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Fan Art & Snaps: GTAV in Stained Glass, Amazing Rockstar Line Drawing & Stunning Snapmatics

Posted on February 26 2015, 4:51pm | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

This week, check out impressive fan-made artistic creations including a Behance art project that casts the characters of GTAV in stained-glass, some sweet illustrated Valentine’s Day cards that were posted this month from the lovelorn Trevor and Franklin – along with a gallery of the latest and greatest Snapmatics with some of the finest in-game photography seen to date.

Striking at a glance, and amazing upon closer inspection – the Rockstar logo as one continuous line drawing by Chaz Schmidt. Watch his making-of video to see how it all came together.

The tabernacle of Saints Michael, Franklin and Trevor – alongside Sister Beach Weather. A divine piece by Mexican artist Jose Detangs. He’s also posted each pane in detail.

Hit the jump below for illustrated Valentine’s Day cards from Trevor and Franklin, a Snapmatic gallery and more.

GTAV Updates: Online Heists Coming March 10, GTAV for PC Coming April 14

Posted on February 24 2015, 10:01am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

We have release date updates to share, along with a collection of new Heists screenshots.

Online Heists
We are excited to announce that the launch of Heists for GTA Online is scheduled for March 10th. We know it’s been a wait, and appreciate your patience. Heists will bring a brand new 4-player cooperative gameplay experience to GTA Online, giving players the chance to team up to pull off a string of intense, multi-part raids and robberies across Los Santos and Blaine County. Over the next couple of weeks, we will have more information about the launch of Heists and about other new features that we will release with it.

GTAV for PC will be arriving on April 14th at retail and as a digital download. Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC. As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional $200,000 in-game cash for use in GTA Online.

As always, we ask for the GTA PC community’s understanding and assistance in helping to report any concerns during the early days of launch when those inevitable initial teething issues arise on the new platform. If you do experience issues please visit Rockstar Games Support and send feedback to – we’ll be closely monitoring the situation and addressing any hitches as quickly as we can. 

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is our most graphically and technically advanced version yet, fully optimized to support a broad range of current hardware (system specifications) and features a host of PC-specific enhancements including greater levels of detail, deep configuration options and ultra-high-definition support – as well as the powerful new Rockstar Editor for recording, staging and editing original custom videos.

We thank GTA players worldwide for their patience in awaiting these big game updates and we are excited to bring both Heists and GTAV for PC to you very soon. Please stay tuned for lots more information in the weeks ahead and for now, check out some new screens showing action from Heists.

GTAV PC: New Release Date, First Screens and System Specs
GTA Online Heists: New Trailer and Info

GTA Fan Vids: Bird Stunting, Things You Don’t See in Superhero Movies & More

Posted on February 13 2015, 1:39pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games

This week, check out some inspired new productions from the creative 8-Bit Bastard troupe as well as Commandoflauge's new machinima superhero parody filmed in Los Santos - plus the latest jaw-dropping feats from the stunting scene.

GTA 5 Bird Stunt Montage | Animal Stuntage Spoof by 8-BIT BASTARD
It’s stupid pet tricks – Los Santos Style. A new group of stunting naturals have swooped in to show all would-be ace pilots how it's done. Whether it's flying through a narrow parking garage or simply eyeing up the bread crumbs falling off of your Bleeder Burger, these birds are worth watching.

Also Check Out:
GTA 5 Bird Time Lapse | As The Crow Flies | 60fps by 8-BIT BASTARD

GTA 5 - Stunt Montage - "A Stunters Path" by Hazardous
Hazardous has wowed before with dynamic stunt montages, collaborative all-star videos featuring fellow daredevil and friend Kwebbelkop, and the more lighthearted Shit GTA 5 People Say! series. Now he's back with a vengeance, sporting a fresh arsenal of sick tricks (now featuring first-person vantages) to celebrate hitting 200K Subscribers on his YouTube channel. There are many impressive tricks in this presentation but Hazard's full backflip into a spot-on sticky bomb helicopter takedown near the two minute mark simply has to be seen to be believed.

Also Check Out:
GTA V - 1st Person View Proximity Flying WINGSUIT - Sky children - SKYZ by banjabi

Things You Don't See in: Superhero Movies - Part 1 & Part 2 by Commandoflauge
The Commandoflauge squad offers up some seriously silly super-hero inspired outtakes. This hilarious original machinima series follows the trials and misadventures of a shadowy, vigilante known as "Pigman", exposing the less glamorous sides of superhero work such as answering awkward costume material billing inquiries from Maze Bank’s fraud prevention department and the realities of executing those dramatic in-the-nick-of-time rescues.

