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GTA V ESRB Rating Summary is Interesting Reading


The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has just released it’s full rating summary for Grand Theft Auto V and it’s pretty lengthy! The piece also provides a little bit of new information, like the ability to smoke pot within the game being confirmed. Have a read for yourself below:

In this open-world action game, players assume the role of three criminals whose storylines intersect within the fictional city of Los Santos. Players can switch between each character to follow his storyline, completing missions which often include criminal activities (e.g., stealing cars, executing heists, assassinating targets). Players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill various enemies (e.g., rival gang members); players also have the ability to shoot non-adversary civilians, though this may negatively affect players’ progress as a penalty system triggers a broad police search.

Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment. In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts). The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player’s character procures from a prostitute—while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard. Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context.

Within the game, TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and feces on a worker’s body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted). Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted. Players’ character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence. The words “f**k,” “c*nt,” and “n**ger” can be heard in the dialogue.

That’s a whole lotta nasty stuff for an “M” rating – games these days…

GTA V for PC petition reaches over 240,000 signatories


Most of you probably already know about the petition to have GTA 5 ported over to the PC. If not, check it out here and also see our previous coverage on the matter.

Signatory numbers have been steadily increasing for the petition. It was at 100,000 signatures around the end of November last year, then at 150,000 at the end of February this year. At the time of writing however it’s now cracked over 244,000 signatures! It actually only hit 200,000 just a few days ago, but the press coverage of this fact seems to have sent signatory numbers skyrocketing.

In terms of GTA V actually coming to the PC, there has been a few positive indications lately. The main one being this job posting at Rockstar. There has also been other rumors and LinkedIn profiles pointing to work being done for a PC version of GTA V.

Grand Theft Auto V is otherwise scheduled to be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 only on September 17 this year. Thank you also to the anonymous source of the (fan-made) wall-paper you can see above.

Pre-order Bonus Brings GTA V Price Down

actual_1364387558You can pre-order Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox 360 now, directly from the Microsoft Store, and receive 1,600 Microsoft Points as a bonus – something that would usually cost $20. In effect, at least for Xbox 360 gamers, this brings the price of GTA 5 down to a paltry $39.99.

In order to take advantage of the offer, you need to pre-order the game from the Microsoft Store. Note that the offer is only open “while stocks last” and that it is only available for pre-orders.


By running this offer, Microsoft is likely hoping to get gamers sitting on the sideline to order the Xbox 360 version of the game as opposed to the Playstation 3 version. We recently conducted a Facebook poll and the results were pretty even (maybe slightly in favor of the PS3…) so deals like this could make a difference for the guys from Redmond.

Either way, if you have a Xbox 360 and are going to be getting GTA 5, then this pre-order offer from Microsoft is likely to be as good as it gets!

Official GTA V Boxart Coming

We must be pretty light on GTA 5 news, but nevertheless… forums are currently going wild at the thought of the official cover art for Rockstar’s highly anticipated title finally being revealed this week.

It all started when Instagram user hellotones spotted this partially complete billboard going up and pinged Rockstar to see what was up. This then caught the attention of thousands of rabid GTA fans and Rockstar began telling everyone that the official boxart will be revealed this week (including digital versions).


Boxart usually isn’t that bigger deal but: (1) this is GTA V we’re talking about; and (2) GTA box art in particular usually gives you some sort of insight into what to expect in the game itself – who knows, there is a chance we get a glimpse of some previously unreleased scene/vehicle/character.


FYI this is what the final box art is expected to look like:


Video Comparison: Los Santos and Los Angeles

It’s no big secret that Grand Theft Auto V’s fictional city of Los Santos is based on the great city of Los Angeles, CA. GTA V developer RockStar Games has often modelled its fictional criminal proving grounds on real cities. Liberty City was a fictionalized New York, Vice City an 80’s-style version of Miami, and San Andreas is a large urban and rural area modelled on various parts of California and Nevada.

Los Santos did already make an appearance in the aforementioned San Andreas, but its full-blown showing in GTA V will take the level of detail and authenticity of the city to new heights, and that will include several direct and indirect homages to the real McCoy…er, real Los Angeles.

To see how many of these homages they could find, PlayStation Access sent an intrepid reporter by the name of Nate to Los Angeles equipped with nothing but a bike and some screenshots of the game. OK, he did have some other things, like a map, and…clothes…but those aren’t important. What is important is that he located several of Los Santos’ virtual locations within Los Angeles. It’s also handy that Nate’s travels were documented in a video which can be viewed below.

