Join Our Max Payne 3 Social Club Multiplayer Event this Saturday with TRIPLE XP All Weekend

Posted on December 13 2012, 3:51pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Update: The multiplayer event has now concluded but Triple XP will be active all weekend long. Thanks to everyone who joined us.

By popular demand, the first Max Payne 3 Social Club Multiplayer Event of our Winter Calendar is a weekend affair - taking place this Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 2pm EST (4-7pm GMT). So put any holiday shopping plans on hold for a few hours weekend warriors and pick up those dual M10s to battle it out in our live-streamed event along with other members of the Rockstar Games community.

You'll also get to bask in the warm glow of TRIPLE XP all weekend long - and as a special bonus we're unlocking the fearsome Human Skull mask for all Social Club members. Now your opponents will have to face the Grim Reaper dead in the eye as you attempt to put them six feet under. As long as your platform ID is linked to your Social Club account, you'll find this awesome new skull is already unlocked in the Head Items section of your Multiplayer Loadout.
 
Also, rally the troops from your favorite user-made Crew for this event, as we're rolling out new Crew leaderboards and unlocking the Wedding Skull mask for the top 10 user-made Crews on each platform. Please take note that this only applies to user-made Crews, so active members of top public Rockstar Crews like the Payne Killers and Read Dead Rustlers will not receive the Wedding Skull. Crew leaderboards and Wedding Skull masks will go live at noon ET on Monday, December 17th and once we release the skulls they will only be available in your Loadout when you're actively repping that top 10 Crew.
 
During the event our team of Rockstar Dev players will be live-streamed on the Social Club Multiplayer Events page alongside our official hosted chat and sweepstakes - where you can enter to win one of five Rockstar prize packs. As with all of our Max Payne 3 events we will be posting player leaderboards after the event so you can see how you measure up against your rivals. Also, don't forget to check out our third bonus stream on the twitch.tv/rockstargames page, where we also host weekly impromptu playsessions and our ongoing series of Dev vs Crew challenges.
The full event details, including who to look for and how to participate are laid out below:

OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR IDs
Participating official in-game Rockstar names will be:

  • MaxPayneDev1 (Xbox 360)
  • MaxPayneDev2 (PS3)
  • MaxPayneDev3 (Xbox 360)
  • MaxPayneDev1 (PC)

SWEEPSTAKES
Enter to win a Max Payne 3 prize pack on the events page, including a Max Payne 3 t-shirt, bullet keychain and stickers. Five winners will be randomly selected. Official rules can be found here.

COUNTDOWN
If you're unsure of when the event will begin in your time zone, have a look at the countdown on the Social Club multiplayer events page.

HOW TO FIND US
When the event starts up on Friday, enter Max Payne 3 multiplayer and select the Social Club Multiplayer Event playlist. We'll play a mix of Soft Lock and Free Aim, so look for the names listed above. We receive many requests from players who wish to play with our Devs, and we do our best to accommodate them all. During the event, our Devs will jump in and out of different lobbies to get a game with as many different fans as we can. If you can't get in a game with our Devs immediately don't forget to remain patient and make sure you get out there and represent for yourself and for your Crew.

FUTURE PLAYSESSIONS
If you want more time to play our games with us, your best bet is to follow us at our official Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Steam pages so you can get the word when we're going online for some impromptu multiplayer.

Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition Now Available for iOS and Android Devices

Posted on December 6 2012, 11:16am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition is now available for select iOS devices. The successor to the groundbreaking Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City turned the open world series from a critically acclaimed bestseller into a cultural phenomenon.

This 10th Anniversary Edition is an enhanced version of the award-winning original game, optimized for mobile and tablet devices with several new mobile-specific features including an intuitive, fully scalable and customizable user interface, new camera controls, upgraded textures, greater resolutions and increased draw distance.
 
Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition is available for $4.99 from the App Store and is compatible with the following iOS devices: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 4, 4S & 5, iPod touch 4th & 5th Generation
 
We’re aware that some users have attempted to download the game from the Google Play Store for Android and have experienced validation errors. Vice City is not yet available for Android devices, so if you’re seeing it listed there in error you should not attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is available to purchase for Android users.
 
*** UPDATE ***
The Android release of Vice City is now available. Please see here for full details and a list of devices.
 
 
Previously:

Latest Title Update for Max Payne 3 Now Available for Download Across all Platforms

Posted on November 27 2012, 10:32am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Support

The latest automatic title update is now available to download for Max Payne 3 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It introduces the following multiplayer fixes and improvements:

  • The Kill screen now shows what weapon and burst the enemy used to kill you
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally get stuck in cover
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally appear invisible
  • Fixed an issue where game modes could appear to be over 100% full
  • Fixed an issue where occasionally a Loadout slot could overwrite another Loadout slot at the start of a round of Gang Wars
  • Fixed an issue where a party would have trouble loading into a new game after a party member had left

If you have any problems downloading this title update or need to report other technical issues, please contact our tech support team through any of the following means:

Doubleheader Social Club Multiplayer Event with Triple XP in Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 (November 16, 11am-5pm ET)

Posted on November 15 2012, 12:41pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Update: The Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 multiplayer events have ended, but Triple XP is live all weekend. Keep in mind that the top 100 players per platform in the Max Payne 3 event will each receive the new skull mask, and it will become available 24 hours from the time the event ended Friday. More opportunities to get the skull masks are coming in the future!

All day Friday, we're serving up a double helping bounty of Social Club multiplayer events, including a Max Payne 3 finale added on to our originally scheduled Red Dead session as a make up for the event we postponed due to Hurricane Sandy a couple weeks back. It all begins Friday November 16th when we activate Triple XP for both Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. We'll be kicking off with Red Dead on PS3 and Xbox 360 from 11am-2pm EST / 4-7pm GMT, and then continue on with Max Payne 3 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 from 2-5pm EST / 7-10pm GMT.

Land Grab, Stronghold, Gang Matches, Undead Overrun and other matches can be expected in Red Dead, and for Max Payne 3 we'll be throwing down in the new maps from the recently released Hostage Negotiation Pack as well as other DLC and of course maps and modes from the original game release as well.

Following the recent Max Payne 3 Halloween themed multiplayer event when we featured special skull avatar unlocks, Friday we'll be unveiling another one, this time with the Arcane skull mask (pictured above). The top 100 players per platform during Friday's Max Payne 3 multiplayer event will each receive the new skull mask, as determined by the leaderboards on the Social Club Multiplayer Events Page. If you wind up one of those top 100 players, the skull will become available to you as an unlock 24 hours after the multiplayer event finishes. And if you aren't successful - don't worry, there'll be more opportunities to unlock this and other skull masks coming soon.

Join in the community chat on the Social Club Multiplayer Events Page while watching two live streams showing all the action, plus you can enter to win a one of ten total Rockstar prize packs during the event. Each includes a Rockstar t-shirt, Red Dead playing cards or Max Payne 3 bullet keychain and a package of Rockstar logo stickers.

TWITCH
A third video stream will be live on our Twitch page, including a second chatroom in which you can discuss all the event happenings.

OFFICIAL RED DEAD REDEMPTION ROCKSTAR IDs
Participating official in-game Rockstar IDs will be:

  • RedDeadDev3 (Xbox 360)
  • RedDeadDev4 (PS3)
  • RedDeadDev5 (Xbox 360)
  • RedDeadDev6 (PS3)

OFFICIAL MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR IDs
Participating official in-game Rockstar IDs will be:

  • MaxPayneDev1 (Xbox 360)
  • MaxPayneDev2 (Xbox 360)
  • MaxPayneDev1 (PS3)
  • MaxPayneDev1 (PC)

COUNTDOWN
If you're unsure of when the events will begin in your time zone, have a look at the countdown on the Social Club multiplayer events page.

