Grand Theft Auto 5 bigger than Red Dead, San Andreas, and GTA4 combined

Rockstar wasn't kidding when it said Grand Theft Auto 5's Los Santos will be the biggest world they've created in a game.

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Rockstar wasn't kidding when it said Grand Theft Auto 5's Los Santos will be the biggest world they've created in a game. In fact, according to the just-released Game Informer cover story, the world is bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto 4... combined.

There are many reasons why GTAV is so big. Rockstar head Sam Houser said he was interested in doing a proper take on Los Angeles, something the company didn't feel like it achieved with the PS2 San Andreas. And unlike previous GTA games, there's a lot of verticality to explore: whether it's the skies above the city, or the ocean below. Yes, apparently the ocean floor is fully detailed and can be explored.

Rockstar is convincingly making the argument that GTAV is big. Of course, there's that old adage: it's not just about how big it is, but what you do with it as well. For more details, check out Game Informer.

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    November 8, 2012 1:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 5 bigger than Red Dead, San Andreas, and GTA4 combined.

    Rockstar wasn't kidding when it said Grand Theft Auto 5's Los Santos will be the biggest world they've created in a game.

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      November 8, 2012 1:39 PM

      cool, but if this game doesn't have decent mission checkpoints, it's a not starter. No way am i going to drive a truck all the way across a map bigger than RDR, GTA:SA and GTA4 combined, just to take a shotgun to the face and respawn in the fucking truck at the ass-licking starting point again.

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        November 8, 2012 1:53 PM

        I'm sure they'll probably have something similar to GTA4 where you could completely skip the driving sequence if you've already finished that part of the mission. I think RDR had something similar if you were driving a carriage for a while.

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          November 8, 2012 4:37 PM

          Aside from that GTA4 had pretty shitty checkpoints though.

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            November 8, 2012 6:35 PM

            iirc, the add-ons did a lot better at this than the vanilla game

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      November 8, 2012 1:40 PM

      Crazy

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      November 8, 2012 1:52 PM

      Oceans are detailed too? Maybe scubadiving is included? Either way, it's still awesome. I love expansive maps because you're always finding new things it's awesome to just explore areas without being tied to any missions.

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        November 8, 2012 1:55 PM

        Surfing would be awesome too but there's no damn way they went that far.

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        November 8, 2012 6:38 PM

        lol, that would be such a long journey from Tommy Vercetti and the no-name dude before him being allergic to water.

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        November 9, 2012 10:59 AM

        submarines!!

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      November 8, 2012 1:57 PM

      0_o

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      November 8, 2012 1:59 PM

      Those poor, poor Rockstar wives. :(

      I bet the kids hardly know their fathers and the wives wore out their dildos.

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      November 8, 2012 2:59 PM

      That's cool and all as long as its populated with worthwhile stuff.

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        November 8, 2012 3:46 PM

        Yeah now your cousin AND your brother call you to go to the bar!

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          November 8, 2012 10:16 PM

          in between dating, taking your friends out, you will have to walk your dog, feed the fish and call your parents

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      November 8, 2012 3:18 PM

      Daggerfall is larger than all games combined.

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        November 8, 2012 3:42 PM

        Daggerfall is larger than even Daggerfall.

        still one of my favorite games ever

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      November 8, 2012 3:55 PM

      Not on PC. Oh well. Their loss at a sale.

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      November 8, 2012 6:28 PM

      Holy crap this is awesome!! :D

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      November 8, 2012 6:33 PM

      the jet with missiles gives me a boner

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      November 8, 2012 6:34 PM

      nioce nice

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      November 8, 2012 7:22 PM

      Please tell me they're going to fix vehicle handling. Maybe I'm just bad at video games but the thing that put me off about GTA4 the most was how most vehicles felt like driving a fridge on scooter wheels covered in butter (I need to work on my similes).

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        November 8, 2012 8:55 PM

        i loved the handling. it would be great with some minor tweaks (the brakes were ridiculously terrible)

        most open world games have dogshit, on-rails handling with no room for skill whatsoever

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          November 9, 2012 8:59 AM

          I like those on-rails handling. Sleeping Dogs felt way better than GTA4 in terms of vehicle handling. But then again, I'm just bad at games.

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        November 8, 2012 9:00 PM

        The GI article mentions better handling, and went on about how it will rival current racing games.

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        November 8, 2012 10:03 PM

        LOVED the handling in GTA4, they ratched it up a notch from completely unrealistic in the old series to half way inbetween realistic and arcade - it was about 2 rungs below PGR2 in GT4 and felt great to me.

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          November 8, 2012 10:07 PM

          Me too, I really love it.

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            November 8, 2012 10:08 PM

            GTA4 basically saved my life, it was a beautiful thing.

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              November 8, 2012 10:17 PM

              you want your copy back?

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                November 8, 2012 10:29 PM

                Fuck I forgot all about that, I still have a copy and therefore your MGS4 - we'll have to swap em over :)

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          November 9, 2012 12:05 AM

          St last they need to make a better camera for car driving, its ridiculous to use the mouse to keep the camera behind your car

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            November 9, 2012 1:16 AM

            Why would you play a console game with a mouse? That's like me saying I'm having trouble managing my control groups in Starcraft with a 360 controller.

