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Grand Theft Auto V Trailer 2 Analysis Essay

Barring any further delays, Grand Theft Auto V [official site] is due to finally, finally arrive on PC on April 14th. Our version looks awfully pretty in those screenshots Rockstar have been trickling out, dangling before our hungry eyes, but how is it in motion?

A brand spanking new trailer gives a peek at the land of San Andreas, home of naughty crimes, running in 1080p at 60fps on PC. Come see:

If you’ve sort of forgotten about the possibility of ever getting to play GTA, what with all these delays, you might want to check the system requirements – you’ve still got a fortnight to upgrade if needs be. I happen to have bought a new system this week, and the two games I specifically checked specs against were GTA V and The Witcher 3.

I can’t lie: one of my main plans for GTA V is playing in that new first-person view and wandering through the foggy forests. I’m nothing if not predictable. But gosh, it’s one of the best-looking first-person views I’ve seen with all those slick animations. Crimes, also. I’ll do a lot of crimes. Really cool-looking crimes. But that foggy forest!

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This page covers all trailers released for Grand Theft Auto V.

Trailer #1

The first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V was released on November 2, 2011. The song used in the trailer was "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" by Small Faces.


"Why did I move here? I guess it was the weather.
Or the... Ah I don't know, that thing. That magic.

You see it in the movies.

I wanted to retire. From what I was doing, you know?
From that, that... line of work. Be a good guy for once, a family man.

So, I bought a big house. Came here, put my feet up, and thought I'd be a dad like all the other dads.

My kids, would be like the kids on TV.

We could play ball and sit in the sun.

But well, you know how it is."

Michael De Santa


0:00-0:06 ESRB (May contain content inappropriate for children) screen appears.
0:06-0:08 The Del Perro Beach/Vespucci Beach with a lifeguard house, a surfboard, a couple, and a dog are all present.
0:08-0:11 Two male joggers near Del Perro Pier with two females jogging looking back at the pair. An observatory is seen at the background.
0:11-0:17 A view of Downtown Los Santos with a Maverick shown in the background. The screen then reads "Rockstar Games Presents".
0:17-0:19 A golfer playing on a golf course with a Caddy present. A Blimp can be seen at the background.
0:19 A man on Seashark driving under Miriam Turner Overpass.
0:20-0:22 Three hikers climbing the beta Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness and witnessing the beauty of nature.
0:22-0:27 A Rapid GT dropping down its roof and a woman crossing the pedestrian lane. The man in the car is beta Franklin Clinton. There are ECola and Pißwasser posters behind the car and a passing Baller.
0:27-0:29 "A Rockstar North Production" appears on the screen. Several wind power generators, a seaplane (possibly a Skimmer) and towards the bottom of the screen a large utility vehicle can be seen, possibly a Rancher.
0:29-0:30 A man and a woman performing a yoga inside a luxury home.
0:31 Several cars driving along the La Puerta Freeway. Road signs show Downtown Los Santos and Little Seoul, the latter a parody of real-life Koreatown.
0:32-0:34 A sunset view of Muscle Sands Gym.
0:34-0:37 A pedestrian near Eclipse Liquor and Deli, with a man walking down the street. A Sentinel is seen passing by.
0:37-0:38 Mile High Club (possibly a parody of two entertainment complexes that is part of L.A. Live) under construction. It is adjacent to the parody of the real-life US Bank Tower.
0:38-0:42 One of the 3 protagonists, Michael De Santa, overlooking the city.
0:42-0:46 A Duster spraying a field.
0:46-0:49 Michael, and possibly Eddie Toh and Gustavo Mota dressed as exterminators rob a Vangelico jewelry store on Portola Drive. One of the exterminators, Franklin, was also the driver of a red convertible.
0:49-0:50 Michael driving a blue Sentinel.
0:50-0:54 Various street scenes in the city. Note the overhead power lines on the rasied wall, showing that there could be a subway line in GTA V, probably based on the real life Metro Rail.
0:54-0:55 A man hammering a "For Sale" sign in front of a house. A Boxville is passing by and a Futo can be seen in the driveway.
0:55-0:56 Two hookers talking to someone in a Phoenix outside Liquor Ace.

A 9F speeding ahead.

