Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Features for PS3

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Update: GTA V has been officially announced by Rockstar, with a trailer set to debut on November 2. Earlier in the year we thought about what we want to see in the game. Will our wishes come true?

It's been a little over three years since the release of Grand Theft Auto 4, and with an official announcement for the next game rumoured for this summer, it surely won't be long before hard details surface. Here are our thoughts on what we want from the new game.

A new kind of playground

"We'll think of a city first, then the characters," said Rockstar vice president Sam Houser, speaking during a rare interview with the Times, back in 2009. Wherever a GTA game happens to be set, the city itself always feels like a principal character. This being the case, where do we want GTA 5 to unfold?

For us, the simple answer is "a new flavour of open world". Initial rumours, spurred on by imagery in the manual to Episodes from Liberty City, suggested that the next Grand Theft Auto might take us to Europe. At the time that was a hugely exciting proposition, but more recent evidence points towards a return to Los Angeles. It seems strange to think that Rockstar would go back to the city so soon after LA Noire, but bear in mind that it takes a while to make these games, and Team Bondi was originally due to finish its work in 2008. In any case, that casting call story looks pretty solid.

As it goes, a return to San Andreas would probably be welcomed by a lot of gamers, as it's clearly the most popular of the last-gen trilogy. Besides, there's an argument that GTA might suffer in a non-US setting, since satirical jabs at US culture have long been the backbone of the game's tone. Is there really enough to take the piss out of in Europe? Perhaps for other Europeans there is, but what this game needs is jokes that translate worldwide. Even if you've never been to the States, you're likely to be familiar with the people and things lampooned by GTA 4 - and that's why the satire works so well.

Regardless of where the game is ultimately set, what we want is something new in terms of the sandbox experience. GTA 3 set the model for 3D entries in the series, Vice City added empire building and a better story, and San Andreas... well, it went a bit mental with all the things you could do.

Rockstar doesn't have to reinvent the wheel with GTA 5, but it needs something to make it stand out as a subtly different experience to its predecessors. Ezio's villa and the restoration of Rome allowed the last two Assassin's Creeds to build a direct link between player input and the world you inhabit. Could GTA 5 do something similar?

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Salman@ xenospider

I definatley have to agree with you. Here is a link for video game lovers
Posted 02:34 on 26 October 2011
xenospider's Avatar


that sounds so frecking awesome :D i just hope that the are more missions and alot more vehicles and more wepons and it would be good if they set it in/ around europe or london
Posted 17:24 on 25 October 2011
SexyJams's Avatar


Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Completely agree with each of your points.

I'm looking forward to seeing the GTA V trailer on 2nd November quite a lot. Rockstar do great advertising.
Posted 15:57 on 25 October 2011
MrGloomy's Avatar


I think Saints Row: The third seems to be going in the direction I'd like to see GTA go...not so much as direction, but bat-sh*t crazy.

I'd personally like it go ever-so-slightly sci-fi. Nothing crazy but something that predicts society and technology in the next 10-20 years. How will cars be by then, mobile phones, social networking, I think there could be quite a few parody gems to be had and it would allow Rockstar to demonstrate a grounded sense of imagination.

Bugger it, I want spaceships, aliens and city-wide chaos. I wonder if District 9 would work as a GTA styled game? Living with and around 'Prawns', do odd jobs and quests for or against the 'Prawns'...sorry, my mind is wondering ;)
Posted 15:37 on 25 October 2011
altaranga's Avatar


I like your style jtorry.
Posted 13:14 on 25 October 2011
Wido's Avatar


Revelant to this I suppose.

Finished GTA IV yesterday, and I really do hope R* doesn't have the following and slight adjustments:

- No Mobile Phone
- Make the 'calling a taxi' more responsive
- Less responsive of the Police. When no Police are around, you still get cops after you, even without eye witnesses! I hope eye witnesses become a good part of the next game, as it would add to the game.

- More side mission variety
- Adpot a health regen feature, so it cuts out the many stops to 'Cluckin Bell'
Posted 15:35 on 17 July 2011
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munkee@ 87Sarah

Thats a very good point. It would actually be really interesting to play as a girl. I'd be down with that.
Posted 22:14 on 13 July 2011
87Sarah's Avatar


Guyderman made very good points about the little glitches in the game. I've noticed it's pretty poor myself too.

All I want is the option to play as a girl pleaaaaaase! *bats eyelashes*
Posted 12:35 on 13 July 2011
scaz2244's Avatar


missing a crucial thing what makes gta that much better than the rest and thats the soundtrack gta 4s soundtrack wasnt too bad but had nothing on vice citys soundtrack and sanandreas
Posted 11:50 on 13 July 2011
player_222's Avatar


2.better graphics
3.more shot wounds and blood
4.diffrent guns could grab someone and make him/her your shield
6.bigger world/city
i need those please :)
Posted 10:24 on 13 July 2011
Chaza_snake's Avatar


planes need to be back in, and alot more options to customise yourself
Posted 10:00 on 13 July 2011
kiwi_kronic's Avatar


Definately more side missions, also the drug running idea is great. Scarface on the ps2 was an awesome game for this and if they could incorporate something like that it would be awesome
Posted 05:15 on 13 July 2011
Wido's Avatar


I actually liked the driving in GTA IV, once you get use to it. I do hope they improve on that by not making it as too realistic, but getting chased in a taxi with your car battered. I love the physics in that.

I second what Lee said, but not shoving it up your arse. More like blast the fecking thing into orbit! TRY RINGING ME NOW LITTLE JACOB & ROMAN!

Have more variety in side missions and real time events. RDR was perfect in that department.
Posted 23:43 on 12 July 2011
Batmamerc's Avatar


I cant stop ahhhhh,
More safehouses and let me decorate them sim style with my own choice of furniture.
NO Kinect or Move support at all.
Posted 19:22 on 12 July 2011
Batmamerc's Avatar


More gore like Manhunt but with option to not have it like CoD MW2 Airport level.
Ok I'll be quiet now.
Posted 19:20 on 12 July 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/04/2008
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 808
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