Exclusive Unlocks, In-Game Discounts and More in the GTA Online Freemode Events Social Club Weekend this Fri-Sun

Posted on September 18 2015, 1:46pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Prepare for a whole 'nother level of Freemode chaos in GTA Online this weekend. To help you gain an edge in the array of new games and challenges in this week's Freemode Events Update, retailers across Los Santos and Blaine County are slashing prices on a whole host of goods and services, including fast rides, heavy weapons and assistance from the likes of Lester Crest, Merryweather and Pegasus. There's also a new GTAV gear sweepstakes to enter at Social Club and exclusive in-game t-shirts to unlock each day this weekend. Read on for the full breakdown of everything going on in GTA Online this weekend:


In case you missed it as part of our announcement earlier this week, if you complete any five of the brand new GTA Online Freemode Events or Challenges by Sunday, you'll get GTA$50,000 bonus in-game cash plus the exclusive Vapid t-shirt for your in-game character. The GTA$ and t-shirt will be awarded to your GTA Online character by Friday, September 25.


Your vehicle choice during the Freemode Events and Challenges can be the difference between winning or losing, surviving or perishing. Whether you're being shunted out of contention in Penned In, nailing that Longest Jump you scouted out last week, or in a race to bag your place in Kill List Competitive, you'll want a vehicle that will give you the best possible chance of victory. Pull out your iFruit and place an order for some of our recommended vehicles, which have been handily discounted by 50% for this weekend only. Full list below:

Adder Buzzard Insurgent Savage
Annihilator Dubsta Lectro Seashark
Armored Kuruma Entity XF Mallard Vestra
Bati801RR Frogger Marshall Zentorno
Besra Hakuchou Sanchez  


To make sure you're properly prepared to wreak havoc in Freemode Events like Hot Property, King Of The Castle, Hunt The Beast and others, Ammu-Nation is bringing out the heavy artillery this weekend, slashing prices by half on the Heavy Sniper, Micro SMG, Carbine Rifle and Minigun, as well as all ammo. And protect yourself from insidious onslaughts this weekend with half off on Armor, Bulletproof Helmets and Bulletproof Tires.


With the action coming thick and fast, sometimes the best way to get by is with a little help from your friends. You may need to lose a pesky Wanted Level or call for a Helicopter to chauffeur you to the Freemode Event location. You also want to maximize your chances in Hot Property or King Of The Castle by arriving on the scene in a Lazer - or perhaps have your Buzzard Attack Chopper delivered nearby to ensure you've got the best perspective on the runaway Beast. For these possibilities and more, all Pegasus and Merryweather Phone Services are discounted by 50% this weekend, along with Lester's Remove Wanted Level service to guarantee you're never hindered in taking part in the next Freemode Event.


To celebrate the launch of the Rockstar Editor for PS4 and Xbox One, three new t-shirts featuring some of Vinewood's biggest blockbusters will be made available this weekend. To grab them, all you need to do is log on to GTA Online once per day throughout the Event Weekend - every day you log on you'll get a different t-shirt added to your character's inventory:

Friday, September 18th: Vinewood Zombie
Saturday, September 19th: I Married My Dad
Sunday, September 20th: Die Already



Specifically for Xbox 360 & PS3 players this weekend, we're increasing the frequency on all kinds of classic Freemode occurrences, including Armored Trucks, Kill Targets and High Priority Vehicles - with lucrative rewards upon completion of each. Amidst this mayhem, special Event Crate Drops will also be descending from the skies on Xbox 360 & PS3, with exclusive t-shirts that you might have missed out on in previous Events.


To celebrate the world-spanning nature of the GTA Online Freemode Events Update, our Social Club Weekend contest features a collection of GTA merch that's representative of what Los Santos and Blaine County has to offer. It includes a Merryweather T-Shirt, Los Santos Lifeguard T-shirt, GTA V Epsilon Paperweight, GTA V Loneliest Robot Greeting Card, GTA V Lifeinvader Mouse Pad and Rockstar sticker packs as well. To enter for your chance to nab the gear, head over to the Social Club Events Page and hit the Enter Sweepstakes button in the lower right corner.

