GTA V to Feature Three Different Main Characters

Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -

We don’t know much about Grand Theft Auto V, but that’s about to change. Rockstar Games’ promotional campaign for the spring 2013 release kicks off with the latest Game Informer cover.

The big news: GTA V will feature three main characters, a first for the series. Color me disappointed Rockstar Games continues to focus exclusively on male protagonists, but given how much better the downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV was (focused, efficient storytelling), I'm already way more interested than I was a few minutes ago.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -

We don’t know much about Grand Theft Auto V, but that’s about to change. Rockstar Games’ promotional campaign for the spring 2013 release kicks off with the latest Game Informer cover.

The big news: GTA V will feature three main characters, a first for the series. Color me disappointed Rockstar Games continues to focus exclusively on male protagonists, but given how much better the downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV was (focused, efficient storytelling), I'm already way more interested than I was a few minutes ago.

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#2 Posted by Thoseposers (750 posts) -

the guy on the left scares me

#3 Posted by Szlifier (464 posts) -

I expected that.

#4 Edited by mike28212 (29 posts) -

Could prove to be interesting. I still need to complete the last one plus the DLC but am looking forward to this one.

#5 Posted by cocowawa (58 posts) -

how about a woman main character?!

#6 Edited by mikeeegeee (1534 posts) -

@Thoseposers said:

the guy on the left scares me

This was my first thought, too.

Edit: Wait, is that Claude?

#7 Posted by sofakingstewpit (27 posts) -

I've definitely always wanted a multi protagonist GTA story.

#8 Posted by forkboy (970 posts) -

@mike28212 said:

Could prove to be interesting. I still need to complete the first game plus the DLC but am looking forward to this one.

You can probably skip the expansion for the 1969 expansion.

Or by first game do you mean 4th game?

#9 Edited by Shaanyboi (1216 posts) -

And all three will be unlikable cunts who have no consistency between their character motivations and their actions.

Because, y'know, Rockstar are such brilliant writers....

#10 Posted by Baillie (3955 posts) -

Oh my god, it's totally Claude, CJ and Tommy!

Nah.

#11 Posted by ILikePopCans (712 posts) -

WE GET IT, the DLC is better. Why do you have to say it every few seconds.

#12 Posted by GNitro (11 posts) -

@cocowawa said:

how about a woman main character?!

But then who would play the hookers and girlfriend characters... gosh... lol

#13 Posted by subyman (561 posts) -

Finally. No more 50 hours of the same lame character doing random things. Maybe they can actually weave an interesting story with more plot threads.

#14 Edited by Yummylee (20571 posts) -

Honestly the story in both L&D and TBoGT was also a little hit and miss at times, too. Characters like Johnny's girlfriend, Terry and Clay, and Luis' mum were all left at the sidelines. I still really enjoyed the narratives (especially the L&D; TBoGT was a bit disappointing, though), but overall even with all of the padding in the middle, Niko's story I found to be the best.

Still really glad to hear about multiple protagonists! Best part of GTAIV as a whole was watching each of the stories connect and influence each other; playing through the L&D in particular was harrowing when you realise just how much shit Niko's actions pour over the gang.

For as generic as he may look, I'm especially excited to follow the guy on the right. He looks very Michael Mann-ish in his design. I wonder if the game switches between each one once their story's completed, or if you can select which one to play first.

#16 Posted by PhilESkyline (770 posts) -

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

#17 Posted by WaywardGamer (77 posts) -

@ILikePopCans: Man, every few seconds would be pretty rough. You'd be all having a nice dinner with a pal and there's Patrick's face rushing through your pasta, all whispering "Better in chuuuuuuunks."

#18 Edited by Animasta (14460 posts) -

@rebgav said:

@cocowawa said:

how about a woman main character?!

Given Rockstar's preference for vapid machismo do you really, really want to see them tackle a female lead in a GTA game?

I was also going to cry foul but maybe you have a point

but hell they could just make a catalina clone and be done

#19 Posted by CaLe (3678 posts) -

If they do have a female protagonist in future I hope her hair is black because I hate all other hair colors.

#20 Posted by Christoffer (1654 posts) -

A female protagonist in a Rockstar game would be interesting, I agree. They know how to write characters and I think I've seen the rough-neck male a few too many times.

Nice to see we get some diversity. I hope it plays like The Lost Vikings.

#21 Posted by mike28212 (29 posts) -

@forkboy: ha, yes I meant the fourth one.

#22 Posted by Sackmanjones (4609 posts) -

All these guys looks mad.

All of them are looking to get out of bad business. All of them will be doing bad business throughout the game. At the end, all three of them will be trying to kill each other, all of them will die.

I just wrote Gta V

#23 Posted by thetrusammael (23 posts) -

If that was Claude CJ and Tommy, I would be totally psyched. Now that someone ruined my expectations because they aren't, I know I will still love this game.

#24 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

I don't know why people miss Tommy and Claude, they barely had any personality. CJ did but his arch is over so I donno where they would go from there.

