San Andreas Anniversary Weekend in GTA Online: Bonus RP + Featured Playlist Unlocks Throwback SA Radio Tees and More

Posted on October 23 2014, 10:55am | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

"So you back on the block, huh?"

It's been 10 years since Carl Johnson and the Families introduced Grove Street to the collective consciousness in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and to celebrate, we're honoring the legacy of San Andreas in GTA Online this weekend with an assortment of in-game bonuses, including chances to snag yourself some original San Andreas gear both in-game and IRL.

DOUBLE GTA$ AND RP FOR PLAYING THE SAN ANDREAS THROWBACK JOBS PLAYLIST

This weekend only, playing the "San Andreas Throwback Jobs" Featured Playlist will grant you Double RP and Double GTA$, regardless of whether you win or lose. To take advantage, simply launch GTAV and hit the "Featured Playlist" button on the launch screens, or access it via the "Playlists" section of the GTA Online Start Menu.

EXCLUSIVE SAN ANDREAS RADIO STATION T-SHIRTS

Look to the skies all weekend for Crate Drops containing exclusive retro t-shirts of four classic radio stations from a time when FM was king. These tees will be up for grabs in Freemode sessions, along with an accompanying trove of weaponry and GTA$ in each Crate.

  •    Bounce FM
  •    K-DST
  •    K-JAH
  •    K-Rose

And for those who'd like to recapture that 90's west coast radio vibe, check out our compilations of these and other San Andreas radio stations (as well as other titles in the Grand Theft Auto legacy) available via Spotify and iTunes.

IN-GAME DISCOUNTS: GREEN CLOTHING, BANDANAS, BMX BIKES AND VEHICLE SUSPENSION MODS

Complete the GSF look while you're hanging with your Crew thanks to 50% discounts on all green clothing items as well as 50% off BMX bikes, bandanas and other accessories. Also get 25% off lowered suspension vehicle mods, so you can roll around Strawberry like a true Sunday Driver.

#GTASANANDREAS SNAPMATIC CONTEST

Whether it's repping outside the Cluckin' Bell in Davis or catching some air off Mount Chiliad, capture your San Andreas homages in a Snapmatic shot this weekend and you could win a retro prize pack courtesy of Rockstar Games. There are five packs up for grabs, each containing a San Andreas themed Basketball, Bandana, special 10th Anniversary tees, Playing Cards & Poker Chips, the Kubrick Box Set, and stickers. To enter, simply tag your best shots #GTASanAndreas on Social Club. Official Rules here.

THROWBACK JOBS LIVE STREAM

We'll also be playing through the aforementioned San Andreas Throwback Jobs Featured Playlist with the Social Club members who created them and other friends from Twitch and YouTube on Friday, October 24th - starting at 4pm ET. The session will be streamed live on our Twitch channel, so head over there now if you're not already a follower and click that Follow button to be notified whenever we go live and never miss a moment.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs: San Andreas Anniversary Special

GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs: San Andreas Anniversary Special

Posted on October 21 2014, 11:44am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Ten years ago this month we were introduced to CJ, Big Smoke and the rest of the Grove Street Families as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas launched on PlayStation 2. As we take a trip down memory lane (by way of Ganton), we've picked out 10 fun GTA Online Jobs published by nostalgic community members (5 each on PS3 and Xbox 360) using the Creator and shared them below. To play these, just click on the title link and select "Add to Game" to bookmark it for your Crew's next GTA Online session.

Race Dam Rider by SyxTnynE (PS3)
This well-balanced Race for 2-wheelers will take you from the Land Act Dam down to the northern outskirts of East Vinewood and back up through the Grand Senora Desert. Try a two lap option with Motorcycles then try switching it up with a single lap BMX for two great takes on this scenic route. Creator SyxTynE poses the challenge: "CJ beat the dam race, now can you?"

Team Deathmatch Grove Sweet Grove by Captain_Fred01 (PS3)
Grove Street itself has certainly been the focal point for many Deathmatch creators looking to represent the green and relive their glory days with The GSF. This particular take on bringing some mayhem to the block shows off a measured balance with an even spread on placement between conventional firearms and melee weapons. Captain Fred gives a familiar call to arms in the Job’s description: "Family's for life homie, you down?"

Race A Home in the Hills by Rozza3 (PS3)
Many will recall the great view from Madd Dogg's luxurious hillside mansion in Mulholland. This particular nod to that location will direct you through a sharp and winding circuit starting in Sandy Shores and along the jack knife turns of Baytree Canyon. Ultimately, you’ll arrive at an equally swanky residence in Galileo Park to bring home the win but be warned you'll need to navigate nimbly, so as not to smack directly into an unforgiving wall or unfortunate roadblock along the way.

Race N.O.E. by ala-eddine97 (PS3)
In the original San Andreas mission, Agent Mike Toreno tells Carl Johnson to "wake up and smell the coffee" and advises him to fly low under the radar, taking a "Nap of the Earth" style route to deliver a crucial package by nightfall. This equally demanding Air Race carves a large ark across Blaine County, starting near the Alamo Sea and concluding at Sandy Shores - and requires you to take on low-key altitudes beneath bridges and outcroppings to clear the checkmarks. Keep an eye out for rival flyers.

Race Sweet and Kendl by GoochTheftAuto95 (PS3)
Bike Race creator GoochTheftAuto95 describes this Job as, "A BMX Race from Hill Valley Cemetery to Grove Street and all the sights in-between. A homage to the San Andreas Mission with the same name." Playing through, you'll certainly start to feel some nostalgia for those early Los Santos missions but there are also some surprisingly massive drops mixed in along this course to keep you focused.

Race Bloodring Bangers by Arms Dealer (Xbox 360)
The Demolition Derby style Banger was a mainstay vehicle of the Bloodring Coliseum in Vice City that carried over to the primetime Blood Bowl in San Andreas. Our Creator in this instance has cleverly used inverted ramps inside the ULSA campus track and field stadium to trap "contestants" in an action-packed GTA Race. Great placement of Rockets, Speed Boosts and weapon pickups ratchet the carnage levels to a rambunctious roar.

