Wednesday, 28 May 2014

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N.B. Roland Barthes' Enigma Code - a text will set up a mystery or enigma to draw in or intrigue the audience

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The World 

The world of GTA V will be set in the re-imagining of Southern California, where players can expect to surround themselves into a huge array of sceneries that replicate the stereotypical Californian lifestyle. This world will include mountains, oceans, strip malls, urban environments, wilderness, beaches as well as the corporate world surrounded by its huge skyscrapers. In every single one of these environment, players will be able to take part in activities that pertain to the area that they find themselves. These activities will be fulfilled by the role of three independent characters that will form the base for the campaign of GTA V.

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The Characters

The characters in GTA V will transform the narrative of the campaign into to one interwoven story. Players will be able to cut between the three different points of view between each one of the three characters at any time. This can be done during free play or during missions. If you are playing with one of your three characters during free play, your other two characters will not be idle. They will, in fact, be engaging in their own activities, which all range from driving idly around town to taking part in yoga classes.

The three characters in GTA V will each have their own personality as well as their own special ability. The special ability of the characters haven’t been divulged as of yet but are expected to derive from the personality traits and history of each one of the protagonists. Here are the basics surrounding the three characters and their personality types:

Michael: Used to be a successful bank robber, which now finds himself spending his time trying to manage his family. Michael is currently in a mid-life crisis where he finds his family lifestyle monotonous and frustrating, and craves to return to the adrenaline packed world of guns, money and heart pumping action.

Franklin: Franklin is an up and coming street hustler that believes he is surrounded by individuals inferior to him. He finds himself having to balance the duality of a life style of gangsterism with the desire to leave that way of life in which he thrives.

Trevor: The hill billy with psychotic tendencies. Trevor has a desire for chaos and destruction, where there is never a second thought at the consequences of his actions. He will act as the comical relief of the title with his unexplanatory actions and quirks.

All the characters will be subject to certain stats that are expected to be enhanced via in-game achievements or repetition of activities.

These stats are: Special, Stamina, Shooting, Strength, Stealth, Flying, Driving and Lung Capacity

The layout of the HUD or map display will also show the players health as well as their armor. The orange bar is not confirmed but we expect it to relate to the players special ability or stamina levels.

Game Activities

GTA V has a huge array of events to take part in the game, besides the campaign. Here are just some of the activities that players can expect to take part in:

Vehicle Customization, vehicles will be able to be fully customized in GTA V where the cars themselves will be subject to certain stats that can change. These stats are: Top Speed, Acceleration, Braking and Traction
Flying Planes
Clothes Shopping
Sky Diving
Playing Golf
Cycling Races
Deep Sea Diving
Jet Skiing
Bounty Hunting
Character customization: Tattoo’s and Piercings
Stock Investment
Drag Races


Within campaign missions, players are now expected to be more creative and are allowed more decisions when it come to setting up and completing missions. An example of the decisions that players will be able to make include the possibility to be stealthy in a mission or to go guns blazing into a heist. Each one of the choices will come with its own costs and rewards.

A brand new introduction to the mission is the mercenary system. Players will be able to hire mercenaries to help out in certain tasks in the mission. These mercenaries each come with certain set of specialized skills, such as hacking, driving or being a great gunman. If the mission is successful the mercenary will receive their allotted cut as their cost for the job.


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