Following the blockbuster release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar once again got back to work on their iconic franchise in 2009. Not only aiming for a game that looked bigger, better and hewed closer to the ridiculous side of the franchise, Rockstar wanted to create a game that told a better story. And the best way to do that, was to triple down on the ambitions.
Once people figured out how, they modded the living heck out of Grand Theft Auto IV on PC, adding in characters like Iron-Man, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Woody from Toy Story - and then going on to give it a complete visual overhaul with mods that made it nearly indistinguishable from reality. Modding on GTA IV has been prolific, rivalled only by games like Skyrim. It was expected that modding GTA V would be just as easy – but apparently Rockstar doesn’t want people to mod the game. They’ve locked the necessary files up.
Following the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004, Rockstar immediately began work on a game that would be even more ambitious in scope, size and narrative. With a core team of around 150 developers that were led by the key members from the Grand Theft Auto 3 development squad, Rockstar got to work on a game that would graphically surpass everything that they had done so far.
Hah! Bet you thought we’d move on to GTA IV today – but no. Instead, we’re going to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the handheld Grand Theft Auto Games. While the series was born on PC and later made its home very much on consoles, the series has found its way to various handhelds over the years. It didn’t exactly start off well.
Grand Theft Auto V is finally out on PC today (yes, it really, really is) and for the most part, it’s smooth sailing. The game works as advertised for most people, offering smooth and fluid gameplay that surpasses the 30fps you’d find even on the newest consoles. For most who’ve been playing it, it’s been a great experience. For others? Not so much. There’s a weird little bug that’s preventing people from downloading or installing GTA V on PC.
A month after GTA 3 was released to record sales, Rockstar knew that they had a franchise on their hands that would steer the company towards even bigger successes. Buying developer DMA Design and rebranding them as Rockstar North, the future clearly had more wanton destruction, violence and high speed pursuits in store for it. And it wouldn’t be long before the next GTA game arrived, taking players on a trip down south and back in time.
Grand Theft Auto in its original form may not have had anything new to offer in terms of action, but the top-down game was a massive achievement when it came to creating a world that lived and breathed alongside a homicidal player. Translating that style into a fully three dimensional world where players could rampage to their hearts content however? That was considered impossible for many years. Until the PlayStation 2 arrived on the scene however, and work began on the GTA that we all know and love today.
Crime doesn’t pay. At least, that’s what anybody in any sort of position of societal authority will tell you. It certainly paid for a little Scottish studio by the name of DMA Design. Founded in the 80’s by David Jones, the studio found its first big break with Lemmings, published by Psygnosis. It was a different game that would set DMA Design on its course to become a veritable development Rockstar.
I don’t think there’s any clearer example of how gaming has changed distribution models over the years, than the example found in the PC industry. Think about it: Years ago, you’d pop down to an actual shop, buy a big box that was jammed with various maps, pamphlets and goodies (FOR FREE), head home and install it. These days however, everything is digital baby! But for the physical PC release of GTA V, that franchise is keeping things old school.
Guys, I get you. Yes GTA V is possibly far better on newer hardware. Yes, it’s the same game, but with some new enhancements such as a first-person mode. And using this mode, I can teach you how to make the game more extreme than a GoPro camera with maximum fish-eye lens effect attached to a skateboarding bear performing a Benihana flip over a dozen flaming buses. Also, the bear might be on fire.
So like, Dave’s not here man. But GTA V is. And besides a new FPS mode, the game also has one other new feature worth experiencing. Drugs. Digital drugs that is. Or peyote to be extra-exact. That plant sap will send you tripping man, making you fly through the air as an eagle or experience Los Santos as a number of other wildlife species. Here’s where you can find the good sh*t.
There’s no denying the impact of last year’s GTA V. Massive, hyped up and delivering on several promises, the game blazed a billion dollar trail for developer Rockstar Games. But when just about everybody buys your game, you’re faced with a dilemma when it comes to the remastered re-release. After all, how do you convince consumers to buy the same game twice? By making the remastered version an entirely different game, that’s how.
WE ARE VR! If there was anything that Virtual Troopers taught me back in the 1990s, it’s that VR gaming was mere months away! Maybe another year! Ok, a decade! DAMMIT. With the Oculus Rift and a host of other hardware on the way, it looks like my VR dreams are finally coming true. But I’m not expecting to play games such as GTA V in VR yet, because some publishers don’t feel that the market is ready yet for such a hardware shift.
Grand Theft Auto is making the news all over again, thanks to its brutal violence and general, lasciviousness now available to be experienced in the first person. It makes the wanton killing that much more visceral, and the first-person blow jobs and sex with prostitutes just that much sleazier. As is expected, it’s drawing a bit of moral outrage. speaking on Bloomberg, Take Two boss Strauss Zelnick has defended the game’s particular brand of awfulness.
Unlike most games these days, GTA V has genuine, proper cheats. Infinite ammo, instantaneous cars and an option to make your head so big, it’ll look like a tangerine on a toothpick as you cry yourself to sleep on your massive pillow. Last year, GTA V on the older generation featured plenty of these cheats. And they’re making a comeback in the newer version of the game.