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GTA 5: Nine improvements we want for PS4, PC and Xbox One

Tuesday, 1st July 2014 13:50 GMT By Matt Martin

It’s already sold more than 33 million copies and generated $1 billion. But Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen still needs some work if it’s going to be the definitive version of the game.

When Sony announced at E3 last month that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this year, it was one of the highlights of the show. There are plenty of games getting a remake and a HD clean up for next-gen consoles – some we would never have asked for – but GTA V was always at the top of that list.

Now it’s finally happening I’m going to act more entitled than Jimmy De Santa and ask Rockstar for these big improvements…

Don’t make heist missions platform exclusive

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We thought we were getting heist missions ages ago and we’re still waiting. I see a lot of people dissing Rockstar for not delivering on the promise yet, but I don’t think the good will is gone. If you’ve bothered to level to 100 I reckon you’ll come back for heist missions.

Pat wrote a piece about it last week asking what the hell was going on. The fear we have now is that one of the platform holders has signed heist content as a timed exclusive. There was a reason GTA V was shown at Sony’s press conference at E3 last month and not during rival Microsoft’s presentation…

Remember that last generation, GTA IV’s The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and the Damned came out on Xbox 360 over a year ahead of the PS3 release – a deal that reportedly cost Microsoft $50 million. There’s going to be a lot of upset players if something like that happens again.

GTA Online from day one

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When Grand Theft Auto V launched last year it was a whole month later that the online portion of the game became accessible. There’s a lot of reasons to do this (delaying trade-ins of the boxed game, for example) but it more than likely allowed for extra, live technical testing. GTA Online is still an unstable beast 10 months on, but we’re hoping Rockstar is confident enough to have it ready for release day on new consoles.

No day-one online disasters

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This isn’t a Rockstar problem, this is a problem that affects pretty much all online games. It can go either way – a continuous Battlefield 4 disaster or a Titanfall hiccup.

We’re at the point where we accept that there will be some issues on day one – it’s a given unfortunately – but hopefully it will only be a few stumbles rather than a complete collapse into the Los Santos gutters. The fact Rockstar coughed up half a million R$ to online 360 and PS3 players after problems last year suggests it was no surprise to the developers – if it’s got a compensation plan in place it expects to have to pay out.

Encourage modding for the PC version

Sure, GTA Online is going to get modded to hell and back and that’s cool. But it would be even cooler if Rockstar helped out where it could and didn’t try to enforce anything stupid to hinder the creativity of the user. Just, you know, continue to turn a blind eye to copyright infringing Batman mods and the entire cast of Call of Duty: Ghosts. And all the real-world cars, Corvo from Dishonored’s sword, the hair, cloth, tattoo and eyebrow textures – you get the picture.

There are people out there that are considering buying a console version to play through the game again and a PC version for the mods. Don’t put them off Rockstar, you’ll be leaving money on the table.

Let us pay for single-player DLC

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Can you believe we’re asking for DLC that we pay for? I am. I can. A criticism of Grand Theft Auto V is that there hasn’t yet been any single-player content confirmed or released. GTA V for next-gen will ship with all current updates, such as the Hipster and Business updates, the new weapons, apartments and missions that have been added, but that’s all multiplayer stuff.

What we’re hoping for is single player content along the lines of The Lost and the Damned or Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare. It’s bound to happen – will there be extra single-player missions added to the initial release, or can we expect more content to come in 2015? And will it be next-gen only content to encourage 360 and PS3 players to upgrade?

Fix the online code

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I don’t pretend to know technically how the game works online, but I know when it doesn’t work. There always seems to be a lot of patience and teeth grinding involved. Just joining an online game can take a couple of attempts, and trying to get in a game with your friends or Crew members can be a real ball ache. “I’ll invite you, you invite me, let’s try a private session, DON’T PRESS ANYTHING LET ME TRY THIS”.

We’d really appreciate some stability here. And don’t throw us out of a game part-way through a mission, that shit is infuriating.

Crush the bugs, unglitch the glitches

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What is it with helicopters in GTA Online that makes them disappear so much? Not just from in front of your eyes, but from under the feet of the player? And why does my hat and hair disappear when I smoke a bong in my apartment? And the stutter-pause when I’m getting in someone else’s car after a liquor store hold-up – it’s kind of a crucial time, you know? It’s not in anyway game-breaking but it’s annoying. Grand Theft Auto? More like Glitch Fest Auto amirite?

Improve the character animation

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We already know GTA V on PS4 and Xbox One is going to look hotter the Blaine County sun. We’ve seen the trailer for a start, and Pat has already shit himself about it. And let’s be clear: Grand Theft Auto V on last-gen consoles still looks beautiful. Fly over the city at night time, taking in the lights of the pier fairground. Wander through Stab City and check out the beautiful trash life of the bikers, or the graffiti-and-guns glamour of any number of districts in Los Santos.

But we’d also like to see the character animation improved, with clothing and hair a little less stiff. We love our online characters and great take care and time dressing and grooming them. The better they look, the better we feel and the more we’ll spend on cosmetic enhancements. We’re vain like that.

Release on time

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A “Fall” release is fairly open. It’s noncommittal. The concern we have is that Rockstar almost always delays its games. In fact, we can’t think of a recent Rockstar game that has hit its original release date – GTA V itself was bumped four months from its planned release. We worry that Take-Two’s confirmation that it will release a Rockstar game before March 2015 gives the developer plenty of slippage room if it needs to change “fall 2014″ to “spring 2015″.

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24 Comments

  1. KAP

    Bump the player count from say 16 to 64 and restrict the online free roam gunplay trolls to a part of the map.
    Have more activities for players to do in online free roam other then shoot each other. Like open the casino, etc.

