GTA V is set to be released into the world in the near future and the media is already filled with hype wondering how Rockstar are going to play it. Will they continue the seriousness of GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, and LA Noire? Or will they revert back to the mad boisterous adventure of San Andreas and Vice City? Certainly, there is a market for both if the comment section is anything to go by.
I’ve been thinking about what I want from the game when I pick up my copy with these debates in mind. It seems to me that there is only so many times I can drop myself on helicopter rotary blades blending myself into human cup-a-soup before it becomes tedious. What makes me want to return to Liberty City is the strong story aspect as well as the game’s desire to try and say something, rather than as a celebration of absurd violence. I want more than that from a GTA game now…
1. A Thought Out Approach To Violence
Violence is one of the most central aspects of the GTA series. Throughout, it has been explosive, varied and exciting. The violence in GTA IV however was toned down to its basics, focusing on the reasons behind the violence, rather than the violence itself. Niko’s failed attempts at escaping the cyclical nature of gang violence in Liberty City is far more interesting than simply rewarding players for killing. Throughout the campaign he gets dragged into more elaborate situations as he tries to protect those around him that he loves. This is a far greater motivation that monetary gain or achievements that add to your gamerscore.
The protagonists of recent Rockstar titles like John Marston in Red Dead Redemption and Cole Phelps in LA Noire actively try and avoid violence as much as they can meaning that when conflict does arise, it has far more impact on the player. The problem of LA Noire is that it didn’t quite have the confidence to maintain this until the end, meaning that the last mission let the whole game down as it exploded into its conclusion with far too much vigour in a manner completely out of tone with the rest of the game. GTA V can not fall into the same trap.
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