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Playing GTA Online All The Way Past 2020

Often the quality or success of a game is measured by its longevity (other than, you know, sales and generated profit). Usually AAA games have a “lifespan” of 3-4 years. This lifespan denotes the amount of time during which sales are relatively constant and don’t drop suddenly. Naturally, multiplayer games with a dedicated following and content support from the developers have significantly longer lifespans, especially if they garner a cult following.

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GTA Online isn’t an MMO in the traditional sense and has some rather unique structuring. Add to that the high possibility of the next installment of the franchise dropping in a few year’s time, also meaning the next iteration of the Online component, and you’ve got some solid indications that GTA Online will go under in the coming years.

Rockstar has other plans though. As far as they are concerned GTA Online is here to stay. Whether or not the next GTA game’s Online component will be standalone or an expansion we don’t know. Operating on the theory that it will be standalone, meaning that GTA Online will more or less stay what it is today with smaller DLCs dropping every now and then, Michael Pacht predicts the game will still bring in a solid US$250 million yearly until at least 2020.

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2020. That’s seven years after initial launch. Plus, note the words “at least”. The most surprising thing about this is that it will likely come true. GTA Online’s playerbase is only ever growing with the passage of time. The constant stream of new free content has been constantly pushing the value of the game up, with the frequent discounts pushing its price down. Sales are steady with no sign of decline and people are buying massive amounts of Shark Cards.

When do you think that the sales and player base of GTA Online will begin to decrease?

GTA V Meets Forza 6 Launch Trailer

When crossed with mods on the PC version of GTA 5, the Rockstar Editor can create things of wonder.

The kinds of videos that GTA V fans have produced over the months since the launch of the game’s PC version are nothing short of truly astounding – especially considering the level of detail and expertise that goes into these creations. Of course, there are always those that will be poorly made, and those which, while entertaining, are extremely silly (but still might display quite a bit of creativity). It is always the really elegantly made ones that amaze the most.

The attention to detail some Rockstar Editor film-makers display is most apparent in trailer recreations, which are an extremely popular and large segment of GTA V fan videos. Several popular games have had their trailers and teasers remade using the Editor, be it before release or well after.

What better trailer to remake in a game about cars, than that of a game about cars? Racing games getting crossed with GTA V is hardly anything new, and this particular game has gotten the Editor treatment in the past as well.

Forza has been one of the flagship titles of Microsoft’s consoles for a good long while now with Forza 5 being one of the release titles of the Xbox One. Gamers generally know of the strong franchise rivalries that exist in the FPS, MMO and MOBA genres, however there is a pretty strong three-way war going on in the racing scene. Forza, Need for Speed and Grand Turismo all have their respective fans who vehemently defend their game of choice.

Of course, they could all just switch over to GTA V, which not only has racing and sweet rides, but a boatload of other content too. Plus, you know, you can remake all the scenes from those three games in the Rockstar Editor, not just their trailers.

If not GTA V, what is your racing game of choice?

GTA Online Festive Surprise Announced And Released

That was quick. Soon after a few last-minute leaks spoiled most of the content and the release date of this year’s Christmas DLC for GTA Online, the official announcement, in tandem with the release, was made.

Much like with the Halloween Surprise DLC, the Newswire post went up at the same time as when the update itself went live in-game. Also much like with the Halloween Surprise DLC, a lot of the new content will only be available for a limited time.

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The DLC works more like an Advent calendar of sorts, with not all content being available or even revealed yet. The initial post and release are quite bare bones, but the wording of the news update gives us some idea of what is to come.

New designs for festive clothing, like pyjamas and costumes, as well as various new Christmas themed masks are available for free while the DLC is live. As well as this, the content from the previous two holiday DLCs, the 2014 Festive Surprise and the 2013 Holidays Gifts being available for purchase.

Christmas trees have been set up at Legion Square as well as in all apartments, mansions and yachts, to give you that proper holiday feel. While the pavement of Los Santos’ streets are still bone-dry, you can expect some soft, pure snow to fall soon, allowing players to have some deadly snowball fights.

