Dissecting Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2

Location And Setting



As we saw in the first GTA V trailer, the recreation of iconic and lesser-known locations in the greater Los Angeles area just looks incredible. However, while the first trailer focused mainly life in Los Santos and the juxtaposition of extreme poverty and extreme wealth, the new trailer gives us a huge glimpse into a place that feels real, or at least as real as Lohan’s lips. Those of us living in Southern California can expect what appears to be constant references and in-jokes; here are just a few of the highlights:

The view of Downtown Los Santos, strikingly similar to the view of Downtown LA as seen from the east bank of the L.A. River in Boyle Heights. (We recommend every visitor to LA head to Boyle Heights. The food is amazing.)

Here’s a nearly postcard-perfect recreation of a section of Long Beach near City Hall and the Aquarium of the Pacific. In the background you can see the GTA version of the Vincent Thomas bridge.

The Los Santos version of L.A.’s Griffith Observatory. What’s interesting is that, though the scale is wrong, the positioning is eerily accurate: this is kind of how LA looks if you’re on the southwest side of the observatory grounds looking east over the basin, albeit with more pollution.

This is a very close approximation of the eastbound 5 freeway along the south side of Griffith Park.

And finally, here’s GTA V’s version of the 10 freeway running through the Inland Empire near the Coachella Valley. Not pictured: intense boredom, despair, abandoned houses and meth.

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6 Comments on Dissecting Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2


On November 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Having one or two of the playable characters with strong familial attachments ought to at least provide something fairly new for GTA. Michael having a family and being pulled back into “the life” is reminiscent of John Marston in Red Dead Redemption, which isn’t too surprising since Dan Houser wrote the script for that game. Given that I find RDR to be Rockstar’s best game to date, and I’ve enjoyed the more serious efforts in GTA 4 and RDR, so I’m looking forward to a character like Michael.

Trevor seems like a good inclusion, too. Having an unattached, nutjob as one of the playable characters will probably allow players to go on the traditional GTA rampages of destruction without feeling like it is out of character.


On November 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

As of right now there is no proof (to my knowledge) that James is Michaels son. And his neck tattoo says “Entitled”


On November 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm


At about 1 minute in, somebody says to Michael, “Your son, James…”

Seems like pretty conclusive evidence that James is his son.

Ben Richardson

On November 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

@STALKER Not sure how you can watch that trailer and not grasp the obvious: James is Michael’s son. Still, you’re 100% right on the neck tattoo. Thanks for the tip — I’ve updated the article.


On November 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

@RJ and Ben Richardson

I was tired when I posted that, what I meant to say was there wasn’t proof that the kid is actually James. The trailer seems to hint heavily that he is (showing him right after the scene you mentioned, him being in the car with Michael, etc…) but it doesn’t come right out an say, “this person is actually James”

I agree it’s a stretch, but still the point stands.


On November 19, 2012 at 4:46 am