Worldwide Grand Theft Auto V Previews

Posted on May 2 2013, 7:21pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Earlier this week, you got the opportunity to get better acquainted with the trio of Michael, Franklin and Trevor via our triple set of brand new Grand Theft Auto V trailers.
Today, gaming sites worldwide that recently saw the game firsthand are providing their insights, impressions and new details including...
Los Santos and Blaine County:
Our largest open world yet - by far - and spanning vastly diverse cultural and geographical areas, the entire world of Grand Theft Auto V is open from the very beginning of the game to explore. Visitors to the greater metropolis of Los Santos and the countryside of Blaine County will encounter faded celebrities, meth heads, party people, violent gangs, hikers, bikers and every other manner of colorful denizen. You'll be able to traverse everywhere from the tops of the mountains, through the streets of Los Santos and to the depths of the ocean floor. Below is an excerpt from The Telegraph about their first view of the game's world:
"A helicopter hovers gently in the midday sun, the whumph of its rotor-blades blending into an ambient, dream-like score. A man stands in the open fuselage of the chopper, peering down on a vast expanse of dusty wilderness. Countless dirt tracks wriggling through green hills like snakes. Mountain peaks looming over the brush. The sea stretching out to a beautiful cerulean horizon. As far as the eye can see; a detailed, enormous, bewildering landscape.

This is Blaine County, a vast scrubland just outside of the fictional west coast city of Los Santos, a garish, hyperactive pastiche of Los Angeles, California... We were told Grand Theft Auto V was going to be big --purportedly enough virtual acreage to fit in the maps of Red Dead Redemption, GTAIV and GTA: San Andreas-- but being told doesn’t quite prepare you for the sheer scale of the thing. And this is a just a small chunk of brushland, a speck on a map that, for the first time in the series, is completely open to you from the very beginning."

Michael, Franklin and Trevor:
Three playable protagonists - Michael, Franklin and Trevor may live in different parts of town, have their own issues, attitudes, lifestyles, desires and goals - but they do know how to work together. They also each have their own unique skillsets to bring to the table when it's time to get the job done. From Destructoid's piece 'Grand Theft Auto V: Everything is Bigger and Better':
"It's important to note that the gameplay never stops while you're switching characters. You'll jump into whoever you've selected even if they're in the middle of driving a vehicle. All three characters have their own lives, own circle of friends, enemies, associates, and hobbies and they'll be living out their life while not in the player's control. When off mission, you can play as any of these characters or even just focus on one the entire time. It's up to you, but you'll want to play as all three if you want to experience everything possible as there will be things that only certain characters can do.

Each character has their respective roles. It was pretty cool to see the player shoot off the rocket as Trevor, and then switch down to Michael just as the rocket hit its target. You're going to want to switch between characters to take advantage of their skills as the enemy AI has greatly improved. Cops will try to flank you, get to higher ground, and communicate with one another, all in an effort to make for a fun challenge."

Petty crimes, hustling and stealing cars can only get you so far in Los Santos. To score big, Michael, Franklin and Trevor will work together to pull off grand Heists - big, multi-part missions that require careful preparation, recruiting, and precise (and often explosive) execution. Cash is king in GTAV and while there will be plenty of ways to acquire and spend it - heists are the way to earn the big bucks. From GameSpot:
"What makes a good heist sequence so exciting? Not the kinds of elegant, stealthy heists that you might see in films like The Thomas Crown Affair… Think more along the lines of the bold, explosive heists that you see in films like Michael Mann's Los Angeles crime epic Heat. Sequences like these often end up involving gunfire, but that's not what separates a great heist scene from an average one. What really pulls you in to a scene like this is the sense of planning that the criminals have put into it, the awareness of all the coordinated, moving pieces that have to work together to pull the job off successfully, and the tension of not knowing if things will go off without a hitch, or if everything will fall apart. This is the kind of heist sequence that GTAV aims to let you experience…

For the bigger jobs, you'll also be able to build out your crew beyond just the three core protagonists, perhaps hiring additional drivers or other specialists who have their own skill levels and who take a cut of the overall score that's proportionate to their skills. Will you go with cheap help who take a smaller cut but might botch the job, or will you put together a costly but skillful group of seasoned professionals? Instead of just playing through an action sequence that might remind you of a scene from one of your favorite crime films, you might get to do something closer to designing your own incredible heist sequence. Eat your heart out, Michael Mann."

