Join us today at 4PM Eastern (9PM BST / 1PM Pacific) here and on the official Rockstar Twitch channel for a special Flashback Friday edition of our GTA Online official livestreams series - where we'll be shooting and racing our way through Jobs from this week's GTA Throwback Jobs article featured here at the Newswire.
Rockstar Devs will be playing along with members of the GTA community and we've invited some of the very Creators who made these creative Jobs inspired by classic GTA games and missions to come play along with us and join us on Skype to talk about their creations.
Make sure you follow us on Twitch and Twitter to get notified the moment we go live and also for info on future livestreams. You can look forward to some great episodes in the near future with artists from the GTAV soundtrack and other special guests.
In this week's roundup of awesome Rockstar Games-inspired fan artwork, we’ve stumbled across a very talented illustrator and colorist turning her vivid GTAV character art into striking and super fun animated GIFs, plus some patriotic and timely summer holiday Trevor art, a few impressive Red Dead homages including a minifigs rendition of Undead Nightmare, and much more..
Seen (or created) any amazing GTA or other Rockstar-related art or photos on the interwebs that you think the community needs to see? You can send them our way to check out via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames to catch all our latest official pics and shares.
The original animated GIF artwork of illustrator and colorist Julia Scott. Clockwise from top left: "Lamar WHAT are you talking about" is the artist's caption for this very amusing GIF aptly illustrating the unique language of Lamar; A very cool new wave rendition of Michael; and captioned “here we see the monsters in their natural habitat”, this road trip is excerpted from a larger poster-size version called ‘A Change of Coast, A Change of Heart” in honor of Neon Indian's GTAV soundtrack contribution.
Trevor Philips does the Statue of Happiness for Independence Day. Drawn by the talented Gaby aka Silvermender on tumblr: "the american-turned canadian immigrant wishing y'all murricans minimally painful hangovers this fireworks and eagles day".
Intentionally presented as a vertical piece with Michael trudging downwards through the snow - this poetic bit of original artwork from starfleetrambo aka demitasse-lover (featured previously for the anime-inspired Sniper Michael) is captioned "no one escapes their life / no one escapes their life / no one no one" with a sly nod to Rilo Kiley.
A late #imnotahipster entry, the prolific Ganja Outlaws put that update's face paint masks and Synth gesture to work - choreographing and meme-ing a tribute to the iconic music video for Michael Jackson's Thriller. Photo creds go to WEED's DutchStoner & KanEazy.
Colombian graphic designer Eduardo Restrepo Cardenas here does some impressive spec work for corporate client, ProLAPS. Check out his full Behance project titled "Refresh Logo" that's amazingly thorough and professionally produced including re-branding logo treatments, font exploration, and a "Red Blood Storm Championship" product campaign pitch to help sell the fitness brand's latest jersey, helmet, and glove lines.
Life imitates art as #ThanksCargobob Snapmatic winner KnoxNerd proudly shot us these pics via email to show off how he took his in-game vanity plate featuring his Social Club Nickname into a real world license plate complete with the GTA Online logo, San Andreas state and Hillbilly Agenda Crew Emblem. Looks great, but please keep your wanted level at zero stars out there, Knox.
A scene from Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare recreated spot-on with minifigs? Awesome. Made by @madbrickyo, a Lego photography Instagram account filled with tons of fun stuff worth checking out.
Los Santos Bullet Street Art, Homemade GTA Action Figure Diorama, Franklin's Snapmatic
The Illustrations of AmandaLeab and Takengo, Space Monkey Mask Replica & More
Sniper Michael, T&M "Tea" Time, Mr. Raspberry Jams, & More
Recently we shared a list of fun and nostalgic GTA Online Jobs made by fans that used the Creator tool to pay homage to the gameplay of their favorite Rockstar titles of years past. This week, we've rounded up a selection of Jobs created specifically in tribute to classic Grand Theft Auto missions from GTAIII, Vice City, San Andreas and GTAIV. There's also a couple of Jobs themed around Chinatown Wars, set in a Los Santos slice of the Far East around Textile City. Click on the name of the Job to see it on Social Club and bookmark it to your game.
