This Week Only: Get 50% off Assistance from Merryweather, Lester and Other Allies in GTA Online

Posted 15 hours, 51 minutes ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

This week, calling for support from notorious friends in high places in GTA Online just got more affordable. So if you find yourself in need of backup, air support, transport or just need to disappear for a while, dial up any of your allies for a little "Roadside Assistance" and get 50% off the normal price.

Rank requirements for these discounted services have also been removed (please note that you will need to have received at least one call from each contact in order to use their service).

Brucie: Stay alpha with Brucie's BullShark Testosterone, which doubles damage inflicted and halves damage received.

Lamar: Call up Lamar and he'll send a mugger after any one of your chosen adversaries who'll lighten their wallet by stealing a portion of their cash.

Lester: One of Los Santos' most connected criminals, Lester can help you avoid the fuzz by persuading them to turn a blind eye for a short period of time or clearing your wanted level. He can also locate transportation (cars, boats, planes and helicopters) or play tricks with the radar - revealing other players or masking your location temporarily. Lester’s normal GTA$1,000 fee for setting bounties on other players has also been slashed to GTA$500.

Pegasus: Retrieve personal vehicles from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and have them delivered to your location.

Merryweather: Access all the paramilitary services that Merryweather Security Consulting has to offer at this reduced rate, including ammo crate drops, helicopter backup, boat/helicopter pickup, airstrikes and even your own private army of vengeful mercenaries.

These services can all be accessed via the Contacts Menu on your GTA Online character's in-game phone. Discounts run until September 7th.

The Rockstar Warehouse End of Summer Sale

Posted 1 day, 8 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Starting today, and running through Monday, September 8th, your reliable suppliers at the Rockstar Warehouse are offering you 25% off of your favorite Apparel and Collectibles from some of our most popular games.

Rock a bit of the old school with a tee from the Red Dead Redemption Frontier Collection, or raid our Posters section to wallpaper your bedroom on the cheap with vintage snipes available from Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, and the original Max Payne.

Get ready for the end of summer holidays now, and stock up for the fall with some Original Soundtrack CDs, Caps, Kubrick Box Sets and a whole lot more.

This offer is valid on rockstarwarehouse.com only. Offer does not include any games or GTAV gear or collectibles. Offer does not apply to previous purchases, credits, or gift cards. Discount applied before shipping and taxes are added (if any). Offer valid through Monday, September 8th, 2014, 11:59pm ET. ET is local time in New York City, USA. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. Details of offer are subject to change and may be canceled without notice.

This Week's Rockstar Livestreams: Hot 97 Edition feat GTA Soundtrack Alums & Rockstar Verified Community Session

Posted 1 day, 14 hours ago | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games, Music



Join us today and tomorrow at the Rockstar Twitch channel for upcoming GTA Online livestreams:



Thursday Aug 28th     2:30pm Eastern*
Hot 97 Edition featuring GTA Soundtrack Alumni Maino and Uncle Murda plus Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and DJ Young Chow
GTA fans will remember both Maino ("Getaway Driver") and Uncle Murda ("Anybody Can Get It") for their super hard original contributions to DJ Green Lantern's Liberty City Invasion radio show in Grand Theft Auto IV. These guys are also no strangers to the livestreams, having let off many rounds a couple years ago playing Max Payne 3 on the Rockstar Rooftop. This week, they'll be in the house live at Hot 97 for a full-fledged GTA Online session and will be joined by hot new Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and DJ Young Chow playing the new Verifieds, Flight School Jobs and hopefully doing the "I Just Caught a Body Dance" after winning a TDM or two.

Friday Aug 29th     11:30am Eastern*
Rockstar Verified Jobs Livestream
This Friday, we'll be hosting a live session of this week's brand new Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs. From slick Races like "That's What She Said" and "Hit The Apex" to the gripping Capture "Raid:Claustrophobia" - we will be leading a special lobby of GTA community guests including some invited creators of the Jobs themselves as we see who will emerge victorious at the top of the Playlist.

