Rockstar Game Tips: Perfecting Your GTA Online Races with the Creator

Posted on February 19 2014, 4:57pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

With access to some of the very same tools that our developers use to create GTA Online Jobs and now with over 2.5 million created thus far at Social Club, fans have certainly been putting the Deathmatch & Race Creator to work.
 
Our latest edition of Rockstar Game Tips is designed to help you get the most out of the Race Creator, with some general guidance that should ensure your races are intuitive and fun to play. Many of these tips are in direct response to questions and comments we've received at the gtaonline@rockstargames.com email address, where we're constantly reading your feedback about all things GTA Online as we continue to grow and refine the experience. For avid Creators out there, read on for Race game design pro tips including some do's and don'ts specifically suggested by our dev teams who are on the lookout for standout Jobs with Rockstar Verified potential. Definitely take note if you're aspiring to join that illustrious group with one of your custom-made Jobs.
 
For those yet to jump into the Creator, we're leading off with a guide to getting started, and be sure to look out for a future Game Tips article covering Deathmatch creations very soon.


Hit the jump to read our official pro tips on perfecting your Creator Races

Fan Art & Pics: The Rockstar Legacy Project, Off-Camera GTAV Scenes Illustrated, Trevor Valentine's Cards, and More

Posted on February 14 2014, 6:04pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

This week, check out an amazing original Rockstar-inspired digital art creation that's been four years in the making, a gallery of illustrations by artists seeking to depict off-camera sequences that were referenced in GTAV’s storyline, and some truly spectacular Snapmatics - plus some homemade Valentine's cards made by fans who carry a torch for Trevor Philips.

As always, if you see (or create) an impressive Rockstar or GTA themed piece that you think the world needs to see, be sure to send it over to us to have a look via Mouthoff and you can drop it in comments below as well for the Social Club community to enjoy. Also follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all of our latest official pics.



For the past four years, graphic designer and Vancouver native Shawn Sepehry has been working on this meticulous labor of love collage entitled "Rockstar Games Legacy" which recreates and carefully arranges logos and other iconography from practically all of our games.

I have been inspired by the attitude and personality of Rockstar Games ever since I played GTA2 for the first time… In the years that I have been working as a designer, many of my sensibilities and styles have been influenced by the grand body of work that Rockstar Games has created over the years. This is not in itself rare as they make some of the most popular games on the planet and there are many fans. I, however, found myself drawn to their branding, illustrations, style and attitude that are present in all of their games. My concept for this project was to encapsulate all of the elements and bring them together to create the iconic symbol that is the R and Star. Since its inception, I have been working on this project for over 4 years, collecting, recreating and arranging all the elements. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.”

We truly did, Shawn – it’s a stunning and humbling bit of work and it’s our honor to feature it here for all fans to enjoy
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We came across an impressive array of GTA-inspired pieces at ringelrei.tumblr, including a moody portrait of Niko Bellic solemnly burying something (or someone) and this vision of Michael, Trevor and Franklin in an 80s band, inspired by a buddy's quick-glance interpretation of official GTAV art. The above pieces envisage Trevor and Tracey playing in the snow during more innocent times (entitled "M's Busy") and an alternate version of GTAV's prologue called "Join me, Townley" and tagged  #thentheywenthomeandnobodygotshot.


"That girl sat on my lap when she was two years old." DeviantARTist NessaSan, aka Vanessa Dorothe of Germany, produced this touching piece entitled "T and T" evoking Trevor's sentimental fondness for Michael's daughter Tracey - the toy plane in the hand of the seasoned pilot, a lovely touch. Check out Nessa's full gallery for lots of other cool pieces including this serene self-portrait, laying low somewhere north of Los Santos.

 

The moment when Trevor scrawled his own characteristically base take on Floyd and Debra's 'Live, Love, Laugh' wall art, while never actually seen during GTAV, is captured here by Japanese artist ritsukaa.


