Nov 20, 2012 09:50 AM EST | By Juan G. Rodriguez
Next year's sure-fire blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V is highly anticipated and fans can't wait for more details about the game to emerge. Game Informer's latest issue featuring GTA 5 on the cover gives gamers all of the details they want. Here five things you should know about Rockstar's ambitious video game.
5. Dynamic Missions: Rockstar has created a new set of missions for the curious type of gamer. According to Game Informer, players will encounter scenarios that may lead to missions. The magazine mentions things like picking up a hitchhiker and investigating possible crime scenes. Sounds like an interesting feature that can make downtime in the game more engaging.
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4. No Romance options: Niko Bellic was a bit of ladies man in GTA IV, but the game's three protagonist will not be dating around the town. Houser said in the interview that the development team did not feel like it would work because of the "nature of the characters." He also said that with three main characters, the relationship feature would get too complex. He didn't rule out the return of a relationship feature in future games and told Game Informer, "We definitely would bring it back in the future, but not in this game."
3. Television Programming: In GTA 4, Niko could relax from his dealings with the criminal world of Liberty City by relaxing and watching some local television programming. While Houser didn't tell Game Informer directly that television programming was returning in the new game he did tell the magazine that it has "funny new stuff that's pretty odd to do in a game." I hope it is not playing darts with cousin Roman.
2. Extracurricular activities: I'm not talking about those special ladies found in previous games in the series. GTA 5 has yoga, triathlons, jet skiing, base-jumping, tennis and golf. Houser told Game Informer, "We've actually got a full golf course, which we're very pleased with because it's pretty fun." He also said that developer learned from previous games Red Dead and GTA 4 that it was better to have one fully designed mini-game than five sub-par mini-games.
1. The lack of character customization: In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, gamers given control over main character C.J.'s physical appearance including his clothing, hairstyle, tattoos and weight. The RPG-like element was something that was surely missed in GTA 4, but in the Game Informer article, Rocstars vice president of creative Dan Houser explains that the feature was harder to duplicate with high-definition graphics. "The main thing is at a technical level to get the changing scale of the character- to get them bigger and smaller- is hard," Houser told Game Informer. "In San Andreas the standard definition graphics were more forgiving." While it is a bit of let down, the fact is Rockstar has created three very detailed and unique characters for the game. Each one of the three has unique hobbies that only he can participate in.
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V will release worldwide in the spring of 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.There is still no word on PC or Wii U editions of the game. But Rockstar hasn't ruled ports for those platforms out just yet. Read more here.
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