In case someone was keeping track, that was probably the longest stretch of time without a discount on GTA 5. The last time the game had a discount was in late April, also on the PS4, incidentally.
Previously, sales featuring the game were so numerous that they practically ran back to back, only shuffling which platforms were involved. These frequent sales are one of the ways through which Rockstar has managed to keep the game’s non-discount price still at the $60 mark, three years after launch.
May Madness, lasting until the first of June, is one of the biggest Playstation specific sales Sony has going on. It includes over 100 discounted titles across the PS4, PS3 and PSVita, including a wide selection of digital-only deals as well. The GTA games have been frequent members of such discount promos due to their immense popularity and brand recognition.
Thanks to certain PS2 games being available in a remastered state on the PS4, GTA 5 isn’t the only installment of Rockstar’s open world crime’em’up available at a discount. While GTA 5 can be bought at a 22% markdown, various Shark Card bundles alongside the 3D era trilogy is on sale as well.
GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas can be bout separately, however you’ll be saving the most if you buy the trilogy pack (which, considering the amount of content in it, is more than bloody worth it at that price). Seeing as there is a Shark Card promo going on, meaning that this weekend Shark Cards will net you more in-game cash for the same price, the Shark Card bundles are even better deals than what is apparent on first glance.
GTA IV and it’s DLCs, alongside Chinatown Wars join the lineup for sales on the PS3 and the PSVita.
Will you be buying any GTA title for your Playstation during May Madness?
Rockstar knows that with the extremely wide popularity of the GTA franchise, especially outside of the hardcore gaming community, they have plenty of chances to cater to their fans with new content. Considering that in the past few years, the mobile gaming industry has far outperformed the regular gaming industry in terms of revenue, it would have been unsound from a business point of view for Rockstar not to jump in.
Over the span of a few years, Rockstar has gradually remastered various 3D era GTA games and released them on mobile devices with updated graphics (who would have thought that phones are more powerful than consoles, even old ones?), new controls and in some cases some new content as well.
The first game to get the mobile treatment was GTA III, celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Every year since, Rockstar has released the games of the 3D era in consecutive order. Liberty City Stories was the latest release. It made its way to iOS, Android and Kindle devices with a staggered release.
Chinatown Wars, which by virtue of its release date technically is part of the HD era despite being a top-down game with graphics evocative of the cartoon style seen in cover-art and promotional media typical of GTA has also seen a mobile release. Rockstar even experimented with their other franchises. They have breathed new life into Max Payne and releasing the first game of the shooter franchise on mobiles as well.
Rockstar is holding a sale on these mobile games which will be ending on the 18th of May, Wednesday. GTA III, Vice City, Liberty City Stories and Chinatown Wars are available for merely $2.99, San Andreas for $3.99 and Max Payne Mobile for just $1.99.
All of these games are complete and uncut ports of the originals. Considering how much content was crammed into each GTA game with all the easter eggs, side missions, customization, mini-games, exploration and on and on, these prices are a steal. San Andreas is understandably the most expensive, as it has the largest map with three major cities and four continents included instead of the standard of one – and a lengthy story to match.
Chances are that Rockstar will continue this trend of re-releasing GTA games on mobile, meaning that Vice City Stories is next in line. Of course, we’ll probably also see Max Payne 2 on mobile soon as well, possibly accompanied by Bully.
Will you guys be picking up any GTA games on mobile?
Following the recent release of In and Out, the newest Adversary Mode for GTA Online, last week’s event ended on Thursday. The new mode was in rotation for the double RP and GTA $ playlist for three days during its course to spur players into spending time with it – in spite of the general lack of popularity Adversary Modes suffer from. However, based on the recent trend, it’s event out- event in with Rockstar these days, so players were eager to see what the next theme will be.
Rockstar kicked off the Time Trials week yesterday with a theme, double RP and GTA $ promo, new discounts and other features. Despite the deep roots the game franchise has in the world of underground racing and car-culture, the speedier fans rarely get their time to shine. Races don’t way all too well in relation to other jobs, especially if you don’t come in first place. Events also rarely put the focus on these kinds of missions.