Team Deathmatch Gray Imports by JIIThe_JokerIIK (Xbox 360)
According to the Creator of this 2-16 player Team Deathmatch based in the harbors of Elysian Island, you have been "sent over to the docks by CJ to disrupt a meeting between the Russians and the Ballers". Be sure to bring a large group and spread out your forces high and low, as every manner of weapon seems to have spilled out of the shipping crates on to the ground - immediately up for grabs to allies and enemies alike.

Team Deathmatch Grove Street Brawlers by Pressure.Drop (Xbox 360)
Being both a member of the well-known GTAPhotographers Crew and the Creator Core Club, Social Club member, Pressure.Drop appears to have a real knack for creative expression in GTA Online. In this mission, set in the heart of Davis, he takes it back to basics with an array of melee weapons to make things pretty unpleasant in Grove Street. Don't get it twisted though: there are also Molotov Cocktails and Tear Gas grenades to keep your enemies at bay or to press the advantage for your homies.

Race Little Loop by JIIThe_JokerIIK (Xbox 360)
The prolific #Throwback Job Creator JllThe JokerllK follows up with a solid motorbike Race named after the classic San Andreas circuit - with some great ramp placement. Setting the scene, the description reads: "Cesar Vialpando invites you to a sports bike race with ramps and obstacles, taking you from Downtown Vinewood to Los Santos airport, ending at CJ's old crib on Grove ST. Good luck."

Race Wrong Side of the Tracks by GTAMANIAC99 (Xbox 360)
In this fairly straight-forward GTA-style Race, local motorcycle enthusiasts willfully engage in a balls-to-the-wall, destructive tear down the LS train tracks running west to east from Cypress Flats, passing through Mirror Park and concluding in the Tataviam Mountains. You may luck out and tear ahead of the pack at some point but be warned: close-quarters exchanges in the numerous narrow tunnels you will encounter going towards the finish line could even the score at a moment's notice.

 

If you've spotted or created an epic GTA Online Job themed around one of our games, a certain mission or even your favorite movie, be sure to tag it #throwback on Social Club and drop us a link either here in the comments or via Mouthoff, so we can check it out.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs: Red Dead Tribute Special
GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs Inspired by Classic GTA Missions

Rockstar Verified Update: 10 New Cloud Piercing Air Races, Including the #FlightSchool Creator Competition Selections

Posted on October 14 2014, 2:02pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The latest batch of Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs take us to the skies above Los Santos and Blaine County, with a squadron of ten Air Races, including our five official selections from the #FlightSchool Event Weekend Creator Competition. These five choices have earned their respective Creators each a cash infusion of GTA$1M plus the AVIATOR custom license plate for their ground-based endeavors. We’ve also selected five runners-up to receive the Rockstar Verified treatment, making them available to play across both PS3 and Xbox 360 (as well as in the upcoming new versions of Grand Theft Auto V launching for PS4 and Xbox One on November 18th and PC on January 27th).

Read on below for descriptions of all these new Verified Jobs and make sure to click on each one's title to add a bookmark via Social Club for easy access during your next play-session. Keep an eye out for more Rockstar Verified Jobs coming soon, including our selections from the recent Last Team Standing Weekend Creator Competition.

#FlightSchool Selections


Helicopters follow the coastline of East Los Santos in Dedalus.

Dedalus - created by jjjpelo
"Easy," reads the one-word description for jjjpelo's long loop along the coastline, but in reality it's anything but. The Swift is the default choice of chopper, and its maneuverability and speed make it an excellent fit. If you're not too busy getting in the blades of your opponents, look out for great views across the city as you climb over the Land Act Dam.

Heli Low Fly Zone - created by LoneWolfOfNorth
The introduction of San Andreas Flight School to GTA Online has arguably increased the skill of local pilots, while at the same time encouraged greater recklessness. This creation from LoneWolfOfNorth features some of the most difficult low flying sections we have seen, to the point where we wondered if it could even be classed as flying. We think that this will be a Race that many players will come back to again and again, especially to try and beat the three-minute Lap challenge laid down in the description. 


Jets look to avoid the rotating turbines of the windfarm as they race to industrial South Los Santos in Dusk.

Dusk - created by GunterDaPenguin
GunterDaPenguin has made the city the star of this Besra Race, a north to south tour at a time of day (hence the title) when the world beneath your wings has a stunning amber glow. Not that it's advised to spend too long sightseeing - challenging sections weaving through wind turbines and knifing between skyscrapers should keep your attention on the stick.

Pylon Slalom - created by manfreygordon
Conventional logic would suggest that spinning helicopter blades and overhead power cables are rarely a good mix - but conororor has disregarded this completely and created a fun aerial slalom between pylons in the Besra. Quick reactions and close control over your plane's rudders (L1/LB and R1/RB buttons) are a must.


An appropriately sponsored Mallard weaves through the aerial obstacle course of Sprunk Air Race #1.

Sprunk Air Race #1 - created by kapnkyle
This Mallard Stunt Race is as extreme as the benzene-packed drink from which it takes its name. Loops and tight turns in the skies above Vespucci Beach make for an entertaining test for the most able pilots. Non-Contact is selected by default and we recommend keeping it that way, unless mid-air collisions are your idea of a day at the beach.

 

Runners-Up

After School - created by KakoQR
The title couldn't me more fitting in this Air Race for San Andreas Flight School graduates looking to take the Besra Training Jet for an off-curriculum cruise. The route is varied, with sections under bridges and over the crest of a mountain, and we suggest keeping the time set to morning so you can enjoy the sunrise around Raton Canyon.


Helicopters take off from the peak of Mt Chiliad in Chopper Bombing.

Chopper Bombing - created by passlake
This helicopter Race feels like a change from the norm right out of the gate, with players starting at the peak of Mt. Chiliad and immediately going into what is accurately described as a "near-suicidal descent", followed by a “treetop-trimming run through Paleto Bay”.

