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Rumor: GTA V set in Hollywood [Update: Rumored Cast Post 330]

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DaBuddaDa said:
I can see Rockstar parodying the sleazy showbiz stuff really well in an entertaining game, delving into drugs, porn, working your way up to become a big movie star or something, but it's a bummer that "Hollywood" itself is such a boring and dirty place.
Didn't people like San Andreas? That's what Hollywood is.
 

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BenjaminBirdie said:
That sounds awesome. Can't wait for Rockstar to bring their storytelling magic to good old Weirdowood. I predict enough Paul Thomas Anderson nods to make your nose bleed.
Well, when you put it that way...
 

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badcrumble said:
Hollywood's not that big, so this will be good if and only if it is based on Mulholland Drive and is equally surreal/incoherent.
There's more chance of Agent being like Mulholland Drive, (which would be completely amazing). Easily my favourite film, ever.
 

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Rockstar probably find it hard to leave the US because of how ethnically and culturally diverse the major cities are. I really don't think Tokyo, Moscow, Dubai or Berlin really cut it. London is the next obvious choice but it still doesn't give them as much to play with as NYC or LA do.

I think 60's LA during the race riots would be really interesting. That's probably going to far back though.
 

DaBuddaDa

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Didn't people like San Andreas? That's what Hollywood is.
San Andreas was a combination of three different cities, and in the "Los Angeles" area they focused more on the "Compton" part of town than the Beverly Hills/Hollywood/Downtown areas IIRC.
 

Dennis

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Hollywood + LA is what we would be looking at. Sorta like San Andreas in scope I am guessing.

About a GTA set outside the US: How would it sell? Thats all that matters.
 
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I'm hoping it ends up being outside the US as well. I'd hate to see another GTA in Vice City or LA/Hollywood. I loved San Andreas, but I'd hate to see them rehashing more locations.
 

gutter_trash

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the terrain in Los Santos was the most difficult to learn and memorize,

if it was Vice City however.. I would be happier
 

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They need to do something from the East, preferably Tokyo or Hong Kong. (I have lived in both of them)

Yakuza has always been in Tokyo and Sega has much better knowledge of the Japanese gang and city culture - which is very important for a real world sand box game like this to make it feel authentic.



As for Hong Kong, Activision is having the next True Crime set there developed by United Front Games (Mod Nation Racers), but that doesn't look too hot from the preview (but I am still intrigue to play the game because of the city). A lot of problem has to do with a Western developer lacking knowledge of that city so everything feels stereotype and cheesy.



In the end, I think the reason why Rockstar avoid doing cities outside of America mostly has to do with their lack of knowledge and the fear that they are incapable of recreating them in an authentic way.
 

gutter_trash

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you guys who are clammering about Hong Kong and Tokyo have no idea how annoying the voice acting could get in such a setting with fake accents being spoken 100% of the time

the Assassin's Creed games got annoying real quick with their accents
 

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As someone who works in Hollywood, this would be a truly uninspired choice. If you like a lot of intersections and running over homeless err pedestrians, then I guess it's okay.
 

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If this is true, I don't understand why Rockstar will not consider Chicago.

The city is small enough to draw all the intricacies in a video game, and the suburban areas are not that complex to build.

I know Chicago is definitely a bikable city as back in college, I could bike down to the city within less than an hour. Why not put that in a video game?
 

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One of the problem with being outside the US is that some of the parodies and jokes get lost in translation. America is easier to make fun of.
 
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DaBuddaDa said:
San Andreas was a combination of three different cities, and in the "Los Angeles" area they focused more on the "Compton" part of town than the Beverly Hills/Hollywood/Downtown areas IIRC.
yea early in the game the focus was the compton like area....but mid-late in the game it was mostly san francisco/hollywood stuff
 

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claviertekky said:
If this is true, I don't understand why Rockstar will not consider Chicago.

The city is small enough to draw all the intricacies in a video game, and the suburban areas are not that complex to build.

I know Chicago is definitely a bikable city as back in college, I could bike down to the city within less than an hour. Why not put that in a video game?

What's the hispanic community is Chicago like?

I have a feeling the next protagonist might just be of Mexican heritage. Especially if it's set it in the present.


Mindlog said:
I hope the script is less 'Oscar drama' and more the conclusion to this episode of 'It's Always Sunny Philadelphia.'
What ep is that? I'm in the UK and can't view it.
 

Barrett2

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I don't think LA is an interesting enough city in terms of geography and landmarks for GTA5, but whatever... Wouldn't this just be re-doing the San Andreas map?
 

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claviertekky said:
If this is true, I don't understand why Rockstar will not consider Chicago.

The city is small enough to draw all the intricacies in a video game, and the suburban areas are not that complex to build.

I know Chicago is definitely a bikable city as back in college, I could bike down to the city within less than an hour. Why not put that in a video game?
because it's boring?
 