0:58-1:00 A Tramp holding up a cardboard sign reading "Need Money for Beer, Pot and Hookers. (At least I'm not bullshitting U!)" near Del Perro Freeway in East Los Santos. And then an alleyway filled with more tramps and tents.
1:00-1:01 A fighter jet, possibly the cut Vulkan, flying between the city's buildings.
1:01-1:02 The bouncer throwing a drunk man outside of "Tequi-la la" and a Vader sitting at a red light.
1:03-1:04 A Brute oil rig.
1:05 The same Rapid GT aforementioned being chased by a VapidPolice Car, and then crashing into a Cognoscenti Cabrio
1:06-1:08 An African-American being chased by LSPD patrolmen. A Police Maverick joins the pursuit and another dog can be seen in the cage in the background as well as a pair of shoes hanging from the electrical wires.
1:08 A burning Vapid Stanier (first-generation) in the foreground, while there is a first-generation Stanier LSPD police cruiser and Ambulance visible in the background.
1:09-1:11 The Vinewood sign with a Shamal flying towards the city. The Blimp can be seen at the background. The skyline of Downtown Los Santos includes the Mile High Club under construction and a parody of the real-life US Bank Tower.
1:12-1:25 The Grand Theft Auto V Logo appears. Note that the "V" is drawn in a style similar to a banknote.

Trailer #2

The second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V was released on November 14, 2012. The song used in the trailer was "Skeletons" by Stevie Wonder.


Amanda: He's not staying the night, he's a bum!

Tracey: OH MY GOD!

Michael: You know, I've been in this game for a lot of years... I got out alive. If you want my advice... give this shit up.

Trevor: The guns and crank in this area go through Trevor Philips Enterprises... or they ain't going!

Trevor: I'll swing by and sign the contracts, all right? Just ignore the bodies!

Lamar: Can you tell me where Bertolt Beach House is?

Michael: That house right there, with the yellow stairs.

Tanisha: I don't care how many cars you own, you ain't changin'.

Lamar: I'm gettin' my money in the hood, I'm cool.

Franklin: Cool what, slangin' dope and throwin' up gang signs?

Isiah: Your son, James; he's a good kid?

​Jimmy: Oh my God!

Jimmy: Hey, let's bounce!

Michael: Bounce? We're bouncing now?

Michael: That's Trevor, my best friend. That's Franklin, the son I always wanted.

Franklin: Yeah, whatever...

Trevor: Jesus, your therapist has a lot to answer for.


0:00-0:04 ESRB Ratings
0:04-0:06 Overlooking the city amidst the Galileo Observatory.
0:06-0:09 Michael'smansion with a parked 9F.
0:09-0:10 Michael's wife, Amanda, shouting at their daughter, Tracey.
0:10-0:15 Michael walking along the pool, picks a leaf and throwing it aside.
0:15-0:19 Michael drinking juice.
0:19-0:23 A scene of traffic on the bridge, with a train traveling under it, and Los Santos in the background.
0:23-0:25 A busy highway.
0:25-0:27 Classic cars traveling along a dirt road in Blaine County, drunk men fighting.
0:28-0:29 Trevor Philips confronting Ortega outside his trailer home in a river.
0:29-0:30 Trevor inside Yellow Jack Inn, smashing the head of a man.
0:29-0:30 Trevor threatening Ortega.
0:30-0:31 Trevor driving his Dune Buggy in the desert.
0:31-0:35 Trevor throws a Molotov Cocktail, incinerating the O'Neil ranch quickly.
0:35-0:37 Trevor saying one of his famous phrases.
0:37-0:38 A bridge in Los Santos.
0:38-0:40 A bus stop and a train passing nearby on Roy Lowenstein Boulevard.
0:40-0:45 Michael giving indications to Franklin Clinton and Lamar Davis.
0:45-0:46 Franklin stealing a 9F.
0:46-0:48 Franklin following Lamar.
0:48-0:49 Franklin's ex-girlfriend (Tanisha Jackson) shouting at him.
0:50-0:52 A Police Cruiser chasing a Packer, while Franklin drops off the truck with a JB 700, in the mission Pack Man.
0:53-0:55 Franklin being disappointed of Lamar because of his gang life.
0:56-0:56 A F620 chasing a Cheetah.
0:57-1:00 Isiah Friedlander asking Michael if James is a good kid.
1:01-1:05 Jimmy is saved by his father in the mission Father/Son.
1:05-1:09 Michael and James are "bouncing".
1:10-1:12 Trevor stomping Johnny Klebitz.
1:13-1:14 A Cuban 800 about to take off, and then flying over the forest and the nearby dam.
1:15-1:16 A bank's vault door exploding in the mission Prologue.
1:16-1:17 Chop passing by the Felon.
1:18-1:19 D sliding on a car's hood, then Chop does the same thing while chasing him.
1:19-1:22 Michael in the missions Three's Company and The Jewel Store Job, then Franklin on a motorcycle.
1:22-1:25 Trevor driving off an airplane with a car, then bailing out the vehicle, in the mission Minor Turbulence.
1:25-1:27 Franklin in a dirt bike race, while several racers fall off their bikes.
1:27-1:29 Trevor jumping off a train which is about to crash.
1:30-1:37 Trevor and Franklin meeting for the first time. A Buzzard is seen behind them.
1:37-1:39 A fighter jet (a beta P-996 LAZER) launching its missiles to shoot down a Police Maverick.
1:40-1:41 Three wise monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. This is found in the mission Blitz Play.
1:42-1:51 The Grand Theft Auto V and Rockstar logos appearing.

