In my last update on GTA V, I said there would be “more to come [this] week”. Well, it turns out I was right; yesterday Rockstar Games released three trailers in one go! Each depicting one of the playable characters from the new instalment (Michael, Trevor, and Franklin), the trailers give us another massive insight into the world of GTA V-era Los Santos and a further taste of some of things we’ll be experiencing as the three protagonists. Now, some people don’t care about the characters themselves. For some people all they care about is whether or not they can drive 100mph down a busy sidewalk and not get blood all up the front of their shiny new Aston. For me, however, the characters come first. So if you’re like me, you’ll want to read on.
Michael is a retired criminal. A bank robber by trade, he cut a deal with the FIB (the Federal Investigation Bureau, not the real-life Federal Bureau of Investigation) and now lives la dolce vita in the Beverly Hills of Los Santos.
He himself is in therapy, à la Tony Soprano, and is experiencing depression as a result of his wealth and lack of direction; he is so fed up with having everything he wants, and nothing to do, that he wants to get back into “the game” just to add some meaning to his existence again. He clearly has some anger issues as well, as he’s seen punching a number of people and smashing a variety of things throughout his trailer. Examples include the golf course in the centre of Los Santos, his own TV, and a number of people he may or may not actually know. His therapist, a strangely John Turturro-looking chap says he is “plainly addicted to chaos”, not only that but Michael is quite possibly an alcoholic as well, as half the trailer is essentially shots of him downing various spirits.
By far the most interesting character in my opinion, and the one we know the most about, his third of the story is actually very much like The Sopranos; he has an underappreciated wife, an underachieving son, and a mostly independent daughter, all the while he suffers depression from a number of different problems, and seeks to somehow enrich his life. This is where Trevor comes in.
Trevor is undoubtedly the driving force behind Michael’s decision to revisit his past life, given the former’s complete reluctance to do anything that isn’t illegal. The two of them become as good friends as they were in the years before, as at one time or another Trevor ends up in Michael’s own home, much to the behest of his wife and daughter.
He gets his way with violence and a countrified wit, and most of his screen time revolves around him punching people in the face, using baseball bats to hit people in the face, shooting people (possibly in the face), strangling people, electrocuting people, and blowing things/people up. You’re not going to be able to complain about this instalment’s lack of action.
A man with big visions and champagne tastes, Franklin’s story is a typical rags-to-riches one; he wants to get out of “the ghetto” and earn some real money, with a secondary objective being to not get killed in the process. How he meets Michael and Trevor remains a mystery, but it may have something to do with the “Berto Beach House” that appeared in the second trailer back in November. Michael gives them directions to the front door, but what happens after that I do not know. Given Franklin’s own trailer, it would seem his third of GTA V is spent both trying to accumulate as much money as possible, and prove himself to his friends. Either way, Franklin seems to be the perfect balance of character and action, and I’m sure he’ll have an interesting tale to tell.
Michael may already have most of this, but he’s bored of it. Franklin wants it, and thus so do we. Trevor, on the other hand, is the one we can all turn to when we have a yearning for complete chaos. He’s the failsafe; the man without any redeemably human qualities, we can go on a rampage if we so desire and take solace in the fact it won’t affect his character. Personally, I could never go and shoot up Liberty City as Niko because it just isn’t something he’d do. The same goes for Michael, maybe even Franklin to some extent, but not Trevor. He’s your man when it comes to complete and utter madness.