GTA 6’s Most Innovative Mini-Games We’d Like Included

All the things we'd like to do between main and side missions.

GTA 6's Most Innovative Mini Games We'd Like Included

SUMMARY

  • GTA 6's landscape will provide the potential for a lot of mini-games.
  • Mini-games can explore clever in-game mechanics.
  • Some of these were part of older GTA games.
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The much-hyped trailer for GTA 6 finally arrived a week ago and crossed over almost 150 million views within a week. The game has given audiences a look at Rockstar’s next massive open world. This comes with its own bunch of speculations and rumors from everyone online. However, there are certain things we’d personally like to see in the game, including a particular aspect that Rockstar may have ignored a little in GTA 5.

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We’re talking about mini-games. Yes, those fun little side-quests that don’t necessarily involve other game characters and can be enjoyed regardless of where you are in the game. Over the course of many years, different GTA games have had their share of mini-games, and with the next one, we’d like to see mini-games that not only add depth to the game’s world but also make the map feel more alive.

Interactive Music

Interactive music in the game will be a great sync between nightlife and music.
Interactive music in the game will be a great sync between nightlife and music.

Rockstar’s love for introducing new music to GTA players is a tale as old as time itself. That being said, GTA 6 should find new ways of familiarizing players with different genres of music and how they interact with them. As we may have seen in GTA: San Andreas and The Ballad of Gay Tony, dancing was a prominent part of the open-world experience, designed as a mini-game.

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This can be taken up a notch. Imagine playing full-blown concerts where you can rock out to your favorite instruments or mix songs to make for the wildest night in Vice City. We already got a sneak peek at the game’s thriving nightlife, and Leonida looks like a state that doesn’t shy away from partying. This can mean a lot for the music in the game and how characters lose themselves to it.

Live concerts and interactive music have always been their own niche in video games, and it would be cool to see Rockstar tackle its own version of things in GTA 6. Even if players choose not to play the music as such, maybe dancing or jamming to it can be an option at nightclubs, beaches, campfires, etc.

We can take inspiration from the Yakuza games and perhaps even imagine karaoke as a part of GTA 6. And, hey, maybe finally one’ll be able to sound great without embarrassing themselves like they do in real life.

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Adventure Sports

Extreme sports and races will keep players on the edge.
Extreme sports and races will keep players on the edge.

The Florida-inspired landscapes of Leonida look jaw-droppingly beautiful, and there’s no better way to test your ego against nature than by diving into head-on adventure sports that test your vitality. At least, that’s how GTA would mock you into trying out a crazy variety of adventure sports if Rockstar chose to implement them.

We’ve fiddled around with skydiving and parachuting before, but GTA 6’s potential can bring a lot more activities to the mix. Think of surfing across the many bodies of water across the state or diving head-first into a river-rafting race against other players.

Rock climbing can be in the spotlight too, with Breath of the Wild mechanics and points to be scored as players brave rough terrain. And, once they’re on top of a mountain, paragliding their way to near-death would be the ideal thing to do.

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Some of these activities were quite possible in GTA 5, but there was no strong ‘mini-game’ factor to them, except for maybe a few side missions that would motivate players to actively take part in them. With the next Grand Theft Auto, it’ll be great to see adventure sports take up a good chunk of doable activities in the game, preferably with unique gamified mechanics and skill ceilings.

Working for the City in GTA 6

Chase sequences will feel much more alive if policing is a fun mini-game.
Chase sequences will feel much more alive if policing is a fun mini-game.

Impersonating other characters in an open-world game is nothing short of fun and a gimmick. However, have you thought about actively contributing to the city’s ongoing needs? If so, Rockstar should let us work in GTA 6 doing things like being an active vigilante, paramedic, cab driver, and so on.

The franchise isn’t new to this; players have been able to just hop onto a cop car or an ambulance and start going on missions in order to keep the city from falling. Or, well, at least feel like they’re helping out. We’d like to see this taken to the next level.

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For those of you who have played GTA: Chinatown Wars, you’ll remember how detailed trading drugs, hotwiring cars, and a few other activities were because the mini-games were so fun.

A similar concept would be much appreciated, should GTA 6 have little mini-games every time you work for the city. For instance, giving CPR to a patient in need or arresting a criminal (maybe a mini-game around handcuffing or chasing them?).

Wouldn’t it be fun to punch in details about a location you’d need to be at as a cab driver or working a police computer within a cop car (as seen in GTA 4)? With how detailed GTA 6 can be, it would make sense to have such mini-games as part of the role-playing aspect of the open world.

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Hand-to-Hand Combat Training

Improved hand-to-hand combat systems similar to games like Sleeping Dogs would be a welcome addition to GTA 6.
Improved hand-to-hand combat systems similar to games like Sleeping Dogs would be a welcome addition to GTA 6.

GTA: San Andreas almost aced this one. But we never really explored this properly with other games, let alone build on the mini-game. Ideally, our protagonist would enter a fighting ring and learn new movesets as time passed and skills grew. This would pretty much make you unstoppable as a fighter.

With the next game, it’ll be fun to have an entire series of mini-games surrounding different kinds of combat mechanics. For instance, Judo can have its own movesets around kicks, while Jiu-Jitsu will require players to utilize a specific set of keys in order to get it right.

While martial arts won’t be able to save your soul against a situation involving guns, it’s always a neat trick to have up your sleeves in indoor situations and places that restrict the use of weapons. Wouldn’t it be fun to personalize your character’s skillset when it comes to hand-to-hand combat? Pretty sure Lucia and Jason will appreciate that.

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Indoor Games

Indoor activities add to the charm of hanging out with friends.
Indoor activities add to the charm of hanging out with friends.

Sometimes, the world is too noisy, and it’s fun to sit back and relax indoors. It’s even better when you have someone to play games with, and that’s where the potential for mini-games comes in. Rockstar should consider having games like table tennis (it has dealt with this before), twister, carrom, chess, and more.

GTA 6 can even take things further by having its own card or board game based on its version of reality, something like Gwent from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The rules will be calibrated, co-op and PvP can be a thing, and everything will be set according to the vibe of Leonida. Moreover, if you can organize hangout sessions with friends, setting up these mini-games within the context of a house party would make for a great experience.

We can only imagine how wholesome (or relationship-breaking) playing against other players in the online version of the game would be. That being said, mini-games will add another layer to the rich world of GTA 6 by making everyday life and activities feel more inspired.

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Written by Tanay Sharma

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Tanay wears more hats than Red Dead Redemption 2 characters. He's a musician, writer, voice-over artist and adores interactive media. His favourite games are the ones with memorable stories and characters. He's pursuing a master's degree in Behavioural Sciences. No, he won't read your mind.