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GTA fans, the time has come.

Game Informer has blown the lid off of Grand Theft Auto 5, revealing a tonne of previously unknown details about Rockstar's hugely anticipated crime game.

We know you're desperate to learn the facts, so while we type up something in more detail, we thought we'd summarise everything there is to know from Game Informer's preview in the list below.

  • GTA 5 "evolves nearly every mechanic" found in previous games in the series.
  • Features the biggest open world in the series' history - GTA 5's world is bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA IV combined.
  • Three playable characters who you can switch between "at nearly any time".
  • Each character has their own specific abilities and story arc, with all three stories intertwined.
  • Camera zooms out to a "Google Earth-style" perspective when switching characters.
  • Character 1 - Michael, an ex-bank robber in his early 40s who retired after making a deal with the FIB. He has two teenage children and hates his wife Amanda. He's also the narrator of the original GTA 5 trailer.
  • Character 2 - Trevor, a former war veteran and a "drugged out psychopath". An experienced pilot.
  • Character 3 - Franklin, a repo man in his mid 20s described as a "young and ambitious hustler".
  • Certain characters from GTA IV and Episodes From Liberty City will also make an appearance. Rockstar's Dan Houser says we'll never see characters from the PS2 era, though. "The five PS2 games are one universe, and this is the high definition universe, so they don't co-exist," he says.
  • No major actors cast as any of the main characters.
  • Focus on making more diverse missions.
  • Heists and bank robberies are a big theme to the game.
  • Characters will work together during missions, and you can switch between characters mid-mission to fulfill different roles. For example, during a chase sequence you can pilot the getaway helicopter as Trevor, snipe pursuing pilots as Franklin, or fire an assault rifle as Michael.
  • Missions will have a "very different tone depending on who's on them, how many people are on them, and how much we're using switches", says Houser.
  • Even when you're not controlling them, each character will still go about their own business across Los Santos. "You may be surprised by the situations they find themselves in should you switch back to check up on them," says Game Informer.
  • Big advances to lighting and shader model. Greater draw distance.
  • Improved vehicle handling and physics - "The cars hold to the ground better... It feels more like a racing game," Houser says.
  • More vehicles than in any GTA to date, including BMXs, mountain bikes, road bikes, dirt bikes, cars, trucks, helicopters, planes, ATVs and Jet Skis, but vehicle manufacturers are still fictional.
  • Fighter jets appear to be in. One screenshot shows a fighter equipped with missiles, as a helicopter explodes in the background.
  • Improved shooting and melee combat. Melee combat "never going to be as big a deal as shooting," though, warns Houser.
  • Pedestrians are fully mo-capped and more interactive.
  • You can rappel down buildings, although it's not confirmed whether this is specific to certain missions.
  • Los Santos is described as a "huge and diverse city", combining the best of Red Dead Redemption's "large open expanses" with GTA IV's "densely packed urban environment".
  • Areas in the game world include beachfronts, mountains, the wilderness, a "Salton Sea" region, a military base and the suburbs.
  • GTA: San Andreas was about gang culture. GTA 5 is about capturing the "contemporary culture of LA".
  • There will be a "vibrant and fun" economy, but you won't be able to buy property.
  • A variety of different side missions and "more sophisticated" minigames, including yoga, triathlons, Jet Skiing, base-jumping, tennis and golf. There's a full golf course in the game. You can go scuba diving along the coastline of Los Santos, or go to the gym on the seafront.
  • Each character will have unique hobbies, including "one or two key minigame activities per character".
  • San Andreas' RPG-like player customization is still absent, but you can customize the clothing of each character.
  • GTA IV's romance feature has been removed.
  • Like in GTA IV, players can make friends and hang out with certain NPCs, including Michael's wife Amanda and son Jimmy, Franklin's "crazy friend" Lamar, and Trevor's mate Ron.
  • GTA IV's mobile phone returns, but a lot of its features have been altered. You can use it to access the internet.
  • Dynamic missions - hidden missions dotted around the game world. "Going off-road in the desert, you may come across two parked cars and a sea of dead bodies around them... Investigate if you want."

And don't forget, Take-Two has already promised "a lot of interesting stuff" for GTA 5's DLC.