Here we see the explosive final mission of GTAIII reimagined as a Deathmatch alongside the Land Act Dam. Extra points awarded for authenticity here as JIIThe_JokerIIK has carefully placed props to match Claude's final showdown with the Colombian Cartel. We recommend seizing control of the Buzzard quickly to gain the edge if you're playing this with one with your Crew.
This Deathmatch - based on Act II of Bomb da Base in GTAIII, where Claude and 8-Ball blow up the Les Cargo ship - offers its own fair share of bang for the buck on a shipping vessel docked just off the Port of South Los Santos terminal. Be sure to check out the empty containers raised from the ground for some juicy firepower, though beware - someone else might have gotten there first...
Tommy Vercetti had to check his firearms at the door at Leaf Links in Vice City. Luckily, they seem to be far more liberal on weapon checks at the Los Santos Golf Club. In this Deathmatch remake of the Four Iron mission in VC, you'll find a few handguns scattered around the greens and fairways. Of course there are plenty of golf clubs lying around in case you feel like working on your short game.
After Carl Johnson spurned the dangerous affections of Catalina in San Andreas, she pit her new boyfriend (a certain strong, silent type) against CJ in a race around Red County. In his GTA Online remake, iLewisGTA has selected Coupes as the default vehicle for authenticity and really nailed the tight, slippery corners of the original circuit around The Panopticon in Red County. A major Rockstar fan, Lewis had made a bunch of Throwback Jobs that you can check out on his Social Club profile.
"Being a valet at the Richman Hotel has its perks, like all the nice cars that pull in. -Borrow- one of them and take it for a test drive" says DrHocter's description to this Lap Race, based on the valet parking side mission from San Andreas. Starting and ending at the Richman Hotel, and weaving through the tight Morningwood streets, there's a lot more to it than parking for sure. Watch out for approaching opponents along the looped section and try to get the customers' cars back without a scratch.
Top marks for authenticity go to thewolfking90 for this Race, which nicely captures the feel of its inspiration - the High Stakes, Low Rider mission in San Andreas. Set to Muscle Cars and finishing up at Del Perro Pier, you can almost feel Cesar Vialpando bearing down on your rear bumper. The choice to set West Coast Classics as the default radio station is a lovely nod to the classic wessyde vibe as well.
Inspired by the conflict between The Lost and the Angels of Death in The Lost and Damned, this Capture Job from prolific GTA Online Creator RikkiVercetti pits two teams in a proxy war for these two notorious motorcycle clubs, each tasked with stealing the signature rides from the other group. A broad stretch of rolling hills between West Vinewood and Stab City ensure that in this large capacity Capture you’ll need to spread out and leave skilled defenders to protect your precious hogs from getting stolen. Sawed-off Shotguns and Molotovs as the default weapons setting also force you to pick your shots and cover choices wisely when nearing the enemy base.
This is an intimate, close quarters Capture amidst the urban neon and colorful lanterns of West Vinewood's Mission Row. Expect a heavy exchange of gun fire as two teams battle it out for domination of the central alleyway where the Capture Objects are to be found. The situation is further intensified by the accurate resident gang members who carry equal contempt for both teams as well as high-grade firearms. Respawning in Canis Mesas means either bag is never far away, so stake your claim on cover to protect your teammates during a desperate grab.
Attrition across the rooftops or balls-out carnage in Sinners Passage - this Deathmatch features well thought out weapon placement ensuring that each match outcome here in Textile City has the potential to play out differently.
Once again, kudos go out to all of the savvy creators of these Jobs for their solid work (and keen memories!). If you have played any of these or other Jobs based on classic Rockstar games or missions, let the Social Club community know in the comments section and if you've made any that you're especially proud of that you'd like us to check out, be sure to tag them #throwback.
The latest batch of auspicious and audacious fan created videos includes a journey back to the sun soaked urban horizon of São Paulo in Max Payne 3, awesomely inspired movie and television videos making the rounds, the use of Los Santos Customs as an impromptu music studio of sorts and more.
