beepnoise, (edited )

It’s funny. When I saw this last night, I was in such disbelief that I was watching the real trailer that I was nitpicking all the way going “Nah, this looks bad, R* wouldn’t do that. That looks too good for a GTA game” etc until I double-and-triple-checked the links and went “oh”.

Now I’ve had a few hours to digest:

  • The buildings and environments look absolutely beautiful
  • It seems to be running at 60FPS? Thank goodness
  • The characters look… waxy… I will say that black characters look absolutely phenomenal - much better than previous entries
  • This whole game sort of feels like “GTA V+”, which makes sense. Unfortunately, I’ve overhyped myself to a level that R* could never achieve. Not really R*'s problem, but still a bummer.
  • Looking at some of the social media/news freeze frames, it seems a lot of the satire’s edginess has been toned down a lot. Honestly? Thank goodness. GTA V was nauseating in how much it was trying to be a shock-jockey. However, I hope R* will still have its political leaning. Even if I don’t agree with R*, it (usually) is something of substance and is usually somewhat grown up (with exception of GTA V)
  • I would bet money that GTA VI will be delayed to 2026.
  • It will be interesting to see how the writing will be now that Dan Houser has left. It seems OK so far.
  • Everyone’s faces look so expressive except for the two main characters. They just look kind of robotic

EDIT: One massive thing I forgot - the marketing for this was so stupid. R* kept saying “Upcoming Grand Theft Auto title” as if it wasn’t going to be called “Grand Theft Auto VI” like they called GTA5 “Grand Theft Auto V” and the one before with roman numerals. Like, for goodness sakes guys, get over yourselves. We know it’s going to be called Grand Theft Auto VI.


It may not be political but it did seem they leaned into the whole “Florida man” stereotype. Plus the alligator walking into a gas station.


Rockstar really suck at trailers don't they. Normally the games speak for themselves though, so let's hope this is another good one.


It’s a teaser.


Yeah, that's what all trailers are, but Rockstar ones are never that great. Compare them to, for example, Bethesda trailers. It's a night and day difference, even if the Rockstar games are usually better, the Bethesda trailers just instill more awe and hype imo. It's the way trailers usually tell a mini story, the music having impact with what's on screen and the Rockstar trailers usually miss the mark on this.


That is not what all trailers are.

cupcakezealot, avatar

ngl i don’t really like gta games myself im just hoping sips plays this one like he did gta 5 :3


sips! now that's a real guy.


Can't wait to play Florida Simulator in 2025! More seriously, the game does look great and I'm curious to see just how accurate all the leaks over the years were, since the Bonnie and Clyde premise is seemingly confirmed.

calhoon2005, avatar

Got excited there for a moment…but 2025 !?.. C’mon man

Hubi, avatar

Right? I went from :D to D: in a second.


I'd rather wait until 2025 than having a Cyberpunk 2.0. I waited 10 years, I think I can handle 1 or 2 more.


I’d wager that it will get pushed to 2026, release half broken, good to play in 2027


and ofc console exclusive…

meldrik, avatar

Time will tell 😁


I feel like console exclusivity is starting to become a thing of the past. PC is getting less ignored, and a lot of GTA V later success was due to PC multiplayer, I believe?


And if you’re on PC, it’s more like 2027. :D


And if you’re on PC platforms other than Windows, it’s more like “never.”

ampersandrew, (edited ) avatar

It's certainly a looker, and the story is super intriguing for this setting.

Now, unfortunately, let me put my cynicism hat on. It's dusty, because I don't wear it often. Red Dead Redemption II was such a bummer in terms of how much freedom it was allergic to trusting the player with, and while GTA V arguably offered more via heist missions, which were very popular with everyone, it was still pretty limited compared to actual sandbox games, and heists were likely the most expensive part of making that game. Short of a proper demo of the loop of the game showing me otherwise, I'm going to assume that it's business as usual, sticking to the same dated design, because they're probably not going to rock the boat when that old formula still reviews and sells so, so well.

EDIT: By the way, only confirmed for consoles in 2025, not PC. This was stupid and outdated back in 2013 and 2018 too. I'm sure as hell not double-dipping on two versions of the game.


Can you elaborate? Because I’ve never really considered the games too constrained.

They’re narrative games. Ultimately, regardless of what you do, you’ll see a similar story. But that doesn’t feel any more confining to me than it is in cinema or literature.


NakeyJakey explains it well I think

His example of GTA III having a mission where you can pre-plan by installing an ignition explosive on a car before a mission and then use that explosive to insta-complete a mission is a great example of old rockstar design openness with missions

Compared to RDR2 where some missions will fail you for going slightly off the beaten path even if it’s not out of character or a bad time in the narrative to do so, or break if you do something cleverer than R* expected you to be


That’s interesting and makes sense. Thanks!

ampersandrew, avatar

This video is a great representation of how I felt about Red Dead Redemption II, but the video author went even deeper than I did into the systems, finding issues. Here's a shorter version than that 40 minute video.

