Snapmatic Contest Winners: #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas

Posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Presenting the winners of our most recent official Snapmatic photo contests, held over the past two weekends in celebration of Halloween and of the 10th anniversary of GTA San Andreas, respectively. Awesomely creative work as always from the Snapmatic photographer community and we can’t wait to see what you guys get up to with increased resolution in the next generation and with 30-player lobbies, First Person Mode and other new features of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions that are around the corner. Look for a special PS4 and Xbox One edition Snapmatic contest on launch weekend to help celebrate that release and for now enjoy these fantastic and fun #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas winning shots which have each scored their creators a cool GTA$1M award and scored the San Andreas photogs a prize pack of S.A. collectibles as well.
 

#TRICKORTREAT SNAPMATIC WINNERS


The first of a few classic horror movie tributes is repdek_2's "Michael Myers" with masterful use of the meme creator to weave an illustration of The Shape. An honorable mention also goes out to HairyHole's well-done (and top voted) meme creator horror tribute poster for The Walking Dead.


"They're creepy and they're kooky..." A very cleverly orchestrated Addams Family portrait by heathyboy94. Great work in dressing up the whole crew as Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Lurch in front of an appropriately gothic manse at “Mount Gordo”– with classic B&W TV filtering to boot.


"Christine" rides again in UglyAssTurtle's fiery tribute to the sentient and malevolent titular Classic ride.

Turismo Halloween Edition
chriz_1 put in some work both at Los Santos Customs and with some inventive meme creator tricks to turn his "Turismo Halloween Edition" carriage into a pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!!
One of the early entries into the #TrickOrTreat contest was this fun photo shoot by CaPn-bOnEs entitled "Happy Halloween!!" of the iGrandTheftAuto Crew going trick or treating.

Honorable Mentions...

• “Chi Chi Chi…. Ha Ha Ha” by Davo00420 – shot on location at Camp Crystal Lake.

• The glowing, haunting "TT2" by Silver Fox1.

"Pillbox Hill" by sungokatana - a simple and spooky skeletal snap using "no memes, just filters".

 

#GTASANANDREAS SNAPMATIC WINNERS


imsohood_lum's "Rochelle - GTASan Andreas" is a stellar re-creation of the signature Vinewood Chick artwork from San Andreas that has deservedly received quite a bit of love from the community. Editor’s note: While that artwork is not actually based on the ‘Rochell’le’ character mentioned at westcoastraplegends.com, it’s pretty fun to see how fans have envisioned her as being Madd Dogg’s one-time protégé and paramour.

Follow the damn train, CJ!
If you're going to reference one of the most memorable missions (and popular memes) from San Andreas, it better be on point. Pre233's "Follow the Damn Train CJ," based on the Wrong Side of the Tracks mission with CJ and Big Smoke, passes with flying colors and then some. 

Welcome back
Classic. Tharnuk is clearly detail-oriented - even going so far as to use the meme creator to simulate as close as possible the original heads-up display from GTA San Andreas. Entitled "Welcome Back" as a nod to the first few steps everyone took playing the game's first mission.

SUN GRIND
Looks like CJ's still got it in him. The sky's the limit in "Sun Grind" by SilverFox1, capturing some serious air on a BMX and framed in beautiful natural light.

San Andreas Gang Warfare #1
"San Andreas Gang Warfare #1." Taken by Bjodjus_LXG, this photo is a nostalgic depiction of the original Los Santos family feud between GSF and the Ballas.


Honorable Mentions... 

• "After ten years... it's time to come back". 0lucaspc holds a candle for CJ and company in "Brouge Avenue", a dramatic B&W that gets you right in the feels.

• The "Truth" is... well right here. Fantastic bullet art courtesy of sicaro12.

• "San Andreas Throwback - KDST Flyer Card" by that_VIP_guy takes K-DST's radio promotion to new heights.

• "I'll have two #9's..." You know the rest. AlexSniperBullet gets Big Smoke and the gang back together for one last drive-by "Drive-Thru".

 

Previously:
#LTS Winners
#FlightSchool Winners

IGN Preview: What's in Store for GTA Online

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

For the final chapter of IGN's 3 exclusive Grand Theft Auto V previews this week, the crew went hands-on with GTA Online on the new platforms. Here's what they had to say after experiencing 30 player pandemonium in both Third Person and the new First Person Mode across a series of Races, Deathmatches, LTS battles and an epic 30-player Capture Job featuring a desperate effort to deliver a Journey RV halfway across the desert hounded by a gang of bikers, a chopper and … a fire truck:

"30-player activities – whether played in first-person or third – add an incalculable amount of mayhem to the game that’s already the current heavyweight championship belt holder for most manic multiplayer game out there. You may want to start a recruiting drive to build out your Crew sooner rather than later."

