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"Driving, murdering, stealing, oh my!"

Rockstar Games' highly anticipated sequel to the smash hit Grand Theft Auto: IV is shaping up nicely, although we still don’t have a definite release date for the game. But in the mean time, Rockstar is whetting the appetites of eager fans with three fresh in-game screenshots of Grand Theft Auto: V:


Updated 8/22/2012 @ 9:38am
Rockstar Games has just released three more screenshots which showcase "leisure" activities in Grand Theft Auto: V to leave you wanting more:

Source: Rockstar Games

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Oh boy!
By Ammohunt on 8/20/2012 1:57:59 PM , Rating: 0
All the pre-pube tweens rejoice! oh and the 20 somethings that were pru-pubes when the previous versions were released.

RE: Oh boy!
By christojojo on 8/20/2012 2:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
Make it more like GTA3 and its two sequels and less like the GTAIV and I will buy it. Some things were w missing from the last game in lieu of DLC and o some left out all together that I missed.

RE: Oh boy!
By Flunk on 8/20/2012 2:50:53 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I liked GTAIV, seemed more grown-up and sophisticated. Niko had motivations for being a criminal that were "I'm a bad person". I will admit that I hung up on Roman every time he called, he does get the message if you keep doing that you know.

RE: Oh boy!
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2012 4:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest problem with GTAIV was the forced relationships you had to build.

RE: Oh boy!
By Omega215D on 8/23/2012 1:52:08 AM , Rating: 2
GTA SA was the first to deal with role playing elements. Eating, gym, getting fat, GFs.

I liked how GTA progressed from GTA III to SA to IV. I'll reserve judgement until I get my hands on V. Thankfully Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs and Valve's Counter-Strike GO will keep me occupied in the mean time.

RE: Oh boy!
By wempa on 8/20/2012 2:56:29 PM , Rating: 3
Make it more like San Andreas ! That game had a ridiculous amount of content in it. GTA IV was a more "polished" game, but they sacrificed game content for it. For example, I hate how they got rid of airplanes and only left helicopters. I thought San Andreas was the best GTA by far.

RE: Oh boy!
By SPOOFE on 8/20/2012 3:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
Most of San Andreas' "ridiculous amount of content" was a flat, empty, vast map devoid of anything interesting to do. Nix the "huge for hugeness' sake" aspect, or at least come up with something to do with all that virtual territory, and that'll fix that glaring flaw.

RE: Oh boy!
By MozeeToby on 8/20/2012 4:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
You need the "flat, empty, vast map devoid of anything interesting" to create a fully fleshed world. It adds depth that filling the same area with cityscape wouldn't have done simply because it creates variety.

RE: Oh boy!
By SPOOFE on 8/21/2012 3:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
No, you don't need "flat, empty, vast map devoid of anything interesting" to create a fully fleshed world. You need a "fully fleshed world" to create a fully fleshed world. And "flat, empty, vast map[s] devoid of anything interesting" is the ANTITHESIS of "fully fleshed world".

Sorry, pal, but that game was modeled on my back yard (southern CA with SF and LV at the extreme northern corners). I know what the Mojave desert is like. I'm all too familiar with Flintridge and the Central Valley. San Andreas was barren and sparse, with too much devoted to making it "big" and not enough devoted to making it "a game". The ten minutes one spends at the beginning of the game "pumping iron" doesn't count as "a game". That was "push a button until dude is Black Schwarzenneggar".

And the best parts of San Andreas? TOOK PLACE IN THE CITIES. Gang turf wars were a blast, but I kept wanting to pull that stuff against smack- and meth-dealing bikers out in the sticks.

RE: Oh boy!
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2012 5:01:50 PM , Rating: 2
You know how much fun me and friends had with that openness? Tons. Try to jump the grand canyon and then laugh for 5 minutes as your car sinks to the bottom of the river with a ridiculously appropriate for the situation song plays on the radio.

Go to the top of a sky scrapper, spawn vehicles with cheat codes, and then have fun running them off the top. Or see who could go the farthest and longest with the hover craft(quite far for quite long actually).

RE: Oh boy!
By SPOOFE on 8/21/2012 3:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
The fact that you managed to find "something to do" with that unnecessarily empty and huge map does NOT mean that it was a good idea to create an unnecessarily empty and huge map. You could have still jumped the Grand Canyon if the area down below you was still littered with quests, missions, jobs, or even just interesting doodads to look at. I'm not asking for much, just something more than behemoth polygons and a handful of shrub sprites.