The single player story missions don't actually let you use all of the open world systems they crafted to resolve your missions. They have one specific idea for how the mission should be completed, and anything outside of that is a fail state. One specific instance from my own playthrough was that I had to sneak into a factory's second floor. I snuck around in the dark and found a way to climb onto the 1st-level roof so that I could open the window and get into the boss's office that way. Mission failed. What they wanted me to do was go through the first floor and walk up the stairs for some reason instead of the solution I came up with. If they really didn't want me to go in that way, they could have blocked the window with an obstruction or something, but instead they just gave me a hard fail state. The whole game's story mode ended up feeling like a giant tutorial, so on-rails that they don't want you to do anything but one the thing they're trying to teach you; except you run out of stuff to learn in the early parts of Act 2, so it just ends up being really frustrating when you don't read the developers' minds and solve it their way.

As for the story playing out exactly the same way, that's not at odds with what I wanted. At the end of each Act, there's a big job, something goes wrong, and you have to move to a new camp. None of the missions between those events would prevent it from happening. They can still have their big set piece moments and keep those missions exactly the same. But what they could have done, that would fit the narrative they built perfectly, is to let me earn money however the hell I want, which is an idea the video author had as well. Again, the game itself is what set our expectations for this to work. It's a game that allows you to earn bounty money and sell skins if you want to go legit, and it lets you rob trains and banks if you want to be an outlaw; except not really on that last part. Train and bank robberies are basically scripted events only (and they always go wrong instead of ever allowing you the satisfaction of a well-planned heist, like a good open world game in this setting would). And despite the story constantly revolving around getting more money, they don't give you a threshold of money to reach that allows the story to move forward. It only moves forward after you've done all of their missions, and the money doesn't really matter at all. And this is a huge missed opportunity, because it would encourage you to engage with all of those open world systems that their missions don't actually let you use.

If you want to see a perfect example of this money mechanic already implemented in another game, look at Baldur's Gate II. The early hours of the game give you a simple objective, rescue your sister, and there are three obvious ways that the game presents to you as to how to do it, one of which is to raise like 20k gold. How you get that gold is up to you, or you can also just enlist some nebulous factions to get you the info you need for a favor instead. This objective encourages you to do whatever side quests you find interesting, since most of them pay you money. This structure would have been right at home in RDR2.

GTA V's idea of freedom, which is still better than RDR2 but worse than a lot of modern sandbox games, is to give you like 3 options for any given heist, and you do setup missions for them. That's cool, but it would be nice if they expanded on this to give you less explicit options and more systemic ones. Like maybe one option is to break through a gate, and you could do that with explosives, an armored car, or a 737, if you hijacked one earlier.


That’s very interesting. I haven’t played these more recent games, and that should like a real pain


I ran into few moments where I tried to take an alternative route to take down enemies, and game deciding I had strayed too far and failing me. Game wanted me to just go straight at targets. Had timed where I did go straight ahead but I was going faster than the AI companion and got failed.


Who knows how they will approach this. It’s clear they’re going to an even higher level of detail and a more living world. It appears to be a move to up things to the next level which is exactly what we have gotten with basically every gta game.

All I know for sure is my graphics card just committed suicide after watching this trailer

ampersandrew, avatar

It is not clear from that trailer that they're going after a more living world, and after playing some Starfield, it's good to remember that that's not always desirable anyway.


Rockstar has delivered consistently and set new standards far more than Bethesda. I love Bethesda but I’ve learned over the years that you can’t trust Todd. I held off on starfield and was right. I got bamboozled by fallout 76.

You can disagree with certain decisions by Rockstar but you can’t deny the track record. They get it done.

You’re right we don’t have the full picture but after 30 years of gaming hype I can tell you theyre shooting for the moon here. And if any developer will successfully stick the landing it’s Rockstar.

ampersandrew, avatar

I don't think they stuck the landing with RDR2, so their reputation in my mind is much different than it is in yours. GTA V, though I enjoyed it much more than RDR2, I would have liked to see them push further. I know GTA VI will go on to be one of the best-selling video games of all time, and I might even be one of those customers, since we don't really have many other options for a good crime story in games anymore, but I'm not sold on it sight unseen like you are. And no, we haven't seen it yet from this trailer; those were cut-scenes. I know for a fact I'm not alone on how I felt about RDR2, though if I were a betting man, I'd wager I'm in the minority; still, that's not a flawless track record to me.


Rdr2 was insane. Red dead online was a massive dud. The single player game was amazing, the scope was massive and they delivered in a great way. But yes it failed big time for them. But I still love it. And gta has delivered consistently. As soon as I see a major dud I’ll call them on it, but they just haven’t missed.

ampersandrew, avatar

They missed me. Like I said though, I still enjoy a great crime story, but I might have to accept that it comes attached to a game that doesn't want to let me use my brain.


The bigger criticism against Rockstar is as they swing for the fences they’re building the framework to effectively heard western children in like cattle so they can milk them for a generation using their online service.

I can’t wait for the collaboration with Fannie Mae where your 26 percent interest rate comes with 50000 shark card points.

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