Upcoming Official GTA Online Livestreams with J.B. Smoove & More

Posted on March 19 2015, 7:02pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games



Join us for a lineup of very special Rockstar livestreams on Twitch happening through next week:


ADVERSARY MODES Livestreams Tomorrow and Monday
Adversary Modes are intense new competitive challenges that unlock as you progress through GTA Online Heists - and now that the GTA community worldwide has had a solid week or so to try and pull them off, we'll be jumping in to play all three Adversary Modes live on Twitch along with some very special guests.

Friday, March 20     5pm ET*     Featuring SIR BOB CORNELIUS RIFO aka THE BLOODY BEETROOTS and guests from the GTA community
Renowned EDM master Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo aka The Bloody Beetroots is a serious GTA enthusiast in his own right and hosted his own Twitch stream earlier this week live at the DIM MAK channel. He's playing a big show tomorrow night at Webster Hall in New York City, and will be swinging by Rockstar NYC to throw down with Rockstar and other guests from the GTA community.

Monday, March 23     5pm ET*     featuring GOLDGLOVE, VERNNOTICE, IIJERIICHOII, and SWIFTOR
You may have thrilled to the ongoing intense, and hilarious, Heist streams that GTA YouTube and Twitch all-stars GoldGlove, VernNoticeiijeriichoii and our old friend Swiftor have all been doing ever since last week. We're excited to welcome all these guys for a sure-to-be-insane VS stream playing the Adversary Modes this Monday.
Together, in both streams, we'll be playing all of the new Adversary Modes including:

Come Out To Play - Inspired by a certain real live bunch from Coney, a team of Runners tries to make it all the way home on foot being pursued by an opposing bloodthirsty mob of well-armed and mobile Hunters.
Siege Mentality - You must protect this house! A team defends their fort against another who are insistent on a full-on home invasion.
Hasta La Vista - In a bit of Vinewood deja vu, a team of Cyclists must evade another team of murderous Truckers hell-bent on crushing them under their big rigs.
 

Next Friday, March 27     4pm ET*
Special Guest: J.B. SMOOVE

You know him as the host of Four Courses with J.B. Smoove and from his classic appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Top Five, and countless other hilarious shows and movies. Los Santos residents know him as the voice of Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris on WCTR's Chakra Attack radio show. J.B. Smoove is going to be in town to perform at the all-star Garden of Laughs comedy benefit at Madison Square Garden next Saturday night (New Yorkers: tickets to this fantastic event for a great cause are still available) and is coming by Rockstar NYC Friday May 27th to play some GTA and have unlimited bantz live with hosts Lazlow and IGN's Max Scoville and Brian Altano.
 

* Please note that with all livestreams, dates, times and guests are very much subject to change. Follow twitch.tv/rockstargames and twitter.com/rockstargames to get live notifications of when streams begin. And stay tuned for many more Rockstar livestreams in the weeks ahead to be announced.
 

Rockstar Game Tips: GTA Online Adversary Modes

Posted on March 18 2015, 5:22pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games

Alongside the release of Heists, players were given the opportunity to unlock new Adversary Modes in GTA Online to play. Adversary Modes offer a series of new challenges, both for teams working together to hunt in packs, and for aces and pairs to prove they can survive when the numbers are against them. In case you haven't quite come to grips with these modes yet, or if you're looking to master your technique, we've collected a few tips to share so that you can dominate the opposition. If you're not yet familiar with how they work, you can read up on them a bit via our preview of each mode.

Hasta La Vista

Hasta La Vista challenges two Truckers in big rig cabs to mow down two slower (but more maneuverable) Cyclists, before they reach a designated checkpoint. It's crucial that the Truckers remember that only one of the Cyclists need to reach the checkpoint in order for the Cyclists to win. With this in mind, Truckers are encouraged to work together to take out the Cyclist in front before focusing on the one in the rear. By doubling up you're increasing the size of your battering ram, making it harder for Cyclists to cut a last minute swerve to get out of your way. Even if the Truckers aren't able to turn the Cyclists into road pizza, they can also win if the timer runs out before a Cyclist reaches the finish line. Sometimes keeping a Cyclist occupied is as good a tactic as killing them to ensure victory.