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However the free masks and outfits won’t be the only gifts that players can expect this Christmas. Various other free items, events and gameplay additions will be released, for free, during the course of the DLC’s lifespan, the nature of which have yet to be revealed. The vehicle that is purported to be added to GTA Online with this DLC is bound to be one of them.

Have you tried out some of the new additions to GTA Online with the Festive Surprise?

Fallout 4 Dethrones GTA V As Most Played AAA Steam Game

Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after launch, Fallout 4, which has had quite an extensive relationship with GTA V, both official and unofficial, has gained more concurrent users than Rockstar’s blockbuster.

While most Steam player leaderboards have the omnipresent, typical trio of Dota, Counter Strike and Team Fortress, these games “don’t count” in the eyes of the wider gaming community. Instead in the case of AAA games released on Steam, for the longest time GTA V has dominated with the most in-game players at any given moment. Since its release on Steam, GTA V has seen through many high profile releases, and none have ever surpassed it. Even on launch day which obviously sees the largest amount of concurrent traffic.

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Fallout 4 launched today worldwide and steadily had well over 200,000 players venturing into the wasteland at the same time, with it almost hitting 300,000 at its peak. In contrast, the number of concurrent GTA V players on Steam sat around the 20,000 mark on average, with the peak still being below 50,000.

Granted, these are just the Steam numbers (and GTA V has a massive console player base), but Fallout 4 is a multiplatform release, and possibly the biggest game to be launched this half of 2015. So chances are that the numbers are similar on Xbox One and Playstation 4.

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Fallout 4 is the seventh installment in the legendary Fallout franchise, and the third game developed by Bethesda Softworks, also famous for the Elder Scrolls series. In the hype-filled months leading up to the release of Fallout 4, it became apparent multiple times that the fanbase of the post-apocalyptic RPG and that of GTA V greatly overlap, with several fans of the former expressing their anticipation by making mods for the latter.

In fact, GTA V and Fallout 4 have more in common than most people would think. Open world? Check. Option to switch between first and third person perspectives? Check. A shit-ton of random stuff to do all across the game world? Massive check.

Any of you guys taking a break from GTA V to explore the world of Fallout 4?

GTA Online Lowriders Update Live Now

Hopefully a lot of you guys are reading this as you’re simultaneously downloading the newest GTA Online update which contains the newest DLC, Lowriders, and which adds a whole lot of sweet content to the game for free.

The very existence of the DLC came as a huge surprise to the GTA community, seeing as the wild and insane rumors that began to spread after the initial hints were discovered in the code became so obnoxious and annoying that everyone came to dismiss them off hand. However, not only is Lowriders real, it is quite true to the rumors, and it’s available for download right now.

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The release coincides with the newest Playstation 4 firmware update, which is by no means accidental.

The whole Lowriders update is about 1.4 GB, which gives you a clear idea of the amount of content in this beast of a DLC. The update is adding six new lowrider vehicles to GTA Online, which can be purchased and customized in Benny’s Original Motorworks, the new shop opening along with the update.

Here’s a price list for the new rides:

  • Vapid Chino: $225,000
  • Albany Primo: $9,000
  • Declasse Moonbeam: $32,500
  • Willard Faction: $36,000
  • Albany Buccaneer: $29,000
  • Declasse Voodoo: $5,500

Prices seem low, don’t they? Well, these lowriders (no pun intended) won’t bite into your bank account – customizing them, however, will. Seriously.

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Putting together your dream ride, with all your favorite customization options chosen for it is much like building a brand new gaming PC. It’s all pretty and makes you happy until your eyes reach the price tag, and the case is rarely the heavy hitter.

The update also features an unknown number of new cosmetic items, as well as two new weapons, the machine pistol and the fearsome machete.

Lowriders also adds new story content to GTA Online, as players can perform a new set of missions for Lamar.

So… anyone actually reading this, or is everyone playing GTA Online?

