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The Grand Theft Auto V Trailer: What Did You Think?

We're returning to the sunny, seedy shores of Los Santos. How's that grab ya?

Well, there you have it, folks. GTA V exists. It's a real thing, and it's set in Los Angeles. Er, Los Santos. Whatevs.What do we know following this trailer? Well, for one thing, we know our as-yet-unnamed protagonist is a "family man," of sorts. His expository narration tells us a good bit--namely, that he's certainly of the criminal ilk we're accustomed to in this series, and that despite his best efforts to settle down in Los Santos and live a normal life, that probably isn't going to happen.

Much speculation was put forth early on about the monetary qualities of the game's logo, what with the whole green "V" and dollar-oriented font on the "five." That obviously led to quite a bit of discussion regarding whether or not Rockstar would be tackling some of the more salient topics of our time, namely the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street movement. While nothing so overt was shown in the trailer, we get plenty of glimpses of impoverished, homeless folk meandering about the street. Not to mention the crop-duster gassing of migrant workers...

Some are undoubtedly rolling their eyes at yet another game set in an already explored locale, though it's tough to hate too much, considering Los Santos (as well as the other areas of GTA: San Andreas) was such a blast to explore. Rockstar has clearly beefed up the Rage engine here, as the visuals are quite striking. How about those mountains, eh?

The setting does, of course, beg the question as to whether we'll be expanding beyond the scope of Los Santos, perhaps into San Fierro and Las Venturas, like in the original San Andreas-set title. Hell, there are dozens of things left hanging at this point, though I will say I was surprised how much Rockstar actually showed in this first trailer. It's a good glimpse at the world, the protagonist (at least, the one we know about), and the style the game will be affecting. Personally, I can't wait for more.

Gonna keep this post available for the other editors to share their thoughts, should they feel the need to do so. Otherwise, comment away, and let us know what you think of Rockstar's direction for GTA V.

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Posted by Alex

Well, there you have it, folks. GTA V exists. It's a real thing, and it's set in Los Angeles. Er, Los Santos. Whatevs.What do we know following this trailer? Well, for one thing, we know our as-yet-unnamed protagonist is a "family man," of sorts. His expository narration tells us a good bit--namely, that he's certainly of the criminal ilk we're accustomed to in this series, and that despite his best efforts to settle down in Los Santos and live a normal life, that probably isn't going to happen.

Much speculation was put forth early on about the monetary qualities of the game's logo, what with the whole green "V" and dollar-oriented font on the "five." That obviously led to quite a bit of discussion regarding whether or not Rockstar would be tackling some of the more salient topics of our time, namely the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street movement. While nothing so overt was shown in the trailer, we get plenty of glimpses of impoverished, homeless folk meandering about the street. Not to mention the crop-duster gassing of migrant workers...

Some are undoubtedly rolling their eyes at yet another game set in an already explored locale, though it's tough to hate too much, considering Los Santos (as well as the other areas of GTA: San Andreas) was such a blast to explore. Rockstar has clearly beefed up the Rage engine here, as the visuals are quite striking. How about those mountains, eh?

The setting does, of course, beg the question as to whether we'll be expanding beyond the scope of Los Santos, perhaps into San Fierro and Las Venturas, like in the original San Andreas-set title. Hell, there are dozens of things left hanging at this point, though I will say I was surprised how much Rockstar actually showed in this first trailer. It's a good glimpse at the world, the protagonist (at least, the one we know about), and the style the game will be affecting. Personally, I can't wait for more.

Gonna keep this post available for the other editors to share their thoughts, should they feel the need to do so. Otherwise, comment away, and let us know what you think of Rockstar's direction for GTA V.

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Posted by PinkSoda

VROOM!

Posted by MachoFantastico

Why not, it would be rude not to.

Please be something fresh and exciting, sort of bored of the American dream storyline.

Posted by Slaker117

I'm not here to make friends.

Online
Posted by Animasta

come now, we can be friends!

Posted by BonOrbitz

I wonder if there's any truth to the rumor that it'll be downloadable only?

Online
Posted by fisher81

I'm here to find my soulmate

Posted by nickux

Prediction: not a ton of info is revealed and a big 2013 at the end. When it comes out I'm totally rolling a Lady Shep.

Posted by Hace77

so... the internet is going to die in 25 minutes, interesting :)

Posted by wafflestomp

word.

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Posted by penINC

@bonorbitz: That seems insane.

Posted by Loose

Holy shiiiiiiii---

Posted by mosespippy

I already had Lazlow.com up to view it, but here is good too. Maybe when their site crashes under the weight one of them will work.

Edited by MattyFTM

@bonorbitz: It won't be downloadable only. That was just a ridiculous analyst being ridiculous to get his name on the front of game news sites and get some recognition.

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Posted by Bojangle

My prediction: Game looks stunning, trailer ends, fade to black. "Holiday 2013 Next Generation Consoles"

Internet explodes.

