The latest Grand Theft Auto 5 update is hiding something exciting, it’s the return of the legendary custom shop, Benny’s Original Motor works.
Pay him a visit in Strawberry just south of the Olympic Freeway and he will be able to customize your cars as well as work on the new Lowriders, offering custom paint jobs colours and designs. He also has interiors with a variety of patterns and types, engine mods and air filters, rims & wheels, new steering wheels and custom shift levers. Pimp out with massive sound systems with subs in the back, and of course no Lowrider would be complete in its own state of Los Santos without hydraulics.
The Lowriders free DLC is out today and offers more than just cars. New clothing, hair and tattoos are available along with a personal vehicle remote, freemode weapon pickups, extra weapons on the creator, quick ammo restocks and more besides.
Do not forget to take a look at Lamar’s grand plans to take on the gangs of Los Santos and conquer the city’s thriving Lowrider scene.
Exclusive to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V, this new mode gives players the chance to explore the world of Los Santos and Blaine County directly through the eyes of their character, revealing all the world’s glorious details in an entirely new way.
Available in both GTAV and GTA Online, Rockstar have made a host of changes to accommodate this new perspective, including the creation of an optional first person cover system, a new targeting system, a more traditional FPS control scheme, and integrating thousands of new animations into the existing game. It’s also available at the touch of a button so you can easily switch back and forth between perspectives.
Alongside the new First Person mode, Grand Theft Auto V for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC features hundreds of additions and enhancements including 1080p resolution at 30FPS on PS4 and Xbox One (4K compatible on PC).
Grand Theft Auto V will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18th. Coming January 27th to PC.
Rockstar Games has finally announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the Xbox One (and other platforms) from November 18th, 2014 which was already rumoured thanks to various retailers. The PC version will follow on January 27th 2015.
Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever compared to Xbox 360. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:
New foliage system
Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more.
Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One 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.
All players who pre-order the game will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the Xbox 360 version including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities, including wildlife photography; and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.
Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available with much more to come. Existing players on Xbox 360 will be able to transfer their current Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression.
Although I have long left the days of Xbox 360 and GTA V behind until I will get my ass in gear and devote a decent playthrough on the upcoming Xbox One version – it has been reported that Rockstar Games are cracking down on money launderers in-game, otherwise known as those who have found exploits to cheat a few million dollars!
According to LatinTimes, several prominent GTA 5 YouTubers over the weekend have faced bans by showing various methods to obtain unlimited money in videos. As YouTube videos are often the viral source for money leaks and cheats, Rockstar Games has allegedly banned well-known GTA 5 YouTubers: LispyJimmy, Dynasty, Sernando, Sir Weed, and Glitch Master, for sharing the exploits.
Another popular Youtuber, DomisLive claims that Rockstar Games have undercover agents moderating the lobbies to catch cheaters in the act, but are not only banning IP addresses – your Xbox Live Account too!
Saturn, an electronics department store chain in Germany use an actor to portray some kind of media geek to advertise many of the store’s products. Their character known as, TECH-NICK is used across a range of in-store advertising promotions and online media who also tweets on behalf of the company. Through the “Verified” promotional twitter account of Saturn Germany, TECH-NICK stated:
Da ich grad gefragt wurde: Das Release von #GTAV für PC, XBOX One und PS4 wird für Juni erwartet…
As english translation would have it “Since I was asked: The release of #GTAV for PC, XBOX One and PS4 is expected in June…” The account later tweeted that this was a rumour and the industry is well aware of nothing, but he’ll keep his followers updated.
Rumours of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One being released in June have now been circulating across a range of EU retailers including, Czech Republic’s SUPERGAMER, and Romania’s ALTEX. It is unlikely that developer’s Rockstar Games will announce anything officially until E3 2014 this June.
An Xbox One release of Grand Theft Auto V has already been rumoured for some time already having been reported on thisisxbox early February. What was an originally outed for Xbox One by a Czech Republic retailer has now evolved into Romania, as their retailer’s are also taking pre-orders for the hotly tipped title.
A well known Romanian retailer called Altex are also accepting pre-orders for the game on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 with an estimated June 15th 2014 release date. As we’ve said before – Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One, PS4 and PC are all likely to resemble each other very closely and feature more explicitly intricate detailing visually than what you see on Xbox 360 and PS3. It would be a great move to release such a massive title as this on our next-gen systems, so should anything get confirmed from Rockstar Games in the coming weeks, we’ll keep you posted.
