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GTAV In Early Development, Script Is Over 1,000 Pages

Whenever it comes to Grand Theft Auto, millions are always on the lookout for any small details pertaining to the next installment. Unfortunately, Rockstar has been keeping very quiet about GTAV.

But that doesn't mean there are zero details. Several European sources, starting with what Rockstar vice president Dan Houser told the British Times and ending up in an article at PC Games, have confirmed a few important pieces of information. First of all, Houser says the team has indeed started development on Grand Theft Auto V and while that may seem trivial, this is the first time any Rockstar employee has ever officially referred to the project (as far as we can remember). Not that it's any big surprise, but we just wanted to clarify. Secondly, while they won't reveal the name of the city - the big rumor is that we're all returning to Vice City - Houser did mention the story's massive script: it's over 1,000 pages in length. Now, we've seen that big number associated with a game script before, and it was for Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain. With the latter project, however, there must be literally hundreds of branching storylines that must be in place depending on player decisions and choices. GTA is usually a linear story so 1,000 pages means something very different, I think...it means we're should get the longest and most detailed GTA story yet.

And yeah, being a Vice City fan, I'd love to head back there. I'm pretty sure we won't get that awesome '80s setting again, but I suppose I can live with that. Just...gimme!

11/16/2009 10:18:11 AM Ben Dutka

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BTNwarrior
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:35:02 AM
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as long as the script includes hijacking a harrier and with a jet pack I'll be happy

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kevinater321
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:35:42 AM
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Soundss sweet! too bad i'm not allowed to play this game.

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tlpn99
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 3:00:17 PM

Why cant you play this game ?

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Alienange
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 3:03:54 PM

He's 17

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tlpn99
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 3:09:18 PM

lol since when does that stop anyone buying the game unless he has very strict parents.

I see it all the time older brothers or mates buying GTA for the siblings to keep them quiet. :)

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johnld
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 9:01:07 PM

if an 11 year old kid can play modern warfare 2, then theres no problem with a 17 year old to play GTAV

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Banky A
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:06:13 PM

Damn he's older than me?
But I still play the GTA's and restricted games, just like many kiddos' out there =]

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Zorigo
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:39:28 AM
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as long as it recaptures the magic of san andreas. gtaiv wasn't bad, but it was to 'keen' on being real and gritty. gta isn't meant to be about a dman good laugh. i mean, starting off the game, by having to drive in traffic, wtf?

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Geobaldi
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:45:28 AM
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Vice City was my favorite. Will be nice to visit the 80's again if that's where they're going. Or possibly a present version of Vice City? Just as long as it isn't as dull as GTA IV was.

Last edited by Geobaldi on 11/16/2009 10:45:38 AM

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:45:51 AM
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i hope its back in vice :)

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Troy Powers
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:47:51 AM
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I personally don't see what was so great about GTA4. The story didn't grab me at all. The gameplay was too repetetive. It just wasn't good. It was fun for a while, but after a few plays, there was no real desire to toss it in the PS3 to see what happens next. I already knew what happened next. The same thing that happened the last three missions.

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Aftab
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:33:19 PM

Repetition and sandbox games. Kinda comes with the territory. In that case, I wouldn't recommend other stellar titles such as inFamous, or AC2, or Fallout 3 (which I haven't played), or even Ratchet and Clank. You'll be missing a lot of great games, though.

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Troy Powers
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:43:02 PM

Actually, though inFamous was repetetive, I liked it much better. I think the story was better. The whole think about being a good guy or a bad guy added a lot to it also. I don't think GTA and Ratched and Clank are comparable at all. I never played the first AC (though I do own it. Go figure.), so I wasn't really planning on picking up the second one unless I play it at a friend's first and really like it. Fallout 3 I may eventually try out on the recommendation of a friend. He says there are elements that make it not as monotonous as say Oblivion or something like that.