GTA 5 THE CAR (1977) Movie Trailer by gigerbrick
This is certainly one of the weirder selections of the movie trailer recreations we’ve featured here at the Newswire – but just as impeccably produced. Horror film connoisseur gigerbrick brings us this shot-for-shot recreation of the trailer for eerie late 70’s cult flick “The Car” - where an unmanned black sedan terrorizes a small Southwestern town in a seemingly unstoppable rampage.

Also Check Out:
GTA 5 Devils Rejects (Movie Trailer) by gigerbrick

Of course, if you've got an excellent GTA or Rockstar themed clip of your own that you think the world needs to see, send it our way to have a look at, and we may feature it in a future round-up here at the Newswire.

Jaw-Dropping BMX Stunts from ErasableNinja, Santa Monica VS Del Perro POV and More

Crew Noticeboard: The Unusual Females, LS Hell Hounds, Heavy Metal Invasion and Others Now Recruiting

Posted on February 12 2015, 4:56pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively seeking new members to join their ranks where we publish your recruitment pitches in your own words.

The latest edition features some new blood, as well as familiar faces branching out elsewhere in the GTA Online Crew community. Representing a few contrasting styles, you should certainly find a solid Crew here to get in where you fit in. Check out the recruitment pitches below to see what works for you.

Player-Created GTA Online Throwback Jobs: Inspired by Missions from Vice City & More

Posted on February 10 2015, 12:21pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Last year, we shared a batch of fine GTA Online Jobs fans had created in tribute to classic Grand Theft Auto missions from back in the days. Using the hashtag #throwback when publishing them to Social Club, nostalgic players continue to make excellent gameplay experiences that pay homage to the exploits of Tommy Vercetti, CJ and more in Race, Deathmatch and Capture form. Below, check out just a few great ones we've found that are worth giving a go.

Click on the name of the Job to see it at Social Club and bookmark it to your game, and let the Social Club community know in the comments section if you've made any of your own #Throwback Jobs that you're especially proud of.

The Fastest Boat by GhostFire79 (Xbox One & Xbox 360)
The description to this Capture kicks off the nostalgia: "Remember Vice City in the old days? Playing on the PS2 and having a blast!" What unfolds is a tribute to the mission "The Fastest Boat" from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, where Tommy Vercetti has to steal a speedboat for Ricardo Diaz. The result here is an entertaining Capture which provides a nice mix of combat over land, air and sea - as players try to retrieve the titular boat and return it to their Capture Point.

Bikers enter stage right in Love Fist Fury

Love Fist Fury by giantnugget (Xbox One & Xbox 360)
"Love Fist is in town for one night only!" according to giantnugget's description, and Los Santos residents are going to extreme measures to be the first to the ticket booth. This is a challenging, intricate Bike Race around Vinewood Bowl, with staircase climbing sections and turns tighter than Jezz Torrent's leather trousers.

Dam and Blast by PyRo235 (PS4 & PS3)
In PyRo235's own words, this take on Dam and Blast is "Classic GTA: San Andreas but with a different spin". Here, it's the Land Act Dam in place of the Sherman Dam, and an encounter between The Lost MC and The Ballas setting the scene for an entertaining Team Deathmatch. The narrow battlefield might make for a straight-up, eyeball-to-eyeball skirmish on first inspection, but smart weapon placement opens up opportunities for the more strategic soldier. Look out for the HVY Dozer as a creative way to provide some mobile cover; just pray the other team hasn't discovered the Sticky Bomb stash by that point...

The Land Act Dam can't stop the river of bullets in Dam and Blast

High Stakes, Low Rider by reform1 (PS4 & PS3)
The race "High Stakes, Low Rider" from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a popular inspiration for GTA Online tributes, and this effort by reform1 is a challenging Race with just enough intricacy and overtaking opportunities to ensure a tight pack right up to the finish line on Del Perro Pier.

Bad Cop Drop by Infernus_XS (PS4 & PS3)
A crooked cop decoy is what goes down in "Bad Cop Drop", the Lost and Damned mission this Deathmatch is based on. Here, re-contextualized as a drug deal inside an LCPD parking lot. "Real smart," as Infernus_XS notes in the description. The multi-layered setup here adds great variety and there is ample heavy firepower scattered around to ensure loud noises. Those with a penchant for a dramatic entrance might want to look out for the parachute on the roof, just below the helipad.

