For the third time this week, Rockstar Games has released some screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V. The first two concentrated on leisure activities and transportation. This last pack of screenshots is a mixed bag of things you’ll be able to do in the game.
Rockstar claims that while this is the last set of screenshots for this week, they will “be back with some more to see in a few weeks or so.”
Earlier this week Rockstar Games released some vehicle-related screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V with the promise of more to come later in the week. Today they have come through and released some “Leisure” shots which include skydiving, tennis and dirt bike riding.
In typical Rockstar Games fashion, not much is being said about Grand Theft Auto V. They were nice enough to release three new screenshots today with the promise of “more to come this week.” So for now just go ahead and stare at these for a while. One screenshot does have a jet in it so you know….that’s pretty cool.
Have you been yearning for more GTA V information from Rockstar Games? Today is your lucky day. Well, maybe “lucky” is stretching it but we do have two new screenshots to show you.
Rockstar Games was nice enough to show them off through its Newswire in response to a question from a fan asking why they haven’t released any more news on the highly anticipated sequel.
Rockstar Games replied:
As we have said before, we have often had long gaps between asset releases on previous games and will continue to do so in the future. We are sorry if you find this frustrating, but please understand, we don’t do this because we ‘don’t care about our fans’ ‘don’t respect our fans’ ‘hate GTA fans etc’ – precisely the opposite! We do it because we want to make sure we only release 100% correct information, and because we want to keep plenty back for the actual game release so there are still lots of surprises when you play it. The only things we care about are that you enjoy the experience of actually playing the game and that we release accurate information. We just have not been in a position to show more of the game than the trailer and will not be for a while yet. We did, however, manage to sneak a quick screenshot out for you… it’s not much, but we thought it was pretty fun.
They were nice enough to include a second screenshot after noting that the art team said “that no single shot could encapsulate the game properly.”
Check them out in the gallery below.
Google is celebrating the longest day of the year by putting sixteen popular apps on sale for $0.99. Some of the highlights are games including Grand Theft Auto III, Mass Effect: Infiltrator and Draw Something.
The complete list is:
The sale is for today only so act fast if interested.
Can you believe it’s almost that time of year again? The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the biggest event in the gaming industry, is set to begin on June 4. What started out as nothing more than a way for publishers to show retailers their upcoming products in an attempt to win shelf space for the upcoming year, has turned into a all-out spectacle full of big game announcements, non-stop trailers, opportunities to catch whatever flu is hot at the moment and booth babes. Lots and lots of booth babes.
Anyway, I am a self-pronounced pessimist, cynic, and skeptic: I typically see the glass half-empty, expect disappointment over satisfaction and do not believe what people tell me. Combine those characteristics with someone who loves video games and the media frenzy that E3 causes every year (not to mention my envy for those who get to attend while I stay home), and you get someone who views the entire event as cause for a few modest hopes amidst a week’s worth of smoke from a very large factory blown directly up my ass.
So if this wish list does not strike you as particularly positive, then just think of me as the scorpion that stung the frog halfway across the river: I can’t help it; it’s in my nature.
My top 5 hopes and expectations (or lack thereof) for E3 2012 are:
No announcements from Microsoft or Sony about next-gen consoles
This one is about money, plain and simple. I am broke and cannot afford a next-gen console right now or for the foreseeable future. The more time it takes the next-gen consoles (not counting Wii U, which I am not particularly interested in) to arrive, the more time I have to accumulate some wealth so that I can afford them when they get here.
Blowouts. The more, the better
“Blowout” may be the wrong word here, I’m not sure. I don’t mean a sports blowout when one team prevents the other from scoring any points. For me, a blowout in the context of video games means a huge amount of information about a game in development given to you all at once: a lot of screenshots and/or video footage, a summary of the game’s story, and a thorough explanation of the gameplay. For example, almost every cover article Game Informer magazine has ever published is a blowout. A few blowouts that I’d like to see in particular at E3 2012 include Doom 4, God of War: Ascension, Grand Theft Auto V, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s Insane, and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. (Have I missed any of these? I haven’t been a Game Informer subscriber for almost a year…)
[UPDATE: I've just learned that Game Informer featured The Last of Us as a cover article earlier this year. Damn!]
The Last Guardian release date
This year’s E3 makes it three years since The Last Guardian was announced. I didn’t actually expect it to be released in 2009 when the announcement was made, but I was hoping we’d get it in 2010. Well, it’s 2012 now, and not only has The Last Guardian still failed to materialize but project lead Fumito Ueda (already an industry favorite for his work on ICO and Shadow of the Colossus) left Sony in December. While he is still under contract to complete his work on The Last Guardian, his quitting the company casts a long shadow (pun intended) over the game.
No playable demos at E3 OR all playable demos available online
This applies to E3 in general more than it does E3 2012. Press conferences, announcements, trailers and gameplay footage are easy enough to find online once they’re revealed, but playable demos at E3 are another story. Knowing that those privileged E3 attendees get to play a game that I don’t have any access to makes me a few shades greener than the Incredible Hulk every single year. It isn’t fair for those of us who can only view the event from afar. I would rather the convention have no playable demos at all than any that attendees can play and I can’t. Either that, or I should be able to download the same demos they’re playing in San Diego. If I can’t have my cake and eat it too, then those going shouldn’t either.