 


This gorgeous panorama by GermanMidgetPran is just one of many postcard-perfect snaps by the good folks over at the GTA Photography Reddit group, whose slogan is 'Anything From Normal to Trevor'. Fellow Snapmatic enthusiasts should feel free to join their ranks as they’re constantly sharing wonderful stuff and even have taken to hosting their own photo contests.


This dramatic Snapmatic shot atop Mount Gordo by jimny66 was a recent top trending shot that had us humming Bark at the Moon.


GanjaOutlaws, one of GTA Online's most prolific Crews, has been having fun with Snapmatic since day one and currently has over 8,000 photos amassed. Here, MadMcGregor87 holds up a convenience store using unconventional and excessive (but effective, judging from the clerk's reaction) methods.

Making the rounds on Tumblr over the past week have been a variety of precious Valentine's Day cards - mainly featuring the unlikely heartthrob, Trevor Philips. Feel free to send these to the unhinged special someone in your life. A shout out to the Trevor Philips themed Tumblr, TrevorPhilipsInc,  A Haze of Patriotic Fervor, and twitter's @AProphecyx

 

"It's... dripping. Uh, thanks, T." Blogger and avid fan artist SimpleMachines imagines a bloody Valentine's day for Michael and Trevor.
 


 

Sparing a thought for those going through trouble in paradise this Valentine's, longtime Social Club community member, Sprunk1995 Instagrammed his real-life re-creation of the fridge note left for Michael by Amanda in GTAV.

 

GTA Online Social Club Event Weekend this Fri-Sun Dec 20-22

Posted on December 19 2013, 1:40pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Update: Thanks to everyone that participated in our Social Club Event Weekend. Stay tuned in 2014 for more events to come.

This coming weekend, Friday December 20th through Sunday December 22nd, jump into Grand Theft Auto Online for a very special Social Club Event Weekend featuring free entry into the tons of awesome player-created Jobs made using the Deathmatch & Race Creators Beta, special weekend-only deals to give you the edge in the intense tug-of-warfare of the brand new Capture game modes, chances to score rare GTAV gear and in-game GTA$ in exclusive sweepstakes and challenges and a special live-stream broadcast to feast your eyes on this Friday afternoon.

Over what should be a weekend spiked with creativity and carnage, we'll be on the lookout for exceptional hair-raising Races and heir-erasing Deathmatches. Jobs tagged with #CreatorWeekend before end of day Sunday will be in consideration for a special prize of GTA$1,000,000 and an exclusive unique vanity license plate to use in-game (CRE8R, TOPCRE8R, NO1CRE8R, THECRE8R, I_CRE8). To submit your Job head to the GTA Online section of Social Club and search for the Jobs you have created. In the details area of the job you think is worthy, click the Edit Tags button at the bottom, add #CreatorWeekend to the edit box and click Save. Five finalists will be picked in part based on the number of positive ratings they receive on Social Club, and also based on the discerning tastes of Rockstar Developers. See full terms and conditions.

For some inside hints and tips on mastering the Creator as well as to watch us and others try out some of the best and most creative Jobs out there, and take on the community in the new Capture modes, tune in this Friday at 2pm ET at socialclub.rockstargames.com/events or at twitch.tv/rockstargames for a live-stream Rockstar-hosted broadcast. Make sure to follow us at Twitch , Twitter and Facebook to get the word straight away when the broadcast begins. Members of Rockstar Games will also be online during the broadcast playing on both Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network as PlayRockstar, PlayRockstar1 and PlayRockstar2, so feel free to look for us.

Races and Deathmatches will be free entry all weekend to help you check out loads of the epic new Jobs created by the Social Club community. Claim an edge in Capture Jobs with 25% discounts on the Adder, the Dinka Double-T and the Buzzard, plus 50% off all Armor vehicle upgrades. If you've been weighing up an investment in high-speed engineering or some airborne firepower, this is the weekend to do it. And Event Crate Drops are back - frequent deliveries, with more than double the usual amount of RP, high-powered weapons and bonus cash.

