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Grand Theft Auto V (also known as Grand Theft Auto 5, GTA V or GTA 5) is the name of the newest Grand Theft Auto game by Rockstar Games. GTA 5 launched on September 17th, 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, November 18th, 2014 for the PS4 and Xbox One, and finally January 27th, 2015 for PC. iGTA5.com is a dedicated GTA 5 fan site keeping you up to date with all the latest news and facts!

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GTAO Festive Surprise Update and Event

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 0 Comments :: 468 Views

Surprise! Rockstar is gearing up for the holidays a little early with their Festive Surprise update for GTA Online. It’s that most wonderful time of the year in Los Santos and you can take part with new clothing items, snowball fights, and more!


There's plenty to see and do including....


EXPLOSIVE STOCKING STUFFERS
Heat up your season’s greetings with brand new items stocked at Ammu-Nation: a new Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines are here just in time to make spirits bright. These items will be permanently available to acquire and keep.


SNOW DAYS
Those dreaming of a white Christmas are in luck as the forecast calls for the extremely rare phenomenon of San Andreas snowfall to hit on a few special days this holiday season. Be on the lookout and ready to round up your Crew for a friendly snowball fight, but be forewarned, those icy little suckers can pack a wallop.


FREE SEASONAL CHRISTMAS GEAR AND MASKS
Add some merriment to your mayhem with a slew of holiday pajamas, ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters, new scarves, hats, masks and more are now all available absolutely free to add to your inventory and wear now through Monday January 5th.

MAKE A DASH IN FOUR ALL-NEW VEHICLES
Treat yourself to some new toys this holiday season and fill your garage (now that you can own a third property and garage, also part of today’s Title Update) with four all-new vehicles to purchase – including a tricked out Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, the sturdy Slam Van, and the fast and flashy Massacro and Jester sports cars with all new Race liveries. These vehicles will be permanently available to acquire and keep.


HOLIDAY SPECIAL CRATE DROPS
Keep your eyes on the sky as Holiday Special Crate Drops will be dropping frequently now through January 5th, stuffed with goodies to collect for your inventory – including a few of the rare vintage GTA tees that you may have missed in some of the Social Club Event Weekends over the past year as well as some brand new ones never before available.

CHRISTMAS DAY GIFTS
On Christmas Day, December 25th, as you’re relaxing in your Los Santos apartment beside your Christmas tree, make sure to check your inventory for a few extra gifts.

SET OFF SOME NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS
Ring in the New Year with a bang – the Firework Launcher and Firework rocket ammo are coming back and will be available to acquire and use from Christmas Eve until Monday, January 5th. You can score one for free on four special days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

#FESTIVESURPRISE SNAPMATIC CONTEST
Take your merriest Christmas Crew family photo or capture the insanity of the New Year’s party you’re hosting in your Los Santos condo – or any other amazing, amusing or beauteous #FestiveSurprise action. In January, Rockstar will pick five favorite shots and award the photographers with a GTA$1M prize. Tag your entries with #FestiveSurprise now through January 5th to be eligible. Official rules.

GTA ONLINE HOLIDAY PARTY LIVESTREAM ON TWITCH TOMORROW
Tune in tomorrow December 19th at 4pm Eeastern Time US at twitch.tv/rockstargames for the Official GTA Online Holiday Party Livestream with special invited guests from the community. Make sure you’re in that Twitch chat as Rockstar will be inviting friendly members of chat to join them live in the lobbies on both PlayStation 4 (4-5pm) and Xbox One (5-6pm) portions of the broadcast.

Do stay tuned throughout the holiday weeks for some announcements of opportunities to score bonus GTA$ as well! Happy holidays and enjoy the Festive Surprise – available across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One! If you want your party to look cool, fill your guest list with others in the forums!

Asked & Answered: First-Person, Heists, More

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 1 Comments :: 874 Views

Rockstar has received lots of questions from the community about what is in store for the future, including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists which was discussed yesterday. Today Rockstar has a new installment of their Asked & Answered series that addresses those and many other frequently asked questions they've seen recently. If you've got a question for them feel free to hit up mouthoff@rockstargames.com and they'll do their best to provide you an answer.


Below are answers to questions straight from Rockstar Games:

“Are you only doing first person games now? I have always loved Rockstar Games partly because they are third person games.” – Allen (via Mouthoff)

Absolutely not! We are excited by the response to our first effort at a first person experience, but remain committed to third person games and may or may not use first person as a camera option in the future. We do like to, whenever possible, give people options so they can play a game the way they like.


