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Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V

PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Developer: Rockstar North Official Site: http://www.rockstargames.com
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date:
2013
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:21am 14/04/15 | 1 Comments
Beyond some serious visual sheen, PC gamers will also be nabbing themselves a machinima editor for GTAV, allowing for creative types everywhere to craft their own stories from the lives of everyone living in greater Los Santos and Blaine County.

Watch today’s video “An Introduction to the Rockstar Editor” for an overview of just some of the features of this powerful video creation tool including special camera modes, filters, depth of field and audio customisation options -- as well as the unique Director Mode feature that allows players to stage creative moviemaking sequences from a cast of characters ranging from familiar faces from Story Mode, to pedestrians and even animals.

Players will be able to upload finished videos to YouTube and to the Rockstar Games Social Club to share with friends.
Watch the trailer for the Rockstar Editor embedded below, and drop your initial desktop thoughts on the long-awaited PC release in the Comments below.


Friday, 3 April 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:49pm 03/04/15 | 113 Comments
It's been a very, very long time coming. With countless reviews across two generations of consoles and myriad videos and post-mortems and cheats and... well, everything. But all of that becomes nothing at the foot of what GTAV is looking like on the PC, as today's newest trailer, with the game running at 60fps, shows.

Hopefully everyone who has waited this long to play the game on PC has the rig needed to run it in this light, but before you (actually below) is the latest trailer for GTAV on PC ahead of its April 14 release date, and boy does it look purdy.

Watch it embedded below.



And in case you missed them, here are both of our last-gen and next-gen GTAV reviews.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:32am 01/04/15 | 0 Comments
Rockstar has today announced that punters can pre-order the genre-spanning "Welcome to Los Santos" release from iTunes, which features music inspired by the world of Grand Theft Auto V.

Created and compiled by Alchemist and Oh No and heavily influenced and inspired by their work on the score of Grand Theft Auto V with late legendary composer Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream and Woody Jackson, Welcome To Los Santos consists of all original tracks featuring a diverse array of artists spanning hip-hop, electronica, dancehall, rock, r'n'b and more. Music contained on Welcome To Los Santos will also feature on The Lab, a brand new radio station making its debut within Grand Theft Auto V for PC. The full album will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download on April 21 via Mass Appeal Records.
Anyone who does pre-order will also be able to download the track "Play it Cool" by Gangrene featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Sam T. Herring of Future Islands.

Here's the track listing for Welcome to Los Santos in full:
    1. Gangrene – Play It Cool feat. Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt
    2. Ab-Soul – Trouble feat. Aloe Blacc
    3. Tunde Adebimpe – Speedline Miracle Masterpiece feat. Sal P & Sinkane
    4. MC Eiht & Freddie Gibbs – Welcome to Los Santos feat. Kokane
    5. Phantogram – K.Y.S.A
    6. Vybz Kartel – Fast Life
    7. King Avriel – 20's 50's 100's feat. A$AP Ferg
    8. MNDR – Lock & Load feat. Killer Mike
    9. Popcaan – Born Bad feat. Freddie Gibbs
    10. E-40 – California feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink
    11. Wavves – Leave
    12. Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs – Fetti
    13. Little Dragon – Wanderer
    14. Action Bronson & Danny Brown – Bad News
And while we're here, we'll tack on news that Rockstar will be debuting the first true PC trailer for Grand Theft Auto V on April 3 (at 1am AEST for those of you super-keen), which we'll be sure to host, otherwise you can watch it here on the day.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Post by Eorl @ 09:53am 25/02/15 | 16 Comments
Delivering the bad news again, developer Rockstar has revealed in a new update that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is once again delayed, pushing the release to April 14th.

Originally scheduled for January 27th, Rockstar previously pushed the game back to March 24th, however we hope that the April release is final and won't be changing again.

"Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC."

It isn't all bad news though, with Rockstar offering $200,000 in-game cash for those who pre-order the game. Also mentioned is that Online Heists - a four-player cooperative mission mode - will finally be going live on March 10th for PlayStation and Xbox, with PC gaining access on its launch.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Post by Eorl @ 08:44am 04/02/15 | 18 Comments
Yes, you read that title correctly. The ever-popular Grand Theft Auto series is once again continuing to show its strength today with Take-Two announcing that Rockstar's open-world title has now shipped more than 45 million copies to consoles, 10 million of which is on next-gen consoles.

