Oct 27, 2011

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Community Voice – What is Your GTA V Wish List?

Community Voice – What is Your GTA V Wish List?

On this week’s Community Voice, we’re looking for your thoughts on one of the year’s biggest announcements. Grand Theft Auto V is coming, and Rockstar Games let the world know with nothing more than a tweet and an enigmatic splash screen. If you want more information on this highly-anticipated installment in Rockstar’s critically-acclaimed sandbox franchise, you’ll have to wait for the first trailer to launch on November 2.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you! The Grand Theft Auto franchise is loved by millions of gamers the world over, and everyone’s got their own ideas and hopes for the series. What do you want to see in GTA V? Characters, location, and gameplay are all up in the air at this point, and the series has certainly undergone quite an evolution in the last 10 years. From the towering metropolis of Liberty City to the wide-open countryside and sun-baked streets of San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto has taken us to fictional locations both well-realized and satirical. On the gameplay side, GTA: Vice City introduced an empire-building mechanic that would later be expanded in Vice City Stories. Meanwhile, GTA: San Andreas is often recognized for its RPG elements and blockbuster narrative. Most recently, GTA IV used a serious tone to examine issues of economy, immigration, and the American dream.

Personally, I’ve been hoping for the next installment in the franchise to return to San Andreas. My favorite memories playing Grand Theft Auto come from all the unpredictable adventures that a landscape as massive and varied as San Andreas can offer. Even if GTA V keeps in line with IV’s realism and atmosphere (a change criticized by some), simply seeing Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas reimagined on current-gen systems would blow my mind. The processing power, memory, and graphics cards of today’s consoles and PC’s would allow Rockstar to truly express their vision for a world held back by the limitations of the PS2. I don’t even need Carl “CJ” Johnson to return as the main character. Give me someone else’s story, have me start off in a different city. Hell, set the story in a completely different time period. All I care about is being able to set off in one direction, exploring and wreaking havoc for hours, without ever touching a single side quest or story mission. The confined streets and lack of side content hurt GTA IV in this regard. While I still loved the game, it failed to kindle that same butterfly effect and sense of freedom.

These are simply my thoughts, and we’d love to hear yours. Let’s get a conversation going – sound off in the comments with what you’d like to see in Grand Theft Auto V. A new city? Old characters? Should the game ignore the influence of its predecessors and carve its own path? Let us know!

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