Fan Art: Festive Finery, GIF Wrapped Goodies and More

Posted 10 hours, 35 minutes ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

'Tis the season, and what better time to unwrap some of the latest and greatest artwork by the ever-creative GTA community. We start with a cheeky glimpse at how the stars of GTAV might look decked out in their festive finery, take in the latest GIF magic by Julia Scott, check out a Porsche with a killer paint job, and much more.

As always, should you come across any impressive GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos, be sure to share them in the comments section for the community to enjoy or send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.


Michael, Franklin, Trevor and even Chop get in the festive spirit with obligatory garish jumpers in these fun pictures Tweeted by @richardholland_. A "Merry F*ckin' Christmas" indeed from all of us here at Rockstar.


Julia Scott, aka inkdrinker on Tumblr, is the GIF that keeps on giving. We've featured her Graphics Interchange Format masterworks a few times on the Newswire, and these piece on Trevor brilliantly captures his chaotic life leading up to the events of GTAV.

  
We featured Juan Muñoz back in August for his vintage portrait of Michael, Franklin and Trevor. More recently he has created this more contemporary take on the trio in his own distinctive style as seen on the left. On the right, we find out that Twitch streamer and friend of Rockstar Jade Jolie's skills aren't restricted to DNFs on our live streams. She shared these work-in-progress canvas paintings of Michael and Franklin on her Twitter account. UPDATE: check out Jade’s finished paintings (including Trevor) here.

  
We've seen minimally-styled posters for our games in the past, and this trio for GTAV, featuring Michael, Franklin and Trevor respectively by deviantARTist LandLCreations, are among our favorites. Despite the spartan approach you still get a strong feel for each character, and for the unmistakeable vistas of Los Santos and Blaine County.


 
Simply titled "Firemen" (left) Andrea, aka thisgamergirl on Tumblr, has added flame and smoke effects to this shot of Michael and Franklin to give a real sense of the rising heat. Meanwhile, the-dead-trees on Tumblr shows some love to Wade (right).

 


These cartoons by battybooo on Tumblr are just about as adorable as a blood-soaked bat wielding psychopath and a gun-toting serial robber can get. We're looking forward to seeing her take on Franklin, and also enjoyed this pic of Michael and Trevor getting schoolyard on one another.


Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, this Snapmatic shot of the Ferris Whale on Del Perro Pier reflected in the water by thegta5photographer on Instagram is a stunner.

 

Trevor Philips is a popular subject for fan art portraiture, and we're digging this piece by thisgamergirl on Tumblr.


Looking like it rolled right out of TransFender Body Swap Shop, we're not sure if benjaminnparsons on Instagram drives this Porsche or simply spotted it out and about. Groooovy indeed!

 

atleastoneperday on Tumblr specializes in stylish pen drawings inspired by games, movies and TV. This sketch of a mime artist, about to understand that Trevor's bat very much exists, caught our eye.


Sometimes the simplest ideas produce the most eye-catching results. This timelapse Vine by ren hlasny manages to catch Trevor nicely with just a few strokes.

 

Did Somebody Say Yoga? Michael wrestles with a new pastime in this less than flattering portrait by kristyphilips on Tumblr.

 

Previously:
Fan Art: Halloween at Bullworth, Masterwork Miniatures, GTA Tats and More
Fan Art: Snapmatic Surrealism, Bullworth GIFs, Throwback Art and More
Trevor on Canvas, Damned Brotherhood Portraits, You Only Live Once Photo Journal & More

Fan Art: Halloween at Bullworth, Masterwork Miniatures, GTA Tats and More

Posted on November 6 2014, 6:09am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Our latest gallery of inspired art created by GTA and Rockstar fans begins with a nod to Halloween night held last week at Bullworth Academy, courtesy of prolific GIF artist and one of our favorite fandom illustrators, Julia Scott. From there we check out some startlingly accurate diorama work, GTA-themed body art and more.

As always, should you come across any impressive GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos (including any awesome Halloween costumes from this past weekend!) that you think other fans need to see, be sure to share them in the comments section for the community to enjoy or send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.