Chopper Killer - created by Liwetha
Another challenging race in the Swift helicopter, with players starting out at the docks and working their way through downtown, squeezing between buildings and climbing to pass over the Maze Bank Tower.

SA Flight School: Racing - created by DemonicStalkerr
This Race is pitched as a chance to put everything you've learned at the San Andreas Flight School to the test, and this proclamation is backed up with a series of tight turns, low flying sections and tight squeezes along its short route. The varied verticality, with some checkpoints requiring you to climb steeply and others forcing you to dive down under bridges, made the Race stand out from the rest.


The Flyby sees Jets roar past the quiet beach town of Chumash.

The Flyby - created by Vance Burrito
Another great, high speed Jet Race with good variation. Highlights include dangerously low flying sections over the rooftops of Chumash beach houses and under bridges as you skim the water in Lago Zancudo, which are separated by a highly technical number of tight turns around the tower of the Fort Zancudo Military Base.

 

Please note that 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 (and as mentioned above, you can bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).

Go ahead and post your Job below in the comments (only once, please don't spam) with a punchy explanation of why it's worth checking out. We're always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race, Deathmatch, Capture or LTS that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.

 

Previously
Close-Quarters Confrontation, Pure Racing and Major Props
10 New GTA Online Jobs Including the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Selections
Drift Paradise, Hipster Rage and More

The Last Team Standing Event Recap: Mae and the Boys vs. The Sidemen, Snapmatic Winners and More

Posted on October 9 2014, 11:45am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The stakes were high this past weekend as GTA Online players went all-in for the Last Team Standing Event, cleaning up with bonus RP, GTA$ and other exclusive rewards like the weekend-only unlockable Manhunt “Please Stop Me” throwback mask, making their own custom LTS Jobs with newly added Creator mode support in The Last Team Standing Update, and more. By the way, for those who didn’t get a chance to nab one of those coveted Special Crate Drops containing the rare Victory Fist tee, good news in that we’ve extended them to keep on dropping all the way until this Monday October 13th and also have increased the frequency so you have a better chance than ever of catching one. Read on for a recap of our livestream showdown, as well as the winning shots in the #LTS Snapmatic Contest and more.

THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR LTS EVENT BROADCAST: THE SIDEMEN VS MAE AND THE BOYS


After losing to Mae and the Boys 2-0 in the opening round, The Sidemen try to find redemption in Hawick. Tune in this week for all 4 parts over at the Rockstar YouTube channel in the GTA Online Sessions Playlist.

The weekend festivities kicked off with an epic Last Team Standing livestream face-off between two teams of all-star GTA YouTubers. Mae and the Boys, led by TheMissesMae and featuring Lui Calibre, Mini Ladd and Daithi De Nogla – took on The Sidemen, led by Vikkstar123 and featuring KSI, MiniMinter and Zerkaa

With Lazlow and MLG's veteran competitive play-by-play expert Chris Puckett calling the action, the teams took advantage of the new Rounds system introduced in The Last Team Standing Update to go head-to-head in the “best two out of three” format across several new LTS Jobs.

After taking the first Job ("Mount Josiah") in straight sets 2-0, Mae and the Boys continued their winning streak into the first round of match #2 in "Hawick LTS", with Lui proving to be a virtual one-man-army nabbing four out of the five necessary kills. Despite doing his best to survive by way of hanging out beachside in round 3 at "Paleto Bay", last (side)man standing KSI couldn't avoid the inevitable and Mae's Crew found themselves up 3-0 and pitching a perfect game.

In "Del Perro Freeway LTS", things finally started to gel for The Sidemen as they came out guns blazing. Led by Vikk's dominating four kills, the guys were able to break their opponent's momentum and take the first round. Not taking well to the sting of mortality, Mae's squad buckled down in round 2 though and were completely flawless, forcing round 3 after a 5-0 domination.

With a 1-1 tie and only Lui left alive squaring off against all four of The Sidemen, it looked like Vikk’s squad might keep hope alive with their first match win, but Lui was having none of it. Going on a late round tear, Lui amazingly overcame 1v4 odds and picked off all four remaining members of Team Sidemen, finishing it off by capping MiniMinter to take the deciding round and ultimately the match. Though Puckett declared it the worst choke in recent competitive gaming history, it was all in good, epic fun.

In addition to parts one and two, we'll have episodes three and four of this LTS battle posted at the official Rockstar YouTube channel in the GTA Online Sessions Playlist later this week. Subscribe to get notified every time we post a video. Tremendous thanks to all eight of our guest players for being such amazing sports as well as to Chris Puckett, whose chemistry with Lazlow was on display from the get-go.

We'd also to like to take this opportunity to shout out our friends in the streaming universe that hosted some great LTS-themed live streams over the weekend. Check out Jade Jolie, Garrett of Jobless Gamers (who did an all-Furore car show), and Hike The Gamer. Make any killer vids with new content this weekend? Post them in the comments so the rest of the community can check them out!

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

The Snapmatic paparazzi took the new bikes, car, gear and best Last Team Standing memes and let their #LTS imaginations run wild in pursuit of fame and GTA$ fortune. Below are five of our favorites, all first-time Snapmatic photo contest winners who each will receive GTA$1M plus the BODYBAG license plate for their in-game vehicles.


The Lights Go On
This one really should be framed and hanging at the SAGMA. BushyArtwork captures the new LCC Innovation in striking and artful black and white fashion. Entitled “The Lights Go On”

MANHUNT
We expected that there would be a fair amount of Manhunt tributes and re-creations happening, but the above “Manhunt” by SPLAP-FART, takes the cake. To truly appreciate it, you have to compare it to this classic screenshot from the original Manhunt release. Not only did SPLAP-FART nail an amazingly close re-creation of the pose, lighting and surrounding area, but also replicated the outfit and used the meme creator to simulate the efx including static – and intentionally shrunk the image down in the meme creator for total surveillance camera effect. Slow clap… We’d be remiss not to throw an honorable mention nod to veteran Snapmatic cameraman ZazDillinger who came damn close with his “Beg 4 Mercy” attempt, and this Kill Cam one entitled “He’s Behind You… (Manhunt)” by KiinGSTeR.