Hasta La Vista offers the perfect battle between the contrasting attributes of speed and maneuverability. It's imperative that the Cyclists use the advantages of their nimbler vehicles to the fullest - manipulating the enhanced acceleration and braking of the bicycles to dodge and avoid the heavy blows of the big rigs. Also, if you're on two wheels, don't forget about clicking the right analog stick of your controller to look behind you and anticipate incoming attacks. Finally, be sure to use the specific features of each map to protect yourself from incoming damage by swerving in front of the natural barriers on each route. In the Los Santos storm drain in Hasta La Vista I, the pillars supporting each bridge will help to cover you; on the routes through Blaine County you may need to use the trees and fences to assist your getaway. 

Siege Mentality

In Siege Mentality, a small group of Defenders must defend their solitary lives from waves of Attackers for a given amount of time. The Attackers will always start Siege Mentality further away from where they will respawn after being killed. This buys the Defenders a few extra seconds at the start of the Mode to anticipate routes of attack and set themselves in positions where they can create chokepoints in those areas. With two players, this opening position is critical to defense and coordination is key to covering all possible angles. In those opening moments, it can be prudent to set up booby traps with Proximity Mines and Sticky Bombs at any points that you can't easily cover. In the case of the Sticky Bombs, hold off on hitting the trigger button until the last moment: this will ensure the maximum number of Attackers are within range of your ring of fire. Throughout the battle, make sure to speak over headsets when you spot an Attacker so that your fellow Defenders can help if you need backup. One final tip for the Defenders: sometimes an Attacker may attempt to keep you pre-occupied causing you to let your guard down for other potential Attackers. If an Attacker is too far out of reach, move on to looking for others to defend against.

In Siege Mentality, Attackers will often vastly outnumber the Defenders. They must capitalize on this advantage by making sure that they keep the pace high and attacks relentless. Camping out and waiting for a moment to strike will only allow Defenders to reposition and reload; you have to be prepared to die in your quest to get close enough to blast them away. At the start of the Job, it may be worth coordinating positions so that Defenders are surrounded. This will make it harder for them to use cover and keep their backs to the wall. Don't make it easy on them by attacking from the same point.

Come Out To Play

Come Out To Play is a game mode that combines elements of both Hasta La Vista and Siege Mentality, and thus players can draw on experiences in those two game modes to ensure victory. Like the Cyclists in Hasta la Vista, Runners have more options for maneuverability around the map. In particular they are able to scale walls and traverse rooftops in ways that the Hunters (locked to their vehicles) cannot. Escaping over a wall or up a stairway can put you out of range of the Hunters’ sawn-off shotguns and buy you time to turn and pick them off with one of your more advanced weapons. Just as the Defenders in Siege Mentality are advised to cover each other, Runners should work together to cover attacks coming from all sides. In particular, be sure to move across open ground as one unit. Face opposite directions to ensure that there are no surprises. Co-ordination via headset will be crucial for this. Once you're on the finishing straight, you may be required to cross a significant stretch of open ground. At this point your advantage of being on foot is limited. However, only one Runner has to reach the final flare, so their partner can stay behind and camp out to protect their teammate making a dash for the finish.

For the Hunters, dividing and conquering is the key to victory. Runners will look to stick together for safety - if you can split them up and focus your attacks on one Runner, you are better able to distract and surround them. To help coordinate this, remember that Runners can't see you on the HUD until you're within hearing range. By contrast, you'll be able to see their position at all times. Knowledge is power, so use this to move to either side of them and attack at the same time. Choose when to attack carefully; Runners are most vulnerable when they expose themselves crossing open ground - so anticipate their movement and pick your spots. Knocking players over is a crude but effective tactic: as they sprawl on the ground from the first hit, have a second player take advantage of their recovery time to get up close and line-up a finishing blow. Finally, Hunters shouldn’t forget that they can turn off their headlights with the right D-Pad button in order to sneak up on the Runners in the dark more easily.
 

Keep an eye for an announcements about forthcoming Twitch live streams featuring these Adversary Modes. We'll also be tweeting out opportunities to join those streams so please do follow us on the Rockstar Games Twitter feed to find out how to play in our stream lobby. And we know that many of you have been asking for tips on the Heists themselves, but since they are a unique challenge in GTA Online we don't want to spoil any elements for those who may not have played them yet. However, if you have some tips to share or stories about a tactic you've discovered while playing please feel free to share in the comments below.


Previously:
Adversary Modes, Daily Objectives and More New Updates

The GTA Online Community Does Heists: First Week Team Photos, Amazing Action GIFs & More

Posted on March 17 2015, 10:37am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games

From incriminating co-op team selfies to brilliant stunts taking advantage of the Hydra jet’s unique hover to insane action sequence GIFv’s truly on the level of a Vinewood major motion picture – the GTA Online community has been sharing some awesome stuff since the launch of Heists last week. Read on for a few favorites we’ve seen and share your own in comments below.

