Despite releasing way back in 2013, GTA 5 players are still finding new secrets and subtle details that were perhaps not noticed before. One of these new features was discovered in both GTA 5 and GTA Online, and it proves that Rockstar Games can’t be beaten when it comes to detail.
Over on Reddit, user llamanatee noticed that when firing a Micro SMG without a scope, two of the protagonists from the campaign (Trevor and Franklin) as well as the GTA Online protagonist, will fire from the hip with the stock unfolded.
However, this isn’t standard across all characters. Michael will always aim down the sight and unfold the stock. Personally I’ve put a silly amount of hours into the GTA 5 campaign and I’ve not noticed this small detail before.
In GTA V when aiming the Micro SMG without a scope Trevor, Franklin, and the Online protagonist will fire it from the hip with the stock unfolded. Michael, however, will always aim down the sight and unfold the stock. from r/GamingDetails
On the Reddit thread, discussion began surrounding the difference in the firing techniques of the characters in question.
For example, Michael is likely to automatically aim down the sight as he is the most skilled shooter, and the most experienced in terms of using firearms.
Whereas Trevor is a very capable killing machine, he’s very gung-ho and there’s arguably more madness than technique. Franklin, on the other hand, is far less experienced than both Michael and Trevor.
However one Reddit user pointed out that if Michael is the most skilled shooter, then why is he not the sniper in missions such as the FIB heist? In this particular mission Franklin is the sniper, Trevor is a pilot and Michael is the “grab guy”.
These are very valid points, however fellow gamers made the point that perhaps the reason as to why Franklin was sometimes the sniper was due to Michael having a sense of responsibility and wanting to keep Franklin out of harm’s way.
While that could explain why Franklin was kept at a distance for some missions, there were still plenty of missions that Michael was in a sniper role.
Another Redditor uses the following missions as examples where Michael was the lead shooter: “Dead Man Walking, Blitz Play, The Third Way, By The Book (He’s the sniper), Predator (where he’s the Sniper again), Monkey Business, Cleaning out the Bureau, Lamar Down, Meltdown all give Michael the primary (or close it to it) role as lead shooter.”
A third commenter stated that it blew their mind that Franklin was even a shooter in a lot of the heists.
“It f****** blew my mind that Franklin was even a shooter in a lot of the heists to begin with. The dude’s supposed to be this -great- driver, I mean he gets a special power to slow down time while driving, can participate in street races, etc, and then Michael’s always ‘alright, we need a getaway driver’ only to hire some f*cking dumbass to drive.. Why not Franklin? You know, the dude who’s supposed to be really good at driving?”
While there’s definitely some speculation to be had around the difference in the way characters handle the Micro SMG, it surely shows that Rockstar Games is all about the detail, and not so much about the re-used character animations!
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