The news comes from Take-Two Interactive's latest quarter financial results, which also pointed to the long-awaited Heist missions becoming available in early 2015. That could possibly mean around the time of the PC launch, on March 24th, but we'll have to wait and see.

Alongside those ridiculously large numbers was NBA 2K15, which has now shipped nearly 5.5 million copies to date. Take-Two reported in its Q3 FY15 financials a net revenue of $53 million, compared to $1.86 billion year-over-year and net income of $40 million compared to $58 million year-over-year.

Of course such a decline has been attributed to net revenue and cost of goods sold related to sell-in of GTA 5 during Q2 and Q3 during 2014. Though it isn't really fair to compare the year-over-year sales with such a blockbuster title headlining 2014.

“Take-Two’s positive momentum was demonstrated once again, as we delivered exceedingly strong third quarter revenues and profits, and finished the quarter with nearly $1 billion in cash and short term investments,” said T2 CEO Strauss Zelnick. “We successfully launched one of the most diverse holiday lineups in the Company’s history and we also generated substantial growth in digitally-delivered revenue.

“Looking ahead, we expect that our fourth quarter will provide a strong finish to fiscal 2015, anchored by the launches of Evolve and Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC, along with an array of other offerings.”

Grand Theft Auto V will be heading to PC come March 24th. Take-Two's other big title, Evolve, will be launching on February 10th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Post by Eorl @ 08:40am 17/01/15 | 16 Comments
While the PC version of Rockstar's open-world sandbox Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed back to March 24th, the developer is hoping to entice players into pre-ordering the game ahead of its launch. Those who do will score some in-game cash as well as a bonus free game from Rockstar's vaults.

To obtain your stash of free goodies you'll need to head over to Rockstar's Warehouse store and preorder the game directly through them. It hasn't been made clear yet as to whether users will be able to redeem the preorder on Steam or whether Rockstar will be offering the game directly through their distribution channel. Either way, you'll be charged 15 percent up front (that isn't refundable), and you'll get a download code for one of the following games:
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
  • Grand Theft Auto Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
  • L.A. Noire
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of May Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Midnight Club II
  • Alongside the free game you'll also receive $1 million in-game cash, split across single-player and multiplayer. Check out the game's first PC screenshots below in glorious 4K resolution to see what we'll be getting.





    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
    Post by trog @ 03:33am 14/01/15 | 16 Comments
    After some recent rumours saying that the eagerly anticipated PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 was looking like it was delayed, Rockstar were quick to confirm - only 12 days ago - that it was still on track for its targeted release date of January 27th.

    However, confirmation that the release date has indeed been pushed back has just arrived, with word on the official Rockstar site that the new date is March 24, 2015:
    As we head into 2015, we would like to share the first screens and system specs of Grand Theft Auto V for PC as well as a new release date of March 24, 2015.

    Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be. Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.
    The post also includes some new screenshots as well as revealing the minimum and recommended system specifications required (make sure you've got 65GB of hard disk space free!).
    Friday, 19 December 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 12:38pm 19/12/14 | 0 Comments
    Grand Theft Auto Online players hoping to celebrate the holidays in Los Santos can download the "Festive Surprise" update to add snowball fights, Christmas sweaters and more, Rockstar Games announced today.

    A new homing missile launcher and proximity mines are available permanently, as are new vehicles Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, Slam Van, and the Massacro and Jester sports cars. Players can now own a third garage to stash their cars, and weapons can be found at in-game store Ammu-Nation.



    Other additions include seasonal clothing items such as scarves, masks and holiday pajamas for free. These items will be available until Jan. 5. Special holiday crate drops will also begin dropping "frequently" until that end date.

    Check out the full update on Rockstar's site.

    Wednesday, 17 December 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:54am 17/12/14 | 0 Comments
    Yes, it is finally happening. Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar has released a new trailer featuring the long-awaited Online Heists for players to compete in, allowing them to earn that sweet, sweet cash and also blow stuff up.

    Originally scheduled for launch just after the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions became available late last year, the online heists saw quite lengthy delays as Rockstar continued to work on getting them just right. As the latest trailer for the game shows, that extra time has worked exceptionally well with the online heist missions appearing to feature a number of vehicles, such as planes and helicopters.