#25 Posted by Aetheldod (3335 posts) -

Bummer 3 chances and no female protagonist :(

#26 Posted by AuthenticM (3672 posts) -

Rockstar is allergic to women.

#27 Posted by Gunslinger0130 (205 posts) -

What's up with that assault rifle? the muzzle's chopped off at the front sight, am I missing something or is the cover art? 

#28 Posted by Solh0und (1680 posts) -

I think Rockstar is trying to say that women don't make good,convincing guns-for-hire.

#29 Posted by Bucketdeth (7981 posts) -

I'm so fucking pumped for this I could just rip out my own intestines and run down my street yelling "AND I RAN, I RAN SO FAR AWAY".

#30 Posted by OldManLight (785 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

man if this was true, i'd lose my proverbial shit.

#31 Posted by Aarny91 (3900 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

You may be on to something...

#32 Posted by Yummylee (20571 posts) -

@Animasta said:

I don't know why people miss Tommy and Claude, they barely had any personality. CJ did but his arch is over so I donno where they would go from there.

Claude was obviously just a shell for the player and not even a character (though his cameo in San Andreas was still pretty funny), but Tommy had plenty of personality.

#33 Posted by MaxOpower (176 posts) -

Yeah, would have been cool with a lady in the mix. That said, a hillbilly looking gross dude, a black guy, and a older man, is still pretty different from what most developers do. None of them is a 25-35 white guy with brown hair. (Ok maybe that guy to the left is just that....)

#34 Posted by BooDoug187 (334 posts) -

@GNitro said:

@cocowawa said:

how about a woman main character?!

But then who would play the hookers and girlfriend characters... gosh... lol

She could be bi. I mean I played as female characters in Saints Row 2 and 3. Kinda makes some of the talks with female NPCs have a whole different tone.

#35 Posted by Jace (1092 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

Cool, but it can't be right. Tommy would have to be way older than CJ or the GTA 3 guy (Claude)?

#36 Posted by geirr (2378 posts) -

I'm disappointed too about the lack of a female protagonist - I wouldn't have been since I wasn't expecting it but seeing they now have 3 new protagonists and none of them female, I give three times less fucks about this game.

#37 Posted by iceman228433 (497 posts) -

Dude yea how about a Female main character, ever think of that one rockstar?

#38 Posted by Metal_Mills (2948 posts) -
@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

Fuuuuck. That would be AWESOME.
#39 Posted by dvorak (1495 posts) -

@Metal_Mills said:

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

Fuuuuck. That would be AWESOME.

Holy. Fucking. Shit. That really would be brilliant.

#40 Posted by Victor018 (169 posts) -

Didn't they say that all the previous main characters were dead when GTA IV was released?

#41 Posted by AngelN7 (2959 posts) -

Pfft where did this "No female character?!!" thing came from? as in having one could change anything other than giving videogame website writters more things to complain about female leads.

#42 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Awesome news. If it was CJ, Claude and Tommy, I think everyone would explode in excitement.

#43 Edited by Yummylee (20571 posts) -

@Victor018 said:

Didn't they say that all the previous main characters were dead when GTA IV was released?

Yeah, and GTAIV (and by extension GTAV I assume) is supposed to take place in a separate universe from the PS2 games, hence why there were literally no characters from the previous games who appeared in GTAIV.

EDIT: Discounting Lazlow maybe.

#44 Posted by Lazyaza (2136 posts) -

I feel like if anyone's going to write a strong well realized female character for a game lead role Rockstar could pull it off. Oh well maybe this just means 6 will have one for an entire game. What I care more about though is how well this one plays, all the gta's have been progressively less janky but 4 was still pretty far behind with a lot of its gameplay elements tho I am sure Rockstar has learned a lot since 2008.

#45 Posted by Saganomics (178 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

Too perfect.

#46 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4494 posts) -

My guess is they're basically addressing the 'Niko Bellic is an ok guy who occasionally goes on bloody rampages' dissonance thing by giving you one character who's more or less psychotic, and who can go on killing sprees without 'breaking character', and allowing the others to fill the more empathetic (sympathetic?) roles in the story.

#47 Posted by SSully (4059 posts) -

Sounds great to me. I thought GTAIV got really fucking boring, and I never finished the main story line for niko. But I loved the DLC for it, I thought the shorter stories were great.

#48 Posted by LastNinja (280 posts) -

This is strictly not a first for the series, as Grand Theft Auto had eight protagonists.

#49 Posted by Saganomics (178 posts) -

@MarkWahlberg said:

My guess is they're basically addressing the 'Niko Bellic is an ok guy who occasionally goes on bloody rampages' dissonance thing by giving you one character who's more or less psychotic, and who can go on killing sprees without 'breaking character', and allowing the others to fill the more empathetic roles in the story.

CJ is the legit empathetic one, Tommy is the psychotic character you unlock achievements with and Claude is killed in the first ten minutes of the game (being CJ's impetus for getting out of the biz).

GOTY? GOTY.

#50 Posted by FuzzYLemoN (1600 posts) -

I smell interweaving plots!

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