We've been dazzled before by ultrabrilliant's "Other Places" video series (check out Grand Theft Auto V's San Andreas here). In this video, he takes a stroll down through the bullet-ridden back alleys and winding thoroughfares of Max Payne's 3's rendition of São Paulo, Brazil. From the stark poverty of the favelas in Nova Esperança, to the seedy aftermath of a gunfight in the O Paliaca Strip Club, enjoy a quiet moment alone with the scenery and see the vast economic contrast therein on the neon soaked dance floors and opulent modern interiors of places like Club Moderno, the Branco residence and the glaring floodlights of the Galatians Stadium.
Few cinematic chase scenes are as memorable and iconic as John Connor's desperate dirt bike flight from the menacing and seemingly indestructible T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. From his narrow parking garage escape to the harrowing semi-truck chase through the storm drain, a large portion of the film's original shots and camera angles are recaptured faithfully in this heart-pumping presentation. We hope film editor and director John Chapman and the Legendary Gaming family will "be back" with something clever like this again sometime in the near future.
In an ode to Quentin Tarantino's two-volume epic, Aegis Legion's accomplished film editor and director takes on the persona of The Bride to unleash a reign of death and dismemberment. Subbing in the Heavy Sniper rifle for the Hattori Hanzō katana and a powerful Combat MG that would surely give the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique a run for its money, we see all of El_Serpe's enemies get crossed off the "Death List Five".
The addition of the Do Re Mi Car Horn Scale to Los Santos Customs in the High Life Update has generated some fantastic musical creations, including this inspired rendition of one of AC/DC's classic rock anthems. Creator LUKENBACKER lays out a great arrangement here and funnels in a few audio tweaks to really bring it home.
MrVeyron finds himself in great company here - joined by the some of the Stunting Community's finest, with the likes of BMX maestro ErasableNinja, Le Kops stunter Feym, handlebar hardliner Mr. Toast, FantasticalGamer, Trexpass and scene veteran NightMare all contributing to this fantastic tapestry of motorbike and Super Class vehicle stunts. In a few cases, we also see no vehicle at all being used as these daredevils opt to soar through the sky with finesse and grace.
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Also don’t miss these fun vids that we recently spotted and shouted out on Twitter or simply took note of – make sure you’re following us there to see some great videos shared on the regular:
- Things to do in GTA V - Bottleneck by Rooster Teeth: This AH Crew vid starring Geoff, Jack, Michael, Lindsay, Gavin, and Ryan shows the kooky collective clumsily traversing their Sanchez's through some of the narrowest gaps available in the Creator made Bottleneck Race.
- GTA 5 MOVIE] Bad Blood by LeAristocrat: 5 months in the making, filmmaker LeAristocrat takes us through a fully scripited and cast cinematic story about a young business man crossing paths with the daughter of a slain Vagos gang leader being sucked into a world of danger and intrigue.
- Branberry shorts - The Creep Lonely Island spoof - GTA V: by Sonny Evans - Sonny Evans and the branberrymuffin Crew, already on our radar for this perfect take on the opening credits from Californication, this time went for The Lonely Island. Utilizing the new air synthesizer toast, they were able to remake "The Creep".
- Grand Theft Thursdays - 13 - Hipsters Night Out (GTA Online Gameplay) by Anonamix: Michael's chiding accusation of Trevor's latent Hipster tendencies leads the pitch on this Hipster free-for-all starring Ananomix and the rest of The Traffickers Crew mixing it up on all corners of the LS map.
- GTA 5: Challenge #3 - Back flip over 10 TITANS!!! by DomesticMango: With multiple aerial shots, panning in all around the Lago Zancudo bridge and well placed explosions, Mango has just effectively raised the bar on the entire massive stunt jump scene.
- The Legend of Vic Bulow by Entangled1nChaoS: The legendary and inspirational tale of a young tennis player's climb to the illustrious rank of "Tennis God" in GTA Online and eventually climbing to the rank of #1 in the World over the course of 3 months with over 6,000 wins under his belt.
As always, if you've got an excellent GTA or Rockstar themed clip of your own that you think the world needs to see, feel free to drop it in the comments for the Social Club community to enjoy or send it our way to have a look at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may feature it in a future round-up here at the Newswire.