This time however, Freemode Time Trials will reward players with twice as much RP and cash as usual. Every day of the week, a different trial will have the double reward buff. Players who have already completed these trials will get a small extra bonus for winning them again. Even so, the regular double payout is still substantial for first-timers.
The Time Trials and their schedule is as follows:
Friday May 6th: Vinewood Bowl
Saturday May 7th: Down Chiliad
Sunday May 8th: Mount Gordo
Monday May 9th: Great Ocean Highway
Tuesday May 10th: Sawmill
Wednesday May 11th: Maze Bank Arena
Thursday May 12th: End to End
In order to assure victory, you’ll need a reliable steed. Legendary Motorsport has you covered with serious discounts on some of the fastest vehicles in the game – whether you like your ride to have two wheels or four. The Zentorno, Osiris, Akuma and Hakuchou are joined by the former fastest car in the game, the T20, in the list of vehicles which can be bought at 50% off during the event.
But sometimes, stock vehicles just don’t cut it. Los Santos Customs is offering marked down prices for performance and even visual upgrades. Suspension, Engine and Brake modifications will make your car handle better, while new rims will make it look better – all at a 30% discount.
However that isn’t all this time around, as Rockstar has thrown in some bonuses which usually don’t show up in such events. Through the 12th, any service Lester may lend you over the phone becomes more of a favor, seeing as you won’t need to pay for it.
This means getting the cops off your tail, or ensuring that they don’t get on it in the first place won’t make your wallet any lighter. GTA Online’s mechanic service will also be free during the event, so calling it in for property owners will also be a treat.
Time Trials also aren’t the only way to rank up twice as fast this week in GTA Online either. While you don’t get two times the cash, you will get double RP for playing the land races event playlist from now through the 12th of May.
The event playlist covers On the GOH, Touch Base and Turn the Tide for a nice variety of race types. If you’re swift on your wheels and are working towards those unlocks, these will help you get there.
Whatever Rockstar’s plans for upcoming content may be, this new event doesn’t shine any light on them. DLC for GTA Online has been running pretty dry in the past months, with only an Adversary Mode here, a few cars there…
Players are bit weary of both lowriders and Adversary Modes at this point. While the endless stream of events does help, many fans are calling for new content to be released. A campaign for a larger Biker update was put together, which included a fairly popular petition as well.
Since Rockstar might be focusing on GTA Online for quite some time, chances are they in this for the long haul and might be working on something bigger and therefore more time consuming.
Which part of this new GTA Online week-long event are you most excited for? Are you a fan of Time Trials?
Rockstar’s hyper-popular blockbuster isn’t only the most successful game in the history of the industry, but also the one most frequently discounted – the game is pretty much constantly on sale, with either one distributor slashing its price or another. When one sale ends, another begins. Players pretty much have no reason to buy the game full price thanks to back-to-back deals.
Sony has put a massive selection of GTA games on sale across all of its platforms in order to celebrate, well, uh… money, I guess? While the sale is lacking in apropo, it isn’t lacking in some serious discounts. Every GTA game from III to V including the spin-offs and DLCs have had their prices cut by various amounts across both major home console platforms, with a few deals thrown in for fans who still have their good old PSPs kicking.
The star of the sales, however, are the GTA V + Shark Card bundles.
These discounts, coupled with the reverse Shark Card discount bonus going on in GTA Online as a part of the week-long event commemorating the release of the Sabre Turbo, means you’re not only getting more in-game cash for the same price, but now you’re getting more in-game cash for a lower price.
Seriously, there has never been a better GTA V deal than this. If you’re looking in to cash in on some serious bonuses with a financial boost in GTA Online, you have no excuse to let this opportunity pass you by.
Fans of the franchise who have only jumped aboard the GTA juggernaut now also have the chance to load up their game libraries with some great classics such as San Andreas and Vice City. The GTA VI Complete Edition is also discounted if you’re interesting in one of the more modern takes on the franchise, but have V maxed out already.