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

10 New Rockstar Verified Jobs: Close-Quarters Confrontation, Pure Racing and Major Props

Posted 3 days, 11 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Today, we've added 10 new player-created GTA Online Jobs that have earned a place in the roster of Rockstar Verified selections available for everyone on both platforms to enjoy. This batch includes technical Races designed to please speed junkies, Capture Jobs that take Prop placement to the next level and a pair of Deathmatches with plenty of opportunities for imaginative carnage.

Read on below for descriptions of all these new Verified Jobs and be sure to click on each one's title to add a bookmark for your next play-session via Social Club. Keep your eyes peeled for more Rockstar Verified Jobs coming soon, including the chosen picks from this past weekend's San Andreas Flight School Event Weekend Creator Competition.


Racers dash through the shipping container slalom in Code 13-91.

 Code 13-91 - created by XXChaosiumXX91
For the technical racer that has a penchant for theatrics, this long loop circuit takes place in the heart of Downtown and mixes high speed straights and slalom sections with lots of jumps. Checkpoints become chokepoints as racers weave through well-placed shipping containers and try to muster enough getaway speed to make the next jump - especially when played with a full field of 16 players. This is definitely a Race where it pays to get ahead and stay there, but there are enough hazards and difficult sections to ensure no-one is ever going to get too comfortable.

Urban Jungle - created by Siditrationer123
The single-story houses and yards of South Los Santos are the stage for this close-quarters Team Deathmatch. Rooftops are accessible and allow sneaky players the opportunity to drop down on unsuspecting foes and administer a lethal shotgun blast or melee kill. The map is also bisected by an alley that's been decorated with mixed props to provide cover for players who are brave enough to run end to end. Try exploring vertical space to gain a natural advantage or to sneak around the back of the opposing team.


A pack of cars round the corner in Rebel Rodeo.

Rebel Rodeo - created by MANNAMEDMACHINE
Drawing inspiration from Ken Block’s Gymkhana series, MANNAMEDMACHINE's creation is one of those Races that's more likely to be decided by what you do with the brake pedal than the accelerator. Skill trumps speed as you slalom, 180 and skid your way around Redwood Lights Track and the surrounding areas of the Grand Senora Desert. We recommend trying this with Non-Contact applied, so you can focus on your own car control and not your opponents' (or their lack thereof).

Brand's Snatch - created by Seekrit Chimp
The Rockstar Verified collection already features Races inspired by places like Nurburgring, Monaco and Laguna Seca, and this take on the UK's Brand's Hatch circuit continues the trend for recreating famous real world tracks within the confines of Southern San Andreas. Accordingly, this is a high speed Lap Race that separates those who know when to ease off the gas from the drivers who think that driving fast is only about putting your foot down. The roads are wide, so make sure you stick to the racing line, and the Checkpoints are neatly placed so you can focus purely on those apexes. Go with Super or Sports classes and be sure to accelerate out of the chicanes.


Utilizing air support to retrieve the Capture objects in Hold: Operation Interrupt.

Hold: Operation Interrupt - created by SoWhack
"A joint operation comprised of the FIB and local PD has just resulted in several bags of drugs being seized in Paleto Bay," reads the description for Operation Interrupt, setting the scene for a standoff in the sand between two teams trying to retrieve the Capture Objects and the heavily-armed Actors there to stop them. Once the bags are in your territory, prepare to fight hard to protect them - or make a foray into enemy territory to steal their stash - all while police cars squeal up and down a narrow stretch of highway running through a busy trucking lane.

Hit The Apex - created by ZigMeister666
This expansive Lap Race has it all - carefully placed Checkpoints, helpful Props guiding you in the right direction and spectacular views of the Vinewood Sign, Lake Vinewood and Downtown. "Nothing beats the thrill of throwing a fast car around corners at high speeds," reads the description and the default Carbonizzare is certainly a fine choice for sliding down the Vinewood Hills.


The Rail Yard, Railed Out Deathmatch, created by Periphery's Jake Bowen.

Rail Yard, Railed Out - created by Jakeperiphery
Regular viewers of the Rockstar Games Twitch channel may remember this Job from our July 11th live stream, created by guitarist slash devoted GTA Online player, Jake Bowen from prog-metal band Periphery. Jake has added props sparingly to maintain the exposed, dangerous middle ground of the train yards, while teams spawn at either end. Stay close to your Crew and resist the urge to hammer the sprint button along the trainyards, as a stealthy approach will yield kills on unsuspecting foes crossing the tracks. Those with a steady aim might want to head to the rooftop, grab the Sniper Rifle and pick off anyone attempting to dash between cover spots.

