New ‘GTA 5′ Screenshots: Sharks, Submarines, Passenger Jets & More

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As one of our most anticipated games of 2013, Grand Theft Auto V can’t help but evoke a certain release-date-can’t-come-soon-enough feeling whenever we discuss its plans — an ambitious multiple-protagonist campaign; a stunningly sprawling open world; overhauls to gunplay, racing, and even melee combat. It’s easy to forget that multiplayer remains largely undetailed.

That being said, time is a perpetual constant; we can’t make it go faster. And with the holiday season directly upon us, Rockstar Games is making sure its fans enjoy the festivities with a surprising last-minute gift: screenshots. Five have been posted on the company’s Facebook page — many demonstrating a… unique aspect of Grand Theft Auto V‘s open-world scope and freedom.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Passenger Jets

We already know fighter jets are making a comeback in Grand Theft Auto VNovember’s trailer along with a few Ace Combat-esque screenshots have our hopes high for dogfighting — but now it appears as though passenger jets may be among the game’s flyable aircraft. The foreground fuselage in the screen above is reminiscent of GTA: San Andreas’s AT-400 (a doppelganger of the real-life Boeing 737-400), and the balding silhouette at the controls is unmistakable as that of our former-military-pilot protagonist, Trevor Phillips. Now, if we could only fly that blimp in the background, too…

And the skies aren’t the only dimension Rockstar is expanding in Grand Theft Auto V; the batch of screens also exhibits how water will be used for more than just boating (and spraying down adversaries) in the upcoming game.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Great White

Consider the underwater screenshot above. Depicting a character in diving equipment drifting up to a Great White shark, it conjures up recent memories of similar encounters within Far Cry 3. The one major exception: the beast here seems to be indifferent to his wetsuited visitor. In Far Cry 3, such scenes in open water were terrifying confrontations; death — exsanguination, detachment of limb — was almost guaranteed. In Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar might be adding a dash of predatory realism to the Great White that accounts for its discretionary — at least towards humans — nature. Think less Jaws, more National Geographic.

In any case we’ll be taking the submersible whenever we can, thank you. Rockstar has already stated that GTA V’s Los Santos — it of the square footage larger than GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV, and Red Dead Redemption combined — will feature a detailed beachfront ocean floor with much to explore. We’re guessing sharks, to make an awkwardly apropos metaphor, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Submarine

Which of the new GTA V screens capture your attention? Peter Molyneux has nothing on dogs riding shotgun in vintage convertibles.

Grand Theft Auto V is targeting a Spring 2013 release for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Source: Rockstar Games Facebook

  • Ken J

    The fighter in the backgound looks like a mix between the front of a F-16 and the back of a F/A-18, lol, how weird…

    • Varteras

      Lol you’re right. I had to do a double-take on that one. I didn’t notice that it had two vertical stabilizers at first.

  • Matt

    I didn’t think it was possible to get any more excited about this game. But I am!

  • Ajeno

    If that picture is telling me I really get to drive around a city with a dog in the front passenger seat, then I will pay R* as much money as they charge for the experience.

  • J

    Wait… we can fly passenger planes? This game is shaping up to be the greatest Terrorism simulator ever made!

    • graverobber

      And if you are lucky you can also put C4 on your plane too blow up everything around you when you crash. Ooooh every uninformed concerned parent and the news press is going to love this game.

  • Rigo

    i hope it foesnt get delayed i already pre ordered this, i dont want to wait any longer!!

  • ATG

    I’m going to live a double life, don’t tell my girlfriend!

  • Chris Chandler

    That’s a military cargo/transport plane. The NRA and news media can all take a seat now. Rockstar is the smartest entertainment company known to man. Leave them alone so they can continue with their work. Happy Holidays.

  • mitch

    IF that blimp in the background is pilot-able…I just might kiss my real life goodbye forever!

  • Animestatic

    I just spent the last 15 minutes sailing out of the GTA borders. After sailing a while, my sailing boat suddenly sunk. It was quite shocking, followed by an even more shocking fin rising out of the water.

    I dove underwater to see what looked like a great white circling me. I couldn’t use any weapons, so I readied my fists. Only to have to go back up for air real quick. After diving back under, the shark came right at me and killed me.

    Was a thrilling experience, to say the least. 😛 Also very enjoyable.