Lago Zancudo
A gorgeous sunset drenched Furore GT perfectly composed against the San Andreas waves. So lovely. “Lago Zancudo” by Vinewoodonfire.

How many ninjas can you see?
The very fun “How Many Ninjas Can You See?” by The_Monk52.  We’ll be honest. We have no idea. Tell us, Monk. Although it may be a trick question as Has333 points out in the photo comments: “a true ninja is always stealthy, they don’t take selfies! xD”

 A Perfect Match
On a steel horse he rides. “A Perfect Match” by that_VIP_guy – a very clever idea pitting an appropriately chromed-out Hakuchou beside the iconic Rockford Hills stallion statue.
Honorable mention to SilverFox_2 who similarly juxtaposed the shark-like nose of the Furore GT beside the famous Vespucci Beach shark sculpture.

And a few honorable mentions for some other stellar snaps...

Congratulations as well to our 10 winners of the Event Gear Giveaway, each of whom will be sleeping tight in GTAV Bodybag Sleeping Bags, in addition to taking home a GTAV logo tee and Rockstar stickers. Confirmed winners include TrueViceGamer, Seltsem, XxNT160xX, sasrawks, pharoahdogo, LOPUZZZJester-in-blackCWB493zerohero2000 and PJBOYLOKS to be confirmed. Be sure to check your spam folder for an email from webmaster@rockstargames.com in case you have been selected as a potential winner!

Finally another reminder to keep your eyes on the skies as Special Crate Drops with the rare Victory Fist tee will continue to fall through this Monday the 13th and also stay tuned for forthcoming Rockstar Verified Jobs to be announced soon including the 5 selections of the #LTS Creator Competition as well as selections from the previous #FlightSchool Air Races Competition.

Crew Cut: The Flight Crew Special

Posted on October 6 2014, 10:58am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In this edition of the Crew Cut, we highlight some standout flight Crews dedicated to aerial action including some real-life pilots who pull double-duty flying the virtual skies of Los Santos and Blaine County. Read on as well for a war report on the most recent Crew Battles and a couple of our favorite current Crews on Film videos.

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Just some of what happens with The Pilots Club (IFLY) Crew, including the pilot license they assigned to co-Commissioner suicideblanche (top right).

The release of the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online sent fleets of flight-centric Crews soaring with the new Besra. One such Crew is The Pilots Club (IFLY) Crew, a serious, super organized, detail-oriented outfit made up of some actual, licensed pilots. Run by Leader Pilot.Keegan, a Cadet Pilot in the Air Training Corps (part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets), IFLY got its start when he couldn't find a dedicated flight Crew made up of serious aviators. So was born The Pilots Club, a community that parlay their love for flight for fun in the world of GTA Online while networking and making connections all over the world. In an interview conducted via email, Keegan had this to say:

“With members in places ranging from Norway, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and more, IFLY coordinates such activities as "air shows, role play flights with air traffic control and ground maps and detailed aviation flight maps."

Additionally, IFLY formed The Alliance, a group of Crews and airlines that follow a set of guidelines that aim to provide optimum safety and performance for pilots and passengers. "They work safely (thanks to a security company) and get paid (passengers are made to pay flying fees)," Keegan explained.The guidelines are part of their Federal Aviation Administration. "This is a set of rules that all pilots in the pilots club must follow, such as do not kill passengers, no bullying, no racism, no sexism and general mischief. Some are more aviation related such as do not dogfight unless both pilots have agreed, pilots should only fly if they understand basic radio chatter," he said. 

IFLY have even created their own "flight school", so GTAV pilots can learn navigation and radio skills - and earn their Commercial Pilots License within the group. To learn more about this intricate Crew and their network, get flight training, or even just book a flight with IFLY, you can go to the site for Air Jaffa, one of The Alliance's airlines.


Originals Crew (ORIG) member GTA-Wise-Guy shows off his skills here with the Besra. 

Another flight club, the 800-plus deep Originals Crew (ORIG), stay showing off their right stuff. In the video above, GTA-Wise-Guy (who pulls quintuple duty also holding it down in the more land-lubbing 6 Star Street Racers, the Slammed Community and other Crews) takes the nimble Besra through its paces in a spectacular stunt montage. They've got an active YouTube channel that features videos from their six person offshoot dedicated to making sky-high video magic dubbed The Originals Crew Elite Division (OCED). And in addition to being experts in the aerial arts, the Originals are also formidable on land - ranking high in Vehicle Deathmatches (35th on PS3; 214th on XBL) and Non-Contact Races (217th on XBL).


Ace pilot and ORIG Leader Original_Tonks takes control of the P-996 Lazer here and performs an array of death-defying maneuvers, navigating the narrow gaps of industrial girders and docking bays found in the Port of South Los Santos, La Puerta and the choppy turbines of the RON Alternates Wind Farm.

Formed in March, The ULTRAS AIRFORCE (USAF) Crew regularly participate in road trips around the Los Santos streets in all-black Grangers, their official Crew vehicle. Being a flight-based Crew, USAF naturally take time to practice their skills in the sky, participating in formation and convoy flights in the P-996 Lazer jet. 

Coming up on their one year anniversary are the Dutch Jetset PS (DJET) Crew, 635 deep and quite successful. DJET are currently ranked 147th in Vehicle Deathmatches (66 Wins, 1,946 Kills), 220th in Races (10,866 Wins), 399th in Parachuting (570 Wins). 787th in Deathmatches (122 Wins, 1.09 K/D) and 874th in Tennis (519 Wins, 2,823 Points). Living up to the exclusiveness that the jet set portion of their name suggests, DJET are currently open only to fellow Dutchmen. The Xbox version of their Crew is even more successful, ranking 109th in Races (8,761 Wins), 175th in Team Deathmatches (1,287 Wins, 18,812 Kills), 188th in GTA Races (1,024 Wins), 323rd in Parachuting (402 Wins) and 336th in Deathmatches (114 Wins, 6,305 Kills). For interested pilots who’d like a boarding pass into DJET, be advised that you’ll need a Netherlands passport for this club, as these guys only admit fellow Dutchmen.