In the Social Club Event Sweepstakes, five lucky Social Club members will score a Grand Prize of Grand Theft Auto V gear including the rare GTAV Varsity Jacket as seen below. It's definitely one of the more on-the-money ways to ward off those winter chills. Five runners-up will get Grand Theft Auto V Prize Packs consisting of official GTAV t-shirts, stickers and more. You can enter to win all weekend from Friday December 20th through Sunday December 22nd at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/eventsSee Official Rules.

Congratulations to the 5 Grand Prize winners of our previous Event Sweepstakes: SerranogunTNasty1223hitman8ffMs.ShithappensxXShakeyXx. We're still confirming the runners-up so be sure to check your inbox and spam folder for messages from the Rockstar Webmaster.

We look forward to seeing you and your creations in GTA Online all weekend. Take advantage of the special limited-time only vehicular deals to edge out victory in Capture and tear up a virtually endless buffet of of free-entry original player-created Deathmatches and Races. Also remember - if you've seen or published a Race or Deathmatch that you think the world needs to play, be sure to tag it #CreatorWeekend and feel free to drop a link in the comments so that other Social Club members can check it out.

New GTAV Arrivals at the Rockstar Warehouse: Body Bag Sleeping Bag, iFruit iPhone Case and More

Posted on December 17 2013, 5:35am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

If you're looking for some last-minute gift ideas for fellow GTA fans, or ideas on how you might spend that post-holiday loot, the Grand Theft Auto V Collection at the Rockstar Warehouse has been updated today with new arrivals like the Body Bag Sleeping Bag, the iFruit iPhone Case and more. Delivery on these and all other items are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas if you order by December 19th and choose the UPS 2nd Day Air option in the US or the UPS Express option for the EU.



Body Bag Sleeping Bag
Bearing a striking resemblence to one used to smuggle Michael into the IAA building in 'Dead Man Walking', the GTAV Body Bag Sleeping Bag features screen printed L.S. County Coroner lettering along its left zippered edge, an ergonomic hood with the official Grand Theft Auto V logo, and an upper zipper seal with the Rockstar Games logo.

 


iFruit iPhone Case
This ultra-thin, elegant soft touch feel and rugged Snap Case delivers four-corner protection for your iPhone (4, 4s, 5, and 5s) and features the iFruit logo on the back, “V” logo on one side, and Rockstar logo on the other.

 


Power Magnet Pack
Each magnet in this set of three is lightweight, but highly potent, has a diameter of 1.25" (3.175cm) and features an etched Grand Theft Auto V logo on one side and the Rockstar logo on the other.


Los Santos Lifeguard Tee
Available in either yellow or white, this long-sleeve, soft, 100% cotton tee features a small “Los Santos Lifeguard” logo on its left chest, a large “Los Santos Lifeguard” logo on its back, and “LIFEGUARD” lettering down both arms.

 

Also Available from the Rockstar Warehouse:
Chop Plush Collectible & Bullet Whistle Set   |   Chop Leash & Collar Set   |   GTAV Hoodie   |   GTAV Beach Towel   |   Republican Space Rangers Tee   |   Bugstars Tee   |   Zippo Lighter   |   GTAV Poster Collection  |  LS Sheriff's Cap   |   GTAV Logo Tee   |   GTAV Tee

Vespucci Beach Party: GTA Online Social Club Event Weekend

Posted on November 21 2013, 9:29pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Update: Due to ongoing technical issues preventing some players from joining, we have removed the Vespucci Beach Party Event Playlist for the remainder of this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please note that the Event Crate Drops with extra RP in Free Mode and the Sweepstakes are still in effect through the end of the weekend.

This weekend, Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th, hit the beaches of Vespucci, Chumash and Paleto Bay for the very first Grand Theft Auto Online Social Club Event Weekend.

