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Platform PS3, 360 Publisher Rockstar Games Developer Rockstar North Release Date 2013-09-17

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Grand Theft Auto 5 review: golden years

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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GTA Online Capture Creator coming April 11, patch released today

Grand Theft Auto 5's online multiplayer component will be expanded with a Capture Creator this Friday, April 11, publisher Rockstar Games announced today. The Capture Creator will allow players to create four different types of Capture missions — Contend, GTA, Hold and Raid — in Grand Theft Auto Online and then share them with the world through the Rockstar Social Club. Rockstar released a title update for Grand Theft Auto 5 today that brings the game to version 1.12. The patch includes many of the changes that the company mentioned last week, such as the ability to call Lester and have him get rid of police heat, bonus Rank Points for rating Jobs after completing them and higher payouts for finishing certain Jobs with less than four players. Future planned updates to GTA Online...

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Heists and the High Life coming to Grand Theft Auto Online this spring

Future updates for Grand Theft Auto 5's online component, Grand Theft Auto Online, will introduce new features for players to customize Capture Jobs, access new apartments and more. With the Capture Creator, users will have the chance to create their own Capture Jobs, which includes placing pick-ups, setting the location, defining weaponry and more. "Standout" experiences will be given Rockstar verification. Other updates include the addition of team-based heists "for glory and profit," during which players can team up with other Crew members or random mercenaries for cooperative missions, as well as the "High Life" update. High Life provides access to more wardrobe options, high-end apartments, cars and more. "The High Life Update will also feature the debut of multi-property...

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Grand Theft Auto 5's iFruit app launches for PlayStation Vita

Grand Theft Auto 5's smartphone and tablet companion app, iFruit, is now available for the PlayStation Vita, according to Sony Entertainment Network's official site. The free app was released for iOS alongside the game when it launched in September. With the app, users can create their own vehicles and babysit Chop — the canine companion to GTA 5 protagonist Franklin. By spending time with Chop in the app, he'll become more responsive in-game, perform tricks, sniff out hidden items and more. iFruit is also available for Android devices and Windows phones. Additional plans for the app include PlayStation Mobile. For more on Grand Theft Auto 5, read our review.

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Abraham game makers believe they are in a fight with Satan

I'm sitting in a nondescript office in an unremarkable neighborhood in Bakersfield, CA, interviewing three men about their plans for a Biblical game based on the life of Abraham. "I believe that, 100 percent," replies Richard Gaeta, a co-founder of Phoenix Interactive. He argues that since the launch of the Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, trouble has come into all their lives. "It's very tangible," adds his business partner Martin Bertram. "From projects falling through and people that were lined up to help us make this a success falling through. Lots of factors raining down on us like fire and brimstone." Nobody is winking or joking or pulling my leg. There is no irony here. They are absolutely serious. In the end, the game's Kickstarter raised only $19,000...

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Rockstar Games to receive BAFTA Fellowship award

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...

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'Skyfall' train fight recreated in GTA 5

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."

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GTA Online's Business Update brings weapons, vehicles March 4

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...

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GTA Online is still growing, which means no new GTA soon, says Take-Two

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...

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GTA Online celebrates Valentine's Day with Massacre Special update

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...

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The DICE Award winners, and why it matters

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...

Grand Theft Auto 5 Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-09-17
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar North
    • Score 9.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-09-17
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar North
    • Score 9.5
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