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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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