"Can you help me pull some pranks??" asks Julia Scott in her recently completed, and thoroughly awesome latest animated GIF illustration featuring the students of Bullworth Academy. Bully fans may remember Jimmy, Gary and Petey's costumes from 'The Big Prank' and this rare moment of stillness for the three, captured with jack-o'-lanterns dancing in the background, definitely suggests a night of mischief ahead.



  
DDJunior, who was featured here back in June for some highly detailed GTA figurines and backdrops, is back with more meticulous miniatures - this time featuring two of Southern San Andreas' well-known locations, Los Santos Customs and Liquor Ace. Check out DDJunior's deviantART gallery to see pictures of these painstakingly detailed works in progress.


There's more than a hint of vintage Vinewood style in this imagined movie poster that pays homage to the Leone classic, created by AndyFairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery's 8 Bit & Beyond 2 show.

     
Two tats from a pair of dedicated Rockstar fans here - one for a weekend and one a more permanent tribute. On the left, this leg piece was sent over to us via Mouthoff. Meanwhile on the right, Andrea - aka fukuro--lady on deviantART - drew her tribute to the death of one Michael Townley in marker pen as part of a Trevor costume she put together.


Proof that great art need never be rushed, Krbllov on deviantART recently decided to finish off some sketches from four years ago. The result - this stylish rendition of Niko Bellic introducing himself to Kalem in the mission 'Bleed Out', with Roman providing 'backup' (found by GTA Series Videos on Twitter).


In Sandy Shores at the stroke of midnight, the living dead are the least of your worries. Amanda Burke, aka loseranthems on Tumblr, drew this horror-inspired take on Trevor.

 

TheDovahBrine on deviantART laid down this sweet John Marston portrait in pastels for a Chalk the Block festival.

 

 

Previously:
Fan Art: Snapmatic Surrealism, Bullworth GIFs, Throwback Art and More
Trevor on Canvas, Damned Brotherhood Portraits, You Only Live Once Photo Journal & More
A Lamar and Trevor Cross-Stitch Collaboration, Vintage Trio Portraiture, Trick Photography Snapmatics and More 

Fan Art: Snapmatic Surrealism, Bullworth GIFs, Throwback Art and More

Posted on October 20 2014, 11:30am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Our latest collection of fan-created visual artistry covers a diverse variety of styles and influences, including dreamlike treatments of Snapmatic photos, one of our favorite pieces of San Andreas fan art from back in the day and a study of Michael and Trevor as imagined in their not-so-innocent youth.

As always, should you come across any impressive GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos that you think other fans need to see, be sure to send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.

 
 
       
SNSTR_SHDW of the GOLD GANG Crew has been sharing these surreal scenes on Twittercaptured via Snapmatic and then edited using imaging software.




Epseelutely, fka Radiopappa, makes this a hat-trick of Fan Art post mentions on the Newswire, having been previously featured for illustrations of young Trevor, Michael and Amanda pre-concert and the amazing GTA x Bullworth crossover. Here, the motif of Michael and Trevor in their formative years is continued with these detailed character studies, described as "stuff from back when I was thinking about ideal North Yanktons..."

   
Julia Scott is another Newswire Fan Art post alumni, with her stylish GTAV GIFS featured here back in July. Here she has Bully's Jimmy and Gary superbly drawn and with backgrounds nicely summing up the sophomoric chaos one might expect during a term at Bullworth.

  
A pair of throwback pieces nodding to classic GTA games. On the left we have an oldie but goldie - one of our favorite pieces of San Andreas fan art created by Filipe Aguiar back in '08. This month being the 10th anniversary of CJ's romp across the West Coast, it seemed a good time to dig this out from the vaults. Meanwhile, on the right we have a more recent piece by deviantARTist Cilab, depicting Vice City Stories protagonist Vic Vance, looking a bit longer in the tooth than we remember him.

   
We featured Reuben Dangoor's study of Trevor a little while back. He has since followed up with this portrait of Michael (left), with narrowed eyes and a furrowed brow that show a man with the kinds of problems only cheap liquor and expensive therapy can soothe. On the right, just another day at the office for a blood-stained Trevor... stepping out of an inferno in this piece by Argentinean artist Franco Raviglione.
 