 

CREW BATTLE

The most recent Crew Battles on the official Rockstar Twitch channel have included an all-racing competition as well as two MCs that were eager to prove their superiority on a large stage.

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With a history of competition, the Malicious Intentt (MAIN) and Old School Punishers (HERO) Crews - both dedicated to all things racing - decided to take their friendly rivalry to the Rockstar Twitch stage. After HERO edged out MAIN in their own battle back in July, both Crews agreed to a rematch playing the same six Races (three created by each Crew). They agreed on lap count, non-contact, no traffic and the option to use custom vehicles. With that, we were off. Starting with MAIN Leader  PlamenVT's Bike Race "Curves Circuit", it was actually two HEROs (saintedgryphon1 and IRISHMAN311) that took the early lead. MAIN racing phenom hashstone89 wound up taking and holding onto the lead, followed by Crewmate ---Lio--- and HERO's timelesssalmon. Because HERO had such a big pack in the middle, MAIN was up by a mere point with five races to go. With HERO up 92-86 just one race to go - "Summit" by HERO Co-Commissioner (and Skype guest) Bekjenet - it was anyone's game. HERO's kdemarcus, who had been racing strong all afternoon, took an early lead while hashstone89 and timelesssalmon battled hard for much of the time for second. kdemarcus held first to win it followed by Bekjenet. HERO wound up winning (again) but it was an exceptional matchup all the way through. Additional thanks to MAIN Co-Commissioner _BobMendez who, despite having Internet struggles that made him unable to play, wound up joining us on Skype from his van as well as a Crewmate's house - dedication!

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The Motorcycle Club Battle we hosted between the Warlocks MC (WFFW) Crew and the Outlaws National Org (OFFO) was slightly less cordial. From almost the moment the Live button went on, WFFW Leader JJKoshane and OFFO's HassaNostra engaged in some intense trash talking via Skype. But it takes more than a silver tongue and some sass to win a Crew vs Crew battle; the superior squad would be decided over a combination of six Races, Deathmatches and Captures. Helped by a first and second place finish by Southernn_Outlaw and CriticalAcclaimX in the Bike Race "Power Trip", the Warlocks took an early lead. Though OFFO's XI-DESPERADO-IX had the most amount of kills in the Deathmatch "Vespucci Shoreline", WFFW gelled a little more as a team and thus widening the gap a bit. The Outlaws stepped it up tremendously over the last couple of Jobs but it just wasn't enough and the Warlocks won 329-312.

We're always on the lookout for competitive Crews to feature on Twitch, so if you're ready to throw down, hit us up at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com and send us a link to your Crew page, let us know your preferred platform and any particular Crew you want to battle, plus why you think your Crew would kill it on the Rockstar stream.

CREWS ON FILM

We’ll leave you with just a couple of really standout Crew-made videos that are definitely worth checking out.

For those of who you live life a quarter mile at a time, you'll want to watch the Cemetery Rust Games (RUST) Crew's near-perfect reenactment of the final scene of the original The Fast and Furious, interspersed with actual scenes from the film. Excellent work, RUST.

Taking inspiration from in-game loading screens, artist and The Damned Brotherhood (DAMN) member AdLib_WF made this slick video dedicated to her Crew. Not only is the original character art that they made for themselves exquisite, but the video also features the original theme music of fellow Crew Lieutenant TheIllaDopest. You can check more about this very active Crew on their official website and also see AdLib_WF's illustration work in our most recent fan pictorial here at the Newswire too.

 

Previously:
Crew Cut: A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More
Crew Cut: Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew VS Crew Battles
Crew Cut: Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More

The Last Team Standing Event Weekend in GTA Online: Exclusive Free Unlocks, Bonus RP & More

Posted on October 2 2014, 5:43pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Put it all on the line this weekend, tomorrow Friday October 3rd thru Sunday October 5th, in the GTA Online Last Team Standing Event Weekend. Limited time only GTA$ and RP bonuses, exclusive weekend-only unlocks to collect, special contests, an epic all-star Last Team Standing live stream and much more await those with both the staying power and the stopping power to rule the 10 new Jobs from The Last Team Standing Update and the many, many more currently being created by the Social Club community with the new Last Team Standing Creator Mode.

FREE UNLOCKABLE "PLEASE STOP ME" MASK & AMMO REWARDS FOR COMPLETING THE EVENT PLAYLIST

In honor of Carcer City’s most infamous survivor, if you complete the LTS Event Weekend Playlist (containing 5 brand new 16-player LTS Jobs from the LTS Creator Update), you are automatically awarded the maniacal Smileys’ “Please Stop Me” Manhunt throwback mask to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. Not only that, but every time you complete the Event Playlist, you'll be rewarded with an arsenal of ammunition and incendiaries in order to make sure you and your Crew are well equipped to take it to the enemy. Contents include:

  • 3 Sticky Bombs
  • 3 Grenades
  • 3 Molotovs
  • 100 Sniper bullets
  • 200 Shotgun shells
  • 500 Rifle rounds
  • 1 Body Armor

To access the Playlist, look for the "Event" option on the GTAV loading screens, or find The Last Team Standing Event Playlist in the Rockstar Playlists section of the GTA Online Start Menu.

FREE LTS TEAM BETTING STAKES MEAN BIG GTA$ PAYOUTS FOR WINNERS

With the Last Team Standing Update, we've raised the betting cap on all Jobs to $10,000 and, this weekend only, we're fronting up to $7,000 in betting stakes for every player in every Last Team Standing Job -  including those in the Event Weekend Playlist. The size of the free stake is based on the number of rounds in that particular Job (rounds are a new feature we've added to LTS - read up on them here) and the bet is automatically placed on your own Team, so make sure you bring your best back-up to ensure maximum GTA$ winnings. If you win, you could reap big bucks; if you lose, then you lose nothing but your own pride.

