The Grand Theft Auto V Trailer Is Here!

The Grand Theft Auto V Trailer Is Here!

So the GTA V trailer has finally been released. It answered a few of your/our questions, but also left more than a few unanswered. We’re back in a pseudo version of L.A. it seems, but who are you playing as? Let the rampant speculation begin!

My first impression? I would have liked a bit more info! But this is a teaser, so it was only to be expected that Rockstar would leave things open for discussion. I would have at least liked a confirmation of who I was playing as, but I think leaving it open to interpretation was a clever twist on how Rockstar normally releases its trailers. With GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption the character was the focus — here the emphasis was clearly on the city, and the art style, which seems to be a nice diversion.

San Andreas looks like it’s dripping in sunshine compared to the drab Liberty City of Grand Theft Auto IV — that could signal the return of lighter themes and a move away from the stark realism of GTA IV, or it could simply be due to the fact that L.A./San Andreas is sunnier than New York/Liberty City! That being said, we like the change up in the visuals in this regard.



  • Feel a tad bit sad for watching the countdown…. Then it went “No Video Information””


    Looks damn good though.

  • Hells yeah! Hope they’re just holding back that it’s all of San Andreas again but just Los Santos and some country would be fine too.

    Also – planes.

  • Hmmm, could we be getting more than Los Santos? I saw a shot of some oil derricks and if my memory is serving me correctly, they could only be found in the desert near Las Venturas in GTA: San Andreas.

    Let the wild speculating commence!

    • There are derricks all through and around LA. The city is built on top of one of the largest oil fields in the USA. Plus the shot with the derricks has the Los Santos skyline in the background, so…

      I hope we get all of San Andreas but based on the trailer only it’s looking like Los Santos with some of the surrounding countryside.

  • The protagonist have kids…….this is gonna be worse then roman calling you up 50 times a day just so you can unlock some free rides in the game.

  • Whoa whoa whoa guys, I’m a little taken aback by all the positivity! Where are the people who hate things for the sake of hating them?


      • GTA Wiki:

        Life After 1986Edit

        Tommy Vercetti continued to run the criminal underworld of Vice City until at least 1989-1992, although his relationship with Ken Rosenberg became increasingly strained due to Rosenberg’s cocaine addiction. Tommy eventually sends Ken into rehab at the Fort Carson Medical Center in Fort Carson, San Andreas, later refusing to answer his telephone calls. He is one of the only GTA III-era protagonists who has not been established, or implied, as having been killed at some point after the game timeframe.

        In one Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas mission, a man with a strikingly similar appearance to Tommy Vercetti is briefly seen. He does not speak, and whether he actually was Tommy is not confirmed either way.

        • Isn’t the guy you’re talking about the guy from GTAIII (which is why they make fun of him not talking)? It’s the side mission where you race out in the forest or something and he’s hanging around with that really annoying chick, right?

    • It actually looks like the guy you pointed out is the player character from what I saw in the trailer… It looks like him dressed differently in a few scenes as well as seeing him driving that blue convertible. Hard to say for certain, but I’d throw my hat into that corner.

      As to whether or not he’s Vercetti? I dunno… depends on if this is somehow a return to the GTA III continuity, or a seperate and brand new world a la GTA IV was.

    • I never noticed that until you pointed it out. Playing as Tommy Vercetti in San Andreas would be absolutely amazing. He’s still my favourite protagonist out of any GTA main character.

  • Hell yeah… This looks awesome.

    I just hope to hell they somehow implement all the cities of San Andreas, nothing like cruising down Las Venturas strip at night.

    Looks like Mt chiliad in the background in one of the scenes.

    • After rewatching the trailer I think they are going to to the full state of San Andreas, we obviously know that Los Santos is going to be in but there was also wind turbines which could mean San Fiero and the oil pumps could mean Las Venturas.

  • Damn Damn Damn Damn. Damn. The filter they’ve got here at work is blocking the embedded video. Damn.

    Youtube. Don’t fail me.

