Crew News: Member Cap Raised to 1,000

Posted on February 4 2014, 1:56pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

 


We’ve got some great news especially for the large Social Club Crews out there who’ve long since hit the historic member cap ceiling of 300. We’ve now more than tripled the maximum member cap for all user-made Crews to allow for up to 1,000 people in your ranks.

So with the ability to seriously swell your Crew roster head count, it’s time for some heavy-duty rallying and recruiting and we’ll certainly be on the lookout to see who truly grows their army or consolidates forces amongst affiliate Crews. Be sure to use your Crew's profile page feed and in-game messaging features this weekend to set up a few lobbies to meet, greet, audition or orient your new Crew mates (remember that in GTA Online. you earn 10% more RP for Jobs completed with a Crew member). And with join requests likely to come raining down heavy and fast, Crew Leaders and Commissioners should make sure your Crew Hierarchy is in order to help deal with the new recruits.  

With Crew headcount now reaching four figures, it's also a perfect time to get familiar with the recently released Crew Head to Head Playlist challenge feature. To initiate a Crew Head to Head, you'll need to create a Playlist that does not contain Vehicle Deathmatches, Survivals or any Jobs that require more than 2 teams. Head to My Playlists in the Online menus and you will see the option to start a "Head to Head (BETA)" by clicking the right stick on your game controller. From the lobby screen you can go ahead and invite other players from your own Crew, Friend's Crew or from Skill Matched Crews. You'll need to have some cash in your wallet to set the wager - the minimum is $1000 - but the ultimate Crew bragging rights are worth much more.

We're also taking the occasion of this new Crew update to kick off the first Grand Theft Auto Online Crew vs Crew battle live stream this Friday February 7th at 2pm ET broadcasting from our official Twitch channel. Tune in then to see us pit two bloodthirsty Crews against each other over the course of a curated Playlist of Rockstar Verified and Rockstar Created Jobs. Note that one Rockstar dev player will join each side to play in order to facilitate streaming and to keep things fair. We've already reached out to a few of the toughest Crews around (we'll be confirming the first matchup sometime this week) and will be contacting others soon. If you would like to be considered for the live stream battles, please get in touch with us at crewchallenges@rockstargames.com telling us your Crew name, a link to your Crew profile page, the specific platform you would like to stream on and a reason why you should feature on the stream. We may also show preference in selecting your Crew if you have a video that showcases your ability at competitive game modes - and if there's a specific Crew with whom you have beef you'd like to settle in a public arena - so definitely let us know via email. If we like what we see, we will get back in touch to find out your availability and to try and coordinate an upcoming battle. If you aren't picked, then stay out there and keep on truckin'. We're always on the lookout for Crews that are representing hard. (Although please note that anyone spamming the email or the comments section will automatically be disqualified from consideration!)

As always, for notifications of when our stream goes live, hit the subscribe and follow buttons on our YouTube, Twitch and Twitter channels and keep an eye out here at the Rockstar Newswire for Crew Cut recaps of the battles and announcements of upcoming skirmishes.
 

10 New Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs, Including the #CreatorWeekend Selections

Posted on January 22 2014, 1:19pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Recently, we challenged the GTA Online community to show us their best Races and Deathmatches during our Social Club #CreatorWeekend for a chance at GTA$1M and an exclusive GTA Online license plate. Read on for a look at the Creator Weekend selections, along with five more Jobs that will also join the ranks of Rockstar Verified.

Please note, 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.

ROCKSTAR VERIFIED

Twists and Twirls

A complex but beautifully constructed point-to-point through some of Blaine County's iconic countryside. Follow the winding roads of Vinewood Hills as you race from Galileo Observatory through to Tongva Valley. Car selection from the Sports class is key here - steer clear of the Comet's twitchy back end or risk a fishtail festival. Tight turns and unforgiving cliff edges require deft use of the brake pedal, but don't be afraid to go for broke when the opportunity arises.

Stars In Your Eyes

As the description so eloquently explains, this is "a tribute to the legendary track 'Stars in Your Eyes' in GTA IV". Pick the fastest car in the garage for the long straightaways on one of the busiest highways in Los Santos. Although Creator blueeyedbarbi advises that "you might want to turn traffic off if your reactions aren't quick enough", we think it's better to leave them on for a hair-raising drive into oncoming traffic that could leave the asphalt stained red.

Monaco Grand Prix GTA ed.

Another recreation of a famous real-world track, the Monaco Grand Prix GTA ed. contains all the features of Southern Europe's iconic Grand Prix race track: empty urban streets, a seafront setting, high end cars, a tricky hairpin, and two unforgiving chicanes that will slingshot you into the race lead, or through your own windshield.

Casal Dos Ferros Race

A track for the Online racing purist. No novelty factors, no sneaky tricks, no unwelcome distractions - this is raw and unadulterated driving where timing is everything and winning is decided on milliseconds and inches. Use slipstreams to push yourself into the lead and don't look back, particularly as you hurtle towards the water on the final straight down Del Perro Pier... and definitely don't blink.

