Trailer Proves Grand Theft Auto V Set in Los Santos

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Trailer Proves Grand Theft Auto V Set in Los Santos

Rockstar's first trailer for the next GTA shows a fictional Los Angeles similar to San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto V will be the first numbered sequel in the series to be set in a new city. Both GTA3 and GTA4 kept to the New York City clone, while Vice City and San Andreas were representations of Miami in the 80s and Los Angeles in the 90s. The trailer released today on Rockstar's website shows glimpses of modern-day Los Santos in the throes of recession.

The trailer is short on details but long on atmosphere. The voiceover is a male voice - so the rumors of a female protagonist are pretty much dashed - that describe the move out west as going "straight" and giving up the criminal life to settle down with a family. Images of the skyscrapers and graffitti of the city are cut with palm trees and beaches. But as a crop duster gasses some migrant field workers, the tone turns bleaker. Like all Rockstar joints, the trailer blends music, character and iconic images to evoke some pretty strong emotion.

All the talk of the new game made me pop in the disc for GTA4 and I was pleasantly surprised that the 2008 game still holds up as an excellent portrayal of the criminal underworld and the city of New York. More than a few of GTA4's images made me homesick for when I'd drive around Brooklyn in my 1988 Volvo station wagon.

I don't have the same affection for Los Santos that I do for Liberty City, but this trailer has me extremely excited to get back into the atmosphere and open-world story-telling that Rockstar pioneered with the Grand Theft Auto series.

Rockstar and Take Two haven't announced a release date for GTA V, but my money is on holiday 2012.

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This. Is .The. Shit.

I am very much excited; I try not hold high expectations, but this really looks as fantastic as a teaser trailer ever can.

My only concern is that it's relatively recently that we were last in Los Santos- in the game before last. Not that GTA has ever had a particularly large range of cities (just Liberty, Vice, London and the San Andreas area to my knowledge) and I suppose 2004 was a while ago...

It looks good, and I'm happy to see a return to San Andreas.

I'll be looking forward to more trailer reveals in the future.

The game looks great. Now all we need is a release date. I typed in http://gtav.com and its a website with information on grand theft auto 5. Is that rockstar games fan site for the game? They have some good details about GTA V. Anyways the graphics looked pretty good and it has me excited!!

It's going to matter to me if the game is like GTA4 or not. Because if it is, I will most likely not get it. If it's really good it could make my list of games to be bought. However unlikely that will be.

I am so thrilled to be going back to San Andreas. It doesn't even matter if it's not with Carl Johnson or family, though I'd love to see some nod to him, since he'd be somewhere around ... late thirties now?

Man, so hyped.

Frylock72:
I am so thrilled to be going back to San Andreas. It doesn't even matter if it's not with Carl Johnson or family, though I'd love to see some nod to him, since he'd be somewhere around ... late thirties now?

Man, so hyped.

Some people have said that it is CJ in the Bill Cosby sweater in the trailer, I'll agree for now since you never really get a good look at the npc's face.

Graphically it looks the same as GTA4, not a deal-breaker or anything, but kind of strange. I swear lots of those models were re-used straight from GTA4, too. However, I did notice a jet fighter, which hopefully can be piloted by the player, no fixed-wing aircraft was a huge downside in GTA4. Bring back the Harrier!

The voiceover almost sounded like Ray Liotta, who ocied Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. All this talk about retiring from the life and what not would make sense, as he became the main drug lord of Vice City in the 80s, and so he "retires" to Los Santos to get away? That'd be pretty epic

Looks good to me. Sounds like the protagonist is an older guy. Looking forward to seeing where Rockstar takes "veteran criminal trying to go clean".

I'm a little disappointed it didn't turn out to be set in London, but if it is to be based in America again then this is as good as we could have hoped for, the environment looks very nice.