“To the people at Rockstar Games, could you guys please bring First Person to PS3 / Xbox 360?” – Brandon (via Mouthoff)
“Why just have First Person on next-generation, why not on the other consoles? Could [you] add it to PS3 and Xbox [360] please?” - @DawsonSunderlan

As we’d mentioned in our recent interview with IGN, First Person Mode is a new feature that is only technically possible for us to add to the game with the expanded memory that the new generation platforms provide. There are thousands of new animations added to the game to facilitate First Person Mode, which would have been impossible to do on the previous generation of consoles without seriously compromising the game in some other capacity.


“What is the point of Shark Cards, apart from to make you greedy bastards lots of money?” – Tim (via Mouthoff)

The reason we included optional in-game currency in Grand Theft Auto Online, rather than directly selling DLC, was because it was the only way that we could distribute DLC without dividing the player base each time we brought out a new content pack, which would destroy the online community very quickly by splitting players up. Thanks to Shark Cards, we have been able to give away every piece of DLC so far for free in order to keep the community whole and give people options as to whether they want to earn new content by playing the game, buy new content with Shark Cards or simply don’t get new content and still keep playing the game.

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GTA Online Heists Trailer and Info

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014 :: Posted by bOnEs :: 6 Comments :: 1,149 Views

Heists have finally been revealed with a kick ass new trailer, and an interview with IGN on the delays and what players should expect from these 4 player co-op missions. Rockstar is shooting for an early 2015 release. Here's the story:


Check out 45 screencaps here

GTA Online Heists are coming early in 2015 - check out the new trailer for the four-player co-op mode for Grand Theft Auto Online (above) that allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County. These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.

Head over to IGN for an in-depth interview that details exactly how Heists will work... and why they’ve taken a little more time than originally expected.

The article is loaded with info from an interview with Lead Mission Designer Imran Sarwar, as well as 20 new screens. Check out a few below:

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Can't wait! Head into the iGTA Forums if you wanna further the discussion.

Win Limited Ed. GTAV Soundtrack CD or Vinyl Box Set

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 0 Comments :: 1,645 Views

Listen up! In honor of next week's release of The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets, Rockstar is giving 10 lucky fans the chance to win a copy at the Rockstar Games page on Facebook. Entries end December 8th.

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Each set includes all three soundtrack volumes (The Original Music, The Score, and The Soundtrack). The Vinyl collection features six vinyl records, a full color booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set. The CD collection includes three discs along with a branded Grand Theft Auto V gold brick-shaped USB Drive, artwork and poster all sealed in a special die-cut package.

Winners will get their choice of either the CD or Vinyl collection. Limited to a production run of less than 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available to purchase beginning on December 9th at top online and physical record stores. You can pre-order the CD or Vinyl collection now at Mass Appeal.

Enter Now on Facebook

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void in certain countries and where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older. See Official Rules and Privacy Policy for eligibility details. Ends Monday, December 8th, 2014.

Enjoy and join the chat in the forums!

Rockstar Warehouse Black Friday Sale

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 0 Comments :: 2,467 Views

Beginning this Friday and running all the way through Monday, the Rockstar Warehouse annual Black Friday Sale features 30% off on all Gear and Collectibles.


Choose anything from the Grand Theft Auto V Collection including popular gear and collectibles like the Zippo Lighter and GTAV Hoodie along with several items that weren't available last year at this time, such as the Body Bag Sleeping Bag and the Trevor Philips Industries Tee.

Longtime fans can also take this opportunity to grab some Rockstar Apparel or gear and collectibles from some of the classic titles, including the Red Dead Redemption Frontier Collection and the Anniversary Collections for all three entries in the classic Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas.

Also, all Warehouse orders over $50 will qualify for reduced international shipping. The Black Friday Sale begins Friday morning at 12:01am Eastern Time and ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, December 1st. Enjoy and join the fun in the forums!

Rockstar Games Custom Console Giveaway

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 0 Comments :: 2,956 Views

In celebration of the launch of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Rockstar is kicking off a pair of epic giveaways with your chance to score a grand prize super limited-edition Custom GTAV PS4 or Xbox One console - along with runners-up Deluxe Prize Packs stacked with exclusive new GTAV gear and collectibles.

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You can enter at the Rockstar Games page on Facebook, where the Grand Prize is the custom PS4 and at the Rockstar Games Social Club, where they're giving away the custom Xbox One. Both of these individually hand-fabricated consoles features an exclusive black-on-black Grand Theft Auto V design, laser etched on micro perforated metal paneling with hi-gloss deep green painted accents and a custom color-matched controller.