Anyway, a game can be repetetive and still be good. The story just has to really draw me in and make me want to see how the story will develop next. GTA didn't do that. If it did, it didn't do it soon enough. I moved on to another game before it drew me in at all.

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Aftab
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:45:59 PM

R&C:ACIT is free-roaming open world/space (even has funny radio stations).

And I highly recommend getting back to GTA4, if you haven't already, especially if you like Midnight Club (I loved hording the supercars that get unlocked later and racing them even after finishing the story with both endings). I was bored by it. I got back to it during a slow season. And was blown away by it later. And before that, I was never even into GTA's.

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Beamboom
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 6:52:48 PM

I so totally agree with Troy. I think GTAIV is the hands down most overrated game ever. GTA IV beeing the all time best PS3 game with an AVERAGE rating of 97.31% (ref Gamerankings)? WTF is that all about?

GTA IV is the first GTA where I found the story to be downright *boring*. I have no empaty or fascination for the main charater at all, could not care less if his damn brother dies while playing poker, and quite frankly if only the girls in the strip bar actually stripped I'd use GTAIV as an interactive screensaver.

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eLLeJuss
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:52:14 AM
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You know what i want. I want oblivion 2 :) im sick of GTA.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:14:45 PM

And Fallout: New Vegas!

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Jian2069
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 9:57:42 PM

dead rising 2

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CrazyIrishBoy
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:55:41 AM
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Countryside, planes and jetpackes, that what i want back... :P Gta online multiplayer with planes, oh yea... in the countryside... that would be awesome.

They left out countryside because they wanted the city to be much more packed with tings to do.. i think? well if they work hard enough im sure the ps3 could handle it..

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bOnEs
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 11:10:38 AM
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personally, i don't want another vice city... i'd like to see something different... if we end up getting vice city then, it's a no-brainer as to where the next GTA will take place... san andreas anyone?

i just feel that they need to explore new areas... give the south some love like texas or arizona... or the midwest like seattle... while miami offers up something breathtaking for a next-gen game to deliver, it would feel re-hashed IMO...

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dlte
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 11:13:09 AM

seattle is definitely not in the midwest.

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bOnEs
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:01:33 PM

west coast...

why do people on the internet even care to take the time to correct someone without even mentioning the story itself?? i never understood that one...

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:14:38 PM

@bones

I'm sure if I mentioned Alaska and said "the southern part of the States" you would correct me. Nothing wrong with corrections if they're given in a mature way. He didn't call you an idiot, so no harm done.

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bOnEs
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:53:40 PM

i know no harm... i just don't know why people would rather comment on typos rather than the actual article itself...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:16:14 PM

Sometimes we just like to razz each other.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 2:43:52 AM

When I correct people it's because I hope they'll learn to proofread their comments and use correct English in the future, so I don't have to decipher nonsense to determine what they meant to write.

Why bother writing a comment if you don't make sure to say what you meant to say?

p.s. I vote for GTA Windy City.

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bOnEs
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 9:27:38 AM

hey, even when proof-reading, it's easy to miss something... happens to me a lot, that's why most of my posts are usually edited :D...

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BIG_E
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 11:18:32 AM
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I would love another Vice City or something like GTA London,or GTA ATL.

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Troy Powers
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:05:29 PM
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I would love to see RockStar merge GTA and Midnight Club into one game. I mean, it's such a no-brainer to me. That would be a long, full, robust game.

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Streets_74
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:06:37 PM
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I would love to see it in a new setting, I've been wanting a GTA to do it in the midwest. Not because thats where I'm from, but becuase it has alot to offer as far as crime, corruption, and it's a very diverse area with the likes of latinos, african american, asians, hell we even have the amish. So there is alot to work with in this area. Plus just think of all the different gangs we have between Illinoise and Indiana alone, then and in places like Detroit, Minnesota, and ST.Louis.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:17:31 PM

That would be funny to see it here in Minnesota, they would have to include the people who drive like lunatics in the snow, rolling off the roads and getting into accidents and stuff.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:59:46 PM

__________________________________You Douchebag ^

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city96
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:06:42 PM
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This reminds me, Where is Getaway 3?