Posted by leejunfan83

respect

Posted by louiedog

How long after this trailer is posted will it take for politicians and 24 hour news networks to lose their shit?

Posted by cuzintheboss

Why watch it here when i can watch it somewhere else in HD FOR FREE. Just saying

Posted by Sammo21

Spoiler: There will be cars. You can or cannot steal those cars...it's up to you. Those cars will control poorly...that is not up you.

Posted by Aishan

@louiedog said:

How long after this trailer is posted will it take for politicians and 24 hour news networks to lose their shit?

Depends. How long is the trailer?

@bonorbitz said:

I wonder if there's any truth to the rumor that it'll be downloadable only?

Of course it wont.

Posted by 234r2we232

Spoilers: It'll be another GTA game. There will be weird driving physics, lock-on targeting and not really much to do outside of following a thread of gangster film references and decade old satire.

Edited by AllanIceman

We are friends, but ... you know... I got this other thing I got to do.

Posted by Thuggish

@louiedog said:

How long after this trailer is posted will it take for politicians and 24 hour news networks to lose their shit?

They don't seem to be losing their shit over Saints Row: The Third, which is a much more over the top violent game. If they lose their shit over another GTA they're just trolling for hate-mail.

Edited by MattyFTM

OK then. My Prediction: It won't be next gen consoles because if that was the case, the console manufacturers wouldn't let them show a trailer for it until they had announced the platforms.. It's current gen (and probably WiiU), the video will say it'll be released in 2012, but it'll be delayed and won't come out until 2013.

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Posted by AndrewB

@louiedog said:

How long after this trailer is posted will it take for politicians and 24 hour news networks to lose their shit?

I hear Fox News has preemptively condemned to trailer just to be sure.

Posted by louiedog

@Thuggish said:

@louiedog said:

How long after this trailer is posted will it take for politicians and 24 hour news networks to lose their shit?

They don't seem to be losing their shit over Saints Row: The Third, which is a much more over the top violent game. If they lose their shit over another GTA they're just trolling for hate-mail.

GTA is a household name that gets people whipped up into a frenzy. That's how it works.

Posted by penINC

@sofacitysweetheart said:

Spoilers: It'll be another GTA game. There will be weird driving physics, lock-on targeting and not really much to do outside of following a thread of gangster film references and decade old satire.

This is all true. Yet I will still buy it, play it and love it.

Posted by Pr1mus

They'll announce the release date as november 8 2011 in an evil plan to have this and CoD release at the same time and hopefully the masses of peons rushing in to buy them will be enough to have every gamestop collapse to the ground.

Posted by boylie

This industry is fucking weird. An announcement, news articles, and a countdown on what will surely be a 30 second shot of some locations in the city. I mean I am looking forward to a new GTA, don't get me wrong, but.... Jesus.

Posted by Napalm

Protip: We will learn nothing about this game from this trailer.

Posted by c_sheridan

Well, the "Five" is done up like it's from a dollar bill. Which obviously means the game will take place from the perspective of Earnest Kelly running his counterfeiting operation in Vice City, trying to maintain a steady profit margin while avoiding suspicion and giving a huge cut of the profits to Tommy Vercetti whenever Vercetti actually remembers to come back to the shop.

So Sim Counterfeiter.

Posted by Branwulf

I bet you play as a wizard in GTA V

Posted by TheKing

*Insert snide comment here.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

PC Exclusive using DX12

Also, takes place in the Land of Make Believe, you're Lady Elaine, and you finally found a gun, so King Tuesday better step the fuck off.

Posted by Trilleong

Party time in the Giant Bomb comments? Let's do this!

Posted by DoctorLazy

I hope it's set in the old west.

Posted by geirr

So is it like an open world game or what? Man the excitement is unbearable.

Posted by banunn1

We need a GTA trailer bingo card. I am reserving the walking away while all kinds of shit explodes in the background./explosion/92-309/

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

@DoctorLazy said:

I hope it's set in the old west.

They did that.

Posted by Yossarian

Well, isn't this exciting.

Posted by BulletproofMonk
@Napalm said:

Protip: We will learn nothing about this game from this trailer.

Yeah. Probably shouldn't get my hopes too high.
Posted by Tebbit

Ohhhh myyyyyyy gooooooooooood.

I'm a little excited.

But in reality, this is gonna be 15 seconds of slow-panning around a cityscape, then the logo. I'M PUTTING CASH ON THAT BET, ANY TAKERS!? (no actual cash put down).

Posted by JimmyPancakes

Wheres my chat room!

Edited by c_sheridan

No way we learn anything other than where the game takes place and MAYBE who the main character is. No mechanics.

Posted by DonPixel

11 long minutes to go!

Posted by Tober

This better be f'in good.

Posted by StriderNo9

I'm here!

Posted by DrPockets000

FUCK YEAH I'LL WATCH IT HERE WITH YOU GUYS

Posted by Jace

Thank God I have 10 minutes to round up all of the tissues in my apartment.

Posted by Afroman269

Got home just in time.