Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Analysis: Running On The PS3, Return of Stats, Jets, GTA: Online Tease, And More

As promised yesterday – the moment that Grand Theft Auto fans have been waiting for – the folks over at Rockstar have finally released in-game footage of their highly anticipated sandbox shooter, Grand Theft Auto V.

Check out the video below:

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To start out with this analysis, lets take a quick glance over the gameplay changes.

To start out with what the demo was running out, it appears that the system used was indeed the PlayStation 3, as shown with the following button prompts.

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The camera view and shooting mechanics have been changed from the normal distant view to a closer over-the-shoulder perspective, and more similar to that of Max Payne 3.

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The mini map is also different from  GTA 4 as this time around it’s square, rather than a circle, and the health/armor system is displayed as a bar.

Players can also expect the same type of stat system, minus some of the annoyances that GTA: San Andreas had.

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Along with this, players will also be able to switch from any character without any loading or major interruptions. Of course, this is geared towards the single-player portion of the game only. Main characters will also be “absent” as shown in the images above.  There’s also a day counter, though we are unsure what this means.

The weapon wheel is introduced, giving players a full arsenal of of weapons to choose from. If you look closely, you can also see that we can carry more of the same type of weapons. Notice that the pistol slot shows “3/4,” indicating that the player has 3 different pistols.


If you watch closely during this segment, every gunshot fired appears on the mini map and has a radius area. This most likely works hand in hand with the stealth system.

The Wanted system also makes an appearance. Star level is displayed in upper right.

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Jets and planes also make a gorgeous return.

We can now hunt animals. Aside from this, it appears that there will be dynamic wind in the game as shown by the arrow in the screen below. This will most likely play into weapon/sight sway.

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Activities were already confirmed. In addition to Yoga, bike racing, tennis, shooting range, golfing, diving, and skydiving have been confirmed via trailer.

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Vehicles can be customized from the way they look to how they perform.

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Money most likely will play a huge role this time around, something that GTA IV lacked. Characters can be customized too with new clothing, tattoos, and more.

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Grand Theft Auto: Online is teased at the end of the trailer.

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Currency is displayed in the upper right. It appears to be a MMO-type of online gameplay with players being able to drive cars, fly jets, pilot helicopters, and participate in missions and activities with other players. We counted about 19 players in this shot.

Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled for a September 17 release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.

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