Hit The Pipe by tREVENGE124 (PS4 & PS3)
tREVENGE124 sets the scene nicely for this Capture based on a mission from The Lost and Damned: "Whenever a small shipment of guns or crack come to San Andreas, The Lost are all over it. A Cuban 800 carrying drugs arrived at McKenzie Fields, but The Lost seized it. They transported it in 2 Gang Burritos to their trailer park. Get the vans back to McKenzie Fields where the Cuban 800 is awaiting. Be careful, they have half of Alderney with them." This Job is a well-balanced Capture, with heavily-guarded Gang Burritos and a long drive back to the Capture Point, providing much opportunity for on-road skirmishes.

Aim for the tires to stop the shipment of drugs in Hit The Pipe

Witness Protection GTA V by 19JDTB98 (Xbox One & Xbox 360)
Based on the multiplayer mode of the same name from The Lost and Damned, this Capture Job pits the LSPD against The Lost in a bid to seize control of a prison van. The locations of the Capture Points effectively reinforce the theme and restricting players to sawn-offs means you'll need real teamwork (and not just a hail of bullets) to take the van and successfully escort it to your base.

Arab Money by dfeazy (Xbox One & Xbox 360)
Though not explicitly mentioned, we're betting the "son of an Arab oil emperor" mentioned in dfeazy's description is none other than Yusuf Amir who you may remember from The Ballad of Gay Tony, given his fondness for the Busta Rhymes song “Arab Money” and the mention of his "Dangerous friends over in Liberty City". This Capture sees the LS Golf Club - quite literally - smothered with money in the form of briefcases, along with some lethal guards trying to keep control of it. First players must try to grab the cash from the fairway and return it to their respective Capture Points but, when the guards are downed, it quickly turns into a to-and-fro battle as teams attempt to steal Capture Objects from their opponents' bases while protecting their own.


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.

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GTAV Soundtrack Artist Spotlight: An Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

Posted on February 9 2015, 3:50pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games

In our latest GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode, we chat and play with GTAV soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 ("Sleepwalking").

We recently hung out with Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 aka Kamtin Mohager - the act responsible for one of GTAV's most signature tunes, "Sleepwalking" as heard in the game's official trailer and original TV spot. Playing some GTA Online live together on the Rockstar Twitch channel, we chatted with him about Chain Gang and what he's been up to since "Sleepwalking" first exploded across the airwaves of Radio Mirror Park. Check out the GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode above for some great highlights and read on for choice excerpts from the interview.

On coming up with the name of his band...
"I started the band at the very end of 2006 and at the time I was listening to a lot of The Raveonettes - and they had a record called Chain Gang of Love. So I took that and took the birth year of another artist of mine that I love, Ryan Adams, and got "The Chain Gang of 1974". I did realize it's a bit long so I'm trying to retire the 'The' from the band name."

On Daydream Forever coming out on vinyl...
"We are working on it - I wish it was just a very easy thing. It's cool because I am a big vinyl nerd and vinyl is definitely back. But that also means production takes a very long time. I did get the rights for it and it's going to be coming into production very soon... its definitely going to happen this year."

And on its release on cassette...
"There is a kind of whole cassette thing going on right now and I just think it's a fun way to release music and continue to allow things to be exciting for the fans and listeners so we're just going to do a limited release of cassettes [in February]."

On what exactly "Sleepwalking" is about...
"Being emo and heartbroken, man [laughs].... No, I like writing music about that kind of stuff, its fun. I'm influenced by a lot of those kinds of bands and I think it's very universal and people can relate to it. But yeah, just about an ex-girlfriend, that's about it but... made it work. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have had a song in GTAV so there we go, round of applause to her."

On the writing process...
"The last two records I did [2011's Wayward Fire and 2014's Daydream Forever] I worked on with one of my good buddies, Isom Innis [of Foster the People]... him and I work in a certain way that's very quick. We basically moved to Malibu and I think I went into the studio with a couple of ideas, but we just brought all our own gear, lived in the house for a month up in the hills and we came back with an 11 song record."

On new project Teenage Wrist...
"We want to do this thing in a very organic manner so basically we put the first single out ["Teenage Wrist"] and we were very excited how things kind of developed with it. People took notice, just randomly Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance found it and was talking about it and it was just a really cool thing to have that happen. I collaborated on the project with my good friend Marshall [Gallagher, of Swing Hero], who I went to high school with in Colorado and our drummer Anthony as well. We're having fun with it, its cool to not be in an electronic band, just be in a kind of grungy rock band for a little bit. We're getting ready to put the second single out... and then we'll be announcing the album details pretty soon."

