Posted on June 14 2016, 10:35am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games
Since the launch of Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, Los Santos has been flooded with entrepreneurial CEOs and aggressive start-up Organizations keen to make their mark in the world of ruthless venture capitalism. For those who may have missed it amongst all of the Buy and Sell missions and new VIP Work and Challenges, last week's update also included an electric new mode called Trading Places, where instant reversals of fortune add fatal injury to a Loser's insult. Today, we've added three additional new maps to Trading Places in which to demonstrate your tactical supremacy and strive to remain a Winner. Additionally, a whole new set of discounts are available in-game and another exclusive limited-time unlock is available for the next week. Read on for all the information.
THREE NEW TRADING PLACES MAPS
Tables turn quickly and friends become foes in three brand new maps now added to Trading Places mode today in GTA Online. You’ll shoot and dodge your way to the Winner's circle in Little Seoul in Trading Places IV, have a rumble at the Lost Club House in Grapeseed in Trading Places V, and team-build the hard way near the Harmony Place Construction Site in Trading Places VI. Bookmark them all for play now.
EXCLUSIVE UNLOCKS AND SPECIAL DEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH MONDAY JUNE 20
Starting today in GTA Online and running through Monday June 20th, enjoy valuable discounts on Bulletproof Tires, Car Armor, Annihilator Helicopters, select Weapons and Ammo as well as stylish and sleek unlockable bedroom apparel.
UNLOCK THE RED SWIRL SMOKING JACKET & PAJAMAS SET
When the working day is done, and you just want to relax in your Office with a glass of contraband Bleuter'd and a game of Don't Cross The Line, nothing says "I'm off the clock" like this set of Red Swirl Pajamas and the matching Smoking Jacket. Unlock yours for free simply by logging into GTA Online anytime now through Monday June 20.
50% OFF BULLETPROOF TIRES & 25% OFF CAR ARMOR
Don't forget that the quickest way to pick up Special Cargo is to drive over it; amidst a hail of gunfire from would-be saboteurs, this is also the safest option. Make it that much safer this week by investing in discount Bulletproof Tires and Car Armor for your Grotti Bestia, Pegassi Reaper or other executive transport of choice.
25% OFF ANNIHILATOR HELICOPTERS
Invest in a prime piece of military hardware this week from the Elitas Travel website, and you'll be protecting you and yours for 25% less than the standard retail price. Healthy for your wallet, and for the stash of Special Cargo in your Warehouse. Four mounted Miniguns also make this the perfect choice for destroying incoming shipments belonging to rival Organizations.
AMMU-NATION SALE: 25% OFF SELECT WEAPONS, AMMO & PARACHUTES
In this week's Ammu-Nation Sale, there are 25% discounts across a huge range of armaments and armor, ideal for kitting yourself out before your next interview to be an Associate for one of Los Santos rich and powerful. 25% discounts apply to:
Posted on June 6 2016, 10:22am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games
Kick back and enjoy a collection of superb and imaginative fan-created videos, including some choice selections powered by the Rockstar Editor, along with ingeniously animated showcases. This latest collection features a story told in miniature, the return of SquidPhysics' musical symphonies, an epic animated GTA: Vice City teaser and plenty more...
Video creator ehmaysi collaborates with music artist Spencer Whatever to paint a subtle story using the Rockstar Editor, creating a tilt shift camera effect (previously seen in GTA Series Videos's A World in Miniature). This project is just one in a series of on-going installments in ehmaysi's 52 Weeks, 52 Videos project, described as "a year-long project to keep the content coming." Martian Blues already caught our eye and we're looking forward to seeing more from his channel in the future.
Master instrumentalist (and occasional rapper) SquidPhysics returns once again to show off his smashing version of the London-based GTA classic. On this track, he enlists the talent of vocalist NiamHanlon for added authenticity. Also, in case you missed it, his recent cover of the GTA2 theme is a bit of melodic nostalgia not to be missed.
