The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively recruiting new members to join their ranks. We publish Crew recruitment pitches in their own words so that you know exactly what they're all about.
In this edition, we feature pitches from a Crew that gets their inspiration from the music of Los Santos, a post-apocalyptic brotherhood, a devilish MC squad and a dedicated car club.
Hosted by singer John Joseph of the Cro-Mags (you may have heard their work on Liberty City Hardcore), the day will feature everything from meet-and-greets with the original cast (including many of The Warriors themselves as well as actors who portrayed memorable members of rival gangs like the Orphans and Baseball Furies), live music from bands including Sick of It All (another LCHC alumni), a costume contest and a film screening right there on the gang's turf. Doors open at 10 A.M. and tickets are available for purchase here. If you’re as big a fan of this cult classic as we are and you’re in the NYC area, it sounds like one not to miss.
This fall also marks the 10th Anniversary of our own 2005 videogame adaptation of The Warriors - so for those of you who can't make that long journey to BK, feel free to get nostalgic by sharing your best Warrior-themed GTA Online Jobs for others to play. We’ll be looking to feature them next month in a special edition Throwback Jobs post alongside homages to 2005’s Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories as well.
WHAT ILL-GOTTEN-GAINS IS ALL ABOUT by pimpedupbadass Beginning with a seemingly hard-luck lady who does time at Bolingbroke after getting pinched for grand theft auto, pimpedupbadass takes her out of the joint and straight into the vault of the Fleeca Bank. From there, she and her Heist teammates hit the jackpot and proceed to enjoy the fruits of their labor - from a Ponsonbys shopping spree to joyriding across Southern San Andreas in the breathtaking Progen T20.
The two esteemed runners-up will both receive a deluxe prize pack of official GTAV gear and a $100 gift card to the Rockstar Warehouse.
GOTTEN PAYBACK by .Angros After a betrayal by his partner that left him with empty pockets and near death, the protagonist of GOTTEN PAYBACK vows to get revenge. It takes nearly eight years and lots of ammo, but watch his wish come true in this beautifully executed runner-up.
Welcome to Los Santos by BloodLust180 Set to the tune of The Alchemist and Oh No's banging track of the same name, Welcome to Los Santos serves as a perfect introduction to the city, and all the spoils of its nouveau riche. Highlighted by beautiful edits and action shots that show off everything from the serene backdrop of Vespucci Beach to the seedier parts of town, BloodLust180 has painted quite the picture of that LS life.
And here are a few eye-catching honorable mentions that we'd be remiss not to acknowledge.
Go Brawl Out! by mathewisonfire With a license plate that reads "DEATH," mathewisonfire takes the Coil Brawler to the absolute max in what amounts to the ultimate commercial for this Ill-Gotten Gains Update Part 2 off-road vehicle. Venturing over rivers, mountain tops, beach dwellers and everything in between, not to mention pulling off stellar jumps and skid outs, this vid proves the Brawler is for "nearly anywhere, anytime."
Devil's Playground by Mrluckdragon Three minutes and nine seconds of pure adrenaline and attitude... Testing out vehicles from both Ill-Gotten updates and knocking out victims with his Knuckledusters perfectly in sync to the music, this entry really packs a punch.
Fast Life by shorty2001 Lightning quick edits, high speed rides and parachute jumps off the Maze Bank Tower are just a few examples of just how maxed out and high octane this vid is - all edited perfectly to the lyrics of Vybz Kartel's song of the same name off the Welcome to Los Santos soundtrack.
Congrats again to all our winners and thanks to all our talented entrants. The upcoming launch of the Rockstar Editor for PS4 and Xbox One as the next update to Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online means the next Rockstar Editor Contest will be the first one with entries across all three platforms - so the creative competition will be fiercer than ever. Stay tuned for info about that contest and forthcoming update.
In the immediate aftermath of the release for our second entry in the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS 1-2 punch, Los Santos residents wasted no time hitting the streets for a multitude of bonus incentives plus the chance to earn recognition and material spoils in an assortment of official contests as part of the Ill-Gotten Gains Event Weekend - Part 2. Here's a recap of all the shenanigans that went down during our Event Weekend livestream as well as the winning shots from the #illgottengains2 Snapmatic contest. And be sure to keep in mind that you've still got time to perfect your Rockstar Editor entries, as the entry period for that particular contest runs through August 3rd.