More information may come to light at E3 2014 this June!
Long rumoured, not exactly confirmed in any official capacity, but an online retailer (well known in its locale) has started taking orders for Grand Theft Auto V on next gen platforms. This being Xbox One and PS4 with an image of the supposed box art as shown above.
GTA V for Xbox One is priced at around 1629 Czech Republic Karuna on SuperGamer which equals around £50.00 in GBP for UK gamers. A screengrab of the site in detail is shown below:
Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One, PS4 and PC are all likely to resemble each other very closely and feature more explicitly intricate detailing visually than what you see on Xbox 360 and PS3. It would be a great move to release such a massive title as this on our next-gen systems, so should anything get confirmed from Rockstar Games in the coming weeks, we’ll keep you posted.
Today Rockstar Games are pleased to announce that The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, a trio of distinct albums from Grand Theft Auto V, are available on iTunes for £7.99 each or as a full compilation for £17.99. Volume 1: Original Music
The first volume of this compilation is a collection of brand new music from a wide array of artists including Wavves, Twin Shadow and Tyler, The Creator – along with The Chain Gang of 1974’s “Sleepwalking”, which was featured inthe game’s Official Trailer.
Volume 2: The Score
GTAV is the first entry in the series to feature a dynamic original score composed and engineered to be completely responsive to the player’s actions within both missions and open world gameplay. The score was composed in a one-time collaboration between a team of legendary producers and composers including vanguard German electronic band Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire) and renowned hip-hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No. For The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Volume 2, the stems of the game’s interactive score are layered, mixed and arranged into an album of songs by acclaimed producer and DJ, DJ Shadow.
Volume 3: The Soundtrack
The collection of music in GTAV is the biggest and most ambitious in the history of the series. Volume 3 features select songs from across the game’s unique in-game radio stations. Snippets from all 17 in-game radio stations are also now available for your listening pleasure on the Music page on the GTAV official site. Featuring tracks by Bootsy Collins, Flying Lotus, Bob Seger, Jai Paul, Toro y Moi, Waylon Jennings and more.
