New GTA Will be the "Largest and Most Ambitious" Yet

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New GTA Will be the "Largest and Most Ambitious" Yet

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Rejoice, ye claustrophobics. Rockstar has confirmed that the Grand Theft Auto series is returning to the fictional state of San Andreas, and promises that the upcoming GTA V will be the "biggest and most ambitious" game in the franchise.

Specifically, the game is taking place in the city of Los Santos - the starting city from GTA: San Andreas - and its "surrounding hills, countryside and beaches." The press release from Rockstar makes no mention of San Fierro or Las Venturas, the other two cities present in San Andreas, and they don't appear to feature in the recent trailer. It seems GTA V has a narrower scope than its well-regarded PS2 predecessor, but this doesn't necessarily mean the game area will be smaller. GTA IV technically took place in the same city as GTA 3, yet the environment was several times larger thanks to a current-gen redesign.

Rockstar hasn't said anything about the game's central character yet, but it did confirm the online multiplayer elements first introduced in GTA IV are making a return. Hopefully Rockstar brings back the excellent character customization from San Andreas. There was nothing in that game more eminently satisfying than force feeding CJ until he looked like a small blimp, then having him strafe cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries. Bring that back, Rockstar, seriously. Oh, and a proper PC port would be nice.

No word on a release date or target platform for Grand Theft Auto V as of yet.

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The PS2 San Andreas was pretty god damn huge if you decided to drive across it in a golf cart with a co-op friend.

Ahhh fun times...

Good, because saying "Our game will be just as good if not worse than any previous games" doesn't have the same ring to it.

You can't have a "biggest and most ambitious game yet" if you make it smaller than a previous game in the same setting, here's hoping they announce all three cities will be included

Grey Carter:
There was nothing in that game more eminently satisfying than force feeding CJ until he looked like a small blimp, then having him strafe cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries.

Anyone else disappointed that that link did not contain CJ looking like a small blimp strafing cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries?

We'll see.

Now we know Rockstar's penchant for releasing damn good single player DLC - I'll be amazed if Fierro and Venturas aren't released later on.

I hope the horses are still in this. Nothing beats starting the game, abusing autosave and becoming a billionaire, then watching cutscenes about CJ complaining how poor he is.

Im all for silly fun, but I hope they dont sacrifice great characters and story for waggling around dildos or whatever (Saints Row is fine, but you get my gist).

I actually liked GTA 4. A little more color and, well, fun wouldnt have done the game any harm but the story was up there with the best of this gen, and it introduced some ideas I really liked, such as the cell phone and being able to watch TV or log onto the internet (the last 2 because it gives Rockstar so much more room to muck about with parodies and what not).

"This will be the largest GTA ever!!! It's also going to be smaller."
Wait, what?

TheYellowCellPhone:
Good, because saying "Our game will be just as good if not worse than any previous games" doesn't have the same ring to it.

It would be quite refreshing though. You have no idea how I've longed to type. "Nah, It's a soulless cash in and you're a fucking idiot if you buy it" says bigshot CEO.

Tell them to boast again when they have a map as big as Daggerfalls.

Grey Carter:
Oh, and a proper PC port would be nice.

We can hope Grey, we can hope.

I don't even mind if it's slightly half arsed but being able to play it smoothly would be a start.

Nothing worse than trying to take a corner on a push bike at a (less than) rapid speed and not being able to see whats coming until i'm firmly implanted into the road thanks to that speeding 4x4.

Furioso:
You can't have a "biggest and most ambitious game yet" if you make it smaller than a previous game in the same setting, here's hoping they announce all three cities will be included

Yeah! I was so disappointed with GTA: IV, and so impressed with Saints Row 2, I might not even buy the next GTA unless it turns out to be another San Andreas. Three cities and plenty of countryside! THAT'S what we want!

Well, duh they're going to say it's their most ambitious project, EVERY developer says that about EVERY game when they announce it. What else are they going to say? "Yeah it's gonna be pretty good, but it's not as ambitious as our older games", it's a business people.

Grey Carter:
Hopefully Rockstar brings back the excellent character customization from San Andreas. There was nothing in that game more eminently satisfying than force feeding CJ until he looked like a small blimp, then having him strafe cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries. Bring that back, Rockstar, seriously. Oh, and a proper PC port would be nice.

Why? For all that, we have Saints Row now. GTA can go and be all serious and have a strong focus on narrative. Saints Row can go and be all hilariously insane and fun.

The best of both worlds!

Rawne1980:
Tell them to boast again when they have a map as big as Daggerfalls.

Shit, even half the size of Daggerfall would be good enough to boast. That game was fucking HUGE.

Grey Carter:
There was nothing in that game more eminently satisfying than force feeding CJ until he looked like a small blimp, then having him strafe cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries.

It looks like you're getting your Mr. Tasty jingles mixed up and confusing the title of the Wagner song with that other famous classical piece used in GTA IV - Ride of the Bumblebee.

