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.

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8 Comments on Dissecting The New Grand Theft Auto 5 Character Trailers


On April 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

The GTA series has never evolved as a game. Its the same copy and paste as other AAA titles like halo, Assassins creed, Call of duty, God of War, Gears of War etc. Whats there to be excited about?

I’m more interested in Saints Row 4 and that game evolves with every new installment. I mean you can customize you own character for crying out loud. Just look at the GTA roster its just the same old crap and just to add a little fire they have 3 guys and no women characters. The music doesn’t mean crap if the game is not fun and quite frankly I can add my own soundtrack.

I’m really tired of these watered down games and dumb people that buy them.


On April 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

So, according to Michael, pretty much the majority of gamers, including me, are dumb.
These games are amazing, fun, and in my opinion, don’t need to COMPLETELY change everything about them in order to continue to be fun. GTA at it’s base is a certain kind of sandbox game. And they’re successful as hell for good reason… They’re not gonna turn around and make a Dark Souls-esque game now… just for the sake of being different and pleasing the “Oh so much more intelligent” people who think that the only good game is one that has never been done before.. They make what they want to make, and that’s normally what their fans want as well. Most fans of this series look forward to what they decide to make next. Each game may be similar to the others that came previously in their basic form… but they’re not all the same… They’re not “copy and paste”. And one thing I can say I absolutely love and respect about Rockstar is that they don’t have a set time frame for their GTA games to come out. They let the teams work on it to make the best possible GTA game they can make for the fans. Unlike EA… Or even Activision with CoD. GTA in my mind has always been one of those higher quality series. Saints Row can be it’s own game, but quite honestly, I don’t really care for them too much anymore. I enjoyed the first 2, the third was funny, but to me, SR will always kinda be the little brother to GTA.


On April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Interesting and Yes.

Everyone who buys the games I listed are dumb as well as the people who make them. The main problem is that nobody wants to try anything new and challenging and they just want to keep playing the same dumb games over and over.

How do you feel if you eat pizza everyday and never bother to try anything new?
Not me I have to try new games even though I know they might suck. Thats what makes me a gamer unlike everyone else. In January I purchased Ni No kuni which I believe deserves Game of the year. February was Dead Space 3 which was far better than the second game. MArch was the disappointing God of War Ascension which I didnt want to play and regret it, but I wrote my take on this game in this site. Lastly Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen which I’m enjoying more than I did Skyrim.

But as for GTA I’m done with it since San Andreas and will never play another one because I don’t want to support a game that does not evolve. The only game Rockstar made that will always be awesome is Red Dead Redemption because they took the sandbox of there GTA series and created something new with it that we didnt see in gaming and it was a huge success.


On April 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Micheal, you’re missing the point. the GTA games are social commentary. Their messages evolve and each games talk about the times they are in. They use familiar elements in what are often interesting ways.
You criticise GTA for a lack of innovation when the simple fact a AAA game tries to do something has subtle has a satire and is so well written it actually succeeds is revolutionary in the gaming landscape.
You seem to confuse taste (has in yours) with actual worth. In that way, I agree, you are a gamer (has in a very typical, hypocritical, stereotypical one).
You shouldn’t be so proud of that.


On April 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

That’s all your opinion.. And if that’s how you feel, you can watch the rest of us playing GTA V. You know why some games don’t change their formulas to much? Because when something isn’t broken, why fix it?


On May 1, 2013 at 12:39 am

@Robert and that is your opinion. gta4 was so broken I couldn’t bear to finish it. It deviated from the GTA SA formula something awful, and it showed. I’ve read more bad things about 4 than any other GTA game made. It sucked hard, and if 5 is more like 4 than SA, I won’t touch it.


On May 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

See? And even GTA IV shows that they were trying to try something different and the mood of the game showed it… And people didn’t like it. So it looks like they’re trying to go a bit more old school with 5… Although, they’re trying it in a different way by making three different characters in one game and making each a different type of GTA character to balance out what the game is like. Michael seems more like the dramatic GTA 4 character, Trevor is the old school crazy GTA character, and Franklin is the SA type character (at least as far as I see thus far). So, they’ll be trying to cater to the different types of GTA fans. I see it as genius. I love the GTA games, but I love new games as well. It just depends. I play whatever video game looks like fun to me, which is exactly what a gamer does. I don’t know when the definition of gamer changed to “someone who only plays brand new, obscure games”.

Actually, Watch Dogs looks like a great game, and it’s something different… I’m pumped for it.

And @Swcloud99 I like your comment. You put words down that I wish I could’ve thought of. haha


On May 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

Actually “Remembers Me” looks interesting as well, but yeah, I am definitely looking forward to “Watchdogs”.
Also cant wait for the new “Thief”. Now that one really has my attention.