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'GTA 5': Five most anticipated activities

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Skydiving in GTA 5


There's always been more to Grand Theft Auto than committing crimes and causing chaos. With every release, Rockstar has come closer and closer to delivering a living, breathing world that's as full of distractions as the one outside.

It came closest with Grand Theft Auto 4, introducing comedy clubs, strip joints, pool, darts, bowling and boozing to Niko's list of criminal activities.

As we eagerly await the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 on September 17, we look at the five activities we're most looking forward to in Rockstar's upcoming open-world action game.


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BASE Jumping / Skydiving

BASE jumping and skydiving are favourites among Grand Theft Auto fans, ever since CJ jumped from the peaks of Mount Chiliad in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

With Grand Theft Auto 5 revisiting the West Coast, extreme sports fans are in for a treat, with dives above the gorgeous Blaine County countryside, as well as the tallest buildings in Los Santos.

BASE jumping in Grand Theft Auto 5 is said to be much improved, with customisable parachutes, the ability to shoot enemies in free fall, and the option to participate in group dives in Grand Theft Auto Online.

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Tennis in GTA 5



Tennis and Golf

Grand Theft Auto's sporting mini-games have never provided much more than a brief distraction, with the likes of bowling, pool and darts getting old after GTA 4's second or third friend date.

Grand Theft Auto 5's tennis and golf mini-games show much more promise, however, with conventional swing and serving mechanics that we've come to expect from both genres.

GTA 5 contains at least one nine-hole golf course near Michael's house, and from what we've picked up from various screens and trailers, multiple tennis courts.

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Cycling in GTA 5



Triathlons

Rockstar confirmed triathlons in its mock ad for GTA 5's Ego Chaser Energy Bars, all the while poking fun at desperate middle-aged men who haven't played sports in years.

Incorporating swimming, running and cycling, triathlons should provide an excellent opportunity to explore the beaches of Los Santos and the surrounding countryside, dodging sharks, jet skis and drivers while conserving stamina.

Like most of GTA 5's activities, we're especially looking forward to participating in triathlons against other players online, away from the wanton destruction of the deathmatch.

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Hunting in GTA 5



Hunting

While we're not sure if we'd have the stomach to shoot a deer in real life, there's something about Grand Theft Auto 5's hunting quests that really appeal to us.

It could be because we've never seen animals in a GTA game before, or it could have something to do with GTA 5's visually spectacular countryside, which we can't wait to explore.

Whether we pull the trigger or conveniently spook our prey, it'll be nice to hike through the woods and hills of Blaine County, and who knows, maybe we'll even spot Bigfoot.


Stocks, Shares and Property

Property acquisition has been a rumoured feature ever since the very first GTA 5 trailer was released, but it was the introduction of the BAWSAQ stock exchange that really caught everybody off guard, becoming one of the game's most anticipated new features.

The game's Interactive Tourist Guide hints at a volatile stock market that's riddled with insider trading and corporate espionage. It will be great if you can get tips from the TV and radio, or even strangers you meet during dynamic events.

The property market, meanwhile, looks like a largely online venture, with players able to purchase buildings and businesses over the internet. The Gordon Gekko in me can't wait.

Grand Theft Auto 5 will be available for Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17.

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