Classy Construction

Amongst the mansions of Vinewood Hills, a new build is going up bringing downtown construction workers into uptown 'hoods. Tensions arise between these two tribes, and isolated firefights break out across the elevated terrain. High walls and high end cars allow for a variety of maneuvers in this tricky Deathmatch. We recommend taking the sniper rifle to the top of the mansion turrets or seek out the minigun and own the streets.

 

ROCKSTAR VERIFIED #CREATORWEEKEND SELECTIONS

4 Way Madness

This tight Downtown track is spread over four blocks and built for aerial mayhem. 4 Way Madness forces players to jump cross each others paths through a central airborne death zone, flying through mid-air in four different directions. Creator gangsterpdp has placed gas tanks beneath the airspace to ensure that any collision results in instant death. Be sure to max out the starting grid, and then wait until the pack thins out for the carnage to begin. So deliciously cruel and marvelously cunning we couldn't help but select gangsterpdp for the GTA$1M as well as an exclusive CRE8R license plate.

Crastenburg Drifting Race

French-Canadian Creator WoriedNiko recommends turning the rain on to get the full experience from this tight, twisting race constructed across several parking lots near Los Santos International. Barrels and containers have been carefully positioned to create a series of on-a-dime turns and unforgiving chicanes best navigated via finessed tapping of the handbrake to throw out the back end of your ride into a controlled, smooth drift. For designing a race that brilliantly focuses on a specific racing technique, WoriedNiko gets the TOPCRE8R license plate and GTA$1M. Trés bien!

Laguna Seca Remake

Previously featured on the Rockstar Newswire as a Job that caught our eye, we gave GTAVDriver a Rockstar Verified stamp of approval this week so that players on both platforms can enjoy this painstakingly detailed recreation of Southern California's famous Laguna Seca raceway. Bookmark it now for long straights and tight 270 degree turns that will challenge all your skills as a driver. The aptly named GTAVDriver also lands himself a NO1CRE8R License Plate and GTA$1M to spend on high end cars to throw around the track.

Paradise Ally

unseenchaos26, recipient of a THECRE8R license plate, warns that the law of the urban jungle reigns supreme in his well-crafted Deathmatch amongst the warehouses at the end of Del Perro pier. A high-walled street alley littered with heavy weapons, heavy armor and multiple entry points force you to keep moving, so campers be warned! The audacious play is to snag an ATV from the perimeter, and charge through the burnt out cars and buses into the central corridor to try and spring a surprise attack. When the coast is clear climb the ladder to the top of the warehouse overlooking the old motel and pick off your respawned enemies from above.

Terry's Hangout

The only #CreatorWeekend selection set outside of Los Santos, eponymous creator terrynut6969 scoured the Blaine County landscape to find this cluster of buildings set around a small airport hangar. terrynut6969 has earned his I CRE8 license plate by cleverly splitting the space using wrecked buses that not only fit the derelict environment but create dynamic pathways and cover areas that set up brutal head-to-head showdowns. The added cover allows for surprise attacks using assault shotguns spread throughout the map, while isolated king-of-the-hill skirmishes will decide who owns the coveted positions atop the hangar and the air traffic control tower. Best enjoyed beneath the cold blue desert moonlight.

 

Feel free to share some details and links for your Created Jobs in the comments below (being careful not to spam, natch) and see if you can gather some folks to test it out on a grand scale. We're always scouring Social Club for new Jobs to Verify, so keep testing, tweaking, improving and playing for your chance to become Rockstar Verified. And if you missed it when it aired live, our Creator Weekend stream also featured a few tips from the Rockstar Commentary team on how to get the most out of Creator. You can view an archived version at our past Events page.

 

Previously:

Crew Cut: The War Report

Posted on January 25 2013, 3:23pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Since we first challenged Social Club Crews to step up and take on our Rockstar Dev Crew in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, the battles have been flowing fierce and fast, each one streamed live via the Rockstar Games Twitch TV page. Facing off against some of the most passionate and dedicated Crews out there has shown us both the thrills of victory as well as some agonizing defeat, as you can see from the box score results below. Read on for the full report from the battlefields over the past couple months... 

 

Proving that the most skilled Free Aim PC player Crews are truly an elite and rarefied breed, our most recent game held on January 15th saw the Dev Crew on the wrong end of a 3 - 0 thrashing at the merciless hands of The Beer Barons Crew. The Beer Barons let slip the dogs of war over the course of three games, but were charitable enough to let our Devs win one round in each of the Gang Wars. Things looked grim off the bat in the São Paulo Bus Depot as Snuser offed MaxPayneDev1 for the first of many times, just as scoring began. Brandishing dual PT92s, xOpiate30x also had a big showing. The Team Deathmatch in the Nova Esperança was the real kicker as the Devs succumbed by a wide margin. Porosenok85, number two on the Crew’s leaderboards out of their total 69 members, flexed his BEER muscles throughout the game, as did Narbe974 and Qlw34k.
 