Update: Big thanks to Swiftor, Typical Gamer and XpertThief for joining us today. If you missed the livestream, you can catch the archive of it above. To get a notification whenever we livestream on Twitch, go to twitch.tv/rockstargames and hit the follow button or follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates.
Today at around 4pm eastern, we'll be broadcasting a special Rockstar Verified Edition livestream hosted by Swiftor and featuring special guest players Typical Gamer and XpertThief. We'll be playing the new GTA Online Verified Jobs from this week's update. You'll be able to watch along here at the Newswire, or at twitch.tv/rockstargames.
In this latest edition of the Cut, we highlight some groups who not only game together but use Crew functionality as a means of expressing themselves and collaborating on creative Snapmatic photography and Creator Job development. Read on also for fresh recaps and archived video highlights from the most recent Crew Battle front lines including face offs with stalwart community Crews like The GTA Base and Los Santos Free Roam as well as special artist editions featuring Dan Croll, Big KRIT, and more.
Just a few choice shots taken by the Snapmatic Art (SNAP) Crew's talented photogs.
For those who fancy themselves something of a Snapmatic shutterbug or simply appreciate the artistic work of those talented players who pride themselves on their iFruit aim-and-shoot abilities, there are some truly talented and very active photography enthusiast Crews out there worth your attention.
The Snapmatic Art (SNAP) Crew may be fairly new on the scene (founded just last month by Leader MissQuickSkillz) but already have amassed over 350 members and 1,652 total Snapmatic photos in their collective gallery. These guys seriously live up to their name with some beautifully framed shots from the iFruit's most popular app. In their first month of existence, they’ve already gained accolades and recognition via this spot-on recreation of the High Life art you may recall by McGoooo420 which was a winning photo in the recent #HIGHLIFE Event Weekend Snapmatic competition - and we've been enjoying other great snaps from this Crew like " Lago Zancudo" by Ivc0034, "Tongva Alley", a nature shot beautifully captured by Zenia_B, and tweekytina's voyeuristic "Mount Gordo".
A mini-gallery of beautiful Snaps by the GTAPhotographers Crew.
The prolific GTAPhotographers (GTAV) Crew also boasts somes recent Snapmatic photo competition winners (including this sexy rain-soaked shot of a Zentorno from repdek). And that's just one of thousands of amazing shots taken by this 1,000 member collective (they’re nearly at the 1,000 member limit so if you’re a fan or a fellow photographer who wants in, you’d be wise to request an invite soon) that also share some of their proudest member creations on their official Instagram account. They're led by community mainstay MAKAVELI, who in addition to being a prominent member of the free-aim Slaughterhouse (XSHX) Crew, also brought us this memorable shot of a rather unconventional houseguest in the De Santa bedroom a while back. A few other great snaps from this squad include "Los Santos International Airport" by berserkraptor, "Sabre Turbo" by Snapmatic contest winning member HairyHole and "РОКФОРД-ХИЛЛЗ (Rockford Hills)" by EVOLUT7ON.
The Creators Core Club (CRE8) Crew had the good fortune of getting their recruitment pitch published in one of our early Noticeboard posts here at the Newswire and have since seen a 40% increase in membership that has collectively published nearly 6,000 custom GTA Online Jobs. Along with their PS3-focused counterpart Crew, the GTA Content Creators (GCCC), they together form like Voltron and make up the Creator-focused web community conglomerate known as gtacontentcreators.com.
Their motto of "create, share and play" says it all, with 13 of the 90 Verified Jobs originating from members of these two Crews (not to mention being responsible for some fine throwback homages to past Rockstar titles recently featured here on the Newswire as well). Many of these creations, including GTA: That's My Rhino by RikkiVercetti and The Los Santos Riots by TIdoubleGGRR have been in regular prime-time rotation on our Crew Battles and Rockstar Broadcast Event live-streams. Check out their YouTube channel for a host of videos featuring some of their custom Jobs and their official site for recently-launched Playlists.