BUT FIRST, LEMME... 

GTA YouTuber Champ Chong from Australia was one of many who took to Twitter, Instagram and of course Snapmatic to pose for a co-op team selfie before getting down to business. His squad #TheGang got decked out in Heist gear including the new Princess Robot Bubblegum, stealth and zombie masks.

Looking to gather your own fearsome foursome? In addition to teaming up with Crews here in Social Club comments, there’s some great homegrown Heists team recruitment sites that have sprung up over the past week or so. Developer Cakes has created a custom classifieds section for players to search Heist recruiters by platform, role and setup mission. Also check out the new dedicated GTA subreddit Heist Teams to quickly find likeminded players to join up with.

ACTION GIFS

The GTA Reddit community has been sharing some truly amazing action highlights from their Heists endeavors. We've picked out a few faves below; for lots more, head over to the Grand Theft Auto V subreddit and get involved. 


By redditor llamajuice “This happened during a Heist last night. This new helicopter sure can take a pounding... "Our helicopter got nailed by another heli. The two people in the side gunner seats both fell out and then got chased by the other enemy helicopters. We had to parachute while avoiding the gunfire, and eventually regroup with our teammates."


By redditor gunslingerx64: “Prison Bus Heist action! Most fun I’ve had online!” 

THE HYDRA HAS LANDED

GTA fans have been pining for the VTOL Hydra jet for quite a while now, and wasted no time putting it to its paces once unlocked by completing the EMP Setup mission during the Humane Labs Raid Heist.

Ace pilots from the GTA stunting scene are capitalizing on the Hydra’s unique and versatile hover abilities to pull off some jaw dropping stuff. Check out renowned stunter RedKeyMon’s amazing surface-to-air human jet pack in the video above as well as some slide and glide mastery by oAngrybird Moments who performs an awesome 360 degree power slide through the cranes at the shipping docks. SuperGOVERNATOR posted a short clip of an impressively executed mid-air wingtip to wingtip transfer above the city streets of Los Santos. Wispy ™ has put together an 8-minute compilation of his choice moments using the Hydra this past week, while the ubiquitous Malicious Intentt Crew were amongst the first to profess their Hydra love - with a little help from Marvin Gaye. Definitely check out the 2:32 mark of this video which showcases an awesome mid-air Hydra hijack executed with aplomb by InfamousTim. Finally, Newswire Fan Vids vets Venus & NightMare have been soaring across the big skies of Blaine County all week in their new toy. Here's their Hydra stunting montage below, featuring this sick tunnel maneuver and more. 

The Hydra is not the only new vehicle to capture the imagination of the GTA Online community. The Lampadati Casco and Armored Kuruma have their own fair share of admirers as seen below:


redditor Bong55555's parlays the new in-game pointing gesture to emphasize feelings for the new Lampadati Casco:"The Lampadati Casco not only looks superb and handles great, but he has the baddest engine sound of all! New favorite car!" Also check out lorzatrol of the GTAPhotographers' glorious Snapmatic ode to the Casco.

 
 
BOOCAKE4U put together this photo journal to document just how tough the Armored Kuruma (which unlocks after completing the first Heist) is. BOOCAKE4U’s full timeline of destruction Clockwise from top left: The Armored Kuruma unscathed; after about 15 train hits; "another 20 or so train molestations"; still driving after a "brief firefight," a backwards drive on the freeway (ramming cars whenever possible) and a trip to the car wash.  Also inspired by the enduring hardiness of the Armored Kuruma, Ziedus puts it through the ringer in this vid.

Meanwhile, here’s the Kuruma in better days, captured looking pristine by BMX stunter extraordinaire Fishy Dizzle...

INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE

Just a few #Heists inspired shots by the always creative Snapmatic community. Share your own down below…


GTAPhotographer Crew member xx19scorpius83xx gives us the first person experience as he aims his Hydra directly towards the Vinewood sign.


proracer puts the enemy on blast from the side of a Valkyrie.


Avid racer LambentBunny observes the Hydra as a night bird in the sky. 


kaiware00 incriminates some teammates striking a pose with the new flare guns and masks.

And a snap from one of the thriving GTA Online IG community channels, @gtacarmeets_ps celebrating the completion of their first (of many!) successful Heist with a couple of Pisswassers at the local pub.