 
 
The two games prior to that however were a reversal of such misfortune, as the Rockstar Devs notched a 3-0 win against the Mp3 Killers Crew last Saturday the 12th. Things got off to a bloody start during the Gang Wars of the Nova Esperança when MaxPayneDevDev1 rocked LAgamer4life by way of the IA2. After a couple of minutes of one-sided brutality at the hands of the Devs, Chillwar82 decided his mates needed to wake up and did so by blasting Dev2 not once but twice, first with the AR and again with the 1911. From there, the round was a ping pong match that the Devs eked out 58-56. Later on, Dev1 received more abuse, first by Easy--B’s sawn off and then berries_odingle’s AK-47 and just like that, the Mp3 Killers were on the board.  The rest of the match saw the Devs dominating and, finishing with MaxPayneDev9’s devastating kill of SsWOODYsS, the Devs won the war. 
 
In the second match against KILL, the two Crews got rolling in the São Paulo Bus Depot. With an assist from Dev1, MaxPayneDev13 started the festivities with an M10 attack on Babba_Banshee. A little while later, after some back and forth between Dev1 and bigwho1313, the former had the last word and then Devs were up two rounds to none. Continuing to respond to pressure, the MP3 Killers worked hard to protect the target, Banshee_Babe. Despite some early aggression from MaxPayneDev11 on SpBloodRed, strong efforts from Chillwar82 with the AR and OG_Murk, the Mp3 Killers Crew held on and won chapters three and four. However, the Devs picked up the pace in the final chapter and found themselves up 2 - 0. Over at the Tietê River Docks in the final match of the day, Chillwar82 went on a rampage with two kills in a row on Dev1 and the Mp3 Killers found themselves in the lead. Murda_N_tha_1st followed suit and with bigwho1313 taking names with the AR, the Mp3 Killers rocked our Devs 125-75 in Chapter 1. Unfortunately, the Crew could not keep the magic going and the Devs wound up taking the afternoon with a 3-0 shutout. 
 
Hit the jump below for a round-up of our matches against Tha Bullys, United Sick Assassins, Pro Killers Unleashed, Killer Smoking Aces and Xvx-The-Agency-xVX, as well as a recap of our first Crew vs. Crew grude match battle battle between the Ganja Outlaws and Murda Squad Gang...
 

Crew Cut: Season's Beatings

Posted on December 31 2012, 12:46pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club

As Old Man Winter tightens his icy grip outside, Social Club Crews have continued to keep warm with regular southbound trips to the hot and hazy multiplayer grottos of São Paulo in Max Multiplayer. To celebrate the season and in the spirit of giving, we've hooked up all members of Social Club with a little stocking stuffer in the form of the awesome new Human Skull, accessible via the Head Items section of your Loadouts. After this past Saturday's Max Payne 3 Social Club Multiplayer Event, we also introduced Event-specific Crew leaderboards for the very first time on the Social Club Multiplayer Events page, alongside our usual individual Player leaderboards. The chance to unlock another skull, the fearsome Wedding Skull, by placing in the top 10 private Crews brought the best of Social Club Crews out in force, with everyone allowed to join in all the games. We'll have more chances to unlock these skulls coming in January. This week on the Crew Cut we take a look at who the winning Crews were in our second Social Club Winter Calendar Event, and which squads are catching our eye for the very first time with performances that left their opponents strung up like fairy lights. We've also rounded up some fine and festive seasonal Crew Emblems we found further below.


Makavell from Slaughterhouse sent in this pic of him preparing for his nuptials. Ah, romance.

DEATH AND MARRIAGE

With the awesome Wedding Skull to fight for, Crews were repping hard to cement their place at the top of the leaderboards. The Ice Cold Assassins Crew impressively snuck into the top 10 private PS3 Crews with just five members. This came as no surprise after the plucky Free Aimers proved themselves admirably in a recent bout against the Rockstar Dev Crew, showing us the speed and accuracy with which they maintain their 90% Feud win percentage. However the most astonishing performance in the entire event was by two-man Crew Black Shadow. This deadly duo worked harder than Saint Nick on Christmas Eve to finish 10th overall on the PC Crew Event leaderboards; respect to leader BermsBertDualShk for also finishing eighth on the PC Player leaderboards.

 

Black Shadow are just one of a host of Crews who have not yet received the recognition that they clearly deserve here in the Crew Cut report. Two more Crews that have never been featured are Kung Foo Fighters and Dixie Gaming League, coming in 8th and 9th respectively on the Xbox leaderboards during the event. Kung Foo Fighters Crew recently snuck into the top 20 of all Xbox Crews worldwide, and are making a play for the big dogs. Meanwhile the Dixie Gaming League's vocal leader, MONSTRO1988, shouts out his "heritage, not hatred" Crew faithfully here in comments on the Newswire. Monstro is a professed Loadout connoisseur and strong opponent to the current trend towards dual-wielding amongst Max Payne 3 players. The tactic seems to be effective as Monstro himself placed 9th on the individual leaderboards. Solid work, there.