LIVE CREW VS CREW BATTLE RECAPS AND VIDEOS
GTAV Soundtrack Edition Crew Battle featuring Dan Croll
WINNER: Bandmate Jacob M Berry's ALIEN BATTLE Crew by a close margin
The most recent GTAV Soundtrack Edition Crew Battle featured the man responsible for the music in the latest GTAV trailer ("From Nowhere"), Dan Croll. Along with two of his band mates, Jethro Fox (aka Tabs n Cans) and Jacob M Berry (aka Wilted_spinach), they mixed it up and split up into opposite teams fighting alongside a couple of our Rockstar Devs in a few 'friendly' Deathmatches, Races and Captures. Showing initiative right out of the gate, Dan and friends (who formed a Social Club Crew known collectively as Alien The Musical) seized a decisive win during Contend: Salty Snatch with a 3 to 1 victory. They continued this trend in other rounds with Dan completely locking down first place in Down The Drain and nearly taking first in Senora Freeway (if not for getting hung up on a pesky crash barrier). Jethro had a great showing as well, going toe-to-toe with our Rockstar Devs on all of the TDM's, matching them kill-for-kill. A great time, and Dan even hung out for some overtime, playing off-stream with a few lucky fans.
theGTABase (G4SL) VS. Los Santos Free Roam (LSFR)
WINNER: GS4L by the score of 527 - 407
The Battle between Los Santos Free Roam and theGTABase had been brewing for some time thanks to some good-natured smack talking via Twitter. LSFR Crew Leader and omnipresent community member iLewisGTA had been trading barbs with GS4L and MRGTAVInformer in the run-up to this one, but the GS4L gang went on the offensive right from the get go and wound up humbling LSFR in seven out of eight Jobs. Highlights included GS4L's renowned LambentBunny, a world record holder in over 20 Races, showing everyone how it's done on challenging courses like Baja Hangtime. Watch a highlight excerpt below, or a capture from The GTA Base’s perspective on their YouTube channel, or the full archived stream at Rockstar Twitch.
Sons of lost Souls (SOLS) VS. Untold Legendz (FAME)
WINNER: FAME by the score of 889 - 710
The Sons of lost Souls faced the Untold Legendz in 10 hand-picked Jobs. SOLS go by the motto "never give up... never back down" and against a squad that had a standing record of 33-0 in Team Deathmatch at the time, they needed every ounce of that fighting spirit. Beginning the day with Contend: Adventure TEAM!!, SOLS came out swinging hard and took a 120-96 lead, but FAME turned the tables in the Smugglers Run Land Race, taking three of the top five slots. After winning a Max Payne 3-inspired TDM, the momentum shift was complete and FAME went on to win 889-710. Watch a clip below or the full video archive on Twitch.
Konsole Kingz Edition featuring Big KRIT, Sheneka Adams (KING) and the Weekend Work Shade 45 Crew (TERM)
WINNER: KING in a clean sweep
Our longtime friends at Konsole Kingz in Atlanta let us know their Crew was ready for a Battle and were eager to face off against the New York based TheTerminatorsCrew, otherwise known as CoachPR, DJ Caesar and DJ Explicit of Sirius XM Shade 45's #WeekendWork radio show. Repping KING and joining us live via Skype were founders CJ and Butcher Black, plus actress, model and bona fide and self-described #gamerchick Sheneka Adams along with special guest, renowned MC Big K.R.I.T.. We knew the Kingz always bring their A-game but this time around they really flexed on the competition (which included a Rockstar dev helping out the TERM Crew here in NY), crushing mode after mode - watch the highlight clip below to see Big KRIT and Sheneka take win and place respectively in the Midnight Club Race and watch the full stream archive at Rockstar Twitch. Stay tuned as well for more upcoming Konsole Kingz edition Battles as well.
A few great moments (including Big KRIT's 1st place Race win) from the Konsole Kingz Edition Battle we shared on Instagram.
Live from Konsole Kingz Crew HQ in Atlanta, Sheneka and CJ warn our Rockstar Dev (playing on the Weekend Work DJs team) that creeping on the come up will have its consequences.
Been beefing with a Crew lately? Or just feel the world needs to see what you and your squad are made of? Send a link to your Crew page, with info on your preferred platform and any particular Crew you'd like to challenge, plus why your Crew would kill it on the official Rockstar stream to CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com. We're curently lining up exciting Battles for the weeks ahead.