Big thanks to Kam for stopping by and also to the community for asking some really great questions in the Twitch chat. You can catch the stream in its entirety here and to keep up with Kam, check out Chain Gang's Facebook page and give a listen to Teenage Wrist's first single, "Afterglow," below:

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Fan Pics: The iFruit L.A. Photo Project by GTAist, Unbelievable Action GIFs and More

Posted on February 9 2015, 6:47am | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

In this week's roundup of excellent bits of GTAV and Rockstar fandom, check out an amazing L.A. vs L.S. iFruit photo project by GTAist, some pretty unbelievable action GIFs that  have been making the rounds on Reddit - as well as the latest masterpieces by GTA fandom illustrators of renown. Thanks of course to everyone who has sent their work for us to check out - please keep them coming via Mouthoff, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, where we often share great fan creations on the regular.

"What do you do when you live in Los Angeles (a city based on the latest Grand Theft Auto game), have a camera, and a few mornings/evenings of free time?" GTAist answers his own question with this remarkable gallery of interactive comparisons that showcase game vs. reality.

Dedicated GTA fan and Snapmatic photographer extraordinaire @DaniCallux tweeted out the finished version of her custom-made GTAV sneaks. Ready-made to stomp out on the streets of Los Santos.

Above are two awesome action gifs that we found on the Grand Theft Auto V subreddit. On the left, Thenamenononehas has GIF'd up an epic chase-sequence hole-in-one. For a bit of behind-the-scenes, check out the original video, and even one from the perspective of the guy getting hit. To the right, _Griggs_ posted this explosive GIF'd footage showing off his fearlessness in taking down an oncoming chopper.

In contrast, Parabellum used SA96HD's 'The Beauty of Blaine County' video to create these pastoral and peaceful nature GIFs.

Redditor KathyArt21 shared this awesome Trevor papercraft figurine she created for a college project. For anyone who'd like to fashion one for yourself, she helpfully shares the template files as well.


The talented OneRandomDolly hosts live art streams every Monday on her Twitch channel including this recent creation which was drawn live on air of her owl-masked GTA Online character she calls 'Neigh Neigh'.


Dutch artist Beltegoed sent over this strikingly stylized "360 Panoramic Night Image" of the 'world' of Los Santos via Mouthoff.

Veteran fandom illustrator Julia Scott is truly one of the greats and her latest work over at the ID & EGO tumblr continues with fan-fic inspired depictions of Michael and Trevor's imagined North Yankton days in her signature style.

Another fandom artist stalwart, Amanda of loseranthems.tumblr, imagines what Trevor must be getting up to in these winter months: bunkering down with plenty o' Piswasser.

A pair of the latest and greatest from DeviantARTist Krbllov: on the left, a stark line drawing depicting how a meeting between Niko, Luis and Trevor might go down; on the right, an awesomely detailed illustration of Krbllov's excitement for GTAV's forthcoming release on PC.

Longo Aurelien sent us this great tribute to The Warriors via Mouthoff: "I’m a young artist from Belgium and I am a big fan of your games, but I'm especially in love with 'The Warriors'! The game of my life! So I mix my two passions to make a masterpiece (I hope..)! A big illustration inspired from the game and also the movie (Discovered after playing your amazing game)." Make sure to check out the video to see some great close ups of this fantastic piece of art that took 150 hours to create.

Maxifen's original 3D painting of Trevor taunting Chop is worthy of close inspection to appreciate all the fantastic details. Head over to his deviantART page to see the piece in high-res.

Ruubzway drew this tribute for requester Space-Kabob - honoring original Townley-Philips criminal associate "Rad" Brad Snider.


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Get Double RP in this Weekend's GTA Online Verified Playlist

Posted on February 6 2015, 4:07pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Starting today and lasting through Sunday, February 8th - get 2X RP in the GTA Online Event Playlist of new Verified Jobs. The Playlist features a selection of 5 Jobs to try out from this week's Verified selections:

 Bahama West Mama Mia!
 Border War
 Close Quarters LTS
 Contend: Zombie Town
 San Andreas Shootout LTS

To jump right in and start earning Double RP, just fire up GTAV and hit the "Event Playlist" button on the launch screen, or access it via the "Playlists" section of the GTA Online Start Menu.

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