That's What She Said - created by Kalweiser
We've found the foundries and tankers of Elysian Island are a relatively underused setting so far among GTA Online creations, so this Race for Sports Cars feels fresh right from the starting grid. A visual theme of decay runs through the course with broken down train carriages, gas cylinders and other industrial detritus littering the trackside. Look out for smaller jumps in and out of the dockyards, a tricky section to enter and exit the train tracks and the final huge leap from the freeway back to the finishing line. And if you enjoy this, have a look through Kalweiser's 67 other Jobs for some more gems.


Opposing teams vie for the contested bag in Raid: Claustrophobia.

Raid: Claustrophobia - created by DezeWevos
Like the title suggests, this symmetrical arena is a very claustrophobic environment where death is never far away. The near-perfect prop placement also makes this one of the best arena-style Captures we’ve seen so far. If you've got some personal beef that you need to settle, it works very well for 1v1 grudge matches as well. Combat rolls from cover are key to getting the jump on your enemy, and two or three successive kills are necessary to grab a bag and make it back to your base safely. Extra ammo is always close at hand, but health pickups require you to expose yourself on top of the obstacles. Take a breath and try to second-guess your opponent's next move to make sure that you're the cat and not the mouse.

Tittie Twister - created by xHumbleRx
A dual test of your endurance and your vehicle's suspension, this Race clocks in at over four miles and features huge jump opportunities off cliff faces that tend to thin out the leading pack. The Sanchez is a wise choice here, with its mixture of climbing ability and agility, but be careful not to stack it on the landings.

 

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.

 

Previously:
10 New GTA Online Jobs Including the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Selections
Drift Paradise, Hipster Rage and More
3 New Deathmatches and a New Capture plus a Few Familiar Faces

The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No°2 this Saturday, August 30th

Posted 4 days, 11 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar


 

For the second straight year, the Red Hook Crit Championship Series returns to the spectacular waterfront circuit at Parc Del Forum in Barcelona, Spain for the next-stop of this international race series. 
 
Competitors from 24 countries, including series leaders Thibaud Lhenry, Alessandro Bruzza and Neil Bezdek, will compete for points, pride and glory in the penultimate race of this year’s series. With incredibly tight standings and a deep list of top competitors returning from Brooklyn’s race in torrential downpours, the podium and series standings will be ferociously contested. 
 
The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series will expand to include an inaugural women’s race in Barcelona. A strong international field of women will contend for equal prizes and championship points. 
 
Additionally, the “Last Chance Race” will be introduced to give riders who didn’t qualify for the men’s race an opportunity to earn a final transfer spot. This will give novice riders new racing experience in this do-or-die competition to earn a spot in the main event.
 
For real-time scoring and race information, make sure to download the official Red Hook Crit Raceday app for iOS and Android devices, and for more detailed race info visit redhookcrit.com, facebook.com/redhookcrit, and instagram.com/redhookcrit.
 
 
Previously:
Fearless Athletes Defy the Elements at Red Hook Crit No. 7
Red Hook Crit at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

The San Andreas Flight School Event Weekend this Fri-Sun

Posted 1 week, 3 days ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

This weekend, August 22nd-24th, it's time for fight AND flight as The San Andreas Flight School Event Weekend takes off in GTA Online. That's three days of big RP & GTA$ bonuses, an exclusive in-game Parachute Pack unlock, valuable discounts from a range of San Andreas local businesses, special competitions, giveaways and much more as you enjoy the all-new stomach-in-throat G-suit pounding Flight School content action that separates the Mavericks from the Whiskey Deltas once and for all.

EXCLUSIVELY UNLOCKABLE THIS WEEKEND: 'HIGH FLYER' PARACHUTE PACK

This weekend only, you can pick up the exclusive 'High Flyer' Parachute Pack seen in the flyer above, for the skydiver who truly enjoys getting lifted. All you have to do is complete the "Flight School Event" Playlist and then head to Ammu-Nation. The High Flyer Parachute Bag will be available free of charge and, once purchased, you can equip it from your Inventory in the Interaction Menu.