And for all the prospective new auteurs on PS4 and Xbox One inquiring about the next Rockstar Editor Contest, we're giving you this week to get familiar with the tool before launching the first multi-platform Editor Contest later this month.


For those looking forward to the next official Rockstar livestream – stay tuned as we’ve got an epic one lined up for you next week Tuesday September 22nd at 3:30-4:30pm Eastern with some very special guests from the GTAV soundtrack to be announced very soon... For now, mark your calendar, and follow Rockstar on Twitch and YouTube Gaming.

Also stay tuned for the first Rockstar Editor contest for PS4, Xbox One and PC to be announced sometime next week - giving all the new budding directors on PS4 and Xbox One some time to polish those editorial skills before the gauntlet is thrown down.

GTA Online Freemode Events Update Now Available for PS4, Xbox One & PC

Crew Noticeboard: An Apocalyptic Brotherhood, Music Lovers and More

Posted on September 17 2015, 2:06pm | Author: R* L | 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.

In this edition, we feature pitches from a Crew that gets their inspiration from the music of Los Santos, a post-apocalyptic brotherhood, a devilish MC squad and a dedicated car club.

GTA Online Sessions: Freemode Events Special featuring Lazlow, Swiftor & Hat Films (aka The Stunt Lads)

Posted on September 15 2015, 1:57pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Check out a special edition of GTA Online Sessions at the official Rockstar YouTube channel featuring a few of the brand new Freemode Events released today for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

We invited in our old friend Swiftor and the gents from Hat Films (who you may know for their excellent ‘Stunt Lads’ Rockstar Editor video machinima series that we’ve featured here at the Newswire recently) to join Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast Team for a ridiculous session playing a selection of Freemode Events including Penned In, Kill List and Hunt the Beast.

GTA Online Freemode Events Update Now Available for PS4, Xbox One & PC

Posted on September 15 2015, 10:30am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

The Freemode Events Update for Grand Theft Auto Online is now available as an automatic download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This entirely new way to play GTA Online with no loading screens or lobbies features a wide array of madness, including:

Hunt the Beast
Become the Beast – a stronger, faster (and hairier) version of your character - and flee relentless pursuers all over Los Santos and Blaine County.

King of the Castle
An every man for himself turf war where you’ll need to ascend and claim the designated ‘castle’ as your territory – and then fend off everyone else as they go all out to dethrone you.

Hot Property
Grab the briefcase and go! Jump into a car, bike, boat, motorcycle, P-996 Lazer or just run for the hills with the coveted contraband in hand. Be one of the three players who hold the briefcase the longest to score GTA$ and RP bonuses.

Moving Target
The first player to enter a marked vehicle will become the Moving Target, tasked with safely delivering the vehicle to a designated location. While the marked vehicles will be durable, it’ll take some serious elusive finesse to survive other players’ attempts to destroy you before the drop point.

Checkpoint Challenge
Compete with all your Freemode competitors in a mad dash across southern San Andreas. Who will be the first to race or fly through all the designated checkpoints for fame, fortune and reputation?

Kill List and Kill List Competitive
Take control of some of heavy artillery and duke it out with the mercenaries from Merryweather Security. Rack up GTA$ and RP for each kill.

Dead Drop
Fight for possession of valuable contraband and see if you can make the drop first in this ruthless smuggler’s run.

Penned In
When you see the enormous dome appear over the Los Santos skyline, jump into the closest ride and find your way into it before the timer starts. Then, stay within the dome as it begins to move and shrink, smashing and bashing rivals out. Those who are left out of the dome for more than 7 seconds will explode. See if you can be the sole survivor at the very end.