Michael. Franklin. Trevor.

The Michael. Franklin. Trevor. was released on April 30, 2013. The songs used in the trailers were respectively "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen, "Hood Gone Love It" by Jay Rock, and "Are You Sure Hank Done It this Way" by Waylon Jennings.


Michael's Trailer

Isiah: What do you want, Michael?

Michael: I don't know, I want something that isn't this.

Tracey (off screen): Dad! Jimmy called me a bitch!

Michael: I want to be a good dad, love my family, you know, live the dream.

Tracey: I hate you!

Jimmy: Why do I have to hold your hand through this whole mid-life crisis bullshit?!

Michael: Come here!

Amanda: Don't kill him!

Michael: But at the same time, I really want the other stuff too.

Michael: Stay down!!!

Isiah: And you're plainly addicted to chaos.

Michael: Well I'm not sure that's true, doc.

Michael: I'm rich, I'm miserable... I'm pretty average for this town.

Isiah: I think you need a new therapist.

Franklin's Trailer

Franklin: So you givin' me a lecture about not being a good enough gang-banger?

Lamar: That's all we got! That's our heritage!

Franklin: I thought we was trying to get out of this bullshit!

Lamar: You soundin' more and more like a snee-i-itch everyday.

Franklin: I sound like somebody trying to make some paper and not get killed.

Lamar: Oh, my bad, "Mr. Goldcard."

Lamar: Hah! Gangsta' shit!

Stretch: You ain't got no respect!

Franklin: I got respect for reality!

Lamar: Enjoy them hoes, homie!

Franklin: Yeah, whatever...

Trevor's Trailer

Michael (off screen): Did I ever tell you about Trevor?

Trevor: *Wolf howl*

Unknown (off screen): Major drug dealer.

Lester (off screen): Real hillbilly type shit.

Trevor: Bring me my coffee or I'm gonna cut your arm off!

Trevor: Back in town, baby! Yeah!

Floyd: Please, just go and ruin somebody else's home furnishings.

Trevor: I'm new in town and making friends, all right... A lot of friends, I mean, things could get really messy!

Amanda: Just keep him away from me and the children!

Trevor: *Mocking voice*... Nice new tits by the way!

Michael: What is wrong with you?

Trevor: Abandonment issues, I see a shrink once a week.

Trevor: Pew, you'll get shot, amigo!

Trevor: Get out!

Trevor: Floyd! Massage!

Floyd: Oh, uh, n-n-no, I really don't...

Trevor: Do you want me to get my dick out again?

Official Gameplay Video



Narrator: With Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar have tried to re-imagine the open world game in a number of ways. The game world is beautiful, massive and diverse. A sprawling, satirical re-imagining of modern Southern California. Covering mountains and oceans, expensive stores, and strip malls. Urban decay, and untouched wilderness. Beaches and backwoods. The sublime, and the ridiculous. Greed, and hypocrisy.

Simeon: You tell me exactly what you want, and I will very carefully explain to you why it cannot be.

Franklin: What?

Franklin: So what we doin' here?

Trevor: We're working, amigo.

Narrator: For the first time, the game features not one, but three would-be heroes.

Trevor: So, now what?

Narrator: Michael, a once successful bank robber, and now less successful family man.

Tracey (off screen): Jimmy called me a bitch!

Jimmy: You know, you're a real asshole.

Michael: What did you just say to me?!

Amanda: Stop it! You're ruining my yoga!

