The question was once raised, “Would you be interested in a family friendly version of Grand Theft Auto?”
And my response is, absolutely. By now, there are mods available which turn GTA games including GTA 5 into a similar family friendly gaming experience. Yet I believe there is money to be made for any game company/developer who developed a GTA 5 style open world game without the extensive profanity, sex and violence (specifically against others) which GTA games are known for. Essentially it could be GTA 5 lite. This game would feature the same map, same natural environment including AI traffic but different gameplay options. Police patrol? Yes. Catch bad guys? Yes. Cause explosions? Sure. Fly? Drive? Run? Yes, yes and yes.
In-game options are always good
Another option would be for Rockstar games to include a filter(s) within their games. Simple on or off options for language. Street dialogue profanity on/off. Assassin’s creed Black Flag includes a similar option to remove blood.
We already see games which feature beautiful scenery but do not focus on swearing, sex and violence at every turn. The CREW Wild Run is a perfect example. However, The CREW only features a driving mode. No running, walking, doing police patrols, exiting your car, etc. In fact you can’t get out of your car at all.
Just Cause 2 is another example of a great open world game without sex and extensive swearing. In fact, the swearing can be virtually eliminated by lowering the volume for dialogue. However, Just Cause 2 does not feature a modern American style city nor a map or vehicles like GTA 5. Additionally, there is a lot of violence in Just Cause 2 (explosions and commando style shooting)—against the bad guys.
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption outside of missions doesn’t even feature all the sex, violence and swearing one can find in GTA 5. Red Dead Redemption isn’t available for a PC nor does the map feature a modern American-like city. In fact, RDR is a western game.
Modding GTA games
An open world game that virtually eliminates swearing, sex and allows the player assume the role of a good guy or as a cop will get my business.
At this point I will note the mod for GTA 5 called LSPDFR. LSPDFR is a police mod essentally allowing the player become a cop in the GTA 5 world. The trouble with mod’s is how they cause GTA games to crash. In the meantime, I will be waiting for a permanent solution to LSPDFR or even the family friendly mod for GTA 5. Is Police 10-13 going to be that game?
Would you like to see a GTA 5 family friendly version or similar?