  
New Zealand designer Felix Tindall (shrimpy99 on deviantART) has produced a large gallery of movie and game inspired posters in what he describes as his own "broad styles of minimalism". Red Dead and L.A. Noire are the first entries in his "Rockstar collection" series, with Max Payne 3 and GTAV coming down the line. Looking forward to them, Felix!


Following the slick custom PS4 console skin in our previous fan pics roundup, tcmfgames on Instagram shared the perfect accessory - this fan-made controller bearing the new Starlet art that accompanied the “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip” trailer. We're not sure who the creator is, but they seem to be all set for November 18th.

 


Norwich, England-based mural artist Gnasher sent over this custom GTAV mural via Twitter, featuring Franklin and Chop on guard to keep any would be slumber-spoilers at bay.

 


Geoffrey Halleux is a cosplayer from Belgium and this photo, channeling Marston mid-Dead Eye, features a costume that's entirely hand-made. Also check out Geoffrey's gruesome shot of a (fake!) buck going under the knife.

 


Bent pen tops and an ink-splattered table top show the work that has gone into this detailed L.A. Noire drawing by devinatARTist Ludicrous-Speed.

 

 

Previously:
Trevor on Canvas, Damned Brotherhood Portraits, You Only Live Once Photo Journal & More
A Lamar and Trevor Cross-Stitch Collaboration, Vintage Trio Portraiture, Trick Photography Snapmatics and More 
The GTAV Animated GIF Artwork of Julia Scott, Trevor Gets Patriotic & More

Rockstar Verified Update: 10 New Cloud Piercing Air Races, Including the #FlightSchool Creator Competition Selections

Posted on October 14 2014, 2:02pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The latest batch of Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs take us to the skies above Los Santos and Blaine County, with a squadron of ten Air Races, including our five official selections from the #FlightSchool Event Weekend Creator Competition. These five choices have earned their respective Creators each a cash infusion of GTA$1M plus the AVIATOR custom license plate for their ground-based endeavors. We’ve also selected five runners-up to receive the Rockstar Verified treatment, making them available to play across both PS3 and Xbox 360 (as well as in the upcoming new versions of Grand Theft Auto V launching for PS4 and Xbox One on November 18th and PC on January 27th).

Read on below for descriptions of all these new Verified Jobs and make sure to click on each one's title to add a bookmark via Social Club for easy access during your next play-session. Keep an eye out for more Rockstar Verified Jobs coming soon, including our selections from the recent Last Team Standing Weekend Creator Competition.

#FlightSchool Selections


Helicopters follow the coastline of East Los Santos in Dedalus.

Dedalus - created by jjjpelo
"Easy," reads the one-word description for jjjpelo's long loop along the coastline, but in reality it's anything but. The Swift is the default choice of chopper, and its maneuverability and speed make it an excellent fit. If you're not too busy getting in the blades of your opponents, look out for great views across the city as you climb over the Land Act Dam.

Heli Low Fly Zone - created by LoneWolfOfNorth
The introduction of San Andreas Flight School to GTA Online has arguably increased the skill of local pilots, while at the same time encouraged greater recklessness. This creation from LoneWolfOfNorth features some of the most difficult low flying sections we have seen, to the point where we wondered if it could even be classed as flying. We think that this will be a Race that many players will come back to again and again, especially to try and beat the three-minute Lap challenge laid down in the description. 


Jets look to avoid the rotating turbines of the windfarm as they race to industrial South Los Santos in Dusk.

Dusk - created by GunterDaPenguin
GunterDaPenguin has made the city the star of this Besra Race, a north to south tour at a time of day (hence the title) when the world beneath your wings has a stunning amber glow. Not that it's advised to spend too long sightseeing - challenging sections weaving through wind turbines and knifing between skyscrapers should keep your attention on the stick.

Pylon Slalom - created by manfreygordon
Conventional logic would suggest that spinning helicopter blades and overhead power cables are rarely a good mix - but conororor has disregarded this completely and created a fun aerial slalom between pylons in the Besra. Quick reactions and close control over your plane's rudders (L1/LB and R1/RB buttons) are a must.


An appropriately sponsored Mallard weaves through the aerial obstacle course of Sprunk Air Race #1.

