MajamiHiroz Covers the Vice City Theme on Guitar (Found on YouTube)

Posted on November 2 2012, 8:29am | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games

Not too long ago, we featured a pretty awesome recreation of the final mission from Vice City done-up Commodore 64 stylee by Majami Hiroz on YouTube - now, the same 80's-obsessed crew is keeping the Vice City anniversary party going with this sweet cover of the game's theme song on guitar with a nice revisiting of the intro sequence to boot.

What Would You Like to See in GTAV Crews?

Posted on October 18 2012, 1:19pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

As we're busy working on Grand Theft Auto V, we'd like to take this opportunity to ask all of you for your feedback, input and ideas for features you'd like to see created for Crews in the game.

Whether it's suggestions for competitive in-game Crew features in Multiplayer, new ways to manage and recruit, ideas for enhancing Social Club Crew pages and leaderboards, things you did and didn't like about Crews in Max Payne 3, or any thoughts at all related to Crews really that you'd like to share - we're all ears. We'd especially love to hear from current Crew members and leaders so that we can continue making our unique approach to persistent team based Multiplayer as fun as it can be in GTAV.

The place to have your voice heard is via email to Please note that while you are welcome to share your thoughts with one another in our comments section here, the only place where you can be sure our development team will be looking at input is via the above email address. Thank you all for your support and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Found on YouTube: GTAIV Gangnam Style

Posted on September 20 2012, 2:38pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games

Whether you consider the current Gangnam Style dance video meme to be harmless fun or really, really horrible, we had to share this great use of the video editor we came across – a brand new machinima music vid that casts Niko at the helm, whooping it up all over Liberty City, in a car park, in a hospital between a cowboys legs, and more. Enjoy... or don’t...

GTAIV: Gangnam Style by Auxeum2

GTA IV: RICK ROLL'd EFLC (Found via YouTube)

Rockstar Fansites Roundup: NightFall Video, Sticker Bombing, GTAIV Machinima, Red Dead in Liberty City Mod & GTA Fan Art

Posted on September 19 2012, 3:29pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Here's a quick look across the landscape of dedicated fansites covering Rockstar and our game titles. These guys have been riding with us for quite a while now so big thanks to them for the longtime support - we recommend stopping by their sites to have a look at lots of additional content and analysis from the fan perspective. Here's some cool stuff out there we've seen recently...

  • The team at RockstarBase are getting into the Los Santos spirit with an article entitled "Pre GTAV: LA Time Lapse", featuring a really spectacular video of the real City of Angels at NightFall. We recommend to go HD and fullscreen to see it in full splendor.

  • GTAGaming recently highlighted The Adventador Redemption, an incredible new bit of narrative machinima created by Beat with Grand Theft Auto IV PC. Telling a dark and stylized crime story of a Russian assassin - it's definitely worth a watch above.

    They also let their readers know about Red Dead Desert '12, a new mod for GTAIV PC that gives you a wide open desert to explore, including cliffs, big rocks, a cave mine, an airfield, oil refinery, dirt trails, new vehicles and a whole lot more.

A pair of fan created artwork pieces depicting Niko and CJ respectively from MikeMeth.

We always keep a close eye at what's going on in throughout our fan community, so stay tuned for more updates on articles and pieces of interest.

If you own or belong to a fansite that's running a particularly fun poll, have posted a great article, or anything else noteworthy, feel free to drop us a line at letting us know and we'll have a look for consideration to feature in an upcoming edition of the Fansite Roundup.

A Few #GTA Instagram Faves

Posted on September 13 2012, 4:19pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Rockstar

Just some fun #GTA highlights on Instagram we've seen searching around worth sharing... If you see some particularly cool-looking or fun ones from GTA or any other game, send us a link to Also don't forget you can follow us or pin our official Rockstar pics from

Cope2 #gta #all #game #world #wild #graffiti #king #of #the #4s
@huntedidentity spots graf legend Cope2’s tag in GTAIV
Tons of #GTAProblems memes out there recently. We love this one.

Rocket launcher at police helicopter on ps3.
#playstation3 #gta #fun #helicopter #rocket #explosion #yeah

Purty. Cool. (via @tattooist_chris)
This dude is playing GTA2 on Dreamcast, in 2012. Awesome. (via @protektyanek)


Max Payne Multiplayer: First Set of Payne Thresholds Now Live Plus Latest Weapon Tuning Updates

Posted on August 31 2012, 10:05am | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

We've activated the first set of Payne Thresholds across all platforms - a new and diverse set of multiplayer challenges designed to reward players with bonuses for accomplishing certain feats during the course of a Max Payne 3 multiplayer match - including bonus XP for scoring Bronze, Silver, and Gold and titles for your multiplayer character when you hit Platinum. You can also check your personal bests for any Payne Threshold against your Friends, Crewmates and the rest of the world both in-game and via the Social Club site. These first three Payne Thresholds are now live and active until September 2nd - stay tuned for info here at the Newswire on the next set to come.

