News | Major Criminal Enterprises Update for GTA Online Now Live

The Criminal Enterprises update for GTA Online, the online mode of Grand Theft Auto 5, is now live.

The free update was already announced last week and ensures that San Andreas has to deal with all kinds of problems that also occur in the real world. Oil prices are skyrocketing and the area is also being ravaged by heat waves.

The update adds several new missions and upgrades for Executives, Bikers, MC Presidents, Nightclub Owners and Gunrunners. Players will investigate the corrupt company Duggan, who are making a profit from the high oil prices. A new set of missions comes in the form of Operation Paper Trail.

In terms of new vehicles, players can expect the Obey Omnis e-GT, Stirling GT, Bravado Greenwood, Pegassi Torero XO, Benefactor LM87, Lampadati Corsita and Buckingham Conada, among others. Existing vehicles will be given new color options.

Players can now also own up to ten properties. The maximum garage space has been increased to twenty vehicles. There is also a new weapon, the Precision Rifle, which can be purchased from Ammu-Nation.

GTA Online is available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One.


News | 30 minute gameplay from PS5 version Grand Theft Auto 5

Half an hour of gameplay from the PlayStation 5 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been released. The game comes out tomorrow on PS5 and Xbox Series X and S

The gameplay was posted online by the website VGC and can be seen below. The game runs in Fidelity mode in video, which supports native 4k and ray tracing at 30 frames per second.

Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released tomorrow for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. The new versions include several graphic improvements and three graphic modes. Furthermore, the current gen version includes improvements such as faster loading times, more people and traffic on the street, more plants, improved water reflections and more.

On PS5, haptic feedback and the adaptive triggers are used. There is also 3D Audio on PS5 and Spatial Sound on Xbox Series. The PlayStation 5 version also uses haptic feedback from the DualSense controller, deploys Tempest 3D audio and generates faster loading times.


Column | Why are we still playing Grand Theft Auto 5?

The nine-year-old Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released this week on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. This means that the game has been released on no fewer than three consecutive console generations. That's not given many games. However, GTA 5 remains relevant. That's partly due to the course Rockstar is sailing these days, but let's certainly not discount the quality of the game.

The year 2013 was an excellent gaming year. In that year the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One appeared, but the ‘old’ generation got a farewell in style with games such as BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us.

Especially the unique structure with three main characters comes to mind when we think back to the good old days of GTA 5. Where the previous ‘games in the series always pushed you into a specific box with, for example, drug dealer Tommy Vercetti or gangster CJ, you experience GTA 5 through three completely different glasses. . Michael, Franklin and Trevor could hardly be more different. Players can switch seamlessly between the three characters, thereby also switching lives.

The world keeps turning, even if you as a player are not touching the buttons for a while. For example, if you switch to Michael, there is a good chance that you will find him in the middle of an argument with his wife. Trevor – clearly a victim of mental health cuts – is often found drunk on the roadside or in the back of his pickup truck, while Franklin often hangs out with his buddy Lamar or walks his dog. GTA 5 goes a step further than just some missions that suit the character; it creates entire lives for the digital offenders.

Plus, Los Santos feels like a real city. Anyone who now starts Vice City or even San Andreas will notice how small those worlds actually are. The game world of GTA 5 is even in 2022 large, expansive and still very detailed. especially if you compare these details with newer games, Los Santos is still doing very well. In the heart of the city you will find expensive shops where you can buy a new jacket for Michael for exorbitant amounts, while around the village of Paleta Bay at the foot of Mount Chiliad there is no sign of the city bustle. Some radio stations are even only available in specific areas. Everything is right and in balance.

Yet even the most expansive and detailed single player ever comes to an end. Rockstar solved that with the introduction of GTA Online. There have been many experiments with multiplayer modes for the franchise in the past, but with GTA Online Rockstar managed to put down a mature online mode despite a messy start.

