This game just became a must-buy for me. The character switching – both between and during missions – makes the game seem much more dynamic than previous offerings in the series.
It also seems like the different personalities for the characters will remove some of the cognitive dissonance that happened in GTA IV when you’d take Niko, a character trying to make a new life for himself, on a massive killing spree. Now, if you want to play “responsibly,” you can switch to Michael or Franklin and if you want to cause chaos you can switch over to Trevor and not feel like you’re not playing out-of-character.
Though news of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V featuring three protagonists is months old by now, new trailers released today shed some light on the personalities of the grime-ridden shoes that players will walk in when they step into GTAV on September 17th.
The three trailers, cut above into a single convenient movie by VG247, showcase Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. Each character has his own motivations for chasing the almighty dollar, and their interactions within missions are bound to break up the traditional GTA style of largely taking on missions alone. They seem to have no qualms about the seedy actions they’re set to take on, which already sets the game above GTAIV in my mind. Having to hear Nico shout about ripping hearts out minutes after professing he wants to get out of this life made for a real sense of ludonarrative dissonance that turned me off from wanting to finish the game.
Also, take note of the character models and facial animations in the trailers. Rockstar has definitely stepped up their game as they slowly seek to climb up the other side of the Uncanny Valley. I’m interested in seeing what they can do once they start working with next-gen hardware.