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Keeping the tradition of silently releasing mobile titles, Rockstar has surprisingly released Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for Android. According to the Google Play store, the game features:

  • Widescreen resolution support
  • Support for Android TV devices
  • Updated, highly customizable touchscreen controls
  • Enhanced graphics, lighting and explosion effects
  • Compatible with select Android Bluetooth and USB controllers
  • Integrated with Immersion tactile effects

The game requires Android 4.0 or greater and was developed by War Drum Studios. It is available for $4.99 USD on the Google Play store.

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It's that time of the year again. As already previously hinted at, Rockstar has announced the Festive Surprise update for Grand Theft Auto Online. The update brings the following:

  • The ability to own three properties
  • Two new weapons
    • Homing Missile Launcher
    • Proximity Mines
  • Four vehicles
    • Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader
    • Slam Van
    • Massacro with race livery
    • Jester with race livery
  • Snowfall on a "few special days"
  • Snowball fights on snow days
  • Free holiday clothing items you can wear through January 5th
  • Holiday Special Crate Drops with both old and new special tees
  • Extra free gifts for playing on the 25th
  • Firework Launcher is back until January 5th and is free on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Also included in the update, which brings GTAV to 1.19 on last gen and 1.05 on new gen, is a sleigh full of fixes and changes which can be viewed over at the Rockstar Support article. The update is now live for all four platforms.

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Ever since our first look at Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar has been teasing the ability to perform heists with friends. Seemingly each time it's even mentioned the can is kicked further down the road with little information to show. Today, we finally have some tangible evidence Duke Nukem Forever online heists does in-fact exist in the form of a minute long trailer and a preview from IGN. The trailer can be view above and as always we've summed up the important bits from the preview below:

  • "Early 2015" release date
  • Rebuilt from ground up several times
  • Four players at rank 12 or above
  • Spent time making sure it's interesting for all positions in the team
  • One player will act as leader
  • Planning a heist requires owning a high-end apartment
  • Leader will be responsible for funding any prep work
  • Crew members (except leader) get a payout for each prep mission
  • Five heists strands with 20 total missions
  • Bonus reward for playing all five in order with same set of players
  • Bonus reward for playing all five in first-person mode
  • "Elite Challenges" for meeting certain criteria such as accuracy

Rockstar had previously stated that heists would be the next update after the NewGen versions launched, but that doesn't look to be the case with the holiday's update fast approaching. However, seeing as Rockstar finally seems to be happy with the state heists is in, we'd expect the early 2015 release date to really be early 2015 - perhaps even near or soon after the PC version?

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Last month Rockstar released on update on Steam for Grand Theft Auto San Andreas that added XInput controller support while removing several songs and breaking saved games for German players. It also continued the trend excluding version 1.01 fixes such as 1080p support. A week later we reported that another update for the game was being staged. Four weeks later, the update has finally gone live. In line with the last update, there is no official version number so to avoid confusion the community is calling it "NewSteam r2". Unlike the last update, however, Rockstar has released an official changelog for this update:

  • Added 1080p Resolution

Sadly, there's no sign of Rockstar restoring songs previous owners should rightfully have access to. Just like with the last update, an unofficial community downgrader has been created to rectify this issue. This new downgrader will take your legally purchased NewSteam r2 (12/9) to before the 11/7 patch. It relies on binary differences so no game files are being distributed. As such, this will only work correctly with the 12/9/14 update. Once downgraded, we recommend making a copy of your San Andreas folder and storing it somewhere outside of your Steam folder. You should also then be able to use this downgrader to version 1.0 to gain maximum modding compatibility. There is also a downgrader to take you directly from NewSteam r2 to 1.0 that should be released later today. We'll update this article when that happens.

NewSteam r2 -> pre-11/7 Downgrader: Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3

EDIT: A downgrader for NewSteam r2 to the original 1.0 version of San Andreas has been released.

NewSteam r2 -> Version 1.0 Downgrader: Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3 | Mirror 4

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Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is out now. We'll be streaming the PlayStation 4 version occasionally at our newly setup Twitch channel. Be sure to stop by if you're on the fence or waiting for the PC version and let us know in chat what you want to see!

The wait now shifts to the PC version which should be out on January 27th. Hopefully now that the PS4/Xbone versions are out, we'll be seeing more of the PC.

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Rockstar was kind enough to send us over this RockstarNexus exclusive Grand Theft Auto V screenshot! We're less than three days away now from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release with the heavily anticipated PC version coming January 27th.

Thanks Rockstar!

EDIT: Here's a list of fansites that have received exclusive screenshots. Thanks to GrandTheftAuto5.fr for compiling the list!

GTAV.net | GTAV.net (2) | The GTA Base | Rockstar Universe | GTA-Series | GTATurk | GTAGaming | GTA Warehouse | GrandTheftAuto5.fr | RockstarWorld | GTA-Xtreme | GTAPro | GTAVision | RockstarNetwork | GTAGames.nl | GTAInside | GTATheGame | The GTA Place | GTANext | Rockstar98

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A few days ago an update for Grand Theft Auto San Andreas went live on Steam that that caused game issues for some and highlighted issues with digital distribution in general. While there hasn't been any word from Rockstar on the issue, it looks like another update is being tested according to SteamDB.

EDIT: An unofficial downgrader for the 11/7 Steam update has been released. More details here.

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With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch of Grand Theft Auto V fast approaching in just 7 days, Rockstar has released one last trailer. You can watch it above via YouTube or download the source 1080p file.

The song is "Let's Go All the Way" by Sly Fox.

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