So what all did he locate? First Nate swung by the famous Venice Beach where a near perfect match was found between one of the game’s screenshots and a small section of the area. It features a few market stalls with a small apartment building tucked in behind them on the left, and the famous beachside view on the right.


Next Nate headed in-land to the Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire, which can be seen reproduced in Los Santos as the “FIB” building. While the federal building and the building neighbouring it appear in Los Santos, they’ve been given what looks like a vertical expansion, appearing in the game more as skyscrapers than the actual buildings are in reality.

Next it was off to a rather obvious homage to Los Angeles, and that is the famous Hollywood sign. Along the way however Nate stumbled upon the Los Angeles Country Club on his right, and decided to take a closer look, as it was unknown which golf course in Los Angeles, if any, Los Santos’ golf course was modelled after. A view from the outside of the course showing the downtown high-rises in the background was nearly identical to screens of the in-game course, making it a good bet this was the one it was based on.


A good vantage point showcasing the Hollywood sign was scoped out next, which gave a near identical angle as shown in one of the screens of the Vinewood sign of Los Santos, including the surrounding hills. Lastly, the nearby Griffith observatory gives a stunning view looking out over Los Angeles towards downtown, and this same view is seen in one of the screens of Los Santos, including the little telescope near the ledge.


All of this is to say…well, that Los Santos is at least somewhat accurately based on L.A, which you probably already knew, but now you definitely know. Now we just have to wait until September to see how many other direct references to Los Angeles areas or landmarks are found in the sprawling metropolitan wasteland of Los Santos; if we can tear ourselves away from jacking cars and shooting punks long enough to see them!

Cheater’s Pool for GTA V Cheaters?

When Rockstar released Max Payne 3, they had plans in place for a feature to be implemented (shortly after launch) that would level the playing field in multiplayer for those playing fairly (as well as those who weren’t) . That feature was the cheater’s pool – a separate multiplayer area for the thousands of cheaters, modders, and hackers to wallow with each other, unable to lay their filthy, cheating hands on honest players.

While we condone and encourage cheating here, and will give you all the codes along with everything else necessary to do so, we do that as the developer intended. It is one thing to enjoy the game on your own or with your friends, making use of the many great cheats that can make the game infinitely more enjoyable. It’s another thing to cheat in an unauthorized way in order to gain an unfair advantage over other players in online matches. That we can’t and don’t condone.


Those who say cheaters never prosper have never seen cheaters running through online games, killing everything in sight and laughing at their hapless opponents, who can only curse, or frown, or laugh, or cry at their misfortune. Cheaters DO prosper, and they do so at the expense of the honest players who are online to have some fun and test their skills against other players; not to stroke their ego and think they’re actually good players because they can beat people down using cheats and hacks.

Rockstar had this to say at the time of Max Payne 3’s cheater’s pool announcement:

The move is meant to address several problematic hacks that have plagued the game’s multiplayer, including invincibility, infinite adrenaline, score cheating and more. If any players are added to the pool and later cleared of any wrongdoing, they’ll be able to re-join the general population for online multiplayer. However, a second offense will cause them to be added to the Cheaters Pool permanently. Beyond the Cheaters Pool, Rockstar will also be addressing cheats and hacks in upcoming title updates for Max Payne 3. Invalid leaderboard entries will also be removed “to ensure that the players at the top of the charts have earned their spots fairly.

The feature wasn’t completely new, in fact it was borrowed from their other hit franchise. You may have heard of it…Grand Theft Auto? Yes, the PC version of GTA IV had a similar feature, though not nearly as highly touted at the time, largely due to the fact that cheating in GTA IV’s multiplayer was much less pervasive than in Max Payne 3’s.


Now, as novel a concept as the cheater’s pool was, it was fraught with the same problems that plagued the simple act of banning unscrupulous players, which is that they can simply get around it (many game companies themselves admit that banning is generally ineffective and most players can just bypass or circumvent it). Cheaters are nothing if not resourceful after all. So while the concept is theoretically outstanding, it’s not necessarily any more effective than simply banning those cheaters from playing, in execution.

Rockstar hasn’t officially confirmed the return of the cheater’s pool for Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer, it’s likely it (or even more likely, an advanced and highly improved version of it) will be used again in an attempt to keep Los Santos’ online streets free of the dregs of gaming society.

Should Fans be Compensated for GTA V Delay?