Whether your favorite commercial on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was Yuppie and the Alien or Rusty Brown's Ring Donuts, you're sure to enjoy Simon Tibbs' animated take on an Emotion 98.3 staple. According to Simon, Pets Stuffers is his all-time favorite GTA radio ad and he utilized After Effects, Illustrator and a little Cinema 4D to create this spot-on visual accompaniment.
Fans of Bloodlust180's previously featured video M.I.A will love the follow up in the 'Paint It Black' series. Exploring the aftermath of Wolf's failed mission, this episode has Wolf declared K.I.A from the get-go. With Merryweather representatives entering the shadowy dealings and prominent community member Gtamen voicing the mysterious interrogator, it's up to ash0191's Siren (making a guest appearance) and her team to uncover the truth...
Video creator Majami Hiroz got in touch with us via Mouthoff to share this awesome First Teaser for their forthcoming animated series. "Keep Your Friends Close" uses stop motion techniques to animate the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Kubrick Set into a flawless vignette, backed up appropriately by a brilliant 80s soundtrack. If you've missed the earlier Announcement Teaser, don't forget to check it out for another sneak peek of what's to come.
Employing the scenic vistas and rolling hills of Los Santos and Blaine County as the backdrop for this lushly shot piece, video director Chy tells the story of a doe's journey across dangerous terrain to honor a friend's memory. Chy also includes a special message in the video description to viewers that's worth a read.
If you've been creating some serious Rockstar Editor visuals and would like to share it with the community, drop a link in the comments below or email us directly to give it a watch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crew Cut highlights exceptional grassroots community activity, events, accomplishments and other happenings across the thriving Social Club Crew scene. If your Crew is doing something special that you think the Social Club community needs to know about, tell us all about it at email@example.com – you might see your Crew featured in an upcoming edition of the Crew Cut.
This week, check out Crews who have been actively hosting Car Meets to show off their latest customized Lowriders, a spotlight on prominent arthouse collective Crews, a currently active grassroots tournament and more.
NEW CREW MANAGEMENT FEATURES
First off, we’d like to let all you Crew Leaders, Commissioners and Muscle alike know that there are some new oft-requested updates to the Crew Management page on Social Club, adding the ability to filter Friends and Crew Hierarchies by Online Service (e.g. PSN, XBL or Facebook), and search by Gamertag / PSN ID within them.
We've also made it easier for you to see other Crew Members’ Gamertags / PSN IDs and Active Crews when managing the Crew Hierarchy. It's now much simpler to promote or demote Crew Members, review pending Join Requests and scan for applicants playing on a particular platform. If there are any further improvements you'd like to see made to Crew Management or any other aspect of GTA Online, be sure to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
RL.Angel and the G A N G S T A N C E Crew held one of their recent car meets on a hazy day out at Vespucci Beach; see a glimpse above cozying up close to the interior dash and hydraulics of the Vapid Slamvan via the Rockstar Editor.
Then there's AZcrAZydog from the Xbox One chapter of the reddit-based GTAAdventures Crew, who injected some aerial stunting and a raucous demolition derby into their Lowriders Meet before scaling Mount Chiliad in their Willard Faction Custom Donks.
Never ones to shy from their ongoing obsession with dropped vehicles, TheLowlyGentlemen Crew recently went all out to celebrate the new Custom Classic Vapid Slamvan at an official car meet. Pimping out their rides with every imaginable livery and color variation, and driving models that appear both antique and fully refurbished, TheLowlyGentlemen stay true to their name in this stylish video.
If you and your Crew have some awesome Lowriders Custom Classics car meet footage or Snaps, share ‘em in comments below.
Beyond some of the pre-eminent and long-standing Snapmatic Crews such as Snapography and GTAPhotographers, we wanted to shine a light on some other Crews that have been pushing the creative boundaries of the medium from pure photography into something best described as "Snapmatic Art." Using Snapmatics as a source asset, these Crews take Snapmatics to the next level by applying creative photo editing, experimenting and innovating with in-game Meme Text, creating original images with bullets and even applying their own coloring techniques and illustration skills to existing photos.
