Setting Up for GTA Online Heists

Posted 6 hours, 34 minutes ago | 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 7 hours, 24 minutes ago | 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 10 hours, 4 minutes ago | 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 Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike, Tunde 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.

Crew Cut: The New Wave of Motorcycle Clubs, Crew Battle Report and More

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

In this week’s Crew Cut, we salute the rough and tumble new wave of Motorcycle Club-themed Crews that have been riding heavy over the past few months on Xbox One and PS4. Read on for that and much more - including updates on recent underground tournaments and official Crew battles.
 

SAN ANDREAS MOTORCYCLE CLUBS – REMASTERED ORGANIZATIONS

THE HOOD DONZ
Ride! Ride! Ride!” GTA-Capone's Hood Donz are Crew Cut veterans given their history of colorful Crew coordinated music videos. Now on PS4 and Xbox One, Capone has successfully expanded the DONZ brand into Motorcycle Club territory with the launch of the dedicated Hood Donz MC in January. Open to new gen as well as PS3 and 360 players, the main requirement of getting in is that you're exclusively in Hood Donz MC and Hood Donz MC only. As Capone puts it, this family-based Crew "focuses less on the military styled crew operations and more on good old fashioned fun and destruction" and "blood is definitely thicker than water (especially when we spill it)." 

THE LOST MC ELYSIAN
Based "primarily in the industrial site and docks of Elysian Island in Los Santos", The Lost MC Elysian are sitting on chrome and breaking heads all over town. In addition to gritty short films like the one above, “We Are the Road Crew” (set to the Motorhead tune of the same name), check out some of their other well-produced Crew videos including recruitment and hijack themed movies and evidence that they’re getting in lockstep in preparation for Online Heists. TLMC also have a club website that features everything from a list of allies and enemies to a time conversion table to help members from across the globe coordinate linking up Online.


An adversary gets shanked by a member of The Grim Legions MC

THE GRIM LEGIONS MC
Also riding on all four consoles are The Grim Legion MC, who’ve been established for more than a year now. In addition to their website, where potential prospects can find the Social Club pages of the appropriate Chapters, Grim Legion MC also have a hold on YouTube and Instagram. Grim's vids consist of first person rides on various choppers such as the Western Bagger and their Instagram page includes badass Snapmatic montages, original MC patches, and tribute art to members. For fans of the melee, the gallery page of their site includes shots of the Crew proving their mettle in fist fights from Paleto Bay to La Mesa.

Of course these are just a few of the fearsome Motorcycle Crews out there tearing up southern San Andreas, so feel free to roll call shout yours out in the comments section below and let the Social Club community know why you’re the baddest in town.
 

TOURNAMENTS AND BATTLES REPORT



BODY BANGERS TOURNAMENT RESULTS
In the last Crew Cut, we reported on round 1 of HOT_KIMERA and CAP PILLAS' epic grassroots 4v4 TDM Body Bangers Tournament. After more than a month of semi-finals, finals and ultimate championship bouts, the triumphant body banging Crew has emerged victorious: THE HOT CLAN.  Leading up to the finals against the SouthVinewood Ballas, HOTZ never lost a round and this time was no different. Overall, HOTZ and SVBG finished with 435 and 409 kills respectively, with the Damned Brotherhood just behind with 408. Congrats to HOTZ and all the Crews for the solid competition - to catch up on highlights from throughout the tournament, check out the entire highlight playlist here.



UNTOLD LEGENDZ VS MURDERCLAN
Also on the underground battles scene, the Untold Legendz (who defeated the Sons of lost Souls last May live on our Twitch channel) displayed more of that dominance recently against the MurderClan. In a Head-To-Head best-of-three TDM Playlist, the Legendz slaughtered their opponents by a grand total of 347-240 – watch some sick highlights in their video above.

ELITE TDM BATTLE: KOMMON KILLERS DEFEAT II DEATH D3ALERS II
The top two ranked Team Deathmatch Crews on Xbox One, the Kommon Killers and II DEATH D3ALERS II, turned up eager to fight it out for bragging rights on the Rockstar Twitch livestream stage. Though the Killers have more kills (73.5K), the D3ALERS sport a much higher K/D ratio (2.08 compared to 1.46) - so there truly was no odd-on favorite. First Job in the strictly TDM playlist was the Verified The 80's Turf War - and the D3ALERS came out swinging, living up to their K/D rep by getting kill after kill and enjoying a healthy 28-21 lead about halfway through. The resilient Killers however, refused to give up and ate away at the deficit, squeaking by with a 40-39 win. Shaking things off for the second Job, the D3ALERS stayed just on top of their opponents for most of the match, and then widened their lead to take a 40-31 win. From there, the D3ALERS never looked back, ultimately winning the day 5-1. Major props to the Killers as the final tally doesn't quite reflect on the level of competition - the final Job alone was decided in the final seconds. Thanks to Crew Leaders itchybutton97730 and warnedbird for hanging out with us via Skype for the entirety of the stream and their sportsmanship - and to the elite warriors of both Crews for putting on a heck of a show. We're currently lining up more elite battles featuring the some of the best performing Crews out there - including some of the top Racing squads - so stay tuned for those to be announced and make sure you're following us on Twitch and Twitter to be sure to get the word.
 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY XDBX