      • Is it wrong of me to be wanting the Bully team to be making Bully 2 instead of giving Rockstar its shameless cash-grab of a Max Payne ‘sequel’?

        Seriously though, even aside from the ‘I’m a disturbingly ravenous Max Payne fanboy’ angle, I would have liked to see what that team would have done with a next gen Bully sequel with a bigger budget.

        Maybe in 8 years we’ll get Bully 2 and it’ll be set in Siberia and developed by the guys who made Midnight Club 😛

  • Yes! Looks like they are making a living breathing world, where you can get lost in it for day’s, weeks, months……………………………….

  • Woohoo country bits!

    I doubt it’s Tommy Vercetti, if this game is set in 2011 then he’d probably be over 50 years old, you’d run down the street and have to take a nap afterwards!

    • He was what, mid 30s in VC? He’d be 60 by now. I seriously doubt it’s
      Him too. I thought the final shot looked a lot like Chris Walken.

      • Unless it isn’t set in the current day. GTAVC didn’t actually come out in the 1980’s, no reason this can’t be in the 90’s or early 00’s.

        • This is *so* true. They’ve always played with time conventions haven’t they. There’s no reason to believe this is actually modern day? Could BE ten years ago. But then also, it’s also not likely GTA3 continuiity, GTA4 wasn’t. Therefore Tommy Vercetti doesn’t exist in this reality.

          Personally, in a way, I don’t want it to be him. I want it to be someone else, I want a new interesting character to explore and get to know. Who knows.

  • There’s a lot of aspects of GTA SA around. Like the gym for working out and that military jet quickly zooms through the sky..
    There is definitely multiple characters, at least two that I can spot.

  • That looks incredible. I was really worried that Rockstar would elect to go a different way graphically with more stylised visuals, but so happy to see they have stuck with what works.
    It’s also a relief to see a setting that includes wildlife and mountains, and trees.

    Have not played San Andreas or Vice City, but i don’t think there has been much greenery in this series.

    Can’t wait.

  • I hope that the story’s poignant, but not necessarily depressing. IV had good endings, but both finished with a downtrodden Niko and it was probably the only game I’ve played that had a lose-lose situation at the end. I’ll probably remember it in the same way that I’ll remember, say, Mass Effect in future, but ME didn’t depress the hell out of me upon completion.

      • All the skylines are the same city. You can see their version of the US Bank Tower (the tallest building in LA) in all of them, that’s the easiest way to tell.

  • If you pause it around 1:04 you can catch a glimpse of whoever’s driving the car, certainly looks different to the other person who could be protagonist, but I guess that’s what multiple characters are for.

  • So at 1:06, am I the only guy that thinks that gentleman running from the fuzz down the alley, being chased by a helicopter, looks remarkably like Carl “CJ” Johnson?

    If so, nice lil’ cameo there.

  • GT I think had an interesting description for the trailer…

    and I quote: “Return to the warm beaches and friendly faces of San Andreas.

    Dose that mean they know something we don’t? Or are they just guessing?….

    • Easy, they want to make it significantly better/more realistic/more packed with features/whatever. I expect there won’t be many non-numbered games from here on, though, as they did release EFLC for IV as intermediates.

    • Doesn’t anything set in the present day (that isn’t a throwback like the ‘tales of’ games) get a number? VC and SA were period pieces.

  • Main character? We see a close up of a guy at 0:40, possibly the same guy at 0:46 getting out of the van with two other people (same hairline) and again driving the blue car at 0:49… After all, the guy seems to match the narrator talk about retiring and starting a family…

  • I don’t know if it’s just me but it gives off some sort of Sims 3 vibe. The models, animations and just the general story line.

    • Pfft this just looks like a civi 3rd person COD clone with vehicles lol. MW4 will be better. It’ll sell way more copies! XBOX 4 EVA!!!

      • Don’t be so hasty to judge. I thought it was a bit sims-like too initially. Probably something to do with the actions.

  • The only thing that disturbs me is the lack of a release date at the end.I was seriously hoping for !.4.2012 but I reckon now Sept at the earliest.

  • 5 = Citys.

