Editorial

My Grand Theft Auto V wish list

Rockstar Games likes to do things differently in terms of marketing its game titles. That's especially true of its crown jewel franchise, the Grand Theft Auto game series. The publisher doesn't host a lot of press events for these games before they are released. Indeed, there are frequently a lot of surprises that are discovered as the media, and then the public, play the final version of these games.

The reasoning behind this kind of marketing campaign is simple. Rockstar knows that the GTA games don't need a lot of company generated publicity in order to make news. Such was the case on Tuesday when Rockstar Games, out of the blue, just put up the logo you see above you on its official web site. No press release, no Internet leaks beforehand. It was just the simple reveal that Grand Theft Auto V is definitely in the works and that the first trailer for the game would be released on November 2.

So what will the next game in the long running open world action game series be like? Rockstar is keeping mum, although some Internet rumors say it will be set in a fictional version of Los Angeles. While all of the previous games in the series are fun to play I do have a wish list of gameplay features that we hope are included in GTA V:

The open world needs to be more open

As cool as it is to explore cities like Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas there's sometimes a lack of content in certain sections of these environments. I would love to be able to not just drive around GTA V's city but also to fully explore what's inside most of those buildings. I know that kind of content would be extremely hard for the development team at Rockstar North to come up with but I would gladly sacrifice a few square miles of space so that the rest of the game's metro area was more detailed and contained deeper content.

Eliminate most of the menial quests

When you are playing a Grand Theft Auto game, you are always subjected to a lot, and I mean a lot, of mostly meaningless missions and quests. You have to pick up a person and drive to a location to let them off. Then you head to a different location to give a package to someone else. Sure you finally get to do some fun stuff, like participate in a hit or rob a store but you have to go through a ton of missions that are, well, boring. I hope the development team decides that if you are a criminal, you should be doing criminal acts in Grand Theft Auto V. Cutting down on the mind numbing quests will help us enjoy the game more.

Give the player control of a law enforcement character

One of the rumors surrounding GTA V is that it will allow the player to pick more than one character and check out different single player campaigns. I have played the game from the viewpoint of various criminal and thugs, and that should continue in this new game. But if GTA V does have more than one single player campaign, how cool would it be to have one of them be a law enforcement officer?

This character doesn't have to be totally straight; he (or perhaps even she) could be corrupted or working for the mob. But I think that such a person would open up GTA V for some interesting mission and story possibilities.

Improve the game's AI

It's pretty much the same old, same old in any GTA game. The single player AI can do some rather odd things when you encounter the various citizens that populate the franchise's various cities. The police always seem to be easy to avoid and sometimes when you are in a firefight your AI opponents suddenly just stop shooting at you, even when your character is standing right next to them.

While these kind of events don't happen too often, they happen enough that it sometimes takes away from some of the immersion from the scene. Great AI is rare in games, but I have seen it done and I think that GTA V would benefit from it.

Release the PC version alongside the console versions

The release of the PC port has always lagged behind the console versions by several months ever since the release of GTA III. It would be nice for Rockstar to give PC gamers a chance to play Grand Theft Auto V at the same time as the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

While I am on the subject of the PC port, I hope that Rockstar just has one service to handle the PC version's multiplayer matchmaking. GTA IV combined both Microsoft's Games for Windows Live and Rockstar's own Social Club in order to fully experience its multiplayer features; it ended up being a confusing mess. Using just one multiplayer service would make PC gamers much happier.

Finally I hope the PC port is not released before its time; GTA IV's PC port was shipped out with lots of performance, graphics and gameplay bugs that look the developer a little while to fix via post-release patches.

Release a Wii U version

Hopefully by the time GTA V is ready for release, Nintendo will also be ready to release its next generation console, the Wii U. Nintendo is already promoting the fact that their next console will be able to run high end console games that are normally run on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Adding the Wii U to the mix would certainly add a whole new audience to the GTA series. It would also be interesting to see how Rockstar might use the Wii U's tablet-like controller for GTA V's gameplay features.

That's just a brief list of what I would like to see in Grand Theft Auto V. Of course, I expect Rockstar to come up with new and cool features that I haven't bothered to think up. Everyone waiting for the game will hopefully learn a little more when the first trailer is released on November 2.

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It works best on a PC for me, got bored of it on consoles very quickly so will be going PC only this time. I need more content and a better ai

One of my favourite GTA's was Vice City... I don't understand why we need massive worlds to play in all the time. At least in VC the whole map got used

My wish would be for them to go to London or Liverpool but it wouldn't be happening, more realistically let's get the size of game textures down so we can have games the size of SA with GTA IV or better detail. Then let's focus on new features I am surprised no one is mentioning the fact that each new game isn't a superset of features from the old the lack of more detailed charter customisation from SA to IV.

My one wish - DONT RUSH this game!
I know most people want want want the game already but don't rush it and polish it off to be the best GTA game yet!