Three more Crews new to this column caught our eye during the event. Fight Fire With Fire made it to 70th place on the Xbox leaderboards with just three members. Having recently added a fourth, their future appears to be bright. The ironically named Peacekeepers Crews were anything but during the event as they made it into the top 10 private Crews on PC. A full 40,000 XP ahead of the Russian Bears Team, Peacekeepers have just 102 members, so if you're a PC player looking for a Crew to join up with so you can rock the Wedding Skull, these might be your guys. The Order of the Dragon pushed to 7th on the PC boards, and we're big fans of the competitive-but-attitude evident in the feed of their Crew's profile page: "Any Crews looking for a challenge, or a display of good sportsmanship, you are welcome to join us." Quite refreshing to see a Crew showing goodwill to all.
 

      

TIS THE SEASON

With Christmas just around the corner, we're pleased to see a few Crews getting in the spirit already with well-placed Santa hats giving a festive feel to some classic Social Club emblems. The YRA and S-13 Brasil are committed not only in their Emblem Editor practice but in their Social Club Events performances as well, with both of them earning their right to sport the Wedding Skulls over the Holiday Season. The YRA Crew's British Bulldog can show off his new mustache proudly after they finished top of the PS3 private Crews during the Event. Meanwhile, the S-13Brasil Crew's emblem cries reddened tears for the fallen, but the 2,465 Kills they racked up during the event proves every word of their cerebral motto: "Nenhum obstaculo e tao grande se sua vontade de vencer for maior" ("No obstacle is too great, if the desire to win is greater"). 

                   

We leave you this week with an awesome rendition of the GTAV "Beach Weather" girl by ErnestoRock2 given a suitable Christmas twist by Sweeeet55 for Consumer Products Crew. Not only do they have a sweet emblem, but as the only Crew on Xbox to beat the 121,000 strong hordes of the Payne Killers Crew members, Consumer Products were top of the tree on the Xbox Event leaderboards. With well over 4,100 Feuds won, it should come as no surprise. Sons of GTA didn't make it onto any of the Event leaderboards, but we must give respect for the holiday-themed version of their emblem featuring the men of GTAs past. You'll have to make room for three more in there next year, lads!

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Previous Editions of the Crew Cut: 

Recapping the November Social Club Multiplayer Events with Fan Videos & More

Posted on December 20 2012, 1:12pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club


Social Club stalwart and Video Editor all-star FugetSudo created this pretty awesome video of Niko Bellic himself getting in on the November 29th GTAIV PC event fun live from Tw@ cafe.

Thanks to Social Club members worldwide for joining us last month for a stacked set of Multiplayer Events battles across Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and GTAIV - and those we've seen continuing to fight the fight in the current Winter events calendar with action unfolding well into the New Year. We'll have a December recap soon looking at all of the most recent action including the skulls holiday unlock Max Payne 3 extravaganza that happened this past weekend.

The final month of the Fall Calendar kicked off with November 16th’s intense 6-hour doubleheader of Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. Our two live-streaming players, RedDeadDev3 and RedDeadDev4, started with a Gang Shootout in which Dev4 took out 3 opponents in the opening duel and then raced to 13 kills for only 6 deaths. However, the opposition clung on thanks to solid work from KALD_KSA_F-15 (PSN ID) and mad2oo8m (PSN ID), leaving only $50 in it with three minutes to go. Dev4's teammate justaway56 (PSN ID) came to life here with a series of quick fire kills to claim the win for Dutch's Gang and come away as top player with 19 kills notched.


RedDeadDev4 waits for the perfect moment to take out Chief_RoYAL_KuSh

Following a spontaneous mass brawl in Free Roam, Dev3 entered a Grand Prix in Carrera Del Diablo with DemonLord B7R, Mazzkulin, AkA x MaFiAzZ, ClaudeSpd, ListeKing, StrappedRuby303 and Samuel4000. Dev3 saw an early lead diminish as weapons went live and DemonLord BR7 immediately put his horse down. It was an uphill struggle from there but our dev almost pulled it back, clinching second going into Chuparosa but ultimately falling just behind the race winner, Mazzkulin. Dev3 fought valiantly in the next two races and was in prime position going into the final race, but wound up falling to a 5th place finish - credit to Mazzkulin. for the overall win.


Our Dev player rides into the sunset during a race around Chuparosa

Hit the jump for much more including videos, screens and a list of participants from our November multiplayer events...