Just in case these games didn’t satiate your need for high octane vehicle based criminal action, the Fast and Furious movie franchise, which can be bought on the Playstation store (for whatever reason) in either SD or HD has also been discounted. It seems that the fans weren’t the only ones to note the similarities between the franchises.
Will you be grabbing any GTA games during this sale?
We’ve got some good news for those of you who’ve been looking to upgrade to the current console generation along with grabbing a few great games right off the bat at a cheaper price – Amazon has discounted the Playstation 4’s Black Friday bundle that was introduced last year for the mentioned occasion. The bundle comes with GTA V, The Last of Us Remastered and of course the PS4 console itself.
This is hardly the first time GTA V has been discounted on the PS4. Rockstar’s massively popular game is usually on sale constantly, moving between platforms and retailers with stunning frequency. Discounts appear and disappear back to back all the time. Prospective buyers pretty much have no reason to buy the game full price, as it is on sale for each platform at least once a month, but usually more frequently.
Not only that, but the sales are becoming more and more generous. The lowest price record of GTA V was broken just recently, pushing the game’s price below the $30 mark for the first time. Shark Card sales are also becoming more frequent in recent weeks, so buying up some in-game cash is getting more affordable.
The bundle contains the base PS4 500 GB console with all the doodads (cords, camera, headset, one controller) and digital activation codes for both games. The bundle was originally intended to be a Black Friday exclusive, to be snatched all up by the ravenous hordes of ferocious shoppers, however surprisingly enough there were plenty of leftovers.
At full price, this console bundle goes for $519.97, however if you purchase from Amazon you’ll get it for 12% off plus free shipping. Now, 12% may not look like much at first glance, however considering that the discounted price is $455.50, meaning buyers save $64.47, shows that it isn’t all that insignificant. The price of a newly released AAA game comes off the console bundle – so you’ll have enough left over to nab a third title for your new and shiny PS4.
Jumping in on the PS4 might be a good idea, as Sony will be releasing the Playstation VR device this October. Obviously, you’ll need a PS4 console to use the device, so why not cash in on the discount?
By Tornado week, Rockstar doesn’t mean seven days of swirling natural disasters, but the recently announced GTA Online vehicle which will soon be making it’s way to Benny’s Original Motorworks. The Declasse Tornado Classic will be available at Benny’s starting next Tuesday, April 5th. The arrival of the vehicle was something of a non-surprise due to not only it, but two other cars and their release dates being leaked beforehand.
The Tornado will be followed by the Minivan and the Sabre GT, each spread out a week from one another, with some ridiculously-named (“In and Out” and “Inch by Inch”) football related Adversary Modes sprinkled in between. This will spread out new content in April neatly, keeping things nice and fresh throughout the month.
This kind of content spacing, in relation to average DLC size decreasing as frequency increases, has given some players the idea that Rockstar is trying to cover something up. Unfortunately, we probably won’t know what it is until E3 2016 kicks off. An official announcement from Take-Two suggests Rockstar has something big to reveal.
In the meantime, Rockstar is providing players with plenty of ways to tide over until that time. Soon after the Tornado reveal, Rockstar announced and started the GTA Online event to accompany it. The star of the event is the as of yet unreleased Tornado Custom.
You won’t have to wait for the other additions and goods however. To start things off, Rockstar has added two new maps for the Sumo Adversary Mode which as introduced in the Lowriders: Custom Classics DLC. The two new maps take place upon the deck of the docked SS Bulker and on the roof of the fancy bar down at Los Santos International Airport.
The event itself lasts through the 7th of April, meaning next Thursday. During that time, there will be select discounts in place for lowrider customization and other in-game items.
Unfortunately for players short on funds, this event skips the double cash payout promo, however there are plenty of double RP opportunities. Through the 3rd, all Sumo matches will yield double RP, switched off by a special Race playlist through the 5th, which will then be updated with new races running until the end of the event.
All events have their set of special discounts, and this one is no different. Since the Tornado is the star of this show, it’s fitting that the main discount should be on lowrider upgrade items. Certain customization items will have their prices reduced by 25%, however the base upgrade is still a full-price affair.