    #1 3 months ago
  2. Kieran

    I hope story dlc is included for the next gen release I dont wanna pay 70e for the same game just upgraded graphics

    #2 3 months ago
  3. TenPint

    Pleaaaaaaaase don’t let this one get delayed R*. Dying to play it again on my new hardware

    #3 3 months ago
  4. WaspHUN

    Also… do not release the PC version at full retail price. Seriously Rockstar, you left the PC community in the dark for almost 9 months without saying a damn word, so atleast be reasonable and release GTA 5 at a lower price. NO way i gonna pay 60 € (not USD, EURO) for a game that should be out on PC a year ago.

    #4 3 months ago
  5. Arnvidr

    Because I might’ve been slightly annoying on some other articles, an enthusiastic thumbs up for this article being on a single page!

    #5 3 months ago
  6. Clupula

    I find few of these puzzling. We already know there’s going to be Playstation exclusive content, so if people want that content , they get the Playstation 4 version or they wait a year or forever, whatever. They’ve made things very clear. Exclusives are what sell systems. How many PS4 fans want Dead Rising? How many XB1 fans want Bloodbourne? You want the content, you buy the system. Period. Point blank.

    And as for delays, I’d rather a game be delayed than come out crappy. Betheseda, for example, could certainly stand to start delaying their games.

    #6 3 months ago
  7. AmiralPatate

    @WaspHUN
    “a game that should be out on PC a year ago”

    Because it’s just that easy to make a port…

    #7 3 months ago
  8. Clupula

    @WaspHUN Oh, you poor baby. You don’t want to pay full price.

    Well, I’d tell you to just do without, but since you’re talking PC, I’m betting this is your subtle way of hinting that you’ll just pirate it.

    #8 3 months ago
  9. WaspHUN

    @Clupula Pirating? Haha… yea because if i don’t agree with the price at launch my only option is to break the law.

    Let me tell you that are 2 options for me if Rockstar release the PC version at full price:
    1. I wait for a good sale ( 50% or even a 75% one). I waited 1 whole year, i can wait more, there are a shitload of games coming out on PC every day.
    2. I just simply don’t buy the ever and of course not gonna play it in any shape or form. The hype died of around last December, the story spoiled a long time ago.

    @AmiralPatate: I never said that porting a GTA-like game is easy, but this is Rockstar… a big company with hundreds of employees, so if they can’t do it then they’re incompetents.
    Also… Max Payne 3′s PC version was very, very good and GTA5 uses the same engine.

    #9 3 months ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    1. Sorry thats almost an inevitability.
    2. Well…
    3. See 2
    4. Whatever floats your boat.
    5. I would title that *show us the single player DLC* because it is still coming this year.
    6. No complaints.
    7. See 6
    8. See 7.
    9. You gonna do what you gotta do.

    #10 3 months ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    Responding to the article before anyone connects the dots.

    #11 3 months ago
  12. domnage

    Actually if they will delay this, I will be very dissapointed. If a developer delays it’s games almost every time, it should be considered as consumer disinformation.

    #12 3 months ago
  13. Chuckypox

    utopia dreams :I

    #13 3 months ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    Not true about Rockstar that they haven’t confirmed SP DLC. They did on their Newswire a while ago. They said SP content to come later this year.

    As for improvement and changes, I simply want to see a whole lot more interiors. There is NO good reason anymore not to have an accessibble Burger Shot and Cluckin’ Bell. More interiors make it more awesome. It’s exactly that which makes Dead Rising 3 so damn cool, the many interiors you can check out.

    #14 3 months ago
  15. Clupula

    @domnage Or just making sure the product is good before releasing it.

    #15 3 months ago
  16. FredWilkins

    Be prepared to be disappointed. The game is no longer designed for us. It’s now designed to please the Wall Street analysts. “Sell those shark cards” is all that matters to Rockstar these days.

    #16 3 months ago
  17. ThePlotThickens

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the pc version. GTA:O should be alot smoother this go round, the ps3 and 360 versions are pretty much beta tests for ng in my eyes.

    Aside fromdelivering single player dlc and heist missions, it’d be cool if they updated the soundtrack. I know they did this with the ambient soundtrack a few weeks ago but the radio stations really need some new life.

    #17 3 months ago
  18. Clupula

    It needs a fucking metal or punk station is what it needs!

    #18 3 months ago
  19. thyho

    I’m the only one who doesn’t like GTA online i really want more single player missions.
    i want it to run smoth on pc, please R* don’t repeat the same shit you did with GTA IV or Ubi with WD on release date. 1000 patches to fix a God damn game don’t fuck up this time

    #19 3 months ago
  20. Darkfield

    @Clupula No metal station on gtav? That is preposterous!!!

    #20 3 months ago
  21. Rockstar Vienna

    @Clupula

    Channel X

    #21 3 months ago
  22. Gojira77

    One of the criticisms is that there isnt Single Player DLC yet? The games only been out a year and you’re already complaining that there isnt more? stfu…

    Also, my Online GTA works great. Very rarely have an issue. Joining crews and sending invites, its all simple and it works.

    #22 3 months ago
  23. drewbles82

    Its rockstar, they are bound to do single player content, esp since the actors have recorded after the game was released.
    Also Casino to open soon, so guessing online poker games, the track etc
    Me personally, apart from SP dlc, id love an update to allow an mp3 station, you can do it on pc and the first xbox, so why not the 360, it doesnt make sense. You want people to play this for years, then let us have our own music because its annoying, yes i can turn off radio stations but everyone likes something different, to have your playlist blasting whilst driving round would be ace.

    #23 3 months ago
  24. ThePlotThickens

    user created station would be the best. weird they left it out for V.

    #24 3 months ago

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