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The debut teaser trailer for Grand Theft Auto Five: Vinewood sets the stage for the newest GTA game from Rockstar. Based on the new trailer there are a number of things that are quite obvious for players to do that’s both new and returning from previous GTA games.
It’s obvious that there are multiple playable characters in this newest version, substantiating the rumors from earlier. However, knowing GTA I doubt all of these guys are going to make it out of the mixing pot alive. Just like in Fleder’s 1995 flick Things to do in Denver when you’re Dead, here’s a list of a few things that the video shows off that gamers might want to try before any of the characters bite the proverbial dust.
A nice little feature in The Ballad of Gay Tony…the golf mechanics were shallow and simplistic but they worked. And who didn’t have a blast hitting that guy strapped to the golf cart in his balls? I know I had a blast. It looks like golfing might be a little more tame in GTA: Vinewood, though, and the only balls being hit are the ones on the tee by a golf club.
This was already available in GTA: San Andreas. Protagonist CJ had the opportunity to glide through the waters using jet skis in a number of different roles. One of the most popular was the jet ski races. It looks like zipping through harbors and soaking in views off the coast on the motorized water ski-mobile will be one of those fun little ventures that players will be able to partake in for missions, and maybe even for a little racing competition.
There looked to be several structures players could enter, including homes and buildings. You know what this means? If you said a little midnight robbery you could be right. It was an under-utilized feature in GTA: San Andreas but I’m thinking more along the lines of property management, especially with the one guy putting the "For Sale" sign in front of his house. Many of the buildings you could enter in GTA: SA or Vice City allowed you to manage them as businesses and carry out specific missions associated with owning the places. This added tons of replayability to both games. Also, buying additional safe houses allowed for a great opportunity to start in San Andreas wherever you pleased, as opposed to crummy apartments and rundown hotels in GTA IV.
Weight-Lifting & Working Out…
While Gaming Blend’s Mr. Haas wasn’t fond of keeping his character in shape and managing his fat intake in his Top 5 Wish List for GTA V it does look like the feature will return in some capacity. The trailer gives us a brief glimpse at muscle beach, appropriately renamed to “Muscle Sands”, with plenty of weights available for…weight-lifting? I thought it was one of the cool features of San Andreas…being able to get fat and then burn it off and get huge and roided up, sort of like going from Rocky I to Rocky III within the course of a few minutes. It’s also a great way to distinctly add in character customization, which was vastly minimized in GTA IV and it’s DLC add-ons.
Even if you can’t pick crops alongside illegal Mexican immigrants, it looks like crop-dusting has returned. That was probably one of my least favorite activities in San Andreas, but it was still a welcomed addition to a game that basically had everything. That’s not to mention that flying in that Crop Duster was pretty fun and had some snazzy-smooth physics.
Vice City and GTA IV both had some really awesome bank robbery segments. It’s obvious this feature has returned, but is it possible it could become like a multiple side-mission affair the way it was in EA’s under-rated Godfather game? Putting together a crew maybe and robbing the local banks? Well, that would be a dandy thing to add into the game…especially with a little multiplayer support maybe? *Hint* *Hint*
Probably my most missed feature of Grand Theft Auto IV was trucking across the state delivering goods in a good ‘ole 18-wheeler rig. The trucking feature was removed from GTA IV due to vehicle physics and the lack of space necessary to make the trucking worth it. But if you’re in the Vinewood vicinity it looks like another side-mission of sorts includes hauling goods across the local areas. A brief glimpse at the return of the truck and trailer combo definitely spells good news for those of you who liked getting your truck on.
Picking Up Hookers…
When things get boring and you need a little company, why not call a friend? Nah, scratch that. People seemed to hate hanging out with friends in GTA IV and no one wanted to actually turn off their cell-phone in the game, so instead it looks like Rockstar went and focused on the next best thing: picking up hookers. I mean, that’s probably the only other thing you can do in Hollywood if you aren’t in the movie business and why shouldn’t that be in the game? Hooking is as common as a heroin-addicted bum sitting on the sidewalk of a poverty ridden neighborhood and it doesn’t get anymore Rockstar-worthy than a heroin-addicted bum sitting on the sidewalk of a poverty ridden neighborhood.
If you’re not into hooking, pimping, golfing, trucking or any of that other stuff, how about dancing? Remember what it was like to go clubbing in San Andreas? It was a lot more epic than dancing in The Ballad of Gay Tony, although I do admit that the Dance-Dance sequences in TBOGT were pretty fun. It looks like players will be able to get drunk and hit the dance floor once again. The trailer hints at bouncers tossing out unruly party-goers and the only time a bouncer has to toss anyone out is if they are a non-celeb who starts acting like a coked-out celeb. That scene alone had clubbing written all over it.
Fly Some Planes…
There’s no guarantee that flyable planes are certain but it looks like there’s finally enough space and optimization to make planes happen…again. While there were planes in GTA IV you couldn’t actually fly them and to be honest there wasn’t enough room to really fly the planes around. It looks like there’s definitely enough room in GTA V and who wouldn’t want to get a closer look at Vinewood from the comfort of a private jet you stole from an airport hangar? I know I would.
Run From Cops…
When all else fails, there’s one constant in Grand Theft Auto games that never ceases to be fun and never fails to incite excitement. No, I’m not talking about Hot Coffee. I’m talking about out-running the cops. The one thing that stays consistently fun in Rockstar’s open-world, modern-action series are the cops…and it looks like they come out in full force in GTA V, making your last days in Vinewood some of the most heart-pumping ever. And really, if you’re going to die in Vinewood, it may as well be running down a street with a flaming cop car behind you and a police sniper ready to take you out from the side of a police helicopter.
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