Rockstar has kept a surprisingly tight ship before the game’s release. Nonetheless, there are a few things we know about this fall’s upcoming massive hit.
Sorry, early adopters and PC enthusiasts, you get the short end of the stick: Rockstar is releasing GTAV to the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and that’s it for now. Rockstar isn’t ruling out a PC release, however, and presumably the PS4 and Xbox 360 will be able to use their backwards compatibility features, like game-streaming, to play it at some point.
The game follows three protagonists that you can switch between at any time during or between missions; Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. You’ll pick up with them as they go about their daily lives, which can… vary widely in legality. They also all have unique powers and can be leveled up in terms of stats as well.
Michael is a retired bank robber dealing with ennui and a cheating wife who can go into a bullet time mode during combat:
Franklin is a young repo man sick of taking cars back to his crooked dealer, who can go into bullet time while driving and has a faithful canine sidekick:
And Trevor is, Rockstar admits, how they think a lot of people play their games: He can deal twice as much damage in combat while taking half as much, and is generally an insane sociopath.
Where You’ll Be Playing
Los Santos and Blaine County, in one of the single biggest maps Rockstar has ever produced. In addition, you won’t just be driving across that territory; the usual array of flying vehicles and watercraft will be available, and for the first time in the franchise’s history, you’ll be able to skin-dive to find treasure and hidden gags. Which we expect to feature a lot of.
It looks, a lot, like Grand Theft Auto V is pulling heavily from the highly polished combat we found in Max Payne 3, which is a good thing. Needless to say, this being Grand Theft Auto, there’s a lot more to do than just shoot people and steal things. Or at least many creative ways to do both:
Rockstar has said they want more over-the-top missions and wackiness, taking a step back from the relative gritty realism of Grand Theft Auto IV.
Probably the most impressive aspect, though, is the multiplayer. This looks to be essentially an entirely different game, kind of what would happen if Grand Theft Auto and Payday: The Heist had a baby.
Apparently you can create your own missions, doing things like buying stock in a company and then go around destroying your competitor’s products. Stock manipulation! That’s a new crime!
Should You Buy It?
This essentially looks like the series has substantially evolved from its previous iteration, pulling from not just history but Rockstar’s previous games. In other words, it might just be their best game yet: Yes, you should buy it.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.