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Volume 1: Original Music
1. Oh No – Welcome To Los Santos
2. BJ The Chicago Kid – Smokin’ and Ridin’ (feat. Freddie Gibbs & Problem)
3. Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love
4. Neon Indian – Change Of Coast
5. Wavves – Nine Is God
6. Gangrene – Bassheads
7. Flying Lotus – Stonecutters
8. HEALTH – High Pressure Dave
9. OFF! – What’s Next?
10. Tyler, The Creator – Garbage
11. Nite Jewel – Nowhere To Go
12. A$AP Rocky – r – Cali
13. Age Of Consent – Colours
14. Marion Band$ – Hold Up (feat. Nipsey Hustle)
15. 100s – Life Of A Mack
16. Favored Nations – The Set Up
17. Yeasayer – Don’t Come Close
18. The Chain Gang Of 1974 – Sleepwalking
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Volume 2: The Score
Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist & Oh No, DJ Shadow
1. We Were Set Up
2. A Legitimate Business Man
3. A Haze Of Patriotic Fervor
4. Los Santos At Night
5. North Yankton Memories
6. The Grip
7. Mr. Trevor Philips
8. A Bit Of An Awkward Situation
9. No Happy Endings
10. His Mentor
11. (Sounds Kind Of) Fruity
12. Minor Turbulence
13. Chop The Dog
14. A Lonely Man
15. You Forget A Thousand Things
16. Impotent Rage/Am I Being Clear Now?
17. Fresh Meat
18. Therapy And Other Hobbies
19. Rich Man’s Plaything
20. The Agency Heist
21. Hillbilly Crank Dealers’ Blues
22. Welcome To Los Santos (Outro)
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Volume 3: The Soundtrack
1. Flying Lotus – The Kill (feat. Niki Randa)
2. Lee “Scratch” Perry – I Am a Madman
3. Jai Paul – Jasmine (Demo)
4. George McCrae – I Get Lifted
5. Kausion – What You Wanna Do
6. Charlie Feathers – Can’t Hardly Stand It
7. Weirdos – Life of Crime
8. Mexican Institute of Sound – Es Toy
9. Joe Goddard – Gabriel (Soulwax Mix) [feat.Valentina]
10. Bootsy Collins – I’d Rather Be With You
11. Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights
12. Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix)
13. Problem – Say That Then (feat. Glasses Malone)
14. Waylon Jennings – I Ain’t Living Long Like This
15. Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
16. Simple Minds – All the Things She Said
17. Toro y Moi – Harm in Charge
18. Hot Snakes – This Mystic Decade
19. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Mau
Five long years since the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar Games deliver the next instalment of the franchise that centres on Los Santos, the LA-like virtual city with three very different gangster protagonists. Meet Michael, Trevor and Franklin – each with a shady past who are set on a journey that could change their lives completely. A criminal underworld waits in the stereotypical world of Grand Theft Auto V – all you need do is jump right on in!
Immediately the opening scenes are the learning curve for some new dynamics in GTA V as you take aim of both an improved auto-aim and cover system whilst getting to grips with switching between characters during gameplay – something that the later missions will require more of when you reach them. If for some very strange reason you are not familiar with Grand Theft Auto, the game is open world and in the third person allowing you to undertake gameplay missions in the order that you choose. For those who have waited five very long years for this – it shouldn’t be too disappointing as the interaction and environmental distractions have been hit on high voltage. Basically, it’s a massive improvement over GTA IV and the ability to switch between players is a completely new concept that really works well in the franchise as each player has their own set of skills. Although with their own unique story, their lives become entangled in the main plot that is to completely change their lives forever by undertaking six very dangerous bank heists. Heavy on the obscene language, filled with over-the-top-action it is hard not to enjoy a day in the life of a man with a plan to reap the rewards of a cash filled bank.
Whilst escaping from a heist in the games’ early introduction you daringly flee from the cops as your get-a-way vehicle sits in limbo awaiting your arrival. This first mission ties you into the criminal mind-set as you get familiar with handling your weapons, taking cover from enemies, protecting yourself and most importantly – taking chances. Many a decent mission on Grand Theft Auto is about the danger involved and the risk to life, stealing vehicles, punching the living shit out of your enemies and earning rewards. Whilst Los Santos is set up to resemble a living breathing world with people going about their daily business; traffic filling the streets and many random scenarios that unfold before your eyes (muggings, stabbings, robberies, weather changes) there are many interaction opportunities with other people you meet along the way as you provide assistance to their criminal needs. Drive cars through windows, scuba dive under the sea, parachute down from above and fly the skies in a plane – the endless amount of exploration in Los Santos is nothing short of amazing. I found that I wanted to explore the city more than I wanted to engage in the missions for the early parts of the game to get a real feel for the environments and all the little alleyways where you might meet some interesting tramps!
The topic of conversation from your neighbours, friends and random in-game meets is a real eye opener and although I haven’t put GTA IV back in for comparison purposes, I felt that in GTA V I wanted to cringe more at the obscene dialogue that ‘must’ be more shocking and consistent in its gangland tones compared to GTA IV. It’s more rogue and cut throat – something you might not even hear on the TV from a show, so the in-game usage of such violent talk further adds to the deeper story of the gangland within the bustling lively city of the wealthy. There seemed to be a divide on rich and poor in the city as the game edges on some sociological mystery with a psychological purpose. It has its posh neighbourhood, its poor ‘hood and a massive urban lifestyle; yet some really scenic out of the way places. Take a drive on the streets and you see a different atmosphere within each different section of the city. Noticeably, hijacking a car in the more slum looking places and no one even so much as bats an eyelid, but steal a jeep from a mansion in the well-presented area’s and the cops are on you in a flash. In fact, the more criminal activity you undertake whilst randomly going about your routines, such as mowing down pedestrians, getting into fights, stealing cars and taking photographs of celebrities having anal sex in their own garden! (Yes it’s all going on) you will build up a Wanted Meter that is monitored by the city law enforcement. The more crime you commit the higher your Wanted status is and you could see yourself chased by some aggressive police force with their cars, helicopters, guns all aiming at you – and the only way to survive is to flee the area or just hide somewhere as fast as you can!