Criminal Damage
Whet your appetite for destruction with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Get strapped with a favorite piece of heavy artillery and let loose over a given time period with no wanted level in sight. Wanton destruction is rewarded with every bullet hole and blast. The player with the largest property damage bill who causes the most destruction will win.

Hold the Wheel
A Sanchez, a Golf Cart or another otherwise humble mode of transport is made into an indestructible marked vehicle. Take command of it and avoid all the other jackers and assailants in your session to be the one in the driver’s seat when time runs out. Try and go for it solo to keep the entire GTA$ award for yourself, or shrewdly partner up with a gunner to ride with you for protection and split the earnings.

Time Trial
Record the fastest time possible, with a new course to master every week that awards you GTA$ and RP for beating our target time or your own personal best - and a championship worthy haul if you can take down the World Record.

Freemode Challenges
Compete in 19 unique Challenges against your Freemode friends and foes. See who can perform the longest jump, who can drive the farthest without crashing, who can fall the longest distance without dying, who can freefall the farthest before pulling their ‘chute – and many other ways to risk your neck to try and be a top 3 finisher for GTA$ and RP rewards.


The Freemode Events Update also includes two all-new exciting Adversary Modes:

Cross the Line: Heavily-armed squads face off across a neutral zone – with the goal of having all team members strategically penetrate their opponents territory to claim victory.

Hunting Pack: You’re part of a team tasked to deliver a priority vehicle rigged to explode if it drops below a minimum speed, while your opponents race, ram and batter to take it down.

The Freemode Events Update includes the launch of the Rockstar Editor on the PS4 and Xbox One - with several new features that have been added to it for all platforms - including an ambient audio and sound effects library, Snapmatic integration, Director Mode updates, and new fonts.

Today's update also brings new features to the GTA Online Creator, which includes the ability to properly stack and overlap Props, as well as the ability to save Prop templates that can be reused throughout custom Job creation. Now, clever Creators can make insane mega ramps, super loops, and brilliant parkour courses better than ever.

Complete any 5 of these brand new GTA Online Freemode Events between Tuesday, September 15th and Sunday, September 20th to get GTA$50,000 bonus in-game cash plus an exclusive Vapid t-shirt (awarded by Friday, September 25th). And look for more details on more GTA Online bonuses to be announced in the upcoming Freemode Events Social Club Weekend later this week here at the Newswire.

The GTA Online Freemode Events Update: Watch the New Trailer

Check It Out: The Warriors Reunion in Coney Island this Sunday September 13th

Posted on September 11 2015, 11:29am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Attention all you boppers. The Warriors are back in the city and headed to CI, the big Coney. This coming Sunday September 13th, many of the film's original cast members will be reuniting at the Surf Pavilion for The Warriors Coney Island Festival in what they're dubbing the "Last Subway Ride Reunion Tour". 

Hosted by singer John Joseph of the Cro-Mags (you may have heard their work on Liberty City Hardcore), the day will feature everything from meet-and-greets with the original cast (including many of The Warriors themselves as well as actors who portrayed memorable members of rival gangs like the Orphans and Baseball Furies), live music from bands including Sick of It All (another LCHC alumni), a costume contest and a film screening right there on the gang's turf. Doors open at 10 A.M. and tickets are available for purchase here. If you’re as big a fan of this cult classic as we are and you’re in the NYC area, it sounds like one not to miss.

This fall also marks the 10th Anniversary of our own 2005 videogame adaptation of The Warriors - so for those of you who can't make that long journey to BK, feel free to get nostalgic by sharing your best Warrior-themed GTA Online Jobs for others to play. We’ll be looking to feature them next month in a special edition Throwback Jobs post alongside homages to 2005’s Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories as well.

35th Anniversary of The Warriors: Check Out the GTA Online Fan-Made Warriors Inspired Playlist

The GTA Online Freemode Events Update Coming Next Week September 15th: Watch the New Trailer

Posted on September 10 2015, 10:59am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Freemode Events in Grand Theft Auto Online are a new advancement in open world gameplay, giving players access to a range of seamlessly integrated games and challenges in GTA Online’s Freemode. Taking full advantage of the latest generation of consoles and PC hardware, there are no menus, lobbies, or load times – just an open Freemode session filled with Friends, Crewmates, rivals, and randoms where spontaneous and chaotic new games and challenges will appear.

