GTA 5: exploring Los Santos is like a taking a ‘digital holiday’ – Houser

Monday, 12th November 2012 13:15 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto 5 saw the mother of all Game Informer reveals last week – VG247 offered its own take on the deluge of information here – and Rockstar co-founder Dan Houserhas shared more new information on the games world in a follow-up interview. He calls a trip around Los Santos a ‘digital holiday’ Find out why below.

Speaking with The Guardian, Houser spoke at length about the key to crafting a solid game world.

He stressed, “Environment is important. Games are very geographical – they present space almost better than they present time, and we try to use that, to showcase variety between different landscapes.

“It’s this idea of a digital holiday: being able to explore spaces that don’t really exist is one of the the things that’s fascinating about open world games. It’s not just about doing the activities we’ve set, there’s also a sense of being there.

“If we’ve done a good job, the shoot-outs are fun but so is cruising through the world in a car you really like, listening to music – if these elements feel somehow consistent with each other, then we’re on the right path to something cool.

“We’re using the environment to let us have toys we couldn’t have had otherwise. And equally, we’re using the story and environment to introduce missions that can be more extreme. In some ways we wanted the game to have a larger-than-life Hollywood feel; the stories we heard in LA, we wanted to capture them in the game. If the place isn’t informing what we’re doing, we’re not using it correctly.”

Houser also added that the world has been expanded with aircraft in mind, and that in order to make the world feel more tense and engaging, radio play during missions has been culled. Instead, players will have Rockstar’s own theatrical soundtrack massaging their ears during the game’s many set-pieces. It’s all in the name of atmosphere-building he said.

Are you excited to take your own ‘digital holiday’ to Los Santos? Let us know all about it below.

Thanks CVG.



  1. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Can you stop using the picture of the cartoon swimsuit ‘babe’ on all gta5 stories please? It’s frankly embarrassing and I’m surprised Pat hasn’t kicked off given previous articles he’s written.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Changed, although we didn’t use it on all GTA 5 stories. Look back at the archive.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Blimey that was quick. Ta. Cheques in the post :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 no problem. We’re all ears here :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Could you please stop using the picture of the guy with the baseball bat on all gta5 stories please ? It’s demeaning to men who like wearing vests and owning bastard hard dogs ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 well played :P

    #6 2 years ago
  7. KAP



    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    Yeah, a black guy with a bulldog.. I guess VG247 are just a bunch of racists. Why not photoshop a watermelon in there?

    Wah wah wah etcetera :P

    Honestly I wish someone would do a retrospect of just how unimaginative the Housers are when it comes to making characters. It really is all Black Guy = Drug dealer = Bulldog = Escalade, or Rich Guy = Spoiled = Coke Habit = Slut Wife.

    It’s like open mic night with the improv troupe.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. AmiralPatate

    I found my way through New York thanks to GTA IV. And a map.
    I hope if I ever go to LA, GTA V will save my life in the same way. And also, if I can get a map…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ududy

    Really, bikini babes in a GTA game. The end of the world must be near. I politely but firmly demand VG247 cease any coverage of this shameless game. I also heard it’s a little violent. You may compensate for removing the GTA stories by having more My Little Pony news, they’re great.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    They speak of a ecosystem teeming with wildlife! Oooooh yeaaaah!!!!

    Check out the new screenshots too, i’m speechless.

    just press the arrow keys on your keyboard to see the’s amazing.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    Yep. A digital holiday on those blood soaked streets.

    To be honest, I think that’s the most disingenuous thing I’ve heard them say. It’s hardly a holiday, unless your holidays generally involve violence fetishes and gun porn.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    Also, that was pretty good of you, Dave. Just saying.

    #13 2 years ago

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