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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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craigus126's Avatar


Just let you all know i dont know how ture this is but went down local blockbuster and asked about pre order on 3rd november she said i could there and then so asked if she had a release date she said 17th may 2013. Hope shes wrong hope it comes out before as gta 4 getting boring.
Posted 06:32 on 09 November 2012
Hooded's Avatar


A new trailer to follow soon right? It was delayed by Sandy. So hopefully we get to see most of these details in the video. 3 characters is interesting I wonder if they can keep the story cohesive.
Posted 06:19 on 09 November 2012
DancingRhino's Avatar


DeathClaws rule! I'm pretty sure they won't be in GTA 5 though.

And actually I think although it's only Los Santos it's only roughly based on the last game i.e they can make it as big as they want. It's based on Las Angeles anyway, and that's hardly known for being small.
Posted 23:30 on 08 November 2012
sovietnukacola's Avatar


i got all dlc for all my games i have every rockstar game for 360 and that makes me wonder... how did a deathclaw kill me???!!! i beat all FO.NV (FalloutNewVegas) dlc dead money lonesome road honesthearts and old world blues WTF?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM LEVEL 50 ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 23:27 on 08 November 2012
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***** just *****ing got killed by a gay ass deathclaw damn i thought GRA 50MG explosive bullets were a deathclaw insta-kill and im at LVL 50!!!!!!!! ***** this im gonna play tbogt
Posted 23:23 on 08 November 2012
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sovietnukacola@ NalBandit

dude you only see los santos because every thing else is still being modified so just chill not tryin to be hostile or mean though
Posted 23:20 on 08 November 2012
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Only thing missing frem the list of vehicles is horses. Have there ever been horses in GTA? I'd throw them in just to annoy PETA.
Posted 23:19 on 08 November 2012
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DancingRhino@ NalBandit

I think San Andreas was an entire state, it was seriously big. I wouldn't worry, it'll be big enough whatever imo.

And maybe by bigger they mean more stuff in it, god knows?
Posted 23:08 on 08 November 2012
DancingRhino's Avatar


It would be cool if they brought back the song A Horse With No Name just so you can play it while driving through the desert. That was my favourite part of San Andreas - driving from the big cities out into the desert in the middle of nowhere.
Posted 23:03 on 08 November 2012
NalBandit's Avatar


Hmm...I only see Los Santos here. What about Las Venturas or San Fierro? I mean, from the screenshots, Mount Chilliad is gonna be in, and from these news so will the desert, but nothing more. It can't be bigger that IV, SA & RDR alltogether if it is gonna have only one city. (Not that it will suck), but more is better, right?
Posted 23:02 on 08 November 2012
MJTH's Avatar


This game had me from the moment I read "advances in lighting and shaders" and the main character having the same name as me!

The return of bikes and planes, an open world bigger then GTA IV and RDR put together, and some actually interesting sounding minigames is awesome as well! I'd rather have all that then the romance feature any day...
Posted 21:31 on 08 November 2012
tvr77's Avatar


Bloody hell waiting for this is gonna be tough, please dont let there be any delays! I'm liking the size of the game world it sounds huge cant wait to explore it. I'm a bit peeved about the rpg character system from gta-sa not making a come back but everything else sounds good. Anyone who says there not interested in a game like the one outlined above is bulls***ing themselves.
Posted 21:27 on 08 November 2012
dazzadavie's Avatar


Know what it sounds *****ing epic just on the list of things to do.
Posted 21:12 on 08 November 2012
DancingRhino's Avatar


I can spot a few jokes.

Oh, the trailers not new. I suck

It does some pretty epic, damn, now I want it.
Posted 21:09 on 08 November 2012
codlett's Avatar


you writing in more detail tonight or tomorrow
Posted 20:49 on 08 November 2012

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