Sprunk Air Race #1 - created by kapnkyle
This Mallard Stunt Race is as extreme as the benzene-packed drink from which it takes its name. Loops and tight turns in the skies above Vespucci Beach make for an entertaining test for the most able pilots. Non-Contact is selected by default and we recommend keeping it that way, unless mid-air collisions are your idea of a day at the beach.

 

Runners-Up

After School - created by KakoQR
The title couldn't me more fitting in this Air Race for San Andreas Flight School graduates looking to take the Besra Training Jet for an off-curriculum cruise. The route is varied, with sections under bridges and over the crest of a mountain, and we suggest keeping the time set to morning so you can enjoy the sunrise around Raton Canyon.


Helicopters take off from the peak of Mt Chiliad in Chopper Bombing.

Chopper Bombing - created by passlake
This helicopter Race feels like a change from the norm right out of the gate, with players starting at the peak of Mt. Chiliad and immediately going into what is accurately described as a "near-suicidal descent", followed by a “treetop-trimming run through Paleto Bay”.

Chopper Killer - created by Liwetha
Another challenging race in the Swift helicopter, with players starting out at the docks and working their way through downtown, squeezing between buildings and climbing to pass over the Maze Bank Tower.

SA Flight School: Racing - created by DemonicStalkerr
This Race is pitched as a chance to put everything you've learned at the San Andreas Flight School to the test, and this proclamation is backed up with a series of tight turns, low flying sections and tight squeezes along its short route. The varied verticality, with some checkpoints requiring you to climb steeply and others forcing you to dive down under bridges, made the Race stand out from the rest.


The Flyby sees Jets roar past the quiet beach town of Chumash.

The Flyby - created by Vance Burrito
Another great, high speed Jet Race with good variation. Highlights include dangerously low flying sections over the rooftops of Chumash beach houses and under bridges as you skim the water in Lago Zancudo, which are separated by a highly technical number of tight turns around the tower of the Fort Zancudo Military Base.

 

Please note that in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons - we also from time to time will make other small edits to players' Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available for play across both platforms, so whether you're on Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (and as mentioned above, you can bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).

Go ahead and post your Job below in the comments (only once, please don't spam) with a punchy explanation of why it's worth checking out. We're always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race, Deathmatch, Capture or LTS that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.

 

Previously
Close-Quarters Confrontation, Pure Racing and Major Props
10 New GTA Online Jobs Including the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Selections
Drift Paradise, Hipster Rage and More

The Last Team Standing Update for GTA Online Now Available

Posted on October 2 2014, 8:17am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

You’ve only got one life, use it wisely. The Last Team Standing Update introduces powerful weaponry, tactical gear, high-performance vehicles and all-new Creator features to celebrate Grand Theft Auto Online’s most high stakes mode. Today's update features 10 new Last Team Standing Jobs spread out across Los Santos and Blaine County plus additional gameplay changes to allow for a greater range of game types and enhanced matchmaking.


Take enemies down with brutal force when you equip the new Heavy Shotgun.

Visit Ammu-nation to expand your arsenal with a pair of potent new firearms: the Heavy Shotgun delivers serious stopping power in close quarters, and the Marksman Rifle can drop targets from long range with lethal accuracy. Plus, suit up your team with new Outfits, along with new Masks, Tops, Pants, Bulletproof Helmets and more.

Rule the road with two new Motorcycles – the Shitzu Hakuchou sport bike and the LCC Innovation chopper. Or, for those with more sophisticated tastes, show off your elite style in the fiery Lampadati Furore GT.


The Hakuchou and Innovation lead the Furore GT here on the Great Ocean Highway.

This update also presents the launch of the Last Team Standing Creator Mode. You can now design original GTA Online Jobs in this strategic and deadly mode that pits teams against one another with no second chances. This Creator update features a new option for building even more dynamic matches across other modes – with the ability to add Rounds to Captures and Last Team Standing Jobs. Or raise the stakes by adding rounds to Rockstar Created LTS, Captures and Versus Missions. And be sure to take advantage of the new Forced Weapon setting, allowing you to limit weapons for specific options like “Snipers-Only”.