    No solid date has been given on when we can expect the heists to launch, but last we heard in November was that early 2015 is the proposed timeline. For now, check out the trailer below.

    Thursday, 4 December 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 09:18am 04/12/14 | 38 Comments
    Target has reportedly pulled all copies of the new-gen and old-gen versions of Rockstar's hit open-world game Grand Theft Auto V, in response to "feedback from customers about the game's depictions of violence against women."

    Target Australia's general manager of corporate affairs Jim Cooper said the call was made because of "community and customer concern" about Rockstar's open-world crime game. The game was listed as an R18+ title, meaning only those above the age of 18 could actually purchase the game.

    "We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game's content," said Cooper.

    "We've also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA V is in line with the majority view of our customers."

    Cooper explained that Target will continue to sell other R-rated DVDs and video games.

    "While these products often contain imagery that some customers find offensive, in the vast majority of cases, we believe they are appropriate products for us to sell to adult customers. However, in the case of GTA V, we have listened to the strong feedback from customers that this is not a product they want us to sell."

    The petition on Change.org was launched by female survivors of violence in the hopes of having GTA V pulled from the shelves of Target Australia. As of writing, the campaign has gained over 40,000 supporters.

    "Please Target," the campaign reads, "we appeal to you as women survivors of violence, including women who experienced violence in the sex industry, to immediately withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale." Looking further into the petition however shows that some of the descriptions used for the call to action are incorrect, citing that players gain "health points" for using violence against women. The petition also lacks in outlining that Grand Theft Auto's violence extends not just to the female gender, with players able to do what they will to both genders thanks to the game's sandbox tactics.

    Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, has issued a statement regarding Target's decision:
    “We are disappointed that an Australian retailer has chosen no longer to sell Grand Theft Auto V -- a title that has won extraordinary critical acclaim and has been enjoyed by tens of millions of consumers around the world. Grand Theft Auto V explores mature themes and content similar to those found in many other popular and groundbreaking entertainment properties. Interactive entertainment is today's most compelling art form and shares the same creative freedom as books, television, and movies. I stand behind our products, the people who create them, and the consumers who play them.”
    It also seems like Kmart in Australia has decided to pull the game, most likely due to the company being owned by Wesfarmers, who also owns Target.
    Friday, 14 November 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 11:30am 14/11/14 | 9 Comments
    One of the most anticipated elements of the Grand Theft Auto Online experience is teaming up for heists with friends. It's a feature that's been promised since the beginning, but a year later hasn't made its way into the game.

    Today, Rockstar says that Heists are coming, and we likely won't have too long to wait. "We know you’re all excited for more Updates to come and we’ve got some really exciting stuff in the works to continue adding to, expanding and evolving the world of Grand Theft Auto Online – including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists which will be available for all four consoles as the first GTA Online Update to happen after the game launches on PS4 and Xbox One," the company writes. "We’ll have some details on that very soon as well."

    Rockstar has been updating the GTA Online experience with new time-limited events, Rockstar-certified jobs, clothing, and mission types. Online heists will bring the experience a big step closer to meeting fan expectations.

    Grand Theft Auto V will be out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 18th. It will also be available for PC early next year.
    Monday, 22 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 01:33pm 22/09/14 | 0 Comments
    Grand Theft Auto V for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One may be gaining a long-awaited first-person mode, that is according to a now removed feature list on Rockstar's website (via VG247).

    Preserved as a Google Cache, the features listed below were allegedly listed in a September 12th update to the official website of GTA V, but have since been deleted. According to the page, we can expect an array of new content for the next-gen version, including first-person mode for inside vehicles and on-foot.
  • Increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions all work together to bring new life to the cities, towns, deserts and oceans of Rockstar North’s epic reimagining of Southern California.
  • All new content and gameplay created since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, including an extensive array of new Jobs, an arsenal of new weapons, scores of new vehicles, new properties and player customizations will also be available for the PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One and PC with much more to come. In addition, the current community of players will have the ability to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.
  • Grand Theft Auto V for PC will also feature a video editor designed for advanced movie-making.
  • A brand new first person mode for vehicles that shows the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights, and more
  • A brand new first person mode while on foot
  • A wealth of new easter eggs and random events for Story Mode
  • New animals roaming Los Santos
  • Animals in GTA Online?
  • Players that transfer characters from Xbox 360 or PS3 will receive free new weapons and a free garage in GTA Online.
  • Newly overhauled character selection screen
  • As the post was pulled don't take this as confirmed features, and of course it is also entirely possible that the Google Cache has been faked. Still, this will definitely poke the interest of those still on the fence about picking up a copy.

