With the release of the long awaited Grand Theft Auto V... sometime soon, and the recent reveal of the box art, there are many things I’m desperate to see make a return to the franchise. So what exactly would I like to see from Rockstar North’s flagship game?
Cutscenes are all well and good when they’re kept short and snappy, but not when you’re panning across the cityscape trying to create a mini-movie. Attention spans are short. Players are waiting impatiently to start the mayhem, they don’t want to watch a ten-minute exchange about the political agenda or discuss personal lives. They want to go crazy!
I loved San Fierro. A perfect contrast to the violence and the depravity of Los Santos and the fast paced Las Venturas. With it’s scenic views, winding roads and trundling trams, sleepy Fierro felt almost like a safe haven that I couldn’t help but come back to. There’s no word yet on whether it will be appearing in GTA V but i’m keeping my fingers crossed!
No more annoying cousin!
We get that everyone has that relative who phones up at inconvenient times to invite you out, but why subject us to it in the game world? There was nothing worse than, right in the middle of an epic battle against the police, you get a phone call... It’s Roman, and he wants to go bowling.
Sorry but I’m too busy having fun shooting people to spend time with my imaginary relative! Leave us to our massacres in peace please!
Speeding through the countryside with Lynrd Skynrd blasting from your speakers was one of the best parts of San Andreas. My fondest memories of the game consist of nothing more than city slicking accompanied by some of the most iconic rockstars of the ages.
Now that we’re finally returning to San Andreas I can only dream that we’ll be getting the same treatment. If the rumor mill is anything to go by we’ll have even more driving space this time. It’s only right that we get the right music to accompany these jaunts and there’s nothing better than some old school rock.
Again, planes were one of the best things about the groundbreaking San Andreas. Whether you were speeding through the skies in a stealth bomber, looping and swooping in a stunt-plane, or calmly soaring across the horizon in a private jet. Everyone has great memories of flying from Los Santos to Las Venturas and back again.
Planes were fairly scarce in GTA IV, which featured more helicopters than planes, leaving many fans nostalgically brushing off their copies of San Andreas. I pray V hasn’t made the same mistake!
If the shooting Shamal, seen whizzing over a Los Santos skyline in the first trailer is anything to go by, it looks like the new San Andreas has finally given us back our aerospace! I only hope there’s some suitable rock music to fly by!
Remember a time when you could tear down the highway at breakneck speed and still manage to turn a corner without flipping off the road into a massive spinning fireball? Drivability was one of the biggest irritations of GTA IV. The game looked great, but being unable to drive fast, one of the things that put the Auto in Grand Theft Auto, quickly consigned this game to the trade-in pile.
I fervently hope that Rockstar have invented a world where gravity works and that trying to drive a car just 10mph around a corner won’t send you into a tailspin!
The Grand Theft Auto games started off a little silly, with the main character being able to burp and fart his way through the streets (seriously) but lately GTA seems intent on piling gritty realism into it’s signature franchise. Don’t!
We’ve come to Grand Theft Auto to escape the drudgery of our day-to-day lives. To enjoy speeding through the streets, bailing out of the car and sitting back as it ploughs into a crowd of old ladies. Not to have our main character tell us off or hear a woman scream about not having health insurance. There’s nothing wrong with giving us a psycho who enjoys the carnage as much as we do!
I sincerely hope Rockstar take a leaf out of the Saints Row series and deliver us a fiery, witty player who basks in the bloodshed. Who, after shooting a guy in the face, delights in cracking off a perfect one liner: “It’s the only way to ahead in this world.”
What would you like to see from GTA V? Let us know below.