Dissecting The New Grand Theft Auto 5 Character Trailers
Weapons have always been a big part of the Grand Theft Auto series, so it’s no shock to see the return to Los Santos riddled with bullets and explosions. In previous games, all the weapons – with a few unlockable exceptions – are conveniently available at your friendly neighborhood Ammu-Nation (GTA’s in-universe chain of gun shops that brutally satirizes the ease at which Americans can buy arms). We don’t know if Ammu-Nation is returning for GTA V, but the chain has appeared in every one of the series’ open- world games so far. And frankly, after the chain was deemphasized in GTA IV due to that game’s dour, real world grittiness, the return of fun and craziness suggests, to us at least, we can expect to see it front and center in the City of Saints.
But however they will be getting their hands on consumer-grade WMDs, it is confirmed is GTA V’s three protagonists be just as heavily armed as their counterparts in previous series entries. The new trailers are packed with stopping, killing, and swiss-cheesing power, and we’ve identified a few of the tools you’ll see:
This Russian-designed weapon is one of the most iconic guns in the history of the firearm, and with good reason: it revolutionized warfare by putting cheap, effective, reliable, and deadly firepower in the hands of civilians. The template of the gun is so simple that you could put together an AK47 in a carpentry shop and they’re so durable you can drop one in mud, pick it up and start shooting with almost no problem. Given the ubiquity of the gun in real life, not to mention the less-than-legal professions of our characters, it’s a given that the gun makes an appearance here.
FN SCAR Assault Rifle
Though not explicitly confirmed, here we see what looks like the FN SCAR, one of the next-generation of assault firearms. Developed by Belgian-based FN Herstal, the SCAR is a modular assault rifle designed for use by special forces across the globe. It’s even got a grenade launching module attached to it (although whether that’s in the game remains to be seen). We doubt Rockstar would pay FN Herstal for use of the name, and we can bet they definitely do not want to be accused of providing advertisements for real world arms manufacturers after the horrors of the last few months, so our bet is that this ends up with a punning name like SCAB or GASH.
Semi-Auto Handgun (With Slide Stop)
There’s nothing particularly special about the presence of handguns in a GTA game, but what stands out here is the fact that these handguns have visible slide stop. If that’s not close attention to detail, not to mention evidence of how powerful the new engine is, we don’t know what is.
Shotgun (With Flashlight Attachment)
Weapons modding has not been revealed as an aspect of gameplay, but the shotgun seen in one of the new trailers has a flashlight attached to it, and you can see it in action here as it pins a spotlight on some poor schmuck as he’s blown away. Note also the ejection port. Whether this is something you can use to customize your weapons or just a cool perk, it’s going to be horrendous, and horrendously fun to play around with.