Rockstar has been on a roll recently. Just a couple of days ago, the developers had released some screenshots of the latest game in the extremely popular and controversial Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto V. Now, Rockstar has released more screenshots that show off some of the areas we’ll be able to see once the game is out and we can explore the fictional state of San Andreas.
This time around, one of the screenshots shows dirt bikes going through what looks like mountains. This points to the countryside from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas making a comeback. Another screenshot shows a character parachuting down a canyon. The third screenshot that Rockstar has released shows what looks like one of the houses in the Vinewood district of Los Santos, where the rich and the elite live.
Rockstar has shown off five screenshots in total, three being shown just a few days ago. Last time’s screenshots showed that bicycles and jets would be returning to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. These vehicles were not present in Grand Theft Auto IV and its expansions, The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, as Liberty City wasn’t big enough to warrant the presence of jets. The omission of bicycles was puzzling though, but it could be argued that bicycles didn’t go with the more serious tone of the GTA IV games.
And.. uh... tennis..
Some of the other things to note in last time’s screenshots is that according to the license plate of the Cheetah in one of the screenshot, the new game will indeed be taking place in the San Andreas area - same as that in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This could mean a return to one of the biggest maps created in gaming at the time. It will also be interesting to look at the three cities in the state of San Andreas: Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas, rendered in the beauty that the current generation of consoles and PCs are capable of.
The previous game in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV, starred Nico Bellic, a fresh off the boat immigrant in Liberty City, which was geographically based on New York. The game’s major theme was a satire of the “American Dream”, with Nico Bellic trying to run away from his past.
After GTA IV, Rockstar released two major expansion packs for the games - The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. The Lost and the Damned stars a new protagonist, Johnny Klebitz, who is a member of Liberty City’s Motorcycle Club The Lost, a club which was featured in missions throughout the course of GTA IV. The Ballad of Gay Tony stars another protagonist, Luis Lopez. The game shows the more “glamourous” side of Liberty City, with its vibrant nightlife. Rockstar later on released both the games in a single standalone box titled Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City.