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GTA needs an enema.
fixed...seriously, the 4th for all the accolades it recieved has all the same problems and restrictive mission structures that the previous ones had. Hype won't get me again...
 

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seady said:
They need to do something from the East, preferably Tokyo or Hong Kong. (I have lived in both of them)

Yakuza has always been in Tokyo and Sega has much better knowledge of the Japanese gang and city culture - which is very important for a real world sand box game like this to make it feel authentic.



As for Hong Kong, Activision is having the next True Crime set there developed by United Front Games (Mod Nation Racers), but that doesn't look too hot from the preview (but I am still intrigue to play the game because of the city). A lot of problem has to do with a Western developer lacking knowledge of that city so everything feels stereotype and cheesy.



In the end, I think the reason why Rockstar avoid doing cities outside of America mostly has to do with their lack of knowledge and the fear that they are incapable of recreating them in an authentic way.
I'd really like to see a GTA in a European city or in Asia, but I think you're right. Maybe they don't have the confidence to do a game in a setting they don't know well enough. :(
 

kinoki

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California in the 60's, early 70's would be awesome.
 

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seady said:
They need to do something from the East, preferably Tokyo or Hong Kong. (I have lived in both of them)
But most people haven't. They have no idea at all what life is like in those countries.

Thematically GTA works because it parodies the dominant culture in the world. Everyone knows what it's like to live in America, even if it's just half baked ideas from television, because the chances are a good percentage of whatever country they live in's television is American. GTA thrives on the fact that someone who lives thousands of miles away can get the setting and jokes. Everyone "knows" what Las Vegas is like, what New York is like, and why they are different. What would be the differences between GTA: Kowloon and GTA: Victoria City, and how would people who've never been there instantly recognise them?

I'm not meaning to be rude, I just don't understand why people think moving the series somewhere else would be such a no brainer move.
 

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GTA Hollywood needs a CE edition that comes with a urine scented headset and a creepy Michael Jackson & Spiderman status that ask you to take your picture with them so that you get the complete effect of being in Hollywood.
 

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Outer space should be the answer. I'm thinking of something sort of cowboy bebop meets blade runner. Hell, even if it wasn't a "GTA" game I think they could knock something like that out of the park. Out of the space-park.
 

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I want a Futuramaesque GTA. Make fun of the past by making fun of the future (and having a completely different setting to work with). They could be the first studio to actually give us a cool layered Blade Runner/Fifth Element style city.
 

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thcsquad said:
Well...they're Scottish. Why not make one in Scotland? GTA: Edinburgh.
Did you not read the posts above - they won't set the game in Europe because the devs aren't confident in an area they don't know well. The majority of Gaf choose to be naive to the fact is developed in Scotland, and choose to believe it's a USA product....
 

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London, Rome, Paris or South America please.
No thanks... and definitely not happening.

The Grand Theft Auto series is defined by its satirical take on America in different time periods. How are they going to do that in any of the places you mentioned? Satire only works if the core audience understands the premise.

The vast majority of sales for the GTA series are in the U.S. -- GTA:V will almost certainly be in an American city. The only exception would be if they picked a period in time in a specific city that is extremely well-known in popular culture. I can't think of anything in the above-mentioned cities that qualifies. I also think Tokyo, for instance, is out, unless Rockstar feels comfortable having all of the main characters speak English.

New York was an excellent setting because it's extremely well-known, a common setting for movies and TV shows seen across the Western world, and it's very diverse as well.

If Rockstar is indeed doing Hollywood (though it would be truly surprising if it weren't at least all of L.A., b/c Hollywood is too small), then it may not be 2010 Hollywood -- it may be set in the 1950's, for instance, because of the furor over McCarthyism and allegations of communists working at Hollywood studios. Plus, 1950's faux American wholesomeness (see, e.g., Leave it to Beaver) would be a great satirical target.
 

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3rdman said:
fixed...seriously, the 4th for all the accolades it recieved has all the same problems and restrictive mission structures that the previous ones had. Hype won't get me again...
yes, GTA games have been flawed, but the themes of previous titles brought something else to the experience that was lacking for me in GTA 4. Liberty City was a fine setting, but it was boring as fuck.

I never went to GTA for the serious modern take on crime, I fell in love with their over the top 80's miami parody experience in Vice City. As someone living on the east coast, San Andreas was like playing an old school Snoop Dogg video. GTA 4 just felt like VH1's I love the 2000's. A lot of their parody fell flat to me, as it's too recent of a time period.
 

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MetatronM said:
I'm pretty tired of the same old towns in GTA. My sentiments are pretty much the same as everyone else. Why not London (hell, even that was done before)? Paris? Moscow? Tokyo? Rio? Hong Kong? Dubai? Etc.?

I don't know. There's a whole world of interesting seedy possibilities, and I don't think anybody was really clamoring to go back to San Andreas just yet.
Dubai would suck , 6 stars for dropping a cigerette :lol :lol