'Recreational' Activity: 
The open world of Grand Theft Auto V is not just massive in scale, but will offer more to get into than ever before. For recreation, play a bit of golf or tennis, zen out with some yoga or cycle through the countryside... For adrenaline heads, parachute over the city, or customize your Cheetah and take it to the streets to race suckers for money... Or earn cash the old fashioned way, by taking it - whether by ripping off liquor stores or by buying and taking over businesses that will earn you dividends... Even minding your own business having a stroll you may meet one of Los Santos' weirdos, junkies, drunkies, or starlets and find yourself off on a wild misadventure you never expected... From CVG / GTAV O'Clock:
"And yet there's still more to tell... your cars can be given paint jobs, new wheels, window tints, grilles, spoilers, plus you can upgrade suspensions, engine and brakes - handy if you've pinpointed, say, an Infernus that you think could be a useful getaway vehicle.

You can customise weapons too, adding laser sights, scopes, silencers, and high capacity magazines. This is particularly relevant during the prep stage: you might find one weapon is good for clearing rooms, or another better for stealth, and as you earn more cash, you can develop and improve that weapon so that - by the time you head into the key heists - you have best, most specced-up firearm available for the job. Oh, and just to round things off, you can customise yourself as well, with haircuts and new clothes, or by dropping into a tattoo parlour between missions. (We spotted one on Vinewood Boulevard, close to the Chinese Theatre.)

It doesn't stop there. You can pick up hitchhikers, do stunt jumps and flying challenges, take part in yoga, golf, tennis or bike races, and - despite Rockstar being coy on this up until now - buy property too. Houses, garages and businesses can all be snapped up, providing a useful, additional revenue source that drip-feeds cash over time. Rather neatly, there seemed to be the suggestion that the men would remain true to their characters too: twentysomething Franklin will like the idea of buying a nightclub more than Michael, who might fancy investing in a marina."

Game Informer's special series of previews today include individual pieces on The Art of the Heist, Touring the Open World and Putting Your Personal Stamp on Grand Theft Auto V - as well as some first details on the evolution of combat and gunplay mechanics via their story, Running and Gunning in GTAV. An excerpt:
"The core combat of Rockstar games has evolved quite a bit since Grand Theft Auto IV released in 2008. Red Dead Redemption streamlined the cover system first implemented in GTAIV, made gunfights more visceral thanks to the animations provided by the Euphoria technology, and introduced the slow-motion Dead-Eye mechanic. Max Payne 3 took the combat even further with destructible environments, kill cams, a last stand mechanic, and more natural feeling movement when you're running and gunning. For Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar is taking the lessons learned from all of its previous games to bring the combat into the future.

The first thing I notice when Franklin and Michael open fire during a heist gone wrong is the smoothness of the transition animations. The characters move effortlessly in and out of cover, while taking care to avoid exposing themselves to incoming fire. A library of new animations also introduces a combat-ready jog that makes it easier to shoot from the hip and even allows players to run, aim, and shoot at the same time. Players can also drop into a combat roll at the press of a button...

Melding these improvements together, Rockstar aims to offer the best gunplay the series has ever seen."

For video previews, don't miss the aforementioned GTAV O'Clock special preview edition as well as Rev3Games' video preview which is embedded below:

Look for more GTAV previews on gaming sites around the web and around the world today which also include a host of new screens from the game - including many international previews linked below. We'll have all of the newly released screens compiled and available tomorrow in high-res at


  • Dyounzon August 22 2013, 12:33pmReplyFlag
    Starting a Clan for those who purchased the Collectors edition for GTA V - LSE - LOS SANTOS ELITE- ADD ME ON XBOX 360 - ASTRAL Q - i have a youtube video out and more message me.
    • BoltZzz_Son July 19 2013, 5:10amReplyFlag
      We are currently looking for new members to join are crew "Nuestra Familia 14" to represent for us
      in Gta V's los santos and compete against other crews and cause chaos online. looking for ps3 users only. we strive to be the baddest!

