Grand Theft Auto Online: Beyond the Trailer
Alejandro Grover / Sep 19th, 2013 No Comments
[adsense250itp]This week saw the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, but its online component does not launch until Oct 1. This might be a good time to do some reading on what players should expect from the online component of the game. So even when everyone has 100% the full game, there will still be some GTA 5 goodness to look forward to in a few weeks. It is pretty much expected that Rockstar Games will not cut gamers short when it comes to entertainment value, especially not with its signature series, and it does not look like it will. Everyone is hoping Grand Theft Auto 5 Online is not a chaotic madhouse where you spawn and repeatedly get killed by someone you do not even see! Based on the enormous amount of information that has been released about the online mode, it is fair to say that Rockstar will blow their old online platform completely out of the water. It looks like Grand Theft Auto Online will be a step above all online gaming, if it is executed as well as it is expected to be. The GTA Online trailer did look cool, but there is a lot more information behind the scenes that is not being spelled out to the general public.
The Facts: A Deeper Look
First off, it is good to know that the online mode will come free with every copy of the game. It is confirmed that there can be up to 16 players active at any time, but let’s go into the real gritty details of this epic adventure. Rockstar has done something intensely different in terms of online social interaction AI; it is confirmed that when the microphone is spoken into, the character being controlled by that player will actually lip sync the words spoken, and their facial expressions will change based on the frequency and intensity of the players voice. This feature can also translate across various types of missions such as yelling into a microphone to distract an AI enemy, allowing a fellow crew member to sneak by.
It is clear that GTA5 Online will be all about having many ways to make and spend money. Money can be used to customize characters, buy clothing, cars, apartments, houses, garages and even car customization. What’s awesome is that Rockstar has built in dynamic incentive to progress through the online mode; as players progress, they will continue to be introduced to new missions, characters, automobiles and rewards. Another fun fact about GTA5 online is the way friends can be invited into an ongoing mission instantaneously. The in-game phone can actually be used to call a friend who may be currently playing in single player mode, inviting them to be directly teleported into the mission.
In Grand Theft Auto 4, there was the hilarious in-game Rockstar Television, but in GTA Online it is being turned up a notch. Now, Weasel News actually keeps in touch with live on going police chases and criminal activities. So while hanging out at an apartment or house, players can actually watch their buddies get chased down by police as they leave a trail of bodies on live television! Back in Grand Theft Auto 4, if a player wanted to go online and take a stroll or drive around, they still had the potential to have a tragic innocent bystander’s death. However, this annoyance will no longer exist in GTA Online as players can now play in “neutral mode”. Players in neutral mode cannot shoot others nor can they be shot.
A Word About Customizability
Rockstar has really impressed in terms of what it is offering players to be able to customize in GTA 5, and chances are, we do not even know the half of it. It is confirmed that characters will be customizable, cars will be customizable, and even races and missions will be customizable, leaving gamers with so much available to them, it will almost be hard to decide where to start. But, there are still some lingering questions about how far this will go. With the bar set so high, gamer expectations will match that bar and go beyond it. So, what else can be customized? Can planes, apartments and even houses be customized? Will there be an option to select furniture, wall art and interior design themes for homes? Surely GTA 5 will be careful not to turn into a violent version of the Sims. But, would anyone mind even more customizability? Probably not.
Yo, This Things is Out
Grand Theft Auto 5 has made an absorbitant amount of money in its first day. Nerds (and regular people) across the nation lined up for midnight releases or picked up a copy before work, after work, during lunch break, once school got out or whatever other circumstance someone might find themselves needing to break away from to go drop some hard earned American dollars on a piece of interactive entertainment. Everyone knows the game is good, that is not a surprise. Some have called out sick, played hookey or do not have any social obligations in the first place, to play the game. So, although most every gamers mind is absorbed in a GTA-centric world, at least a small part of them can fantasize about the amazing features to come in the revolutionary, game-changing Grand Theft Auto Online mode. Everyone try to remember to eat, bathe and not do anything wildly stupid.
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