Crew Cut: Custom Classics Car Meets, Arthouse Collectives & More

Posted on April 21 2016, 10:45am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

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 mouthoff@rockstargames.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 gtaonline@rockstargames.com with your suggestions.


CAR MEETS GET SLAMMED

GKstance98 and his PS4-based Crew, Stance Lovers Only, rallied together to show the Slamvan some serious love at a recent car meet. Be sure to keep an eye on Power GK's YouTube channel for upcoming live streams of Stance Lovers Only's car meets.

GANGSTANCE crew meet.#Snapmatic #GTAOnline #RockstarGames #GTAV #Editor #GANGSTANCE #GTAV @RockstarGames pic.twitter.com/RHitmpHvFY

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.


ARTHOUSE CREWS

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:


The Magnificent Team

Referring to themselves as an "exclusive Snapmatic movement," The Magnificent Team have attracted the likes of prestigious Snapographers Basimatic, Sariska and FirewoodDog,meme art manipulator xX19scorpius83Xx and bullet art maestro aizakkusan to their ranks. With a booming community on Twitter and Instagram, a special congratulations goes out to TMGT (and their fearless leader empiretimes aka Snaplord_TMT) as they recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. Here’s just a scant bit of some of the talent among their 100+ member roster.


 

xX19scorpius83Xx makes clever use of filters and layering techniques to create stunning scenes and an amusing hand-drawn self-portrait in the Meme Text editor. 

 
 

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 ryophotolicWolf_Gang776, and ARIBABABAN. From 3D GIFs to stylized, cel-shaded style Snapmatics, RSIX's Crew Members are constantly looking to push the envelope.

 

You can find more eye-catching work like this on ryophotolic's official Twitter account, and additional artwork and snaps at #creativeR6inc.

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.


CREW TOURNAMENT UNDERWAY: DETESTED FOUR BRACKET

CHEEkSx0x0 of the battle Crew Detested reached out recently to let us know they are hosting a Free Aim (PS4) tournament, and have been working exhaustively to put together elite Crews for the first round such as ineffable arts, CAP PILLAS, Cureless Aim and the Temple Drive Ballas. Tournament rounds will be routinely streamed on the BAETRED | RED7 YouTube channel, along with highlights of best moments. Upcoming Crew brackets are posted in the video description here. Contact PreciousYvette @ kik or yv.xo Baetred @ kik .babez for further details.

Round 1 Results: In the first round, 7DeadlyGlobalHiTaz took a narrow, one-kill lead against The Classic Crew, but DOPE turned it around considerably in the second round to take the match win. Cureless Aim soundly trounced The Damned Brotherhood in the initial round, but faced a disqualification for breaking agreed-upon tournament rules. Finally, the Temple Drive Ballas squared off against Baggy Nation, squashing and shutting down their opponents in both rounds for an uncontestable win. 

 

Previously:
A Look Back At 2015's Top Performers
Crews Living the Low Life, a Real Life Skydiving Crew & More
Top Daily Objective Crews & The Off-Road All Stars

Declasse Sabre Turbo Now Available to Customize at Benny's

Posted on April 19 2016, 10:35am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Pick up the Declasse Sabre Turbo now from the Benny's Original Motor Works website in GTA Online, and give this vintage muscle car a Custom Upgrade with a host of exclusive mods, including V8 engine blocks, interiors, liveries and more. Then take it for a spin and partake in Double RP Racing Playlists running through this Thursday as part of the celebratory Sabre Week.

Check out a few shining examples of the Sabre Turbo Custom in all its glory, compliments of the GTA Online community:

 

Previously:
Sabre Week (April 15 - 21): Property Discounts, RP Bonuses & More

Sabre Week (April 15 - 21): Property Discount, RP Bonuses AND The New Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom Available Tuesday

Posted on April 15 2016, 1:46pm | Author: R*N | Filed Under: Games




NEW DECLASSE SABRE TURBO CUSTOM AVAILABLE AT BENNY'S TUES APRIL 19TH

There's new Muscle in town and it's heading to Benny's Original Motor Works next week Tuesday, April 19th. The imposing Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom will be available for Benny's signature styling, with a wide range of impressive upgrades to choose from - whether it's hefty V8 engine blocks or glorious interiors and liveries designed to make a lasting impact.