To help you get the most out of your Last Team Standing creations, we've prepared a handy how-to PDF guide that walks you through the process of making your own LTS Jobs (you can also download a Creator how-to PDF guide for Captures here).


All new tactical gear including bullet proof helmets are now available in shops.

Also part of today’s automatic update, we’ve now globally synchronized the Job voting screens, allowing us to merge sessions where players have voted on the same Job. This, combined with the on-call matchmaking introduced in a previous update allows players to find the Jobs they like more easily, and to stay with as many like-minded players as possible. There are lots of additional changes and tweaks to GTA Online, all listed out in detail at the Rockstar Support site. These include the ability to now go on-call for activities like Arm-Wrestling, Darts or Golf or to quick match with your friends for those activities using the option in your phone, as well as an increase in the maximum bet limit from GTA$2,500 to GTA$10,000.

To download today's update, just switch on your online-connected PS3 or Xbox 360 and start GTAV. From there, you'll be prompted to download the automatic update (1.17).

Look for the details of our Last Team Standing Update Event Weekend to hit the Newswire later today, and stay tuned for more info on future updates to GTA Online. Hit the jump below for more details and links to today's 10 new Last Team Standing Jobs.

GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs: Red Dead Tribute Special

Posted on September 8 2014, 4:16pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

We've already seen some great nostalgic fan-Created GTA Online Jobs made in tribute to classic Rockstar titles and favorite missions from the GTA series. Today, we're heading back to the Old West with ones themed around the tale of John Marston's struggle to escape his past, 2010's Red Dead Redemption. Read on for a brief description of each Job, and if you'd like to add it to your game just click on the title link and select "Add to Game" to bookmark it for your next GTA Online session.

 

 Red Dead Redemption by LordSando (Xbox 360)

As long as you’re willing to overlook the occasional shipping container (think of them as abandoned railway cars), you could easily slip back in time and be convinced you've been transported to the Old West in this Deathmatch set around the dusty confines of the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness. There's a back-to-basics feel to the restrained placement of Pistols, Sawn-Offs and Molotovs here and the varied elevation of the setting, paired with the generous cover, make for a well-balanced and tactical Deathmatch. Plus the opening standoff, with each team starting out facing each other, nicely approximates Red Dead's last-man-standing style Duels.

 Marston's Ranch by TheMckeever (PS3)

With the haze of New Austin far off in the distance, this rural retreat that’s reminiscent of Beecher's Hope is a great setting for a well-pitched Deathmatch. Pistols are the order of the day but, if you look hard enough, you may very well find a Sawn-Off or a Grenade to mix things up. Unless the Wright Brothers took an undocumented trip cross country, we're not sure if the Duster is completely on-theme... but we'll let that slide.

 Tesoro Azul by JaseTheChase (Xbox 360)

"Do you long for the days when Deadeye was king and the only thing between you and death was the speed of your draw with a Double-Action Revolver?" reads the description for this GTA Online take on Red Dead multiplayer mode "Hold Your Own", which has racked up over 600 plays at the time of this writing. JaseTheChase has used shipping containers and other Props to create a faithful replica of Tesoru Azul, one of the hideout locations in Nuevo Paraiso. The aim here is simple: grab the opposing team's bag and take it back to your base. Weapons are locked to Pistols but you can also find some Molotovs scattered around for fiery fun.

Red Dead Race by Zidane (PS3)

These steeds might not eat straw but this Sanchez Point-to-Point Race across the Grand Senora Desert, compliments of a long time member of the GTAGaming gang (and a Commissioner in the GTAGaming Crew), takes us back to playing Red Dead's Grand Prix. It's all here - weaving through cacti, cutting through brush and speeding along the rail track - albeit with a different kind of horsepower involved.

 RED DEAD by ScarfacexD16 (Xbox 360)

This Team Deathmatch takes place at the old sawmill and surrounding valleys located at the foot of Mount Chiliad and Mount Gordo. It features a good range of cover and elevation for a back-to-basics, Pistols-only shootout. Just beware of taking cover close to the gas tank at the back of the house. There's something a bit more combustible than manure inside...