All weekend long, plunge into a special Social Club Event Playlist of brand new Jobs from the freshly landed Beach Bum Pack, a hand-picked selection of ten of our favorite new Jobs. Drop some sea shells, go for a fuel-injected run on the beach, and take in some of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the Los Santos Bay area in modes including Sea Race, Parachute, Team Deathmatch and more. The best performers in the Social Club Event Playlist on each platform will score themselves a special vanity license plate reward for bragging rights and to commemorate their achievement.

In Free Roam, look out for an influx of special Event Crate Drops dropping frequently all weekend containing more than double the usual amount of RP plus high-powered weapons, bonus cash and clothing. They'll be unlocked for every player to help you pack more than just sunscreen on the blazing sands.

This inaugural GTA Online Social Club Event also features exclusive sweepstakes giveaways of beach-ready GTAV collectibles, a very special live stream broadcast on Friday and more. We'll be on the lookout for your sun-kissed Snapmatic pics all weekend so be sure to tag them #VespucciBeachParty so that we can find them easily and we might feature them next week here at the Newswire.

 

Hit the jump for a full detailed rundown of all the Event action.

Max Payne 3: The Complete Series Graphic Novel Coming this October

Posted on July 18 2013, 10:00am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Coming this October from Titan Books, Max Payne 3: The Complete Series brings the three individual Max Payne comics together as a collection in a hardback print edition for the first time and features additional never-before-seen artwork. 
 
Max Payne 3: The Complete Series delves deep into Max’s tormented past to bring his story full circle, completing the narrative thread that binds the events of Max Payne, Max Payne 2 and Max Payne 3 together: from his troubled childhood, to his successes as a young police cadet, to the brutal murder of his wife and child, to the death of his partner, to his ignominious dismissal from the NYPD, to the chance encounter in a Hoboken dive bar that propels him on an ill-fated journey to the streets of São Paulo.
 
Max Payne 3: The Complete Series hardback print edition will be available at bookstores and via online retailers on October 22nd for $9.99/£8.99. Max Payne 3 is currently available for PS3, Xbox 360, PC and has also recently been released for Mac.

Asked & Answered: GTAV

Posted on July 2 2013, 8:59am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games
 
Here’s a special edition of Asked & Answered addressing just a few of the frequently asked questions we’ve seen out there from fans recently. Of course we’re aware that there are many more questions and curiosities out there about GTAV, so do stay tuned for more to be revealed about the game in due time. Meanwhile, you can always feel free to drop us a line via mouthoff@rockstargames.com where we’re glad to have a look at what you have to say and help out wherever we can.
 
 
“So can you switch characters? Trevor Michael and Franklin - can you play all of those guys? And everybody has their own missions???!” @GTAVISBEST
"How is changing between characters going to work during missions?"HIBMFL
“Do you have to switch characters constantly?”killer772
 
Michael, Franklin and Trevor have their own separate lives with their own sets of friends and acquaintances, and even their own preferred ways of spending their free time. When you’re not on a mission, you can freely switch in real-time to any of the three characters to drop in and out of their lives letting you see what they’re up to. And because they have their own schedules, you’ll never know what they might be doing – you might drop in on Michael in the middle of a family dispute, interrupt Franklin chatting up some ladies, or Trevor on the run from the law – or whatever else these guys do in their free time... How and when you switch between characters when you’re not on a mission is completely up to you.
In addition, each of the guys has their own missions and side jobs. There will be times on a mission when you play as one character, or as combinations of two of them, and sometimes as all three, always being able to switch between the characters mid-action.  Off mission, it’s up to you. You can play as one character on his own or hang out with either of the other two or both of them, or you can switch between any of them.
 
