After months of remaining silent about the latest thug-life simulator known as Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games is finally loosening its lips. In addition to a gameplay trailer released earlier this morning, Rockstar exchanged a few words with Game Informer about how GTA V’s gameplay has improved over its predecessors.
Rockstar have released the very first glimpse of Grand Theft Auto V as she is played. While previousin-enginetrailers have introduced us to the game's trio of characters, this time we're getting our first taste of the game in action. But what action will it be? An out-of-control driver bouncing between pedestrians before clipping a curb and triggering a physics tornado? Someone meticulously hunting eerily glowing pigeons, only for them to explode in a shower of guts and feathers? Another goddamn bowling minigame? Click inside to find out.
Every main GTA game has, after some form of delay, made its way to PC. There's every reason to expect Grand Theft Auto V will do the same. But while you won't ever hear Rockstar say that, you will be able to glean tantalising hints from their job openings. Rockstar Leeds recently posted a listing for a Graphic Programmer, whose responsibilities would include bringing the studio's "latest titles" to PC.
The new consoles have the spotlight at E3 2013 this year, but what will the expo's many reveals, demos, hardware rollouts, and buzzwords mean for the PC? Is this even a show for us at all, with the focus on the brick and mortar retail market? We discuss the implications, and speculate on which of the big, all-star console titles will eventually make it to our corner of the gaming universe.
Rockstar are going back to basics with this brief batch of GTA5 screenshots, highlighting the auto part of Grand Theft Auto. (Also the Grand Theft part, in the case of the shot above.) Here we get a round-up of some of the vehicles that'll be driving, flying and swimming through this remade Los Santos.
While GTA 5 is released later this year for consoles, a PC version has yet to be announced. If you're wondering why we're still posting about the game despite Rockstar's silence on the matter, let me explain with a small history lesson.
The complicated process of installing GTA IV mods is a perilous, comical adventure in itself, but pulling it off can add some memorable gaming and movie characters to Liberty City's sprawl. With his doffed ten-gallon and permanent cheek-to-cheek grin, Toy Story's Woody is the latest newcomer to the city. See him dispense a little country hospitality with mega-shoves and hadoukens in this sample video.
Rockstar have announced that the official release date for GTA 5 will be September 17th. That's a fairly significant delay over the previous, albeit vague, launch window of Spring 2013. Of course, so far the game has only been officially announced for consoles. That means the PC version, if one is even being planned, will likely arrive many months after that date - probably sometime in 2014.
This week has seen the release of several pre-rendered cinematic trailers. Exciting though theywere, brows were raised, then furrowed, then frowned in the PCG office as we noted how precious little these dramatic scenes reflected the actual action of the game.
It need not be so. Even fully pre-rendered trailers can do a better job of encapsulating the games they promote - and probably do a better job of selling them too. We cast our minds back to our favourite trailers of yore, and picked out the five that we felt best captured the games within, while offering visuals that are every bit as thrilling, powerful and cool.
That exasperated, expectant look on Michael's face mirrors that of every GTA fan with a PC. Here's a bit of news that might deepen that hopeful frown a little. As VG247 report, Amazon France are taking pre-orders for a PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. The 49.99 Euro pre-order is listed as compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It could be a mistake on Amazon's part of course, but there's a lot of loud, growing support online for a PC version. The GTA 5 PC petition now has 143,907 backers.
For a reminder of why GTA 5 could be such a tasty prospect on PC, check out the latest trailer again below. If you're heading back to the last game for your GTA fix, check out our round-up of the best GTA 4 PC mods.
Here's a couple of scraps of GTAV info, which, I suspect, is about as much as we can hope from the generally tight-lipped Rockstar in the run up to the game's "Q2" release.
Firstly, Rockstar dropped a big art-dump over the weekend, rendering their trademark illustrations in a variety of wallpaper-friendly resolutions. The pics feature a selection of the locations and vehicles you'll find throughout Los Santos, as well as the three confirmed protagonists.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of GTA 4 modding. For years fans and modding enthusiasts have been messing with the guts of Rockstar's big budget blockbuster. If you want to make it prettier, a wealth of visual mods, shader tweaks and texture packs bring it bang up to date. If you want to expand the game, there are mods that can let you pursue a career as an assassin, or a cop, or as a leader in a gang war.
