GTA V gameplay mechanics overhauled

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 12, 2012

We’ve heard about a number of promises for the Grand Theft Auto 5 gameplay, and one of these is a complete overhaul of the mechanics, which have reportedly been redesigned from the ground up. The graphics in GTA V will be much better and that has been shown when Rockstar confirmed it wouldn’t be possible to customize character weight, which is due to a number of factors including the level of graphic detail on three characters. For some of our readers GTA V gameplay would always be favored above graphics, although it is fair to say this isn’t the opinion of every gamer.

If you’ve been gaming as long as us and remember the fun had on a Commodore 64, then you’d understand how gameplay had been the main factor back then and is still favored by most gamers over graphics in 2012. The issue when it comes to GTA V on the PS3 and Xbox 360 is expectation of hardware, and considering we’ve seen the progression of graphics for many years since the C64, we expect good graphics and excellent gameplay in GTA V.

Rockstar understand the importance of GTA V gameplay – you could have the best graphics to date for any Grand Theft Auto game, but if the gameplay is not there then it will receive negative reviews. We’ve played enough games over the years with bad graphics, but once we started playing the gameplay had been so good that you totally forget about the level of graphic detail. It has been years since IV released and we are still playing it, which is enjoyed even more by cheats that allow you to take a helicopter to the top of a building and then dive off with a parachute. Rockstar has a reputation for delivering what the gamers want and in their recent Game Informer exclusive they explained how the GTA V gameplay mechanics will be built “from the ground up“, although we hope to see some interesting cheats as well for extra fun.

The promise of amazing GTA 5 gameplay – it is fair to say that we expect GTA 5 to be the biggest selling game of 2013, and the gameplay will keep us entertained for years to come, but just how are Rockstar improving the gameplay mechanics? We won’t know every detail until next year, but what we know now is that cars will feel more like a racing game and hold well on the road. The shooting mechanics won’t be at the level of Black Ops 2/Battlefield 3, but it has certainly evolved and is reported to be “a long way” from where it had been before with much better mechanics. You will find shooting in GTA 5 a lot more “fun and strong“, which should also include better Melee when up close and personal.

Not every gamer will purchase GTA 5 to go out shooting people, but with that said we can remember putting in a few hundred hours just getting on top of roofs in IV and shooting police and pedestrians with sniper rifles. It felt like a shooting game when doing this and hiding out at a nightclub, so with better gameplay mechanics in GTA 5 we can’t wait to see how it feels. The same can be said for racing and while GTA 5 isn’t a racing game, you’re able to steal a car or motorcycle and start racing around, which with better handling on the ground will make everything feel that much smoother.

GTA 5 will feel dynamic – Rockstar has put a lot of thought into how the game will feel when you’re just exploring the bigger GTA 5 map, so you’ll also find some interesting “casual encounters” that reveal more than a one-liner from pedestrians. While this will be a long way from full conversations with adaptive AI, look towards PS4 and Xbox 720 for this, you can interact with pedestrians in GTA 5 and find they have a lot more to offer you.

Mini missions are everywhere in GTA 5 – Skyrim players know there are thousands of quests within the game, so this meant gamers had a more curious nature when playing. If you played Red Dead Redemption you might remember the dynamic mission system in that game, which is now coming to GTA 5 and will lead to lots of mini missions. Remember when you’re exploring the map to have a curious nature, so pull over and get out of the car to investigate things that take your interest. This won’t be for everyone, but after playing RDR and Skyrim for hundreds of hours each, we can’t wait to see how this expands Grand Theft Auto 5.

Would you rather have much better gameplay mechanics in GTA 5, or is graphics more important to you? You can be sure that the next-generation of gaming is coming within the next couple of years, so graphics hungry gamers will likely get the best of both worlds when the Xbox 720 and PS4 arrive. For now you can certainly expect gameplay to hit another level in GTA 5, although we’d love to know how you envision the game to be? You can read about the possibility of a GTA 5 trailer 2 countdown here, which some people hope leads us to an exact release time for the next trailer.

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  • andy

    there has to be a balance between the gameplay and graphics and in gta v’s case is losing player customisation for better graphics worth it? In my opinion, yes.

  • asdfghjkl

    i think gta v sucks im fed up to death with it all ready,,,, rockstar wrecked it

    • *You, this time next year*: ”gta v rocks!!”.
      I bet!

    • Oldschool1987

      Oh, you have played this game then?

  • GTAFreak

    Wait till you guys get a load of GTA V.

  • david

    This article provides zero new information.

  • WilliamHackett

    GTA IV is the best!!!! for the win !!!!!! #YOLO #GTA San Andreas SUCKS!!!

    • Dawid Bartel

      fu*k you and your yolo.

    • GTA IV is the best!!!??? YOLO???? GTA San Andreas SUCKS!!!??? … You’re obviously 9 or 10 years of age!

    • Oldschool1987

      Great some moron parent gave their mentally retarded 5 year old boy access to the internet.

      Only people with no life scream YOLO.

  • i preferred Gta San Andreas and vice city graphics to Gta 4 graphics it added the more fun value to the game. But i am really really NOT looking forward to having 3 characters to play with that will ruin the game for me. I liked concentrating on one character, Vice City was a brilliant storyline because it revolved around building up Tommy Verceti’s name and business. Far better than San Andreas Storyline.

  • Al

    I think GTA: San Andreas is the best Grand Theft Auto game because it just has so much fun activities players can do such as- Haircut, Gym, Yoga, Girlfriend, Eat, Tattoo, Shop, Buy Houses, Hundreds of Cheat Codes, Multiple Cities, Fly Airplanes, Parachutting, Karate, Boxing, Racing, (multiple easter eggs) eg: Bigfoot, Clubbing, Dancing, ect. I want GTA V to have them and have High expectations for it.

    Al Tareen.

    • Chewy

      I agree man, I really do BUT there is no yoga or Bigfoot in San Andreas 😛

      • h2dude69

        I played San Andreas from beginning to end atleast 20 times and it still doesn’t get old. I never played any other game so much

        • Dawid Bartel

          Same here. I played the game about 7 times (i still cant believe it lol).

  • When i see games like Max Payne 3 and Red dead redemption that still impress me,i can’t imagine GTA 5 disappoint! I know this game will be gorgeous 😉

  • I still think San Andreas was the best game ever, GTA ever too, if that make sense. 7 years, people are still playing it, and making movies out of it. The game was truly a diamond, GTA 4 was gold, but not DIAMOND, too me, GTA SAN ANDREAS was so good I’m afraid Rockstar reached it’s pinnacle with it. San Andreas at that time was so mouth dropping and shocking what was added to it, that I wonder if we’ll ever be like that when GTA V comes out

    • Dawid Bartel

      Watch out for the next GTA. Why? Because todays consoles are reaching their capabilities and therefore the developers can’t go all out. GTA SA was great as the developers were at the stage of experimenting. The console wasn’t old neither.

      • Oldschool1987

        Lol, PC elitists are so obvious. Butt hurt you aren’t getting GTAV?

  • Chris

    Graphics good and gameplay got better!!

  • riv5ival

    Best game of the decade,I trust Rockstar to do everything I don’t care about graphics I. just can’t wait