    Grand Theft Auto V will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come November 18th, with a PC release set for January 2015.
    Tuesday, 16 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 08:16am 16/09/14 | 6 Comments
    On the heels of announcing that it planned to bring Grand Theft Auto V to Xbox One and PS4 this fall, and to the PC in early 2015 with additional content and other improvements, Rockstar Games has explained in a brief comment on its site, why all of these releases are taking so long.

    In a comment on the original announcement, Rockstar explained that it is taking the extra time - particularly on the PC release - to ensure that it is "amazing."

    "We're glad to see so many of you are excited for the upcoming release of the new versions of GTAV and we look forward to sharing more details with you soon," the company wrote in a comment. "We are also incredibly excited to be bringing GTAV to the PC, but the game requires a little more development time in order to ensure that it is as amazing and polished as possible. Please do stay tuned as we reveal new features and information about all the new versions in the weeks ahead."

    For more details on the next-gen and PC release, check out the previous article which includes a brand-new trailer showing off all the various juiced up extras.
    Saturday, 13 September 2014
    Post by trog @ 12:20am 13/09/14 | 12 Comments
    Rockstar have officially confirmed the release date for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V as January 27, 2015. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version will land this year on November 18.

    It should be noted these are presumably US release dates - we expect an update from the Australian reps in the next few days confirming the Australian release dates.

    These next-generation versions will feature the following improvements:
    Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:

    - New weapons, vehicles and activities
    - Additional wildlife
    - Denser traffic
    - New foliage system
    - Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more

    Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will also feature enhanced radio selections with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.
    If you already have a character in Grand Theft Auto Online, you'll probably be pleased to note that you can transfer them to your choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.

    A new trailer dropped to promote the news:

    Friday, 12 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 06:36pm 12/09/14 | 1 Comments
    GameStop has had its annual conference in Anahiem and according to a user on NeoGAF Rockstar was there showing off the upcoming PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of last year's Grand Theft Auto V. Going by the user's comments this is going to be one hell of an awesome remaster.

    Rockstar allegedly unveiled a full 45-minute behind closed doors presentation to retailers, showing off the new version that is poised to push the two consoles and PC to their limits. This is in similar fashion to how the developer created the original, which took every ounce of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 juice to render what we had on our screens.

    According to the post on NeoGAF we can expect some major graphical and mechanical changes to GTAV and its online counterpart. These include things like water puddles appearing during rainy weather, street detail being increased and even animals donning a new coat of fur. The poster also suggested that we could indeed see new content in the form of radio stations, music tracks and possibly more.
    1. I saw this at the GameStop managers conference in Anehiem. Rockstar gave a 45 minute closed doors presentation.

    2. They showed us multiple locals. The city, underwater areas, country side etc.

    3. Foliage has been completely reworked. Tree barks been redone, individual grass blades, wild flowers etc. This applies to underwater areas as well. Completely reworked coral reefs and underwater plants.

    4. Draw distance now is INSANE. One example they showed us was the main city at night. They showed it on PS3 first amd showed us how all lighting at a distance was pre baked. In the remaster its all pre loaded in real time and is dynamic. You can see lights and traffic flow from massive distances.

    5. Water rendering system has been completely redone. Rivers / Ocean / rain are gorgeous

    6. No release date given. They simply said soon.

    7. Animal texture work has been 100 % re done.

    8. Anti Aliasing looked great with little to no jaggies. Looked 1080p to me. It was demoed on PS4.

    9. Promised "new" content. One example was new songs / soundtrack / radio stations.

    10. Best remaster Ive seen by far. I literally gasped at the differences.
    Grand Theft Auto V will be launching for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in the future, though going by these comments we can probably expect a release date and new trailer soon enough.
    Wednesday, 3 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:16am 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
    Even though Grand Theft Auto V's online counterpart is nearly one year old, Rockstar is still keen on pumping out new content for its online open world.

