Grand Theft Auto might be my second-favorite franchise of all time next to Final Fantasy . Personally, Vice City is my favorite but that's just because I'm a big '80s fan.
Now, I thought I wouldn't like the grittier, realistic style found in GTAIV, but I loved that, too. So as far as I'm concerned, Rockstar could go either way: they could make it plenty cartoony and crazy like Saints Row , or they could take the next step on the authenticity ladder. Now, I'm fairly certain the developers will go for more realism; the industry is following that trend these days, and I seriously doubt Rockstar would go back to its cartoony days.
But that's why the question is, " should GTAV return to its roots?" I mean, jetpacks, planes, attack helicopters, tanks, silly ragdoll physics, over-the-top absurdity infused in every mission, etc. I suppose it all boils down to a personal preference; do we want the game to be a visceral, shocking experience because it so closely mirrors reality, or do we want to be entirely removed from reality altogether? There are those who say the game would be more fun if it didn't take itself so seriously, but then again, that's not a universal fact.
The progression of this franchise is interesting, especially given the relatively drastic change from San Andreas to GTAIV. We have to assume GTAV will be more like GTAIV but then again, we're hearing about multiple playable characters, and quite a few "colorful" characters. But if you want your sandbox fix this year, you can turn to Saints Row: The Third ; THQ is advertising the Initiation Station, by the way. It's for the ultimate in character customization; let a few pretty ladies (including pornstar Nikki Benz) fill you in .
But for GTAV, what do you want to see?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V