Irridium:

Grey Carter:
Hopefully Rockstar brings back the excellent character customization from San Andreas. There was nothing in that game more eminently satisfying than force feeding CJ until he looked like a small blimp, then having him strafe cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries. Bring that back, Rockstar, seriously. Oh, and a proper PC port would be nice.

Why? For all that, we have Saints Row now. GTA can go and be all serious and have a strong focus on narrative. Saints Row can go and be all hilariously insane and fun.

The best of both worlds!

I really enjoyed GTA IV's more serious slant, but I did like the fact San Andreas let me play as a big fat motherfucker. I can think of very few games with overweight protagonists.

I wonder if there will be a PC port at all, considering Rockstar's other good game, Red Dead Redemption ?
Unless GTA V bombs, theres a high chance it will be a console only affair.
Rockstar havent been too kind to thier PC fanbase since consoles are more market friendly and easier to develop for... last GTA PC port was bad, and the fans crapped all over it.

Yes because forcing Rockstar to make another game on the scale of San Andreas with tech from this gen isnt unreasonable at all, unless you want a game that looks and plays like utter shit.
Me im happy with this, i really want to see what they'll do with Los Santos in this game, also one thing I want to be included that didnt appear in IV was maybe little throwbacks to previous games, like in IV I really wanted to see the Mafia Don's mansion and how it changed over the years.

*Backflashes about the epic times in GTA:SA and running to my friends house with 6 other guys just to play it*

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BRING THAT BACK ROCKSTAR!

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I just hope they can overcome the biggest problem I have with all Rockstar games I've played and that's lack of direction. Yahtzee once said that for a sandbox game to work you need a deeply varied world that calls for exploration and/or some kind of clear ultimate goal hovering over head; I say you need both. Okay I'll grant you that the only Rockstar games I've played are GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and Red Dead Redemption, but in all 3 I had the same problem, I didn't know what the fuck I was supposed to be doing. In GTA III I didn't even know who my character was or what the hell he was doing in Liberty City. In Vice City I at least knew who my character was and why he was there, but I still didn't have any real clue as to what I was supposed to be doing. In Red Dead Redemption again at least I know who my character is and why he's there, but there was no way to distinguish the story missions from the side quests so I had no way of knowing how to advance to plot. Since I didn't really feel like doing chores for Bonnie I kinda steered clear of that only to discover once I gave in and did them that that was how I advanced the plot! Oh thanks game, some sort of indication would've been nice.

The_Blue_Rider:
also one thing I want to be included that didnt appear in IV was maybe little throwbacks to previous games, like in IV I really wanted to see the Mafia Don's mansion and how it changed over the years.

The Mafia Don's mansion was in GTA IV, is was derelict and had change a lot over the years: http://gta.wikia.com/Old_Mansion

I'm quite excited for this, I'll be surprised if it isn't an ageing Vercetti in this one given the monologue. I hope the PC version will be better optimized than the previous game was, but then again if the III, VC, SA trilogy was anything to go by the more time they have to polish their material the better things get.

Provided the PC port is functional on release I will probably buy it there to support Rockstar - I loved GTA IV and this instalment looks like it'll be even better. :D

- Though if it turns out to be another Stronghold 3 then I'll probably be mopey for a while. :c

Grey Carter:
There was nothing in that game more eminently satisfying than force feeding CJ until he looked like a small blimp, then having him strafe cars in a jet pack while humming Flight of the Valkyries.

I found that the chorus of David Bowies "Starman" to be quite appropriate myself when it came to jetpacking around while shooting gangbangers with the good old dual uzis....*sigh* good times, good times.

OT: Meh, to be honest I was kinda disappointed with GTAIV, just didn't seem to hold my attention like San Andreas did.

Although if they bring back jetpacks and James Woods then I'll be a happy camper.

Jamash:

The_Blue_Rider:
also one thing I want to be included that didnt appear in IV was maybe little throwbacks to previous games, like in IV I really wanted to see the Mafia Don's mansion and how it changed over the years.

The Mafia Don's mansion was in GTA IV, is was derelict and had change a lot over the years: http://gta.wikia.com/Old_Mansion

Huh, i remember that location, but it looks nothing like the mansion from 3 o.O I suppose I should've noticed from its location but i never expected that was the place.

HELL FUCKING YES!!!!!

GTA is a very awesome series, and to return to San Andreas, but taking it up at least two notches, is going to be mind blowing.

Now, I like both GTA and Saint's Row, what with GTA having great character driven stories and satire, and Saint's Row having awesome, wacky, batshit/batfuck insane fun, and now a coat of satire too. I'll enjoy driving around Los Santos, using a better good gun control scheme than the last time I did, having already indulged in epic fun for the last year in Steelport with the Saints. That's just it.

Now where's Just Cause III? Hello? Are you out there? Can you hear me? Are you still alive?...

Grey Carter:
GTA IV technically took place in the same city as GTA 3, yet the environment was several times larger thanks to a current-gen redesign.

I believe it was confirmed by Rockstar that IV takes place in it's own universe so that Liberty City is not the same as the one from III in any way other than name.