Rockstar is also giving away 20 Deluxe Prize Packs (10 via Facebook and 10 via Social Club) stuffed with exclusive brand new official GTAV gear and collectibles in each giveaway which includes:
  • CNT Tee
  • Cultstoppers Pin Set
  • Dr. Friedlander Stress Ball
  • Epsilon Program Laser-Etched Paper Weight
  • Fred's Pictures Tee
  • Grotti Polo
  • iFruit Mouse Pad
  • LifeInvader Mouse Pad
  • Loneliest Robot Greeting Card
  • Los Santos Est. 1781 Tee
  • Los Santos Radio Pin Set
  • Los Santos, San Andreas Tee
  • Love Fist Tee
  • Merryweather Security Polo
  • Merryweather Security Cap (in both Black and Fatigue)
  • Merryweather Security Heat Changing Mug
  • Merryweather Security Tee (in both Black and Grey)
  • Pogo Keychain
  • San Andreas Republic Tee
  • Snapmatic Tee
  • Sprunk Water Bottle
  • STD Contractors Tee
  • Sticker Pack featuring the brands of GTAV
They'll also be stocking this gear featured in the Prize Packs for purchase over the coming months as part of the Grand Theft Auto V Collection at the Rockstar Warehouse but for now your only way to score them is exclusively in this giveaway.

Enter on Facebook (PS4) | Enter at the Social Club (Xbox One)

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void in certain countries and where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older. See Official Rules and Privacy Policy for eligibility details. Ends Monday, December 1st, 2014.


Good luck and join the chat in the forums!

Grand Theft Auto V Out Now on PS4 and Xbox One

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 9 Comments :: 4,744 Views

It's here (again)! Grand Theft Auto V is now available across the world on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles!


More than just a texture overhaul, the new version of GTA V goes to extreme detail and also offers revamped animations to coincide with the new first person view that lets you experience Los Santos and Blaine County from the eyes of your character. When you're ready to break free of the story, head online and take part in 30-player mayhem in the jobs you know or completely new ones for the new generation. It may be the game you know, but there's a whole lot more to see and do - especially for returning players.

Reminder for PC players: The PC version will release on January 27th. Mark your calendars!

Enjoy and join us in the forums!

Additional New-Gen GTA Online Info

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 1 Comments :: 5,051 Views

The new GTA Online is just under a week away and Rockstar wants to share a little more information on hwat to expect. The power of the latest console hardware has added new potential to the world and Rockstar is very excited for what the amazing player community will make of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week.


With the advent of First Person Mode, 30-player Online support and other new features made possible by the new systems, your feedback, help and guidance is more important than ever to help Rockstar make the game experience all it can be. Whether it's letting them know what you like and what you don't like about the new features, reporting any technical issues you may experience during the early days of GTA Online's next generation launch, or any other suggestions for improvements and tweaks whatsoever - they need your continued help, and, maybe, just a little patience if there are any teething problems around the launch on the new systems. They have, of course, tested the game extensively but there is no way their several hundred testers can be quite as comprehensive as millions of players! Please bear with them should any issues arise - they will be working hard to fix any problems that arise, and generally ensure this launch is as smooth as possible.

To help aid on that front, Rockstar wants to continue to encourage all players to utilize the following communication channels:
  • The dedicated Rockstar Games Support website for help with any and all technical issues that may arise. You can browse the knowledge base of known GTAV and GTA Online issues and subscribe to articles there to get automatic updates of when they’re addressed. And if your issue does not appear as an existing knowledge base item, you can also always create a new ticket to get help.
  • The GTAOnline@rockstargames.com official player feedback inbox. Over the past year, with each and every Update released for GTA Online were tons of positive changes made as a direct result of player feedback that the development team consulted constantly for input. From specific content added to the game to countless enhancements such as improvements to GTA Online’s RP and GTA$ payouts, insurance system, passive mode, Creator features, damage system – and so much more were all made to the game thanks to your very helpful suggestions.

Also expect a Title Update to be made available for download on both PS4 and Xbox One by this Monday that will include some last tweaks and optimization fixes for game day. In order to experience the game properly, please make sure you install this Update before playing (like all Title Updates, it will be applied automatically as long as you are connected to the internet).

Rockstar will be looking closely at your feedback from the initial launch days on the new platforms to help inform other future dynamic tuning changes and Title Updates as always. And get ready for continuing free content Updates for Grand Theft Auto Online, including the highly-anticipated launch of Online Heists (which, to be absolutely clear, will be available for all four consoles to enjoy).

