The next Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar promises to be the best Grand Theft Auto 5 yet thanks to some of the most exciting cloud formations we have ever seen in GTA Five. We have spent a couple of minutes looking at GTA IIIII screenshots and identified the five most exciting in-game configurations of fluffy-looking water vapour. Here they are:
01 Low Stratocumulus
While it’s the clouds of the genus cumulonimbus which are usually associated with thunderstorms, the formations in this image are more consistent with something like a low stratocumulus. However, the origin cloud of the impressive electrostatic discharge isn’t visible, so it’s possible there’s a cumulus congestus, or something similar, beyond the frame of the image that we can’t see. We contacted GTA V developer Rockstar to find out more, but unfortunately were told “Rockstar doesn’t comment on rumour and precipitation.”
02 Altocumulus Stratiformis
The unmistakeable expansive patches of altocumulus stratiformis is the sky’s way of saying there’s some serious meteorological shit going down in the lower atmosphere. Think of it as a knife fight between moisture and temperature and whoever wins determines whether your ass stays dry or if it has to suffer the wet consequences of convective instability. This cloud formation is sure to add a lot of tension to the game as the player simply won’t know which way the weather is going to turn.
03 Stratocumulus Cumulogenitus
One of the most life-affirming and arousing configurations of atmospherically suspended water vapour is the crepuscular formation of stratocumulus cumulogenitus. If a sky as beautiful as this provides the backdrop to any dating mini-game or relationship side-mission then the outcome will be a guaranteed ‘Mission Passed!’.
04 Cumulus Mediocris
Visible through the spiky forest of proudly erect wind turbines, the mellow rolling undulations and topographical peaks of the countryside should dominate the vista, but it’s the majestic verticality of the cumulus mediocris in this scene that steals the gaze skyward. Imagine being in that car, looking out the window, seeing such an awe-inspiring example of cloud, then stopping the car, getting out, going on a rampage with the RPG for as long as possible, being gunned down in a hail of law enforcement bullets, and as you lie dying on the road the last thing you see as the screen fades to black is the cumulus mediocris hanging above you like Heaven’s own luxuriant goose down pillow. And at last there will be peace.
05 Stratus Nebulosus
While the troposphere is occupied with a beautiful sunlit cocktail of altocumulus and cumulus fractus, it’s the decumbent fog-like stratus nebulosus that gives this landscape a magical fairy-tale quality. Game developers have always displayed a particular penchant for this low visibility cloud and the practice of ‘fogging’ was widespread during the N64 and PSOne era. It’s important not to confuse ‘fogging’ with ‘dogging’, which is also popular among game developers but has nothing at all to do with stratus nebulosus.
As you can see, there are going to be lots of exciting in-game cloud formations in Grand Theft Auto V. What cloud formations can you see in the sky right now? Go and have a look and then come back and look at some of our other features, like ‘Metal Gear Solid V: 16 things you missed in the trailer because you got drunk’ or ‘Goodies and baddies: A tiny person’s perspective of game characters’.