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___________
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 12:04:46 AM

canceled along with 8 days.
you can thank eyepet for that.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:10:40 PM
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Take all the expletives out and I doubt it tops 500 pages.

Hopefully with V they go back to what made the PS2 versions so fun, GAMEPLAY.

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bhindi_bhaji
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 12:58:46 PM
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Being a fan of Vice City going back there is all good, especially a revamped version, I loved the atmosphere Rockstar created.

The Ballad of Gay Tony has a slight Vice City vibe going on with the clubs and obviously the Vice City FM station, lots of heli and boat missions etc.

As much as I like GTAIV I think Rockstar have realised what people want from GTA, fun rather than too much realism.

It's just a shame that Episodes from Liberty City hasn't been released on the PS3 so everyone can experience TBOGT, lot's of fun to be had with that!

I'd like to see the other cities mentioned in GTA games, Capital City and Carcer City.

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taus90
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:02:05 PM
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If GTAIV team is doing Agent, then who is doing GTAV

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godsman
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:21:51 PM

They are still in early development. Agent is probably done by next year, that's probably when the GTAV officially starts.

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sabitrulz
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:15:10 PM
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ahh! saw my galfrnd playing vice city in her 60gb yesterday..........it really was a fantastic game..

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:19:32 PM
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I hope they get rid of the dating and friendship simulators, I don't play GTA to take idiots out on dates or to play darts, though driving while your character is drunk was fun, especial if you have a couple beers in you yourself :)

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godsman
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:20:57 PM
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We haven't played either game yet, its hard to imagine how long is 1000 pages of script. Scripts tend to have double and triple spaces, so one page goes by fairly quickly. Unless you can compare how many pages is in a typical movie.

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bOnEs
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 1:36:09 PM

i bet most of that is the pedestrian dialog you hear on the streets...

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Imagi
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:02:11 PM
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About time for another GTA London? or how about Glasgow which is just a couple of miles from where GTA is created.

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The Stig
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:31:14 PM

Better yet, how about setting it in Edinburgh, where its created. I think Edinburgh would make a great setting for a GTA game, I could visit my house.

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Kingharris
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:20:43 PM
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Hope it goes to London. Best British Developer out there :P

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jerocarson
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:31:28 PM
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GTA = MILK.. .
though still one of my favorite franchise right behind Metal gear series and the syphon filters series..

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jerocarson
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:31:30 PM
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GTA = MILK.. .
though still one of my favorite franchise right behind Metal gear series and the syphon filters series..

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faraga
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:48:53 PM
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I'm just wondering, there are people suggesting using the midwest as a location, but GTA always used water to indicate the ends of the map, how are they going to do that with the midwest then? I don't think building a giant invisible wall would work.

How about Amsterdam as a setting?

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bOnEs
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 3:09:11 PM

michigan/detroit? it's a peninsula... manhattan (algonquin) is a peninsula... so is florida... they aren't completely surrounded by water... neither is california... i think any town with a beach front is fair game...

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jerocarson
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:59:54 PM
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GTA; AFRICA...
awesomeness at it's peak...

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tlpn99
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 2:59:56 PM
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Kevinator why cant you play this game ?

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tlpn99
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 3:08:00 PM
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Anywhere GTA related is fine by me. I would like to see maybe a new country or something but if it's somewhere we have been before then so be it.
I loved GTA4 and thought it was great. As World says lets hope they keep the relationships out. If I want to take someone playing darts I would do it in real life :)

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bearbobby
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:28:14 PM
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I wouldn't mind the relationship stuff as long as it was your choice to initiate and not forced on the player. That way if you care to put in the time to make friends or whatnot you can gain the rewards but if you feel like passing on the perks, then you can just move on.

I agree that there was nothing more annoying than being in the middle of a car chase or firefight and having the damn phone ring and lose respect or whatever because you're busy doing something else. That got on my nerves.