RE: Oh boy!
By christojojo on 8/22/2012 12:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you didn't like the openness doesn't mean that it didn't add value to others. The Game was huge. I loved the races and the way you could go around exploring just "because' Flying using mods was awesome too, i.e. tie fighter.

The mini games were cool for me Those are the things I missed most in the GTAIV. I loved doing the police, ambulance taxi and other missions for ultimate bonuses wear an ugly taxi or the pop up guns and ammo.

RE: Oh boy!
By wempa on 8/22/2012 11:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
I got so addicted to GTA:SA. There was just so much variety. If you got bored of one thing, you could always find something a lot different to do: missions, challenges, races, driving/flying/boating/motorcycle schools, customizing your character. Going for 100% game completion required a sick amount of time and dedication. GTA 4 added some new content and it also polished things up a lot, which was really needed. However, it dropped a bit too much content and a lot of things that were very fun.

RE: Oh boy!
By wempa on 8/23/2012 10:56:57 AM , Rating: 3
According to the Wikipedia page, it will be based in Los Santos !!! Awesome. I'm getting really excited about this one now. There was such a great variety of areas in GTA SA.

RE: Oh boy!
By Sivar on 8/21/2012 2:35:22 PM , Rating: 3
Most of San Andreas' "ridiculous amount of content" was a flat, empty, vast map devoid of anything interesting to do.

Worked for Elder Scrolls games :)

RE: Oh boy!
By SPOOFE on 8/21/2012 3:33:19 PM , Rating: 3
Heh, pick any Elder Scrolls game and start walking in any nigh any direction and you'll find something to do in minutes. With San Andreas, people talk about the twenty minutes it takes to drive across the map WITH NOTHING ELSE HAPPENING.

It would have been okay if police chases out in the wilderness weren't such a Girl Scout affair, but even those fell apart (unless you deliberately slowed down to give the cops an advantage) the second you got out of a city.

RE: Oh boy!
By wempa on 8/22/2012 11:34:30 AM , Rating: 3
I'll agree with you that some of the travel time got boring with SA, but it still had way, WAY more total content. I thought I knew most of that game's content until I browsed through the strategy guide one day. Boy was I surprised. I hadn't even known so many of those missions/challenges existed. Plus, I loved going back to the various schools and getting all gold medals to unlock awesome stuff. The Hunter was a blast to cause chaos with. GTA 4 was much less of a sandbox type game than San Andreas. I also loved the 4 separate areas that were all very different.

RE: Oh boy!
By tayb on 8/20/2012 3:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I thought GTA IV was the best one so far. The game was huge, I really don't think you can complain about DLC. I didn't get the impression that they purposefully left things out of the game in order to sell it to you later in a DLC package.

RE: Oh boy!
By MozeeToby on 8/20/2012 3:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
GTA3 was about the engine: Look at all this crazy stuff you can do!
Vice City was about filling out the content: Boats! Motorcycles! Helicopters! Airplanes! More weapons! Better AI!
San Andreas was about scope: Holy mother of God, it takes 15 minutes to drive from one corner of the map to the other, and that's driving like a freaking maniac.

So, if they follow the same formula, GTAV will include all the modes of transportation that were missing from IV while keeping the nicely polished engine they already developed. But it probably won't have the massive, almost over the top scale that was what made San Andreas so wonderfully addictive.

RE: Oh boy!
By kleinma on 8/20/2012 3:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
GTA4 wasn't exactly a tiny map once it was all unlocked. Granted it wasn't SA, but it could take you a while to go from corner to corner.

I just hope for improved AI. The cops were way too stupid in GTA4. They usually would mow down more pedestrians than me while in a car chase.

RE: Oh boy!
By Hakuryu on 8/20/2012 3:47:21 PM , Rating: 3

Take out everything and anything having to do with 'girlfriends', and replace all the interesting things you could find in previous GTA games like a monster truck in the middle of nowhere that when entered started a challenge.

The only thing they need to leave in (upgraded though) is the multiplayer... the only thing GTA 4 nailed.

RE: Oh boy!
By christojojo on 8/20/2012 7:06:46 PM , Rating: 3
I agree I loved all the not need challenges that gave you rewards it the 3 series.