One of these events can kick off at any given moment while in Freemode, and you can customize your session to decide exactly which ones will happen – so you can play as much or as little of this new content as you like. With countless variations on each Freemode Event, there are tons of unique new experiences, each offering new opportunities for reaping GTA$ and RP in GTA Online. 

Feeling locked and stocked? Look out for King of the Castle – an every man for himself turf war where you’ll need to ascend and claim the designated ‘castle’ as your territory – and then fend off everyone else as they go all out to dethrone you. Form fragile alliances and work together in modes like Hunt the Beast, where one volunteer is temporarily transformed into a faster, stronger, beastly character who must escape relentless pursuers. Freemode Events also take the shape of insane stunt challenges, such as popping the longest wheelie, catching the most air in a land vehicle, or performing the most near misses in a vehicle without crashing.
Also included with next week's update are two brand new Adversary Modes. First, Hunting Pack: you’re part of a team tasked to deliver a priority vehicle rigged to explode if it drops below a minimum speed, while your opponents race, ram and batter to take it down. Or try Cross the Line, where heavily-armed squads face off across a neutral zone – with the goal of having all team members strategically penetrate their opponents territory to claim victory. The Freemode Events Update also brings the Rockstar Editor to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with new features (also being added for current PC users as well) such as an ambient audio and sound effects library, Snapmatic integration, Director Mode updates and more.

GTA Fan Vids: Aerial Stunt Mastery, The Debt and A Man's Journey Throughout History

Posted on September 9 2015, 3:34pm | Author: R* J | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Fans continue to amaze us with their incredible videos utilizing the power of the Rockstar Editor and Director Mode, and we can't wait until the Rockstar Editor is made available for prospective PS4 and Xbox One directors later this month. In our latest collection of fan-created videos, we have a grim tale of revenge, some compromising Los Santos security camera footage and a moving video dedicated to a lost loved one.

A Man's Journey Through History - GTA Series Videos

An ode to the creator's grandfather (inspired by the opening credits sequence in Watchmen), this stunning and poignant clip tells the story of one man's life set to the backdrop of some of the 20th Century's defining historical moments.

I'VE SEEN FOOTAGE by Abstract Mode

A voyeuristic look through the lenses of security cameras scattered throughout Los Santos and Blaine County, this video from Abstract Mode gives us a peek into some of the stranger antics of Southern San Andreas citizens.

The Debt - The Game Mechanics

Reminiscent of a revenge thriller, The Debt tells the story of a man seeking retribution for the brutal murder of a loved one. The Game Mechanics' debut Rockstar Editor video is a gritty and violent look at a world where "All debts get repaid, in full".

Feather III - Venus & NightMare

A showcase of exceptional aerial skills by the latter half of the dynamic stunt duo Venus & NightMare, proving you don't always need a pair of wings to fly through the tightest spots.

Yuppie and the Alien by Vessapaperi

Inspired by the classic Vice City radio commercial, Vessapaperi brings this one-of-a-kind police drama to life with an impressive video cut to the original audio.

Magnum, P.I. starring Trevor Philips by btz

This recreation of the intro to '80s classic Magnum P.I. features Trevor Philips as the mustachioed private investigator and his Canis Bodhi in place of the iconic 308 GTS. To fully appreciate the attention to detail, check out the side-by-side comparison.

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Red Hook Crit Barcelona No. 3 Recap

Posted on September 8 2015, 2:59pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The top 5 women take their place on the podium while race winner Kacey Lloyd raises up the custom Cinelli prize bike. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

This past Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 saw some of the championship series’ most thrilling racing yet. Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated and to winners Ivan Ravaioli, whose hard-fought performance maintains his series lead, and Kacey Lloyd who has battled series leader Ainara Elbusto all season and pulled out a victory on Saturday. 