GTA Online Freemode Events Out Now

Well, that was quick! Following yesterday’s announcement, Rockstar has just officially released the 1.29 update for GTA Online, containing the massive Freemode Events DLC pack.

The update completely reworks the basis on which the entirety of GTA Online is constructed. The new update wipes away lobbies, loading screens and menus, ensuring a fully seamless and immersive experience. Freemode Events also brings around a dozen new activities, jobs and missions for you to complete with strangers, friends and crew members, including the likes of Hunt the Beast and Penned In. To find out more about all the new missions, click here.

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The new update will also be adding two whole new Adversary game modes, called Hunting Pack and Cross the line, respectively. You can read more about them here.

As announced a while back, 1.29 will not only be improving the Rockstar Editor vastly with a slew of new features, it will also be porting the acclaimed GTA V video editor to the current generation consoles, meaning the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. To find out more about the new features and the console announcement, click here and here.

The new 1.29 update also alters the way the Creator works, to better facilitate some insane constructions. Stacking and overlapping props now functions properly, and prop templates can be saved, making the creation of crazy parkour maps much easier.

To celebrate the release of the massive update, Rockstar is giving players some new incentives to try out the new content. Any and all players who successfully complete at least 5 of the new events introduced in GTA Online 1.29 between today and Sunday, the 20., will get a reward of GTA $50,000 and a limited Vapid in-game shirt item.

You can download GTA Online patch 1.29 now on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. Last-gen consoles have had content support discontinued.

Are all you guys already downloading the new GTA Online patch?

GTA V Sells More Than A Million On Steam In Less Than A Year

We all know that GTA V is a massive juggernaut in the sales department, having surpassed 54 million shipped copies and lord knows how much profit. Now, despite the PC version being the most advanced in the visual department, a the only platform that supports mods and formerly the only platform on which the Rockstar Editor was available, a vast, overpowering majority of GTA V sales happened on console. This can be attributed to the target audience, and the fact that due to the PC version’s several delays, most people who wanted GTA V just got it on console instead.

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GTA V is available on PC in physical and digital form, the latter most notably on Steam, Valve’s massive digital distribution platform. Steam is arguably the most popular of the various digital distribution platforms active today, with millions of users world-wide. The massive library of games (which has actually become more of a problem than a blessing recently) and the frequent sales make Steam the vendor of choice for many a gamer – people speak of their vast Steam backlogs all the time. I myself have a little over 200 games in my library, which counts as quite few on average, mind you, and haven’t ever installed most of them!

While GTA V had a rocky history with Steam, the platform is undoubtedly quite successful in its distribution of the game. While the number is hardly impressive when compared to total sales, it is interesting to note that since the April 2015 release of GTA V, over a million copies of the game have been sold through Steam, in just one month short of half a year. For a multiplatform release, especially considering how the PC version was last to launch, this number is actually pretty damn high, all things considered.

Did any of you guys buy GTA V on steam?

No, The New GTA Online DLC Did Not Launch Last Tuesday

So, yeah, journalism.

Recently here at GTA 5 Cheats, we came across a funny little article pertaining to GTA V with the following, rather hilarious title:

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Releases ‘Lowrider’ DLC; New Camera Modes, Audio Modifications Filers Featured; No Tommy Vercetti

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We won’t include a link because that would just give the article more clicks, which is exactly what that saddening title is trying to do, but if you’re really determined, you’ll find it within a minute anyway.

Now, we’re not trying to discredit the site, or give them a bad rep, or anything malicious like that. The upcoming Lowrider DLC has so many rumors circulating around it that it would be easy to get lost in all the info and speculation, however erroneous reporting will only make things that much worse.

While these errors can happen, sometimes a site will step out of its sphere of influence and “report” on a hot topic to get some clicks. However, a hot topic is “hot”, because many sources are discussing it. How to get the most clicks? Say something no one else is. The discussion surrounding the upcoming DLC is focused on rumors because the DLC hasn’t released yet. This is like when a popular movie is released, and millions of people watch it, if you type the film’s name into google the second top result will the be title with a “2” at the end, because people like to speculate.

