|Platform PS3, 360||Publisher Rockstar Games||Developer Rockstar North||Release Date 2013-09-17|
By Chris Plante on Sep 16, 2013 09.16.13
The impact of 2008's Grand Theft Auto 4 and its predecessors can be seen in practically every AAA release and AAA game studio. The blockbuster game is what it is because of the Grand Theft Auto series' astonishing financial, critical and cultural success. Grand Theft Auto 5 is the culmination of the series, Rockstar's catalogue and arguably the entirety of AAA video games, which have become bigger and more expensive since the release of Grand Theft Auto 3 over a decade ago. The achievement of Grand Theft Auto 5 is its consistent quality. That's what makes its world feel so believable — there's almost nothing that will pull you out of it. Almost. There's almost nothing to pull you out of Grand Theft Auto 5 Grand Theft Auto 5's stupendously large...
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By Dave Tach on Mar 03, 2014 03.03.14
Rockstar Games, the developer behind the Grand Theft Auto series, will receive the Fellowship award March 12 at the British Academy Games Awards, organizers announced today. The annual Fellowship award is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' highest honor, reserved "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games." In its announcement, BAFTA highlights the developer's achievements with Bully, the GTA series, L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption for "creating intricately layered interactive worlds that have kept the company at the forefront of the gaming industry for over a decade, both critically and commercially." Rockstar founders Sam Houser and Dan Houser, Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies and GTA art director Aaron Garbut...
By Colin Campbell on Mar 01, 2014 03.01.14
The growing genre of Grand Theft Auto 5 movie reenactments has a new entry. Redditors put together this recreation of the famous train-top fight from 007 movie Skyfall. According to the creators it was "very hard to get the game to cooperate with filming what we needed, but we had a blast doing it."
By Dave Tach on Feb 27, 2014 02.27.14
Grand Theft Auto Online will explained March 4 with The Business Update and its new clothes, vehicles, weapons and more, developer Rockstar Games announced today. The Business Update will include three new sports cars, the Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R, as well as the new Vestra airplane. A new heavy pistol and a special carbine will arrive in the open-world game, and players will be able to dress up with new blouses, glasses, heels, slacks, suit jackets and choose from among new hairstyles and "currency themed tattoos," according to Rockstar. The new vehicles and weapons will be available in story and online modes. In story mode, players will see the weapons deposited into the three main characters' inventories, while the new cars will be availbe in players' garage...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 27, 2014 02.27.14
The launch of Grand Theft Auto Online negates the need to release another Grand Theft Auto title so soon after Grand Theft Auto 5, since the multiplayer component's ever-evolving content keeps the game fresh, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. Speaking with MCV, Zelnick said there are no plans to launch another title in Rockstar Games' popular franchise this year. GTA Online is still growing in terms of content and scope, which lessens the need for a whole new GTA title on the heels of GTA 5's September launch. "A few years ago, we'd launch a title, it would be sold physically, then we would sell catalogue versions of it," Zelnick said. "Today we launch a title, and often, if not always, put out DLC. We've talked about recurrent consumer spending, where we have offerings where...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 11, 2014 02.11.14
Grand Theft Auto Online players will have access to a free, limited-time update, the Valentine's Day Massacre Special, beginning on Friday, Rockstar Games announced today. In addition to 10 new jobs, which include deathmatches and races, the update adds new vehicles, 1920s-themed clothing and hairstyles, and a machine gun. The Gusenberg Sweeper will be available in any Ammu-Nation store in GTA Online; in Grand Theft Auto 5's Story Mode, it will be automatically dropped into a character's inventory with two ammo clips. Players can find the Albany Roosevelt armored limousine in any garage in Story Mode, or from GTA Online's in-game legendary motorsport website. Although items will only be available for a limited time, they'll become a permanent part of a player's inventory once they're...
By Colin Campbell on Feb 07, 2014 02.07.14
Earlier tonight, the winners were announced with The Last of Us sweeping multiple awards (full list below) including Game of the Year and Best Direction. The winners and losers were debated, furiously, on social media. The event, slightly ramshackle at times, managed to capture the off-the-cuff spirit of gaming, with entertaining appearances from the likes of Mike Capps and Palmer Luckey. These awards are organized by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The winners are voted on by its 22,000 members. There are other awards that are honored and valued, like the GDC Choice Awards and the BAFTAs. But this is where the game industry honors its own. The trophies are handed out by established game developers. Tonight, making a rare public appearance, Sam and Dan Houser as well as...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 03, 2014 02.03.14
Take-Two Interactive recorded a strong third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year and ended 2013 as the year's top video game publisher according to the NPD Group, the publisher announced today. The company's financial results outperformed expectations, with $1.86 billion of net revenue for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2013. That represented an increase of about 348 percent over the $415.8 million in revenue from the same quarter in 2012. On a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis, Take-Two pulled in $767.7 million of net revenue, beating its previously given guidance for the quarter of $650 million to $700 million. The revenue numbers provided for a GAAP operating income of $606.3 million and a GAAP net income of $578.43 million. According to Take-Two, the...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 27, 2014 01.27.14
Grand Theft Auto 5 players on PlayStation 3 can turn their time in Los Santos into an underwater adventure with a mod that brings the city beneath the ocean waves. According to modder "Bushigan," sinking Los Santos requires a modded PS3 console, since players are going to have to shuffle some files to get the mod to work. The mod also includes the ability to transform vehicles into submarines for a way to get around that sticks to the underwater theme. Some rooftops poke above the crashing waves, and any humans and vehicles that respawn underwater automatically begin floating upwards to the surface, as shown in the videos above and below. The mod is available for GTA 5's single-player mode and can be downloaded here.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 19, 2014 01.19.14
It's that kind of chaos that caught the eye of Christopher Murrie — a man who now plays the game as a combat photographer. While in passive mode, Murrie explores the streets of Los Santos looking for action. In the real world, Murrie is a self-described amateur photographer and a senior film editor at Laika. His credits include animated films such as Coraline and ParaNorman. Speaking with Polygon via email, Murrie said the idea to take in-game combat photography happened in an unexpected way. "In a recent session, I was trying to evade repeated destruction by a tank, and I switched into passive mode in order to give me a chance at escape," Murrie wrote. "It occurred to me all of a sudden that it might be fun to then follow the tank as it hunted down other players so I could get an...
By Michael McWhertor on Jan 16, 2014 01.16.14
Microsoft's new Xbox One was the bestselling console in the United States during the month of December, according to NPD Group data, selling more than 908,000 units in its second month on the market. While Microsoft publicly released NPD sales numbers for the month, Sony Computer Entertainment declined to provide specific data, saying in a statement, "PlayStation 4 remains the cumulative leader for next gen console sales in the U.S. since the launch on November 15. We sold every PS4 available at retail in the U.S. and were out of stock in December due to overwhelming consumer demand." Both console platforms trailed behind the Nintendo 3DS, which according to a statement from Nintendo was the bestselling video game system for the month. It was also the bestselling system for the year,...