Looking pretty decent. I was hoping for a female lead, but I guess I will just have to wait till the next one... Anyway, loving the atmosphere. And it will be interesting to see a "family-man" in the main role this time around. I just hope they keep the story as serious as 4, 'cause 4 had a great story. *crosses fingers, hoping game will be good*

Looks awesome, and there's some speculation that you'll be playing as Tommy Vercetti from Vice City.

Voiceover sounds like Ray Liotta
0:40 could be Vercetti
The whole wanting to get clean and start over thing.

It's like they're combining the two best GTAs! Well, maybe.

Hope they don't make it a silly game like San Andreas. What rubbish.

I'd like to see more of the GTA4 stuff this time round. Leave the retard stuff to Saints Row and all the fools who play them.

So, more of the Greek tragedy stuff.

FURY_007:
The voiceover almost sounded like Ray Liotta, who ocied Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. All this talk about retiring from the life and what not would make sense, as he became the main drug lord of Vice City in the 80s, and so he "retires" to Los Santos to get away? That'd be pretty epic

I didn't think it sounded like him but that guy looking over the skyline looked like an older Tommy. But I don't think anyone from last gen will show up.

I have to say I'm kind of disappointed. It's not a retro style game; not a dealbreaker. But the biggest problem I have is that it's not San Andreas, just that first Island.

Greg Tito:
The voiceover is a male voice that describes the move out west as going "straight" and giving up the criminal life to settle down with a family.

Well fuck. I guess my hopes of this not being a boring game that takes itself way too fucking seriously are ruined then.

There may still be a choice or male or female in it, maybe even a choice of race as well. Could be you just work for the guying doing the voice over and maybe towards the end take over from him. Who knows, i guess anything is possible. Have to wait for more info. One thing i hope they change is the suicidal cops that crash into you at 100 mph. This got retarded as it ruins all the realism the game had.

teh_gunslinger:
Hope they don't make it a silly game like San Andreas. What rubbish.

I'd like to see more of the GTA4 stuff this time round. Leave the retard stuff to Saints Row and all the fools who play them.

So, more of the Greek tragedy stuff.

I agree, although I still love Saints Row. There's room enough for two high quality, sandbox crime games on the market. GTA IV had some of the best writing I've ever seen a game have. I'm glad to see GTAV seems to be following a similar theme.

FURY_007:
The voiceover almost sounded like Ray Liotta, who ocied Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. All this talk about retiring from the life and what not would make sense, as he became the main drug lord of Vice City in the 80s, and so he "retires" to Los Santos to get away? That'd be pretty epic

I thought the same thing, though I didn't realize he voiced Tommy Vercetti.

GonzoGamer:

FURY_007:
The voiceover almost sounded like Ray Liotta, who ocied Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. All this talk about retiring from the life and what not would make sense, as he became the main drug lord of Vice City in the 80s, and so he "retires" to Los Santos to get away? That'd be pretty epic

I didn't think it sounded like him but that guy looking over the skyline looked like an older Tommy. But I don't think anyone from last gen will show up.

I have to say I'm kind of disappointed. It's not a retro style game; not a dealbreaker. But the biggest problem I have is that it's not San Andreas, just that first Island.

You never know. Even if they only kept you to Los Santos, that's still a decently-sized area. I wouldn't be terribly sad at all about that.

darkstone:

Frylock72:
I am so thrilled to be going back to San Andreas. It doesn't even matter if it's not with Carl Johnson or family, though I'd love to see some nod to him, since he'd be somewhere around ... late thirties now?

Man, so hyped.

Some people have said that it is CJ in the Bill Cosby sweater in the trailer, I'll agree for now since you never really get a good look at the npc's face.

I dunno, man. CJ in a Cosby sweater? Even now I couldn't see that happening. Why the hell would he be walking randomly around Los Santos? He's a millionaire, with ties to the casinos and the Mountain Cloud Boys, Madd Dog's manager and a successful garage business in San Fierro.

Man, I really hope there's some nod to Woozie, too! And Cesar.