GET DOUBLE RP WHEN PLAYING LAST TEAM STANDING - INCLUDING NEW LTS CREATOR JOBS

Whether you’re playing one of the 10 new Rockstar Created Last Team Standing Jobs, or one of the original fan-favorite ones like “Cypress Flats LTS” or “Beacon Theater LTS” – or one of the tons of player-created LTS Jobs being published as we speak by virtue of the new Last Team Standing Creator Mode – you will rack up Double RP all weekend long. This includes the entirety of the Event Weekend Playlist giving you all the more reason to Crew up and buck 'em down.

EXTRA BONUS RP WHILE PLAYING WITH CREWMATES

On top of Double RP for all LTS Jobs all weekend, RP bonuses while playing LTS Jobs with Crew members will be increased to 20%. Since this stacks with this weekend's Double RP bonus while playing LTS, this means you could earn up to 140% over standard RP if you play with your Crewmates. That's some serious strength in numbers, so head over to your Crews' profile pages to sound the call and find out who from your ranks will be Online and when.

HALF-PRICE DISCOUNTS ON CREW CLOTHING, TATTOOS AND VEHICLE MODS

To unite your team in Last Team Standing Jobs (and to avoid any friendly fire), make sure your Crewmates are properly kitted out in matching team outfits. Organization is key to winning team-based game modes, and a well presented line-up will instantly let the opposition know that you ain't nothing to mess with. Show your allegiance with a 50% discount on Crew Clothing sporting your color and Emblems. To cement your brotherhood or sisterhood, Los Santos Customs are discounting paint and tire smoke in your Crew Colors by 50%, as well as Emblems for the hood and side panel of your car. And to make sure that your whip is truly ready for battle, why not pick up Armor and Bulletproof Tires while you're there, also discounted at 50%. Finally, for a real display of lifelong-commitment to your clan, get matching tattoos for 50% off and show that solidarity on your skin.

BONUS SPECIAL CRATE DROPS FEATURING THE EXCLUSIVE FIST TEE

In between your LTS weekend wars, regroup in Freemode and look out for Special Crate Drops falling from the sky. There will be one dropping in each session you play all weekend and will be filled to the brim not only with GTA$ stacks, RP, heavy-duty RPGs, miniguns, and sticky bombs - but this weekend only, you'll also collect a limited-edition Fist t-shirt (as seen in the screenshot below) for to properly represent your fighting prowess.

#LTS CREATOR COMPETITION

With LTS mode support newly added to the GTA Online Creator tool, there's another opportunity for you to display your talents and create a Last Team Standing Job worthy of getting Verified and winning the LTS Creator Competition. To participate, get Online and find the Creator in the GTA Online Start Menu. From there, you'll have the opportunity to create your own Last Team Standing Job in your desired area of the map. Once you've perfected and published it, head to your Jobs on Social Club and tag your best with #LTS. We will play and pick 5 favorites to Verify and aware their Creators with GTA$1M and an exclusive BODYBAG in-game license plate. (Also stay tuned for the selections from our last Creator Competition who will be revealed in the weeks ahead here at the Newswire). See rules and eligibility.

#LTS SNAPMATIC CONTEST

There's a bounty of picture-perfect new content available with this week's Last Team Standing Update to GTA Online. Get it papping this weekend by tagging your best work on Social Club with #LTS and you could be in with a chance of winning GTA$1M and the BODYBAG license plate for your in-game vehicle. We're looking for the five most fun, exciting , beauteous or amusing Snapmatic photos featuring the new content, whether it be the two new GTAIV throwback bikes, the LCC Innovation or Shitzu Hakuchou; one of the 20 new flag-themed parachute bags; or simply your Crew terrorizing the back alleys of Los Santos in Manhunt "Please Stop Me" masks. To ensure you get a record of it before the moment passes, double tap Up on the D-pad to do a Snapmatic quick launch. Or, if you prefer, you can now disable this feature via the Options section of the Pause Menu. See rules and eligibility.

EVENT GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

After a long day dropping bodies in Last Team Standing, you'll want to curl up and camouflage yourself somewhere no-one will think to disturb you. Head to the Social Club Events Page NOW to enter to win one of 10 official GTAV Bodybag Sleeping Bags for your next camping trip up Blaine County's Mt. Josiah. Winners will also receive a GTAV logo tee, and a selection of Rockstar stickers. See Official Rules.

THE OFFICIAL LAST TEAM STANDING EVENT ROCKSTAR LIVE STREAM: THE SIDEMEN VERSUS MAE AND THE BOYS

Tomorrow, Friday October 3rd at 4pm ET, get ready for a truly epic Last Team Standing face-off. We’re teaming up with the good people at MLG.tv to host a live LTS battle for supremacy between two all-star YouTube collectives. On one side, we’re proud to welcome back The Sidemen to the Rockstar Broadcast show. Playing live from their UK compound representing The Sidemen, we’ll have our friends Vikk aka Vikkstar123, J.J. aka KSIOlajidebt, Josh aka ZerkaaPlays and Simon aka MiniMinter7. And against them will be Team Mae and the Boys: Led by the inimitable MissesMae and flanked by Event Livestream guest veteran Lui Calibre, plus Daithi De Nogla, and Mini Ladd. The battle will be co-hosted by Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast studio team alongside MLG's Chris Puckett - a man who knows a thing or two about hardcore competitive play. Join us tomorrow as we simulcast live from the Major League Gaming studios across four corners of the internet: the Rockstar Twitch channel, the Rockstar YouTube channel, the Social Club Events page as well as at MLG.tv/RockstarGames. Head to Twitch or YouTube now and subscribe, or follow us on Twitter to get live updates about the stream, the Event Weekend and all Rockstar Games news.

 

As always, make sure you're following us on Twitter, Facebook and Twitch to stay up to date on this and all other future Social Club Event Weekend announcements.
 

