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Grand Theft Auto 5 lets you play both good guy and bad guy

Now that Game Informer's Grand Theft Auto 5 cover story has been released into the wild, fans of the series are scrutinizing details with a magnifying glass. But Rockstar's creative VP has let slip another juicy tidbit: You can play the good guy and the bad guy in the game.

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Now that Game Informer's Grand Theft Auto 5 cover story has been released into the wild, we've found that the game is massive, and there are three playable characters in the game. But Rockstar creative VP Dan Houser has let slip another juicy tidbit: One of those characters is the game's main bad guy.

Houser, who is also the game's head writer, said in an interview with the New York Times that story lines of the three characters are completely interwoven: "It felt like it was going to be a real narrative strength: you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story."

The game, which is due out sometime this spring, still has some work to be done, he said. "We are editing, fixing, removing, replacing, adding, avidly. It's the equivalent of, if you wrote a book, and you had two million spelling mistakes. And you had to do them by hand, in a language you didn't understand."

Pre-orders for the game have already started for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and a new trailer is coming this week.

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    November 12, 2012 7:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 5 lets you play both good guy and bad guy.

    Now that Game Informer's Grand Theft Auto 5 cover story has been released into the wild, fans of the series are scrutinizing details with a magnifying glass. But Rockstar's creative VP has let slip another juicy tidbit: You can play the good guy and the bad guy in the game.

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      November 12, 2012 9:49 AM

      I'm calling the guy on the left.

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      November 12, 2012 12:04 PM

      This is starting to sound a little goofy, but as long as I get my huge sandbox with tons of places to explore and side activities to do, I'm golden.

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      November 12, 2012 12:21 PM

      Grand Theft Auto Heat. sounds great, i might actually play this.

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      November 12, 2012 12:46 PM

      God damn it Rockstar. I said with GTA IV, no more. It was realistic, but it wasn't fun.

      Stop making this interesting.

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      November 12, 2012 1:12 PM

      I rather play good girl bad girl.

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      November 12, 2012 2:01 PM

      I'm confused.. So if you play the game will you be switching around during it or will you have to do 3 seperate runs through the game to play all 3?

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        November 12, 2012 2:15 PM

        From what little I've read, you can switch between characters at any time when not in an actual mission. And occasionally multiple main characters will take part in a single mission with you controlling one of them, and some missions will be different for each of the characters. Whether or not you have to do multiple runs to see all the content is unknown. I would assume the character specific missions just stay on the map until you do them so you won't miss anything.

        It seems like the perfect recipe for 3 player coop, though. Where if you have 2 other people in your game you are each locked to a single dude. It's Rockstar though so I really doubt that will happen.

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        November 12, 2012 2:47 PM

        Switching throughout the campaign. When you are controlling one of the three, the other two are acting according to their AI programming.

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      November 12, 2012 3:05 PM

      In typical Rockstar fashion, I'm sure the game will also be 150 hours long, with the first 80 being the tutorial.

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      November 12, 2012 3:12 PM

      The game plays dubstep constantly, and each WUB WUB is actually a quicktime event that done correctly switched character.

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      November 12, 2012 3:17 PM

      Ugh I prefer playing Bad Cop, Bad Cop

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      November 12, 2012 3:17 PM

      Will you actually have to play as a good guy or will it tell you you're a good guy and it will be ok for you to run over and shoot people? I felt like that's what GTA4 and San Andreas did.

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      November 12, 2012 3:21 PM

      Sounding more and more awesome, SHUTUP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

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      November 12, 2012 8:19 PM

      Major spoiler :(

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