Crew Cut: Playing the Field

Posted on November 30 2012, 11:34am | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

In the over six months since the launch of Social Club multiplayer Crews, we've seen that the way players handle their relationships with their Crews definitely does vary. While there's certainly players who have committed themselves to a loyal relationship with one particular Crew (and a lot of Crews who also demand full exclusivity from their members), there's plenty others with more of a polygamous attitude towards the entire endeavor. And hey - with the ability to be a member of up to five Crews concurrently (although only one active at a time), that's entirely your prerogative - not everyone is cut out for a long-term Crew commitment. So whether it's a case of pulling double-duty and two-timing between a couple beloved Crews you just can't choose between, or really spreading the XP love around - today's edition of the Crew Cut has a little fun blowing up spots in a new column highlighting those who we've seen playing the Crew field.

BFAMREALISM came to our attention with his second place Overall ranking in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer on Xbox 360. BFAMREALISM loves getting up close and personal with the short range weapons: his top 3 are the M10, the Auto 9mm and the trusty Sawn-Off. With these tools of the trade, he's been quite busy as a strong contributor to the Lawless Gangstas (7,441,521 XP) and Unfair Advantage (6,368,241 XP) Crews, and the predominant force in his own two man crew, aptly named bfam realism Crew. That's plenty of action, but just last week BFAMREALISM decided to step out with the famous OneEightSeven Crew, showing an insatiable appetite to benefit from Crew assists and Feuds.

      

Our second open-relationship Crewmember today is a longtime fan we've seen many times on the Max Payne 3 battlefield. Scarlettnscott is clearly playing her reputation to an advantage as she stepped out against our own Rockstar Dev Crew alongside The VII7 Crew in a recent private throwdown. We also saw scarlettnscott's Gamertag amongst the roster when ProKillersUnleashed got in touch with us about setting up a game. Then, when scarlettnscott also threatened to turn up and fight us as part of the BrokenWhiskeyBottles, we were truly impressed at her ability to play the field to consistently devastating effect, but had to politely decline in order to let other players get involved. However if we are ever to rematch the BWB, we hope to see her out there. A special shout as well to her other Crews, the popular OneEightSeven and the Girls with guns.

     

Finally, artists have long held a reputation as being a romantic bunch and it appears some of our Emblem Artists are no different in terms of having a free-spirited and polyamorous approach to Crew relationships. Whether it's for practical reasons to help spread the visibility of their fine talent in more than one domain in order to further their renown, or just an insatiable desire to be prolific and practice their love widely - some renowned Emblem Artist studs are known to join multiple Crews and publish original creations for each of them. Today's spotlight shines on ErnestoRock, who has two accounts set up to manage all of his Crew Emblem-request suitors and the time he spends fulfilling them. Below is a small gallery of Ernesto's creations we particularly admire including Rockst4r Los Santos' Grove Street party, One Bullet At A Time's rendition of Misty and The Hardcore A Team's homage to divine intervention. We'll keep a keen look out for more.

    

PRIVATE THROWDOWNS

Here's a roundup of action in our private grudge match throwdowns pitting our own Rockstar Dev Crew against various Crews who've challenged us to an online rumble for bragging rights.

Saturday November 17th saw the Fear The Wrath Crew come to take on our Rockstar Devs in a tight series of 4-on-4 games. Fear The Wrath nominated the Branco HQ map as their first choice to play a Team Deathmatch bout. With almost every player opting for dual-weld Sawn-offs, it was a fast, furious and messy battle, with no mistake or false step left unpunished. In one of the closest TDMs we've seen yet, the Devs held a three kill lead until the final two minutes when Fear The Wrath rallied to nose in front and hold on - Crew leader WrathOfJenati taking three kills in the final 10 seconds as insurance. Our Xbox party then headed to Club Moderno for a dance of death. This time, the victory was much more convincing as Fear The Wrath took the game handily 76 - 42. After two losses, the Rockstar Dev Crew sought redemption in a Gang War in the Bus Depot. Turf Grab proved an easy victory for us, as our Devs held on to all three checkpoints for the majority of the round. It was a similar story in Passage, and while Fear The Wrath were successful at Grab, when Dev 2 took down RosiGolan in Takedown, the writing was on the wall. Our Devs held out to win the battle, but respect to Fear The Wrath Crew for a fantastic performance in Club Moderno.


The heatmap from our first game against Fear The Wrath Crew.

On November 20th, the Rockstar Dev Crew came up against the cream of the crop: The Ganja Outlaws Crew who have reigned supreme at the top of the PSN leaderboards for several months running. Now it was time to prove their worth against our Devs on PSN. Entering a Bus Depot Gang War, a game of Grab turned out to be a war of attrition, as neither side managed any drop-offs - they were too busy filling each other with lead. Max Payne Dev3 got close, but was picked off by DNutz90 just meters from the drop-off point. Final score: 25 kills to 21 in favor of the Ganja Outlaws. Devs took the next two rounds narrowly, with Feuds being chalked up for both sides in Takedown, where CammySutra was the marked man. The Devs swept in and Dev1 executed the target with no mercy. A six point advantage entering the final Showdown proved too much for the Ganja Outlaws to overturn. By the end, the Devs had stretched their lead to 13 and taken the Gang War with style. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, fellas.

