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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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  • i'm interested, but i actually found the last one to be a bit on the boring side.  maybe i didn't give enough time to it.  i will be revisiting at some point in the near future when i clear out some of my backlog.

  • im defiantly going to buy this gta installment wen released.  i prophetsized this game as soon as i read the perfect ten score of gta4.rock star may have really uped there game with this saga.

  • Return to Los Santos, the countryside, and planes? This has gotta be the best GTA yet!

  • You know something, it looks good. Will be eyeing this game. I hope creators bring back the famous gang turf war and other mini games. Should be interesting come release date

  • I have to honest... The game looks Bad-Ass! But, that would kind of suck if GTA V allowed you to play as more than one main character. It wouldn't be the true "Grand Theft Auto Way". That is my only concern' but I'm 100% sure that you will only play as one character, the one narrating. GTA V will most likely be the most realistic game to date. It also seems to me that it will be a cross between Vice City and Sanandreas. It would be nice to have some people from Vice City and Sanandreas.

  • Blimp killing spree? Where do I sign up?!

    hahaa i will deff be signing up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!