Adrenaline Rush
Earn the most adrenaline in a game
Take the most damage without dying
Postmaster General
Most packages delivered in a Delivery or Grab game during Gang Wars

Additionally, we have rolled out some new dynamic weapon tuning changes including some based on direct player feedback collected at Do remember to hit that address as the official place to have your voice heard for consideration in any future updates to come.

•         Auto 9mm
o   Effective range increased

•         M10
o   Damage slightly decreased

•         Micro 9mm
o   Damage slightly increased

•         Sawn-Off
o   Accuracy while dual-wielding decreased

•         M82
o   Non-headshot effective range reduced
o   Recoil increased
o   Recoil recovery speed slightly decreased

•         FMP G3S
o   Non-headshot effective range reduced

•         Resolved an issue preventing the following weapon attachments from providing the correct modifiers:
o   Barrel Upgrade
1.       Auto 9mm
2.       FAL
3.       MPK
4.       M972
5.       SAF .40

o   Suppressor
1.       MD-97L

o   Gas System Kit
1.       M10
2.       MPK
3.       SAF .40

Finally, if anyone is experiencing any technical issues whether with Payne Thresholds or any other aspect of Max Payne 3, please make sure to hit up our Support Team who can help troubleshoot and advise.

Rockstar Sale on Xbox LIVE this Week

Posted on August 29 2012, 12:33pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games

Now through Labor Day Monday, September 3rd - Xbox LIVE Marketplace is running a special limited-time Rockstar sale offering some great deals on DLC content and select full Games on Demand. So if you're tempted to get back on the job to crack one more case in L.A. Noire, have been meaning to get yourself that Explosive Rifle for Red Dead Multiplayer, never did get a chance to try Undead Nightmare, or have been holding out on obtaining those new Max Payne 3 Local Justice maps - now's a good time. There's also sales on both of Grand Theft Auto IV's DLC Episodes, and on Bully and Midnight Club L.A. as Games on Demand. Check the full list of deals below:

• Max Payne 3 Local Justice at 38% off

• L.A. Noire DLC at 50% off
 o The Naked City
 o A Slip of the Tongue
 o Nicholson Electroplating
 o Reefer Madness

• Red Dead Redemption DLC at 50% off
 o Liars and Cheats
 o Legends and Killers
 o Undead Nightmare Pack
 o Undead Nightmare Collection
 o Lasso Avatar Item
 o Undead Mask

• GTA IV DLC at 50% off
 o The Lost and Damned
 o The Ballad of Gay Tony

• Midnight Club L.A. Games on Demand for 25% off

• Midnight Club L.A. South Central Ultimate Content Pack at 52% off

• Bully: Scholarship Edition Games on Demand for 25% off

Rockstar Research: Revisiting the Ghosts, Goons and Graveyards of NJ & NY in Max Payne 3

Posted on August 15 2012, 2:03pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games

Walton's Bar in Hoboken where Max has a fateful and violent encounter - a fictional bar inspired by many such gritty real-life watering holes throught Northern New Jersey and New York.

Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Corporate greed, nightclub shootouts, helicopters, vertigo-inducing rooftops, pill-popping, even Captain Baseballbatboy — the more things change for Max in Max Payne 3, the more they stay the same. Our beleaguered NYC cop pursues the promise of a fresh start working in São Paulo, Brazil, but as a couple of turning point flashback sequence levels reveal in the game, this descent into the volatile South American city's chaos is sparked by a chance encounter that took place back in the snow and darkness of New Jersey — where the butchering of his family many years ago began Payne’s downward spiral — and with death-dealing gangsters again in hot pursuit. In Max Payne 3, we find our protagonist planted on a barstool at Walton’s Bar near his Hoboken hovel, busy drowning eight years of horrific memories in drink. A dispute with a young hothead from the local DeMarco crime family rapidly escalates to pistols drawn, then gunfire and a mob of angry Mafiosi out for Payne’s blood.

But what else is new?

Fantastically moody and atmospheric, glimpses of a couple of Hoboken's bars from our original research scouting trips.

"From that moment, I was dead in that town..."

In between traveling thousands of miles to extensively research, document and collect assets to inspire the environment and level design of Max’s new Brazilian home, Rockstar's Research and Development teams also invested invaluable time scouting a bit closer to home, gathering appropriate reference material from his old stomping grounds in New York and New Jersey. A dozen locales across Hoboken, Newark and New York City were visited for the vibe and inspiration of a gritty bar where trouble could start at any moment. Some of these charming points of interest had acquired a degree of infamy thanks to their histories as former Prohibition speakeasies, or for hosting notorious Irish gangsters and with them, instances of many fistfights and shootouts over the decades.

