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Why GTA V coming to PS5 is actually a great idea

Published: 12/Jun/2020 14:30 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 14:31

by David Purcell


Grand Theft Auto fans were dealt possibly the biggest blow to date in the wait for GTA 6 when the logo of the current title appeared during Sony’s PS5 reveal event, but it’s far too early to rule out this decision. 

Of course, there are millions of players across the world that are hoping for official word on the next game, and their frustration is totally understandable. This has been the longest period of time since the series began in 1997 without a new game, as Grand Theft Auto V came out back in 2013.

We now know that the game will be remastered for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X as well, with a fresh trailer revealed on June 11.

One of the craziest things to consider, really, is that this will be the third generation of console that Rockstar Games’ flagship will have featured on, but over time there has been no sign of stagnation. If anything, things have become better and better, at least in the online side of things. Losing out on a fresh story, for the time being, is obviously a blow.

That being said, whether it be fresh heist missions, constant content updates every Thursday, or the opening of the Diamond Casino & Resort, Rockstar have pulled out all of the stops to make sure the current experience doesn’t get stale.

GTA 5 has evolved significantly since launch and its this continued growth that will make the wait for the latest installment all the more worthwhile – after all, Rockstar has only recently ironed out the kinks following its wave of big updates and hefty patches.

When the Casino opened, for example, the game attracted more players than it ever has before, as reported by the dev team in their official news blog back in January. That was just a single building as well, imagine what they can do with a remaster.

Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
GTA players poured into the game for both the Casino opening, and when they got the chance to steal from it.

Something we can take away from the PlayStation 5 presser is the concept of expansion. It opens up so many options, especially when you consider the countless amount of supposed leaks and teasers that have dropped in relation to a move to South America. For all we know, that expansion means extra maps, or a way of traveling to other islands in heists, missions, or general online play. They referenced it again in another blog post.

A statement, posted on June 11, says the remastered version will be “expanded and enhanced” when it launches in the second half of 2021.

It also reads: “And for the massive and vibrant community of Grand Theft Auto Online players worldwide, the journey through the ever-evolving, shared world of GTA Online will continue on to the new generation with more new updates including additional GTA Online content exclusive to the new consoles and PC.”

If those comments are anything to go by, expect there to be a lot more than crisper graphics when we all make the move over to next-gen.

Reading between the lines here, which is something you have to do as a Grand Theft Auto player with these announcements as Rockstar rarely give anything away, there’s a chance that we’ll be able to keep everything that’s great about the map we’ve got to know so well, while also jetting off to other locations as well. Something we’ve not seen before.

Rockstar Games
We might not be getting a new game sometime soon, but expansion looks to be on the horizon.

With the expanded power and graphic improvements at their disposal, it is highly unlikely – if not unthinkable – that the remastered version would just be more of the same, even if there were no real signs of new content in the trailer.

There’s plenty of time to see what’s in store for us next. With what we know about the new version of Grand Theft Auto 5 already, no, it might not be as exciting as a GTA 6 release, but it’s far too early to be calling it a disappointment at this stage.

GTA Online has been exceeding expectations for the last few years, and there’s no evidence to suggest things will be different on PlayStation 5, either. More cars. More weapons. More places to explore. Revamping this game might not be a bad idea after all.


GTA 5 actors show behind the scenes of ‘Lamar roasts Franklin’ meme IRL remake

Published: 17/Jan/2021 20:05

by Bill Cooney


The voice actors of Franklin and Lamar from GTA 5 gave us an inside look at just how much work went into making the IRL version of their famous meme with a behind-the-scenes look.

“Lamar roasts Franklin” is one of the most memorable scenes from Grand Theft Auto 5. After a story mission, Lamar takes no mercy on what he calls Fraklin’s “ol’ yee-yee ass haircut.”

Even though GTA 5 and the joke itself came out in 2013, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some version or another of it popping up on your YouTube recommended vids, Twitter feed, or other social media recently, as it’s apparently going through a bit of a renaissance to start off 2021 (just search “Lamar roasts Franklin” on YouTube and you’ll see what we mean).

Why exactly this scene has exploded in popularity recently is anyone’s guess, but it didn’t take long at all for Shawn Fonteno (who plays Franklin) and Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson (voice of Lamar) to act it out themselves IRL to get in on the trend.

Darth Vader roasting Franklin might be entertaining, but we’d say that the real people who played the characters actually living out the scene is one of the best versions yet. A lot of people seem to agree since the clip was viewed over a million times on the first day of being posted alone.

The fact that the actors were able to get together with a crew and film the scene is a feat on its own, especially considering current events going on, but it’s also impressive they were able to basically perfectly recreate the scene in just over five takes — down to the every last in-game movement.

We have to give it to Slink and Fonteno here, they both knock it out of the park with their timing and delivery. This isn’t a surprise since they probably went through a few takes making the game, but still, it’s been close to a decade since that happened.

To really appreciate how much the IRL recreation sticks to the in-game version, just take a look at this comparison video. The two are so spot on, the audio tracks basically synch up at a couple of different points.

While GTA fans might still have a while to wait around for the next installment in the series, at least we have the dynamic duo of Franklin and Lamar working hard to give us content until then.