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During the "I'm Not a Hipster" Event Weekend, we issued a challenge for players to create custom GTA Online Jobs using the new content from The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update, and tag them #IMNOTAHIPSTER on Social Club for the chance to earn Rockstar Verified glory, along with GTA$1M and an exclusive HIPSTER vanity plate. Below are our five chosen favorites, along with an additional quintet of user-created selections from recent months to complete our latest full batch of new Rockstar Verified Jobs that are now available to play in GTA Online. Just bookmark any of the Jobs by clicking on the titles below or play through them all with your Crew by creating your own Playlist.
Get to grips with the 6-wheeled Dubsta in Dubsta Warz.
Dubsta Warz - created by Darteyld
Put the climbing ability of your new Dubsta to the test in this point-to-point Race where roads are for the weak. Starting out on Chumash Beach, get to the edge of the Grand Senora Desert as the crow flies, crossing mountains and scaling vertiginous slopes under twilight.
The 80’s Turf War - created by GAMRZ_UK_SLiCkZ3
This neighborhood gang shootout uses over the top, action movie inspired weapons and careful placement of the cars included in the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update to give Grove Street a vintage feel. Players start with a Micro SMG and a handful of ammo, though more powerful weapons can be picked up if you can find them. The scarcity of ammo here encourages a varied approach, whether it's stalking the rooftops or demonstrating that the bonnet of a Glendale is not the best cover when there are RPGs flying around.
Panto-monium Microcircuit - created by THEKerles
Proving that the Panto isn't just for old ladies and tree huggers, this intimate Lap Race is a test of car control and the ability to find the correct racing line. Expect tense bumper-to-bumper action, with very little runoff around some of the sharpest corners. You'll want to make the most of the few overtaking opportunities available.
Go off road in the Swedish Folkrace.
Swedish Folkrace - created by MaximilianR18
Swedish Folkrace is a mixture of tarmac and off-road racing for inexpensive road vehicles - perfect for some of the cars featured in the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update. MaximilianR18 - a member & co-leader of The GR Live Crew - has introduced this local pastime to GTA Online, adding slippery turns that make for an intense Lap Race with plenty of sideways action. As the description suggests, try this one in your customized Warrener.
HIPSTER DEATH RALLY - created by diggzzzz
The dirt roads by Senora Airstrip are the stage for this high speed off-road Race well suited to the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update cars. Watch out for the oil container on the first corner, or you could find yourself going out with the wrong kind of bang. There's also a ramp around half way to potentially slow you down or, if you come off a slipstream at just the right time, provide an opportunity for a stylish aerial overtake.
5 Additional Rockstar Verified Jobs
The Coil - Created by Wormbo
A hair-raising Race for Supercars that snakes around the oval ring roads at Los Santos International Airport and then down a sharp detour past the Sightings restaurant and back again. Prepare for white knuckles gripping steering wheels and game controllers as you hurtle around fast sweeping curves, along single track overpasses or through the chicanes and hairpins around the restaurant. Long narrow sections overlap several times, maximizing potential for some spectacular high-speed crashes.
The Los Santos Triangle - Created by Ma1evo1ent Cheese
After the Verification of Farm Fresh, Ma1evo1ent Cheese comes up with the goods once again with this short, technical Race with tight, Grand Prix-style corners that will push your car handling skills to the breaking point. Leave traffic off and go with Non-Contact to ensure that there are no distractions as you gun each lap trying to improve on your personal best. The default Supercar class will get around the course pretty quick, so go for a full 4 laps to really get a feel for it.
Don't take your eyes of the road as you Loop The Lake.
Loop the Lake - created by twisterrk
This is a beautifully simple Lap Race around the Vinewood Lake that provides fantastic views of the Vinewood sign, the Galileo Observatory and the Downtown Los Santos skyline. Try not to get distracted by the scenery as you battle for position on a narrow curving road. Aggressive maneuvers will pay off, but don't be afraid to use the brake to avoid getting trapped behind the low tire walls at several corners. This Race plays well with most vehicle classes but try Muscle or Sports for a more technical challenge. Creator twisterrk is a member of the Reddit Dads Crew - specifically designed for those whose family commitments limit the time that they have to play GTA Online. If that's a familiar issue, get involved!