THE OFFICIAL EVENT WEEKEND LIVESTREAM FEAT. TYPICAL GAMER, HIKE THE GAMER & XPERTTHIEF
To kick off the Ill-Gotten Gains Event Weekend Part 2 properly, we pitted some of the community’s deadliest streamers against each other (and us), armed with the brand new gear, guns and rides on the Rockstar Broadcast Event livestream. In case you didn't catch the live show, you can check out the full recording from the perspective of either Typical Gamer or HikeTheGamer in the videos below:
YouTubers Typical Gamer and HikeTheGamer give us their perspective of the Ill-Gotten Gains 2 Event stream in the above pair of videos.
If you're looking to replicate the action from the livestream, be sure to bookmark the Jobs we played (linked below) that make the most of the new vehicles and weapons featured in the latest Ill-Gotten Gains Update:
STUNTING (EPIC lake jump) (Xbox 360 / Xbox One): Creator FINezula’s huge ramp should help you across the Alamo Sea, but swimming is also allowed in this tricky GTA race.
Snake Race (PC): Claustrophobes beware as TheDiabolo’s chaotic Motorcycle Race takes you through the narrowest of passages, constructed out of meticulously-placed shipping containers.
Grass Route (All platforms): Put your off-roading skills to the test through the hills of Los Santos County in the brand new Coil Brawler.
Vineyard LTS (All platforms): Keep a low profile in Marlowe Vineyards or pick off your foes from the hilltop in this high-intensity Last Team Standing matchup.
The Great Adventurer (All platforms): This lengthy R* Verified Race from DeadRooster invites you to burn rubber all the way from Los Santos International Airport to the base of Mt. Chiliad in your shiny new Progen T20.
Casino Royale (All platforms): parksguard’s spy-themed race around East Vinewood is the perfect opportunity to take your classy Coquette Blackfin out for a spin.
Power Trip (All platforms): Lead the pack on your Dinka Vindicator in this thrilling point to point Motorcycle Race from the Ron Alternates Wind Farm to the Land Act Dam.
Eight Figure Bonus (All platforms): High speed figure of eight laps through scuzzy Downtown and Industrial East Los Santos. Pick Super class and leave your competitors for dust with your favorite high-end vehicle.
#illgottengains2 SNAPMATIC WINNERS
Photogs from across the community picked up where they left off from the #illgottengains1 update and jumped right into capturing the best of what ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part 2 has to offer. After poring over Social Club for the cream of the crop, we're happy to present the winning selections - each of whom will receive GTA$1M. Also included are some honorable mentions that are worth a shout - congrats to all for a continued creative approach, from beautifully captured weapons to reimagined scenes from classic cinema.
We're in the midst of contacting and verifying the selected recipients of the Social Club Event Sweepstakes Prize Packs, so make sure you're not too enamored with you Ill-Gotten Gains and check your inboxes for an email from us. If you don't respond within the requisite 24 hours, we'll be forced to select new potential winners...
Gilded guns, unabashedly gaudy fashions, gull-winged sports cars taking flight, and hedonistic Los Santos citizens celebrating their ILL-GOTTEN GAINS and greedily sopping up special opportunities to reap bonus GTA$, RP and more - it was all part of last week's GTA Online Event Weekend. Read on for the official winners of the Event Weekend's #illgottengains1 Snapmatic contest, highlights from our action-packed Event stream with the Funhaus boys and surprise guest Lui Calibre, and more. Make sure to stay tuned for info on the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update Part Two coming soon!
GTA ONLINE SESSIONS: ILL-GOTTEN GAINS PART ONE FEATURING FUNHAUS + LUI CALIBRE + LAZLOW
To kick off the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part 1 Event Weekend we were joined on the official Rockstar Broadcast Event livestream by Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag and Sean “Spoole” Poole – collectively known as FUNHAUS. Rockstar Broadcast veteran Lui Calibre happened to be visiting the FUNHAUS offices that day and joined in the festivities as a special surprise guest to put Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast Team to the test. Check out the vid above to see some choice highlights.