If you want to get weirder still, turn off the friction, play the entire game as an FPS, become Superman, or Agent 47, or Christiano Ronaldo. If there's one thing I've discovered about GTA mods, it's that Rockstar's knack for social commentary and bawdy, slapstick comedy is only enhanced when you replace Nico with The Incredible Hulk. Read on for our round up of the best GTA 4 mods in the world.
The prospects of a PC version of GTA 5 appear to be in a terrifying state of flux. After seeming to be a dead cert earlier this year, doubts emerged when the game's posters confirmed only a console release. Now asked directly about a PC version by IGN, Rockstar's Dan Houser would no more commit to that platform than he would Wii U.
A potential PC version is only "up for consideration," he said. "That's all I can give you. The main thing is we are not... we are a third-party publisher. We're not Nintendo, we're not Sony, we're not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there's the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market."
Rockstar have announced that GTA 5 will be released during springtime next year "for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3," confirming that the GTA 5 posters that leaked out earlier this week were correct. Unfortunately, there's no mention of a PC version on the posters or in Rockstar's post.
This doesn't mean that GTA 5 will go the same way as Red Dead Redemption, it took Grand Theft Auto 4 eight months to make it onto PC and we had to wait six months for LA Noire. GTA IV shipped with an extra video editor on PC, Noire had “increased resolution and graphical detail” on PC and Max Payne 3 didn't look too shabby either. We may get a PC date yet. Here's hoping it's a better port than GTA 4 was.
We know that Grand Theft Auto V's anti-hero is a father who relocates to San Andreas' Los Santos, and we can guess at themes of economic depression from the trailer. That's it. In its typically coy fashion, Rockstar is only serving nibbles of information - appetizers to makes us salivate over the imagined deliciousness of the main course...
Rockstar have released an update for Max Payne 3, introducing the Multiplayer Card feature, improved load times and anti-cheat measures.
The Multiplayer Card feature displays player stats, while improvements to the party system mean party leaders can now pull their friends out of existing games and into new ones. According to Rockstar this update also "enables Payne Thresholds, which will go live next week across all three platforms following the release of the free Disorganized Crime Pack DLC".
Is there any vehicle that won't be in GTA 5? The fine biplane you see above is showcased in the latest batch of GTA 5 screenshots. There are FOUR this time, a veritable bounty of stills showing some evening cruising and a showdown between a gunman and a chopper. Previous pics have shown fighter jets, dirt bikes and choppers. Take a look.
The GTA 5 screenshots we've seen so far look like they've sprung out of an adventure holiday pamphlet. There are three empty picture frames left on the Grand Theft Auto 5 front page. Perhaps the screenshot releases will mirror the arc of the announcement trailer. We're in the idyllic phase right now, it's all tennis and hang gliders and lovely views, but beneath this serene suburban lifestyle robbers are plotting heists, weapon dealers are stocking up on RPGs and someone, somewhere, is planning to steal a fighter jet. Get a sense for the peaceful flip side of all that with these three new GTA 5 screens.
Rockstar have drip fed a few more teasing images of GTA 5 onto the Rockstar Newswire. The pics, spotted on Edge, show three modes of transport from the mundane old human-powered bicycle to a fighter jet with six underslung missiles. Rockstar promise more before the end of the week. These transport shots join the two vista shots released last month, which confirmed that helicopters will feature, though they're now very much losing the GTA 5 coolest vehicle top trumps battle.
Still no sign of GTA 5's protagonist, mind, unless they turned up in the GTA 5 announcement trailer.
The iCEnhancer has been beautifying GTA 4 for players for more than a year now. The mod uses custom shaders and post-processing effects to massively improve GTA 4's visuals. Images like the one above from Ducan Harris' Dead End Thrills demonstrate iCEnhancer's power. Eurogamer note that version 2.1 has now been released, which is great timing. You can grab a pack of every GTA game for just £4.99 / $12.49 as part of the Steam Summer Sale.
Rockstar have been awfully quiet about GTA 5. Maybe we've reached the magical stage where the GTA name is so big that it automatically hypes itself, the marketing equivalent of cold fusion. It's been a while since that debut trailer arrived, but now two new screenshots have been released, and they're surprisingly peaceful. Take a look.