Days and weeks removed from the heart shredding announcement that GTA V won’t see the light of day until the middle of September, fans are still fuming about the delay. Fuming, and ranting, and raving, and moaning, and complaining, amongst other things. In fact angry fans have even gone so far as to all but demand of Rockstar (on their official forums and website) that it compensate for the delay by going out of their way to share new information about GTA V – we want new info, now!

The delay itself isn’t exactly surprising. Many major games (heck even many minor, crummy games) see development delays and have their releases pushed back, and this is always accompanied by the usual moaning and groaning from the eager fanbase. As much as fans can try and console themselves with the fact that the delay is probably for a good reason, the reality is that fans already have lofty expectations, and anticipate the game of their dreams. So delays aren’t going to make fans jump for joy thinking they’re going to be getting a much better game when it finally comes out; they already expect the perfect game. So delays are just delays, and delays suck.


However, demanding the company to compensate them for their GTA V-induced pain and suffering is going a little far. It’s not Rockstar’s job to provide fans with constant trickles of information regarding their game, and certainly not because they owe it to anyone. It’s their job to make the best game they can. Anything else is just icing, or gravy, or apple sauce, or bacon bits, or whatever you want to put on top of your delectable GTA V main course. Certainly, Rockstar should be aiming to keep their fans happy, but major marketing blunders aside (like, for instance if they called their fan base a bunch of whiny twerps who should shut their pieholes), there’s really no chance these fans will NOT be first in line to purchase the game on the day of its eventual release.

In fact, sensible fans should probably be happy to see the game disappear from the limelight for a few months so they can just forget about it and concentrate on other things and other games until the release date gets nearer, and that would also mean it’s not so hair-pullingly aggravating to think about the remaining wait time for GTA V’s release. It will actually become something to look forward to then.


As off-base as these rabid and raging fans may be, it must be said that it’s still surprising that Rockstar hasn’t made any effort to provide us with some additional news on the game since the delay announcement a few weeks back. We’ve really received nothing official from them since, other than a refute of some of the rumors that began circulating as to why the game was delayed. Not brilliant PR, but they’re a game company, and making games should be their primary concern, not investing unnecessary resources into marketing and public relations.

What’s your take? Should Rockstar go out of their way to please their sad, sad fans at this point, or should we suck it up and let Rockstar focus on finishing their game?

GTA V Likely on the Newly Unveiled PS4

Just in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the last couple of days and were unaware; Sony made kind of a big announcement on Wednesday. OK, they actually made a giant, earth-shattering, the-universe-may-never-be-the-same-again announcement. No exaggeration. Not even a little.

Yes, they unveiled the PlayStation 4 after months and months of speculation and after months and months of waiting (kind of like all the waiting we still have ahead of us for GTA V). And while it didn’t come as a giant surprise or anything, we all knew the PS4 was coming eventually.

That said, there’s nothing quite like hearing for the first time about the next box of gaming goodness that will take up residence in our homes, and play our favorite games (unless you’re an Xbox fan). And boy is it a thing of power (and possibly beauty – we haven’t seen the actually console yet!), one that would no doubt run Grand Theft Auto 5 quite well we must say (hint, hint).

PS4 Controller

Sony has taken a dramatic shift from the PS3’s CELL architecture, which everyone and their uncle who knows nothing about gaming admitted was a pain in the butt for developers and overly complex. In its place will be an x86 64-bit 8-core (or octuple core) CPU with unified CPU and GPU. This makes the PS4 not only a personal computer for all intents and purposes, but one that will be more adept at running games than most modern PC’s. While each new console generation has made some bold claims about its power in comparison to PC’s, this may be the first time they actually live up to those claims.

Now of course the question is, will the Playstation 4 run GTA 5 one day? That of course depends on Rockstar on the one hand. We have to think it’s more than likely, especially if there is indeed a PC version in the works, which would now appear to be the easier version to port to the PS4, as opposed to the PS3 version. While a PS4 version would be unlikely to have any major impact on overall sales of GTA V, we tend to think Rockstar would love to show off the best version of their game they are putting so much effort into. And that would undoubtedly be a PS4 version at this point (not to forget our Xbox readers – we all know Microsoft are yet to unveil their next gen console).

At the very least however, and despite the PS4’s substantially different architecture compared to the PS3’s, it will most certainly contain backwards compatibility – Sony detailed in their announcement cloud services which will be able to host (and more importantly, play) PS3 games.

One way or another, the PS4 announcement should be exciting news for all of us playing the waiting game in respect of GTA V. Share the news with your friends, just as you’ll one day be able to share your GTA V exploits directly from your PS4 controller. Oh, you didn’t know? You really should get out from under that rock now!