January 4, 2013

New Grand Theft Auto 5 Screens

Plus we speak about Rockstar’s latest work on their critically acclaimed free roam series with a bit of comfort in the PC version of the game.

They’ve been prolific in the past few years with releases of new games. What’s formidable is that these releases aren’t solely from Grand Theft Auto, and the true colors of Rockstar Games have shown in L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption. Not only do these games have a rich culture deeply rooted in free roaming, but they also visit different time periods.

L.A. Noire has you roaming the streets of Los Angeles as detective Cole Phelps, gathering clues and judging the facial expressions and validity of suspect’s stories in pursuit of solving mysteries. While Red Dead Redemption has you gun slinging and herding cattle on your ranch in the year 1911 as John Marston, a former outlaw trying to go straight with his wife and naive son on the backside of the Midwest.

And of course there’s Grand Theft Auto, the most popular game in Rockstar’s arsenal. This game makes light of the human condition by dropping players in a world where they are free to cause mayhem in whatever way they feel necessary. Gamers were surprised last year when Rockstar released a teaser trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5.

We have all graciously waited the past year for any and all news that Rockstar may have to show us. But apart from screen shots and the occasional peer-to-peer interview with select gaming websites, their lips have been sealed. However, with their recent release of screen shots, I have wondered exactly how large of a leap Rockstar is taking with this one.

The last game in the industry that was released that had true innovation in its technical aspects was Assassin’s Creed 3, with its frontier and wild life. I’m a diehard Assassin’s fan, but I was left with disappointment at the latest installment’s handling of stealth and combat. Aside from criticisms on Assassin’s Creed, I was left with grief and the desire to move on to the next free roam hopeful, which in this case would be Grand Theft Auto 5.

In taking a look at the recently released screen shots, we can see that the game boasts much more than dogs and cats. Gigantic oceans with sharks and aquatic life are among the things we will see when revisiting San Andreas again next year!!!

Did anyone catch happy shock when seeing that shark?

Aside from creatures, I’m particularly excited about the vehicles that we get to play with. Not just Harrier jets and fast Lamborghinis, but mini submarines and bicycles!!! Grand Theft Auto 5 is really shaping up to be the best game that I’ve ever laid eyes upon since Grand Theft Auto 4. Rockstar won my attention with their inclusion of 16 player free mode, a gigantic co-op session essentially. Seeing that element revamped in Red Dead Redemption gave me much hope and happiness that it was something we would always see in every game release. It would seem, however, that it’s foreseeable with free roam games only.

Rockstar has come under fire from the PC community for their very vague addressing of a PC version of GTA 5. Why has Rockstar not assured us of a PC release? More than likely it pertains to the fact that they consider the console generation as their leading cash cow. Remember that the PC platform is miniscule in profit compared to the amount that they can make on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Personally, I have no doubt about the confines of a PC version. My theory stems from the fact that all Grand Theft Auto games have been multiplatform, and hence, available on the PC at least as a port. There has been fear at their resolve due to Red Dead Redemption not being released for PC, but I believe that this pertains to the Red Dead series being developed exclusively for consoles.

Time will tell in the coming months how Rockstar chooses to handle their business. Either way, gamers will be crashing Harriers and exploring the mountainside of San Andreas in Spring of 2013.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

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