If you’re hurting for a Tornado Custom but have no-where to put it, do not fret, as there is a discount on garage space too. All properties with a 10 slot garage are discounted by 15% while the event lasts. Arming and stylizing your character is also cheaper during that time, as the Machete, Machine Pistol and all character customization items that were added in the Lowriders DLC are 30% off.
Which part of this new GTA Online event are you most excited about?
You know what’s better than being able to buy GTA V for cheaper than the usual price? Supporting charity while buying GTA V – and other Rockstar games – for cheaper than the usual price. The gaming community’s favorite third party digital distributor, the Humble Bundle is hosting a sale on all Rockstar published titles on the Humble Store, their non-bundle distribution platform.
The Humble Bundle is a unique initiative in the industry wherein certain bundles of games, books, movies and other software are made temporarily available on a pay-what-you-want basis. Some of the contents of the bundle are walled off behind tiers, meaning you can still get some of the goods for a buck, but you’ll need to pay $5 at least for some of the shinier products.
Even so, the Humble Bundle has always been one of the cheapest ways of acquiring quality games. The other thing that sets it apart – and gives reason for people to pay more than the minimum for their desired tier – is that a percentage of your payment goes to charity. You can set how much goes to the developers, how much to the guys at Humble Bundle and how much to whichever charity is sponsored.
The current Rockstar sales sees not only GTA V discounted by 33%, but Shark Card Bundles are cheaper too, with bigger rates for bigger cards. Beyond these, every single entry in the store under Rockstar is on sale except for the L.A. Noire DLC bundle and the Max Payne 3 Rockstar Pass.
All of the GTA games other than V and the Complete Pack have gone below the 5€. The mentioned complete pack, which contains III, Vice City, San Andreas, IV and Episodes from Liberty City (that’s a massive amount of value. You could spend months playing all that) for just 9.99 €.
Will you be picking up anything in the Humble Rockstar sale?
GTA V being on sale has almost reached the point where it no longer is newsworthy – almost, because gaming discounts are always newsworthy. This year has already seen several GTA V discounts and promos on various platforms and now with Easter being here, we can expect even more discounts and sales gracing the game.
When not on sale, GTA V has managed to retain full price ever since launch three years ago. Even among AAA blockbusters, this is a rare occurrence as most games drop in value a year after release, if not sooner in some cases.
This is balanced out by the fact that there is practically never such a time that GTA V isn’t discounted on any of the platforms, at any retailer. With the wide range of digital distributors vying against each other to dominate the market, the best way to fight that battle is to offer the cheapest product.
The previous lowest record price for GTA V on PC – and, by extension, on any platform too – was held by digital retailer site Green Man Gaming, better known as GMG. This record was set approximately half a year ago and wasn’t broken since, despite there having been more GTA V discounts in that time than countries in Europe.
However the time has come for the record to fall – and it falls hard. Back when GMG was stealing headlines, it did it with a sale that allowed players to buy GTA V for $38.40. The new record, set by another big players in the digital distribution market, CDKeys.com, beats that price by over ten bucks.
CDKeys.com‘s current discount on GTA V’s PC activation key sets the price at $26.71 (71 cents? Really?), marking the lowest price anyone could ever legally purchase the game for. Of course, going through channels of… questionable legality could get you the game for a bit cheaper, though digital key re-selling sites have had their unfortunate run-ins with developers in the past.
Meanwhile, Steam has also put a discount (an actual discount) on GTA V, slashing the price of the base game as well as Shark Card Bundles. The sales are nowhere near as significant as what CDKeys.com has on offer, but they’re decent.
The base game has been discounted 33% percent, costing 40.19€, the Great White Shark bundle is discounted 26% costing 44,14€, the Whale Shark Bundle is discounted 30% costing 53,57€ and finally the Megalodon Bundle is discounted by 31% costing 66,73€.
The individual Shark Cards have also had their prices slashed, with the Whale Shark Cash Card discounted by 25% costing 28,49€ and the Megalodon Cash Card discounted by 30% costing 52,49€.