Beyond that, here’s just a few things to get excited for in Grand Theft Auto Online for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting next week:


Up to 30 Player Mayhem
Whether it’s mass marauding in Freemode or lining up a proper Crew convoy for an epic GTA Race – there will now be the opportunity for nearly double the player action that was possible on the PS3 and 360.


The Next Generation Character Creator
Give your GTA Online player a dramatic makeover thanks to the new customization options that the overhauled character creator offers. Create a brand new character from scratch or take your current guy or gal for a bit of cosmetic surgery in true Los Santos fashion.


The GTA Online First Person Experience
IGN revealed the first person experience for GTAV last week, a feature that will be available in both Story Mode and GTA Online allowing you to seamlessly switch between first and third person perspectives while playing. Fancy trying your favorite Team Deathmatch as a first person shooter – or weaving through the turbines at the RON wind farm with a view from the cockpit of your Lazer in glorious 1080p? That’s just scratching the surface of the possibilities that the first person experience will add to the gameplay of GTA Online.


Double the Props in the Creator Tool
To date, the amazing minds who’ve put the Creator Tool to work are responsible for nearly 10 million original custom Deathmatches, Races, Captures and Last Team Standing Jobs. Amongst those are some truly epic experiences including some masterfully imaginative metagames that we never could have envisioned. Now with the possibilities of prop placement doubled, you’ll be able to build enormous arena-style Deathmatches for concentrated chaos, or maze-based Land Races requiring extreme guile, or stack shipping containers around Air Race checkpoints to create large scale obstacle courses for GTA Online stunt pilots! With double the props and up to 30 players, Rockstar can’t wait to see the ways in which the incredible Creator community will assuredly concoct brilliant gameplay magic on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.


That's all for now. Look for more last-minute info soon and hit up the forums!

GTA V Launch Trailer & New-Gen Info Roundup

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 :: Posted by TreeFitty :: 2 Comments :: 4,578 Views

We're just over a week away from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release of Grand Theft Auto V and Rockstar has released the launch trailer. Enjoy...


Rockstar Games also reminds you to pre-order your copy now and get a bonus $1,000,000 of in-game money to spend ($500K for Story Mode and $500K for GTA Online). And with IGN & Rockstar Games putting out quite a lot of information (and screenshots) last week we might as well cut through the jouralism garbage and present the big points that came out of it. Consider this a Reader's Digest of the previews.

The new first-person experience

The big reveal last Tuesday was that GTA V and GTA Online will in fact have a full first-person feature. For this, Rockstar Games had to go beyond upgrading textures and draw distances for the new version of the game. They made objects much more detailed and had thousands of animations adjusted to look better while re-experiencing Los Santos and Blaine County. Vehicles now have detailed and functioning dashboards as well. Going further, helmets restrict your view and muffle sounds. If your character likes a song playing on the radio they can start bobbing their head - and your view - too. When Rockstar says they want you to become the characters they mean it. You may notice tons of details that have been there from the start including how pedestrians stare at you while walking by. You can turn off the view with the tap of a button and choose if you want to use it while in-cover or not.

Rockstar made a video featuring various clips of the new first-person perspective:

Comparing the old and new GTA V

The next preview from IGN talked more about the visual details. As revealed previously, all content updates for GTA V will be present in the new-gen version. Vehicles from the updates will appear on the streets as a part of the population. Vehicle and pedestrian populations have been increased to breathe more life into the game. But don't forget the vegetation. John Marston's jaw would drop from looking at the vast amount of plant life added to GTA V. Grass is no longer a flat texture over hills or open areas with some tall grass sprinkled here and there. Rockstar has added actual blades, flowers, leaves - and trash - everywhere.

Another big point is lighting. Rockstar has completely upgraded the game's lighting from street lights to headlights. Light will refract through water including rain and even react to fog in a realistic manor so get those camera phones ready for awesome Snapmatics! Car reflections have received an overhaul as well with much more visible detail. Of course shadows also come into play with crisper lines or varying softness when needed and more realistic shadow casting between objects.

Rockstar put together a comparison video featuring the PlayStation versions of the game:

30 player playground

The last part of IGN's preview covers GTA Online. As noted previously you can use the first-person view in GTA Online and hosts can even lock matches to use that view only if they wish (or allow a choice). The level of detail from storymode continues online to allow you to see enemies or targets further into the distance. New-gen GTA Online accomodates up to 30 players plus two spectators in a match.