Source: Game Informer

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Thetruenyc23's Avatar


Don't forget casinos and clubs to make the city feel lively!!
Posted 14:12 on 23 November 2012
Thetruenyc23's Avatar


Please add a shopping mall in the game with escalators where u can shop for some new items, that would add to the realism of the game and will keep players immersed in the game. I would love to see that, it would make the game so much cooler
Posted 14:10 on 23 November 2012
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FantasyMeister@ Fry

If they've got pigeon hunting or package collecting that's really the only detrimental side I can think of to having such a large playground.

Then again it could be the holy grail of achievements/trophies if they've got a well-designed collecting minigame, so that could turn it into a positive. I love a challenge.
Posted 19:41 on 18 November 2012
Fry's Avatar


As big as San andreas, GTA 4 and Redemption combined? thats massive
Posted 19:32 on 18 November 2012
Bloodstorm's Avatar


I find it very weird that Dan Houser hasn't seen The Wire.
Posted 05:50 on 13 November 2012
munkee's Avatar


Sqweedeeekgjguirkdjcnghfyitmeeeeeeededdd nxxjjsi!!!!!11111!!!!!

EDIT: yeah, all seems like fairly exciting stuff to me.
Posted 23:35 on 10 November 2012
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Dan Houser recently stated in an interview that because there are three characters in the game "you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story".

So as well as a potentially great game, there's now the potential for an even bigger mindjob than the one pulled at the end of Red Dead Redemption.

The interview also has a couple of what appear to be new screenshots as well.

I'll just add this to the list of a billion and one things that have me excited for GTAV.
Posted 06:28 on 10 November 2012
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Pre-order the game now you get a poster in Game.

EDIT- Romance taken out????

Posted 00:03 on 10 November 2012
rm80rams's Avatar


I will probably play as one character for an entire story then run through it every time with a different character.
Posted 00:00 on 10 November 2012
Woffls's Avatar


The cars hold to the ground better... It feels more like a racing game
Hmm, okay, but I really liked the handling model in GTAIV so I hope they acknowledge why that was fun to play with.
GTA 5 is about capturing the "contemporary culture of LA".
Guaranteed 10/10 from most US sites, then.

Not being able to buy property is disappointing :(
Posted 14:53 on 09 November 2012
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I'm not sure about this choice of 3 characters especially been able to play as another on the fly I don't see how that fits into the franchise or any other of Rockstars games seems like there taking note from resident evil, I wouldn't mind if you chose your character at the start and then played through as that one but been able to and probably persuaded to use another character because they have different skills is strange and unnecessary for GTA in my opinion. Also not been able to buy property has let me down, always enjoyed the rags to riches backdrop to Rockstars games and buying property always made me feel a sense of achievement in the universe, its also one of my favourite parts of assassins creed even though it does feel like a grind at times. I'm loving the size if the map I knew it was gonna be bigger but not that big I suppose RDR did feel big but you were travelling via a 1HP, erm, horse, but how much detail they put into the open spaces amazed me and can imagine exploring the desert of Los santos is gonna be just as enjoyable and no doubt they will put a cowboy ranch out there somewhere so I do expect horses. Looking forward to next weeks trailer hopefully it will elaborate on more of these details what the different areas are like. Hoping for wild animals again bring that over from RDR they made it feel like a living world gave it more atmosphere than GTA normally achieves. Casinos and gambling will hopefully make a return to and been able to modify vehicles loved that in San Andreas.
Posted 13:02 on 09 November 2012
craigus126's Avatar


I know it says spring 2013 just having a date of release now has sorta hyped me up and just wish rockstar would hurry up lol
Posted 10:34 on 09 November 2012
Clockpunk's Avatar


Hmmmm... seems intriguing. Just so long as the shooting and cover mechanics are a little more fine-tuned - which were appalling in GTA IV, there are a lot more clothing options available (than the minuscule range that was available in IV), and hopefully a return of the clubbing scene from Ballad of Gay Tony (which, once more, could/should have been significantly expanded upon), I'll be happy.

Also hoping we'll see casino heists as well - they are always fun - with the implication that gambling games will be featured as well.

I do like the idea of three protagonists - rather enjoyed the Tarantino-esque storyline of IV (which I know many didn't).
Posted 10:10 on 09 November 2012
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tvr77@ craigus126

Sorry to say this but she is dead right have you not been following the news. Have a look this site if you want more info.
Posted 09:57 on 09 November 2012
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tvr77@ MJTH

One of them has my name too but its the war vet and drugged out psychopath , its just the name we share honest.
Posted 09:51 on 09 November 2012

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Release Date: 18/11/2014
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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