I’m still astounded at how an unassuming trailer for the PlayStation 4 rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V reframed my entire understanding of the game. In eighty seconds, the trailer reroutes our attention away from the underwhelming storyline and characters, and toward the open-endedness of sandbox pleasures, gesturing at a focus on Grand Theft Auto Online over the main campaign. Second, it demonstrates the technical spectacle and capabilities of the next-generation hardware that enables the polished visualizations. And third—and most importantly—it centralizes the landscapes of the game as a source of attraction in itself.
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