Read the full preview, including details of the all-new character creator at http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/06/30-player-grand-theft-auto-online-events-are-madness  

Today, we've also added more than 70 1080P screenshots from this week's previews to the official GTAV site for your perusal. And of course, stay tuned for more details in the days ahead about Grand Theft Auto V's arrival on PS4 and Xbox One later this month.


Previously:
PS3 to PS4 Comparison Video & New IGN Feature Interview
IGN Delivers New Details - First Person Experience Revealed

Fan Art: Halloween at Bullworth, Masterwork Miniatures, GTA Tats and More

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Our latest gallery of inspired art created by GTA and Rockstar fans begins with a nod to Halloween night held last week at Bullworth Academy, courtesy of prolific GIF artist and one of our favorite fandom illustrators, Julia Scott. From there we check out some startlingly accurate diorama work, GTA-themed body art and more.

As always, should you come across any impressive GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos (including any awesome Halloween costumes from this past weekend!) that you think other fans need to see, be sure to share them in the comments section for the community to enjoy or send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.


"Can you help me pull some pranks??" asks Julia Scott in her recently completed, and thoroughly awesome latest animated GIF illustration featuring the students of Bullworth Academy. Bully fans may remember Jimmy, Gary and Petey's costumes from 'The Big Prank' and this rare moment of stillness for the three, captured with jack-o'-lanterns dancing in the background, definitely suggests a night of mischief ahead.



  
DDJunior, who was featured here back in June for some highly detailed GTA figurines and backdrops, is back with more meticulous miniatures - this time featuring two of Southern San Andreas' well-known locations, Los Santos Customs and Liquor Ace. Check out DDJunior's deviantART gallery to see pictures of these painstakingly detailed works in progress.


There's more than a hint of vintage Vinewood style in this imagined movie poster that pays homage to the Leone classic, created by AndyFairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery's 8 Bit & Beyond 2 show.

     
Two tats from a pair of dedicated Rockstar fans here - one for a weekend and one a more permanent tribute. On the left, this leg piece was sent over to us via Mouthoff. Meanwhile on the right, Andrea - aka fukuro--lady on deviantART - drew her tribute to the death of one Michael Townley in marker pen as part of a Trevor costume she put together.


Proof that great art need never be rushed, Krbllov on deviantART recently decided to finish off some sketches from four years ago. The result - this stylish rendition of Niko Bellic introducing himself to Kalem in the mission 'Bleed Out', with Roman providing 'backup' (found by GTA Series Videos on Twitter).


In Sandy Shores at the stroke of midnight, the living dead are the least of your worries. Amanda Burke, aka loseranthems on Tumblr, drew this horror-inspired take on Trevor.

 

TheDovahBrine on deviantART laid down this sweet John Marston portrait in pastels for a Chalk the Block festival.

 

 

Previously:
Fan Art: Snapmatic Surrealism, Bullworth GIFs, Throwback Art and More
Trevor on Canvas, Damned Brotherhood Portraits, You Only Live Once Photo Journal & More
A Lamar and Trevor Cross-Stitch Collaboration, Vintage Trio Portraiture, Trick Photography Snapmatics and More 

GTAV PS3 to PS4 Comparison Video & New IGN Feature Interview

Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC has given us the chance to harness the power of these platforms to improve every aspect of the game. In addition to the all-new First Person Mode revealed yesterday, this means big technical changes like increasing the overall resolution and more than doubling the draw distance, as well as replacing every texture in the game and much more.

To see just how far the game has come in its transition to these new versions, check out the PS3 to PS4 Comparison video above. And be sure to head over to IGN today for more details and an exclusive interview that explains many of the key upgrades and the challenge of creating these new, enhanced versions of GTAV:

"As good-looking as GTA V is on PS3 and Xbox 360, and as alive as it feels, this is something else entirely. This isn’t GTA peeking its head into the new generation; this is GTA kicking down the door and cartwheeling directly into the epicentre of the party, much to the envy of those who just spent the last 12 months warming up over by the crackers and dip. It’s beautiful, it’s denser than ever, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. This is GTA V on a current generation console; the PS4, to be specific. This is not simply GTA V upscaled; that much is already clear. This is GTA V upgraded, on every level."

