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Platform PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One, Win 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 5's Lamar voice actor stars in live-action Adult Swim comedy 'Black Jesus'

The voice actor behind Grand Theft Auto 5's Lamar Davis is starring in a new live-action comedy series, Black Jesus, on Adult Swim, the network announced today. Gerald "Slink" Johnson plays the role of the eponymous prophet in Black Jesus. The show is set in present-day Compton, California, with Black Jesus looking to "spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers," according to a press release. Black Jesus, which is executive-produced by The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, also features Charlie Murphy (The Chappelle Show), John Witherspoon (Friday) and Kali Hawk (New Girl). In Grand Theft Auto 5, Johnson voiced Lamar Davis, the gullible and incorrigible but ultimately lovable best friend of Franklin Clinton,...

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GTA Online players can walk on water with this glitch

Grand Theft Auto Online allows players to create their own character and do just about whatever they want in San Andreas, and that now includes walking on water, thanks to a glitch discovered by YouTube user Big Spaz. To take advantage of the glitch, Grand Theft Auto 5 players must visit the docks at the Puerto del Sol Marina in the Vespucci neighborhood of Los Santos. After wading into the sea, taking cover and then heading back up a ramp onto land, players will be able to dash along the surface of the water. Big Spaz notes that the only ways to get out of the glitch are to kill yourself or have someone else hit you out of the water. And there's no word on whether this works in the single-player story mode as well as in GTA Online. Grand Theft Auto 5 was released last September on...

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto 5 creators for allegedly using her likeness

Actress Lindsay Lohan has reportedly made good on threats to sue the developer of Grand Theft Auto 5 over claims that her likeness is used in the game. The Associated Press reports that Lohan's legal team filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan court that alleges Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games based the character Lacey Jonas on the actress, who has starred in Herbie Fully Loaded and The Canyons. The developer "incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses" and the jean shorts worn by Lohan without her permission, according to the complaint. Here's Lacey Jonas as she appears in-game. The suit also alleges that the in-game hotel Gentry Manor, based on West Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont,...

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Grand Theft Auto's latest update honors America, truck yeah

Not only is it on time for Independence Day, it's on time for another grand ironic celebration of patriotism — the United States' World Cup match with Belgium this afternoon. The latest update to Grand Theft Auto Online lets players cloak themselves in Old Glory, fire a musket and, most importantly, drive a monster truck. The Liberator (pictured) joins the Sovereign motorcycle as new vehicles, and now a musket and firework rocket launcher are available at Ammu-Nation, where GTAers have stocked up on firearms and jingoism since 2001. But wait, there's more. Pleasure Pier gets two new rides, the Ferris Whale and Leviathan roller coaster. Seven new properties are also available for purchase. For costumes, a variety of shirts and masks are available, in addition to a "backwoods mullet"...

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What Grand Theft Auto 5 would look like in real life

Zapruder Pictures, a duo of fan filmmakers out of Madrid, recreated the Grand Theft Auto 5 announcement trailer in their hometown. How close the short comes to replicating the original is impressive, though it's not afraid to bend reality with the help of some well-placed special effects. Watching the footage, I'm reminded how much I would like to see a Grand Theft Auto set outside the United States. I understand that goes against the franchises' love-hate relationship with our nation, but wouldn't you like GTA: Madrid? Or Shanghai? Or how about a modern GTA set in London? That worked well in 2D!

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Grand Theft Auto chief set to buy Edinburgh church

Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies is set to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars buying a central Edinburgh church. According to a report in the Edinburgh Evening News, the developer behind the Grand Theft Auto franchise will spend "well in excess of £500,000" on purchasing St. Stephen's Church, a well known landmark in the Scottish capital. He is preserving the church, built in 1827, as "an entirely philanthropic purchase" for the community's use, according to a spokesperson. St. Stephen's is often used as a venue during Edinburgh's arts and entertainment festivals. According to the local report, Benzies beat out other potential buyers, some of whom were keen to develop the church into commercial property. Benzies was born in Edinburgh in 1971. He worked as a programmer for...

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Grand Theft Auto 5 has been turned into a first-person shooter

That is to say, Grand Theft Auto 5 is playable in first-person for a select few tinkerers. But this new mod is the latest in a series of incredible mods that show how malleable the open-world game is. In theory, these mods will be more accessible on PC. Grand Theft Auto 4 has received tremendous support from the PC mod community. When Grand Theft Auto 5 arrives on PC this fall, it appears we can expect the same warm reception.

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GTA Online Heists delayed but still on the way, says Rockstar

The addition of Heists to Grand Theft Auto Online has been delayed, said Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Rockstar Games in a comment on the Rockstar Newswire this morning. Heists are the focal missions of the single-player story in Grand Theft Auto 5; six full heists take place during the game, along with the botched one in the prologue. Last December, Rockstar said it planned to add Heists to GTA Online sometime in 2014. In early April, the company said Heists were coming as part of a set of GTA Online updates scheduled to be released in the spring. With three days left until the astronomical start of summer, it now appears that Heists will miss that window. "We know many fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Online Heists that we had planned to release for you this spring,...

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Grand Theft Auto Online update adds hipsters before they were cool (correction)

Grand Theft Auto Online's "post ironic, artisanal, organic, entirely independent, 100% re-claimed" update, "I'm Not a Hipster," is available now with new jobs, hipster-themed content and gameplay fixes, Rockstar Games announced today. Players can now purchase skinny jeans, new retro print tees, tattoos, hairstyles and more, along with seven new vehicles. The update also adds the Vintage Pistol and Antique Cavalry Dagger for those with a soft spot for the past. GTA Online's jobs have been updated to include races such as "Before It Was Cool," "Caffeine Rush," "Trend Setting" and "Hip to be Cool." Other updates to the game include general tweaks to vehicles, paint colors and interface options. Check out the full list on Rockstar's website. The "I'm Not a Hipster" weekend event, which...

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Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4 vs. PS3 comparison video reveals impressive improvements

The upcoming new-generation port of Grand Theft Auto 5 looks much better than its PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 predecessor, as you might expect, and Digital Foundry analyzed the new trailer to assess the differences. Sony announced a PlayStation 4 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 during its E3 2014 press briefing last week, and publisher Rockstar Games later released a trailer to confirm that the port is also on its way to Windows PC and Xbox One. According to Rockstar, the video consisted entirely of footage that was captured on a PS4, so Digital Foundry compared it to clips of the PS3 version that were provided by the YouTube channel GTA Series Videos. According to Digital Foundry, the port of Grand Theft Auto 5 doesn't appear to be merely a higher-fidelity version of the original game —...

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
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar North
  • Xbox One
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar North
  • Windows
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar North
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