I know what you’re thinking: if only Rockstar had released 18 new screens for GTA V today. Well, they did. Along with the video above, released earlier in the week, it seems the latest ‘Auto is finally getting some attention, despite not being out for ages.
The screenshots are lovely, but it’s in the comparative, figurative ocean of information garnered today that most of the good stuff swims. Early impressions are glowing – to say the least – but let’s take a few moments to wade through some handily distilled bulletpoints.
Things can you do in GTA V:
- Buy houses, garages and businesses (each character has their own bank account too)
- Get a new haircut
- Buy some new clothes
- Get a tattoo
- Jump straight into multiplayer by pressing ‘down’ on the D-pad.
Your characters are:
- Made up of nine skill categories, namely: Stamina, Shooting, Strength, Stealth, Flying, Driving, Mechanic, Lung Capacity. Build these up by completing missions and activities.
- Selectable (and changeable whenever) via an on-screen wheel, with four blocks. The fourth is your multiplayer character.
Fisticuffs and guns:
- Each of the three characters has a special combat move. Franklin can slow down time in a car. Trevor has a ‘frenzy’ mode where he does twice as much damage for a bit. Michael has Max Payne-esque bullet time.
- Weapons can be customised with sights, scopes, silencers and other mods.
- Combat feels like Max Payne, with a combat roll added since GTA IV.
Pimping your ride:
- Pay n’ Sprays can add new wheels, window customisation and bodykits along with paint jobs.
- Cars can also be upgraded spec-wise.
- Boats will include diving gear and SCUBA tanks. There’s a full underwater ecosystem.
- You can do yoga, play golf, tennis or go for a race in-between missions.
- You can take a bus tour.
- You can use the in-game phone, dubbed the iFruit, to take photos and upload them online. The phone also has apps, including a web browser, contacts, social media and a calendar.
It’s all sounding pretty good, really. GTA V is sure to mark out this current generation of consoles on something of a high when it releases later in the year, and hopefully we’ll hear about next-gen (or at least PC) versions soon enough.
And now, those screens.
And remember, if GTA V isn’t your thing, try this instead.