GET DOUBLE RP AND DOUBLE GTA$ WHEN PLAYING IN THE FLIGHT SCHOOL EVENT PLAYLIST

As well as the Parachute Pack, you and your wingmen will get double GTA$ and double RP in every Job in the Flight School Event Weekend Playlist, win or lose. To get involved, hit the Event button prompt on the GTAV boot screens, or find the Event Weekend Playlist in the Playlists section of the Pause menus, under Rockstar Created.

DOUBLE GTA$ FOR AIR RACES AND PARACHUTE JUMPS ALL WEEKEND

Time to put those aviation skills that you honed at the San Andreas Flight School to test in the field and earn double GTA$ in all Air Races and Parachute Jumps. That includes a batch of new Rockstar-Created Jobs published this week specifically for the new aircraft in the San Andreas Flight School Update, plus new Parachute Jumps designed to make use of the new reserve 'chute.

DOUBLE RP FOR FLYING UNDER BRIDGES DURING AIR RACES

Nothing tightens the pucker factor like flying low under one of the many bridges in the San Andreas area. All weekend, such flat-hatting while playing Air Races will get you Double RP. Or it will leave you too dead to worry about the consequences.

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS ON SELECT LUXURY PROPERTIES AND ON AVIATION SERVICES FROM LESTER AND MERRYWEATHER SECURITY

Let's face it: you've not earned your wings only to then have to spend your leisure time slumming at sea level with everyone else. So all weekend, get a 25% discount on the high rise Del Perro Heights Apts 7 & 20 and 0120 Murrieta Heights Properties. Each includes a 10 car garage to store all of your exotic rides befitting a true flyboy, including the brand new Invetero Coquette Classic.

Plus, in a rare act of philanthropy, Lester is willing to locate planes and choppers for you all weekend, free of charge. Just give him a call, select 'Locate a Plane' and 'Locate a Helicopter' and ask no questions about ulterior motives.

Prefer your choppers manned and delivered? Get half price Helicopter Pickups all weekend courtesy of Merryweather.

DOUBLE RP FOR KILLS AND BONUS GTA$ IN GANG ATTACKS AT AIRPORTS & HANGARS

Gangs have assembled around San Andreas International Airport Hangar, and the Sandy Shores and Grapeseed Airfields. These special Gang Attacks will yield 2X RP and bonus GTA$ all weekend, so get over there and defend America's right to fatuous air travel.

EVENT CRATE DROPS

Your dogfight victims won't be the only things falling from the sky this weekend: look out for special Crate Drops containing extra GTA$, RP bonuses, Miniguns, RPGs and Sticky Bombs between now and Sunday night.

THE #FLIGHTSCHOOL SNAPMATIC CONTEST

Whether it's capturing one of your friend's aerial exploits or the whole Crew about to board the Buckingham Mil-Jet, we're looking for your most inspiring and amusing pictures featuring the new content in The San Andreas Flight School in the #FLIGHTSCHOOL Snapmatic contest. Our favorite five will each win their authors GTA$1M and a MILEHIGH vanity license plate for their in-game vehicles, plus they'll be featured right here on the Newswire.

To make your shots eligible for entry, simply log in to Social Club and tag them #FLIGHTSCHOOL between now and the end of Sunday.[Update: Due to online downtime issues with PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over the weekend, we’ve extended the deadline for this contest to Tuesday night, August 26th.] 

See full rules and eligibility details.

THE #FLIGHTSCHOOL CREATOR COMPETITION

The sky is the limit in the Creator contest, where we're looking for user-created Air Races to test even the saltiest pilots. We'll choose 5 favorite Jobs to be Verified and their creators will receive GTA$1M and an exclusive AVIATOR license plate. Just tag your custom-made Air Race Jobs with #FLIGHTSCHOOL in Social Club between now and Sunday night to be eligible in the competition. [Update: Due to online downtime issues with PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over the weekend, we’ve extended the deadline for this contest to Tuesday night, August 26th.]