GTA Online initially thrived on the same large, detailed game world we explored in the single player, but over the years it was constantly updated with new content to stay interesting and fresh. From new locations such as a casino and Cayo Perico island, to new story content featuring Dr. Dre, especially in the last few years there is always something new to experience online. Not every player is eager to dive into the online mode for this content and the call for ‘normal’ single player content remains high, but Rockstar undeniably uses a successful formula.

GTA 5, or rather GTA Online, is thus kept actively relevant. Yet there is another reason that GTA 5 still matters: there is still no successor. Grand Theft Auto 6 is officialy in development, but that’s literally all we know about it. It could just be years before we can actually play a complete new GTA.

It is remarkable that GTA 6 is taking so long. Still, it’s not entirely unexpected either. After all, the intervals between each part are getting longer and longer. GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas all appeared in a span of just four years. GTA 4 then appeared almost five years later, and GTA 4 and GTA 5 had already passed a little over five years. Large games simply cost more and more time and money to make.

However, the GTA drought is extra special, because Rockstar only released Red Dead Redemption 2 in between, apart from some reissues. In comparison, between GTA 4 and 5, the studio released Midnight Club: Los Angeles, GTA: Chinatown Wars, Beaterator, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and expansions for GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar’s various studios worked simultaneously on various large and small projects, resulting in a constant stream of new games.

For Red Dead Redemption 2, the company reversed its strategy. That game was too complex to be performed by one studio, so Rockstar merged all separate studios into one team of about two thousand employees: Rockstar Studios. Even with so many hands, it took years to develop and there was reportedly quite a crunch, something that is fortunately less and less tolerated in the game industry and would also be a thing of the past with Rockstar.

Red Dead Redemption 2, however, was a resounding success both critically and commercially, just like GTA 5. The ‘smaller’ games that Rockstar used to make, such as Max Payne 3, were commercially disappointing. Creating gigantic game worlds, populated by increasingly complex characters, therefore pays off for Rockstar. But Red Dead Redemption 2 sets the bar for open world games in general and expectations for everything Rockstar touches specifically, sky high. Surpassing or even equaling GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 will therefore take time, especially if Rockstar wants to avoid heavy crunch time.

In addition, it is undoubtedly a challenge to create something that is more ridiculous than today’s reality. GTA has always been a parody of reality, like a kind of distorting mirror held up to us. However, GTA 5 came out in a simpler time, when we were still mainly concerned about our privacy on social media. For example, the Facebook-like social network Lifeinvader plays a major role in the game. Since 2013, Trump has become president, the world has been hit by a pandemic and Russia decided it was time for another insane war. Try surpassing that.

We will have to wait a little longer for Grand Theft Auto 6, but until then we can at least get started with Grand Theft Auto 5. The game is available on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. including improved graphics, HDR, 4k resolution, 60 fps and ray tracing and will be available from 15 March.


News | Double Rewards and Discounts in GTA Online

GTA Online players are getting several discounts this week. In addition, various missions yield higher rewards than usual.

GTA Online players will receive an additional 50% GTA$ and RP for completing Gunrunning Sell mission.
Mobile Operations missions and Top Fun deliver double rewards and for the Bunker series even triple rewards until December 13.
All LS Car Meet races earn double Car Meet Rep.

All players will receive the Manor PRBG T-shirt this week.
Racers who finish in the top 5 of 12 different Pursuit and/or Street Races from December 2-13 will receive a free Emperor Vectre to refurbish and craft.
On the LS Car Meet’s Test Track, a Karin Sultan Classic is ready for a test lap.

Players who try their luck at the casino have a chance to win the Mammoth Squaddie at the Wheel of Fortune this week. Bunker real estate is 40 percent cheaper through Maze Bank Foreclosures, as are their Upgrades, Renovations and Modifications.
The same goes for the Mobile Operations Center and all upgrades to the MOC. LS Car Meet Merchandise can be scored with a thirty percent discount.

The following vehicles are available at a discount for a week:

    • Ocelot Jugular – 35% discount
    • Maibatsu Penumbra FF – 35% discount
    • Pegassi Tempesta – 35% discount
    • JoBuilt P-996 LAZER – 30% off

GTA Online players who connect their Rockstar Games Social Club account to Prime Gaming will receive GTA$100,000 for signing in.


