GTA V lacks RPG-style player customization

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The most interesting Grand Theft Auto 5 reveal this week had been the fact that you’ll be able to choose between three protagonists, although gamers want to know a little more on how this will work and what it means for the GTA V gameplay. There are a number of scenarios where the ability to change protagonist would come in handy, and makes life on a much bigger map that much less boring.

Switching between protagonists in GTA V to speed up the action – imagine being miles from anywhere in the middle of the desert, and you wanted to see some action quick in GTA V that might be in Los Santos. One quick way to do this would be to change protagonist, so having each of these characters in different areas would make sense and enable the next Grand Theft Auto game to be a lot more interesting. To get an idea on how big the GTA V maps will be you need to see our earlier article, which looks at the scale of these maps and explains they’re bigger than the combination of San Andreas, Red Dead Redemption, and the previous game.

GTA 5 lacks RPG-style player customization – you will notice some traditional player customization missing from GTA 5, which you’d normally find in RPG-style games that allow you to change the characters weight and other appearances. This couldn’t be possible in GTA 5 thanks to the unique skills Franklin, Trevor, and Michael have but also thanks to the increase in graphics that make this a bigger technical challenge for Rockstar.

This hadn’t been a big problem with the lesser graphics seen in San Andreas, but Houser explained to Game Informer that doing this level of character customization to three characters in GTA 5 would be “impossible“. Any attempt wouldn’t give “the results” they wanted and would certainly create “compromises elsewhere” in their animation system. The good news is that you can still change clothes with all three characters, but making them lose weight will not be possible in GTA 5.

Did you purchase a single issue of Game Informer to read the GTA 5 cover story? The latest issue is available right now in the form of a digital download on the iPad, Android, and PC/Mac. We’ll be covering information on the game as it’s revealed leading up to the release date next Spring, so keep connected to our hub page and Facebook for all the details.

What do you want to know about GTA 5? There is only four days left until trailer 2 is revealed, so we’ll certainly get to see a lot more visually by that time.

Also See: GTA V Heists delay due to San Andreas remake theories

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  • doddy911

    initially i was disapointed with this decision! but now i kind of agree and i guess i would much rather better graphics and a better play. but i do still love customizing characters, its what makes it YOUR experience :(

    one thing i was pissed off about is that you cant buy property! was one of the only things along with car customizing, that i wanted! there would be so many amazing possibilities with buying property!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markeith-Moore/100002002203674 Markeith Moore

    If you can’t buy property, at least make it you can keep some badass houses for free when you complete certain missions

    • Hashshashin 786

      I think u can buy property’s :-)

      • Henry

        You can’t. Dan Houser confirmed it in the Game Informer article.

        • Gumby65

          Hard to differentiate revenue producing properties ala GTASA versus just safe houses…

  • Ranal

    What about co-op campaign? Wonder if its possible now with 3 protagonist

  • Pebble

    I hope they make it where you can put seatbelts on, like if you wait a minute- the same mechanic for the bike if you wait a second he puts on protection. But if you rush you don’t put it on.

    • Ryan

      No.

  • mello

    well gta was never an rpg game so i dont know whats the fuss is about

  • Gta fan $$12

    The game has got to have property like houses
    If it doesnt it wont be a big hit like in gta iv

    • Shinsta312

      It will have property, but it’ll be property that you already own or is given to you.

    • No.

      It’s going to be a bit hit, even if it doesn’t have tattoo parlors, car customization or purchasable properties. You’re going to be able to walk into stores and buy guns and ammo, etc… like you have been able to in every other GTA game. You can swim under the water – you can even go scuba diving to the bottom of the ocean… and it isn’t “San Andreas 2″.

      Honestly I wish people would stop complaining about the lack of these features and instead focus on the new features that GTA V is going to have; features that will make up for it.

  • Gta fan $$12

    In order for the game to be a big hit
    It most have tattoo parlors,custimizing cars,
    Lots of gangs like the ballaz,also it should have a long campaign mode like sanandreas
    And u should be able to walk in stores to buy thing like guns and ammo and armor
    Unless there is cheats like health armor money and ammo
    Also the flying cheat cuz nothing is more fun then getting into a xar and flying everywhere im glad rockstar decided to make sanandreas 2
    Hopefully it is better than sanandreas and hopefully u,can swim under the water

  • Dan

    What kind of cheats willbe in the game
    Also what guns will the game have and what about co op campaign

  • Callum Gunn

    C’mon guys. There’s no Purchasable houses and you can’t customize the look/build of your character, so what? Rockstar are replacing these features with new refreshing features that shall keep us entertained for hours when we’re not doing missions; There’s jet skiing, racing, triathlons, base jumping and many other things that Rockstar are choosing to announce another time.
    And it’s not like we’re going to be spending all of our time in our houses, we’re going to be out and about, enjoying the scenery of the massive map and enjoying all of the games new features. Also, we’re not going to become super models with our haircuts, so what’s the point?