(I'm only beginning to start GTA4 so I have a little time before this =P)

I enjoyed the random encounters in JC2 with the military and the gangs. Rockstar could make the open world more real by adding similar encounters. Drug busts, gang shoot outs, pulling cars over for speeding, running red lights, etc. Make it believeable.

I can deal with the boring mission as long as it tell a great story. All I want is a reasonable checkpoint system. No more driving after dying.

sopharine said,
I can deal with the boring mission as long as it tell a great story. All I want is a reasonable checkpoint system. No more driving after dying.

1000x YES!!! I finally stopped playing GTA4 because one mission required a three island drive, talk to a guy, drive up to the north part of the small island only to be insta-killed for some dumb reason only to turn up at a hospital near there. Then you had to go back to the first island to restart the mission and do it all over. Screw that.

sopharine said,
I can deal with the boring mission as long as it tell a great story. All I want is a reasonable checkpoint system. No more driving after dying.

How would you fix it?
In reality people don't die that often..
I hate that driving too but it's a part of the game

Ontopic;
Does anybody know something about a xbox release?

READD! -> My Wishes;
~Real world (The world is your playground)
~More Advanced Pimping (More options to choose from)
~Real life cyclus (Your local weather gets displayed in the game, so when it's snowing outside, ingame it will too.)
~Get a drivers/Boat/motor/Helicopter, license tour (Complete a tour, if you don't follow it the cops will follow you(2 stars))
~More stuff to do in house (buy stuff at markets and that kind of stuff, when you buy it will be send to your house.)


"The open world needs to be more open"

SA wasnt enough open for you? Do you want the whole WORLD to be in GTA?

I know that not what you ment but think about all the buildings in GTASA: You would have to texture EVERY SINGLE BUILDING as no building is the same. Its imposible and would require a couple of blurays.

"Eliminate most of the menial quests"

I totally disagree. Like someone said before, some of the quests are neccesary for the storyline and also everything cant be ACTION ACTION ACTION. There are some (sometimes boring) missions you should and have to do.

"Give the player control of a law enforcement character"

This rumor has been flying around since GTA5 was announced. I consider it intresting and agree with it as in GTA4 you either choose way A or way B and the finale to the story was different. With multiple characters, you can choose even more paths. I like this rumor.

"Improve the game's AI"

Once again a stupid suggestion from someone who wants "real" in a game. A game is suppose to be fun, not hard. The AI game in GTA is PERFECT. Never really had a complain about it. More so, in GTA4 when you jack someone's car, you stand still in the car, and they jack you again. Great AI.

"Release the PC version alongside the console versions"

Paging Captian Obvious....

"Release a Wii U version"

A Wii U version? You just made this entire frontpage "news" look like a joke.


"Eliminate most of the menial quests" I son't agree I think this gives alot of character to the game and gives natural pause to the mahem yet still with some purpose.

I would like a more open game play mode when the campaign is over where you hold control over parts of the city and your teritory comes under attack. You get information about drug, guns and cash movements and then can intercept them. While your rivals can do the same.

Almost like a sim criminals. Or an RTS of criminal life set within GTA.

They should also take a look at the mods for GTAIV PC version. Those seriously make the driving much more fun and challenging and the more realistic damage is good too - you can't just hit every car on the road.

i generally agree with the articles picks although i don't think anyone really gives a damn about 'Wii U' simply because Nintendo has not been a serious contender for serious games since Nintendo64 (or older) as the Gamecube was a joke due to the controller and the Wii (which also has a weird controller mechanism) is pretty much generally for non-serious gamers in general or at least a different type of gamer than the PS3/X360 users are where it seems most of the more serious people about games are either playing them on a PS3 or X360.

another thing that might not be a bad idea to put into future GTA games, that my cousin was mentioning to me, is maybe somehow work in a system to where you can recruit guys to work for you and you can bring them along on any missions you want for backup etc. obviously that's just a basic idea as it would be up to Rockstar to work out the details and make it work within a GTA mission based world.

ThaCrip said,
another thing that might not be a bad idea to put into future GTA games, that my cousin was mentioning to me, is maybe somehow work in a system to where you can recruit guys to work for you and you can bring them along on any missions you want for backup etc. obviously that's just a basic idea as it would be up to Rockstar to work out the details and make it work within a GTA mission based world.

Wasn't that possible in San Andreas? Or am I getting mixed up with Saints Row?

ThaCrip said,
i generally agree with the articles picks although i don't think anyone really gives a damn about 'Wii U' simply because Nintendo has not been a serious contender for serious games since Nintendo64 (or older) as the Gamecube was a joke due to the controller and the Wii (which also has a weird controller mechanism) is pretty much generally for non-serious gamers in general or at least a different type of gamer than the PS3/X360 users are where it seems most of the more serious people about games are either playing them on a PS3 or X360.

another thing that might not be a bad idea to put into future GTA games, that my cousin was mentioning to me, is maybe somehow work in a system to where you can recruit guys to work for you and you can bring them along on any missions you want for backup etc. obviously that's just a basic idea as it would be up to Rockstar to work out the details and make it work within a GTA mission based world.


