GTA Online’s Target Assault mode uses guns responsibly

GTA Online

In an ironic twist, GTA Online‘s latest competitive mode puts heavy firepower in the hands of players, but reserves it purely for shooting at safe, inanimate targets. In the new Target Assault mode, players pair up to crew a heavily armed vehicle racing down a circuit, with the driver trying to provide the turret gunner as clear a shot as possible at the big floating targets surrounding the track. Not to say that the mode is non-violent, of course…

While the gunner may be playing a relatively benign role (by GTA standards), the driver is fully encouraged to ram, shove or otherwise demolish the other cars on the track. Each lap, you and your gunner switch places, meaning that you can’t just rely on your pinpoint shooting. Players with a halfway decent analogue gamepad to hand will have an advantage in the driving sections at least, although everyone’s in with a chance thanks to GTA Online’s community being packed to the gills with comically rubbish drivers.

The Target Assault mode comes as part of the Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series (alliteration is fun!), a season full of high powered race-themed updates. The previous update included a stock car demolition derby race, along with some criss-crossing tracks specifically designed to put players at maximum risk of crashing headlong into each other. Later, a slew of new Transform Races are headed to the game, along with improvements to the user track editor, allowing for greater flexibility in creating these weird new cross-disciplinary events.

This update is also accompanied by in-game discounts on a variety of ‘endgame’ equipment, including 30% off the absurdly indulgent Mammoth Avenger flying base, plus upgrades for the hulking VTOL. There’s also a new vehicle to buy from the Warstock store; a minigun-turret-equipped truck that’s currently featured in some of the Target Assault tracks. While I’d like to see another major story-focused expansion for GTA Online on par with the Doomsday Heist, I’ve a feeling that relatively low-budget (albeit fun and messy) events like this will be the focus of the game from now until Rockstar officially putĀ it on a back-burner. That said, I’d love to be wrong.


  1. MrUnimport says:


  2. satan says:

    If you remember the opening of GTAV, you’re in a snow covered town… was it Yankton? I hold out hope that even if we never get a single player expansion, maybe Rockstar can throw some paint and polish at Yankton, and we’ll be able to buy a plane ticket to visit a new town.

  3. Cederic says:

    I’d like a story focused expansion to GTA offline. It’s a gorgeous game engine but online play just isn’t attractive due to the griefing and monetisation.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      While the grind is admittedly rather heinous, there is a Passive Mode in GTA Online which prevents other players from harming you or vice versa, if you just want to chill out in the overworld.

      Generally speaking though, it’s a game best played with friends. A crew of 3-4 are much less likely to find themselves targeted by a random jerk. Not unless that jerk wants to find himself hunted across the map for an hour.

      • haradaya says:

        Everything that makes the world come alive in singleplayer, is turned down to 20% in online. Way less peds, and none of them has occupations, activities, or special behavior. There’s no animals either.
        I’d love expansions fleshing out what you can do in Los Santos offline. Mods fill a lot of that, but the frequent mandatory updates to the online part kept breaking them.