Posts Tagged ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’

Parp parp! GTA Online adds a splendidly shonky Lada

Though many new vehicles added to GTA Online are ridiculously expensive and bristling with turbochargers and missile launchers, treasures for crimefolks who grind or buy all that microtransaction cash, this week’s update has added a car for the rest of us: a knock-off Lada which can even be customised with cardboard body kits. The Rune Cheburek is cheap, it’s cheerful, and I’ve had a whole lot of fun driving my rusty new crapmobile around Los Santos. Read the rest of this entry »

GTA V’s Online updates to continue as sales near 100m

Though Red Dead Redemption 2 hits consoles in a few months, it seems it won’t spell the end of updates for Grand Theft Auto Online. Given the escalation of recent updates, culminating in the high drama of the Doomsday Heist, I’d half expected Rockstar might now wrap it up to focus on the cowboy ’em up’s multiplayer. But in an investor conference call yesterday, Take-Two said Rockstar’s free content updates have helped the game continue to exceed financial expectations and that Rockstar have “much more planned going forward.”

More immediately, Rockstar this week added the small new Trap Door mode. Stay away from that Trap Door. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Theft Auto Online gives away money for nothing

This... is a journey into money. Loads of money.

As much as I’d like to see some manner of solo expansion for Grand Theft Auto V, its multiplayer component is a massive, sprawling thing with easily as much to do as the base game, it not more. It’s just a pity that to get access to some of the more exciting events (such as gun-running), you need to grind for money for that initial investment. Thankfully that’s a little easier this week, as Rockstar are giving away fat sacks of in-game cash this week, and discounting many mission-generating properties.

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Re-enact car chase legend in GTA Online’s new mode

Nobody's blown the bloody doors off (yet)

Grand Theft Auto Online‘s spring season of race-centric updates continues with off-brand Mini Coopers trying to outfox the fuzz. As absurdly aggressive as GTA’s police AI is notorious for being, nothing can quite compare with another human player out for blood, as you’ll see in The Vespucci Job, a three-on-one competitive car chase mode shamelessly inspired by The Italian Job.

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GTA Online’s Target Assault mode uses guns responsibly

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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…

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GTA Online takes a break from crime for arcade race fun

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GTA Online is a strange beast of a game. Or several games, for that matter. It’s as much an open world sandbox as it is a scripted story-driven co-op adventure, or a frantic team deathmatch, a pseudo Battle Royale or even a pure arcade racing game.

Building on the foundation of larger-than-life vehicles added by the Doomsday update, the Super Sports Series season promises a slew of new racetracks built around fresh hardware, as well as some less conventional gameplay modes being added to the game over the course of Spring, from now until May.

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Log into GTA Online to swipe $250,000 free virtuacash

I write this partially as a reminder to myself: every Grand Theft Auto V player who logs onto GTA Online by next Monday, the 26th, will receive $250,000 of in-game cash. It’s not a staggering sum, but it’s enough to ease a new player in nicely or help established criminals save for something big and shiny. Rockstar are offering a rebate on items bought in-game too. I started playing GTA Online again myself recently and, after not enjoying it at all at launch and still finding some bits annoying, I am having a gay old time doing crimes with my pals or simply sightseeing with a bicycle and a podcast. I will welcome this extra virtuacash. Alice: go log in after finishing this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Grand Theft Auto Online?

Holiday snap

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

My friends and I have three matching tattoos. One for each heist we pulled. The shooting, driving, rocket-launching and knife-criming sandbox of Grand Theft Auto Online is a jolly lark. But even the four player co-op heists have created fewer memories for me than the silliness of my friends when there’s no murdering to be done. Read the rest of this entry »

GTA Online goes a little Saints Row in the Doomsday Heist

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One of the more interesting facets of Grand Theft Auto Online‘s evolution has been a gradual loss of restraint. While the non-story updates have been pretty wacky all round (the most recent patch added the genre-blending Transform races to the in-game track editor), the past few major world-building modules have brought all manner of military-spec hardware to the table in character-led missions, along with a few sci-fi weapons systems for flavour.

It feels like all of that is coming to a head soon with the release of the upcoming Doomsday Heist update for GTA V’s multiplayer module. Read on to see just how your crew might just be saving the world in the bombastic announcement trailer.

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Grand Theft Auto V publishers want microtransactions in all their future games, says boss man

A gang of microtransactors, yesterday

The endless quest for more American dollars continues without respite or clemency at Take Two Interactive, daddy of Rockstar and uber-publisher of Grand Theft Auto V. They want to put “recurrent consumer spending” in all their future games, said CEO Strauss Zelnick in a recent conference call for investors. “Recurrent consumer spending” is how men in suits say “microtransactions”, which is how men in slightly shabbier suits say: “we’re putting a shop in your videogame”.

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GTA Online expands next week with Transform Races

GTA Online Transform

Grand Theft Auto Online [official site] has been growing steadily for a good long while now, adding new missions and competitive mini-games since launch. Only fitting, then, that the multiplayer crime-o-thon is sustained by shameless and continued thievery, with the most recent update – Smugglers Run – adding a Battlegrounds-esque Battle Royale playmode with an up-armored vehicular spin. Previous expansions have introduced Trackmania-esque improbable stunt racing on player-made tracks and Splatoon-y colourful competitions of turf control among other such delights.