Review | Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

The cultural significance of Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas needs no explanation. Few game series ever managed to leave their mark on a genre like GTA at the time of the PlayStation 2. A reissue to make these classics easily playable on modern hardware is not a bad idea at all - if only with a view to the preserving cultural heritage. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, however, has nothing to do with preserving cultural heritage.

We can be brief about the games themselves. In all honesty, in 2021 there is little fun to be had in GTA 3. The city looks bare, the missions mean nothing and cars don’t drive as smooth as we’re used to in GTA V. Yet the first part in the trilogy is still intriguing. Especially in combination with Vice City and San Andreas.

After all, those two games have withstood the test of time much better. When you play the games in succession, you increasingly see the contours of a modern open world game. The missions become more extensive, the characters start to talk more and more, and especially the game worlds are undergoing an enormous evolution. The streets of Liberty City are still empty and gray, but Los Santos has a unique vibe. A vibe that changes when you swap the city for the countryside, or later chug past the casinos of Las Venturas.

But it really doesn’t matter how good or fun the games themselves are. Anyone who has actively experienced the games knows exactly what to expect. The potential for nostalgia is great, especially when iconic music by Nena, Toto, Dr. Dre of Guns N’ Roses reverberates from the speakers. Those unfamiliar with the games might want to play GTA: The Trilogy out of curiosity to see why these museum pieces made such a splash two decades ago. In either case, it’s more important to look at how Rockstar has handled the source material. And that’s not too good.

For the re-release, the classic games have been rebuilt in a new engine. The original code has been partly reused, to give the games the original look and feel. Improved lighting and numerous small quality-of-life adjustments also reduce the culture shock. For example, your minimap automatically shows how to drive and it is easier to switch weapons or radios, thanks to selection wheels that we know from GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, among others. The controls have also been modernized, including a freely moving camera. No idea if that was the deciding factor, but even infamous missions like Demolition Man (Vice City) and Wrong Side of the Tracks (San Andreas) weren’t nearly as frustrating as in our collective memories.

Many fans feared the iconic music in this reissue. There are indeed a few songs missing. In fact, it’s missing some pretty iconic songs, including Billie Jean and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ by Michael Jackson in GTA Vice City), as well as 2Pac’s I Don’t Give a F*ck and Hellraiser by Ozzy Osbourne in San Andreas. That is of course a shame if you just like those few songs, but with so many songs and radio stations there is enough left to create nice 80s and 90s atmospheres. Moreover, the endless chatter of the disc jockeys and the countless commercials and jingles have been preserved. So much for some good news.

The GTA Trilogy technically rattles on all sides. That starts with the fact that you have to choose between a Fidelity and Performance mode. We’re not dealing here with cutting-edge games that squeeze the most out of your hardware; these are three games that were already playable on twenty-year-old hardware. The fact that the three games are still plagued by frame drops and pop-in even on an Xbox Series X is therefore in no way justified.

But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Many graphics models have been artificially ‘enhanced’ to still look somewhat acceptable in a modern resolution. Some objects have clearly been given attention; you can see a surprising amount of detail in Tommy Vercetti’s colorful Hawaii blouse. But the way arm hair has subsequently been applied to his plastic-looking forearms is unintentionally comical.

Worst of all is the ‘renewed’ rain. A terrible effect has been applied, causing rain to distort the entire image as a kind of bright noise. Strangely enough, the rain stops spontaneously when you enter a tunnel, even outside the tunnel. To make matters worse, this effect is not applied ‘over’ water. If you see a lake or the sea in the distance, there is a ‘hole’ in the rain. It’s impossible that the developers missed all this, because the entire opening scene of GTA 3 is not to be seen because of this disfigured effect.