A new ending for Mass Effect 3 and a galaxy-sized mea culpa from BioWare
At first, I tried to be ambivalent about Mass Effect 3’s ending. I really did. I tried to accept that the hard choices and harsh realities of the Mass Effect universe were reflected in the final decision and that the bizarre deus ex machina of the whole thing was inspired storytelling. Then I played it again from the beginning, and the blinders were lifted. I hate Mass Effect 3’s ending. I loathe it. I abhor it. I detest it. I despise it. BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka’s statement in April about “extending” the ending will not satisfy me. The ending is too bad to be fixed by a few new cutscenes. Answering a few questions about what happened is like dipping a rotten apple in caramel: no matter how you flavor the outside, the inside is irreversibly damaged.
I don’t want an extended ending; I want a new ending worthy of the series. And because of the damage done, I also want an apology. I want an apology worthy of or greater than Sony’s apology about their “external intrusion” last year. I want every BioWare executive who okayed that excrement of an ending to sit side-by-side with their lips puckered so that all of us who hated that ending can line up on a conveyor belt in front of them, pull down our pants, and have them kiss our asses one-by-one as we roll by. Oh, and a free copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic, a machine optimized for playing it, and a pre-paid lifetime subscription. That would be a start.
Join Robert, Jason, Kyle, Addam, Samantha and guest Alfred aka GHR Maverick as we talk about the latest games and topics. The big game of the week might have been Prototype 2, which we do talk about, but instead the crew is infatuated by Telltale’s The Walking Dead. We all know Jason loves his zombies but will he get on board with an adventure game?
Alfred talks about some games he’s playing, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and the Ballad of Gay Tony. Kyle also gets berated plenty for asking the rest of the crew to check out the Dragon’s Dogma demo. We also discuss the newly revealed PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and the House passing CISPA. Alfred also presents us with a question about podcasting. Thank you for listening and enjoy talking About Gamers Episode 133.
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Someone who claims to be a former employee at Rockstar games has leaked a list of features that Grand Theft Auto V will supposedly include. The list includes everything from who the main character is to when the game will be released.
Could GTA V go down the Mafia route and include speed limits? Could it include the drug system from GTA: Chinatown Wars? Whether the list holds any weight is for you to decide but it is interesting none the less.
1. The protagonist will be one character, and one character alone. His name is (as some rumours said) Albert De Silva. He’s a half hispanic man who was once part of a crime family in Vice City. He decided to settle down and have kids in Los Santos. He has one son called Kevin De Silva who is your stereotypical CoD player. He’s lazy, useless and shouts racial abuse online and is really into FPS games. Kevin does admire his Dad though.
2. Multiplayer will hold 32 people on the Xbox and PS3. I wasn’t told how many were able to be on the PC. Just like in RDR, players will be able to form Gangs. These gangs are not ranked through XP anymore, but via Reputation. Instead of gang hideouts, you can do jobs that range from robbing a launderette to breaking into a military base and stealing state-of-the-art weaponary. The Gang leader has much more control over his or her gang by being able to rank members of their gang and setting more specific objectives to specific members of their gang. Gangs can have their own terratory but this only applies to areas inside the city of Los Santos.
3. The map is about 5x as large as the GTA IV map and the City of Los Santos takes up just under half of this area (so it’s a bit bigger than 2 GTA IV Liberty Cities).The map is (like most GTAs) seperated into three different sections.
4. Planes are flyable, they range from World War 2 fighter planes to Private Jets.
5. Cars and guns are customisable to an extent, for example, you can cusomise a gun to have a supressor on it and you can install nitrous into cars.
Here’s some stuff you might like:
1. The protagonist is the “rich guy” from the GTA V debut trailer. You get to learn more about this man in the second when he talks about his troubles. You only see the protagonist twice in the trailer. First time is the side of his face and second time is when he is driving a Deceptor (Audi R8). The people robbing the jewellery store are just with the protagonist. He is driving the van ready to get away.
2. Gunfights are more realistic. When you are shooting a gun out of a window of a car, depending on how fast it’s going you will have troubles aiming due to shaking cameras.
3. The game is due in May 2013. A more specific date has not been decided because the game is still needing 6 months to be fully developed. They will have a playable demo at E3.
4. Police chases are now way more than either running or driving. Depending on how wanted you are, police may bring out riot shields and flash bangs.
5. When someone reaches 4 star wanted level, there will be a radio warning on some stations.
6. Radio stations now do traffic reports that are actually correct. So if you don’t know what route to take, you can check the traffic reports on your phone or the radio.
7. The in-game TV now has many more channels
8. SPOILER: The protagonist does not die unlike in the last two Rockstar games.
9. The underworld actually has a working economy that you can contribute too by buying and selling drugs, weapons and illegal cars in single player.
10. The protagonist can take drugs which will have some effects. But smoking weed on the streetwalk will lead to getting a one star wanted level.
11. Police cars will go after you if you’re obviousely breaking the speed limit. Having high speed crashes will also damage your health.
1 star – police follow you on foot and try to make an arrest. No sirens, no car chases (unless you are speeding).
2 star – police will still attempt to make an arrest. If a weapon is drawn then the police will begin opening fire. Police will use stun guns if a weapon is not drawn.
3 star – Chases begin and the police don’t care how they stop you, they just want to do it.
4 star – road traps, radio stations and much more hostile police.Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 24 in-game hours for someone matching your description.
5 star – shoot to kill, arrest only if it’s made very possible. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 48 in-game hours for someone matching your description. Few missions become unavailable if you are wanted.
6 star – military vehicles come after you. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 72 in-game hours for someone matching your description. Some missions become unavailable if you are wanted.