Posts Tagged ‘GTA Online’

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 Online now has a battle royale mode

Grand Theft Idea

Aww, poor little GTA Online [official site]. It feels left out of the battle royale party being thrown by Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and its seventy billion players. But it’s going to throw its own party, you’ll see, and you know what? It’ll invite armoured jeeps. Motor Wars is a new mode Rockstar have added in the recent Smuggler’s Run update and it involves parachuting into a “periodically shrinking kill box”.
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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.

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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 »

GTA Online teases Gunrunning update with first look

Gunrunning brings upgrades to the Tampa

Let’s pretend for a moment that the best part of GTA Online [official site] isn’t seeing who can go furthest when leaping off the Hollywood sign and deploying a parachute to scoot to victory before having a little bike race to the foot of a hill. Have I lost you already? Fine. I’ll wait for you to finish the bike race.

Back? Okay. So there’s apparently an update called “Gunrunning” coming. I’m tentatively interested but only because of the running part and not the gun part. Running with guns sounds unsafe. Even more unsafe than running with scissors. Read the rest of this entry »

Broke Protocol is a ‘low-poly GTA Online’

The heists and co-op consumerism of GTA Online was (and is) probably the best thing about Rockstar’s latest blockbuster. With the very notable exception of APB, few have tried to outright ape the crimes ‘n’ capers online sandbox formula. But Broke Protocol [official site] is aiming for just that. It’s a blocky criminal roleplaying game set in a persistent online world where you can grow weed, hijack cars and get shot by the police while robbing a bank. Come see it in action below.
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The 11 bestest best apartments in gaming

Rather than marvel at digital houses we couldn’t even dream of owning an armoire to put in IRL, let alone the whole building, we’ve turned our attention to the world of videogame apartments. These chunks of partitioned living are often just modular, nondescript spaces designed to house clues or bolster the sense of people living in a city, but occasionally there are apartments which offer up a real sense of their owner’s character or palatial penthouses which ooze nouveau riche luxury.

We’ve handpicked a selection which stuck with us as beautiful, effective, weird, crass or some combination of all of those as we amble through the property pages of gaming. Use the arrows to navigate or the left and right cursor keys on your keyboard. Don’t forget to wipe your feet as you come in!

GTA Online’s Biker Gangs Will Roll Out In October

Motorcycles, aka the horses of the highway, will be seeing a lot more action in GTA Online [official site] following Rockstar’s upcoming update. We already told you about what’s expected in this addition – the ability to start an 8-person motor club, new competitive and co-op modes, new bikes, weapons, clothes and tattoos – but you didn’t listen. You just twisted the throttle like a petulant John Connor and pretended not to hear us. Well, I’m here to tell you that the update is happening on Octo – oh for heavens sake.

I SAID THE UPDATE IS HAPPENING ON OCTOBER 4.

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Top Loader: GTA Online’s Next Expansion Out Next Week

I remember when Rockstar released the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V [official site] towards the end of 2012. I got a text from my mum after it’d been on the telly saying something along the lines of: “Wow, I don’t agree with what that computer game is about, but the advert looks like something from a movie.” She was right, it did, and to this day few games have matched the standard.

It seems the sandbox crime sim hasn’t lost its knack for stylish cinematics either, having just launched the trailer for GTA Online‘s latest expansion Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. It’s out on June 7, and here’s what it’s all about:

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GTA Online Updates To Add Stunts And Contraband

Of course it’s called Cunning Stunts. Grand Theft Auto 5 wouldn’t be a Grand Theft Auto game without the po-faced plot and crass punnery, but I’m pleased that GTA Online is bit-by-bit acknowledging the other side of itself: mainly, that its silliness and not crimes that its players most want to perpetrate within its spaces. So it is that a future GTA Online update will bring with it a new set of stunt-track making props, which will let you create things like that pictured above, among much else.

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How To (Not) Make Money In GTA Online (Without Committing Any Crimes)

GTA Online [official site] wants you to commit crimes – to kill your fellow players, beat them in illegal street races, and team up with them in heists in order to make money. But is it possible to make money without committing crimes?

Spoilers: no. But I tried, and it was the most fun I’ve had in the game’s online modes thus far.

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GTA Online Livens Up Open World With Freemode Events

Before Grand Theft Auto V [official site] came out, I imagined I’d vanish into GTA Online for a few months for freeform sandbox shenanigans with a load of other folks. Turned out, the online side’s open world itself was pretty dead (aside from folks with superguns kindly supermurdering me until I turned on Passive Mode) and the action involved lots of boring lobbies and waiting and loading. It was not the dynamic world I’d hoped for. Well, I’ll be dropping back in tonight, now that Rockstar have livened things up.

An update today brings Freemode Events, activities that just happen in the world, from arena brawls to… becoming a werewolf? Interesting! Have a look:

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Watch GTA Online’s Troll Clone Nightmare

Hacking is a terrible thing which can ruin multiplayer games for everyone. Hacking can also, on occasion, turn multiplayer games into a creepy fever dream and deliver the kind of anecdotes that you want to tell all your friends about. That’s the case with what happened to Idle Thumbs‘ Nick Breckon in GTA Online [official site] when he found himself i) spontaneously wealthy ii) the owner of every gun in the game and then iii) with a green-haired clone of himself attached to his back. There’s a YouTube video below with Breckon telling the story, cut together with some footage of it happening.

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How To Play Games And Chat With The RPS Community

Get involved!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has one of the friendliest and most active games communities online, but it’s possible that you’ve never peeled back the mask of the frontpage to discover the forums, guilds and game groups that lie beyond.

If you’re intrigued and you’d like to join the forum, find people to play with, or chat with other RPS readers, read on for a guide to what’s happening and instructions on how to get involved.

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