Modern day San Andreas, probably even a direct sequel to GTA IV, looks promising :)

Mcoffey:
Looks good to me. Sounds like the protagonist is an older guy. Looking forward to seeing where Rockstar takes "veteran criminal trying to go clean".

It's a good transition from Niko Bellik. One was the traditional "coming to America" story that is part of the iconic immigrant culture of the US. This one appears to be the "breaking from the past" tale that many in the US are trying to do now in the middle of the recession.

Wait, it's not ALL of San Andreas? R*, I am disappoint. I hope it's not like GTA IV though, that's the factor of me buying it or not.

Los Santos? Just Los Santos? So I take it 6 will be in San Fierro, and 7 in Las Venturas?
Just go back to London already.

The Gentleman:

Mcoffey:
Looks good to me. Sounds like the protagonist is an older guy. Looking forward to seeing where Rockstar takes "veteran criminal trying to go clean".

It's a good transition from Niko Bellik. One was the traditional "coming to America" story that is part of the iconic immigrant culture of the US. This one appears to be the "breaking from the past" tale that many in the US are trying to do now in the middle of the recession.

Just another thing I love about the recent GTAs. Rockstar is proving that games can have plenty to say regarding the state of affairs in today's society.

I liked GTA4, regardless of its serious nature. Then again, I liked the previous GTA games because they were fun and sometimes silly. So, yeah... guess I'll like this one too.

ultimateownage:

Greg Tito:
The voiceover is a male voice that describes the move out west as going "straight" and giving up the criminal life to settle down with a family.

Well fuck. I guess my hopes of this not being a boring game that takes itself way too fucking seriously are ruined then.

If you watch the trailer it seems that the protagonist seems to be talking crap. He's pretty much like "well I was going to do that, but then I realised I'd rather shoot shit up!" instead.

How about another GTA game set in Vice City? I would LOVE to see what happened to Tommy since Vice City ended quite abruptly.

Anyone else notice the hydra returning?????

Frylock72:

FURY_007:
The voiceover almost sounded like Ray Liotta, who ocied Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. All this talk about retiring from the life and what not would make sense, as he became the main drug lord of Vice City in the 80s, and so he "retires" to Los Santos to get away? That'd be pretty epic

I thought the same thing, though I didn't realize he voiced Tommy Vercetti.

GonzoGamer:

FURY_007:
The voiceover almost sounded like Ray Liotta, who ocied Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. All this talk about retiring from the life and what not would make sense, as he became the main drug lord of Vice City in the 80s, and so he "retires" to Los Santos to get away? That'd be pretty epic

I didn't think it sounded like him but that guy looking over the skyline looked like an older Tommy. But I don't think anyone from last gen will show up.

I have to say I'm kind of disappointed. It's not a retro style game; not a dealbreaker. But the biggest problem I have is that it's not San Andreas, just that first Island.

You never know. Even if they only kept you to Los Santos, that's still a decently-sized area. I wouldn't be terribly sad at all about that.

darkstone:

Frylock72:
I am so thrilled to be going back to San Andreas. It doesn't even matter if it's not with Carl Johnson or family, though I'd love to see some nod to him, since he'd be somewhere around ... late thirties now?

Man, so hyped.

Some people have said that it is CJ in the Bill Cosby sweater in the trailer, I'll agree for now since you never really get a good look at the npc's face.

I dunno, man. CJ in a Cosby sweater? Even now I couldn't see that happening. Why the hell would he be walking randomly around Los Santos? He's a millionaire, with ties to the casinos and the Mountain Cloud Boys, Madd Dog's manager and a successful garage business in San Fierro.

Man, I really hope there's some nod to Woozie, too! And Cesar.

Also, doesn't he own a national fast food franchise? I think I remember seeing something like CJ's or Johnson's Soul Food (something that referenced CJ's name) on a sign in gta4's Liberty City.

What saddens me is that they're probably going to sell LS for $60 while the other islands will be dlc. And if they charged $20 for missions, I can't imagine how much they'll charge for an island. So I'm just going to wait for whatever goty version they eventually come out with.