 
"If I play as Trevor, can I zoom out, find out where Michael is, and then go and kill him while playing as Trevor? #GTAV" @GTALAD4EVA
 
In the open world, the characters are meant to be living their own ongoing and unpredictable personal lives, so understandably it’s not always easy to track one of them down in the vast city of Los Santos or the many towns spread about Blaine County at any given moment, but you will be able to find them. Having found them, (or simply after calling them up and arranging to meet them), you’ll certainly be able to hang out with them, annoy them should you choose, and maybe even assault them, but you won’t be able to kill them. They all have remarkable powers of recovery and good health insurance. The game is based on playing all sides of these three characters’ interwoven stories rather than having generic, interchangeable leads, so permanently killing a major character in that way wouldn’t make sense. If a player is determined enough though, they may well find a way to badly injure one of the characters and switching to that character would just put you in the hospital to continue where you left off.
 
 
“Hello, I noticed that the Special Edition of GTA V includes a large "blueprint" of the map. I was wondering if the Standard Edition of GTA V will include the traditional folded paper map that, as far as I can recall, has always been included with GTA games.”received via Mouthoff
"Will a GTA V poster be included when the game is purchased?”@ny718kid
 
As in all previous Grand Theft Auto games, we’ve made a point of including a map of the world to aid players in navigating the city. In all versions of GTAV, the game disc will accompany a map with all the details players will need to navigate the world.  One big change though with this game is that with a world of this size, we created a double-sided map based poster to make sure players have all the information they might need to discover and explore the world. The blueprint map in the other editions does contain plenty of additional information and secrets on it.
 
 
“My name is Pedro and I have a doubt. When are you going to release the pre-order links of the Special Edition and Collector's Edition of Grand Theft Auto V on Brazil?”received via Mouthoff
 
Hi Pedro, we’re working hard to make the Special Edition and Collector’s Edition available for pre-order in Brazil as soon as we can. We’re currently waiting on some customs issues to be resolved before retailers in Brazil can start accepting pre-orders. To all others who have questions about whether and where the Special Edition or Collector’s Edition is available in your particular country, we’ve been maintaining the www.rockstargames.com/V/preorder page to be as up to date and accurate as possible for all territories shown – if you have additional questions beyond that, feel free to hit us up at mouthoff@rockstargames.com and we’d be happy to investigate for you.
 
 
“Would you be able to tell me to what extent are weapons and vehicles customizable?”@kieranmgklaceup
 
Without going into detail just yet, we can tell you that both will be very customizable – with a range of weapon upgrades as well as some very deep car customization. Stay tuned for more very soon.
 
 
“Rockstar, how many discs will the Xbox and PS3 versions of the game have? I am asking because I am just conscious of how many discs I will have to install onto my Xbox 360 HDD.”cj67890
“Hi R*, as you said GTAV will be the biggest game that Rockstar ever created, normally it should be the biggest in size too. So how you are going to solve Xbox 360 disc limit issues? I mean will GTAV have many discs (on Xbox 360 platform)…?”youtubos
“If we install GTAV on Xbox 360 do we have to insert other discs or not?”Persian-boy1995
 
Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious game we have yet created, and takes full advantage of every ounce of processing power available in the current generation of consoles. In order to provide the best possible experience for such a massive and detailed world, the game will have installation requirements on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems. For Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V will ship on two discs; Disc 1 will be used for a one-time mandatory install and Disc 2 will be used to play the game. After the install, players will be able to enjoy both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online without any need to switch discs.
This initial install will require an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space. If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance.  For PlayStation®3, the game ships on one disc and will install content as soon as you insert the game. The install is roughly 8GB, and players will be able to play as soon as the install is complete.
 
 
“Will we ever see some GTA V gameplay?”  – @ASTR4Lx
 
Yes. Soon (or in September if you don’t want to see it before you play it… it’s up to you) – the first Official Gameplay Video is on its way...
 
 
“Hey Rockstar, I'm curious whether you are planning on releasing GTA V on the PC...” received via Mouthoff
“You've probably been asked before, but is GTA V coming for next gen consoles also?” @tomtoon2010
 
The only versions of the game that we have announced are for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 which are set for a September 17th worldwide release. We don’t have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release at this time and we are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now.
 
 
“When will we get information on GTA V multiplayer?” @camronbnl3
 
Expect to hear some first details soon – it’s called Grand Theft Auto Online and we’re very excited to unveil it for you sometime this summer.
 