Bookmark and give these featured Ill-Gotten Gains themed Jobs and challenges a try for yourself:
All About the D (PC): Can you squeeze the Buckingham Swift Deluxe heli through the “D” in the landmark VINEWOOD sign?
Tomb of Osiris (PC): Jump behind the wheel of the Pegassi Osiris and test your ramp jump launch accuracy skills in this treacherous challenge inspired by Race Impossible? (Xbox 360 & Xbox One) by GRChoke.
Grenade Tennis 2 by john90wood (PS4): This favorite country club pastime gets an explosive makeover. Show your competition no love on the court by volleying grenades and Molotovs over a divider towards them.
Holes of Glory by mkRixxx (Xbox One): A perfect chance to check out the Luxury Engravings on your sniper rifle in First Person while looking down the scope to target enemies through narrow gaps.
Luxe Derby (PC): Inspired by MaxTorque87's Sky Derby Muscle Cars, this remake gives everyone a chance to swap pastel paint on a sky platform and instantly depreciate the value of each others' Albany Virgo, Benefactor Stirling GT and Enus Windsor.
Rich Man’s Playthings by -Piggs- (PC): A First Person Team Deathmatch taking place on the swank lawns and opulent grottos of the Richman Mansion. Luxury Engravings recommended attire.
COLLECTIBLE DESIGNER T-SHIRTS: BONUS ENEMA T-SHIRT AVAILABLE IN CRATE DROPS NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME
If you missed out on collecting the weekend-exclusive quartet of designer tees, not to worry – we’ve got an additional bonus tee available starting today bearing the name of one of Portola Drive's luxury retailers (pictured above). The Enema 0 t-shirt will be available in all Crate Drops for a limited time only - so jump in your Osiris or Swift Deluxe to race there first.
You may also notice another new addition in the GTA Online menus while you’re heading into the game - we've made it easy to launch a Playlist full of the popular Adversary Modes - with the new Featured Playlist option on GTAV’s launch screens. There will be an updated collection of fan-favorite Adversary Modes every week, so you’ll have plenty of chances to put our Adversary Mode Game Tips into practice.
#illgottengains1 SNAPMATIC WINNERS
Photographers were quick off the mark in taking imaginative Snaps inspired by and featuring content from the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part One. Having scoured Social Club for the best, we're pleased to present our favorite selections here, each of whom receives GTA$1M. We've also included a few honorable mentions - great work to all for doing such a bang up job showing off all their spoils, including rides, weapon skins and everything in between.
Snapmatic Art's quaid86 may have been around the world on the new Luxor Deluxe but by the looks of that eponymous "Red Carpet" of blood, he's the one doing the player hating. Extra style points for rocking the fresh leather fur.
Hell bent in leather. missnxkolette knows it's all in the details as she perfectly captures her pistol's Yusuf Amir Luxury Finish - getting the light to shine on her ".50" piece just right.
We recently recognized zebfar's talent for cinematic adaptations and now we are proud to welcome zeb to the illustrious hall of Snapmatic contest winners for this brilliant entry, "Gulls." Using the magic of the Creator, zebfar captured this flock of seagulls Stirlings in repose atop Mount Gordo.
We're right in the midst of contacting and verifying winners of the Social Club Event Sweepstakes gear giveaway - don't forget to check your inbox for an email from Rockstar. We've had one response so far, and still have four more prizes to award. If you don't respond within 24 hours, we'll be forced to select new potential winners, so keep an eye out... or you'll potentially miss out.
Stay tuned for details on ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part 2 and its corresponding Event Weekend in the near future.
Posted on May 29 2015, 12:42pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games
Summer concert season is now upon us, with tons of musical acts touring and performing worldwide either on their own or as part of the big international festivals – including many of your favorite artists featured across the Los Santos radio dial in Grand Theft Auto V.
As is tradition this time of year, we’ve compiled for you a very comprehensive guide broken down by in-game radio station (including the newest station, GTAV PC's The Lab – which is also coming to all four consoles in a future GTAV title update) to help you find your favorites and have the chance to catch them live. We'll be updating this post with more dates as they're announced and of course, feel free to drop other GTA-related shows you might come across (or attend!) in the comments section.
Posted on May 21 2015, 1:29pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games
In the latest episode of GTA Online Sessions on YouTube, we're joined by Welcome to Los Santos soundtrack artists Alchemist, Oh No and Wavves.