Presenting two particularly prolific arthouse collective Crews whose members inspire and innovate day in and day out:
An unconventional marksman, aizakkusan's amazing work with bullets involves carving out everything from familiar faces to pop icons, and even a spot on recreation of their affiliate Crew Visual Moods Central's emblem.
TMGT member Basimatic is an accomplished Snapmatic photographer, Rockstar Editor and much more – here, she camped out and photographed the same vista across several times of day and night to display a stunning color palette along the LS skyline. You’re going to want to follow her on Twitter to keep up with the amazing things she shares every day.
CREATIVE R6 INC
Another artistic collective impressing on a daily basis is mitar0su's CREATIVE R6 INC, housing incredible talents such as ryophotolic, Wolf_Gang776, and ARIBABABAN. From 3D GIFs to stylized, cel-shaded style Snapmatics, RSIX's Crew Members are constantly looking to push the envelope.
Yu-nosuke aka TeamGoliath_RP applied some eye-catching filters on this shot showing off the new Compact Rifle that makes for the look of a fully sketched color pencil drawing.
Gorgeous and creative car photography is also a specialty; enjoy this stunning play on the color spectrum in this piece by R6 member mitar0su.
REBL ONE YEAR CREW ANNIVERSARY
Another prominent Crew celebrating their one-year is REBL PC. These guys have consistently impressed with fun presentations like their REBL - GTA Yacht Parties and REBL - The Lowriders. In this Crew video, the REBLs have an absolute free-for-all blast, engaging in a massive Karin Rebel demolition derby and shooting fireworks from the top of the Rebel Radio station to celebrate their first anniversary in true REBL style.
Posted on April 11 2016, 10:35am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games
Sumo-style derbies have long been a GTA Online fan favorite, with many Community creators taking it upon themselves to create their own interpretation of the heavyweight sport. Now, we’ve added a bit of method to the madness with the introduction of Sumo, one of our latest Adversary Modes. And the recently released Rhino Hunt introduces some new and fun challenges for those who truly enjoy the thrill of the hunt, while Drop Zone features teams airdropping to battle over a contested area. Whether you’re a big game hunter seeking out a well-armored challenger, a mighty behemoth crushing your adversaries via tank tread, or a vengeful skydiver looking to rain down death from above – we’ve put together the latest series of tips to help you establish dominance in the wild kingdom otherwise known as Los Santos. Take note especially of the Rhino Hunt tips today, as they'll certainly come in handy as you capitalize on today's Double GTA$ and Double RP Adversary Mode Playlist.
Using reverse and sharply turning can trick your opponent into driving out of the area completely.
While the sport of Sumo is typically a mano-a-mano match up, this Adversary Mode is all about how you perform, not only solo, but as a team (depending on which variation you find yourself playing). In either case, you must first choose your vehicle carefully: each has its advantages and weaknesses. Large, heavy vehicles have ramming power, but their higher center of gravity may leave them more vulnerable to being scooped by vehicles with a low hood. Smaller cars are more easily able to squeeze out of tight spots, but can be overwhelmed.
If you're playing on a team, you may choose a combination of vehicles. You could use the smaller, quicker vehicles to lure opponents to the edge of the map before more robust teammates deliver the killer blow. You may often see two cars deadlocked against each other in a war of attrition; supporting your teammate with a nudge from behind can tip the scales, but runs the risk of seeing them go over the edge as well as your enemy. Of course, if you have the players to spare, sacrificing a team mate could be the smart decision. If you’ve found yourself in one of these face-to-face (or bumper-to-bumper) pushing matches – using reverse and sharply turning can trick your opponent into driving out of the area completely. Alternatively, if you’re determined to win the push war, remember to properly manage your power; coming off the throttle ever so slightly to allow your tires to find traction provides much more pushing power than going pedal-to-the-metal and wheel spinning.
Sacrificing a team mate can be a clever way of taking out an opponent if you have the players to spare.
If you're playing solo, don’t always drive at full speed when trying to push your opponent out. Vehicles in Sumo have the handbrake disabled, so it takes a lot longer to stop your charge if you miss them. Try to think strategically instead of relying strictly on brute force; watch your opponent's patterns of movement so that you can anticipate where they are headed next. By the same token, try to be unpredictable!