People expecting this to be San Andreas are probably going to be a tad disappointed. You want pseudo-serious, character driven crime dramas, you play GTA. You want to fly around on a jetpack flinging shit at people and hitting them with dildos, you play Saints Row.

Something for everyone, just the way it oughta be IMHO.

So I guess there gonna be hot coffee that doesn't piss parents off this time around....

How many discs on Xbox360 ? 4 ?

Customization is a must. Oh, and the horse track betting location needs to be close to a safe house again. That was the fastest way to make millions of dollars in SA without cheating. :D

TheDooD:
So I guess there gonna be hot coffee that doesn't piss parents off this time around....

It will involve a side-mission where you work part-time at the Starbucks equivalent in order to fund your latest crime spree.

Antitonic:

TheDooD:
So I guess there gonna be hot coffee that doesn't piss parents off this time around....

It will involve a side-mission where you work part-time at the Starbucks equivalent in order to fund your latest crime spree.

Do I get to shoot people when they get mad that their latte was made wrong...

But will it be as fun as Saints Row 3 will be (assuming they don't blow it)?

The_Blue_Rider:

Jamash:

The_Blue_Rider:
also one thing I want to be included that didnt appear in IV was maybe little throwbacks to previous games, like in IV I really wanted to see the Mafia Don's mansion and how it changed over the years.

The Mafia Don's mansion was in GTA IV, is was derelict and had change a lot over the years: http://gta.wikia.com/Old_Mansion

Huh, i remember that location, but it looks nothing like the mansion from 3 o.O I suppose I should've noticed from its location but i never expected that was the place.

I remembered it's rough location but I couldn't remember what it looked like in GTA III, however I recognised it (or what it represented) immediately when I found it in GTA IV.

It's like almost everything else in Liberty City, it had been redesigned in GTA IV but it still represented what it was in GTA III.

I suspect the same will be true of San Andres and GTA V, everything from San Andreas will be represented in GTA V, but it might not be in the same location or appear exactly how you remember it.

This will be interesting to have a 1 island GTA game. Could this mean we get to explore entire world freely from start like the two dlc for GTA IV? That would be a big plus as it was always annoying to be stuck in one area unless you wanted to fight cops. What I'm really hoping to hear about is character customization beyond clothing, even if it is just as expansive as GTA San Andreas.

Though I would give up so much to get back the good old cheats that would cause total chaos. I remember using floating cars with flying cars in Andreas then grabbing a parachute and flying high up for a good 5-10 minutes before sky diving around map like superman. Just bringing back total chaotic fun of cheats would be amazing.

Why I liked San Andreas and feel the GTA series in spirit died there:

1. it still had the witty/gritty/zany comedy the series was known for.
2. The map was massive, and driving from city to city and seeing the changes made me feel I was almost in a different yet similar world.
3. The characters (except CJ) had depth and star power (not just name dropping star power but honest to goodness great voice actors/real world actors)
4. Side-quest/distractions. Being able to customize your car for the first time in a non-driving centric, non racing-centric game was awesome. Also being able to buy clothing was sweet.

In GTA 4 we lost the car customization, flying airplanes, attack choppers that were actually viable weapons platforms and didn't handle like a flying brick, a selection of decent clothing choices... and a world that was interesting. Liberty City had massive potential, and I liked the conceptual layout of the GTA3 version (where the hell was the damn DAM?). If they'd expanded on the original layout, adding more city blocks and keeping some color to it I would have been thrilled instead of highly disappointed especially when I went to the midnight launch... If I could have, I would have returned the game. Multiplayer was fun, but I didn't buy GTA for deathmatch.
So when I picked up Saints Row for the first time and experienced all the things I missed from GTA:SA in it, I felt my heart lift from despair. When SR2 came out and expanded on it adding the missing flight characteristics, my heart soared into the clouds. When SR3 was revealed in all its splendor, I immediately put down a pre-order despite being nearly broke.
When GTA V was announced I watched the video and wondered "how the hell are they going to screw up my favorite setting this time? Oh well, I have SR3 to enjoy soon so fuck it. I'll wait til its on clearance at Target..."
Also, GTA 4's illusion of "moral" choices also pissed me off. It didn't matter in the end if you tried to be a good guy or a bad guy, no one cared, nothing really changed all that much and no special things unlocked for either side.
I will Say R* redeemed themselves somewhat with RDR, making my Top 5 all time favorite games, but they'll be hard pressed IMO to duplicate what they did there (and I hope they don't because it was a whole different game).
And don't get me started on the dating sim, endless calls from "homies" who get mad because you might have just started a mission and can't go bowling with them... "NIKO!!! Lets get drunk cousin!!"

On a side note, anyone else notice the bum in the trailer holding the "Will work for food" sign is dressed in Niko Bellic's starting clothes?

Maybe this time they will expand the game in different directions, in S.A you went south to San Fiero and west to Las Venturas. Maybe you will get to go north to whatever is north of L.A, Seattle maybe? Or further out east in to the ocean, Hawaii might be bit of a swim...

I know this for certain, I know C.J wont be none to pleased that a cartel boss (fingers crossed for a Vercetti return) has moved in to his home town.

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