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Grand Theft Auto V will also include a brand new focus on multiplayer. The game will feature "crews," which are essentially groups of players you can take into the game at once. However, these crews can be transferred over from Rockstar game to Rockstar game. So you can take the crews that you had in Max Payne 3 and invite them into Grand Theft Auto V and vice versa.
Crews can be made up of 1-5 players (though a crew of 1 kind of defeats the purpose.) When joining a crew, you will be tasked with completing specific crew missions that focus on teamwork and cooperative strategy. Completing a mission as a crew will earn experience points and rewards for all members of the crew. It's a nice little MMO spin on the wanton GTA destruction we have come to know and love.
However, perhaps the most interesting parts of the GTA V trailer were the points that didn't show the sunny side of Los Santos. Scenes showed off homeless people living under bridges, areas of town falling into disrepair, people selling their houses to make ends meet, and more. It appears as if Rockstar is actually going to satirize the failing American economy, which is a gutsy move. One has to wonder if they will also satirize our upcoming elections as well.
So what can we expect from Grand Theft Auto V? A lot, that's what. We have seen only a fraction of the gameplay and locales that will be showcased in the final game. Heck, we don't even know much about the story's setup yet. Still, it's clear that Rockstar is thinking big for this one. If anything, the game is certainly following in the footsteps of San Andreas. Bigger, better, and with more options than you can shake a hooker at (did I mention Prostitutes figure prominently into the trailer?) The wait for GTAV will be filled with hype indeed.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: August 31, 2012