HOW TO FIND US IN RED DEAD
When the first event starts up Friday, enter Normal difficulty multiplayer. This places you into a public Free Roam lobby. You should be able to run into a Rockstar player this way, but if you want you can send a friend request to one of the above IDs. Their lists might be full as most services only allow a max of 100 friend requests. We recommend partying up and playing with other Social Club members until the point when you're able to join us.

HOW TO FIND US IN MAX PAYNE 3
Enter multiplayer and select the Social Club Multiplayer Event playlist. We'll play a mix of Soft Lock and Free Aim so look for the names listed above.

FUTURE PLAYSESSIONS
If you want more time to play our games with us, your best bet is to follow us at our official Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Steam pages so you can get the word when we're going online for some impromptu multiplayer...

Today’s Scheduled Max Payne 3 Social Club Event on PSN Has Been Postponed

Posted on November 2 2012, 6:52am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Due to power outage issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, today's originally scheduled live-streaming Max Payne 3 Social Club PSN Multiplayer event is being postponed. Stay tuned for an update to the Multiplayer Events calendar in the days ahead.

Unlock New Skull Masks at the Halloween Special Max Payne 3 Social Club Multiplayer Event - Plus Triple XP All Weekend

Posted on October 25 2012, 3:20pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Update: The event has ended, but Triple XP is live all weekend long for all platforms worldwide. The Day of the Dead Skull should be unlocked for all members of Founder Crews right now. If you are a member of a Founder Crew and do not see this in your Loadouts please email us at mouthoff@rockstargames.com with the link to your Crew’s profile. We're still working on getting everyone who joined the Social Club Event Playlist the Demonic Skull. You should all receive them by tomorrow morning. Look for more skull mask unlock opportunities in the future.

Join us Friday October 26th from 4-7pm ET / 9pm-midnight BST, for a special Halloween edition of the Social Club Multiplayer Events series where you can unlock a freaky all-new Demonic Skull head item for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer in keeping with the spirit of the season. We'll be playing on Xbox LIVE; however, players across all three platforms will be able to join their respective Social Club Multiplayer Event Playlists in-game to unlock the Demonic Skull as seen above. TRIPLE XP will also be live on all three platforms, right through the weekend.

In addition to the Demonic Skull, we're also unlocking the Day of the Dead Skull as a special bonus exclusive to all members of our veterano Founder Crews. If you have a Founder Crew as your Active Crew, or you have played at least one full game in the 26th October Social Club Playlist, check out the Head Items section of your Multiplayer Loadouts after 4pm to access the Skulls (you may need to exit to the main menu of Max Payne 3 and then return to Multiplayer in order to see them). Skulls do not award any bonus abilities, but they do look awesome!

We'll have four of our most lethal dev players tearing it up with you across various game modes, double live stream, Rockstar-hosted chat and a sweepstakes to win Max Payne 3 Prize Packs over at the Social Club Multiplayer Events page, plus a bonus stream over on the Rockstar Twitch channel. At some point during the event, our four Rockstar devs will Crew up to take on challengers - so look out for that in the chat and ready your Crew to try and take them on, just like Broken Whiskey Bottles, Shinobi, Elite Gamer Crew, Ice Cold Assassins and The VII7s have done recently. Be sure to check back in to the Multiplayer Events Page to see if you made the top 200 on the Event Leaderboards.

The full event details, including who to look for and how to participate are laid out below...

OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR IDs
Participating official in-game Rockstar names will be:

  • MaxPayneDev1
  • MaxPayneDev2
  • MaxPayneDev3
  • MaxPayneDev4

SWEEPSTAKES
Enter to win a Max Payne 3 prize pack on the events page, including a Max Payne 3 t-shirt, bullet keychain and stickers. Five winners will be randomly selected. Official rules are available in several languages.

COUNTDOWN
If you're unsure of when the event will begin in your time zone, have a look at the countdown on the Social Club multiplayer events page.