GTA Online Creator Jobs On Film: Crazy Train Track Races and Explosive Deathmatches Captured by Team Epiphany, HikeTheGamer and Others

Posted on September 26 2014, 3:34pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In addition to creating finely tuned Races, Deathmatches and Capture Jobs (the best of which are often featured in our Rockstar Verified series), the GTA Online Creator also affords players a wealth of options for creating their own unique gameplay experiences within the constructs of GTA Online.

Our latest Jobs on Film round-up features highlights from a calamitous and collision-filled underground tunnel Race compliments of HikeTheGamer, to high speed racing with some karmic justice featuring TmarTn, a pair of Epic Jobs from Team Epiphany and more. Watch their entertaining play through videos below, then bookmark the Jobs themselves using the links provided to play them for yourself or recommend to a friend.

GTA 5 Funny Montage | TRAIN CRASH RACE by HikeTheGamer

 Train Rampage by Stella Venator (PS3)

Bottlenecked into the narrow train tunnels running underneath La Mesa, Hike and friends struggle to make their way through this treacherous circuit and avoid being on time to catch the oncoming locomotive with their Supercar class vehicles.

Part 254 - High Speed Race! by TmarTn2

 456 Seconds by HLOKITTY (Xbox 360)

In this video, TmarTn2 randomly joins a high-speed Custom Race that seems tailor-made for his custom black and orange Zentorno. Tearing across the Los Santos highways, he tries his best to observe the rules of driving etiquette laid out in the Race's description, while fighting off the occasional reckless aggression of certain opponents. Things get a little dicey at times (especially when racers go four-wide on a narrow bridge crossing into Cypress Flats), but karma ultimately wins out in the end.

GTA 5 Epic Jobs | 100 PROPANE TANKS & PIRATE WARS by Team Epiphany

 AK47 100 GASOLINE TANKS by DJkillme (Xbox 360)

 pirates by kixxel82 (Xbox 360)

First up in this pair of Jobs from Team Epiphany's Epic Maps series, the gang battles it out in a highly explosive Custom Deathmatch at a little out of the way Xero station in Pacific Bluffs. The danger comes from all directions as they not only have to struggle with the gunfire that is directed towards them but also shots aimed at the highly combustible RON gasoline tanks at every corner of the parking lot. Then, watch as the guys batten down the hatches and sail out for adventure on the Alamo Sea in a custom Team Deathmatch where each side spawns on opposite ends of the stagnant oasis at the foot of Mount Chiliad with a fleet of Dinka Marquis boats at the ready.

GTA Online Top 3 Creator Maps of The Week Ep. 35 by TheLibertyLunatic

 Scrapyard Battle,  On Rails,  Lighthouse by Dillono (PS3)

 Elysian Bloodshed by AlexSniperBullet (PS3)

The Liberty Lunatic, (also known in certain community circles as Gtam3n) gives us his take on two Deathmatches and a Race created by Social Club member Dillono plus another Deathmatch created by well-known Snapmatic shutterbug AlexSniperBullet. The Lighthouse Deathmatch in particular seems like a real standout, as players surrounding a coastline residence must struggle to fend off a lone gunmen, who holds the advantage firing from the Lighthouse balcony directly offshore.

GTA 5 Funny Moments #120 With The Sidemen by Vikkstar123

 4 WAY MADNESS EXTREEME by bowserlitious (Xbox 360)

In this "Funny Moments" clip, our friend Vikk and his merry madmen collective of KSI, Zerkaa, MM7, BJG, Behzinga and TBJZL (collectively known as The Sidemen), file in to try out a pretty outrageous Race filled to the brim with ridiculous winding loops and narrow ramps. Race Creator bowsserlitious offers up the best piece of advice for keeping this one exciting by suggesting, "If you want mayhem.....well.....here it is. Turn on GTA mode for survival of the fittest!"

"The Drift King" Ultimate Drifting, Tandem and Gymkhana Montage! by G T A WiseGuy

 Drift All Day by TMXTitanium (Xbox 360)

Viewers and serious drifters who checked out and enjoyed Antechs' Vespucci Gymkhana Drift from our last Jobs on Film round should definitely take note of this new course that hooks largely through East Los Santos. Starting just at the Innocence Blvd intersection in El Burro Heights on Orchardville Ave, drivers navigate a wicked reverse "J" down through Cypress Flats and power slide a pair of sharp 90 degree turns back up towards La Mesa. In the video's description, video creator G T A Wiseguy makes it clear that it's more about drifting technique than your finishing time when he throws down the challenge... "Can you get a full clean run in a Banshee?"

As always, for much more, make sure you’re following us on Twitter where we share fun and creative GTA Online videos that feature gameplay of custom Creator Jobs on the regular.
And if you've got a Creator-made Deathmatch, Race or Capture that you think others would enjoy, then be sure to drop a link to it here in the Newswire Comments for the Social Club community to check out or feel free to let us know about it directly at mouthoff@rockstargames.com.


 
Previously:
Creative and Challenging Custom Jobs as Demoed by NerdCubed, Olli43 and More 

Snapmatic Winners and More: The GTA Online Flight School Event Recap

Posted on September 9 2014, 1:04pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games


Check out this GTA Online Flight School Event Session video we posted to YouTube earlier today, featuring the "Crosswind" and "GTA: Airheads" Jobs, played here with community members Karpeh, Smoowv, RadicalSpirit and AlexSniperBullet.

Intrepid pilots and Coquette sportifs took to the skies and roadways during the recent San Andreas Flight School Event, soaking up the Event Playlist Double GTA$ and RP and reaping all the other in-game rewards while they lasted. Read on for an Event recap highlighting some of the standout videos posted of the weekend action, plus the official #FLIGHTSCHOOL Snapmatic contest selections, winners of the gear giveaway and more.

As is tradition, the Event officially started with the official Event livestream hosted by Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast team (ICYMI: full stream archive). After warming up in a GTA community lobby playing through some of the new Flight School Jobs alongside Karpeh, Smoowv, RadicalSpirit and AlexSniperBullet – we got on to the main event: Rockstar versus Little & Cubed.