Rayken15:
Wait, it's not ALL of San Andreas? R*, I am disappoint. I hope it's not like GTA IV though, that's the factor of me buying it or not.

Skopintsev:
Los Santos? Just Los Santos? So I take it 6 will be in San Fierro, and 7 in Las Venturas?
Just go back to London already.

The first trailer for GTA: San Andreas only showed Los Santos, they wouldn't show off the whole game in 1 trailer so there will prob be 2 more for the other places.

It's nice to see GTA have some color, looks like a return to form.

A few years to late though, Saints Row already stole my heart... Then again, who says I can't have both? :D

Aww, they even included the smog that constantly hangs over Los Angeles! Makes me miss home. :)

can we have the option to be the good guy this time around? also can it be fun like the saints row games?

Sparrow:
I liked GTA4, regardless of its serious nature. Then again, I liked the previous GTA games because they were fun and sometimes silly. So, yeah... guess I'll like this one too.

ultimateownage:

Greg Tito:
The voiceover is a male voice that describes the move out west as going "straight" and giving up the criminal life to settle down with a family.

Well fuck. I guess my hopes of this not being a boring game that takes itself way too fucking seriously are ruined then.

If you watch the trailer it seems that the protagonist seems to be talking crap. He's pretty much like "well I was going to do that, but then I realised I'd rather shoot shit up!" instead.

That's true, but at the same time it doesn't look like anything else is any less dull. I'm fine with it being mostly serious, I can be fine with serious games. It's just that GTA IV was extremely uninteresting for me.

I think I'm pretty done with GTA at this point. Other making the cities more "detailed" I feel like I've been playing a series of expansion packs for GTA 3 for the past 10 years. GTA IV was kinda okay, but I don't think I even finished it because I got soooo bored. I'd end up getting distracted sniping at passerbys simply to make my own fun and even that got boring. Eventually I got lost and the damned because I'm a Sons of Anarchy fan, and that was a little interesting, but it got real boring real fast. Like many, Saint's Row and Saint's Row 2 filled a much needed "FUN" space, whereas I don't think Saint's Row is entirely Just "wacky fun" compared to GTA.. I think both do similar things, but with different styles. GTA just turned the "let's make this a life simulator/second life with guns"... Not that I think one series is better over the other, just different. GTA has a long, powerful history of solid game play.. Saint's Row has had, what? Two games? So well.. take that for what it is.

What GTA needed to really get me interested in giving up my early adopter dollars instead of waiting for GTA V to hit the bargain bin is a change of pace, and by pace, I really mean location. I'm tired of Rockstar's graphics design group showing off how well they can recreate their home towns. What makes Assassin's creed so interesting is that it takes you to a different place and time. Saint's Row and Infamous (two other open world titles) kind of use make believe cities that are based on real world cities, but are creatively (read: fictionally) different enough to be a bit more exotic than the "New York City" reproductions in GTA. I'm not trying to bash GTA, please don't take that away from this. I just think they need to break out and do something different. Take it to some place different... Why can't we have GTA: Mexico City or GTA: Tokyo or GTA: Hong Kong? Give us something to explore, something different culturally and geographically.

You know, whatever happened to the freaking "THE GETAWAY" series? I LOVED The Getaway 1 (Not so much The Getaway 2. I think part of it was that it was set in London as opposed to New York City Recreation part 2.

Or why not make GTA on an ISLAND? GTA Hawaii? I don't know. Just.. anything different would be nice.

Also, doesn't he own a national fast food franchise? I think I remember seeing something like CJ's or Johnson's Soul Food (something that referenced CJ's name) on a sign in gta4's Liberty City.

What saddens me is that they're probably going to sell LS for $60 while the other islands will be dlc. And if they charged $20 for missions, I can't imagine how much they'll charge for an island. So I'm just going to wait for whatever goty version they eventually come out with.

I don't know, I never played GTA IV. That would be pretty cool if he did, though.

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