Pit Stop - Created by IckyQualms
Thematically similar to previous verified Deathmatch Lodge Battle, this is a tight TDM map with plenty of hazards - don't linger too long by the fuel tanks! Pit Stop takes place in an underappreciated area of the map just off the Palomino freeway. Head off-piste to find the lone sniper rifle or make a play for the array of melee weapons to get a jump on unsuspecting opponents coming around corners.
Running for cover in Retaliate.
Retaliate - Created by gun_harmony
A tight Deathmatch map that makes for a small, frantic 2-team TDM or compact free-for-all. A compact setup with good use of vertical space, plenty of cover and opportunities to flank the enemy team. Head in with your Crew for an 8v8 battle and seek retribution on any Crews you've got beef with.
With some spectacular Jobs released in this batch, we're really looking forward to playing them in upcoming Crew Battles and on our special guest streams. Keep an eye out on the Rockstar Twitch channel (twitch.tv/rockstargames) this Friday at around 4pm for a run through of these new Jobs in a special Rockstar Verified Edition livestream hosted by our friend Swiftor and featuring special guest players including TypicalGamer who’s been known to enjoy previous Rockstar Verified releases. If you haven't already, head over to our Twitch page now to hit the follow button and get an email notification whenever we go live, or follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates. You can also watch the stream here on the Rockstar Newswire where we'll be embedding it for the duration of the broadcast.
Please note that in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons - we also from time to time will make other small edits to players' Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available for play across both platforms, so whether you're on Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (you can also bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).
Go ahead and post your Job below in the comments (only once, please don't spam) with a punchy explanation of why it's worth checking out. We're always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race or Deathmatch that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.
As well as Races, Deathmatches and Captures, the huge array of Jobs available to play in GTA Online includes Contact Missions where you can team up with others online and earn GTA$ by stealing military hardware, busting drug deals, assassinating would-be rats and much more.
We've identified the five Contact Missions that players find to be the most challenging and laid out our tips for beating them. As there are lots of ways to approach any mission, some just effective as others, we have opted for those that are fun and rewarding to execute as a team, as well as being sound strategies for success. All of these missions were played on Hard for maximum challenge and return of RP and GTA$. Our players were all of Rank 100+ but bear in mind that some of these Jobs are only unlocked at certain Ranks.
Death From Above
Available from the Start Menu | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 23
An old associate of Martin Madrazo is trying to testify against him. Martin wants him gone and he wants proof the job is done. Trouble is, the target is barricaded in his mansions and surrounded by guards.
It's not just the guards you have to worry about here: the cops will be alerted as soon as you enter the mansion and will be there in seconds. This makes it very difficult to attack from the ground, since there is only one entry point to the mansion and you'll have heat coming from all angles. Our recommended approach is to take a helicopter and drop one player off on a neighboring rooftop. Then, as the helicopter hovers over the mansion, this player can take out the two guards on the mansion roof using a sniper rifle. When this is done, two of the players in the chopper can parachute to the mansion roof and hold down cover positions, while the helicopter pilot retreats and the sniper continues to fire on the guards from range.
When the evidence is in hand, the pilot can return to pick up the players inside the mansion and deliver them to Madrazo. You'll have to lose your Wanted Level first, which you can do by flying to a secluded location or giving Lester a call.
High Priority Case
Lester Contact Mission | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 25
Lester requires some documents that are about to change hands on top of the under construction Mile High Club in Downtown Los Santos. Your job is to take the documents to Lester's warehouse.
A helicopter is essential for this Mission. One approach is to land on top of the Maze Bank tower and snipe all of the guards on the neighboring Mile High Club building from there. But our recommendation is for three players to parachute directly onto the Mile High Club, ensuring to land in a cover position, and take a more direct approach while the pilot retreats to the Maze Bank and provides sniper support from there. When the guards are clear, grab the suitcase and get ready to take out the enemy chopper. The best way to do this is stay on the same floor where you collected the suitcase, since the concrete pillars provide better angles of cover. Your support helicopter should be ready to pick up the player with suitcase and transport them to the Warehouse for the dropoff, but they can also assist by distracting the enemy chopper if the players on the ground come under heavy fire.