ThaCrip said,
i generally agree with the articles picks although i don't think anyone really gives a damn about 'Wii U' simply because Nintendo has not been a serious contender for serious games since Nintendo64 (or older) as the Gamecube was a joke due to the controller and the Wii (which also has a weird controller mechanism) is pretty much generally for non-serious gamers in general or at least a different type of gamer than the PS3/X360 users are where it seems most of the more serious people about games are either playing them on a PS3 or X360.

another thing that might not be a bad idea to put into future GTA games, that my cousin was mentioning to me, is maybe somehow work in a system to where you can recruit guys to work for you and you can bring them along on any missions you want for backup etc. obviously that's just a basic idea as it would be up to Rockstar to work out the details and make it work within a GTA mission based world.


(^ I didn't mean to do that. We need an edit or delete button for our own posts on mobile devices.)

Anyway... I hope they don't make a Wii U version if it means that the game will suffer even slightly on the other (proper) consoles. It shouldn't be a priority and it could just be ported later. Definitely wouldn't be on my wish list for the next GTA.

JohnnyLemonhead said,

Wasn't that possible in San Andreas? Or am I getting mixed up with Saints Row?


Yes, it was possible in San Andreas. I dont think to the extent he means but it was possible to have a group of up to 9 and make them go up or stand back.

"Improve the game's AI"

This is a must. I've been playing GTA IV on my Xbox 360 a lot more recently, and have noticed how carelessly citizens, and emergency services, run and drive. Sometimes, I may be speeding along a bridge between two lanes, and randomly a car would try switching lanes, right as I'm coming up to them. Or, a police car will randomly drive out of nowhere and crash into the side of my car, causing them to notice me and raising my wanted level. All these cars should actually start following more specific road rules, and actually look where they're going.

I also agree with sialivi's comment above about the possibility of cross-platform multiplayer, and McKay's comment about how pointless characters asking to do menial tasks is.

Edited by WizardCM, Oct 27 2011, 4:29am :

WizardCM said,
"Improve the game's AI"

This is a must. I've been playing GTA IV on my Xbox 360 a lot more recently, and have noticed how carelessly citizens, and emergency services, run and drive. Sometimes, I may be speeding along a bridge between two lanes, and randomly a car would try switching lanes, right as I'm coming up to them. Or, a police car will randomly drive out of nowhere and crash into the side of my car, causing them to notice me and raising my wanted level. All these cars should actually start following more specific road rules, and actually look where they're going.

I also agree with sialivi's comment above about the possibility of cross-platform multiplayer, and McKay's comment about how pointless characters asking to do menial tasks is.

It's just a game, not reality. I think the AI is enjoyable.

WizardCM said,

Sometimes, I may be speeding along a bridge between two lanes....
... a police car will randomly drive out of nowhere and crash into the side of my car, causing them to notice me and raising my wanted level.

hm

AdmiralRooster said,

lol and you think people don't crash into people speeding IRL ? lol

Depends on the speeding. They don't check before switching lanes, unlike IRL.

"While I am on the subject of the PC port, I hope that Rockstar just has one service to handle the PC version's multiplayer matchmaking. GTA IV combined both Microsoft's Games for Windows Live and Rockstar's own Social Club in order to fully experience its multiplayer features; it ended up being a confusing mess. Using just one multiplayer service would make PC gamers much happier."

Considering the game will probably not be released until after the launch of "xbox live for windows", I hope they will take advantage of this. Same multiplayer code for xbox and windows and possibly even cross platform multiplayer between those 2 platforms.

The_Decryptor said,
Cross platform play doesn't work well in competitive FPS games, console players can't keep up with PC players.

That would be relevant if GTA was a FPS, just saying. However, it's a game that definitely plays better on the console than pc. I've never been able to play a GTA game "well" on the pc with a mouse and keyboard. If I did play on it, I have to use a controller.

Editorial: A newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.

Seems to be about right to me. That said, perhaps it would make more sense if this article had included all staff member's ideas, not just one person's.

Doli said,
Does this seem more like a Blog entry instead of gaming news? Neowin does have a community Blog.

Exactly. I could have made a thread about this in the forums but it wont be frontpage...

I've got one, not be a terrible mess upon release (PC version)

It's still a pain to get it installed and fully updated (Install social club, log in, update game, uninstall social club)

The_Decryptor said,
I've got one, not be a terrible mess upon release (PC version)

It's still a pain to get it installed and fully updated (Install social club, log in, update game, uninstall social club)


I hate to say and perhaps my comment will be deleted, but it seems the pirates don't have to deal with drm and preventative measures.