The Game We All Want

The game (of thrones) we all need. 

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Welcome Back: Vice City’s 10th Anniversary Trailer

Ok, confession time: I never played Vice City. The first Grand Theft Auto I ever played was San Andreas (which I loved and is probably my favorite); I went back and picked up Vice City but I just couldn’t get into it. The graphics threw me. Did I miss a seminal gaming milestone?

Trailer Park: NEW Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

Just..just watch it:

“Just ignore the bodies”.

How can I properly describe this without being incredibly hyperbolic? I can’t even…this just looks incredible. I’ve said it before but damn, Rockstar is on a roll.

Things of particular interest:

– The song.  I’d heard rumors that Rockstar was going to do away with all the music of the earlier GTA’s and instead have a brand new score created for the game, which I thought was a terrible idea.  Some of the best times I’ve had playing GTA is just cruising around listening to the radio. So hopefully the Stevie Wonder track is just a sampling of another round of incredible radio stations stocked with killer jamz.

– Trevor Phillips is crazy pants. He looks like a redneck Andrew W.K. with less hair. (Here’s the real life version)

– The variety of areas & set pieces, which I’m sure is just a fraction of what’s actually available to explore.

– “Bounce. We’re bouncing now?”

– The vehicles.

BONUS: Full length version of the Stevie Wonder track from the trailer.

Back in the Los Santos Groove: GTA V Details Emerge **UPDATE**

You see those three bad mutha’s strutting down there? Game Informer says those are your three protagonists for Grand Theft Auto V. Looks like they could do some damage to the faux-L.A. too.  Can. Not. WAIT.

GI also states that this is the largest open world that Rockstar has ever created.  Which sounds delightful but also problematic.  Do you remember when you fist unfolded the Red Dead Redemption map? I broke out in a cold stress-sweat.  If GTAV is going to dwarf that, I may have to save up some vacation days.

“Good news lady, we’re going to Los Santos for our vacation this year!”

Initial trailer:

UPDATE 4:37PM 11.08.12 – Kotaku has gleaned some more information (most likely by reading the article) including the following:

  • According to Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto V‘s Los Santos is bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto IV combined. Yep. There’s wilderness, a military base, and even an ocean floor to explore underwater.
  • You can switch between the game’s three main protagonists at “nearly any time.”
  • Those three protagonists, by the way, are named Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. Michael is a retired bank robber who gets sucked back into crime; Trevor is a career criminal and drug addict; Franklin is a 20-something street hustler.
  • Sometimes they’ll work together on missions, during which you can switch back and forth from character to character depending on which part of a given mission you feel like doing.
  • Each character has his own personality, skill set, and group of friends to interact with. And the ones you’re not controlling will go off and do their own thing.
  • This is the same world as Grand Theft Auto IV and Liberty City, so you might see some recurring characters from those games (just not the major ones, like Niko Bellic). But. Rockstar says this is the “high-definition” world of Grand Theft Auto, so don’t expect to see anyone from the PS2-era titles.
  • Remember those randomized dynamic missions in Red Dead Redemption? They’re back for GTAV: expect hitchhikers, muggers, and dead bodies, among others.
  • Yes friendships. No romance.
  • Rockstar says there will be an economy, but you won’t be able to buy properties. There will be “loads of other stuff.”

Goodbye meatspace foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Dancing Around the Issue: More GTA V Screens

Outside of the trailer (below) from about nine months ago, the only info regarding Grand Theft Auto V has been the odd still here or there. This is the second batch of three released this week, this time under the heading, “Leisure”. Hopefully there’ll be another set on Friday, entitled “Chaos”.

(Via Rockstar)

Grand Theft Auto 5 – Two New Screenshots

Could you image if Rockstar was able to ship two of their flagship titles this year?

GTA V will take precedent over just about every other release this year, with possibly the exception of Borderlands 2. It will DEFINITELY take precedent over my job. And most likely the gym. And sleep.

Damn.

(via Kotaku)

The Excellent Art of Patrick Brown

I’m completely blown away by Patrick Brown’s art. He applies a high level comic book art style (think Joe Madureira / Humbero Ramos) to iconic video games and the results…well, see for yourself. Below is his homage to the GTA series, Grand Theft Auto Legends .

Who can name all of the games featured & their main protagonists?