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GTA V And Online Cash Free With Xbox One Bundles

Not a sale in the regular sense, but this promotion proves that Rockstar still believes in GTA V’s novelty and longevity. Usually when retailers want to drive up console sales, they do it with massively hyped new AAA releases that are only available on said console. Makes sense, right? Well, not if GTA V is around it doesn’t.

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GTA V saw its initial release back in early 2013. Today, middle of March, 2016, it retains full price, steadily high sales on a constant basis, frequent discounts and is the subject of several promotions internationally. The player base only ever grows, Shark Card sales are on the high and these tendencies have no intention of slowing down any time soon.

Best Buy and Gamestop, two of the biggest names when it comes to video game retail, are hosting a special kind of promotion this week. Any purchase of a new Xbox One means you will get a free copy of GTA V with it, along with a Great White Shark Cash Card, worth 1.25 million in GTA $.

But wait! There is more!

This is one of those rather rare occasions when a promotion can be combined with others. This promotion is active on any and all Xbox One systems purchased at one of those two retailers, even if other promos are active on those products, or if they are Xbox bundles which already come with free games.

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Usually the promotional lifespan of an average AAA game lasts a few weeks beyond its launch date. Regardless of whether it tanks or garners critical and popular acclaim, regardless of how many copies it sells, regardless of how much hype preceded it, retailers usually take away the spotlight from a game two three weeks after it hit the shelves.

Not GTA V. It has been years since GTA V launched, it has sold so many copies that you’d think everyone with an interest in gaming has a copy. And their cat does too. As does the mouse the cat hasn’t caught because it was busy playing GTA V.

Despite this, it keeps popping up. Recently it was listed bundled with the Uncharted Collection in a new PS4 bundle on Amazon. Every weekend marks yet another discount on the game. Even the PC release, which was the most recent, occurred early last year.

What do you think it is about GTA V that still compels people to pick it up in stores?

 

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?

Could Script Kiddies Have Cracked GTA V On PS4 & Xbox One?

PS4 and Xbox One players beware – it seems that the hackers might have managed to break GTA Online.

Some would say the hacking and modding issue on GTA V for the last-gen consoles and PC has been getting worse in recent months, however the current-gen consoles have been mostly safe due to their rock solid hardware-software locks and advanced anti-tampering and anti-cheating (the bad kind of cheating) measures. The PS4 and the Xbox One were a safe haven of sorts, a place where players could enjoy the vast, content-filled world of GTA Online without having to endure the inconvenience of a script-kiddie fouling the air in every lobby – like you might playing on PC.

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However, it seems that hordes of bored a-holes have now brute-forced their way on to the new consoles. One gamer, playing GTA Online on PS4, encountered a rather strange occurrence in his garage which coincides with typical scripter behaviour. Had he been playing on any other platform, it would just be any other day. However, on PS4, this was worth recording.

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The player posted his video to Reddit, asking whether or not any other players have encountered similar issues. A popular theory among comments in response was that a bug causing the prop-spawning capability from the Rockstar Creator “bleeding” over into real play allowed players to drop the satellites wherever they choose. However, the satellites are not among the spawnable props, and this would still not explain what they were doing in the player’s private garage.

I bought the new gen version of GTA V the day it came out and have played almost every day since then, and I’ve never seen this happen until today. I think script kiddies mannies may have finally cracked at least the PS4, I don’t know about the Xbone.

Have any of our Xbox One and PS4 players encountered signs that the hackers may have managed to infiltrate GTA Online on those platforms?

GTA V Discounted In Deals With Gold

Recently many games in the GTA series were discounted on the Playstation Store to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the initial release of the first iteration of that legendary gaming console. With the Playstation players getting their fill, it is time for the Xbox players to get some sweet deals as well.

Deals with Gold is the discount service accessible by Xbox owners with an Xbox Live Gold or Silver subscription, which also enables certain online and multiplayer features. The service also includes Games with Gold, which allows subscribers to play games the haven’t bought, with a different selection available each month.