HOW TO FIND US
When the event starts up on Friday, enter Max Payne 3 multiplayer and select the Social Club Multiplayer Event playlist. We'll play a mix of Soft Lock and Free Aim, so look for the names listed above. Please note that the playlist will be visible on all platforms, but on this occasion our devs will only be playing on Xbox LIVE.

FUTURE PLAYSESSIONS
If you want more time to play our games with us, your best bet is to follow us at our official Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Steam pages so you can get the word when we're going online for some impromptu multiplayer...

Max Payne 3 Title Update Now Available for Download

Posted on October 24 2012, 10:38am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Support

Update: This is now available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 worldwide.

In preparation for next week's release of the Hostage Negotiation Pack, a new automatic title update is now available for Max Payne 3 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This update also addresses some technical issues including the following:

  • General improvements to multiplayer, improving overall stability and matchmaking efficiency
  • Added the option to copy one of your Loadouts into an empty custom slot
  • Fixed an issue where wins and losses were reported incorrectly on leaderboards
  • Fixed an issue where explosive kills were not working as intended in Arcade Mode
  • Fixed an issue where newly created Crews and Emblems would not always appear in-game
  • Fixed an issue where dual wielding the PT92 and .38 revolver and firing until the ammunition runs out could cause the weapons to jam


If you have any problems downloading this title update or need to report other technical issues, please contact our tech support team through any of the following means:

Rockstar Game Tips: Learn from the Max Payne 3 Leaderboard Legends

Posted on October 10 2012, 4:39pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

 

Since the launch of Max Payne 3 we've been sharing multiplayer strategies and Loadouts favored by some of the best players in our development studios as part of the game tips series here on the Newswire. For this week's edition, we've reached out to another set of elite soldiers: the players residing near the top of the individual leaderboards at Rockstar Social Club. Here's a look at what a few of these leaderboard legends had to share with us...

abrokian, member of Pro and Deadly Crew, 3rd on overall PC leaderboards

This prolific Crew teamed together and sent over a rather large document filled with game tips, our favorite of which is this breakdown of Bursts detailing when to use them for maximum effectiveness.

Slippery Character is best used when you’re using a medium or heavy Loadout and need the extra endurance to move quickly and get out of the line of fire.

Deadly Force increases the damage of whichever weapon you are carrying, and is great in one-on-one situations where you want to take out an enemy before they kill you. It can be the deciding factor in settling Feuds

Big Dog is extremely useful in crisis situations, where you and your teammates are in need of emergency treatment, and it can also act as a layer of armor if you activate it just before entering hostile territory.

Intuition is best used when the enemy is smaller in numbers, like towards the end of a round of ‘Last Man Standing’ or ‘Survivor’. Try to resist using it at the beginning of the round, and save it for when knowledge of the enemies’ positions is invaluable.

Paranoia should be deployed mid-round when the enemies have dispersed. In ‘Takedown’, it can disorientate the opposition and make them reluctant to open fire for fear of betraying the friendly target.

Sneaky makes you appear friendly to an enemy, so therefore you should act like one and only open fire if you are sure of completing the kill. Try circumventing objective locations and cut-off enemy defenses from where they least expect.

Fresh Blood can be a game changer – use it to turn a difficult situation to your team’s favor, powering your respawns and spending more time on the battlefield.

Weapon Dealer is for those times when you’re attacking from the front and can make the best use of unlimited ammo; just bear in mind the effect doesn’t apply to missile-based weapons.

Burst Bubble can hamper the other team’s progress when they’re trying to complete a Gang Wars objective by reducing their ability to use Bursts of their own.

Weapon Double Dealer has two important uses: limit the opposition to one clip of ammunition when they are attacking from long range and, when they are gathered together in a confined space, unleash level three and pick up multiple kills from dropped grenades.

 

Hit the jump below for tips from KLC_DUKES, leader of Underworld Mob Kings Crew...

Social Club Crews

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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