There are a lot of some really insane and “out there” moments that will leave you either in a little bit of shock, or just amazed at the actual inclusion within a video game. I really feel I have to further mention that the map is absolutely MASSIVE and can be explored at your own free will too in its entirety. No waiting for areas to unlock depending upon mission outcomes, just drive as far or as fast as you can to see what lies ahead in other nearby sections of the city. The enormous map combined with the switching of characters to partake in their own separate missions really takes Grand Theft Auto up a gear with a whole new direction of gameplay. It feels truly less limited and enhanced by the option of even more freedom and choices than ever before. Some of the missions within GTA V do feel quite short and within the earlier part of the game it plays out more of a driving experience than a campaign or story to follow – but there are some spectacular intense police chases to be had! Within parts you could be left wondering what your next mission is, where do you go, what do you do next and end up just hijacking a car for the fun of it. It really is a beautiful obscene game centered on such a large city, but it’s as if Test Drive Unlimited met The Sims gone horribly wrong. It is not until you get to play as all three of the characters that you being to feel immersed into the overall scheme of things because for those times when all three characters come into play at once (as you choose who to control) this is the magical moments of GTA V where three different stories combine into the lives of the others.
Each character that you play is benefited with their own Skills associated to how they Drive, Shoot, Swim, as well as how well they perform both Stealth and Strength wise. Trevor (ex druggie ex-military-mad-man) has the main skills of a Pilot, Michael (the retired criminal)is an outstanding shooter and Franklin (the repo man) has the most stamina with great driving abilities – so as you can see, if you’re looking for a getaway vehicle driver it would be Franklin, where as you would rather Michael took aim with the weapons – and Trevor, well I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but once seen never forgotten! Reverting back to how you control your characters abilities, shooting within the game is great with each using the auto-aim feature where you simply aim slightly towards an armed character and can just fire your shotgun, but the reticle is that of a tiny small dot on screen which definitely needed to be a little bigger. Driving on the other hand is near on perfection and just as well too since it feels there are a million cars available to you from just about anywhere. It’s a smash ‘n’ grab free for all as you can just take mostly whatever car you want and drive it using the same controls as most popular racing games, however with a character that isn’t skilled highly in driving you will find the car a little rough to control as it tends to swerve more frequently and erratically. Even though each character performs well in different areas, they do also have their own unique personality too represented by their shocking dialogue which not suitable for those who are easily offended. If you’re a parent and your child wanted this, yet you completely ignored the 18 Rating on the box there might be some awkward questions to be answered as GTA V is offensive, graphic and definitely not for children! I don’t really want to fill this page with spoilers, but this could be the most shocking GTA dialogue yet in the series! Additionally the cut-scenes can be quite comical and very imaginative to say the least!
Visually I didn’t find GTA V to be all that attractive as the city of Los Santos as MASSIVE as it is, looks very basic. There’s certainly a whole lot of activity going on, but it doesn’t feel graphically much of an improvement (if any) over GTA IV. Visuals aren’t everything, but the quality here is noticeably imperfect. It also is riddled with glitches as you may find cars crash into invisible objects, as your character steps out of a car he is somehow able to walk through it and many more random visual anomalies on your exploration which doesn’t hinder the gameplay, but I’m just saying it’s not perfected well and I expected a lot more polished visuals for a game that was held back for as long as it was.
The main focus of GTA V is to be everything that you can’t be in real life. It’s like being a perfect criminal without the worry of getting caught. The obscene dialogue suits the nature of the game, but it tends to feel thrown at you intentionally for the purpose of raising a few eyebrows, or to get noticed. I was a little disappointed at the length of some of the missions which felt short in parts unfortunately, but I am so damn impressed with the size of the map and the level of exploration and interaction that missions tend to feel a secondary element to instead cruising the streets in a top-down coupe style vehicle deciding which pedestrian to crush under the wheels! There’s no denying that Grand Theft Auto V is a great game and offers more action and satisfaction than most others which in turn you can forgive it for its minor bugs and annoyances. Where else can you play tennis, race in a car, perform bank heists, assist the paparazzi and fly the skies looking down over one of the biggest interactive cities in any videogame? For that alone, GTA V is pure genius.
Based purely on the solo missions because the online multiplayer mode is not available until October 1st 2013, our score on that alone is below.
Take-Two Interactive Software today announced that Grand Theft Auto V, the critically acclaimed latest release from the iconic interactive entertainment series, has achieved worldwide retail sales of more than $1 billion during its first three days on sale, according to Company estimates. We believe this marks the fastest that any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone.
“Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V.”
Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V is currently available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.