  • http://www.facebook.com/zgouldener Zach Gouldener

    Im not gonna complain cause im extremely excited for this game no matter what. All you people complaining about no property purchasing being such a big deal are really getting on my nerves though. You all are acting like previous GTA games had property to purchase and they didnt but they were still great games. Its really nothing to complain about it just makes you look like a loser when you do complain. We all know this games gonna be amazing anyways and theres much more to GTA then property so seriously just stop complaining. If your a true Rockstar/GTA fan then you wouldnt be complaining. And its not like your gonna just go around buying houses all day -_- I mean really theres much more to GTA then that. And GTA has never been an RPG game. Its nothing like Saints Row and hopefully never will be.

    • matt

      agreed! were in the majority but for sum reason all the complainers are getting all the attention. wouldnt change a thing so far. gna be epic!

  • G.T.A.4.E.V.A

    Well to be honest, im glad you cant change the appereance and weight etc… It would be stupid one minute your a fat dude with an afro then next minute your a skinny bold dude, would look really daft in the missions and stuff!!

  • c

    I hope they have it where you can put someone in the trunk of your car, drive them out to the desert or something, and kill them where nobody else is around. That would be sick

    • Jaeyo

      yeah sickening, you idiot

      • heartlessniggasprosper

        They had something like that in liberty city stories along the story line but you’re right; that moron is freaking sick. This isn’t manhunt.

  • gta4eva

    you should be able to buy property end of.and i dont want to hear excuses from a billion dollar industry about ps2 was more forgiving. if your the best it should be a doddle i would rather have one solid character that can do it all than 3 protagonist that have the skill sets already wheres the sense of acheivement wheres the motivation wheres the learning curve i reckon its going to be too easy and everything is handed on a plate because its easier to code than randomness theyve sold out end of. saints row did this very well. ive always thought gta was linear and its proving me right i thought that this one was going to change that. yoga hahahahhahahahahhahah

  • johnson

    i love rockstar but with todays tech they should be heading into the modern era of like a skyrim style game. if this was made we would play it until the day we die. they could make the best game of all time yet they leave out certain elements and it kills it for me. anything is possible all it takes is time and money which they have. even if they had to team up with bethesda then why not its for the best for gaming. for open worlds we need individuality and uniqueness that makes it our game, not a generic one and thats what makes it great. without these small elements it kills the realism. no buying property how can you spend the money you earn on all clothes. i hope theres at least car dealerships and im still hoping for cars running out of gas but i cant see that happening. they say you can go the gym but if you dont get buff then whats the point doing yoga whats the point. all them elements would be great with all the old elements included also and i mean them all. they hole thing i believe they miss on gta is your doing criminal activities and the reward is cash so without an indepth economy there just focusing on a linear story which is not what an open world should be about. why make a beautifully recreated detailed world then limit us with in it thats krazy. gta sa + scarface + saintsrow should = gta 5 it should have it all.
    you should be able to buy property end of.and i dont want to hear excuses from a billion dollar industry about ps2 was more forgiving. if your the best it should be a doddle i would rather have one solid character that can do it all than 3 protagonist that have the skill sets already wheres the sense of acheivement wheres the motivation wheres the learning curve i reckon its going to be too easy and everything is handed on a plate because its easier to code than randomness theyve sold out end of. saints row did this very well. ive always thought gta was linear and its proving me right i thought that this one was going to change that. yoga hahahahhahahahahhahah

  • johnson

    if i cant own a dog i will not be buying it

    • asdfghjkl

      Are you keith lard?

  • wassup

    needs a drug trade if its going to be any sort of fun

  • wassup

    as a business to build your empire but still dont have to go down that route. i always thought it would be neat if you could buy a house in the ghetto sling drugs stay down to earth and complete the whole game like that or work your way up the ladder buy a house in beverley hills and be a player. thats freedom to me base jumping and all that i can do in real life i dont see the point to em really what thrill do i get from that. the golf and tennis i get because its competitive

  • heartlessniggasprosper

    As long as I’m able to hijack a plane, all is good Rockstar.

  • Trollface

    GTA sucks because it’s not in 1st person. Seriously, this game needs to be more like CoD

    • person

      gta has been around way longer than CoD, if anything Cod shoud be more like gta

      • Trollface

        I don’t know a single person who even heard of gta let alone played it. Every game now should be more like CoD! (CoD existed before gta and sold way more copies.

        • Troll?

          Judging by your name, I assume you’re just trolling.

        • Trollface

          I be not actually. Im speaking the truth. Why don’t you leave this site because its gonna be mine soon.

  • joe

    another pointless irrelevant chubb article…

  • dialz

    why do people want property? the only use it has is saving your game???

  • monops

    im fed up with gta v and its not even out yet

  • davieguns

    Rock*- you are badass! I content with how you construct characters and how their appearance is molded with their personality. We can dictate the style they rock. Bad ass! You make fun to play, fun to navigate and intriguing video games. The best as far as I’m concerned.