To celebrate a full year since JustHatched launched the Domestic Battery Crew and all of the hijinks and games won since, representative Crew members brought their two-wheeled musical instruments to the Vinewood Bowl for a stunning rendition of "Happy Birthday." HBD XDBX.


Previously:
Tournament Time, Crews in Real Life and More
The Flight Crew Special
A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More

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

Posted 3 days, 4 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Next week, Heists will deliver a brand new gameplay experience to GTA Online, offering players the chance to team up to take down big scores. Alongside this massive new addition comes a range of new features and enhancements to make the entire GTA Online experience bigger and deeper.  Adversary Modes bring three new kinds of competition to GTA Online while new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities bring new life to the hectic streets of Los Santos and Blaine County.  Here's a rundown of just some of the new features and additions launching next week alongside Heists that will continue to expand and augment the world of Grand Theft Auto Online.

NEW ADVERSARY MODES

These brand new player vs. player modes bring a range of intense new competitive challenges to GTA Online. Adversary Modes will unlock as players progress through Heists.

Come Out To Play
A team of three Runners just trying to make it home, and a team of Hunters are out for blood. Runners are well-armed but limited to movement by foot, while the opposition wield free-aim shotguns and ride motorbikes or ATVs. Hunters must stay on their bikes and have access to unlimited lives, while the Runners have just one life but all their weapons available to pick off the Hunters at will. 

Siege Mentality
Up to four players stand their ground, outnumbered but not outgunned as they fight to survive against up to 6 determined attackers in a location defense mode, GTA style. Attackers have unlimited lives but fight only with sawn-off shotguns. Defenders have full use of all their weapons. 

Hasta La Vista
The chase is on as Truckers in big rig cabs hunt down a team of Cyclists. The Cyclists' goal is simple: reach the final checkpoint without getting crushed under the wheels of the pursuing trucks. Without traditional weapons the Truckers must rely solely on their vehicles to crush the Cyclists. Meanwhile, the Cyclists must harness the maneuverability and acceleration of their bikes to evade the trucks, while keeping an eye over their shoulder. If one of the Cyclists reaches the checkpoint, the Cyclists win. If all Cyclists are terminated, the Truckers prevail.

Daily Objectives
The Los Santos daily hustle just got a little more lucrative. Whether you tend towards Jobs or free-form activities, Daily Objectives will give you a rotating series of challenges to take on for GTA$ rewards. With three new objectives per day, players can stack up challenges over consecutive days to earn bonuses of up to $500,000.

New Freemode Activities
You and your fellow players also have new opportunities for cash and RP rewards with new activities added to the world in Freemode. Be on the lookout for calls from Lester, who may need help to distract the cops in a specific area while Lester’s accomplices finish their criminal business. Lamar may call looking for help destroying a vehicle or two, while Trevor and Ron need occasional help picking their business rival’s planes out of the sky. Along with GTA$ and RP bonuses, there are all-new Awards available for completing these challenges with style.

There's also a new in-game Email notification system that will allow you to contact and message any of your GTA Online friends, no matter what session they’re in - as well as a host of new Awards that yield new items including exclusive t-shirts and car modifications.

Everything detailed here will be added to GTA Online for consoles in tandem with Heists on March 10th and on day one for PC when it launches on April 14. Stay tuned to the Newswire for more news, including our suggestions on how you can ready your crew to take down scores when Heists launch next week.


Previously:
Online Heists Coming March 10

New Grand Theft Auto V PC Screens

Posted 1 week ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

 

Here's a brand new collection of screens showcasing some of the detail and refinements that PC players can expect in Grand Theft Auto VPre-order by March 31st to get a bonus $300,000 of in-game cash for GTA Online (that’s on top of the $1,200,000 of in-game cash that all pre-orders – either physical copy or digital download – will receive).

And keep an eye out for more GTAV info in the weeks ahead, including a new trailer and a look at the PC version's powerful new Rockstar Editor for making your own original custom videos.

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

Posted 1 week, 1 day ago | 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 1 week, 3 days ago | 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
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 GTAOnline@rockstargames.com – 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.


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

Social Club Crews

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

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