 Red Dead by ElusiveBlk202 (PS3)

Another Deathmatch commencing with a close proximity Red Dead-style duel, but this time starting ammo is restricted so you really need to make every shot in the chamber count. From there it all goes down in an enclosed space surrounded by train carriages and removed from the modern trappings of civilization. Rocks are your cover and bushes your hiding spots, with a raised area in the center providing some great coming together moments.

 Tall Trees by adeadzombiebones (Xbox 360)

The mountainous and wooded Tall Trees area of West Elizabeth is a popular hunting ground in Red Dead and this GTA Online Job, set in Raton Canyon, substitutes Pistols and Shotgun skirmishes for skinning bearhides. Expect many tense shootouts as players make the most of the ample cover provided by the forest.

 GRAB THE BAG by BigSo786 (PS3)

Grab the Bag is one of Red Dead's best-loved multiplayer modes and this GTA Online version by BigSo786 is a fitting tribute. The central bags, protected at the beginning by potent Actors, and the small playing area make for an intense start as all four teams converge. Once things spread out, varied elevation and a good spread of weapon pickups offer scope to mix up your tactical approach.

 

If you've spotted or created an epic GTA Online Job themed around one of our games, a certain mission or even your favorite movie, be sure to tag it #throwback on Social Club and drop us a link either here in the comments or via Mouthoff, so we can check it out.

Previously:
GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs Inspired by Classic GTA Missions
GTA Online Creator: Fan-Made Rockstar Throwback Jobs

Rockstar Game Tips: Earning Your Wings at San Andreas Flight School

Posted on September 4 2014, 11:18am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

San Andreas Flight School. This is where the best pilots in Los Santos earn their wings under the expert tutelage of J.T. Boyd. If you want to get gold medals on all 10 challenges you're going to need skill, bravery and the ability to ignore death statistics. To help you on your way, we've compiled our tips for success. Good luck, pilot!

Outside Loop
Any pilot worth their salt should be able to complete an outside loop - the challenge here is completing two inside the time limit. Push forward on the left stick at the exact moment you are instructed to, to ensure you beat the timer, and also make certain you fully complete each loop for it to register.

Engine Failure
Don't worry about time here - the key to earning a gold medal is safely landing your ailing Miljet as close to the marker as you can. On approach, use the tail of the plane as a marker and line it up against the near end of the runway. When you're about 1000m away, level out and prepare your landing gear. You should be aiming to touch down just before the halfway point of the runway in order to cruise gently up to the marker and come to rest inside it. Don’t worry if you touch down late or find yourself with too much speed, as you can still apply the brakes if you need to.

Shooting Range
Your priority in this helicopter shooting range is to keep your Buzzard stable. If you're wobbling all over the place then your bullets and rockets are going to do the same. Use the shoulder buttons on your controller and get into position using up/down and rotational movements - using the left stick to move forwards and back too much will make aiming more difficult. Use Machine Gun fire for single, open targets or rows of targets; and Rockets for targets in tight clusters or behind cover. Some players might find it easier to switch to the gun camera using the Select/Back button.

City Landing
Landing a Titan in the middle of the city is hard enough without a full-blown storm and busted engine to deal with. Going through the initial checkpoints, your priority should be to keep the plane as stable as you can and get lined up for the approach. As the Instructor will soon inform you, you're going to be landing on the stretch of beach just past Pleasure Pier. Get as low over the Ferris Whale as you dare and then come down onto the beach, aiming to land just past the wooden barrier (but definitely not before, if you value not being on fire), and taxi onto the target.

Chase Parachute
Plummeting towards the ground without a parachute is either plucky or forgetful. Luckily on this occasion you do have a 'chute - but the bad news is it's not connected to your body. As soon as you leave the plane accelerate downwards to catch up with the Parachute Bag. Don't rush - you're not against the clock (although the rapidly approaching ground does assert its own natural deadline). If you sail past the bag then just slow down and wait for it to catch you up. Once it's strapped to your back line up the target and ensure you end up standing dead-center. Be aware that if you approach with too much speed, you may end up stumbling!

Moving Landing
What’s harder than landing a chopper on the back of a moving truck? How about doing it in 19 seconds? The trick here is to fly straight over to where the bridge starts and get yourself pointed in the right direction, facing down the bridge. Make sure you’re hovering just above the height of the truck, then drop down gracefully as it passes beneath you.