Obviously, reporting that the DLC has released will bring in droves of people seeing the headline and going like “bwuh?” and clicking the link.

This isn’t the kind of non-news that the GTA 6 rumors have been generating.

This isn’t the kind of non-news where a site basically just republishes someone else’s article. This is the kind of false-news seeking to rake in cash without regards to misinformation.

We hope none of you believed this GTA “news”, right?

Fan Of Lamar Or Not? We’ve Got New DLC Info For You!

It seems the GTA V community just can’t be patient, can it? Back when the Ill-Gotten Gains Part II DLC was still a ways off, the rumor mills were spinning at maximum RPM, and now with the Lowrider/life DLC announcement hitting any time soon, they’ve gone into overdrive once more.

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Considering today is the 30th (goodbye, summer!), it is doubtful that Rockstar will keep the alleged release window for the next DLC, which was stated to launch before the summer ends. Now it seems that we will be getting the official announcement in the first few days of September, with the DLC itself releasing a week after.

The rumors began some time ago when a particularly curious GTA V fan started digging around in the game’s code, and found the code name of the next GTA Online DLC, which is “LOW”, and also discovered 12 vehicle indexes linked to the reference, meaning that these rides will be added with the DLC. Some of the vehicles appeared in previous GTA games, which allowed Funmw2 to deduce that the DLC will be an opposite of Ill-Gotten Gains, and will have a “Lowrider” or “Lowlife” theme.

As time passed, the rumors kept multiplying. Rockstar announced that the DLC will be bringing the video Editor to the PS4 and Xbox One with the update, and that the Editor will have some new features.

Recently, Funmw2 went digging in the code again, and has revealed that the new missions included in the DLC will be indicated with a Lamar icon. This could mean that Lamar Davis, Franklin’s buddy in GTA V single player, may appear as a quest giver in GTA Online like a few other characters from the story. This would indicate new mission types with a gang theme.

Are you looking forward to the DLC announcement, hopefully soon?

GTA V is Now Out for the PS4 and Xbox One

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Well, here it is, the big day: November 18th, the launch of Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and the Xbox One. Reviews so far have been stellar, and fans seem to love the increased detail and new features, especially the new first-person mode. There have been a few problems with GTA Online profile transfers, but Rockstar is working on a solution to the issues. Everything else seems to be going smoothly.

If you’ve picked up a copy of GTA V for the PS4 or Xbox One, let us know what you think. If not, take a look at the launch trailer and see if it convinces you.

Now, you might recall that the additions to GTA V for the PS4 and Xbox One include a whole new selection of songs you can listen to, along with the songs from the original release. Now that the game is out, we’ve got the full list of new GTA V songs:

