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During the course of the next few months, its fair to say gaming fans have got it pretty good. Halo 4 has just released, and having sold in record numbers, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is ready to make its annual assault on the sales charts. On top of that, Rockstar Games have gotten GTA fans all hot and bothered about the prospect of Grand Theft Auto V, and after months of teaser screenshots, the developer finally began taking pre-orders last month for the release in early 2013. With gamers now under no illusions about when GTA V will be making its way to market, Rockstar has reverted back to its old tactic, so without further ado, here’s your latest batch of screenshots.

The latest screenies arrive via GTAV.net, which has posted dozens images in all, spanning different environments, characters, vehicles and weapons. One thing that has really thrown momentum behind the latest iteration of the already popular series, is the degree of apparent realism. Grand Theft Auto has always been one of those titles as close to ‘real life’ as a title could be, but it would seem Rockstar has gone above and beyond in making GTA V really stand out.

Rockstar is so keen, in fact, to immerse gamers in the Grand Theft Auto V experience, that the in-game world will be larger than any of its titles hitherto. In fact, if you add together the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V’s Los Santos is still larger, so if you’ve ever played GTA for hours and gotten a little too familiar with your surroundings, you’ll be completely spoiled by GTA V’s vast city.

Grand Theft Auto was at its height of popularity on the first two PlayStations, but unlike many series deemed iconic on those older games consoles, it has managed to not only stay relevant, but flourish. The tenth anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto III has been an absolute dream to play on both smartphone and tablet, and with Vice City also heading to mobile for a decade’s celebration, those itching to get their hands on GTA V next year will have something to keep themselves occupied in the meantime.

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