    You have the 3 city’s from SA, as well as Vice City AND Lib City. Whether VC and LC will be able to just gone there and back, or if there only in sertin parts of the story, I don’t know, but that’s my guess on what the ‘FIVE’ means.

  • This teaser isn’t doing anything for me. I didn’t even get a geek honed over it. sorry, but this game has my down vote – for now.

    I hope they reveal more than this soon.

  • The trailer got me interested, I liked how colourful everything looked. My hype meter isn’t off the charts yet, but I’ll be keeping an eye on this for sure.

  • My first impression was all of the little similarities to RDR. I mean RDR is Cali in he 1910s, and V will be set pretty much 101 years later. The oil derricks? Visited them in RDR. The Mountains? RDR. Border problems with the Mexicans? RDR. Planes returning – remember that Stranger mission in RDR ‘Daedalus and Son’? A man moving out West to make a better life for his family and instead gets roped into his old life of crime? Mr. John Marston. Dogs? RDR.
    They’re just random links, but people always call RDR ‘GTA with horses’.

  • I kind of got the impression from the teaser that you may create your own protagonist for the game? The lighting looks absolutely stunning!

  • Eh, if the GTAIV Ice Enhancer is anything to go by, this looks like another console-tastic game. Remember the problems with IV on PC’s, the fact that it was quite literally a 360 port, right down to the cpu core usage?
    I’m not seeing the “Beautiful graphics” everyone seems to be seeing in this trailer…it looks like the same crap.

  • This trailer did nothing for me, to be honest. GTA IV looked better graphic wise. We need more details. Right now though, not impressed.

  • Looks awesome! would love to take another trip back to Los Santos..

    As for the protagonist being Tommy, that would be cool, but I’d be happy if he was even one of the mission givers. Heck would be awesome if Carl Johnson and Nico made a cameo.

    Would love to be able to visit Las Venturas and San Fierro too but seeing how detailed the one city might be, this might not be possible unless its multiple disc or DLC.

  • I’m a massive GTA fan but am I the only one that thought this looked really …dull? First we had Street Fighter x Tekken, now we have what looks like Grand Theft Auto x The Sims.

    Unless they’ve gone in some strange new gameplay direction I’m trying to think of something we won’t have seen four times already in III, Vice City, San Andreas or IV… I’m betting there will be lots of car chases, gangs and shootouts… AGAIN.

    And why in an another modern American city? Why not 60’s London like the old GTA, or 70’s Detroit? 50’s Berlin? Fuck it show some real balls and make Grand Theft Auto 2050?


      • GTA IV could have been mostly in Russian… but it wasn’t.

        Why would a near future GTA be stupid? It’s be more interesting than yet another rags to riches, thug life, mdoern day Scarface remake (the movie not the game).

  • I’m hoping the voice belongs to the previously silent Claude, and that this game will bring Claude, Tommy and CJ together in the one game, where you pick your character and end up against the other two at the end.

    • I also hope we you get to choose from one of three pets, and they follow you around and you use them in missions, until the end, where you defeat four elite gang leaders

  • Thinking to myself, GTA3 was set mid 90s, early 00s? So it’s 10-15 years since we last saw Claude. He rarely talked, so no one knows what his voice is like, really. Any chance it’s Claude? He wanted somewhere sunny, Liberty City isn’t sunny. Correct me if I’m wrong too, but doesn’t he end up with Maria (?) at the end of 3? Moving the wife and kids away from crime. Seems to me like it could be him.

    • Well he doesn’t end up with Maria, because during the credits you hear him shoot her. That and it would most likely be a new set of characters as the numbered games are different universes from the others, just same city names.

  • the trailer looks good, but unfortunately I think ill get bored after doing the same missions over and over again the only thing that changes in gta are the graphics.

    make some new a unique missions and maybe ill play it, all these sand box games are 80% taxi driving 10% actual decent gaming.

  • I hope its not Vercetti… that’d suck balls. Will be madness either way though – like GTA4 (Belic was such a grimey mofo – even in a suit he looked like he never showered!)

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