Available from the Start Menu | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 27
Trevor Philips Industries are looking to expand their fleet with a Cargobob. They need you to steal one from Fort Zancudo and are willing to lend you a plane to get there - as long as you keep it in one piece. You're also going to want to take out the fighter jets so that they can't come after you.
The choice spot to land the Velum is the runway to the west side of the base as there are fewer patrols there and it will allow all players to get into position without drawing too much initial attention. Have one player parachute onto a hanger en route as it offers massive potential for snipers. A solid plan for taking out the Lazers is to grab a Barracks and drive fast past all of the jets, planting a Sticky Bomb on each as you pass. Remember to only detonate after you have planted all Sticky Bombs and are in position to storm the hangar, since the explosions will bring reinforcements.
It's time for one designated player to infiltrate the hangar and steal the Cargobob. This may sound like a tall order for one player, but it is manageable with the other three distracting most of the guards outside. Defending players should try not to bunch together, since this will make them an easier target for the guards.
Approach the hangar from behind, as there are more cover opportunities there. Enter carefully and take out the guards inside, then make a run for the Cargobob and get out of there as quickly as you can. It also pays to have a Plan B in mind, talking as a team via headsets and deciding who is going to break for the Cargobob in case the first player doesn't make it.
Once you're clear of the base it should be a straightforward cruise to Sandy Shores Airfield. Just be careful not to mess up the landing!
Out Of Harmony
Ron Contact Mission | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 50
Ron's contact is looking to take a big shipment of weapons over the Mexican border and there's a slight chance they won't be used for something totally horrendous down there. You must steal the trailer currently in the possession of The Lost at the cement works in Harmony and deliver it, in one piece, to the buyer at Catfish View boatyard.
This mission is against the clock so it's important to be quick and efficient. Our recommended approach is for the four players to split into two pairs: two players attacking from the north of the cement works and the other two approaching via a gap in the fence to the north-east. Not only will this split the attention of the guards and halve their powers of protection, it will give the two guys near the gap in the fence a clear view of the trailer. As soon as there's a clear path, they should break cover and make a run for the truck while the other two continue to fend off the attention of The Lost.
Reverse the truck to attach the trailer and then drive straight out of the cement works, following the minimap to the destination. You're going to want to stick to the roads, given that you're against the clock and you're going to be pursued by motorcycles that will have a distinct advantage off-road. As you make your break two guards on motorcycles will come after you. The two non-driving players should take them out quickly and steal the motorcycles in order to provide a fast and agile convoy for the precious cargo, which is going to come under fire en route to the boatyard. The truck driver should take out any motorcycles ahead, since they're going to be more of a nuisance if they get in behind you, and in a head-on collision truck beats bike every time.
It's not quite over when you get there either: you're going to have to protect the trailer from a wave of angry Lost soldiers. Make sure each remaining team member is in a good cover position, bearing in mind that all enemies will be coming from the road to the West. Make the most of this bottleneck and take them out before they get close to complete the Mission.
Available from the Start Menu | 3-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 18
Be a patriot. Buy American, steal foreign. A rival crew has a fleet of top-end motorbikes at the Maibatsu factory earmarked for an upcoming job. You can sabotage their plans and make some money in the process by stealing the bikes and delivering them to the drop-off.
For this Contact Mission, players will be split into three set roles - Transporter, Sniper and Lookout - and you can decide to assign specific players to these roles before the start of the Job. Our recommended approach is for everyone to head to the back of the factory via the grassy bank on the corner of Vespucci Blvd and La Mesa. First allow the Sniper to get into position using the discreetly placed ladder to the side of the factory. Then the remaining three players can fight of the guards, being careful to stay in cover and relying on scope support and headset guidance from the Sniper. Be careful not to get the trailer caught in the crossfire, as the Mission will fail if it is destroyed. When the coast is clear, one of the Transporters jumps into the trailer, while the Lookout and other Transporter grab a car and provide an escort all the way to the drop-off in case of enemy roadblocks.
We hope you find these Contact Mission tips useful and feel free to let the community know if you take different approaches in the comments.
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