  • Radio Los Santos
    • Ab Soul feat. Schoolboy Q & Mac Miller – Hunnid Stax (2014)
    • Ace Hood feat. Future & Rick Ross – Bugatti (2013)
    • A$AP Ferg – Work (2012)
    • Bo Kane feat. Gucci Mane – Break It Down (2014)
    • Chuck Inglish feat. Ab-Soul & Mac Miller – Came Thru/Easily (2013)
    • Danny Brown feat. Action Bronson – Bad News (2014)
    • Danny Brown feat. A$AP Rocky – Kush Koma (2013)
    • Freddie Gibbs feat. Mike Dean – Sellin’ Dope (2014)
    • G-Side feat. G-Mane – Relaxin (2011)
    • Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank) (2012)
    • Lil B – Rent Due (2014)
    • Problem feat. IamSu, Big Lucc & Sage the Gemini – Do It Big (2013)
    • Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens (2014)
    • Skeme – Millions (2013)
    • Skeme – Over Sick (2013)
    • Travi$ Scott feat. T.I. & 2 Chainz – Upper Echelon (2013)
    • Young Scooter feat. Trinidad James – I Can’t Wait (2013)
    • Young Scooter feat. Gucci Mane – Work (2013)
  • Space 103.2
    • Bee Gees – Night Fever (1977)
    • Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (1981)
    • Cameo – Back And Forth (1986)
    • Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine (1981)
    • Dazz Band – Joystick (1983)
    • Imagination – Flashback (1981)
    • Parliament – Flash Light (1977)
    • Parliament – Mothership Connection (Star Child) (1975)
    • Teena Marie – Lovergirl (1984)
    • The Fatback Band – Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money) (1979)
    • Zapp & Roger – Do It Roger (1981)
  • West Coast Classics
    • 2Pac – So Many Tears (1995)
    • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – 1st of tha Month (1995)
    • CPO feat. MC Ren – Ballad of a Menace (1990)
    • D.O.C. – The Formula (1989)
    • Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg – Lil’ Ghetto Boy (1992)
    • E-40 – Captain Save A Hoe (1994)
    • Eazy-E feat. Ice Cube – No More ?’s (1988)
    • Ja Rule feat. Irv Gotti, Ashanti, Nas & 2Pac – The Pledge Remix (2002)
    • Jayo Felony – Sherm Stick (1995)
    • Luniz feat. Michael Marshall – I Got 5 On It (1995)
    • South Central Cartel – Servin’ ‘Em Heat (1993)
    • Spice 1 feat. MC Eiht – The Murda Show (1993)
    • The Conscious Daughters – We Roll Deep (1993)
    • The Lady of Rage – Afro Puffs (1994)
    • Warren G feat. O.G.L.B. – This D.J. (1994)
    • Westside Connection – Bow Down (1996)
  • Rebel Radio
    • Charlie Feathers – Get With It (1956)
    • Ray Price – Crazy Arms (1956)
    • Tammy Wynette – D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968)
    • The Highwaymen – Highwayman (1985)
    • Loretta Lynn – A coal Miners Daughter (1970)
  • Los Santos Rock Radio
    • Alannah Myles – Black Velvet (1989)
    • Belinda Carlisle – Circle in the Sand (1987)
    • Billy Idol – Don’t Need A Gun (1986)
    • Boston – Peace of Mind (1976)
    • Broken English – Comin’ On Strong (1987)
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son (1969)
    • Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight (1986)
    • Genesis – Land of Confusion (1986)
    • Golden Earring – Radar Love (1973)
    • Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square (1986)
    • Humble Pie – 30 Days in the Hole (1972)
    • Joan Armatrading – Drop the Pilot (1983)
    • Kansas – Carry on Wayward Son (1976)
    • Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone (1986)
    • Mountain – Mississippi Queen (1970)
    • Pat Benatar – Shadows of the Night (1982)
    • Peter Gabriel – Big Time (1986)
    • Starship – We Built This City (1985)
    • Survivor – Burning Heart (1986)
    • Yes – Roundabout (1972)
    • ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’ (1983)
    • ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man (1983)
  • The Lowdown 91.1
    • Brass Construction – Changin’ (1975)
    • Jackson Sisters – I Believe In Miracles (1976)
    • Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Superman Lover (1976)
    • Ohio Players – Climax (1974)
    • Smokey Robinson – Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (1973)
    • The Delfonics – Funny Feeling (1970)
    • War feat. Eric Burdon – Magic Mountain (1976)
  • Blue Ark FM