SABRE WEEK BONUSES

Put your keys in the ignition and get ready to tear up the asphalt in GTA Online Sabre Week, live now through next week Thursday, April 21st. As well as the Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom available from Tuesday, there are Double RP Racing Playlists throughout the week, clutch discounts to enjoy and much more to get you on your way to the checkered flag. It's the perfect opportunity to show off your fastest set of wheels and claim the roads of Los Santos as your own. Here are the range of specials on offer:

  • 20% OFF ALL PROPERTIES (INCLUDING GARAGES)
    If the new Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom has caught your eye, or a week spent racing other desirable vehicles has given you a taste for some new fast wheels, you might be considering additional homes and garages for your growing collection. Capitalize on 20% off new Properties to accommodate any shiny, high-octane new toys coming your way.
     
  • 50% OFF TATTOOS & HAIRSTYLES
     
  • 25% OFF SELECT LOWRIDERS CLOTHING
    Make sure you're looking the part during the week's fuel-injected activities with a cool 50% off all Tattoos and Hairstyles and 25% off select Lowriders Clothing - to make sure you're looking as fresh as your custom livery.
     
  • DOUBLE RP PLAYLISTS ALL WEEK
    There's Double RP waiting for those keen to get behind the wheel with this week's Playlists, launchable directly from the GTAV boot screens. For those looking to road-test their new Sabre Turbo Custom on Tuesday, don't miss out on the Lowriders Street Racing Playlist - ideal for putting the Turbo through its paces:
    • Friday 15th - Sunday 17th - Super Car Racing 
    • Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th - Lowriders Street Racing
    • Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st -  Mixed Road Racing
       
  • ADDITIONAL DOUBLE RP BONUSES
    Double RP bonuses are also available outside of the Racing Playlists; Impromptu Races will yield the twice the RP for anyone wanting to challenge other Freemode petrol-heads, and if you're feeling up for some company on your speedy road trips, rake up Double RP when riding with friends and other players as well – the more players in a vehicle, the quicker you’ll all earn RP.
     
  • FREE MECHANIC SERVICES
    Property owners will benefit from the pro-bono assistance of your friendly personal Mechanic during this period. Daily fees from the Mechanic are completely waived this week, so make the most of your time on the road.
     
  • BIG GTA$ REBATES
    Get what you want faster - with GTA$ cash-back rebate bonuses available until Thursday, April 21st. This week only, purchase a Bull, Great White, Whale or Megalodon Shark Card and receive free bonus GTA$ - the bigger the card value, the heftier the GTA$ rebate you'll get. Cards purchased between Friday, April 15th and Thursday, April 21st qualify, and all the bonus GTA$ you earn during that period will be automatically deposited as one lump sum in your in-game Maze Bank Checking account by Friday, April 29th. You can purchase Shark Cards in-game or via your favorite online or local retailer. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting. More details.

GTA Online Inch by Inch Adversary Mode & Vapid Minivan Custom Now Available

Posted on April 12 2016, 10:13am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Engage in a tense and explosive fight for control of the field in the new Inch By Inch team-based Adversary Mode, now available to play in GTA Online on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Double GTA$ & RP Featured Playlist, part of this week's slate of GTA Online bonuses and available directly from the GTAV launch screens, includes a pair of Inch by Inch Jobs at the Football Field and the Racetrack.

The Vapid Minivan also joins the customizable vehicular roster at Benny's Original Motor Works today. Bring your new drive-by-ready squad van down to his Strawberry location for a refashioning, and roll out with a custom ride that's sure to turn heads at your next car meet.


Previously:
New ‘Inch By Inch’ Mode & Vapid Minivan Coming April 12th + Double GTA$ & RP Playlists of Adversary Modes All This Week

GTA Online Game Tips: Sumo, Rhino Hunt & Drop Zone

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.

Sumo

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!

Rhino Hunt

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.

Drop Zone


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.