RE: Oh boy!
By Aloonatic on 8/20/2012 4:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
I think that GTA (just MHO) has begun to take itself a bit too seriously, but maybe people like that.

I used to like the earlier games more "fun" take on crime and violence, with the frenzies, bonuses for running over an entire line of Hara Krishnas and the radio stations. It was the small things that made the older games more interesting. They seemed to have more charm which has been lost as the games have got bigger and more ambitious.

The problem that GTA has is the same that all these types of game have and that's that there are really only a handfull of missions, which can become quite boring if the designers are not careful. That, and there are a lot of other games that have taken on the ideas pioneered in GTA and run with them, using more imagination than the more realistic, GTA world can allow, making it feel rather dull.

Since Vice City, I've played GTA games less and less. The idea has become stale for me, but then I also say the same thing about a lot of games that are on their 4th or 5th iteration.

Fingers crossed that they prove me wrong though, as I think that this will be more of the same, just better graphically with more detail. I also fear that DLC trend will continue and it'll continue to be abused and I'll really be being charged full price for half a game, but that's probably all that I'll play anyway, and I will probably buy it too :)

RE: Oh boy!
By ShaolinSoccer on 8/20/2012 8:53:41 PM , Rating: 1
Make it more like GTA3 and its two sequels and less like the GTAIV and I will buy it.

Are you kidding? Spongebob GTA 4 is hilarious!

RE: Oh boy!
By kleinma on 8/20/2012 2:28:37 PM , Rating: 3
You can't even buy the game in the US without being 18. If some "pre-pube tween" gets the game it is due to bad parenting. Of course I am responding to someone who is clearly a pretenious douche who must play his video games while smoking a pipe and wearing a monicle.

RE: Oh boy!
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2012 5:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
who must play his video games while smoking a pipe and wearing a monicle.

That sounds hilarious. And rest assured, there are plenty of insanely bad parents who will buy them game for their 13 year old. But hey that's their right.

RE: Oh boy!
By bah12 on 8/20/2012 5:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
Hey your kid can either be the one on the playground saying the bad words, or the one learning em. Either way they are gonna hear it.

RE: Oh boy!
By TSS on 8/22/2012 10:31:34 AM , Rating: 2
Hah i'd buy this for my 13 year old kid (if i had one, but still).

I had loads of fun playing GTA 1 and 2 when i was 10-11 years old. Actually bought GTA 1 and 2 in a pack with a steering wheel for the PS1 (well my dad did after i insisted on it). No way that i'd let my son miss out on such an experience.

I trust my capability to teach my son right and wrong enough to give him all the violent games he wants. If i forbid it he's going to look for it behind my back anyway (like i did with my parents), and i won't be there to awnser his questions since he'll be avoiding me. I love playing games myself, i'll buy 2 copies and make a father-son activity of it.

It's not like i'll hit him with mortal combat right off the bat. It takes 13 years to become 13 years old. I'll bet he's killed alot of Orcs and Goblins by then (but you'll never hear society about that since their "evil").

If he likes violent games at all. I've got a kid sister who plays a heck of alot of games just like me, but none of them are violent. She doesn't enjoy violence. She rather likes to take care fo virtual pets, or play theme park games (don't think she isn't competative. Just not violent).

But as far as i'm concirned, keeping games away from kids due to some sort of arbitrary age limit some people far away who never even see *their* kids have decided, *is* the bad parenting. By that logic you should go outside and stop your kids from playing cops and robbers or cowboys and indians (i'm just old enough to have experienced the pre-computer era activities, so don't think i don't know). And take away their super soakers. Afterall those are activities mimicing violence, with actual real life consequences (kids hurt themselves while playing, my parents say there wasn't a day that went by where i wasn't covered in bruises and scratches).

If being a good parent means stuffing your children full of ritalin so they stay safe in a corner not moving any muscles for the entire day so they can grow obese.... I'd prefer to be a really, really bad parent.

RE: Oh boy!
By Camikazi on 8/22/2012 7:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
I like you, I like this attitude it is the same way I work with my niece and nephew (don't have kids yet). Kids are gonna find this stuff whether you want them too or not but without you knowing they will have no one to answer questions which can lead to problems later on. Good parenting is not based on a child being given a game with violence or not, it is based on what you have done overall and what you have taught your child, teach them to do right and no violent game will harm them (mental disability not withstanding).

RE: Oh boy!
By gglenn on 8/24/2012 3:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
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