Make use of the terrain around you; some parts of the arena will see more casualties than others. Establish the safest point in the arena and keep close to it to stay out of trouble. On larger maps, the center of the area is best to reduce your chances of being knocked off.
If it’s looking like a stalemate, there is a sudden death area that will appear after normal game time. Try to control the center of the play area as quickly as possible, as the area will become smaller and smaller as time ticks down. Last player left in the center wins!
As the nimble Hunters, your lives are dispensable but your time to bring down your prey is limited. The lumbering Rhinos are afforded no such luxury, as they are granted a single life to survive the duration of the 3 minute round. Powerful, but slow to aim and maneuver, savvy Hunters will use their superior speed to get around the Rhino's cannons in a nuanced dance of death and destruction.
The Rhino will suffer a greater amount of damage when attacked from behind.
MESS WITH THE BULL - Hunter Tips
Depending on Sticky Bomb placement, Rhinos can be destroyed with 7 to 10 well thrown detonations. The Rhinos take more structural damage from the rear so exhibit patience when aiming if you have the time and the means to land a calculated shot.
Hunters have strength in numbers, so use this to your advantage. Coordinate your attacks to come from all directions; someone is bound to breach the Rhino's defenses and hit the target. Sacrifice equals victory.
To the point above: the Rhinos have strict area bounds, but the Hunters don't. Consider taking the scenic route to surprise them.
Sticky Bombs can be detonated at any time (as long as you're alive); consider luring the Rhino into a trap or placing down Sticky Bombs in high traffic areas ahead of time.
Similar to Adversary Mode Come Out To Play, make sure to cut off your lights when playing at night, as the Rhinos will have more trouble getting a bead on you in the darkness.
Hunters, use your environment to your advantage: make full use of obstacles and small structures in order to hinder the Rhinos or better, to get them hung up and stuck, making them stationary targets.
Multiple Sticky Bombs can be placed and detonated at once, so a Hunter can deal massive amounts of damage to a Rhino with one detonation, given the chance. Load one of your fellow Hunters up with Sticky Bombs and send them kamikaze-style towards the target.
Holding your ground and digging in with a fellow Rhino may be your best bet when squaring off against multiple enemies.
YOU GET THE HORNS - Rhino Tips
When there are two Rhinos (six or more players in the mode), you need to work in tandem to cover a wider firing area. This can be carried out as a two man patrol in a set area, where both Rhino drivers circle about looking for prospective targets, or you can take the opposite approach and fortify your position by parking side-by-side and covering each other's backs. The latter approach requires a bit of trust in your partner's aiming abilities to ensure victory.
Want to play as the Rhino in the next round? Make sure that you deal the killing blow and the victorious Hunter will become the Hunted.
The Rhino doesn't merely have a cannon as its only means of defense; try running over your opponents if you're cornered. You can also use the ramps in the play area to gain a momentary aerial advantage. A Rhino launching off a ramp and crashing down is not something a Hunter wants to see above them. That said, you can sustain damage from direct vehicle impacts or explosions, so be cautious when your vehicle damage bar is low.
Be constantly on guard, checking all sides as the Hunters will be trying to approach you from every angle. Staying out in the open gives you a full 360 degree view but backing against a wall or into an enclosure funnels the Hunters into a guaranteed approach, putting them at a disadvantage.
Beware of going out of bounds, as you will only have 15 seconds to return to the battlefield.
If you are riding solo, don't get cornered or remain stationary, staying mobile makes you a tougher target to hit.
If incoming enemy paratroopers are too far away to shoot, aim for their canopy to send them off course.
Adrenaline junkies will enjoy one of our faster-paced Adversary Modes, Drop Zone. Barrel through the air at top speed with your team towards the demarcated area and lock it down for as long as you can.
While holding down the fort, keep on the move as a strategically placed Sniper bullet to the head could be just around the corner.