But I'd love another character you could pal around with and gain the ability to call in backup again. Possibly they could include a mulitplayer co-op option for the entire story mode, that'd be massive entertainment. And we definitley need more variety in off-track mini-games.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 2:51:42 AM

Agree 100%.

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Poor_boy
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:28:35 PM
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All this script buzz made me think all of sudden. How long was the script for MGS4:GoP? I'm guessing well over 1000 pages.

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Streets_74
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 4:50:53 PM
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"I would love to see RockStar merge GTA and Midnight Club into one"

I've had these exact thoughts, but how did I get a thumbs down for having a thought idiots these days, and to World I here you on that snow thing I lived in Minnesota for a while.

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jerocarson
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 5:07:45 PM
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i love Rockstar, I love Africa..
RE5; Africa.. Gta FOLLOW SUIT PLS . .. .

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Rings0fUranus
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 5:32:29 PM
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is this that elusive exclusive ben keeps teasing us with?
i cant remember the rules...

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isaya85
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 5:53:29 PM
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I would like to see GTA in Detroit....yall know yall want that don't hate show the D some luv

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Poor_boy
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 6:54:07 PM

I was thinking of interstate. Make Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas all accessible in GTA5. Maybe thats too much, but a man can dream.

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bOnEs
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 8:02:45 PM

i second that... i show the D love all the time :D... well, their sports teams anyways... i live on the other side of the hand...

detroit would represent that gritty, GTA-esque environment really well... everything they mentioned about liberty city and the direction they wanted to take the series before the game came out sounded so much like detroit, lol...

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nath08
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:11:03 PM

@poor_boy

its possible, the actual blu-ray discs can fit 50gb of data on them (i know, pretty amazing huh?) and there is the install which reserves memory. that would be one hell of a game, i am pleeding that they have a HUGE armory of weapons, that would then most definatley be THE best game EVER.

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Kiryu
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 7:13:06 PM
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Heavy Rain script is over 2000 pages.

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LittleBigMidget
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 7:46:14 PM
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Lets hope half of the missions on GTA V don't involve being a taxi driver.

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BIG_E
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 9:08:22 PM
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OH how about GTA Detroit or GTA Louisiana or GTA Jamaca or GTA Japan?????????

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mike rlz
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 9:45:44 PM

haha i live in metro detroit and i was thinking that too.... that would be freakin EPIC

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Jian2069
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 9:59:25 PM
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I really cant wait for this one, im hoping for everything that gtaiv should've been...
graphics+physics AND good missions/story/gameplay

then I will be satisfied!
it would be sweet to see gta in tokyo or something

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Banky A
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 10:06:55 PM
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Sweet! I hope it's a personal story like Niko. He was badass.

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___________
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 12:02:19 AM
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take the gameplay of san andreas like the upgradeable weapons, gang wars stuff like that.
and the mission structure of GTA vice city and the world of vice city and you have the perfect game.
SA had the best gameplay features like flying planes, upgrading weapons, picking up some homies and taking over some turf but the missions and environments sucked.
vice city had everything perfect except the gameplay.
take everything from vice city, add the gameplay of san andreas and you have the perfect GTA game.
o and please R* none of this your a taxi driver for the first half of the game crap.
please R*?
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

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bOnEs
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 9:34:11 AM

most people don't realize that R* started from scratch with GTAIV... there's a reason why some features were missing... with the DLC pieces the xbots are getting, we are starting to see their ability to add these new gameplay features like turf wars, skydiving and clubbing...

i fully expect the next title to have a lot more stuff to do than IV because, R* knows what they can and can't do with the new engine...

i expect to see the same amount of improvement we saw from III to vice city...

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nath08
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:06:44 PM
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i am preying, for the sake of my entertainment, this game has realistic/good gore. i think gore just makes the whole game feel like your more in touch and just a lot better really! who's with me?

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SubjectiveTruth
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 7:44:12 PM
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Please vice city

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