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              November 9, 2012 4:09 AM

              The mouse was actually better in this respect. To be even remotely decent at driving you had to manually alter the camera with the right analogue stick pretty frequently because the camera didn't do a great job of staying behind the car when you were sliding around corners.

              It wasn't too bad once you got used to it, but it could certainly be improved.

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                November 9, 2012 11:09 AM

                Isn't it pretty standard that chase cams follow your direction of travel rather than the angle of the car, while in-car cams of course follow the latter? Always seemed like a known part of the trade off. In-car (including hood or bumper cam) also helps judge traction and sliding better.

                Fuck it's been so long I don't even remember if gta4 let you use any kind of in-car camera.

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              November 9, 2012 5:25 AM

              Come on man you know that's a dumb thing to say.
              If I have camera control, I play with a mouse. If I need to aim at all, I play with a goddamn mouse! Analog driving controls aren't nearly as important.

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          November 9, 2012 5:06 AM

          High fives for abrasion. I fucking loved the car physics in GTAIV as well, and honestly reading that they changed them from the ground up for V has me a little worried.

          To contrast, I couldn't stand the handling in Saints Row and was one of the main reasons the game felt shallow to me.

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          November 10, 2012 8:17 PM

          Yeah, GTA 4 was a huge improvement and I loved the increased realism.

          That said, I know it won't happen, but I would go nuts if they made it as realistic as LFS.

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        November 8, 2012 10:33 PM

        You are bad at videogames.

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        November 8, 2012 11:12 PM

        • Driving has been revamped again
        • - "The cars hold to the ground a bit better." - Dan Houser
        • - Feels more like a racing game
        • - "There are not a lot of high-level racing games out there at the moment, and that itch is going to be scratched by this game in a way maybe it hasn't been in previous GTAs." - Dan Houser


        sauce: http://totalgamingnetwork.com/content.php?310-Everything-You-Wanted-to-Know-About-Grand-Theft-Auto-V-is-Here

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        November 10, 2012 12:48 PM

        Played it on the PC and hated it, in fact never really played it beyond a few hours, too frustrating

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      November 8, 2012 9:13 PM

      Pumping. Cum.

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      November 8, 2012 9:56 PM

      I kind of wish this game would be for next gen, cause this gen these games clearly look like washed out muddy shit compared to the PC these days.

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      November 8, 2012 9:59 PM

      WOOOOO! :D

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      November 8, 2012 10:01 PM

      But...why so big? The game better be 100 hours long..

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        November 8, 2012 10:11 PM

        I'm still hoping for the multiple cities + wide open spaces of San Andreas.

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          November 8, 2012 10:17 PM

          If this game is better than GTA4, I'm going to shit myself.

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            November 8, 2012 10:56 PM

            Get your diapers ready, even the DLC episodes were better than base GTA4.

            If it's better than RDR, then you should commence the shitting of yourself.

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              November 8, 2012 10:59 PM

              I never played those DLC eps, just CBF - I think I was soured on the lack of a disc version initially and the 360 exclusive bullshit.

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                November 8, 2012 11:11 PM

                That didn't really affect me that much as had already been through the wait for the PC versions.

                The episodes bundle has gone for as little as $5 on Steam a bunch of times before, still well worth checking out especially for The Ballad of Gay Tony.

                I think the most recent sale ended the other day but you could have picked it up for $5 or the entire GTA collection for $7.50, maybe someone grabbed it for future gifting and could hook you up.

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                  November 9, 2012 5:55 AM

                  Nah I'll grab the disc version for PS3, I can't play GTA on a PC anymore. Only one of them and that was the original long long ago when I didn't understand consoles.

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                    November 9, 2012 2:25 PM

                    I think it works great. You get the better visuals and total choice of control method. Switching from gamepad to mouse is seamless so I'd often use the pad for driving and mouse for shooting. Mouse look for drive bys or targeting wheels to blowout or even drivers of other vehicles to stop them is invaluable. The lock-on targeting stuff in those games is absolutely terrible.

                    Not that the combat as a whole is that great, but free aim with a mouse and WASD for on foot / strafing is just a lot better for most annoying on-foot missions.

                    If I'm just screwing around or driving motorcycles it's gamepad 100% of the time.

                    Choice!

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                November 9, 2012 5:07 AM

                You should play through Gay Tony, it's fantastic.

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                  November 9, 2012 5:55 AM

                  I decided during dinner I'm going to play the motorbike and gay DLC about a month before GTA5, seems perfect to me.

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      November 8, 2012 10:53 PM

      O_O

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      November 9, 2012 12:08 AM

      Thread Hijack
      Does gta4 work for you on windows 8 ? Mine had many problems due to gfwl client but I managed to find a workaround, now it crashes once the game starts

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        November 9, 2012 12:58 AM

        I reinstalled it a few days ago through steam and it worked fine. I even downgraded it to work with a mod and still no issues.