Nerdcubed's official YouTube video from the Rockstar VS Little & Cubed 2v2 Flight School battle.

We’ve been fans of Little & Cubed for quite a while now, loving the inventive and super fun 1v1 challenges that Dan NerdCubed whips up with the Creator tool and challenges his sparring partner Martyn Littlewood to. Considering the classic flight oriented ones they’ve done in the past (“Dump Jump!”, “Capture the Case”), we had a feeling that given the challenge of putting together some 2v2 Jobs with the new aviation toys from the Flight School Update – some serious madness could be afoot. Little & Cubed did not disappoint. In just about two days flat, Dan NerdCubed cooked up some devilishly fun 2v2s to challenge us with. Watch “Crossjoust” and “Game of Thrills II” above – the first in a new ongoing series of GTA Online Sessions videos we’re going to be posting regularly to the Rockstar YouTube channel (make sure you’re subscribed there so that you don’t miss a one) – and below is a list and description of all 8 original Nerdcubed Flight School Jobs so that you can bookmark and play them yourself with 3 of your best frienemies. Please note that as Dan N3 is a PS3 guy, his Jobs are currently only available to play on that platform, however they’re brilliant in their simplicity of construction so industrious Xbox 360 players should be able to easily re-create them using the Creator Tool as well (give a shout in comments if you’ve got a variation on XBL that the community should check out):

  • Crossjoust” – The Los Santos downtown financial district has been closed down to accommodate a 4-way intersection ‘crossjoust’ with opposing ramps, SMGs and Coquette Classics. ‘Backs to the wall. 3… 2… 1… Mayhem.’ Best played with headsets or via Skype so that one player can lead the synchronized jousting countdown.
  • Game of Thrills II” – A modified Capture where one drop wins it all. Take off in P-996s and fly to the military base to try and steal and pilot the coveted Miljet FTW. Players spawn at the mid-way point and can either defend or capture; Dan’s TLDR: ‘Steal plane. Shoot other planes’.
  • CanyonAero” – Jets versus Coquettes in a classic bit of cat and mouse. One team races down Raton Canyon in the Coquette Classic, the other team uses jets to try and blow them up on route. Switch roles at the 5 minute mark to let the hunter become the hunted.
  • Any Landing You Walk From” – Take turns trying to land the Besra down the Sandy Shores Airfield runway between perfectly arranged fuel tanks without blowing them up. Clip the tank and she’s gonna go boom.
  • Big Bridge. Big Plane” – A Race where you must thread the needle of the La Puerta Freeway Bridge to and fro in the massive MilJet – and the first checkpoint’s “a bit of a doozy.
  • To Infinity” – Besras weave around the Los Santos skyscrapers in a super tight Air Race to test your ace piloting skills.
  • Plane Sailing” – Stealing a Besra from the military and delivering it to a nearby drop point… is more difficult than one would think. 
  • Chill Lad” – The Coquette Classic is probably not the ideal vehicle for climbing and descending Mount Chiliad. Find out why – the hard way – in this Land Race.

Wickedly good fun, huge thanks to Dan and Martyn for putting these Jobs together and joining us on the livestream – and to see more footage of us playing these 2v2s with Little & Cubed make sure you sub to Rockstar Games, Official NerdCubed, and InTheLittleWood on YouTube. Below is Martyn's latest video from the 2v2 battle just posted yesterday showing his perspective during “Plane Sailing” – watch parts 1, 2 and 3 showing other Jobs listed above at his channel as well:

And now without further ado – here are the winners of the #FlightSchool Snapmatic contest, which include a trio of stylish shots featuring the new Besra, an historical homage and a salute to explosive special effects.


The profilic AlexSniperBullet brings us this tribute to legendary female aviator Amelia Earhart. Congrats to Alex for his very first winning photo entry after being the bridesmaid in several honorable mentions in past Events.


A stunning sun-drenched shot of the new Besra and both variations of the Invetero Coquette Classic, compliments of returning champion ZazDillinger.


A pilot makes a pit stop at a roadside fruit stand in the clever "Flight School Lunch Break" by Rita_Skybabe.


Cue "epic walking away from massive explosion"... and, action! From fktnk_95


sicaro12 gives the Besra's undercarriage a quick spritz, thanks to some low level flying at Cassidy Creek.

And by popular demand, here’s just a few honorable mentions that caught our eye as well:
• ‘Flight School’ looks as if lulaman300 snapped it directly from the trailer, great composition and use of the Meme Creator tool.
• Flight School Lesson #3 – ‘that big red button is NOT a turbo boost’. By Nemosphene.
• Calling for an impeccably outfitted Flight Suit, positioned vehicles, and two perfectly timed jets overhead are a couple spot-on Flight School artwork recreations by McGoooo420 and SilverFox1.
• Coquette pr0n – two gorgeous shots by chocolate_001 that look Invetero sponsorship-worthy
• “My first lesson in Flight School be like” – by Kralikus
•  Giving new meaning to ‘striking a runway pose’ - damn near a full lobby from Spain’s 3DJU were put to work in this epic LSIA Flight Crew selfie by caskillo. Also watch the making-of on YouTube.

Congratulations are also in order to the 20 winners of the Event Weekend Gear Giveaway who all scored Deluxe Prize Packs with a wardrobe of Rockstar and GTAV official t-shirts including the Republican Space Rangers Tee, Trevor Philips Industries Tee, Epsilon Program KIFFLOM! Tee and more. Winners we've already confirmed include Versus_Graphic, Checo---366, Aro247, visual619, Reclaimer_VII, ActaNonVerbaNLMrLiteraLOL, 32RuGGedTalk2Yuh, BIGFOOTSPENE, jsmith3000, huragok007webby1990, and UnboundSpirit.

Also keep your eyes peeled for the winners of the #FlightSchool Air Race Creator Contest to be announced in an upcoming edition of Rockstar Verified Jobs; we’re actively reviewing and playing entries as we speak. Look forward to that as well as news on forthcoming GTA Online updates in the weeks ahead.
 

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