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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:37 AM

We first meet Grand Theft Auto V's three playable characters by jumping
in the their day-to-day life during a hands-of game demo.
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Rockstar first introduces Michael, the character whose perspective we hear
in the voiceover of the first Grand Theft Auto V trailer.
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Michael is a retired bank robber who is living a more lavish lifestyle than most people on the withness protection
program thanks to an unconvention deal with the FIB. As the Demo opens, he's resting comfortably in a pair of
flipflops alongside a pool in the affluent neighborhood of Rockford Hills (think Beverly Hills).
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In the near distance you can see his private tennis court, and if you look
onto the smoggy horizon you can see the city cape of downtown Los Santos.
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Though he appears to be living the good life, Michael isn't content. His wife is burning through his cash reserves like
she's auditioning for role in The Real Housewives of Orange Country, and he doesn't have the slightest idea how to
communicate with his children.
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As he walks into his opulent mansion we meet Tracy, his teenage daughter, who is jamming out loudly to a
Just Dance-style video game "It's called exercise - You should try it," she says flippantly to her father.

She clearly takes after Michael's wife, Amanda. We cross paths with her as she's heading out of the front door for
another shopping spree. As she walks out of the house she shouts, "if you want to know where I am you can check
your credit cart statements."
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She hops into her Sentinel XS sport car and Michael yells back, "Hey, I'm feeling lucky! I'll check the hospitals!"
These two make Tony and Carmela Sopranos seem like the Huxtables.
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With the car gone, Michael grabs a bicycle out of the garage.
As he rides down the street we get our first glimpse of the neighborhood.
With manicured lawns, sprinkler systems, rolling hills, and enough high-end
luxury cars on the street to make the Grotti dealership in Liberty City look like
a used car lot, Rockstar has once again accurately captured the vibe of a region.
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The contrast between Michael's world and that of his longtime friend Trevor is jarring.
When the Rockstar games playtester call up a quick menu to switch characters,
the camera pulls away from the affluent commynity and zooms out to a Google Earth-
style vantage before dropping us into a ramshackle trailer in a desert region of the map.

As we greet Trevor, he's fighting a couragerous battle with constipation on the toilet,
yelling, "I need a f*cking midwife for this thing!"

We spend only a brief moment with trevor, but his maniacal personality doesn't take long to make an impression.
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He hops into his Bodhi, a large truck that looks sort of like a convertible
Jeep Wranger JK, and head down the road.
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Blaine Country is a barren, rundown desert region filled with bikers, meth heads,
and other walks of life more comfortable on the fringes of society
(think the destitute area around the Salton Sea).
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Trevor rolls down the street, pulls into a parking lot and flicks of a group of people
loitering in frond of a building, something Rockstar recommends you do in varying
circumstances to see the different reactions from people.

People in rough-and-tumble neighborhoods will take it quite differently that the soccer moms at the bountique store.
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Time to wreak some senseless havoc. With Trevor, the playtester nonchalantly grabs
a can of gasoline sitting along the wall of the building, douses all sides of a parked truck,
and pours a trail away from the vehicle. He revels in the reflective qualities of the gasoline
for a brief moment, drops his Zippo, and step back to admire his handwork.
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The flame travels violently toward the truck, first setting the tires on fire, then the chassis,
and finally reaching the gas tank after a slow burn to cause a huge explosion.

Just another day in the life of a drugged-out psychopath.
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When we switch over to the third protagonist, Franklin, he's cruising Vespucci Beach
(think Venice Beach) looking for a car he's supposed to repossess for his boss.
The waterfront is filles with activities, including a muscle beach gym
A look-alike is conducting a sermon on a nearby street corner.
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Franklin eventually locates his target: a 9F, the GTA equivalent of Audi R8-
When he gets in the car, he drops the top down before taking off.
Driving toward downtown Los Santos, we see several
familiar businesses, including an Ammu-Nation.
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After a hiatus in Grand Theft Auto IV thanks to Liberty City's strict gun control
laws, it's nise to see the return of everyone's favorite one-stop gun shop.
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These brief introductions give us only a small sample of each charactert's personality,
but it's easy tosee the potential for this narrative approach.

Michael, Trevol, and Franklin aren't interchangeable ciphers.
Each one has his own personality, motivations, and skillset.
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When you're not controlling them. they're going about their daily business and you
may be surprised by the situtations they find themselves in should you switch back
to check up on them. Just like playtester did in this demo, the player is free
to switch between these characters at any time when off-mission.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:40 AM

Cheers for the recap....

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:43 AM Edited by Official General, 04 March 2013 - 01:29 AM.

Your efforts are appreciated, but....

* There is nothing new in here that we have not already seen. Those screenshots have been out for months.

* The information on here is quite old now. This is telling us what we already knew before.

No disrespect OP, but this pretty much useless.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:15 AM

QUOTE (Official General @ Monday, Mar 4 2013, 00:43)
Your efforts are appreciated, but....

* There is nothing new in here that we have not already seen. Those screenshots haves been out for months.

* The information on here is quite old now. This is telling us what we already knew before.

No disrespect OP, but this pretty much useless.

Yeah OP, this "haves" been out for months!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:18 AM

Gives the OP a break, people...he's got slow mail service -- just got the magazine last Thursday colgate.gif

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:28 AM

The idea here was to combine the events and locations of images.
Not very useful, but because the lack of new info I decided to do this. user posted image

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:55 AM

QUOTE (John Angelo @ Monday, Mar 4 2013, 02:28)
The idea here was to combine the events and locations of images.
Not very useful, but because the lack of new info I decided to do this. user posted image

Well I'm sorry to say, but it was a very stupid idea. Just because you are bored, it does not mean you must do random things that don't make sense. And your thread title is very misleading by the way.

It does not matter what method you attempted to use to get your point across.

There is simply no point in telling us what we already know and showing us what we have already seen.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:00 AM

QUOTE (Official General @ Sunday, Mar 3 2013, 20:43)
Your efforts are appreciated, but....

* There is nothing new in here that we have not already seen. Those screenshots have been out for months.

* The information on here is quite old now. This is telling us what we already knew before.

No disrespect OP, but this pretty much useless.

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As said, thanks for putting in the effort, but this is nothing new.

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