Go on. Take a look at the trailer after the jump and tell me what game they’ve nicked the wing-mirrors off of this time.

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GTA publishers are leaving OpenIV alone after all

GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V [official site] developers Rockstar Games appear to have talked parent company Take-Two Interactive out of shutting down OpenIV, a modding tool for GTA IV and V. This is good news. The makers of OpenIV received a cease-and-desist letter from Take-Two earlier this month, prompting outrage from players, but Rockstar have confirmed that Take-Two will now focus their ire only on mods that affect GTA Online in an attempt to crack down on hackers.

Open IV has just been updated with a new version, too, so it definitely lives. Read the rest of this entry »

GTA Online cheats shut down by Take-Two

Take-Two’s lawyers have shut down three cheats for GTA Online, Kotaku report, and their makers are donating their ill-gotten gains to charity. Cheats offered by the trio of Force Hax, Lexicon, and Menyoo in the multiplayer side of Grand Theft Auto V [official site] variously include free cash, invulnerability, spawning vehicles and objects, superpowers like flight and superspeed, spamming big bags of cash, and forcing other players to do things. A real sack of dickbaggery.

These cheat shutdowns come shortly after The Suits killed popular GTA modding tool OpenIV, supposedly for enabling cheating in multiplayer. Rockstar haven’t said how this singleplayer tool enabled online cheating, so the explanation is still confusing, but it’s good that The Suits are cracking down on actual recognised cheats too. Read the rest of this entry »

Rockstar: OpenIV was shut down to fight GTA Online hacking

Grand Theft Auto modding tool OpenIV was shut down with a legal threat because it enabled hacking in GTA Online [official site], according to Rockstar. The makers of OpenIV announced this week that they had received a cease and desist letter from the layers of Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, and neither could nor would defend themselves against The Suits. And so, they have stopped making one of the major modding tools for GTAs IV and V and pulled the downloads. We didn’t have a clear idea of exactly why Take-Two were going after mod tools, but now we have a reason. A foolish reason, but a reason all the same. Read the rest of this entry »

GTA Online’s Gunrunning update delivers Megaforce bike

Okay, okay, enough with the E3 news on video games coming out in 2027. What about now? Well! The multiplayer crimeworld of Grand Theft Auto Online [official site] today launched its ‘Gunrunning’ free content update, adding loads of new crimes to do as an arms dealer. Players get to start a company in an underground bunker, complete naughty missions, grow their business with research and manufacturing, customise vehicles with big weapons, and more. Also, it adds flying motorbikes out of Megaforce. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Theft Auto Online going top-down in Tiny Racers

Grand Theft Auto Online [official site] will return to the series’ top-down roots — with an added touch of Micro Machines — next week with its Tiny Racers update. That’ll bring new top-down stunt races with power-ups and all. Youngfolk are often surprised to learn that Grand Theft Auto began life as a top-down 2D game, and look incredulous when I tell them that humanity hadn’t even discovered the third dimension of our own world until 1987. Maybe now they’ll believe me. Here, watch this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

GTA Online Stripping Cheaters Of Funny Money

It is a shame that Rockstar’s focus since launching Grand Theft Auto V has been GTA Online [official site] rather than any sort of singleplayer expansion, especially given that the sandbox multiplayer mode has been rife with cheating. Well, at least Rockstar have started cracking down in a new way. They’re starting removing “illegitimately gained” imaginary money from players’ accounts, draining the bank accounts of naughty people. They’ll also be wiping the progress of folks who get suspended. Read the rest of this entry »

The Other 1%: Grand Theft Auto Online Biker Update Live

Start honking your hog and pumping your guts: bikers have arrived in Grand Theft Auto Online [official site]. Multiplayer crimepeople can now form and join motorcycle clubs – and not the polite kind who get together over tea and biscuits to write their self-printed newsletter. No, these are rude, noisy motorcycle clubs, doing all those crimes you see on television. Along with new bike-y activities, the Bikers update brings new bikes to ride and new clothes and cosmetic options to make yourself look rowdy.

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GTA Online Will Go Hog-Wild In Bikers Update

“It’s not really a place, it’s a feeling,” biker icon James Hurley once said of his dream destination. “Sometimes riding at night, I punch off the headlights and roll the throttle in just rocket blind into the dark.”

But some bikers are dirty boys. They cuss, smoke cigarettes, refuse to tuck their shirts, and don’t even kiss their mothers goodbye. These rough tough scruffs congeal into gangs, roaring down the highway honking their hogs and yelling e.g. “Hey you, go on, get out of it!” Don’t you find that secretly thrilling? If so, watch for the next major Grand Theft Auto Online [official site] update, which will focus on bikers and bike gangs.

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Grand Theft Auto Online Going A Bit TrackMania

I’ve been hoping Rockstar will add more singleplayer stuff to Grand Theft Auto V [official site] rather than focusing on its multiplayer, but I can hardly be upset by them turning Los Santos into some sort of Hot Wheels-y, TrackMania-ish raceground. Grand Theft Auto Online’s Cunning Stunts update (ooh those scamps!) will bring aerial raceways with loops, pipes, and rings of fire, not to mention new vehicles to race round them. It’ll launch next week. For now, look at this wackiness:

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