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It seems logical that Rockstar would put a discount on the GTA games at this time, as the announcement and subsequent release of the massive GTA Online Freemode Events update has put the global entertainment spotlight on the blockbuster video game franchise once again. GTA 5 Cheats has previously theorized that the launch of GTA Online 1.29 will attract a large number of new players, and now with GTA V being on sale, that number can only get larger. If you know anyone who has been eyeing GTA V, now would be a good time to urge them to jump in.

The games on sale are GTA V, going for $47.99 on Xbox One, which is a 20% discount, and $25.20 on Xbox 360, meaning you save 58%. There are also discounts on other GTA games, including GTA IV and GTA San Andreas on Xbox 360, and the price of various shark cash cards for GTA Online have been slashed on Xbox One. Games which aren’t related to GTA are also on sale, so if you have a few extra bucks kicking around and you’re looking to add to that backlog of yours, now would be a great time to do so.

Do you know anyone who’s jumping on to the GTA bandwagon thanks to the 1.29 release, or even due to this sale?

GTA V Might Meet Its Match In The Face Of Crackdown 3

It would seem appropriate that one of GTA V’a main rivals, the top crime themed game out there, would be one about restoring order to a city by destroying organised crime. While the Crackdown franchise hardly has the fame and glory of GTA, the newest installment of the Microsoft exclusive franchise, coming soon to Xbox One, will have some pretty unique features that GTA could benefit from. But could it be enough to topple the multi-platform record breaker from its throne?

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We don’t think so.

Crackdown 3 will be powered by Microsoft’s cloud computing system. This feature of the Xbox One was briefly explained back when the console was first announced, but not many people really understood what all the fuss is about without a proper example. Crackdown 3 will feature fully destructible environments thanks to this technology, in a way never before seen. Every single building can be blown apart floor-by-floor, wall-by-wall.

However, there are a few quite simple reasons why Crackdown 3 will never be as successful as GTA V was.

Firstly, the audience. GTA V is available on five platforms, while Crackdown 3 will be available on only one, which also happens to be the least-well selling of the platforms still taken into account today.

Another thing is that the bar has been set so high by GTA V over the years since its release, that going over those sales figures is now practically impossible for any franchise which does not have immense brand recognition. Honestly, how many of you have heard of the Crackdown franchise? And how many of you have played the games?

On the flip side, GTA is one of the most well known games in the world. If you’d ask any non-gamer to name three games, GTA would be one of those three nine times out of ten (with the other two most likely being Call of Duty and FIFA… we shall not discuss the quality of said games).

Are any of out Xbox One players looking forward to Crackdown 3?

Rumor: No More GTA V DLC For Last-Gen?

Players who have held on to their last-gen consoles: it might be time to upgrade. GTA V might be about to join the growing list of multi-gen games which cease updates (or even support entirely) for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This might be reinforced with the next update for GTA Online, 1.29, which contains some long-awaited DLC, will also bring the Rockstar Editor to consoles.

Current-gen consoles, that is.

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The upcoming launch of the Rockstar Editor for PS4 and Xbox One as the next update to Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online means the next Rockstar Editor Contest will be the first one with entries across all three platforms.

The popular game play capture and video editing suite developed specifically for GTA V’s PC version will be getting an expanded list of features both on the Xbox One/Playstation 4 and retroactively on PC, which includes an expanded sound effects and ambient music library, more fonts and some new effects. Despite this, the Director Mode will be a tad more limited on the consoles than it is on PC, and couch gamers will miss out on the improvements made to the Editor through mods such as OpenCamera.

While some might argue how this isn’t much to go on, it must be noted that the dropping of DLC support for games which are available on both last-gen and current-gen consoles is becoming more and more commonplace in the AAA industry. This was bound to happen eventually and with the current-gen consoles having launched over a year ago, should not at all be surprising. Developers are significantly more restricted in what they want their game to be capable of if they need to take multiple console generations into account, and it can be argued that in such cases developing for last-gen is holding the industry back.

What do our Xbox 360 and PS3 owners think about this?

GTA V Sale On Xbox One

With the upcoming Xbox Ultimate Game Sale, Microsoft seeks to take a bite out of your vacation savings with massive summer price drops. Among a slew of other games, GTA V will be among the discounted titles, giving players a chance to jump in at a lower price if they haven’t already. You know you always wanted to utilize the cell phone cheats and also the new special vehicle cheats (scroll right down)!