Despite the occasion, Steam has seemingly skipped hosting an Easter sale and instead has simply thrown a discount on a number of titles without much of an explanation. Their GTA V discount isn’t of much note considering you’ll get much better deals elsewhere, however for players who already own the game on Steam, the cash card sales might be worth checking out.
Did you guys get GTA V on sale, or did you buy it full price?
While getting your tightly held secrets spilled by tech-savvy fans digging through your game files is extremely bothersome, it is also inevitable. Letting something slip on your own however must be a tad embarrassing.
With the week-long GTA Online event celebrating the recent release of Lowriders: Custom Classics having ended yesterday, we can expect the next event to be announced soon, seeing as in recent months Rockstar has been holding these things back to back.
However the focus of the next event may have been spoiled ahead of schedule – and no data-miners were involved this time around. Knowing how running online games works, one will also know that even minute changes like an event in GTA Online needs to be properly set up behind the scenes and much of the data is pre-loaded secretly well in advance.
In such a case the pre-loaded data has the possibility of popping up in the live version due to bugs or human error. That is what seemingly happened in this case, where a PS4 user reported on some strange, unannounced changes having been made to GTA Online.
Reddit user and GTA V fan Clipper_Murray posted that he witnessed all visual and performance upgrades at Los Santos Customs being discounted suddenly and that his character received an exclusive shirt with the caption “The Shoulders Of Orion II”.
Then, almost as suddenly as all of this appeared, it all disappeared. The discounts were gone and another player reported that one of their characters also got the shirt, but logging on with another sometime later didn’t receive it. It seems that Rockstar discovered the mistake and quickly tried to stuff the cat back into the bag, so to say.
Rockstar’s recent habit of increasing the frequency of DLC releases, but making the updates smaller and padding out the time in between with events running back-to-back, has players wondering whether or not they’re building up to something. If leaks are to be believed, April will mark the start of a weekly content release schedule.
This kind of slow drip-feeding may be Rockstar’s way of both mounting the anticipation and trying to keep the community busy while its developing the next major update for the game. We might need to wait until this year’s E3 to find out what that major update actually is – could it be single player DLC?
What other promos do you hope the next GTA Online event will contain?
Not long after the previous PS4 sale, GTA V will once again be available for cheap on Sony’s current gen console. Easter has become similarly commercialized as Christmas has and the time of the bunny themed marketing campaigns has started, which also means that video game sales are incoming en masse as well.
The Sony Easter Sale is split up into two periods, with different selections of discounted games during each. The first part of the double-sale as just begun and will last until the 30th of March, featuring a wide range of discounted games on the PS4, PS3 and PSVita.
Once again, GTA V is leading the charge with other popular AAA titles adding to the list. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is the other noteworthy title on discount, with both the standard and gold editions available at discounts. EA’s E3 show-stealer Unravel and a few smaller Star Wars titles are also on sale if you’re looking to expand your PS4 library.
Rockstar’s latest heavy hitter isn’t the only GTA title on the list either. All the games from the 3D era are on offer as well, either as standalone PS2 ported versions, or as the updated HD Trilogy. If that isn’t enough GTA for you, there are several discounted bundles of V with Shark Cards of various sizes.
The PS3 and Vita are also dominated by GTA for this sale. The same deals as the PS4 are present along with IV’s Complete Edition, Vice City Stories and Liberty City Stories. On the Vita, Chinatown Wars and Vice City Stories are the games on special offer.
Unfortunately, the second half of the double sale is devoid of any Grand Theft Auto games, but it has a solid roster of titles nonetheless – Battlefield, Broken Sword, Dragon Age, Metal Gear, Mortal Kombat, Bloodborne and much much more will be seeing a price cut through the sixth of April.
The fact that the GTA franchise is the most numerous among the discounted games, and reaches back the farthest in time only goes to show once again that these games are nigh immortal. Their value hasn’t dropped with the passage of time. Many games from 2004 and before aren’t even available anymore in any form, let alone at the forefront of a promotion by one of the industry’s biggest names.
Will you be picking up any new or old GTA games during this Easter sale?