2012 will certainly be a year to remember, a year of many important events; the Jubilee, the London Olympics and some political scandal that’s yet to happen (hopefully something involving Ed Balls), but who will be the real winner of 2012? Rockstar, with the next instalment of the legendary gaming franchise Grand Theft Auto V (or 5? let’s stick with 5). If the rumours are to be believed GTA 5 will be released in 2012, grabbing it by the throat and holding it hostage long enough for Stockholm Syndrome to set in.
So welcome to a light hearted article looking at the game that will rule the rest of the year or at least until the world ends if John Cusack can’t save us. The last GTA was the fastest selling form of media ever and went on to sell a humble 10 million copies. There is talk that GTA 5 has the potential to be the greatest game ever. Ever is a long time, but we’re pretty sure that GTA 5 is certain to rule the rest of 2012:
10. Escape To Reality
One of the main problems with 2012 is that it is firmly set in reality, and sometimes reality is a bit too real. This year has seen a global banking crisis or two, turmoil in Syria, a Mexican prison fire and many more things to get upset about, but with GTA 5 by our side we can laugh it all off and run around shooting things, crashing cars and stamping prostitutes to death without consequences.
The point is that there aren’t any space marines here, no portal guns or gravity bending. GTA is set in the real world, governed by real physics, a world which contains relatively normal acting people. From the cars to the locations, everything is based on the real thing, even the jet-pack in San Andreas was based in reality. This is one of the greatest things about the series; we can relate to everything in the rich and detailed worlds that Rockstar creates.
This is a factor that other open world sand-boxers overlook, from Saints Row to Just Cause, the games take on an over-the-top, outlandish version of reality and although this can be fun at first the novelty soon wears thin. Instead the GTA series stick to trying to portray a real city, with real people. Even The Ballad of Gay Tony, which took on more overblown stunts and situations was still grounded in the real world, there is nothing that happens in GTA that couldn’t happen in real life. This notion adds to the gaming experiences as we do not feel like we are escaping into a purely fictional world, we are playing around in a different version of our own reality.
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