      "Cowards die many times before there death"
    • madkisseron July 16 2013, 9:06pmReplyFlag
      I really hope flying has improved. in San andreas i could never tell how high i was and suddenly am hitting buildings thinking am way above them :/
      • jimairon July 9 2013, 5:16amReplyFlag
        what I want to know is that in the picture above of the dodo, in the water left of the wheel and below the tail wing is a big boat, question is- is this boat driveable or can you explore it?
        • lightzout24on July 6 2013, 2:04pmReplyFlag
          can we fly a boeing plane
          • Genghisanon July 7 2013, 5:48pmReplyFlag
            @lightzout24 You will most likely to be able to fly around in planes.
            Whoever, a AT-400 from GTA SA might be available as there's other big flying vehicles, such as the blimp.
          • infamousGTAVrockon July 19 2013, 11:12pmReplyFlag
            @lightzout24 Probably you will be able to fly a plane but it's not gonna be called "boeing".
        • lZiderlon July 3 2013, 3:18amReplyFlag
          hola Rockstar cuanto costara aproximadamente todas y cada una de las ediciones del gta V en México? Y en este nuevo gta también abra la opción de escoger los trucos con nuestro celular, para el modo historia?
          • FreeRomeron July 2 2013, 8:23amReplyFlag
            Can you go under water and use submarines online? Multi and subs are what I'm most excited about so if there together that would be awesome!
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            • DonTommy9099on June 25 2013, 3:16pmReplyFlag
              @DonTommy9099 to rockstar i am only posting one`s a months so its no spamming i need my post to be on top pleas don't remove just recruiting my crew MUTCH LOVE R* LOVE YOU GUYS
          • v_nashon June 25 2013, 7:11amReplyFlag
            Dear Rockstar,
            We, the PC enthusiasts, plead hereby - please do bring out a PC version of GTA V, even if it gets a bit late like the older GTAs. We would esteem it a great kindness. We've been in love with GTA. Please let us stay in love forever.
            • infamousGTAVrockon July 19 2013, 11:16pmReplyFlag
              @v_nash They are going to bring a PC version later (like they did in assassin's creed if I am not wrong) but they first focused in the console gameplay.
          • MetalMofo-Billon June 15 2013, 10:46amReplyFlag
            Just to point out an observation about new games forthcoming, Mad Max is finally a video game coming out next year. I'm happy to get on the waiting list for that regardless of how good it is, the concept is ripe and always has been actually!! There were games emulating the films before, but not specifically. According to the teaser text, it's set to release on Xbox and PS3 as well as Xbox One and PS4!!! A thing I think would intrigue most GTA fans about what's possible, and also coming out on PC, so it's claiming anyway! Something to think about Rockstar, though it's late in the development stage, makes you wonder how that will fare
            • MetalMofo-Billon June 15 2013, 10:24amReplyFlag
              This news story seems like the most online info to date, and I haven't even gone over it all, but I suspected a lot of what clues us in, like evolving all previous game success stories into the best GTA yet, where an old GTA would garner the Rockstar North presents, now the game's title is more aptly Rockstar Games Presents, combining shared experience of developments overall. Cover was sadly lacking in Vice City and GTA3, and in San Andreas on Renderware as well, still very very archaic. I also want to hear more about the various dogs in GTA V, hopefully more then just one!?!
              • PatUDTon June 11 2013, 9:26pmReplyFlag
                • JustCallMeScaron June 10 2013, 10:30amReplyFlag
                  Need more information on the dogs. Want to know whether we can command them like to sit, stand, ly down rollover attack, etc. I really wanna know because.ytthe dogs have been in all but two trailers so th ey for sure.will play a in franklin's life in the game. The animals are one of the.biggest deals to me. Please reply.
                  • Genghisanon July 7 2013, 5:51pmReplyFlag
                    @JustCallMeScar Hah, you reminded of simulation games.
                    You are going to have dogs in a couple of missions, but if you are able to have on while free-roaming is not really confirmed for the public, I would recommend you for waiting on the gameplay that is coming in a couple of days/weeks.

                    Whoever, having to chase a cow would be fun, which most likely will be.
                • xJohnOxon June 7 2013, 8:03amReplyFlag
                  I will be waiting for news of a PC release, hopefully you guys will announce it's release sometime in the near future. While us PC gamers wait it out Rockstar, could you please port Red Dead Redemption to our favourite system?