Formation Flight
Keeping straight and listening to instructions is the way to gold in this team formation flight with Western Besras. Use your rudders (L1 and R1 / LB and RB) wherever possible to avoid getting out of shape or overcorrecting. When the checkpoint turns green, you’ll know you’re in formation. For the more difficult moves, like the inside loop, watch the other planes as opposed to the checkpoint and move at the same time as they do. And don't make the rookie error of leaving your landing gear down - it will slow you to the point that you won't be able to keep up.

Ground Level
To get a gold medal here you have to fly low - so low you might feel the spray from the Zancudo on your undercarriage. It's not going to be enough to just go through each checkpoint if you're going for gold - you'll need to pass through the lower half of each checkpoint, and you're aiming for an overall average height of less than 1m. Take a few tries to learn the route and figure out which checkpoints you find particularly tricky, so that you can prepare. If you mess up early on you may want to restart as it can throw off you score for the rest of the mission. Don't be afraid to go sideways to make some of the tighter turns - the Besra is an agile aircraft well-suited to such flagrant flat-hatting - and you'll find it easier if you're factoring in the angle you need to pass each checkpoint at to make the next one easier. And don't worry about speed - lay off the gas and put your landing gear down: it will reduce your speed and offer some protection if you kiss the dirt.

Collect Flags
Gold won't come on reflexes alone here - you're going to need to use your thinking cap and plan out the best route through all of the flags in the quickest time. First off, head for the ones to the west of the city since they're easy to grab in sequence. Then, head to the city and collect the flags around skyscrapers in height order, so that you don't miss any. When you need to negotiate buildings, drop your landing gear since this will lower your speed and increase maneuverability. Speed is not as important as you'd think, so go easy on the afterburner and glide to where you need to be. And finally, don't be afraid to fail - trial and error will help cement the best route in your mind. Check out the map below to see our preferred route, in numerical order:

Follow Leader
The final test - follow J.T. Boyd around a course designed to soil even the most heavily worn G-suits. Focus on each upcoming checkpoint, rather than following his lead, and memorize the color coding of checkpoints: gold = normal; blue = inverted; and green = knife flying. When knife flying, use your rudders to maintain your height and make the most of the increased maneuverability to line up the next checkpoint.


Good luck scoring those gold medals and feel free to let us know in the comments if you have any other flight tips to share.

 

Previous Rockstar Game Tips:
Mastering the Most Challenging GTA Online Contact Missions
Making Smart, Balanced Capture Jobs with the Creator

This Week Only: Get 50% off Assistance from Merryweather, Lester and Other Allies in GTA Online

Posted on August 29 2014, 8:20am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

This week, calling for support from notorious friends in high places in GTA Online just got more affordable. So if you find yourself in need of backup, air support, transport or just need to disappear for a while, dial up any of your allies for a little "Roadside Assistance" and get 50% off the normal price.

Rank requirements for these discounted services have also been removed (please note that you will need to have received at least one call from each contact in order to use their service).

Brucie: Stay alpha with Brucie's BullShark Testosterone, which doubles damage inflicted and halves damage received.

Lamar: Call up Lamar and he'll send a mugger after any one of your chosen adversaries who'll lighten their wallet by stealing a portion of their cash.

Lester: One of Los Santos' most connected criminals, Lester can help you avoid the fuzz by persuading them to turn a blind eye for a short period of time or clearing your wanted level. He can also locate transportation (cars, boats, planes and helicopters) or play tricks with the radar - revealing other players or masking your location temporarily. Lester’s normal GTA$1,000 fee for setting bounties on other players has also been slashed to GTA$500.

Pegasus: Retrieve personal vehicles from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and have them delivered to your location.

Merryweather: Access all the paramilitary services that Merryweather Security Consulting has to offer at this reduced rate, including ammo crate drops, helicopter backup, boat/helicopter pickup, airstrikes and even your own private army of vengeful mercenaries.

These services can all be accessed via the Contacts Menu on your GTA Online character's in-game phone. Discounts run until September 7th.

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