  

Sticking with Gang Wars, the Ganja Outlaws sought revenge in the Docks and were vindicated by a stellar performance, where they took four of the five rounds, including the final Elimination. With scores tied at 1-1, it was for all the marbles with one more Gang War in the North Favelas. After Ganja Outlaws took the first two rounds, Dev3 equipped the Spray Can to salvage some pride and checkpoints in Passage. Only a victory in a game of Turf Grab would give the Devs any kind of hope in the final round. DutchStoner took up a high sniping point, but it wasn't enough to distract the Devs from their mission and they finished on top. This left it all square heading into the final round. Top player Peawicko's RPG proved his own undoing with an immediate suicide, and the Dev Crew held on their lead for much of the game. However, as the clock ticked down, so did the teams' respawns until there were just three Devs and two Ganja Outlaws left. With both sides opting to camp down and play it safe, Dev4 went on a maverick run through the central channel to outflank the remaining players. In a nail-biting finale, Dev4 popped up from cover with the Sawn-off and cut down CammySutra to secure a famous victory. Thanks for the game guys, one of our most exhilarating yet. You can all watch the first half of this illustrious session below.


Check out the video from the first half of our private throwdown with Ganja Outlaws

 
The next challenge for our Rockstar Dev Crew was the fearsome Legends of Red Dead Crew in Free Aim on November 24th. And the LORD quartet - with Infamous_RayG of MARV3L Crew guesting alongiside them - proved they're just as adept with a pair of PT92's as they are with a Cattleman Revolver. We started with Gang Wars in the Favelas and got burned in the first three rounds as our Bomb Suited opponents displayed surgical dual-wielding accuracy. In fear of a clean sweep, our Rockstar Devs1 and 2 used lighter Loadouts to their advantage and took all three checkpoints in 'Siege' to get a fighting chance going into the final round. Alas, the headstart proved too much and the Legends of Red Dead picked up the win when DJRico666 decimated Dev2 with the rocket launcher.
 
The next round of Gang Wars in Docks went much the same way, with LORD taking a three-round lead and then foiling us right at the death in a round of 'Short Fuse', defusing the bomb seconds before explosion. That lead to a clean sweep with Lord_Fredinho taking the most kills - an impressive 44. With the overall win out of contention, we headed into Team Deathmatch armed with bruised pride and dual sawn-offs, but the Legends of Red Dead stayed true to form and claimed another win.
 
  
 
Bloody but not deterred, we rallied to take the fight to the LXG Crew on the 27th November. LXG have sat comfortably at the very top of the pile of Xbox Crews for some time now having racked up over 217 million in XP, so we were hyped for the chance to take down the biggest and baddest of them all. We began the day with a Team Deathmatch in the Bus Depot. While there was no quarter given or asked in the opening exchanges, the Rockstar Devs went on an unprecedented run: 14 kills with no reply to take the game 36 - 19. LXG were never able to recover the deficit and with Dev1 patrolling the upper balconies of the Depot warehouse, the game finished in favor of our Devs. Next up, a ding-dong battle in the snow-covered Hoboken Alleys began with a tense game of Last Man. It came down to 1-on-1, as Dev10 stalked IcedOutCook, eventually finishing him off with dual SMGs in the carpark - execution: gangland style. Later, Dev1 was picked off easily after going on a kamikaze run down the central alley in Takedown, but it wasn't enough to stop our Rockstar Dev Crew from taking another victory. In the second Gang War of the day, it was again level pegging heading into the final round, but the LXG Crew couldn't match their tactical Gang Wars skills with the demands of all-out warfare, and the Devs finished the day with a 100% record. Cheers to LXG for the games; we look forward to our next encounter against xVx-The-Agency-xVx planned for later today Friday 30th November at 5pm. We'll let you know here in comments (and via Twitter) if they dare to show...
 
Previous Editions of the Crew Cut: 

Recap of Action in the October Max Payne 3 Social Club Multiplayer Events

Posted on November 19 2012, 3:22pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

As we get ready to announce our new lineup of Winter Calendar multiplayer dates later this week, here's a look back at all of the Bullet Timing, Shootdodging, TDM-ing and Gang Warring action that went down in our recent October Max Payne 3 sessions which included Social Club members getting an exclusive first crack at unlocking ghoulish, intimidating new Max Payne 3 skull avatars. We'll also of course have a roundup soon of the current November sessions of Red Dead, GTAIV and Max including a recap of the bloodshed from last Friday's epic doubleheader.

Held on October 12th, the first event of the month's duo of dates saw our Rockstar Devs venturing into the lobbies of the Social Club playlist on Max Payne 3 multiplayer, greeting the masses of itchy trigger fingers. With some of the most elite practitioners of online shootouts reliably present at the event, the level of play was high and competition as thick as ever.