Although your bar increases quicker if you have more team members inside the smoke, there are plenty of tactical opportunities to be had by staying just out of sight with a long-range weapon so you can better provide cover fire and draw away the enemy from your team.
To the point above, this also enables you to cover for fallen comrades and make a dash for the smoke, to keep the bar filling whilst waiting for their return to the battlefield.
You'll be taking a lot of hits when you're out in the open, so make strategic runs to pick up health and armor in between attacks.
Players within the zone can also stave off incoming enemies by shooting their Parachutes and thus turning them around or pushing them away from their intended target.
For those unlucky enough to have their chute gunned down, quickly detach and open your reserve to save you time trying to run back to the area.
Looking to up your game in all Adversary Modes? See below for a list of tips for other modes and stay tuned here at the Newswire for strategies on more to come.
From today through Thursday March 3rd, earn double GTA$ and RP when you square off in the new Rhino Hunt Adversary Mode that launched earlier today. You can jump straight into the explosive action of Rhino Hunt in the current Event Playlist, accessible at the push of a button from the GTAV launch screen, or hop straight into any Rhino Hunt skirmishes outside the official Event Playlist to get 2 times the GTA$ and RP.
DISCOUNTS ON WEAPONRY & SERVICES ALL WEEK
To keep you suitably armed for dealing with the local wildlife outside the Rhino Hunt reserve, Ammu-Nation, Warstock Cache & Carry and Merryweather Services have dropped their prices on select items and services right now all the way through Thursday March 3rd. Set your rifle sights on the discounts as listed below:
Warstock Cache & Carry – 25% off
Merryweather Services – 25% off
All Automatic Rifle ammo – 50% off
Select Weapon Attachments – 50% off
All Tactical Gear from Heists – 50% off (includes Utility Vests, Rebreathers, Night Vision Goggles and Earpieces)
And tune in at 5PM today for our weekly livestream on Twitch and YouTube, where the Broadcast Team will be joined by special guests KevinLaSean (fka XpertThief), Swiftor and more to play all variants of the new Rhino Hunt Adversary Mode live.
Posted on February 26 2016, 7:21am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games
Rhino Hunt - a brand new GTA Online Adversary Mode - is now available in-game. This is a battle of the nimble and numerous against the mighty but few, as a team of Sticky Bomb-wielding Hunters in dune buggies and other vehicles seek to take down one or two of the biggest and most elusive game in Southern San Andreas. Rhino drivers must utilize the sheer strength and firepower of their tank to survive against the onslaught of Sticky Bombs thrown in their direction.
You can play this new Adversary Mode in three different locations (selectable via the Adversary Modes section of the GTA Online pause menus) or launch a Playlist featuring three locales by hitting the button when prompted on the GTAV launch screens.
Keep an eye out for an announcement later today on the Rockstar Newswire about special Rhino Hunt bonuses and more.
Posted on February 25 2016, 3:43pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games
From Rockstar Editor powered odes to the Albany Roosevelt Valor to mini romantic comedies costume designed in Fedoras and Bustiers – and hilarious Let’s Plays of the latest Adversary Mode “Till Death Do Us Part” – check out this special round up of fun, fan-created videos featuring the recently released Be My Valentine content, which will remain available in GTA Online.
To the tune of Little Walter’s 1955 classic “My Babe”, Los Santos' answer to Bonnie & Clyde goes on a vintage crime spree. MrSrdaro says, "It ended pretty bad for the Roosevelt Valor, but we've managed to escape the law in a smooth way, after all that's what a couple would do."
iamfallfromgrace charmingly checks out the new Outfits & Masks from Be My Valentine, along with a comprehensive look at the customization options on the Albany Roosevelt Valor (not to mention the recently released Banshee 900R as well). As grace herself would say: "Duuuude, so sick".
One of several very fun Let’s Plays and livestreams of the latest Adversary Mode, Till Death Do Us Part,is this clip from the lads at Hat Films and their pal Sips. Watch out for "wank 'n' flank" as they get to grips with all five of the mode's maps. Also check out our friends Kevin LaSean (fka Xpert Thief) and RealRosesAreRed team up and throw down in their session of Till Death Do Us Part as well.