From our tour of East Coast dive bars, highlights included our Hell’s Kitchen stops with venerable places like the landmark Rudy’s Bar and Grill, the over 100-year old McCoy’s, the now-shuttered Scruffy Duffy’s and Smith’s Bar — made famous in Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead — that still teem with the dark, gritty ambiance, smart-mouth regulars and divey décor of classic East Coast watering holes. Further downtown, we canvassed Little Italy's Mulberry Bar, a historic 'old neighborhood' bar that was used for the opening mob lunch scene in "Donnie Brasco" - and the Ear Inn further west, drenched in underworld folklore since it's days as a Prohibition speakeasy and brothel. Across the Hudson River, we visited Newark’s homey Ironbound neighborhood spots like the Portuguese pub Flor Do Minho, patronized by die-hard locals and tough truckers. And in Hoboken proper, a range of places were toured from stubbornly old-school, “classic old-man bars” (to borrow a term from Anthony Bourdain) like Mario’s Bar and Wilton House, or newer symbols of gentrification like the Black Bear, packed with dozens of flat screen TVs and yuppies, to the chagrin of the BnR (or Born and Raised Hobokenites).

The home of mob-affiliated cantor Frank Sinatra, Old Hoboken once evoked images straight out of On the Waterfront — a gritty port and factory town with a strip called the Barbary Coast where Bethlehem Shipping’s dockworkers, Maxwell House and Lipton Tea’s workers, sailors, merchant marines and other assorted toughs could find a warm bed, a stiff drink, and any other vice that might need to be sated to take the edge off a long laborious work day. Much has changed over subsequent generations and the now-trendy area has seen median household incomes have risen above $100,000. But stray too far from the proverbial path (or the literal PATH) into the outskirts of town, and Hoboken can be just as seedy and dangerous as it ever was. The game depicts an illegal chop shop near Max’s apartment, junior mobsters in training harassing him as he sips booze — and this too is the real Hoboken. Its violent crime and property crime rates are actually higher than New Jersey’s overall averages, and in some places shiny new luxury condos lie just a stones throw from notorious public housing projects right across the street. That’s no knock on Hoboken, a great town with many great spots and some not-so-great spots like any other city, especially one with Hoboken’s population density, the third-highest in NJ. Besides, as we know, trouble tends to follow Max no matter where he goes…

Left: Max visits the gravesite of his slain wife and baby daughter; Right: At the famous Calvary Cemetery in Queens, gravestone of a child murdered by NYC's infamous Black Hand mob in the 1920s. 

Partnerships Start as They Mean to Go on

After Max and his friend Raul Passos manage to shoot or shake the various gangsters on their tail, they escape the Hoboken streets with their pistols still smoking. Passos assures him he has friends there that can help them dodge the heat for a few days until they can flee to South America. Max decides to bid one final farewell to his wife and daughter’s graves at Golgotha Cemetery (named after the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion) before his self-imposed exile. Max’s bad luck is as reliable as ever, and he finds DeMarco muscle laying in wait for him there. A ballet of bullets is unleashed in a furious shootout, littering the snowy cemetery with shells and bloodstains.

Gothic and beautiful and eerily quiet, our Golgotha Cemetery map was inspired by many of the New York's massive and historic cemeteries - some of the largest in the United States. These sites included lower Manhattan's Trinity Cemetery; Trinity’s original site near Ground Zero in NYC dates back to 1697, while its sister cemetery uptown in Washington Heights (established in the 1840s) has interred some of New York’s historical elites. Among them are famed naturalist and painter John James Audubon, who formerly owned the land, various members of New York’s regal Astor family, and Eliza Jumel, ex-wife of former US Vice-President Aaron Burr. (It is even rumored that Mrs. Jumel’s ghost still haunts the nearby Jumel Mansion.)

Top: A sprawling view of the real-life Calvary Cemetery, one of the largest in the United States. [Wikimedia Commons]; Bottom: Max Payne 3's fictional Golgotha Cemetery.

Across the East River in Queens, our developers took in the amazing sprawl of majestic Jewish burial grounds like Mt. Zion and Machpelah, the home of gifted magician Harry Houdini’s ornate grave; and of course the area's largest of all - Calvary Cemetery, once the biggest in the U.S. and the burial site of over 3 million people. Stunning and awe-inspiring with views straight across of the Manhattan skyline, there are of course tons of notable burials scattered throughout the masses of graves - amongst them some of NYC's most legendary and infamous capos and dons from mobs like the Five Points Gang, the Genoveses, Bonnanos and the Luccheses; political bosses like Governor Alfred E. Smith and Carmine DeSapio; and even New York’s first and most famous mob-busting cop (Joseph Petrosino). A tough old gang buster like Joe would understand: when push came to shove at Golgotha, Max and Raul had no choice but to wage war atop those hallowed grounds inspired in part by his own final resting place.

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