Read the full story at: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/05/grand-theft-auto-5-leaping-the-generation-gap

 

Previously:
GTAV: IGN Delivers New Details - First Person Experience Revealed

GTAV: IGN Delivers New Details - First Person Experience Revealed

Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With exactly two weeks to go until launch, IGN spent some time with the new version of Grand Theft Auto V, including the all-new First Person Mode. Exclusive to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V, this new mode gives players the chance to explore the world of Los Santos and Blaine County directly through the eyes of their character, revealing all the world's glorious details in an entirely new way. For more details about First Person Mode, check out the first of IGN's 3 exclusive feature stories this week. Here's a sampling:

"There’s so much new about this version Grand Theft Auto V, but it’s obvious Rockstar was keen to deliver something above and beyond a technical upgrade – it’s given players an entirely new way of playing the game. From shooters to action games, we’re all used to adopting the first-person, but the way in which this new perspective transforms the GTA 5 experience can’t be understated; it fundamentally alters how you inhabit and interact with this world. It rewrites the experience."  

Read the full story here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/04/grand-theft-auto-v-a-new-perspective

Available in both GTAV and GTA Online, we've made a host of changes to accommodate this new perspective, including the creation of an optional first person cover system, a new targeting system, a more traditional FPS control scheme, and integrating thousands of new animations into the existing game. It's also available at the touch of a button so you can easily switch back and forth between perspectives.

Alongside the new First Person Mode, Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC features hundreds of additions and enhancements including 1080p resolution at 30FPS on PS4 and Xbox One (4K compatible on PC).


Previously:
Grand Theft Auto V Release Dates and Exclusive Content Details for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Watch the GTAV Trailer: “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip”

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

Posted 3 weeks ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

To celebrate the release of the new, enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, we will be releasing limited edition collections of the game's star-studded soundtrack on both CD and Vinyl, in collaboration with Mass Appeal Records.

‘The Music of Grand Theft Auto V’ limited edition collections include 59 tracks with original music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus, Yeasayer and more. In addition, these limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow, along with the other incredible music featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Limited to a production run of under 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available from December 9 at top online and physical record stores.

The vinyl collection will feature a total of six vinyl records, a full color booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set. The CD collection includes three discs along with a branded Grand Theft Auto V gold brick-shaped USB Drive, artwork and poster all sealed in a special die-cut package.

Also, as mentioned in Pitchfork's story today, a number of DJs from GTAV are adding new radio content to their respective stations, including Big Boy, DJ Pooh, Nathan and Stephen from WAVVES, Kenny Loggins, Twin Shadow and Cara Delevingne as well as a few of the dial's biggest chatterboxes - Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris and Duane Earl.

Double GTA$ & Double RP for All Deathmatches this Halloween Weekend

Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Fresh off the heels of last weekend's San Andreas Anniversary celebration in GTA Online, we've got three more days of in-game bonuses and more to take advantage of this Halloween weekend starting today Friday, October 31st.

In ghoulish fashion, all Deathmatches will reward players with Double RP and Double GTA$ all weekend long – including Rockstar Created, Rockstar Verified and all player-created Deathmatch Jobs. The inhabitants of Los Santos will also be out causing mischief in Freemode and gathering treats along the way from Crate Drops including Firework Launchers, exclusive T-shirts and more. We've also got the #TrickOrTreat Snapmatic contest in effect so go all out on your weekend costumes with half price discounts on Masks and select Hats, as well as 50% off orange tints and smoke trails to aid you in capturing the Halloween spirit. Read on for full details.

DOUBLE GTA$ & DOUBLE RP FOR ALL DEATHMATCHES

Frightful GTA Online encounters are guaranteed with Double RP and Double GTA$ in all Deathmatches, all weekend long. Aim for the pumpkin to max out the headshot RP bonus, or seek out a dark corner of the map to plot your ghoulish intentions. 

TREATS INSIDE EVERY SPECIAL CRATE DROP

Keep watching the skies! This weekend only, rare vintage GTA T-shirts will be available in Special Crate Drops, with a different shirt available to collect each day of the weekend:

  • Friday - Flash FM
  • Saturday - Bobo
  • Sunday - Fever 105 FM

There'll also be Firework Launchers, Miniguns and an abundant cache of RP, GTA$ and ammo. We've upped the frequency of the Special Crate Drops in every Freemode session - keep an eye on your Feed ticker to find out when they're coming down and look for the Smugglers plane on the map so that you can track the landing spot of the Crate itself, but be warned: You are not alone.

HALF PRICE DISCOUNTS ON HALLOWEEN THEMED GOODIES

To get you into further frightful festivities, you'll also need a costume worthy of playing the part. Vespucci Beach Mask Shop offers an array of accessories and freaky faces to complete your outlandish outfit. This weekend, you'll be able to purchase all masks and hats at half-price and we've also discounted orange weapon tints, orange parachute smoke and orange tire smoke. Finally, in case anyone tries to steal your ride, grab a half-price ignition bomb for a special Halloween trick.

