Social Club Founder Crews Celebrate Three Year Anniversary
Where does the Bullet Time go? It seems only yesterday we were here writing up the first Crew Cut: Enlistment Roundup for our newly revamped and restructured Social Club Crew system. As players gathered Founder Crews in anticipation of Max Payne 3's debut in May of 2012, many guessed and speculated at how this new system to bring together your friends and community peers online would play out and how that would affect gameplay going forward as we moved to future titles such as Grand Theft Auto V. Let's check in on some well-established Crews from that era that still play actively today.
Still mercilessly shoot-dodging through the back alleys of São Paulo to this very day, OneEightSeven led by xmrnutts187x have continued to press forward in the rankings and have even surpassed larger Crews on the MP3 leaderboard to the number one spot for XBOX 360 independent Crews with a lean group of less than 200 members. Referring to themselves as the "Most Hated Crew in Max Payne 3" their TDM stats in GTAV aren't too shabby either, with 938 wins over 490 losses, and an active leader who holds down an impressive K/D ratio of 2.76. True to their motto, they've effectively "taken over".
Led by the very determined LXG_No_Mercy, Lethal XBOX Gaming has worked like a well-oiled machine throughout the years and is no stranger to our past Weekend Events. In the earlier days, they franchised out their tag to multiple sub Crews but have since focused their efforts back to their central Crew and a smaller elite group dubbed the LXG Deathsquad. On the GTAV front, they appear to excel at Team Deathmatches, Rally Races and are still known to roll out in force when needed.
Unlike some veteran Crews who've retired from the public eye, this irie collective of rude bois (and gals) have gone above and beyond to keep themselves relevant on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and have even participated in a GTAV Crew Battle on our Twitch livestream against the LS Mafia Family. Proclaiming themselves the "Most High" residents of Los Santos you might want to think twice before bum rushing Smoke On The Water for anything more than a refill.
And a big shout goes out to other active O.G. veteran Crews still rockin' the double stripes such as BrokenWhiskeyBottles, The Sevens, Slaughterhouse, GTAForums, Tennents Special, Ange De la Mort, WE ARE REDEMPTION, and Fear The Wrath. Has your Crew been down since Day One? Give a shout in the comments below to let us know you're still alive and kicking.
CREW SPOTLIGHT: The Bullshifters
Picture a classic car club, something that might set your mind back to 1960's American Kustom Kulture. Think the basement at the Detroit Autorama then maybe take some of that imagery and set it to some tunes like Social Distortion's Machine Gun Blues, or George Thorogood's Who Do You Love, and then you'll get the basic gist of where The BullShifters Crew is coming from. Not satisfied to rest on their laurels simply mimicking this Motor City counter-culture of yesteryear, Crew Leader Ed Venture has rallied die hard enthusiasts to meet up and roll out in style for the simple pure love of vehicle customization and classic drag strip style Racing.
The Bullshifters hold regular themed events which are advertised on their Social Club Crew wall as well as at GTA Forums. The sessions are recorded for posterity by Crew Lieutenant Petti The Yetti, so we checked out the footage from their first two Events to see what these guys get up to. The first hosted meet was a Muscle Car show and Cannonball Run. They met at Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay and cruised down to the Del Perro Pier parking lot, a popular locale for many Car Club gatherings. After inspecting and respecting each other's rides, the Crew played leader Ed's original Race "Cannonball Run": a Race from Del Perro to the abandoned Blaine County Motel in Sandy Shores with no set routes or checkpoints, just a start line and a finish line allowing individual racers to determine their own route.
Heading out to the jet-black asphalt of the LSI tarmac the Crew finished up with some classic drag racing co-ordinated and captured by Petti, who even goes so far as to follow racers up and down the runway in a helicopter so he can get the best footage of the race itself. To the Crew, he has been integral in shaping how they cover their Crew events.
The second meet's centerpiece was a Custom Race for Sports and Sports Classics simply dubbed Bullshift Meet 2 GT. The Race is a winding trek starts near the Vinewood Casino and runs towards the RON Alternates Wind Farm, before looping through Sandy Shores and back down to the streets of Los Santos.
On Creator Jobs, these consummate cruisers prefer clear weather conditions and traffic off so that the line-up can simply enjoy the great open stretches going up to Blaine County and Paleto Bay with little hassle.
Concluding the actual car show at the Vinewood Casino, the Crew drove in formation up to the runway at Sandy Shores for more drag racing, as well as more custom Creator Jobs and some drifting in the Del Perro parking lot and on the winding dirt roads behind the Vinewood sign.
In addition to Petti The Yetti, some other notable members include the "indispensable" Slosten, another clean racer who gets what the Crew is about and comes up with some seriously amazing custom cars and promotional shots. Then there's the one and only uNi.GTANet who gives the Crew a leg up on social media and is another one who will trail vehicles during the drags in his trademark Dinka Jester. Keeping things in the family, lobby coordinator and brother-in-law to Ed, Deathdime keeps sessions running smoothly while his sister (and Ed's wife) Milfrah gets in on the automotive fun as well.
For the Bullshifters' 3rd event, they were joined by inbetweendays and exqlusive who took several great screen shots and gtuned who put together this completely kick-ass event video in GTAV PC's Rockstar Editor.
With an Open Crew invite stance, outsiders are welcome to join these meet-ups but the upper tiers of the Bullshifters Hierarchy do take careful note of who is helpful and who is disruptive to determine priority placement for the next session. Definitely check these guys out if you're looking to hang out and show off your favorite customized whip for the next round.
Right out of the gate, these industrious PC Crews have shown they have what it takes to consistently bring the heat to their enemies' doors and perform well together under the pressure of a Team Deathmatch. We specifically looked for Crews who run lean on their roster, while avoiding 1-10 person powerhouses whose results would have skewed the data. Shout out in particular to eXXXitium who took the top spot in three of the four categories, with most wins, highest win percentage and most average wins per Crew member. White Skeleton Unit are the most active and persistent in TDMs, with 423 under their belt collectively. Team Magnum Dong deserve an honorable mention for the most memorable name, while eenvyuss and uL - Urban Legends are also showing strong in PC Team Deathmatches.
OCPC - THE WALKING PEDS
Prolific Crew Leader Socketz reached out to us recently to let us know his RoboCop inspired Crew Consumer Products (aka OmniCorp) have recently updated their official Crew website and have been actively making short films in GTA Online. Known for their past efforts in Max Payne 3 and some truly superb emblem art, film projects are now taking the creative lead amongst OCPC with presentations such as Fear the Undead Part 1 & Part 2 and the excellent action-packed short dubbed The Great Escape which displays fully that this squad still has a poignant flair for the dramatic.
CREW EVENTS CALENDAR
If you're looking to gather a group of like-minded individuals for a GTA Online play-session, we've gathered together forthcoming Crew Events from some well-established Crews together in one easy to digest calendar:
If your Crew is organizing a play-session, tournament or meet-up, whether in-game or IRL, let us know via email@example.com or in the comments below and we might add it to future versions of this calendar.
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