In the gritty real world of urban street crime, rival gangs and gangsters battle it out for ultimate supremacy. However, in the virtual world of urban street crime, only one name reigns supreme: Grand Theft Auto.
Now, with a new instalment planned for mid 2013, the series is as strong as ever. GTA V will feature an artificial world so large that the expansive worlds of previous instalments GTA IV, GTA: San Andreas and even Western adventure Red Dead Redemption could all fit comfortably within its borders. As if that wasn’t enough, the virtual world of GTA V even has its own ecosystem and the entire ocean floor can be mapped and explored (if the player fancies a bit of a break from murdering people, that is). The level of detail and craftsmanship that Rockstar Games has gone to this time around is simply amazing.
GTA V follows the nefarious misadventures of three protagonists, each of whom can be operated by the player at any time. When you select a new player, the screen zooms upwards; ‘Google Earth’ style and plummets back down toward the location of the chosen ne’er-do-well.
Aside from that, almost every aspect of GTA V has been overhauled. A vastly improved combat system (which includes incredible new aiming and shooting features) joins a complete retooling of even the most basic GTA functions. Don’t worry though, they haven’t jettisoned the series easy playability or comfortable gameplay, they’ve just made it better.
For example, at anywhere in the game, you can now ‘flip off’ passers by (or even your own allies). The NPC on the receiving end of this vulgarity will respond in a variety of different ways, depending on the preset character data and the area that they happen to be in.
However, for those of you bloodthirsty tyrants out there, do not despair. GTA hasn’t turned into a touchy feely virtual nature documentary, or some sort of socially aware cautionary tale about not flipping people off in public. Oh no (far from it, in fact). The GTA series has always been about the dark side of urban drama, the grim and gritty reality of life on the mean streets of the world’s great urban expansion projects (well, that and running grannies over in Land Rovers, anyway). GTA V is no different, in the latest instalment, you’ll find all the blood, guts, gore, carnage and wanton destruction you’ve come to expect from this franchise. All that and much, much more...