See full rules and eligibility details.

EVENT WEEKEND OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR LIVE STREAM

At 4pm this Friday August 22nd, the Rockstar Games Official Event Weekend Live Stream will be on the air, playing brand new content from The San Andreas Flight School Update. We'll be joined by very special guests Little & Cubed aka Martyn Littlewood and Dan Nerdcubed who are preparing some custom challenges featuring the new Flight School planes and vehicles and will be challenging our Rockstar Devs to a live 2v2 dogfight around Los Santos & Blaine County airspace. As usual, Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast studio team will be manning the flight deck and we'll be streaming the show across the Social Club Events page, the Rockstar Games Twitch Channel and our YouTube Channel. Make sure to follow us on Twitch and Twitter to get notifications when the stream goes live.

GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

We'll be giving away 20 deluxe GTAV & Rockstar T-shirt Prize Packs including the Trevor Philips Industries Tee, San Andreas Federal Reserve Tee, Los Santos Lifeguard Tee, Republican Space Rangers Tee, Bugstars Logo Tee, Los Santos Tee,  the GTAV & V Logo Tee, Kifflom Tee, Rockstar Rolling Long-Sleeve Tee, Rockstar Mason Tee, and the Rockstar Flowers Tee. You can enter to win right now through Sunday at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events. See Official Rules
 

As always, make sure you're following us on Twitter, Facebook and Twitch to stay up to date on this and other future Social Club Event Weekend announcements.

The GTA Online San Andreas Flight School Update Now Available

Posted 1 week, 4 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

You think you've got what it takes to be awesome? Want to take yourself to the absolute limit – hell, past the limit – and live to high-five on the other side? Get yourself down to The San Andreas Flight School. Grab the stick of the fast and nimble Western Besra training jet and push it to the edge of the envelope. Master absolute air superiority in 10 new solo missions that will make you comfortable in any pilot’s danger zone, including combat maneuvering, low-flying challenges, formation flying and more.

Once it’s ‘mission accomplished’ and you’re out of your heroic new Flight Suit, spend your shore leave buzzing the skies in the luxury Swift helo, or cram your entire squad into the new 16-seater Buckingham Miljet for team transport in style. Hit the silk with a collection of new Chutes and Parachute Bags, and if things get a little out of control, rely on the Reserve Parachute to give you a second chance at that soft landing – or use it to get creative with your precision dives. Later, hit the streets in the shapely Invetero Coquette Classic, available in either hard-top or topless roadster variants for whatever your sea-level speed fix.


 
And round up your wingmen for new Races, Captures, Parachute Jumps and more, including the three all-new VS Mission modes. Acquire Targets is a kill-the-carrier style mode where opponents fight in P996 Lazers to control one flag; maintain control for as long as you can to rack up points. In G-Rating, compete against other cadets as you fly to pick up 15 flags in both weapons hot and cold environments. Or try out Air Force Zero, where the defending team must protect an aircraft against an attacking team as it flies to the safe LZ.

The San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online is now available via automatic update 1.16 for both PS3 and Xbox 360. In addition to everything listed above, today's update also includes a number of other adjustments and fixes for GTA Online. Most notably, all Contact Mission GTA$ and RP awards have been rebalanced so that more difficult missions will earn you greater rewards, GTA$ payouts on replays are no longer reduced and all rewards are now time scaled. For a look at all the changes in this update, please check out the full dossier at Rockstar Support.

Stay tuned for more details on continuing updates to GTA Online, and look out for specifics later this week on the upcoming Event Weekend to commemorate the launch of the San Andreas Flight School Update. Hit the jump below for more on the new Jobs included as part of today's update to GTA Online.

The San Andreas Flight School Update Coming Tomorrow, August 19th to GTA Online

Posted 1 week, 5 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Starting tomorrow, enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of being a patriotic hero with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. This new update will feature a collection of new air and land vehicles, aerial solo challenges, and much more. Tomorrow’s update will also introduce a host of gameplay changes to GTA Online – these include increased payouts for harder to complete missions and GTA$ bonuses for playing missions with others. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow.

For now, check out the SA Flight School's informational video above and prepare yourself for the opportunity to become one of the best of the best.

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