FINALLY! It seemed like an eternity. Waiting for the announcement of Rockstars gangster classic, is almost as excruciatingly cruel as being strapped to a chair and being tormented with painful dental surgery, that’s being conducted by an ear shatteringly, amplified Fearne Cotton (horrific). I was beginning to question my own mental stability, almost as though GTA V was some twisted delusion I concocted after a few alcoholic beverages, and was quickly becoming like a bigfoot style myth. But at last, Rockstar have restored some semblance of my mental faculties, by finally announcing the existence of possibly the most anticipated titles ever, Grand Theft Auto V.
Legitimate information on this behemoth of a series is still relatively scarce, but GTA V looks set to continue in the same realistic strides as its predecessor, by focusing the games narrative firmly in a more mature manner, which could alienate many fans hoping for a series return to its more humourous roots and compete with its absurdly nuts, but equally entertaining rival, Saints Row. But this should be seen as a state of intent from Rockstar rather than seemingly distancing itself from its nearest competitors, which are still hopelessly upstaged and out maneuvered by this gargantuan of a series. But ultimately GTA doesn’t need to compete with any game, let alone SR, due to the underlining fact that its GTA, and it can do what bloody well likes.
GTA V is returning to a present day Los Santos, where you play a yet unnamed, undisclosed and totally unknown protagonist who incidentally, narrates throughout the course of the trailer, and expresses his desire to move to Los Santos to retire, start a family and forfeit from “that line of work” and “to be a good guy for once”, so expect him to be on the more mature “Tommy Vercetti” side rather than a young, athletic “Carl Johnson” type, who’s looking to settle down and possibly, make amends for past indiscretions, or more likely, blow things/people up. I do have my reservations about GTA revisiting Los Santos though. I can’t really figure out whether it’s a step forward, or two steps back, but if there’s one constant in gaming, it’s that Rockstar know what they’re doing.
As it’s a present day setting, expect the games narrative to be heavily targeted on the current economic crisis that has crippled the financial world, and to focus on the greed and corruption of repugnant bankers, which sounds like obvious fodder for a game such as GTA. Also the “V” in GTA V appears to harbour an uncanny resemblance to a dollar bill, which is a strong indication that money will play an integral part of the story, but this is just speculation and is really all any of us are capable of achieving at the moment, at least until much more substantial information is released.
The trailer, though short, is exceptional in its beauty, scale and ability to entice the viewer with its untold brilliance, that really capture’s your attention and provides you with the stark reminder, that this is the game that you’ve been anticipating. As if we needed reminding?!
Check out the trailer and let me know your thoughts on GTA revisiting Los Santos, what you believe the story will involve and anything else that interests you. Cheers.