75% DISCOUNT OFF THE RADAR

All Hallows Eve can play tricks on the mind - fool your enemies into doubting their senses with 75% off Lester's Off the Radar service. Go ghost, and use it to get the jump on any goblins looking to ruin your day.

HALLOWEEN SNAPMATIC CONTEST - #TRICKORTREAT

Once you're fully decked out in your most creative outfit, hit the sidewalks and alleyways to put on a full-on freakshow. Capture your best Halloween-themed shot with Snapmatic, tag it with #TrickOrTreat on Social Club and you could have your pic featured at the Rockstar Newswire, not to mention a treat of GTA$1M. Official Rules here.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL LIVESTREAM

Tune in as we'll be playing through a selection of player-created horror themed Jobs and more during a special Halloween Edition Livestream this Friday October 31st at 4pm ET / 8pm GMT. We'll be joined by special guests from the community as we stalk, slash and body one another in Deathmatches, check out each other’s best Halloween costumes and more. We’ll be inviting a few guest players to join the lobby via both Twitter and during the stream via Twitch chat – so make sure you’re Following us in both places to get the word.

Details on Exclusive Content for Returning GTAV Players on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Ever since we announced Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, some of you have been asking if there will be anything extra for those PS3 and Xbox 360 players who are planning on picking up the new versions. To reward loyal GTAV fans for coming back to the newer, more detailed version of Los Santos and Blaine County, we've created an array of exclusive items specifically for these players - with each of them connected to activities designed for you to experience the game's massive world in new and exciting ways. Here are some of the new items and activities that will be available for returning players:


The Dodo seaplane: It may take a little firepower to get your hands on this highly versatile GTA classic.

New Events & Rewards
Encounter new events happening all across the world, and complete the challenges they present to unlock exclusive new vehicles like the menacing Imponte Duke O’Death and that veritable GTA classic bird of flight, the Dodo seaplane.


The Imponte Duke O'Death: As you might expect, when you first stumble upon this near-indestructible mayhem machine, trouble will follow. Deal with it judiciously and this beauty’s all yours.

Murder Mystery
As Michael, follow a trail of cryptic clues to unravel a grisly murder mystery.  Put the clues together and you'll unlock two Noir Style Filters, which will give your Story Mode gameplay and Snapmatic photos the feel of a gritty old school crime classic.


Get to the bottom of a murder mystery that strikes right at the heart of Los Santos' most cherished industry.

Weapons: The Rail Gun & Hatchet
Obliterate your adversaries with the high-powered, high-velocity Rail Gun. This piece of experimental military technology also has its own set of Shooting Range Challenges at your local Ammu-Nation shooting range. Or hack and slash foes up close and personal with the brutal Hatchet melee weapon.


The futuristic new Rail Gun unloads powerful rounds of explosive ammunition upon foes.

Wildlife Photography Challenge
There are new species of animals across Los Santos and Blaine County, and the LS Tourist Board needs someone to document them. As Franklin, catalog unique animal species scattered across the map to unlock the special Kraken Sub.


Completing the Wildlife Photography Challenge will unlock the Kraken Sub.

Stock Car Races
Win a series of new Stock Car Races to earn unique custom Muscle Cars adorned with logos from some of the companies that made this country great.


Finish first in the new Stock Car Races to earn new Muscle Cars.

Monkey Mosaics
A mysterious street artist is tagging walls all across town with his simian-inspired silhouettes. Track down and photograph them all to earn new monkey outfits (available to all players) and a special Go Go Monkey Blista exclusively for returning players.


Take to the skies in the faster and more maneuverable Xero Blimp.

New Vehicles and More
Grind up the Los Santos freeways (and over anybody in your path) with the Cheval Marshall monster truck and take to the skies in a faster and more maneuverable Blimp, compliments of Xero Gas.

There will also be a bounty of content for all players, new and returning, to discover - including a fleet of classic GTA vehicles and a few more surprises we've got planned that you’ll have to discover for yourself come game day. And as previously announced, current GTA Online players on PS3 and Xbox 360 will be able to pick up where they left off, transferring their characters and progression seamlessly to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC (Social Club membership required).


Few objects are an obstacle for the intimidating Cheval Marshall.

In addition, anyone who pre-orders the game will receive a bonus of GTA$1M ($500k for Story Mode and $500k for use in Grand Theft Auto Online). After the jump, you can also check out a few answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we’ve seen from players about transferring their game to the new platforms.

Social Club Crews

For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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