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GTA V: Dissecting The Trailer

How much information about Rockstar's new game can we extract from the first teaser trailer? You'd be surprised.

The trailer may not have shed light on new gameplay mechanics or who the game's protagonist will be, but the brief glimpse we got of the game gave us more than enough content with which to speculate. Here's what caught our eye.

Back To San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto games, the cities are as much of the stars as the characters. Much like GTA IV's Liberty City captured the essence of New York City, judging by this trailer it looks like Rockstar is bringing the same impressive level of detail to making a city that looks and feels just like Los Angeles. The majority of the trailer takes place in Los Santos, the first city players encountered in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Though some city districts return from the last game (including the affluent Hollywood doppleganger Vinewood), it looks like Rockstar is exploring new areas as well. The trailer introduced us to the Pleasure Pier on Vespucci beach, which looks to be a play off Venice Beach. We also saw a highway sign for Little Seoul, the GTA equivalent of Koreatown.

And The Countryside

At this juncture we have no idea if GTA V expands its setting to Los Venturas and San Fiero like San Andreas did, but we do know that there looks to be ample room to roam the countryside. The trailer showed off an impressive mountain range, a vineyard staffed by immigrant workers, and a large expanse of rolling hills littered with wind turbines and dirt roads. If the script leaks are correct, this may be where the pot evangelist grows his cannabis crops.

Flight Is Back

Many fans cried foul when Rockstar failed to include controllable planes in Grand Theft Auto IV. Judging by this trailer, they return in a big way for GTA V. Rockstar featured three aircraft in the footage – a crop duster, a charter plane, and a fighter jet that looks very similar to the Hydra VTOL in San Andreas.

Fun Vehicles

In the trailer alone, we saw a sexy convertible sports car, a jet ski, and a blimp hovering over Los Santos. Blimp killing spree? Where do I sign up?!

Rockstar's Trademark Sense of Humor

No one in video games is better at lampooning American culture than Rockstar. The signs visible in the trailer indicate that the company's sense of humor is still alive and well. A real estate development of downtown condos is called the Mile High Club, the pest control van the characters use as cover for an assault features the slogan "Putting the FU in fumigate," the postal van slogan says, "We aim not to lose it," and the police car has "Obey and survive" on the side. Rockstar even sends up the legendary In-n-Out Burger with an Up-n-Atom Burger truck.

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  • GTA:SA was the BEST GTA game ever from Rock*. I am happy they are returning to SA as Liberty City is fine and dandy but every time they go back there Rock* seems to get a all serous and lose their fun factor that made GTA great and GTA:SA was their crown for the final year on the PS2 and XBox before moving to the PS3 and XBox 360.

    Just hope they brought back that RPG side they had going and maybe make a few improvements to it. We will have yet another Game of the Year from them and maybe I'll stop dogging on them over playing Saint's Row. Though...Saint's Row is still fun.

  • I cannot wait for this game, I think they are going to make it a lot about the economy, kind of like a tribute to never forget the current recession.

  • ZzZzZzZzZzZ... Thats how I feel about the GTA franchise.
  • I am absolutely ecstatic for this game. Sure, I didn't enjoy GTAIV as much as San Andreas but new hardware, new generation. I believe with the two expansions(and Red Dead Redemption) Rockstar shows us what they can do. GTAV will probably be flat-out amazing. The trailer alone shows us many possibilities for fun that we are accustomed to in a GTA title that felt absent in IV.

  • If you're wondering what the song is its Odgens' Nut Gone Flake by British band The Small Faces. Thank IGN for this info!

  • I'm excited about this game, but I'm looking at it like its the Zelda franchise. I disliked the last one so much that if this one doesn't work for me, I'll probably be done with the series. Saying that though, I think the trailer looked really great and I can't wait to learn more about the world, the characters, and anything else this game has to offer.
  • I'm just glad that "The Truth" is back. David Chong was funny as hell in SA, and I'm really hoping the "pot evangelist" is himn

  • Tattoos AND piercings!?

  • I cant wait for this game already :D.

  • Hmm very interesting.

  • Was hoping for a "Vice City" setting, with all the bright lights and ocean scenery, but this looks better than I thought it could!!!

  • I'm unimpressed by the trailer. I don't see anything exactly "new" to the game. I see the same boring repetitive boring story over and over again with this game. I want originality. I think once they run out of the ability to use originality, it's time for something new. They should give GTA a rest. /opinion
  • Looks sweet I might just get this game when it comes out

  • Awesome dissection guys!

  • awesome.. looks interesting comming from the fact that looks like something from the most favorable GTA game/series, GTA:San Andreas so yeah.. i enjoyed that game and very multiple 'interactions'  with the gaming experience which is what makes that game so classicly popular in the GTA series. yet towards GTA:V might have to prove what it really made out of..instead of it being an upgraded version of 'San Andreas.

  • The speed boat is called a 'Speedophile' and the Mile High Club is built by 'STD'. Teeheehee, oh Rockstar you rascals you.

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    Im interested in hearing more about branching characters. One of gta's hallmarks has been building up one character and watching them go from the seedy underground to the top of the food chain...i'm not sure i'd want to jump around to different characters. I think that might take away from the expirience a little.(if anyone can pull it off though, it'd be rockstar) It would be pretty cool if it had like a character custimization tool or something though...or maybe like a character choice at the beginning of the game. Whatever they do i'm sure it'll be just as mind-blowing and fun as the rest of the series! :)

  • glad to see it's back...i'll be getting this

  • i can't stop reading GTA V articles.