Early on, our very own MaxPayneDev3 and MaxPayneDev1 teamed up on PC with a few warm-up games of Gang Wars. In the Bus Depot, Dev3 was thrown into an intense battle for turf as players swarmed around a checkpoint in the broken down buses. The RPG proved to be the perfect weapon to aim at the disputed land, as Dev3 took out swaths of attackers, including ATM779, Shape_shifter and samo1980 in a single shot. Despite Ardistel sniping from the roof of the central warehouse and Sleepeur dual-wielding a deadly PT92 and 1911 pistol combo, the Devs' team held on to take the round. In consecutive games of Assassination, both teams were able to take down their intended targets; Dev3 managed to take out Ardistel, asdjagfjk and Bundeswehr43365 in yet another triple multi-kill with the RPG. Finally, after taking a round of Total Turf, the Devs' team entered the final Showdown with a 6 point lead. In a mad, scrappy fight for survival, the Dev team held on their advantage and took a Feud win from the Payne Killers Crew as well for good measure.


With Klaabu_Kosmoses in support, MaxPaynDev3 takes aim at ATM779, Shape_shifter and asdjagfjk with the RPG.

Below, you can watch ShenmueSaga’s full video of our event, capturing MaxPayneDev1’s performance as streamed live on the Social Club Multiplayer Events page. Check out the last hour of the event to see Dev1 venture out of the Social Club playlist and into the Branco Headquarters for an intimate game of Payne Killer. Fleeting alliances were made and broken as Dev1 worked with those on hand to take down Max and Passos and then to survive as them. Dev1's tactic of using grenades to suppress the special Characters and the M500 shotgun to follow up at close-range proved effective to remain in contention. Alexander.Cooler combined a Grenade Launcher with melee attacks to join Dev1's Passos as Max - and the two worked together to take out LukePein and Radamel. Ultimately, Alexander.COOLer was able to take victory in the game, finishing well on top of the leaderboards. Kudos.


The full recording of Dev1 uploaded to YouTube by ShenmueSaga.

In the last game of the day, it was every man for himself up on the Hoboken Rooftops (part of the free Disorganized Crime Pack download). MaxPayneDev1, playing as the Mona Sax avatar, headed into the cold New Jersey night with the trusty mini-30 and a few grenades to pick out the campers. While Alexandreas was able to score a few easy kills using the Booby Trap Item, Dev1 had some success thanks to the range and accuracy of the mini-30 in picking out opponents amongst the rooftops. After DieterKrass, playing as Max Payne's other femme fatale, Fabiana Branco, blasted his way into the lead with the 1911 and DE .50, Dev1 fought back into contention with a couple of tidy triple-kill streaks. However, Vitek9811's ruthlessness with the dual wield bull 608s was ultimately enough to win the game.

Hit the jump for much more including a recap from the Halloween special event with skull unlocks that was hosted on 10/26...
 

Crew Cut: Stiff Competition

Posted on November 9 2012, 10:24am | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

CREW VS DEVS CHALLENGES

Since we challenged Social Club's top Crews to face off against a team of our Devs in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, we've received a torrent of propositions - ranging from the polite to the... well, let's just call them 'fighting words'. On Monday October 29th we held a private throwdown with the Dutch Stoners in a 4v4 Soft Lock battle on Xbox 360. With the Devs rocking their fearsome Demonic skull masks, we took a clean sweep winning all five game modes in a Gang War at the bus depot. A Team Deathmatch went the way of the Dev Crew as well; they racked up an impressive 200 kills in the process. A Gang War at the docks was a slightly closer call, but ultimately our Devs ran out 3-0 winners over the course of the match.

We tip our hat to Slaughterhouse Crew who showed us a few weeks ago why they're one of the most feared Free Aim squads out there. After being given a lesson on Free Aim, we fear for the the Legends Of Red Dead Crew who seem to have their own private war with Slaughterhouse. If you two Crews ever organize a face-off, make sure you invite us so we can stream it on our Twitch page. 

  

On Thursday October 18th, we clocked up a glorious win in a nail-bitingly competitive matchup with The VII7 CrewGGretski and company came out strong, winning the first Team Deathmatch in Bus Depot by a handsome margin. Switching over to Gang Wars, our Devs proved their worth in Max Payne 3's signature multiplayer mode, opting for tight-knit tactics that paid off brilliantly. After losing an opening round of Deathmatch in the Favelas, our team was able to take a round of Short Fuse after the timer ran out with 3 seconds to go on a bomb planted on the bridge. Using this springboard to win the next two rounds comfortably, our Devs held on to take the match. GGretski admitted the loss was "embarrassing" in the Twitch chat but declined to comment on how he felt after we won another Gang Wars in the Hoboken Alleyways; if it's any consolation, GGretski, we've seen that end of the stick all too well ourselves, as you can read about below. You can also check out recordings of the full stream of this bout, and our other games and events, in the videos section of our Twitch.tv page.