                  That game looks so dam good and I still do not understand why you have not brought it to PC yet? Come on guys port that badboy!
                  • MetalMofo-Billon June 15 2013, 10:28amReplyFlag
                    @xJohnOx To do our part, there's been an online petition some have scoffed at because they already think Rockstar has chosen not to develop for PC, but given some recent games did appear on PC platform, I'm confident that's still a possibility, and our task is to keep reminding them we'd like to take their games out on a laptop or play on an at home PC that we happen to be on anyway. I mostly anticipate a laptop or notebook capable of taking the game on the road wherever I may go. Though you can pack a console, it's more stuff to pack and haul around!
                  • cleverJacob1on July 7 2013, 7:58amReplyFlag
                    @xJohnOx Want RDR for PC? Join the petition today if you want it!
                • Aronjoooon June 6 2013, 9:12pmReplyFlag
                  GTA V gonna be released like one year after the console releases. If they would release a PC version, some guy is going to rip the game and put it for torrent . that's not good for a company :/
                  • Derakhon June 10 2013, 1:48amReplyFlag
                    @Aronjooo Dude, RDR is arguably one of the best 3d games of all time. That, combined with multiplayer would definitely draw some profit. Sure, people pirate on PC, but a lot of us pay for our games, too. If we didn't, companies wouldn't spend lots of years and dollars developing them.
                  • Skuggaon June 15 2013, 3:24amReplyFlag
                    @Aronjooo Only a stupid company would not release a AAA+ game on the PC, they could easily get away with it being online like Diablo 3 and break alltime record. Consoles are crappy and will never be part of my household, all my kids use a PC.
                  • MetalMofo-Billon June 15 2013, 10:32amReplyFlag
                    @Skugga You must not like the feel of a controller in your hands for gaming? I can't get past how intuitive and comfortable a controller is, and I'll always feel that way. Gaming consoles are specifically designed to handle games, that's why so little memory has been required in each up to recent models, compared with PCs which choke easily on 3D animation speeds
                • RSTAR78242on June 6 2013, 9:10pmReplyFlag
                  R* I have been thinking about this game so much I have actually been having dreams about it, AND THERE AWESOME! I cant wait for the game! Please keep up the new info, and thanks for sharing your amazing games with us! PLEASE NEVER STOP!

                  Love RSTAR78244
                • spetsnaz0000on June 3 2013, 11:22pmReplyFlag
                  Rockstar Games, you guys need a suggestion section. Im sure many fans have great ideas. I, personally, have some specifically aimed at the police system. Many ideas come from Mafia 2. For starters, if you are seen speeding, you get pulled over and fined. Police vehicles would have a radius in which they can hear you shoot/see you speed, and commit any other crimes. You can refuse to pay, and they will attempt to arrest you. If you resist arrest, they will begin shooting/chasing you, and when you escape, depending on the wanted level, they send out radio and TV broadcasts for several days, searching for someone fitting your description at the time and the vehicle driven. (As you're being shot, like in Red Dead Redemption, you can give up at any time.) If you get jailed, you go to jail Skyrim style. You have to actually escape (opening up possibilities for new missions), bribe the warden, or pay a massive fine to instantly get out. As GTA V already has many realistic aspects, I think it would make sense to revamp the wanted system, so that should you scratch a police car, cops don't come at you guns blazing; but rather, approach you realistically. (Also, a tiny detail: please add police and a variety of civilian skins to multiplayer: my friends love to roleplay! :D) Generally, you should open up a place for us to put out ideas! Can't wait for the game!
                  • R* Yon June 5 2013, 11:11amReplyFlag
                    @spetsnaz0000 If you want to contact us, we recommend You can send an email using your own email website or service, or you can click "Mouthoff" at the very bottom of this page under "MORE". Cheers.
                  • _S3R6i0_on June 14 2013, 10:23pmReplyFlag
                    @spetsnaz0000 I thought about this myself but I don't think the traffic citations would be a good idea. I guess there could be an options menu for police behavior where you could switch traffic tickets on and off. I personally wouldn't like getting stopped by police every 10 seconds for speeding. That would really slow down the pace of the game if you had to drive at the speed limit all the time. It would be more realistic. I just think it should be an option you could switch off because driving at 40MPH would get old very fast.
                • Ferdinand1995on June 3 2013, 6:33pmReplyFlag
                  R* I have a question, are gta v trailers actual gameplay?
                  • R* Yon June 5 2013, 11:12amReplyFlag
                    @Ferdinand1995 Yes, the Grand Theft Auto V trailers were not pre-rendered. They are comprised of actual gameplay footage.
                  • minnininja123on June 5 2013, 9:16pmReplyFlag
                    @ R* will you be going to e3 this year with gta v because i think it would be a good idea to show us more footage of gta v and give us more info on the characters it would also build up hipe for the game
                • GtaAcealexon June 1 2013, 4:16amReplyFlag
                  Does that plane in the photo remind anyone of the dodo from the GTA3 era games?
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