Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.
Grand Theft Auto V is the first GTA since the original Grand Theft Auto where the player takes control of multiple characters. A unique switching system allows the player to switch between characters almost instantly and at any time when off-mission. A number of missions will involve all three protagonists allowing you to switch between them to play different parts of the mission. Therefore you could, for example, switch between playing as a helicopter pilot, a sniper and the man on the ground, meaning that you're always in the action.
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The main weapon wheel is broken down into a series of subcategories; after scrolling with the stick to the weapon type you want, left and right on the D-pad will cycle between additional individual weapons. The wheel will store all of the weapons you collect and you will never lose them, even if they run out of ammo or you get busted. It's estimated that players can hold about 14 weapons. You can throw weapons to the other protagonists. Sniper Rifles can be upgraded with a Thermo Scope which can be activated on the run. Miniguns destroy vehicle almost instantly. The ability to fire whilst prone and rolling around returns from Max Payne 3 at a mission with Trevor. There are Ammu-Nation stores which are open at night. Players can have a shooting scope of 360 degrees so that they can strategically decide what they need to do. You can adjust the power, rate of fire and gauge levels of the weapons. AI constantly changes their position to get a better shot at you.
The GTA V map is based loosely on Southern California. The map features the city of Los Santos (inspired by Los Angeles) and surrounding hills, countryside, beaches and mountains. Below is a rough version of what the game map looks like:
Los Santos is approximately the same size as GTA IV's Liberty City. When compared in plan view, the whole map is 4-5 times bigger than Liberty City, and 2 times bigger than GTA San Andreas. However, the landscape has much more vertical variation than GTA IV and San Andreas, so comparing in plan view doesn't tell the full story. Once the game is released, we will assemble an interactive map which allows you to plunge into the districts of Los Santos from the safety of your own chair. The map will include locations of every item for you 100% nutters (unique stunt jumps, weapon pickups, collectables, etc.); just like the previous maps we made for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV.