GTA 5 - What We Want to See
30th Oct 2011 | 16:00
After absolutely no build up Rockstar swaggered back into centre stage earlier this week and effortlessly stole the spotlight from EA's freshly released Battlefield 3 by officially confirming Grand Theft Auto V.
... and here's what you got: the GTA 5 trailer.
Before we had firm confirmation throwing together a list of what we want from the next GTA was a breeze: less linear driving missions, a setting outside North America, better vehicle control, the fun stuff from San Andreas, done.
But now that we've been told it's a reality we're like a child in a toy store that's been told we can have anything we want. We're not going to settle for that paltry yo-yo we claimed to desire more than anything in the world, oh no, now we want the impossibly expensive mountain bike, the ridiculous race car bed, the overpriced Lego set with enough pieces to make a perfect replica of the Millennium Falcon.
So, we've come up with another list of what we want to see from the next GTA. While some of this will be familiar requests that we'd be remiss if we didn't mention, we've also gone for a few things that you might not expect. Such as...
For all its efforts in social commentary and cultural satire Rockstar seems to have missed a trick by giving the starring roles in Grand Theft Auto exclusively to men. For a studio that's shown it's got its finger to the cultural pulse the seemingly willful dismissal of women has been very disappointing.
Although they may take place in different cities, time periods and star different characters there's an underlying similarity in the narratives of each Grand Theft Auto: man comes to city, enters a life of crime, has to deal with lowlifes, thugs and creeps during his meteoric rise to fame, fortune and power.
At a certain point it all becomes a bit too familiar. Story beats start feeling played out and characters get mentally placed on archetype shelves alongside similar scumbags encountered in previous lives of virtual crime.
The use of a female character would present a whole new perspective for Rockstar to play with. By now we can probably guess how things would play out if GTA V starred another gun toting male, but few of us can say what it would be like for a woman in a life of crime. Can a female become a kingpin of crime, or is she fated to spend her days dishing out hot coffee?
I AM THE LAW
The police generally play quite a small role in the narrative of most Grand Theft Auto games. With the exception of the occasional dirty cop or the scripted appearances of the fuzz you can conduct your criminal activities relatively undisturbed by the boys in blue. Provided you don't run too many people over on the way back from your drug run/gang shootout/assassination mission they'll keep out of the way.
In GTA V we'd like to see the police play a bigger part, in fact, we want to be able to play a cop trying to hunt down the new hotshot law breaker. We're not saying Rockstar should have players hop over the fence completely, instead we want to see two different perspectives on the same story.
A cat and mouse chase style setup would allow Rockstar to explore both the workings of the criminal element in city as well as the institutions in place to trying to catch it. Naturally both constructs would likely be wrought with liars, backstabbers and other colorful characters, so it could be the perfect chance to tell a more complex story.
We're a little sick of GTA's obsession with the American dream, sure it might serve as the perfect backdrop for Rockstar's commentary on the consumerism, politics and whatever else rubs Dan Houser the wrong way, but after four plus games set in the US we've had enough. We want to see it move somewhere else.
Our vote goes to Tokyo, not only is it swarming with all sorts of unsavoury crime families but it's a city that is as much terrifying as it is magical, a city that revels in being on the bleeding edge of technology in a country that desperately clings to tradition. It's the kind of melting pot of the weird and wonderful that's perfect for the Rockstar treatment.
Of course the Grand Theft Auto logo splashed on the Rockstar's website, which prominently feature an Amercian dollar-esque design, makes this wish pretty unlikely, but ever the hopefuls we've got our fingers crossed anyway.
Alright we admit it, this is a bit of a cheap one, but can you really blame us after the excellent Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare?
Zombie DLC packs are all the rage these days and to be honest we're a little sick of them, but the idea of an entire Grand Theft Auto city crawling with the walking dead is too irresistible.
But we don't want just another throw away zombie mode, we want the full works. We're talking a fully featured Grand Theft Auto Zombie campaign complete with zombie gangs, territories and missions.
We want to start off by clawing our way out of the ground and embark on an epic quest that sees us rise through the undead ranks from just another decayed, shambling corpse to overlord of the undead.
Sure it would take some liberties with zombie lore, but we're willing to live with that.