Today's new gameplay trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is filled with all sorts of nifty things you can do in the singleplayer game. You can keep those. All I care about is that last 10 seconds of tantalising multiplayer mayhem.
I never finished the story mode of Grand Theft Auto IV. Hell, I only completed a handful of missions before the allure of an open world to play in distracted me from millions of dollars' worth of voice-acting and script-writing. It's the same thing that happened in the older Grand Theft Auto titles, only IV gave me a new way to do absolutely crazy stuff for hours — with a gaggle of complete strangers.
I spent countless hours in the game's free play multiplayer mode. Sometimes I would be in the thick of the action, playing impromptu games of "How Long Can We Hold Out Against The Cops?" in the middle of Liberty City. Other times I would climb that big-ass crane in the middle of town and just watch everyone else screw around. I planned entire evenings around watching other people play.
We don't know much about the multiplayer of Grand Theft Auto V yet. We know you'll create a custom character. We know there will be jets involved. Grand Theft Auto Online, as they're calling it, should carryover the Crew system from Max Payne 3, so it's likely some sort of gang wars feature will be available. What little we know sounds lovely.
But what excites me most is the view in the trailer. The player is standing in a high-rise, watching other folks tear through the city in cars. A jet performs a fly-by. I want to be that guy, sitting in my penthouse apartment, sipping a beer and watching the world go up in flames.