Grand Theft Auto V has gone through many changes since its release back in 2013. In addition to game modes for the online experience and some fun DLC, we also have to consider the enhancements made with its introduction to the latest consoles. Rockstar has more or less kept the content coming. However, with rumors now swirling regarding the development of the next installment in the franchise, fans are starting to discuss what they would like to see. And as much as we (still) love GTA V we do believe there are some things GTA VI could do even better than its predecessor….
1. Integrated Chaos/Riot Mode
In the time since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, franchise fans have developed multiple chaos mods. These trigger events in which every NPC becomes armed and aggressive, making it almost impossible to survive walking or driving only a few blocks. The only issue is that this usually makes the game quite unstable, with GTA IV and V prone to crashes when running the mod.
Similarly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare had a lot of zombie mods. But instead of ignoring these, the developers started to implement some of the mechanics into their official code –– to great success. GTA VI could do something similar, allowing players to switch to a stable riot mode every time the post-game experience becomes a bit repetitive.
2. More Building Interiors
If there’s an area in which the Grand Theft Auto franchise seems to have taken a few steps backward, it’s concerning building exploration. Back in GTA: San Andreas and GTA IV, for instance, a few locations allowed players to hide or escape from enemies by running up some stairs and taking a risk by jumping between rooftops.
GTA V may have one of the biggest open worlds out there, but sometimes playing feels like you have entered a movie set. Buildings’ doors are always locked, and there are no ways to get onto the roof without jumping from an airplane. We’re not asking Rockstar to build an interior for every house or office, but GTA VI could expand the space players can use to hide or jump around.
3. Extra Stranger Encounters with DLC
One of the most underrated features of GTA V’s single-player campaign is the variety of random encounters. You could offer to pick up a stranger in need of a ride, comfort a runaway bride, or fight a cult. As a result, players felt like anything could happen if they started exploring the different locations outside of Los Santos. That is until the random encounters ran out and started getting repetitive.
By releasing a few random encounters from time to time in GTA VI, Rockstar could keep players engaged in driving the countryside and exploring far-flung towns and buildings. This would make the game world feel fresh, dynamic, and real, even for players who spend hundreds of hours exploring every inch of it.
4. Better Games at the Casino
Ever since San Andreas was released, GTA players have expected the chance to make some in-game money through different betting games like slots, roulette, and poke. And while the Diamond Casino was a fun addition in GTA V, there was a clear focus on turning it into a source of heist missions for online players –– rather than a truly interesting hub for games.
As a consequence, the casino experience in itself is a bit lacking. The amount that players can win in the casino and the variety of games both leave something desired, with the poker situation particularly puzzling. For whatever reason (possibly to make games go quickly), Rockstar opted to build in only three-card poker in this in-game casino. Even though Texas Hold ’em is more familiar to more players and remains the most beloved form of poker globally by a wide margin, GTA VI could easily correct this strange omission, building Texas Hold ’em poker and a larger variety of games in general into its in-game casino.
5. A Faster Online Experience
GTA Online is quite an achievement in itself. It offers players worldwide an opportunity to come together and work as a team in different missions or just race or battle against different players. However, while the play experience is quite smooth, starting a game can be sluggish.
Back in the 2000s, you could launch an unofficial game of San Andreas Multiplayer by opening a basic interface and clicking on a server. Now, you need to slowly load the massive world of GTA V, open your phone in-game, choose the right option, and then wait for enough players to connect. GTA VI will probably offer online multiplayer too, but a faster way to play or start another round would be an excellent way to demonstrate that things have gotten even better.
GTA VI is probably still in the relatively early stages of development. But this only makes it more important than ever for fans to speak up about potential innovations. And the best way to start is by taking a hard look at GTA V and what could be improved. Of course, this is not to say that GTA V isn’t Rockstar’s best game yet, but there’s always room for improvement!