News: GTAIV: San Andreas Beta 3 is out now
27 Feb 2014 - GTA Online The Business Update coming March 4th
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto V February 27, 2014, 11:06:00 AM 1391 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
Fresh off the heels of The Valentines Update, Rockstar is pushing out yet another free update to Grand Theft Auto: Online titled "The Business Update" coming Tuesday March 4th. This update adds three new cars: Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R. For those who hate land, Rockstar is adding a new airplane call the "Vestra" -- pictured below.
Need to do some damage? Head on over to Ammu-Nation and pickup the two new weapons, the Heavy Pistol and the Special Carbine. A new weapon isn't complete without some new dress. The update adds new formal and business casual attire such as suit jackets, slacks, glasses, heels and blouses. Check out the new business hairstyles, currency themed tattoos and masks to complete your look.
The new weapons and vehicles will be available in both multiplayer and single-player.
Rockstar ends their post by teasing further upcoming updates to Grand Theft Auto V singleplayer, confirming Assassination and Flight School missions.
14 Feb 2014 - San Andreas mobile coming to Windows 8 and RT
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas February 14, 2014, 11:11:00 AM 1802 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
As we speculated back in December, it seems the mobile version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is indeed making the jump to Windows 8(.1) and RT devices. Nyolc8 over at GTAForums was able to capture the following screenshot of the store entry before Rockstar pulled it.
In case you're wondering, 1,500,000.00 Ft equals about $6.99 USD -- the same price as on other devices. Of course, no official word from Rockstar yet that its even coming to Windows 8 -- so be sure to act surprised when it finally appears.
13 Feb 2014 - GTA Online Valentine’s Day Massacre Now Available
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto V February 13, 2014, 09:07:00 PM 320 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
If you're planning on observing House of Cards day tomorrow, you're in luck! Rockstar has released the Valentine's Day Massacre update for Grand Theft Auto Online a day ahead of schedule. The update contains a variety of 1920s themed goodies in addition to a plethora of game fixes.
Rat Loader is Back!
After it's puzzling removal a few patches ago, the Rat Loader is once again available as a personal vehicle. To make up for any money you have have lost, the truck and all of its mods are currently available for the low price of free until the next patch. Hopefully this will be the last time a car will be yanked for no good reason. To make things easy, you can now purchase the Rat Loader from southernsanandreassuperautos.com.
As noted in the previous article, this update brings a number of new items. The Gusenberg Sweeper -- a tommy gun and a new 1920s limousine -- the Albany Roosevelt are the two big additions. A number of new clothing items and masks are also available. Many of these items are only available until the end of February, however once bought they'll be yours for good.
10 new jobs have been added. Here are 6 of them as detailed by Rockstar:
Social Club Weekend
To celebrate the update, Rockstar will be holding a Valentine's Day weekend event. The image below outlines all of the special things going on.
Today's patch brings us to version 1.10. The update change log is too incredibly long to post here so you'll have to head on over to Rockstar's support website to view it. Here are the top fixes as noted by Rockstar:
11 Feb 2014 - GTA Online Valentine's Day pack coming this Friday
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto V February 11, 2014, 10:14:00 AM 533 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
This Friday, Rockstar will be updating Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online with the following free goodies.
Items from the pack will only be purchasable for a limited time but will stay in your inventory after it ends.
Rockstar has also confirmed a number of additional updates on the way, such as the just announced "Dangerous Business Pack", online heists and further additions to the creator tool.
07 Jan 2014 - San Andreas mobile trailer
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas January 07, 2014, 06:23:00 PM 2609 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
A few weeks late to the party, Rockstar has finally released a trailer for the mobile versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that were released in December.
The game is out now for Android, Kindle and iOS devices. Click here for a list of supported Android devices and click here for a list of support iOS devices. Those of you with Windows Phones, you'll have to wait for an undisclosed time period.
A bit of a warning if you have an Android device, the latest patch 1.03 which was released on December 20th breaks the game for many -- resulting in a black screen shortly after signing into Social Club. The only way to fix this is to downgrade the game to version 1.02, which is impossible without backups or finding the game via a different source. As of yet, Rockstar hasn't acknowledged this issue. Hopefully this doesn't end up unpatched like Vice City on Android's problem of screen freezing during cut scenes and in vehicles.
To celebrate the launch, Rockstar is giving away a number of San Andreas related prizes via its Facebook page. You can sign-up starting today through Monday January 13th at this promotion page. Miss out? A number of these items are expect to appear for purchase over at the Rockstar Warehouse soon.