The women's feature race included 45 competitors competing over 20 laps. Series leader Elbusto scored the fastest qualifying lap of the day at 1:43.21 and led the race taking the first and midway prime. The lead pack included Elbusto, Lloyd, and sisters Lucia and Alicia Gonzalez of Spain. 

In the Women's qualification race, 45 riders battled to post their best lap times to determine starting positions for the feature race. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

With 12 laps remaining, RHC veteran Fleur Faure attacked the Gonzalez sisters coming out of turn 10 but crashed into the barriers bringing the race to a halt. The medical staff examined Faure, who after getting to her feet told the staff she had to keep racing. The crowds began to roar, banging barrier panels and supporting Faure's tenacity while she rode to the start/finish to reset the race. Her unrelenting competitiveness and ferocious performance earned Faure the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist. Elbusto controlled the final laps with Vittoria Reati and Lloyd behind. In the final lap, Lloyd attacked out of the hairpin in the second dramatic sprint to the finish between Lloyd and Elbusto we've seen this series. Lloyd maintained her lead ahead of Elbusto to win by half a wheel. 

It's a photo finish as Kacey Lloyd bests championship leader Ainara Elbusto by half a wheel to win the Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2015. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

The men's race started with series leader Ivan Ravaioli taking the first lap prime away from four-time consecutive prime winner Mario Paz Duque of Columbia. With seven laps remaining, Paz Duque and Ravaioli opened up a massive 20 second lead over the field with Paz Duque leading the way, but then with just two laps remaining a race neutralizing crash brought out the red flags, halting the race. A furious Paz Duque waved his arms as he passed through the start finish line and ignited the crowd. As the race was reset, Paz Duque's fans were chanting his name, jumping up and down, and bringing the crowd to properly rowdy excitement. 

The moment Mario Paz Duque (left) and Ivan Ravaioli (right) start their epic breakaway, this is how the race would finish with Ravaioli taking first place. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

In the final two laps, the leaders were granted their 20-second gap, followed by the chase pack in a delayed start. 
Ravaioli attacked Paz Duque with half a lap remaining and sprinted out of turn 10 to take the final victory. Paz Duque naturally took the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist award for his performance. 

The final round of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series 2015 heads to Milan on October 10. Keep an eye on the Red Hook Crit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news and updates as the series finale approaches.

Race Director David Trimble gives his customary briefing before men's qualification in the glorious Barcelona sunshine. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

Women's Race Results
1. Kacey Lloyd, US
2. Ainara Elbusto, ES
3. Gretchen Stumhofer, US
4. Alicia Gonzalez, ES
5. Ashley Faye, NL
6. Keira Mcvitty, UK
7. Marion Dziwnik, DE
8. Carla Nafria, ES
9. Kym Perfetto, US
10. Johanna Jahnke, DE

1st lap (breakfast prime): Ainara Elbusto, ES 
Mid-way (dinner prime): Ainara Elbusto, ES
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ainara Elbusto, ES (01:43.21)
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Fleur Faure, FR

Alfred Bobe Jr. returns from qualification.  Having posted a time only good enough for 50th on the grid he would make up an astonishing 36 places in the feature race and finish 14th. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

Men's Race Results
1. Ivan Ravaioli, IT
2. Mario Paz Duque, CO
3. Fabio Scarazzati, IT
4. Augusto Reati, IT
5. Tim Ceresa, FR
6. Zac Felpel, US
7. Daniele Callegarin, IT
8. Andrea Vassallo, IT
9. William Randy Guzman, PR
10. Paolo Bravini, IT

1st lap (breakfast prime): Ivan Ravaioli, IT
Mid-way (dinner prime): Daniele Callegarin, IT
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ivan Ravaioli, IT (01:32.29)
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Mario Paz Duque, CO

The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 this Saturday, September 5th

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