Dissecting The New Grand Theft Auto 5 Character Trailers


A Grand Theft Auto game with vehicles? You don’t say! Obviously, GTA V is going to feature a range of vehicles based on classic and modern automobiles, and we expect old favorites like the Sabre and Faggio to make at least cursory appearances. But previous trailers for GTA V have presented a vast vehicular diversity, a welcome change after the relative paucity of GTA IV, and the new spots are no exception. Witness the return of monster trucks, tractors, semis with trailers, plus more of the prop plane and, of course, nitrous oxide. One thing is certain: when we visit Los Santos in September, we will all be living our lives one quarter mile at a time.

Monster Truck

Will the game see the inclusion of Bigfoot or The Undertaker? We doubt it. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have monster trucks in general—ones that can crush everything in their path, or flip over trying. Trevor blows one up, because he’s a bastard like that.

Utility Vehicles

One of the saving graces of 2004′s San Andreas was that, despite Rockstar derisive summation of the game’s rural areas as “irrelevant space’, they absolutely packed the San Andreas countryside with things to dick around with. One of my personal favorites was the presence of farming tractors and other utility vehicles. While construction vehicles factored into one proper mission, tractors generally served no mission or minimission purposes and they moved super slow. But nothing was more fun than jacking one in front of a cop and trying to escape from the law in slowest possible fashion.

Based on this tractor tooling around on backwoods roads, it looks like GTA V is going to have quite a lot of San Andreas in it. YAY. But maybe this time, we can have a minimission that uses it. Perhaps a John Deere-inspired vehicles race?

Prop Plane

The prop plane’s presence in GTA V was revealed in the first trailer but now, for the first time, we know that it has two seats. Let’s imagine, without further evidence, that one person can be equipped with a gun and fire from the plane while the other pilots. There’s no story-based co-op, but there will be multiplayer modes, and the ability to share a plane with a friend seems a no brainer. Best. Team. Deathmatch. Ever.

Nitrous Oxide – Car Modding?

One of San Andreas’ best aspects was the introduction of car modding. Custom paint jobs, custom body work, hydraulics, and (best of all) nitrous oxide were available from nearly the start of the game, allowing for enormous personalization, not to mention the ability to quickly zip across town. We’re not certain this shot shows nitrous in action – it could just be exhaust backfire, which would be an insane level of detail – but we’re guessing the police chase is a give-away. Hopefully, with nitrous comes street racing.

Just one thing: After Saints’ Row introduced the ability to permanently save customized cars in your garage, making them accessible even after you’d blown them up or abandoned them over the course of a mission, it made GTA’s stingy car-saving mechanic kind of frustrating. Here’s hoping Rockstar has introduced a way for players to hold onto their cars without having to make a tedious trip to the save point if you want to avoid losing your car for good should it be destroyed during a mission.

Weird, Trailers

We’ve seen trailers in GTA before – San Andreas featured a series of minimissions in which you carted them behind semis all over the state while being chased by cops. But this is the first confirmation they’re returning in GTA V with much more variety. Small trailers can be hitched to trucks and cars, no doubt adding a degree of unwieldiness. Hopefully there’s some in-game purpose for their inclusion, even if just carting drugs totally legitimate merchandise around the state.

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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.