Narrator: Franklin, a humble street hustler convinced he's surrounded by morons.

Franklin: You can't repo the assets of a dead man, "big sitting chief asshole"!

Narrator: And then there's Trevor.

Trevor: Fuck! ...Ahhh!

Narrator: The less said about him, the better.

Introducing three lead characters, transforms both the narrative into one interwoven story and the structure of individual missions. Players can cut between vantage points.

Michael: Yeah, I could use a little backup here.

Narrator: And from one high octane moment to the other.

Franklin: I got you.

IAA Member: He's got support!

Michael: Get us outta' here!

Trevor: Roger that!

Narrator: This helps to give missions new levels of diversity and intensity.

Franklin: (inhaling marijuana) Damn!

Narrator: When not on a mission, the use of three lead characters also allow for a touch of voyeurism. As you can drop in at any moment and find out what your new friends have been up to as they go about their days.

Jimmy: Jeez pop, too much more of that and maybe I won't be dead by 35!

Trevor: Hey officer, give it up, this is getting way outta' hand!

Narrator: The world is not only huge, it's packed with a vast array of things to see and do; cars to customize, planes to fly, clothes to buy, sports to play, nirvana's to pursue, oceans to dive, animals to spot, hunt, or be hunted by, freaks to watch, meet, and befriend.

Griff: Now get the hell outta' here!

Narrator: Bounties to hunt...

Ralph: No no! No!

Narrator: And on and on.

Maude: How have you been?

Trevor: Oh, simply wonderful, and you?

Maude: Somewhere stuck between joyful and peachy.

Narrator: There's also been a huge focus on mechanics in the game, to make every aspect as fun and fluid as it is broad. Everything from driving and shooting, to tennis and bike riding feels fun and responsive. However, alongside all of this leisure, people also have to take care of business. For all their pretensions, these men are dangerous thieves.

Michael: So it's an industrial area, right? So I'm thinking vehicles... trash truck to block, tow truck to sack.

Narrator: To survive, they have to setup and pull off a series of increasingly audacious heists.

Lester: Gentlemen, some plans for your attention.

Narrator: The player sets these up for themselves and decides how to execute them and with whom.

Lester: There's two ways I see of doing this, we go in smart...

Michael: (whispering) Let's go.

Lester: ...Or we go in loud and dumb.

Michael: Let's go!

Michael: Now ladies and gentlemen, this is your moment! Please don't make me ruin all the great work your plastic surgeons have been doing!

Narrator: After the take is divided, you decide what to spend your money on. Anything from sensible investments, like tattoos and fast cars, to risky ventures like stocks or Los Santos real estate. And then there's Grand Theft Auto Online, which we will show you properly soon.

Grand Theft Auto Online: Official Gameplay Video


Narrator: With Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar Games is looking to bring the heart of the Grand Theft Auto experience to a living online world with multiple players. Just what you choose to do in that world, is up to you. The game combines a consistent and continuingly expanding world, full of personalities.

Lester: Welcome to paradise, heh. Well that was awkward.

Narrator: With a wide array of redesigned mechanics, and a huge range of both structured, and unstructured activities for you to do. After you fly into Los Santos, you're introduced to the world and its many opportunities for earning and spending money.

Lamar: You need to better represent-ate yourself, you know what I'm talking about?

Narrator: Having fun, and getting into trouble. You can run around on your own making friends, and enemies. or band together and form a crew. Then tackle a heist, rob a liquor store, or compete in classic online modes. Or do much more besides. Complete any job, and you'll make money and earn reputation. Then you can spend peddy cash customizing your character, their outfits, weapon of choice, or favorite vehicle. As you make some real money, maybe you can buy an apartment, so friends can stop by and hang out, or buy a garage. Fill it with custom vehicles, and then take them racing by land, air, and sea. Or simply cruise around showing off. Everything you do helps you progress through the world. Introducing you to new characters.

Gerald: Now keep your mouth shut about me, you hear?

Narrator: New missions, rewards, and almost limitless opportunities. Rockstar will be constantly developing more content for you to enjoy. But you'll also be able to design your own races, and death matches using the content creator. Then you can share them with friends, and the world. Or try ones that other people have made. Grand Theft Auto Online brings the freedom of the Grand Theft Auto experience. To multiple players, in a dynamic shared world.

Official Trailer

The Official Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V was released on Aug. 29, 2013. The song used in the trailer was "Sleepwalking" by The Chain Gang of 1974.