Cue up the violins with sin2934 and the Creative R6 Inc Crew, well known to the GTA Twitter community for their consistently strong output of excellent Snapmatics and other inspired digital creations. Here, dapper dons and fierce femmes mob the streets of Los Santos for a classic feast of the saints. Would-be Don Fanuccis: watch your back.
Ever consider taking your Valor out for a tandem drifting session in Los Santos? bee.1108 and friend FREAX@LNSJ show how it's done in this Rockstar Editor powered clip set to "Trouble" off the Welcome to Los Santos album.
Finally, GTA Editor Movies put together a special trio of couple-themed action shorts highlighting love-struck duos pulling off daring capers. Within the playlist you have The Chase, Liquor Store Assault and Hit' em Up, featuring not one but two couples doing the memorable 'Desperate Times Call For...' Contact Mission for Lamar in a festive red Moonbeam Custom. Click any of the thumbnails above to play the videos.
If you've created any Rockstar Editor videos of you and your Crew checking out the new content from GTA Online: Be My Valentine, make sure to share them in the comments below for the Social Club community to enjoy.
The Festive season has come and gone, with the final snows in GTA Online marking the end of another year of carnage on the blood-soaked streets of Los Santos and Blaine County. To help commemorate some of the great Crew-fueled activity of 2015, we're taking this opportunity to highlight top performing Crews in select categories for the latest edition of the Crew Cut.
Acknowledgement is also in order for the countless legions of Social Club Crews out there also doing great stuff in less quantifiable areas of creativity and competition - and look for continued features on these types of squads throughout 2016. But for now, feast on some cold, hard data we've collected about some equally cold, hard Crews.
ADVERSARY MODES: MOST WINS & KILLS 2015 brought the debut of Adversary Modes to GTA Online. Whether you're making Every Bullet Count, or teaming up with fellow Slashers to bring down the Beasts, communication is key when it comes to dominating the various Adversary Modes in GTA Online. Of course, the ability to rack up the kills doesn't hurt, particularly in Come Out To Play and Siege Mentality.
To account for variations in membership, we've averaged the figures in the table above by the headcount of each Crew.
TEAM DEATHMATCH: WINS & KILLS (PER MEMBER) Team Deathmatches are all about body count, so it's no surprise to see one Crew holding down the top spot in both matches won and kills made. Merkalot, previously featured in the Cut for a video showcasing their incredible marksmanship, and only 24 members deep, racked up an average of over 80,000 kills per member on their way to winning 948 Team Deathmatches in 2015.
RACES: WINS (PER MEMBER) When it comes to racing the streets of Los Santos, the incredible performance by S CLASS PRO RACERS puts them head and shoulders above the competition with 2,496 wins - more than double the tally of their nearest competitor, Dominators 1. Notable YouTube collective Evolve Stunting (recently featured in this article about the GTA Online stunting scene from The Guardian) clock in at 5th, proving that they have more than just flashy stunts in their repertoire.
SNAPMATIC: MOST LIKES And while many come together specifically in the spirit of competition, there's also a long standing and thriving community on GTA Online with a specific eye for beauty and detail. We're continuously impressed by the ever-growing collection of fantastic and imaginative photos from the Snapmatic community and the thoughtful Crews that have formed around this pastime. Snapmatic stalwarts GTAPhotographers and Snapmatic Art would surely be disappointed at anything less than podium finishes on this list - congrats to both on living up to the name. Many other well-known Snapmatic Crews make up the rest of the list. Make sure to follow us on Twitter as we regularly highlight some of the best offerings from Crews such as Brothers of X, Efin Secsy Club and Loz Brutaloz and many more.
The Crew Cut highlights exceptional grassroots community activity, events, accomplishments and other happenings across the thriving Social Club Crew scene. If your Crew is doing something special that you think the Social Club community needs to know about, hit us up at email@example.com and tell us all about it – you might see your Crew featured in an upcoming edition of the Crew Cut.
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