Fresh from the release of the new GTAV soundtrack album, The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, producers Al and Oh No themselves joined us to play some GTA Online together and talk about the record, alongside collaborators Wavves who are responsible for the single "Leave" (which you currently have the chance to create the official music video for in our Rockstar Editor Contest). We chatted about everything from their roles as Dr. Oh and the Chemical Bro on the new GTAV radio station The Lab to their experiences working with the wide range of artists on the LP. Check out highlights in our latest GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode above and read on for some choice excerpts below...
On "California", featuring E-40, Dam-Funk and Ariel Pink... Alchemist: I mean I know Dam-Funk, I hadn’t met Ariel Pink, but you know E-40 is a legend to all of us. West Coast legend. This was actually the first time we were able to hook up... Oh laced the track up crazy from pieces of the score and he chopped up Dam-Funk. The ending might be my favorite part of the f****** album. Like when it breaks down with the piano solo it's just crazy. Man I love this record.
On which Welcome to Los Santos collaborator most blew their minds... Oh No: I would say Sam of Future Islands. His s*** is hard, his s*** is crazy. Future Islands is crazy. Alchemist: Yeah that was a wild one and when we hooked up with them we found out that he actually raps as well. So it was crazy because we had a lot of the same influences but you know our finished products are so different - but we still respect each other so I think that was cool. It's crazy because we didn't even approach him because of that, we just liked their music. His range is crazy... some people’s voices you feel... Like a cigarette. I don’t even know if he smokes but it feels that way. He's the man.
On their in-game radio show host characters Dr. Oh and the Chemical Bro and what the new radio station The Lab is all about... Alchemist: It’s about scientific theories... and weed. And everything in between. It's great fun. You gotta check it out, we’re getting deep on there. A lot of the characters from the album were able to call in. I encourage you to tune into the station and figure out who's who. We definitely had everybody play some characters and had fun. It was a dope experience...
On working with Curren$y (featured on the song "Fetti" with Freddie Gibbs)... Alchemist: He’s a smoky guy. I like going to his shows because you can see people like passed out from too much weed. Just hanging out, having a little rest… It was the weirdest thing, first time I went to his show he’s killing it but there’s a couple of guys just dead on couches, just crashed you know? [Some people] go to his shows and just smoke like, "we’re gonna get high and see Curren$y!" …and it doesn’t work out that way.
On how Wavves' in-game radio station, Vinewood Boulevard Radio, came to be... Nate: I've been friends with a lot of the guys from Rockstar for a pretty long time - they used to come see Wavves play when we’d stroll through New York and it just kind of came about organically. They asked me to do a song for the new game and it turned into the radio station.
On the status of the new Wavves record... Nate: The new Wavves record is coming out I think in August on Warner Brothers and Ghost Ramp. I don’t know the exact date but it's done
And when can we hear it? Nate: Real soon. We’ll probably show maybe three songs before it comes out.
On what's next for Gangrene (Al & Oh No's collaborative group)... Alchemist: I hear there’s a new album coming. I don’t know, you'll have to ask the doctor. He’s in the laboratory right now. How’s the mixes coming? Oh No: Mixes are coming out crazy. They’re real, real crazy. Alchemist: We have a new album coming out real soon. We don’t have a solid date but we’ll be on tour this summer with Action Bronson so we’re finishing the album right now. We’ve got the first single, we’ve got the video, so I’d say July.
Thanks again to Al, Oh No and Wavves for joining us. Make sure to follow Rockstar on Twitch to catch more sessions with GTAV soundtrack artists live in the future.
In this latest edition of the Crew Cut, we take a look at the top performing racing Crews in these first few weeks of PC release, as well as the activities of some quite unique squads such as the Heist-themed Lufthansa Collective, plus Crews utilizing the Rockstar Editor to showcase their adventures and more.
TOP PC RACING CREWS
Members of 2ch PCA, currently the #1 PC racing Crew, at one of their regular car meetups.
Since last month's release of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online for PC, elite Crews have been off to the Races, hopping in their customized rides and racking up wins to prove who are the most feared street racers of the latest generation to invade Los Santos.