 
“A healthy GTAIV multiplayer game is really hard to come by nowadays. By healthy I mean players play for good clean fun. Every time I join a game it's either modded or hacked. When I create a custom game, some abusive d*ck joins my game and ruins everyone's fun game. I can't just kick him out unless everyone votes. Do something about this in GTAV, Rockstar.”received via Mouthoff
 
Ever since Grand Theft Auto IV was released, we’ve continued to integrate newer and stronger methods of cheat detection and prevention for each of our games. While we have yet to reveal specifically what new anti-cheating measures we have planned for GTAV, rest assured that we’re focused on creating as level a playing field and as fair, fun (and healthy as you say) an experience as possible for everyone. There will always be some people who want to cheat but we are going to do our best to stop it. We have spent a lot of time and effort making an incredible Online experience and proper support is part of that package.
 
 
“Hello Rockstar, I have a question: how much difference will there be between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game?”received via Mouthoff
 
Players can expect the same great gameplay experience on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms as they have both been developed in tandem.  Like all of our games, trust that we’re committed to making sure Grand Theft Auto V looks and runs as great as possible regardless of whether you pick it up for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, and we are excited for fans on both platforms to experience Grand Theft Auto V this September. We expect any visual differences to be completely negligible.
 
 
“I smell a delay...” SanViceCity
“Hope R* will release this game on September 17th. HOPE it will no be delayed AGAIN.”creed_20103
 
There’s nothing to worry about, so we aren’t quite sure what you’re smelling!  GTAV will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th.
 

Rockstar Game Tips: Get Good, Real Good, at The Warriors

Posted on June 17 2013, 11:53am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

A real live bunch they may be, but getting The Warriors back to Coney is no cakewalk, not with 60,000 Flashed-up street soldiers baying for retribution. Here are our tips to surviving the night - and remember that The Warriors is now available to download from PlayStation Store as part of the PS2 Classics collection.
 

  • Stay tuned, Boppers: Pay close attention to the tutorial at the start of the game, as this will teach you the combat basics that will get you through the tougher stages later on. If you do forget anything, head to Controls > Tutorial from the Start menu.
     
  • The Chicks are packed: Many of the objects littering the streets - bottles, trashcans, wrenches etc. - can be used as weapons. Generally, these weapons inflict more damage than a single hit, but you do lose the ability to string together combos and to defend yourself from the rear and side. In the frenzy of a mass brawl, you may find it better to rely on the weapons you were born with.
     
  • Hit everything in sight: Rage Mode can be the difference between a pretty face and a smashed one. Attacks are more powerful with Rage and you are immune to damage for its duration. All basic attacks fill your Rage meter somewhat, but some do more than others. Check the Style Points table below to see which actions really get the blood boiling.
     
  • Real tough: Some boss enemies have powerful melee attacks. In a one-on-one, keep your distance and throw any weapons you find at them. Not only will this wear them down, it will fill your Rage meter. When it's full, get up close and wreck their punk ass.
     
  • Who are The Warriors?: Know your allies - each member has different physical attributes and skills, and playing these to your advantage may be the edge you need to beat a difficult mission.
     
  • I want them all: Whichever character you're controlling, the rest of The Warriors have your back, so use the Commands to your advantage. If a rival gang has one particularly strong soldier (maybe they're carrying a weapon), then lock onto them and issue the 'Wreck 'Em All' Command to have them battered before you've even thrown a punch. If you're short on time and cash, shout 'Mayhem' in a store to have it emptied quicker than a Flash dealer's overcoat.
     
  • Come out to play: Coney Bonus Missions are timed challenges that are gradually unlocked as you play through the game's Story Mode. To find them, exit the Warriors Hangout and look for the purple mission icons on your radar. Complete these as soon as they become available, as the rewards will help you in the more difficult later stages.

 

Hit the jump for more tips including a breakdown of which actions yield the most Style Points.

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For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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