12 Dec 2013 - San Andreas mobile out now, PC re-release coming?
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas December 12, 2013, 01:40:00 PM 4894 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
Making possibly the lowest key release in Rockstar's history, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is out now for iOS. Rockstar has finally acknowledged the release on it's website, after being available for a day in select countries. Check out our previous article on the release in New Zealand for specifics on the iOS version. Android, Kindle and Windows Phone, as we expected, are taking a backseat to the Steve Jobs Master Race and have been given a "coming soon" release date. Here's four screenshots Rockstar have released of the iOS version.
The ESRB has given the mobile version a Mature rating, which is not suprising. What is surprising is that "Windows PC" is listed among the platforms for the mobile version rating. Could this mean that the mobile version is coming to Windows RT and Windows 8 Modern UI? Otherwise, there's no sense in Rockstar paying for it to be certified again on PC.
If you were wondering why the radio in the mobile version seems like it's missing something -- it's actually missing quite a few tracks. Ash_735, a modder involved with the awesome VCSPC mod, has found that a number of tracks have been removed.
Ash_735 has also noted that the mobile version has extremely low quality audio files, noting that some audio even suffers from conversion stutter. Theory is that the community audio tool SAAT was used to extract the audio from the PC version, then re-converted into another format. It's noted that it may be possible for the community to properly convert the audio, along with restoring the missing songs, and release them as a mod.
A topic has already popped up over at GTAForums where modding veterans are discussing how to mod the game. Mod tool author nick7 has already updated his "TXDFucker" tool to open the updated texture files and hopes to release it soon.
EDIT: San Andreas is now out on Android and Kindle devices.
11 Dec 2013 - UPDATE: San Andreas mobile out in New Zealand on iOS
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas December 11, 2013, 04:50:00 PM 1491 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
Without so much as a peep from Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS has mysteriously popped up on the iTunes store in New Zealand. It is in fact the actual game and is currently selling for $9.99 NZD, which is roughly $6.99 USD. Oddly enough, the game only weighs in at 1.63GB -- a drastic size drop compared to the Xbox, PS2 and PC versions of the game. It is available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. The mobile features according to the store page are as follows:
Supported devices are:
No word yet when SA will jump borders to other countries nor any word if Android and Windows Phone will get shafted.
EDIT: San Andreas now appears to be on both the US and UK iTunes stores. The price is currently $6.99 in the US and £4.99 in the UK. As of 12:21 AM EST, the game doesn't appear to be on Google Play nor the WP Store. Rockstar continues to be completely silent.
11 Dec 2013 - Grand Theft Auto V 1.07 update released
AJ Collins posted in Grand Theft Auto V December 11, 2013, 12:59:00 PM 697 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
As promised, Rockstar has released patch 1.07 for Grand Theft Auto V. This patch brings a beta version of the job editor for Grand Theft Auto Online along with a number of changes. The official change log is below, though there are some extra changes that Rockstar didn't mention in the log, including one really worrying change.
The community later discovered a number of extra changes Rockstar did not mention. One such change is the fact that the Rat-Loader, Tornado and the clean variant of the Rebel are now "banned" vehicles and will be removed from your garage forcefully without warning or refund of LSC modifications. Both vehicles spawn normally during multiplayer, do not have any known issues, and can be heavily customized by the player. When asked why they were removed, Rockstar stated that the Rat-Loader is a "utility vehicle" and they are not meant to be stored in garages. This is actually inaccurate as both Social Club and the game itself classify it as a "muscle car" and many players owned it as it can be customized to look similar to the Hotknife, a collectors edition vehicle. The reason given for the Tornado and the Rebel is that they are supposed to be single player only vehicles, despite spawning in multiplayer.
Now while removing vehicles that weren't supposed to be there is okay with me, especially ones that were hacked in, the part that bugs me is the fact no refunds are given to the player. Many spent well over $100,000 in-game money to customize their Rat-Loader, not exactly chump change unless you glitched your way to the top, just to have it removed for no valid reason. Factor in the fact Rockstar is taking actual money in exchange for in-game money and you can see this is bad practice. There needs to be more transparency and a refunds system in-place for when things like this happen, otherwise what trust can the player have that the $20 he/she spent in real life for virtual goods won't just disappear in the next patch? Rockstar has seemingly been listening to player feedback and making drastic changes to online because of it, so hopefully they listen to the negative feedback they are getting on this issue.
Lighting bolts have been added back to stormy weather in this patch. They were silently removed in one of the early patches. BOOCAKE4U over at GTAForums spotted that a statue over at Vespucci Beach was changed for some reason.