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Considering the insane amount of copies GTA V sold, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t already causing havoc in Los Santos on a regular basis. If you’re going to pick up GTA V during this sale, you’ll be doing it at a 25% discount and also get a free Great White Shark Cash Card worth $1,250,000 in game currency. Just in time for the upcoming Ill-Gotten Gains Part II DLC, which will add a boatload of expensive luxury items for you to blow all your money on, such as a flashy off-road beast of a vehicle.

The sale kicked off today, and will go all summer with various deals. Other than GTA V, many other popular AAA titles and a few indies also had their prices cut. The discounts range from 10% (the only game with this joke of a discount is FIFA 15, obviously…) to 75%, with most games’ price cut in half. This will give Xbox One players to expand their libraries with a few of the top games of the past two years they might have missed, at a discount.

Rockstar isn’t a stranger to summer sales, however the last one didn’t go over so well, and there was more than one issue. Rockstar was accused to inflating the price of GTA V prior to the sale so that while allegedly there was a 25% discount in place, players essentially were paying full price, and that they forced you to buy a bundle with a cash card to void the refund guarantee.

Will you be picking up any games in the Xbox One Summer Sale?

Forza Motorsport 6 Trailer Recreated In GTA V

Another day, another spectacular Rockstar Editor creation. E3 2015 just wrapped up, with a ton of awesome new games shown off at the expo. Microsoft seemingly “won” E3 (until Sony came along, that is) with their announcement of backwards compatibility coming to the Xbox One free of charge, but that certainly wasn’t the only thing they had going for them. A bunch of Xbox One and Microsoft exclusives were also announced, or previously announced titles got their first trailers. One such game, exclusive to the Xbox One, is Forza Motortsport 6, successor to the Xbox One launch title.

The first gameplay trailer for Forza 6 was shown off at E3 2015.

What does Forza have? Cars! What else has cars? GTA V! What game has in-built gameplay recording and editing software? Also GTA V! You see where this is going.

Many fans were disappointed by Forza Motorsport 5 back when it launched on the then-newborn Xbox One, as they didn’t feel that the graphical and technical difference between it and the later racing games of the previous generation was large enough to warrant the “next-gen” descriptor. Current-gen car games started popping up, as Ubisoft released The Crew last year, and Forza Horizon 2 was also released. But hey, we’ve all had GTA for our racing needs, right?

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The current-gen racing scene is a tad sparse, but we can look forward to a few newer releases soon to scratch this particular itch, and it seems that these titles will finally make proper use of the current generation’s hardware. We’ve already seen an improvement in the visuals of games released for Xbox One and Playstation 4 in the past year over the launch titles, and considering the massive difference between the launch titles of their predecessors and later games released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, we can look forward to some genuinely amazing graphics. (Or, you know, just play on PC.)

Are you guys looking forward to Forza Motorsport 6? What did you think of Forza Motorsport 5?

Intel director says GTA V won’t be console exclusive very long

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Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum, director of marketing Chris Silva has said that “somebody paid a lot of money to make sure that [GTA V] was exclusive [to the PS3 and Xbox 360].”

While the issue of Microsoft and Sony making some sort of payments to Rockstar to ensure that Grand Theft Auto V was released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 first (to the exclusion of the PC platform) shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, it’s interesting that someone at Intel has actually come out and said as much.

Silva also said that he thinks we’ll see a PC version of GTA V fairly shortly:

At least with Grand Theft Auto I don’t think it’ll be console exclusive very long. But that’s what happens when you have a brand new launch with two companies that have lots of money trying to make sure they have content.

And also that given the size of the PC gaming market Rockstar would have to be crazy not to eventually cash-in on that market. It will more or less just be a matter of when…

The PC gaming ecosystem just continues to grow,. If you look at the amount of revenue that is generated by PC gaming it’s in the tens of billions of dollars each year. It’s incredibly diverse and rich and that’s it’s greatest strength.

Thanks PC Gamer.

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.

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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!