"Grand Theft Auto V" is the next installment in an already highly controversial Rockstar Games franchise, but controversy hasn't stopped the game's developers from trying to make their game about street and organized crime as authentic as possible. Yesterday, it was revealed that the company recruited real-life gang members from off the street to do character voice-overs in the game. It is reported that in some instances, these "actors" would toss out the written script and say something more inline with what they would say were they in the same situation in reality. Game producer and contributing writer Lazlow Jones said in a radio interview with WGN Radio, "There [are] black gangs, there [are] Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members–real gang members. I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes… one of [whom] literally had gotten out of prison the day before. And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters…"
"… you don't want a goofy L.A. actor who went to fancy school trying to be a hard gang member."
Voice acting isn't the only aspect of the game that's authentic, however. Rockstar also announced last week that "Grand Theft Auto V" will feature fifteen in-game radio stations and 240 licensed music tracks. Contributing artists include Camilo Lara, DJ Pooh, Jesco White, Pam Grier, Kenny Loggins, Flying Lotus, Alchemist, Oh No, and Bootsy Collins. (Yes, Bootsy Collins). In addition, "GTA V" will be the first game in the franchise to have its own original score, which is reportedly equivalent to approximately twenty movies' worth of interactive score. This part of the game's music was a written by Tangerine Dream and Woody Jackson ("Red Dead Redemption," "L.A. Noire") in collaboration.
In a somewhat backward approach to make the game more authentic, Rockstar announced a contest yesterday to promote the game before launch. Teaming up with the famous West Coast Customs ("Pimp My Ride"), Rockstar took one of the game's most recognized fictional sports cars and brought it into reality. The Bravado Banshee is now an actual car that one lucky fan can win through GameStop's PowerUp Rewards Epic Reward Giveaway. PowerUp members receive one entry into the sweepstakes for each purchase made this month online or in-store. The car is valued at $180,000 and the winner will receive an additional $70,000 prize.