GTA 5: First Gameplay Trailer Right Here, with Analysis

It’s been nearly two years since the first Grand Theft Auto V trailer announced the return to Los Santos. No, really. and in all that time we still have yet to see any indication how the game actually plays. The hell, right? Three playable protagonists, three interwoven stories, and a ton of potential for either awesomeness or failure. But finally, we get our first taste of what we’ll actually experience come September, as Rockstar has finally released the first GTA 5 gameplay trailer. Watch it right now:

For the most part, this video shows a lot that we already know. Definitely check our previous breakdown to see all of that. We still don’t have any clear idea of how multiplayer will work (though some eagle-eyed Redditors have identified what appears to be a limit of 14 players at once.) Switching in and out of the three protagonists looks as smooth as promised. It was already revealed that the feature zooms you out into a Google Earth style view, but of interest here is the fact that each character will essentially go on living their lives even when you’re not playing them. Character and car customization is, as expected, vastly more robust than the paltry offerings in Grand Theft Auto IV, with a huge degree of auto detailing and the return of stores from San Andreas. And of course, a lot of this video featured cutscene content already shown off in previous trailers, or unseen parts of scenes used in those trailers.

Even so, a few new items made their way into this. Here’s a brief look at what was revealed (much of this is thanks to Reddit.)

      As you can see by the image above, despite the fact that this game takes place in an entirely separate continuity, loads of references to San Andreas abound, for instance, the return of the Urban Outfitters parody, SubUrban.

The music featured in the trailer appears to be from the original score; not only does this suggest that retro wave will be a huge part of the aesthetic, it also gives the whole thing a very Hotline Miami vibe.

Gunshot noise seems to appear on the minimap.

The minimap appears to change based on mode of transportation.

The minimap also changes based on whatever building you’re in.

Character transition mid-mission is extremely smooth.

Weapons selection takes a page from Saints Row, and suggests the ability to carry multiple types of the same weapon.

A shout-out to Love Fist from Vice City.

The possibility that the ability to become intoxicated returns from GTA IV, with a splash of Saints Row’s version of it. Here’s a medical marijuana dispensary.

Hunting returns from Red Dead Redemption, as confirmed by this screenshot.

Your stats appear to increase upon the completion of missions.

The list of confirmed side-activities now includes: shooting ranges; tennis; SCUBA diving; hunting animals; cross-country cycling; skydiving; tow truck missions; golf; windsurfing; and the ability to invest in the stock market (the BAWSAQ index, proving Rockstar remains very juvenile) and real estate.

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8 Comments on GTA 5: First Gameplay Trailer Right Here, with Analysis


On July 9, 2013 at 7:11 am

If the mission setup is actually as detailed as they claim, this game could be seriously awesome.


On July 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

I don’t think the video suggests there is a limit of 14 players at once in multiplayer. For one, 14 players seems like a weird number for max players since I have never seen another multiplayer game use 14 before. Also, the multiplayer session in the video might just happen to only have 14 players in the room, doesn’t mean more players can’t join or the room is capped off at 14. My guess is the max players will be the standard 16 or maybe even 24.


On July 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

Big freaking deal. It has yet to be declared for the pc. Until such time I could care less. To me it’s just another Red Dead Redemption. Another way these jackas-es have betrayed their roots. To be honest, they’re no better then lol and his moronic ways.


On July 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Yeah I’m as dissapointed as “thedog” by Rockstars blatant attitude and misuse of the PC users, when its been the mantra of money for years for “Game” companies.
This ignorance of the PC is Rockstars stupidity, games like Rockstars Red Dead Redemption showed they become blind to PC sales. Games like Skyrim! netting $650 million recorded in 2011!! and still top seller, to me seems like Rockstar are totally TIED and Bound to CONSOLE Conglomerates Corporations. Something that in the early years of Rockstar was not how they wanted to be ruled by or ever said they’d bow too!! Corporations! but bow! they do!. They’ve become two faced.
Its a shame young PC “Game” companies make there money from the PC users and then later just walk on by us.
Let keep hope with all the bad rap PC users get, that some rare and honest Game companies i.e. Bethesda Game Studios stand by the PC, Seeing us for what we have become, mass media Mongolians, gaming money machines, fully fledged supportive game players, PC power machines, and the largest community in the world.


On July 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

So just because this game has not been announced for the PC it is declared as a crappy game? Great point. (Sarcasm intended indeed)


On July 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm

So, if the other two keep living their lives while you have control of the third (which is fricken wicked awesome lol), does that mean you could possibly run into a random, wild car chase being led by one of the other two? How cool would that be? lol


On July 11, 2013 at 5:26 am

It sucks ass, just another lame POS Saints Row rip-off. It’s called ’5′ because you’d have to be five years old to want to play this. I’ll stick with Carmageddon, thanks.


On July 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

@lol – it’s difficult to take you seriously at the best of times, even moreso after your recent assertion that Ryan Davis is no loss to the games industry because he was fat. I know you’re a troll but you need to be more subtle than this, it’s not effective anymore and I can’t even really see what joy you’re getting from it as barely anyone even responds to you these days.