How far did Rockstar go to guarantee true authenticity in Grand Theft Auto V ?
Pretty damn far. In order to capture the genuine sounds of the street, which players will frequently hear as they explore the diverse, dynamic city of Los Santos, Rockstar went the extra mile. As game producer Lazlow Jones said during an interview with Chicago radio station WGN (as cited by VideoGamer ), the voice recording process involved real gang members.
"There's black gangs, there's Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members, real gang members. I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos and one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before. And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters because, you know, you don't want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that."
Doing this also helped the writing, as the developers could learn if real street toughs would actually say the lines in question. Jones said it was a matter of generating a realistic environment:
"They look at the lines and they say, 'I wouldn't say that. If I was upset at another gang, I wouldn't say that'. So…say what you would say. Authenticity, you know? There's a lot of sessions that we would have where we would just throw the script on the floor and be like, this thing we wrote is irrelevant, let's just work out something real."
I know what a lot long-time, old-school GTA fans will say in response to this. They will say that Rockstar should've stuck with the over-the-top, totally un realistic style of GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas . These fans believe GTAIV went awry; they don't want "authentic" and gritty. They want rag doll craziness and jet packs. Well, that's understandable. But at least you've got Saints Row if you must go nuts, right?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V