THE ART OF THE HEIST

Artist Julius Granada posted this very impressive GTA Online Heists inspired original painting last week on the eve of its release – beautiful chaos.

Incidentally, the GTA Online Heists official artwork is also now available for download in the full range of desktop and mobile backgrounds, as well as available for avatar use.

Crew Noticeboard: Heist Crews Seeking Accomplices

Posted on March 16 2015, 10:22am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

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

With GTA Online Heists now available to play across all platforms, the latest edition of the Noticeboard features several Crews recruiting specifically with Heists in mind. If you're looking for a talented, dedicated squad to roll out on a score with and perhaps even take home that massive $10,000,000 bonus for the Criminal Mastermind Challenge, hit the jump to check out these pitches.

GTA Online Heists Now Available

Posted on March 10 2015, 8:20am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Heists, a brand new 4-player cooperative gameplay experience for Grand Theft Auto Online, giving players the chance to team up and pull off a string of intense, multi-part heists, raids and robberies across Los Santos and Blaine County, is now available for free inside Grand Theft Auto Online.

Plan, Prepare, Execute – Online Heists span numerous missions featuring new gameplay, vehicles, weapons, and scenarios to test a team’s full set of skills: from computer hacking to stealth infiltration, precision driving to aerial dogfighting, sniping, skydiving and much more.

4-Player Teams, 4 Ways to Play – Choose your roles and strategize to complete each stage of a Heist, with tight communication and coordination the key to success. Some missions will require the team to work as a single unit, while others will break the team into separate roles to complete key objectives. Replay each Heist to experience a different perspective on the action, and complete Elite Challenges for extra cash.

Additional New Adversary Modes – Brings new kinds of competition to GTA Online while new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities bring chaos to the streets of Los Santos and Blaine County.

Assemble Your Team – Create a Crew or join existing Crews at the Rockstar Games Social Club to earn additional RP rewards as you play.

 

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Play Now – Heists are now available for free inside Grand Theft Auto Online for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One (PC players will also get Heists as part of their GTA Online experience when GTAV launches for PC on April 14th). To get it, just start up GTAV from your online-connected console and follow the update prompts on screen. For a complete list of all of today's updates, check out the official notes at the Rockstar Support site.


Previously:
Setting Up for GTA Online Heists
The GTA Online Heists Experience: Early Impressions

Setting Up for GTA Online Heists

Posted on March 6 2015, 2:03pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With the launch of GTA Online Heists imminent, we have no doubt you and your Crew are cracking your knuckles and rubbing your sticky fingers together at the prospect of pulling off elaborate robberies at some of Los Santos' most closely-guarded institutions. Massive scores of GTA$ await those with the planning and the teamwork to pull these audacious thefts off. As you're taking final roll calls on your most trusted allies ahead of the launch of Heists on March 10th, here are a few pointers to help ensure your plan is of the best-laid variety.  

FOLLOW THE LEADER
First things first: every Heist needs a leader and the Heist Leader is going to need to be at least rank 12 and own a high-end apartment with a planning board in order to co-ordinate the crime. Not only do Heist Leaders cough up all of the setup costs up-front, they have complete control over team roles and the cut of the final take each Crew Member gets. Additionally, Heist progress is only saved for the Heist Leader - so when choosing a leader it makes sense to link up with someone you can trust.

ALL TALK
It should go without saying that good teamwork starts with communication - and headsets are important to successfully pulling off Heists. Whether it's telling a lookout where they need to be, a passenger locating vehicles using the Trackify app and giving directions to the driver, or two infiltrators operating a pair of security panels in perfect sync.

ROLL CALL
At different stages of each Heist, Crew members will be assigned different roles. These could be slightly different responsibilities within a single scenario - for example, two lookouts and a bodyguard while a buyer completes a less-then-legal exchange of information - or larger deviations, like two players patrolling in an attack chopper above while the other two infiltrate a facility below. It's important for all players to know their strengths and, in turn, for the Heist Leader to assign accordingly. If you see yourself as an ace pilot, then put in some time at the Flight School and increase that flying stat to prove it. 

TOOL UP
Professionals don't expect the customer to provide the tools for the job. While there might be some more specialized equipment that may be provided (or that you'll need to acquire) along the way, for the most part you'll be using your own custom vehicles and firearms to get by. So it's a good time to take stock and make sure your garage and your arsenal are prepared for all possibilities. Silencers on guns and RPGs in general are especially useful for certain Heists while four-door vehicles with added armor can come in handy if you like to keep your friends close. With GTA Online Heists you'll be able to unlock a range of new vehicles and gear including an extensive selection of new outfits perfect for whatever each Heist throws at you.