As was made known prior, you can transfer your GTA Online characters into the new-gen. You won't be stuck with the same old character, though. You will be allowed to adjust characterization stats and essentially reconstruct your avatar's DNA by adjusting almost every facial feature including nose and lips. This of course goes for newly created characters too.

Finally IGN mentions that heists are still on the way for all platforms new and old but Rockstar gave them the broken record "soon" as a timeline.


CVG also had a preview of the new-gen GTA V but pretty much said the same as IGN in fewer words. They reconfirmed the game runs at 1080p and 30fps with the PC version supporting 4K. They also metioned that there are 20 new species of animals and hundreds of new songs as well as hours of new DJ chatter. The PS4 controller will not only provide police radio but the light on the controller will also change colors depending on the character you are controlling.

Grand Theft Auto V is definitely [re]shaping up into a great experience on new consoles and PC. Hit up the comments below with any other questions we might be able to answer. Check out 71 high-res screenshots in the gallery here and join the chat in the forums!

GTA V Next-Gen Previews/Details

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2014 :: Posted by bOnEs :: 6 Comments :: 7,941 Views

A fortunate few within the gaming community got the chance to sit down and play next-gen Grand Theft Auto V. There's loads of new details on what to expect for both the single player and online experience. So without further adieu, let's get right to it.

IGN is up first with an article titled, "Grand Theft Auto 5: A New Perspective". You read that right, GTAV next-gen will feature a FIRST PERSON MODE!

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"Police cars are stacking up in the cul-de-sac below and a helicopter is hovering somewhere overhead. I can’t really see where it is, but I feel its presence, and the cops open fire. So I make a run for it, vaulting over a fence into a parking lot, where I jack a car, climb in, and as I look down to hot-wire it, I see there’s a bullet hole in my in my forearm and blood is running out.

I’ve never had a GTA experience like this before, and that’s because it’s all playing out in the first-person."

Into further detail...

"Nelson and his team have worked tirelessly to make this new perspective not only work but feel totally immersive. The fastidious attention to detail that originally went into the creation of GTA 5 is once again evident in the way first-person mode has been executed. When you step inside a car for the first time and settle down into the driver’s seat, you’ll notice the vehicle has a thoughtfully-designed dashboard – the speedometer and rev counter all work and, in some of the more high-end cars, digital displays even show the name of the radio station and song you’re listening to. Your character will even bob his head to the music. And that level of detail extends to every car, boat, and plane; they all have unique cockpits, so you’re never just plonked behind the same wheel.

Hop on a bike or jump into a helicopter, and your character puts on a helmet or a set of goggles that authentically restricts your view and muffles the ambient noise of the world. It’s these details, seemingly incidental, which cement the illusion and make GTA 5’s first-person mode feel like a substantial part of the experience, rather than a bullet-point on the back of a box."

Be sure to click on the link above to read the full article and check them out 15 new screenshots in the gallery here. There' also a video accompanying the article worth checking out if you want to see it in action.



Up next is the article from Computer and Videogames, titled, "Hands-On with GTAV PS4: Rail guns, FPS mode, and more". Be sure to check out their GTA O'Clock hour long special video as well.

"Sure, cruising around Downtown Los Santos in a Pegassi Zentorno can almost look and feel mundane (well, relatively), until your attention is caught by a comically-fluffy cat eye-balling you at the traffic lights, as it ambles up a side street. Good / bad news: cats aren't bullet-proof, but we didn't put it to the test. There's over 20 new species of wildlife, but it's those in bushy new-gen fuzz that catch the eye."

"GTA Online lets you create FP-only races and death-matches, with the long-anticipated Heists now, apparently, on the near-horizon. Call of Duty-style contests? Almost certainly, and Rockstar have the scope to tackle their rivals on all fronts with custom DLC and user-created FP content."

"We haven't even talked about the 100s of new songs our hours of new DJ chatter (Back Street Boys 'Tell me Why', anyone?), or the ability to dip into first-person at any time (tap the PS4 face pad), or the amazing new pedestrian chatter (we tailed a guy fobbing off his boss in a 30 second phone call), or the soft, haunting glow of lightning, or the new smog effects, or the fireflies in the forest, or swimming with a whale."


The article has 23 new screnshots to browse as well or check them out in the gallery here.

Be sure to check out the Forums if you want to discuss next-gen GTA!

Update

Part 2 of IGN's preview includes a comparison video highlighting the amazing new detail of the new-gen GTA V.


Check out the full article here.