Prior to that, we took a convincing victory over our friends from the BrokenWhiskyBottles, who count amongst their ranks some of our most dedicated and hardcore fans. Ever gracious, even in defeat, ChicagoEnigma has come out said "This was so much fun, and entirely insane for us to do.. But I would not change a thing about it. It was a definitely a privilege to get to play against the Devs." Thanks Chicago! It was an honor to play against you lot as well. While we were streaming the game on our Twitch page, GermanScientist recorded his own gameplay perspective during the match and kindly uploaded it to YouTube. As the man says, "See 0:55:15 for a cool view when MaxPayneDev6 shot a RPG right in my face!" Sorry bout that!

We were less successful in our earlier Free Aim fixtures, losing decisively to elite Free Aim Crews Shinobi, Murders Death Kill and Ice Cold Assasins. Our Devs were humbled by the talent on offer - these squads put on a clinic in our two battles and showed the value in a Crew working together to hone razor sharp strategy, skill and coordination. Shinobi were featured all the way back in the third edition of the Crew Cut for their formidable Feud win percentage, and recently gave MLG Pro player Crream a sound beating on his own Twitch channel - something that Crew member Kenshiro360 proudly displays alongside their waxing of Rockstar in his profile Status. Congratulations to Kenshiro360 for taking Top Player in two of the games, and we have grudging respect of dRCrYSIS' strafe tactics with the PT92.

  

Back on Saturday October 10th, Ice Cold Assassins came out to represent PlayStation Crews against the Rockstar Dev Crew. They did their platform brethren proud, winning conclusively in all three Team Death Matches that we played.  We were intrigued to see Crew member hkl_100's tribute to his friend The M3rcad0's unusual tactic dubbed "No-Scope Sniping" in action. However, since being at the wrong end of an ass-whupping, the less we see of them in the future the better. Against Murders Death Kill Crew, our Devs cited FAARNSWORTH as a particularly fearsome shot with the sniper rifle. With the open ground covered, the rest of the team were able to outmaneuver our Devs and take a convincing victory in all three games.

And in our earliest of these bouts, the Rockstar Dev Crew faced off in an 8 vs 8 Team Deathmatch against the Elite Gamer Crew, who proudly boast the top 3 Team Deathmatch players on Xbox, IRAQDE3IL, LOSTBOY FOUND and MIShka Madness. While the Rockstar Dev Crew were able to claim their fair share of Feuds and lost by only seven kills in the Bus Depot, we again took an L in three straight sets to our worthy opponents - now a well-earned boast at the EGC Crew page ("WE BEAT THE DEVS 3-0 ... WELL DONE BOYS BIG UP"). However, during team practice the following day, the Rockstar Devs invited the Elite Gamer Crew for a behind-closed-doors off-camera rematch. With no one around to witness the game, both sides have controversially claimed victory, which can only mean that one final rematch is on the cards! Elite Gamer Crew, we'll be in touch.

  

We'll be announcing our next set of Private Throwdowns very soon. Make sure you check out our Twitch page to watch recordings of past games, and follow us at either Twitter or Facebook to get the word when we're kicking off our next matches (we'll also drop a heads up in comments here). To everyone else from a Crew who has challenged us so far, you should have received a reply to your email by now (if you've only very recently contacted us, then watch your inbox in the coming days); while we can't play everyone immediately, we're trying to get to as many, if not all, of you bit by bit you so please be patient. If you're a Crew with some cred at the top of one of the new tiered leaderboards by platform who'd like the chance to take us on, keep your Challenges coming in to crewchallenges@rockstargames.com.

SOCIAL CLUB FOUNDER CREWS

When Rockstar Games Social Club was relaunched back in May of this year, we gave out special tags to those Crews who were with us from Day One. (For those not in the know, two stripes on a Crew tag denotes a Founder Crew, which is a special designation granted to any Crew created before May 15). With the recent announcement of exclusive Day Of The Dead Skulls for our Founder Crews, we thought we'd take a Where-Are-They-Now look at which Founder Crews have stood the test of time, and made the most of their head start, as well as some who haven't quite lived up to their early hype.

Of the Founder Crews who currently boast full membership rosters, most have already earned at least one mention on the Crew Cut. SFO-Wolf however are one Founder Crew with a full headcount who have thus far been overlooked, despite being around since May 9th. In their time, they've put out some pretty serious emblems, but we particularly like the regal crest shown above. Crew leader pencil_dude splits his time with another Founder Crew PCC, who still rep hard across all three platforms after being featured in the very first edition of the Crew Cut.

While they may no longer be in the top ten private PS3 Crews, the Rising Angels are still putting in work in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer and maintaining an impressive 75% Feud win PCT, counting prominent Founder Crew Ganja Outlaws amongst their recent scalps. Having just tipped over in to the 101-300 tier of Xbox CrewsTennent's Special Crew maintain a dedicated Twitter account to boast of their status as the "Top Scottish" squad. Just behind them is another Founder Crew, The Sevens, this one with several color variations on an awesome 50s gun-totin' rockabilly chick. The Sevens also lay out a Communist manifesto in their status claiming that "there is no Crew leader, and that all members are the Crew." Marx Payne?

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