BONUS ROUND
For the financially ambitious there are a few ways to increase the income from Heists in a major way. First off, each Heist has its own Elite Challenge which, upon completion, will yield a substantial cash bonus. These can be completed multiple times, but be warned: they're no cakewalk.

On top of that, there are Special Heist Completion bonuses that can only be achieved once per person, but will add some serious zeros to your bank balance. They are as follows:

  • First Time – Completing each Heist Finale for the first time, will net you a bonus cash reward
  • All In Order Challenge – Complete all Heists in order, including Setups, to receive a $1,000,000 cash bonus
  • Loyalty Challenge – Complete all Heists, including Setups, with the same team of players to receive an additional $1,000,000 bonus
  • Criminal Mastermind Challenge – Complete all Heists, in order, with the same group of players, without losing any lives, to receive a massive $10,000,000 bonus

The one-off bonus challenges are linked to in game awards. You can monitor your award progress via the Stats > Awards tab in the Pause Menu.

 

Previously:
The GTA Online Heists Experience: Early Impressions
Adversary Modes, Daily Objectives and More New Updates Also Coming to GTA Online March 10th
GTAV Updates: Online Heists Coming March 10, GTAV for PC Coming April 14

The GTA Online Heists Experience: Early Impressions

Posted on March 6 2015, 1:12pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

While you're counting down the days to the impending launch of GTA Online Heists, a select few members of the press worldwide had the chance to play through an entire Heist start to finish, to give you a sneak preview this week of what you can expect when the brand new 4-player cooperative Heists arrive in GTA Online on March 10th. Head on over to the respective sites to hear about their experiences in full, and check out some sample quotes below:

"Our overall goal was to break into a laboratory, steal their data, and get out clean, splitting up $540,000 in the process. It featured five setup missions and then the heist itself, and from start to finish it took us almost exactly three hours. I’m confident we could get that down to two-and-a-half or even two flat with an experienced, well-coordinated team, but the point is that these long-awaited four-player online heists are meaty and, in our initial experience, very different from anything else in GTA 5." - IGN

"Precision's needed to survive and thrive for higher scores and rewards, but you're still going to howl with laughter when someone stacks it. For us, it was the accidental parody of Planet Terror's chopper blade decapitation which diced team members waiting to get to the chopper. Or a neck and neck race for pole position during an impromptu race ending in explosive carnage due to an (im)perfectly timed train rolling across the road." - Gamereactor

You can also read others' experiences with Heists at Meristation, Gameswelt and Power Unlimited. And check out glimpses from some of the Heists that have been posted to our official Instagram.

 

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Previously:
Adversary Modes, Daily Objectives and More New Updates Also Coming to GTA Online March 10th
Online Heists Coming March 10

New Music Coming to GTAV: The Alchemist and Oh No Present Welcome to Los Santos

Posted on March 6 2015, 10:33am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

Brand new radio station and soundtrack album release are on the way from GTAV score composers The Alchemist & Oh No.

Today, we're proud to announce The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, a genre-spanning collection of new music for Grand Theft Auto V, debuting with the PC version of GTAV on April 14th plus a full standalone album release to follow on April 21st from Mass Appeal Records.

Welcome to Los Santos features fresh tracks inspired by GTAV's original score, composed by The Alchemist and Oh No in partnership with Woody Jackson and Tangerine Dream to create a uniquely ambitious album. The Alchemist and Oh No weave together a musical journey that covers every corner of the fictional world of Grand Theft Auto V and features guests from across the musical spectrum – including Earl SweatshirtLittle DragonPhantogramFreddie GibbsPopcaanKiller MikeTunde Adebimpe and Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands).

The music from Welcome to Los Santos will debut in GTAV for PC with a new The Alchemist and Oh No-hosted radio station ‘The Lab’ being added to the Los Santos radio dial. Stay tuned for more updates on GTAV music in the future. The album tracks will also be made available in the Rockstar Editor for PC as soundtracks for your original custom videos. The full standalone album, set for release on April 21st, will be available for digital download and at retail in both CD and vinyl releases from Mass Appeal Records.

Read the Vanity Fair article here, and listen to the first single off the album, titled “Play it Cool” by Gangrene (The Alchemist and Oh No) featuring Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands) and Earl Sweatshirt. And stay tuned for much more about the Welcome to Los Santos album in the weeks ahead.

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