Previous Adversary Mode Game Tips:
Every Bullet Counts, Running Back, Slasher, Relay & Keep the Pace
Offense Defense, Cross the Line & Hunting Pack
Hasta La Vista, Siege Mentality & Come Out to Play

New ‘Inch By Inch’ Mode & Vapid Minivan Coming April 12th + Double GTA$ & RP Playlists of Adversary Modes All This Week

Posted on April 8 2016, 10:57am | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

NEW INCH BY INCH ADVERSARY MODE COMING NEXT WEEK TUES APRIL 12

Prepare to fight tooth and nail for every scrap of progress in Inch By Inch - a new GTA Online Adversary Mode launching this coming Tuesday April 12th, that sees you competing for possession of a Package and clawing your way through a hail of bullets to reach your team's end zone. After each score, the action immediately resets - ensuring a frenetic and desperate battle of wits and skill. The player carrying the package cannot use their weapons, so tenacity and teamwork are required to advance towards the goal line. A burst of speed will help them make some ground, but only a constant barrage of support from their back-up will ensure their hard earned point.

EVENT BONUSES

In honor of the upcoming Inch by Inch Adversary Mode release, starting today we are offering double GTA$ & RP on a rotating Playlist of Adversary Modes that lasts all week long, which will include Inch By Inch when it launches on Tuesday. Once you've topped up your Maze bank account from the Playlist, head over to Ammu-Nation to take advantage of discounts on a range of weapons and maybe even pick up a few of the ones you've just unlocked with your Double RP earnings. Read on below for more details.

DOUBLE GTA$ & RP PLAYLISTS

All this week, there will be a Double GTA$ & RP Adversary Mode Playlist ready to be fired off live and direct from the GTAV launch screens. The Playlists will be switched up with different Adversary Modes throughout the week, finishing up with a Double GTA$ & RP Playlist filled with the new mode Inch by Inch. Take a note of the schedule below, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for regular Playlist schedule updates all week.

  • Friday April 8th through Saturday April 9th - Adversary Modes 1
  • Sunday April 10th through Monday April 11th - Adversary Modes 2
  • Tuesday April 12th through Thursday April 14th - Inch by Inch 1

Note that if you want to replay any of these Playlists for additional Double GTA$ & RP, you don't need to relaunch the game! You can relaunch them any time via the Rockstar Playlists section of the GTA Online pause menu.

DISCOUNTS AT AMMU-NATION

Get geared up with an Ammu-Nation blow out sale on select weaponry and Armor now through Thursday April 14th, all as part of this week's in-game bonuses. Discounts run all week and are as follows:

  • Sniper Rifles – 25%
  • Sniper Rifle Attachments – 50%
  • Shotguns – 40%
  • Shotgun Attachments – 30%
  • Body Armor – 50%

VAPID MINIVAN COMING TO BENNY’S APRIL 12TH

On the heels of the Declasse Tornado arriving this week at Benny’s, look for another addition to his inventory this coming Tuesday - the Vapid Minivan for stylish squad transport, as pictured above.
 

Previously:
GTA Online Tornado Week

Crew Noticeboard: Women With Weapons, Vintage Customs & more

Posted on April 7 2016, 11:38am | Author: R* J | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively recruiting new members to join their ranks. We publish Crew recruitment pitches in their own words so that you know exactly what they're all about.

This edition of the Crew Noticeboard includes pitches from a Crew with very specific vehicle requirements, a Lowrider club in search of avid new members and an established Crew with plenty of challenges to offer amongst others.
 

Declasse Tornado Custom Now Available

Posted on April 5 2016, 11:10am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Pick up the Declasse Tornado from Benny's Original Motor Works today, and upgrade it into a stylish Custom Lowrider. Make sure to take advantage of the ongoing 25% off select modifications at Benny's (ends Thursday!) to kit it out appropriately with options like custom Bumpers, Exhausts, Fenders, Hoods, Roofs, Engine Blocks and Air Filters, Hydraulics, Interiors and more.

Here’s just a few Snaps from proud Tornado owners who were first in line early this morning to acquire and start tricking out the latest Custom Classic…

 

A photo posted by Wendy (@incredible91852) on

And look for more GTA Online vehicles to be added to Benny's roster later this month as part of their ongoing spring inventory updates.

Previously:
GTA Online Tornado Week: Lowrider Bonuses, New SUMO Maps - and the Tornado Custom Arriving Tuesday

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