    • Busy Signal – Kingston Town (2012)
    • Demarco – Loyal (2014)
    • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Roast Fish and Cornbread (1978)
    • Vybz Kartel – Addi Truth (2014)
  • Non-Stop-Pop FM
    • Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way (1999)
    • Bobby Brown – On Our Own (1989)
    • Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (1984)
    • Cassie – Me & U (2006)
    • Dirty Vegas – Days Go By (2002)
    • Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc. (2005)
    • INXS – New Sensation (1988)
    • Jamiroquai – Alright (1996)
    • Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off (1986)
    • Lady Gaga – Applause (2013)
    • Living in a Box – Living in a Box (1987)
    • Lorde – Tennis Court (2013)
    • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger (2011)
    • M.I.A. – Bad Girls (2013)
    • Michael Jackson – Dangerous (1991)
    • Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me (Single Mix) (2010)
    • Moloko – The Time Is Now (2000)
    • Morcheeba – Tape Loop (1996)
    • Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises (1983)
    • Real Life – Send Me An Angel (1983)
    • Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue – Kids (2000)
    • Simply Red – Something Got Me Started (Hurley’s House Mix) (1991)
    • Sly Fox – Let’s Go All the Way (1985)
    • Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground (1996)
    • Taylor Dayne – Tell it To My Heart (1987)
    • The Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway (2009)
    • The Blow Monkeys – Slaves No More (1989)
    • will.i.am. feat. Britney Spears – Scream & Shout (2013)
    • Wilson Phillips – Hold On (1990)
  • WorldWide FM
    • CHVRCHES – Recover (Cid Rim Remix) (2013)
    • Damfunk – Kildat (2009)
    • Flume – What You Need (2012)
    • Jaime Lidell – Runaway (2014)
    • Jimmy Edgar – Let Yrself Be (2012)
    • Kavinsky – Nightcall (2010)
    • Portishead – Numb (1994)
    • Randy Crawford – Street Life (1979)
    • Smokey Robinson – Why You Wanna See My Bad Side? (1978)
  • Channel X
    • Alice In Chains – Social Parasite (1988)
    • D.O.A. – The Enemy (1980)
    • D.R.I. – I Don’t Need Society (1985)
    • MDC – John Wayne Was a Nazi (1980)
    • Redd Kross – Linda Blair (1982)
    • The Zeroes – Don’t Push Me Around (1977)
    • X – Los Angeles (1980)
  • Radio Mirror Park
    • Dom – Living In America (2010)
    • Hot Chip – Flutes (2012)
    • Holy Ghost! – Hold On (2011)
    • KAUF – When You’re Out (2013)
    • Little Dragon – Crystalfilm (2009)
    • M83 – Midnight City (2011)
    • Mitzi – Truly Alive (2013)
    • Neon Indian – Polish Girl (2011)
    • Panama – Always (2014)
    • SBTRKT – Pharaohs (2011)
    • Scenic – Mesmerised (2013)
    • Toro Y Moi – New Beat (2011)
    • Twin Shadow – Forget (2010)
    • Yeasayer – O.N.E. (2010)
  • Vinewood Boulevard Radio
    • Bleached – Next Stop (2013)
    • Coliseum – Used Blood (2013)
    • JEFF The Brotherhood – Sixpack (2012)
    • Mind Spider – Fall in Line (2012)
    • Nobunny – Gone For Good (2010)
    • The Men – Turn It Around (2012)
    • The Orwells – Who Needs You (2014)
    • The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself (2010)
  • Soulwax FM
    • Brain 21 – Something For Your Mind (1996)
    • Felix da Housecat – Silver Screen (2001)
    • Michael da Brain – Brain 35 (Only An Illusion) (2002)
  • FlyLo FM
    • AraabMuzik – Streetz Tonight (2011)
    • Dimlite – Into Vogon Skulls (2012)
    • DOOM – Masquatch (2014)
    • Doris – You Never Come Closer (1970)
    • Flying Lotus feat. Krayzie Bone – Medication Medication (2014)
    • Kaskade – 4 AM (2006)
    • KNOWER – Fuck the Makeup, Skip the Shower (2010)
    • Mono/Poly feat. Thundercat – B Adams (2014)
    • XXYYXX – What We Want (2014)
    • Earl Sweatshirt – Hive (2013)
    • Unknown track
    • Blaine County Talk Radio
    • Extended content for Beyond Insemination
    • West Coast County Radio
    • Extended content for Chakra Attack

Now that’s a lot of songs! With so many genres, artists, and decades represented here, we’re sure a few of your favorites must have entered GTA V. Let us know what they are… or if there are any new additions you dread.