As always Grand Theft Auto’s narrative is an expansive satirical look at American culture, and involve it’s characters chasing the American dream, in the most ridiculous way possible. The story focusses on the characters Franklin, Michael and Trevor, each of which have their own dreams and goals in their criminal rampage through the city of Los Santos.
Whilst the main base of Grand Theft Auto is the freedom on a gameplay-basis for the player, it’s still an important factor to provide them with a good narrative should they choose to follow the campaign, and in these cases it’s very hard not to repeat yourself. With Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar has changed its dynamic drastically, and they’ve made the franchise travel through new territory.
Rather than telling the story of a singular character, GTA V switches up between multiple characters, which have both their own missions and intertwining stories/missions that flow well into a single well-made narrative. Even though the characters interact and work towards the same endgame, each story has it’s own unique style, and when the characters are on their own they show their own perspective on what the American dream really is, and how ridiculous the road to that dream can be in retrospect. There are a lot of ways you can describe the dynamic of the characters, and each of them has their own special role in both the narrative and gameplay. Franklin is the main man of action, Michael is the brains and Trevor is the violent wild-card.