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GTA V: Let’s Speculate


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GTA V is coming. Now we know that much and, aside from a trailer release date, Rockstar is remaining tight-lipped about what is on the horizon. What better time than to speculate about what we might see in GTA V?


The Realism Continues


GTA IV was a landmark in the series. A sprawling, highly-realistic city running on a next-generation system for the first time, Liberty City differentiated itself from the older versions of GTA by delivering a gritter, more realistic storyline that was devoid of jetpacks and crazy hippies. The result was, naturally, critical acclaim from the very get-go

GTA IV took the established formula of the series, tweaked it for the modern audience, and delivered one of the best games on the next-gen systems we’ve seen.


The realism that was used in GTA IV will probably also continue into V, judging by the critical reception IV received; in fact, Rockstar seems to be shying away from the old, madcap mentality of GTA and moving towards delivering a tighter narrative and less lunacy in their approach to games. Red Dead Redemption. GTA IV. LA Noire. All of these are firmly grounded in reality and as a result of the critical appeal, it is easy to see why Rockstar would be keen to continue this trend in GTA V.


I don’t know if I’m in the minority here though, but I personally missed some of the lunacy that was missing in GTA IV. I still remember the moment I found the jetpack when playing GTA: San Andreas and being instantly wowed. This then resulted in what can only be described as at least six hours of flying around the entirety of San Andreas on a jet pack while attacking anything that moved with whatever weapons I could get my hands on. A similar experience also occured with the jet in San Andreas; there’s something immensely satisfying about ascending to ridiculous heights before parachuting/splatting onto the ground below.


Now I liked GTA IV – it was gritty, the storyline drew me in and there was a massive city filled with shiny cars and lots to do. There was always that nagging thought in my mind as I was playing though that something was missing from the game – in fact, I was constantly on the look-out for Rockstar’s trademark secrets that range from finding a real Easter Egg to displaying messages telling us we aren’t supposed to be here. GTA IV, in that respect, was somewhat of a disappointment. Aside from the very real heart inside the Statue of Liberty inside Liberty City, there wasn’t really much in the way of crazy secrets to be located in GTA IV and I personally feel that, for V, Rockstar needs to move back into incorporating a sense of realism while still offering a significant playground of crazy vehicles, weapons and areas that rival San Andreas’ in terms of scale.


The Location


Rumours are abuzz about the location of GTA V. People are speculating all over the internet about where the franchise could possibly be headed next, ranging from the far-flung, apocalyptic future filled with zombies to a return to the sandy shores of Vice City. No one really knows for sure except Rockstar themselves and, despite prodding with sticks by various media outlets, they aren’t budging until the trailer is revealed in November.


Seriously though, where would Rockstar go next? I’m personally going to believe that they’re going to go back to San Andreas – in terms of scope and impressing the fans, that would be the most logical choice. Think about it – for IV, Rockstar went back and recreated Liberty City, which was already given to us in GTA III. Is it not the logical choice to assume they’d then move on to their biggest sandbox and try to replicate that as well?

You could argue that Vice City came first, but I don’t want to imagine another foray that moves into the modern era, and therefore isn’t full to bursting with an absolutely amazing 80′s themed soundtrack. It could still happen, but would anyone really want to see a modern version of Vice City? Perhaps, but, for me, I wouldn’t.


The Protagonist


While many would probably love to see CJ, Tommy or even Claude make a return to the franchise, it is unlikely that this will occur. GTA loves experimenting with new guys with every game they churn out, and judging by how this is GTA V and not an expansion like Vice City/San Andreas was, it is unlikely we’ll be seeing a familiar character as Rockstar loves to reboot every single time.


As said above, some reports on the internet are claiming that the game may have multiple playable characters, but, again, I think this is a load of hogwash, GTA V’s character will be someone with a checkered past, a past, that perhaps, could tie in with moral decisions by allowing the player to shape the character’s past experience similar to Mass Effect.


Closing Thoughts


You know, there’s every chance I’m completely wrong. I don’t claim to predict the future, but its always good fun to speculate on what a big name like Rockstar will do next. But what do you think will happen in GTA V? Why not comment below and tell us your theories about what’s coming next for the franchise? We can only speculate until Wednesday when the trailer is released.

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useless thread if you ask me. People are already speculating since the first f*cking second after the announcement. And if you think your thread is "more important" than all other threads about Location, Protagonists and so on, then you are clearly wrong!


Why do you not just reply on all other threads that already exist?

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Exactly. We have threads about everything you said there. No need for yet another thread.

This forum is about speculating, why in the world would you have everything in one thread when we have a whole forum for it?


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