If someone hasn't told you to get a life in awhile because of all the video game playing you do, the phrase will become more common this September 17th, when Grand Theft Auto V hits stores.
But why get a life when you can live 3 of them? For the first time ever, the Grand Theft Auto series will give players the ability to play 3 different characters simultaneously, allowing you to switch between each of them with just the tap of a button, either to complete a mission or just take a sneaky peek at what the characters are doing in their normal lives when you aren’t in control. Yes, an expansive narrative drama is unfolding throughout the 20 square mile expanse of Los Santos, even when you’re not involved in the day-to-day fun.
Yes, you heard that right. There’s almost too much to do in Grand Theft Auto V. It’s not just about smacking around prostitutes and crashing expensive sports cars anymore. There’s scuba diving, airplane flying, car racing, golfing, wild game hunting, tennis, shopping, getting tattoos, buying stocks and real estate, and so much more, that it’s almost impossible to list here. This is the type of game that doesn’t just require you to buy the big, thick player’s guide, it might just require you to buy a few volumes of a player’s guide. And there’s a good chance you could spend nearly all of your time just exploring the world without ever bothering to take part in the main story missions or raising a gun in anger (but why would you do that?).
For me, just exploring every nook and cranny of this world is enough. It looks so detailed that there’s a chance that I may never see every single thing that they’ve packed into this game. And since I live in the Los Angeles area, which the city of Los Santos is satirically based on, just watching this gameplay trailer gives me a giddy thrill at seeing familiar landmarks and landscapes that will no doubt be renamed in the game in an effort to avoid legal issues. When it comes right down to it, I could really spend the next few years living in a virtual LA without ever venturing out into the real LA.
To get an idea of the scope of this game, you have to watch the nearly 5 minute gameplay trailer below. And it ends with a brain exploding tease for Grand Theft Auto Online.
Grand Theft Auto V hits the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles September 17th, 2013. Here’s hoping for a PC version soon. My computer is ready for it.
Image: Rockstar Games