These once iconic games are now graphic monsters of Frankenstein, where old animations, jacked up resolutions, new lighting and completely failed effects come together unsightly. Even if the technique doesn’t falter, a lot of magic is lost. If you look out from Mount Chiliad, the highest point in San Andreas, you will see the complete map. Technically clever, but so sterile and without atmosphere. Hazy effects or air vibrations are not only there to mask imperfections, they are also there to add atmosphere. That was forgotten for a while with this Trilogy.

Sometimes it all works. The Strip in Las Venturas, for example, looks brilliant under the right conditions. The contrast between the dark starry sky and the bright neon lights bouncing off your car is something we could only dream of in 2004. An optimistic dreamer can squeeze a bit of nostalgia out of this Trilogy now and then, but nothing more than that. If this is how we should definitely remember the GTA Trilogy, the reputation of three legendary games has been tarnished for good.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is available now for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Series X and S, PC and Nintendo Switch. For this review, the games were played on PlayStation 5.

Score:

5,5

+ Plenty of quality-of-life improvements
+ iI you squint and drift off to the music you can feel a touch of nostalgia
+ Improved controls and camera, ,

 

– Loses a lot of atmosphere due to ‘clean’ look
– A lot of Frame drops
– Have to choose between Fidelity and Performance modes
– Disfigured rain effects


News | GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition launches November 11, first trailer and screenshots released

GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition will be released on November 11. Rockstar also shared a first trailer and screenshots.

Starting November 11, the game will be available digitally only for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Physical versions of the game will be released on December 7.

“Three iconic cities, three epic stories. Play the genre-defining classics from the original Grand Theft Auto trilogy: Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” reads the remasters.

The games have been updated for a new generation, with improvements such as brilliant new lighting and more detail in the environments, high-resolution textures, improved vistas, Grand Theft Auto 5-like controls and aiming and much more, bringing these beloved worlds back to life. come to life with much more detail.

The game also includes lock-on aiming improvements, an improved weapon wheel, an improved radio station wheel, updated minimaps, the option to place destinations on the map, and new Trophies and Achievements. The Nintendo Switch version also supports motion and touchscreen controls, and the PC version supports DLSS.

The trilogy costs 59.99 euros on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC. Users who purchase the PC version via the Rockstar Launcher before January 5, 2022 will receive a discount of 10 euros on a game from 15 euros. Only the Definitive Edition of GTA: San Andreas will be released on Xbox Game Pass on November 11, while the Definitive Edition of GTA 3 will be available on December 7 via PlayStation Now.


News | Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Officially Announced

Rockstar has officially announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.

The collection includes Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Rockstar says the games have been updated for modern platforms and include various visual improvements and other tweaks. However, the classic “look and feel” of the trilogy must be preserved.

The collection will come to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (via the Rockstar Games Launcher) sometime this year. The collection will also come to iOS and Android sometime in the first half of 2022. The existing versions of GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas will be pulled from digital stores next week.

There have been several rumors surrounding the collection in recent months. According to those rumors, the games run on the Unreal Engine and are being developed by Rockstar Dundee.


News | Los Santos Tuners Update Coming to GTA Online Next Week

On July 20, the Los Santos Tuners update for GTA Online, the online mode of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Not only does the update include new missions and races based on tuner car culture, it also adds the LS Car Meet. This shared social space allows players to meet others to schedule races and show off their cars.

To participate in the LS Car Meet, players must visit a department store on the outskirts of town near Cypress Flats. An exact location has not been given on purpose, but it can be found by paying attention to the presence of roaring engines.

The update should also unlock a new Reputation progression system for racing enthusiasts, with each new level bringing new benefits. Players can also try out the Test Track in the LS Car Meet to try out cars without getting caught by the police.


News | Rockstar is looking for employees for a new open world game.

Rockstar is looking for employees for a new open world game.

On the developer’s website there are various vacancies for positions within Rockstar North, including animators, programmers and artists. For example, people are searched for “who can work on advanced animation systems for large open-world games that revolve around characters”.

Although it is not unique that Rockstar is working on an open world game, since it includes both Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, the vacancies seem to hint at the fact that the company is working on a new Grand Theft Auto game. However, this has not yet been officially confirmed.