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Sep 30 2013

Sandbox Mayhem In the Big City – 7 Potential Activities for GTA’s Future

A story about three criminals, with free reign to cause mayhem? I'm in.

A story about three criminals, with free reign to cause mayhem? I’m in.

The Grand Theft Auto series from start-to-finish has upped the ante more and more over the years with what you can do. The biggest contender is San Andreas with sports, dating, fast-food employment and the occasional bit of skydiving. Grand Theft Auto IV turned down the quantity for the quality; dates were more inclined to your earlier actions and activities had their own unique controls. Each had their own unique rewards for completing them as well such as methods of evading the police or restoring your stock of essential items and ammunition. GTA 5 is out, and I personally want to see a few different activities alongside the rest either through patches or downloadable content to add some extra flavor and immersion to the game as a whole. Let’s count down some ideas myself and my colleagues had for the multitude of ways to do something besides shooting random people on the sidewalk.

1) Parkour

These guys have been doing it for decades. Time to step up, Rockstar.

These guys have been doing it for decades. Time to step up, Rockstar.

In the modern-day, a person has multiple ways to travel and get around a city by jumping and twisting about among the rooftops and over the city’s large, sprawling obstacle course of madness. Parkour would spice things up from stealing a car, and allow the player to explore the city with more control and immersive movement than ever. What’s more? Add tournaments where the player runs to a specified location as quickly as possible. I want to explore, and what better way to do that than to get the player off the road for once?

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2) Destruction Derby with More Car Physics

Now imagine this with Ferraris and cop cars and white vans and motorcycles.

Now imagine this with Ferraris, cop cars,white vans and motorcycles.

I mentioned before how Burnout Revenge is one of my favorite games. Grand Theft Auto IV re-did the driving mechanics to simulate the handling of different cars on the road, so why not apply the same engine and graphical horse-power into crushing horse-power and sheet metal accelerating at high-speeds. Rockstar, sate my need for careening my car into someone else like a bullet to stop them from doing the same. The primal urge of crashing cars together should not have to be curbed. It is an inalienable right for every man, woman and child who craves devastation in a planned environment or has access to a car crusher.

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3) Jamaican Dominoes

Rockstar did build an arcade game into GTA4. Continue the Gameception!

Rockstar did build an arcade game into GTAIV. Continue the Gameception!

For all the activities in GTA from darts to gambling to dancing, I personally find playing games within games to be the most  enjoyable. Why not include more obscure games designed to make you think just as well? Jamaican Dominoes not only has that immersive cultural melting pot aspect the modern GTA’s love but also makes for a fast-paced strategy game. Touch all the bases, Rockstar. Feel free to go outside the realm of Yoga and Golf into truly playing games within games. With any luck, I’ll get to play a complicated trading game next time.

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4) Sports

Oh ho....that's an idea I like. I  like it a lot.

Oh ho….that’s an idea I like. I like it a lot.

We had basketball in San Andreas alongside the racing games, while Tennis and Golf were the new contenders on the block, but why not something more engaging and fast-paced? Baseball and Football are past-times in America, where the series is heavily-based with its inspirations for locations and important monuments. Americans are a very sports-oriented people, and being able to play these games and make them count towards the full completion would make me feel pretty fulfilled to say the least. And this way I’ll be able to say I’ve played a sport if anyone asks.

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5) Actual Work

Here's an achievement idea: Too Much Space - After  finishing the minigame, set the place on fire.

Here’s an achievement idea: Too Much Space – After finishing the mini-game, set the place on fire.

Enough flipping burgers; I’ve played enough Papers Please to have earned quite a few achievements in the realm of clerical officework while under stress. Why not some form of paper cleanup or call distribution under the same vein; be sure things are accurate and your service and etiquette are up to par, or you won’t even make ends meet. In fact, this would also give a gameplay element to all the different style choices the player can make; dress well, or you won’t even achieve a proper modifier to your cash at the end…or even get the chance to play at all. In fact, that idea of job requirement gives me another idea…

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6) Toll Booths

I barely got a glimpse of the dude in the original Godfather game. I want a full reenactment.

I barely got a glimpse of the dude in the original Godfather game. I want a full reenactment.

So you achieve at this incredibly simple mini-game time and time again, and then after a few completed missions, you’re approached by some big Irish guys in immaculately-dressed suits asking for your cooperation in a matter involving “big business.” My favorite movie series is The Godfather. I would love nothing better than to reenact the firing squad scene from the first movie against the main character’s brother. And what’s even better? I’m a Grand Theft Auto protagonist; I don’t fear any repercussions from the mob whatsoever.

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7) Railroad Captives

'Ho, my pretty, you'll not get away this time...Oh, don't make me pull, train.'

‘Ho, my pretty, you’ll not get away this time…

What better way to both reference Red Dead Redemption and complete the cycle of a criminal without claims and ambition than the ability to capture some entitled lady on the street and throw her on some railroad tracks? There are so many working rails and trains from the expansion to the west in our history. I would find it so humorous for the girl or guy, just to make it progressive and to gain two achievements instead of one, to scream and yell the whole time until the train runs them over. This is the modern-day, after all. I expect some snark as I twirl my non-existent mustache, thank you.

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