We can report that as of press time, the top racing Crew on PC is Japan's 2ch PCA led by H_I_R_O with an astounding 7,091 wins amongst their854members. 2CPC are also proper car enthusiasts - frequently posting car meetups on their Steam page and they're also collectively responsible for hundreds of Creator Races including the recently published “SHUA” on PC by member HyyyAngYi which has already racked up over 300 plays in just about one week’s time.
Ranked second, and not by far, are Axe X Executioner with 6,199 wins. Created by RaymondWai and with a leadership of Lieutenants who all hail from Hong Kong, AXER also have numerous Creator Races under their belt (check out the popular PC Job "100" by Lymark).
Founded this past January, ZIPS seem to have been casing Los Santos just in time to pull off those five big scores you may have heard about. And – like budding Scorseses – they’ve been quick to document their Heist exploits cinematically as you can check out in the video below. Catch up with these friends of ours at their Crew page or at lufthansacollective.clanwebsite.com – just don’t forget your shine box.
THE ELITE SHRED BMX TEAM
Founded just shy of one year ago, the elite SHRED BMX TEAM has garnered renown as one of the most elite BMX collectives in the stunting scene. “The top BMX riders, racers and creators on PS and PC” as their official Motto states, is backed up with proof-in-the-pudding team-tages of amazing footage as seen in the video above, and Crew Leader sbmxplex has stacked SBMX to the brim and forged alliances with some of the most talented BMXers and Crews out there even boasting such legends as Freestyle BMX’s Crew Leader erasableninja and Evolve Stunting’s BMX stunting pioneer FishyDizzle. And if you’re looking for some great Creator Races, tailored and tuned specifically to be played with bikes, you’ll do well to browse the SHRED team’s collection knowing that Crew members are always making and perfecting some awesome ones together.
THE ARTFUL HEISTERS: CRAZY BLAMMERS
The Crazy Blammers (SNAP) were founded on the eve of GTA Online’s launch, September 30th 2013 and the tight-knit 18-man Crew are still going strong especially as a well-oiled machine taking down Heists together.
Crew Leader, UK-based artist Matthew Hogben aka HoggyHogben, celebrated SNAP’s criminal exploits with the fun bit of Heist Crew art seen above showing everything from their mission briefings to their fiery getaways and sky-piercing aerial maneuvers. As Hoggy states at deviantART, “The Heists on GTA Online are just amazing so I had to do some fan art for it with me and my Crew, the Crazy Blammers. Feel free to join my Crew at: http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/crew/crazy_blammers.”
FROM DEL PERRO TO SANTA MONICA WITH THE VICE CITY CRIME MOB IRL
“About a year ago I joined VCCM on PS3 (as Sabrotage) and I instantly felt very welcome and at home in this Crew. I loved playing the game and felt lucky to find myself in a community full of mature and fun players. At the time I didn't know that the game or the Crew would have such an impact on my life.
After joining I met a bunch of great people including @King Duncan [aka King_Duncan_VII] who at the time was KiddKash. Over the last year he has become my very best friend in the world. It's no secret that we're often partners in crime in the game but we also became super close in ‘real life’. I was extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to fly across the country (From Maine to California, literally across the whole country haha) to meet him last week. We hung out in the real world Los Santos of LA and had a blast.
The whole thing made me think about how insanely lucky I was to happen upon this Crew in a promotional subreddit and to become a part of this group. We may have different play styles or preferences, I may not always make it to events, but this Crew has given me several amazing and lasting friendships and provided a very necessary escape for me from real world drama and tragedy. GTA is just a video game but this crew is a family in its own way and I just wanted to make a mushy post to let you all know how grateful I am that I found it, all of you, and my best friend. Thanks for being an awesome Crew. :]”
THE FULL LEATHER JACKETS JOYRIDE WITH THE ROCKSTAR EDITOR
Longtime Social Club member berduu and members of his Full Leather Jackets captured some of that Crew magic in "Joyridin'" - a Rockstar-Editor-powered video (one of many recent fine creations from the prolific berduu aka Berdu on YouTube) documenting a beautiful day spent BMXing with FLJC, enjoying the San Andreas sunshine and the simple pleasures of stopping to smell the flowers (or pound the Piswasser as it were). As berduu puts it, "Ain't nothing like riding with your boys."
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