    This month, the developer has launched 16 new jobs, new races and contract missions, and the chance to earn double RP all week in a new Flight Schools Job playlist. As part of today's update, players will have access to two new Contact Missions, including:
    Chop Chop (Contact: Trevor, Rank 43, 2-4 Players)
    "Our friend Ronald is getting increasingly agitated about Merryweather Security’s presence in the state, and a nervous Ron gets on my t***. Why don't you go to Sandy Shores Airfield, hack into the Merryweather Network, find their outposts and then take their choppers and blow 'em all to hell. Okay? Great!"

    Effin' Lazers(Contact: Martin, Rank 44, 2 Players)
    "The market’s about to be flooded with inferior product. I... WE... have too much invested in it to let that happen. I need you to get in some Lazer fighter jets and take out the planes holding product before they land. It sounds extreme, but these are desperate times."
    Players will also want to check out the new scenarios for all three of the new VS Mission modes (Acquire Targets, Air Force Zero & G-Rating). Those who play through the entire new Flight School Jobs Playlist will gain access to an exclusive 'High Flyer' Parachute Pack, which was previously only available through an event weekend.
    Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 08:46am 02/09/14 | 0 Comments
    A UK retailer has accidentally let slip a possible date for the upcoming current-gen port of Rockstar's open-world utopia Grand Theft Auto V, pinning it for a very specific November 14th to be exact.

    As usual, Rockstar hasn't commented on the legitimacy of the leak, however VG247 notes that two days ago a rep for the developer has confirmed a "Fall" window, which usually means September to November period.

    Videogamer has snapped a copy of the UK retailer's listing for integrity sake, though hopefully we'll be hearing something more official soon enough. Grand Theft Auto V and its online counterpart will be available to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
    Friday, 29 August 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 02:39pm 29/08/14 | 2 Comments
    Rockstar has warned that those playing Grand Theft Auto V's online component on the newer, slimmer PlayStation 3 12GB models will soon have to upgrade their internal hard drive or play offline to ensure appropriate space.

    The reason behind this sudden and dramatic change? A new title update, version 1.16, was released on August 19th and it requires more storage space than the 12GB PlayStation 3 can hold. Both GTA Online and GTA V's Story Mode operate from the same install, so players who can't or don't want to upgrade their hard drives will have play without connecting to PlayStation Network.

    "If not enough space is available on the system, hardware limitations will prevent players from accessing GTA Online," reads a note on the support page. "GTAV Story Mode will still be accessible by playing the game without being connected to PlayStation Network, and proceeding without additional updates."
    Wednesday, 20 August 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 11:59am 20/08/14 | 7 Comments
    Rockstar's latest update for GTA Online earns its wings today on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, giving Grand Theft Auto V players access to ten new flight-focused missions.

    The San Andreas Flight School Update introduces new planes that players can pilot in a collection of themed Race, Capture, Parachute Jump missions. The update also adds new aerial competitive modes, including the flag-capturing Acquire Targets mode and the Air Force Zero base defense mission.

    Rockstar will host an experience-boosting weekend event starting this Friday to commemorate GTA 5's latest update, and 14 new Jobs have launched to give players a chance to earn more in-game cash and reputation points. A full list of changes introduced in today's title update is available at Rockstar's support site.
    Monday, 4 August 2014
    Post by Dan @ 10:55am 04/08/14 | 7 Comments
    Internet sleuths digging through game code from Grand Theft Auto V purport to having discovered several signs that suggest that zombies could be a theme for a future downloadable content expansion (thanks VG247).

    Notable GTA modding youtuber Chr0m3xMoDz has been sharing bits and pieces gleamed from decompiling bits of GTAV game code for some time, and recently shared what is supposedly a placeholder DLC selection screen, wherein one of the options is "DEAD" and when selected, attempts to launch SPZOMBIES. Other references to ZMB were also found elsewhere.

    Developer Rockstar did the zombies schtick previously in Undead Nightmare, a reasonably popular content expansion for Red Dead Redemption, so it's certainly plausible. That said, plenty of games are littered with code fragments for unfinished and cancelled features, so despite the excited "100% confirmed" titles on Chr0m3xMoDz's youtube videos, we really won't know for sure until we hear it from Rockstar itself.