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GTA Online’s New Event Reveals Adversary Mode

While it’s not the reveal of a big DLC update, it’s something: Rockstar has unveiled their next event week, which also happens to coincide with the release of GTA Online’s next Adversary Mode. The previously leaked (guess it was correct after all) name for it seems to have been accurate and in keeping with the innuendo theme of last month’s Inch By Inch.

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While we thought so up until now as well, dismissing the previous leaks of this mode as misinterpretations of the new maps for Inch By Inch, now we can truly and accurately say that there is no more leaked content yet to be released. For the first time in months, the future is truly unknowable.

Of course, players are already speculating and wishing for the features of the next GTA Online update. The most popular idea is that of a Biker themed DLC. The idea has gained so much traction over the months that there is an entire movement with a petition going on to convince Rockstar to get it done and release it.

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While we don’t know anything about the next “big” DLC, Rockstar has finally unveiled the new game-mode of the upcoming small-scale update. The devs have really been hot on the idea of Adversary Modes in the past few months, with the all new “In And Out” adding to that craze early next month.

The humorously named (again) Adversary Mode will become available in GTA Online on the 3rd of May. Rockstar describes In And Out as a new twist on regular Capture game-mechanics. A team of nimble but vulnerable attackers must steal not one but 8 packages from the heavily armed defending team in the time limit.

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The Mode promises a more serious tactical aspect being introduced to GTA Online, which it lacked until now. While many other modes and Heists especially required an extremely high level of team coordination and communication, the setup of In And Out will ensure the failure of any team that doesn’t plan ahead.

In and Out will launch with three maps to boot. If we take previous Adversary Modes such as Inch By Inch as an example, chances are that there will be more maps added in a future GTA Online update.

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No Adversary Mode announcement can go without a sweet little double RP and GTA $ event week these days and this case is no different. Rockstar is offering a number of discounts alongside select opportunities to earn some extra cash. The event will last until the 5th of May.

Of course, since we are celebrating the release of a new mode here, the focus for the double payouts will be Adversary Modes. Rockstar has put together a rotating event playlist of the most popular modes.

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Through the 30th, Hunting Pack, Relay and Offense Defense will grant double rewards, followed by Hasta La Vista, Every Bullet Counts and Keep the Pace through the 2nd.

Following the release of In And Out on the 3rd, the last playlist running till the end of the event will provide double rewards on all three maps of the new mode.

All GTA Online events need their discounts and there are plenty of them this time around. Ammu-Nation is slashing the prices of grenades and sticky bombs by 20%, Assault Rifle mods and Combat MGs by 25% and SMG Ammo by 50%.

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The new Adversary Mode is probably only here to tide us over until the next big GTA Online DLC is revealed.

Are you hyped for In And Out, or are you more eager to see what the next GTA Online update will be about?

New GTA Online Lowrider And Adversary Mode Coming

We’ve known these are coming for weeks, but finally the official announcement has rolled in, confirming those leaks we’ve been listening to all this time. Once again we’ve encountered a similar situation as the one prefacing the Lowriders announcement. In the weeks leading up to the announcement, leaks and rumors ran rampant, with most of them being utterly fake. It wasn’t until the announcement that the few who told the truth were revealed.

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The leaks about the upcoming rides and new Adversary Modes began right after the release of the Lowriders: Custom Classics DLC update for GTA Online not too long ago. The game files for the update already contained the in-game models of the new cars and much of the data for the sports-themed competitive modes.

The leaks showed off some of the new assets that will be added with the sports-themed adversary modes and their names also suggested a relation to football. The three new lowriders, on the other hand, were discovered by accident when porting the content of Custom Classics to single player via a mod added not three, but six new cars to the modded Benny’s store.

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Benny’s Original Motorworks was updated once before Custom Classics too. In a small update earlier this year, two sports cars with extensive customization came to the special garage – the Karin Sultan RS and the Bravado Banshee 900R. This first update didn’t quite go as planned, however following a quick fix, the new Banshee became the fastest car in the game.

Small updates like that began to characterize the DLCs of 2016, with Custom Classics actually counting as a major release, relatively. Even so, Rockstar’s one-a-week lowriders DLC model is something entirely new. Spreading smaller nuggets of content out with a more frequent release schedule has the air of building up to a massive punchline about it. Players theorize that Rockstar has something groundbreaking to show off at this year’s E3 to back it all up.

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Earlier this week, the first of the April lowriders, the Declasse Tornado Custom was released, which was announced a week ahead. The official announcement revealing the Vapid Minivan Custom and the Inch by Inch Adversary Mode has been posted on the Rockstar Newswire, the developer’s own news-blog.

The new Adversary Mode will launch on the 12th, meaning next Tuesday. While the introduction provided by Rockstar in the announcement isn’t comprehensive, it does give us a brief run-down of the mode. Two team will try to score points by carrying a package to their score-zone. Players carrying the package can’t use weapons, so the team-mates will have to cover them while the opponents try to nick the prize.

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Based on the released image, the maps on which this mode will be played on resemble actual football fields with cover and other obstacles set up. The mode will be a frantic addition to GTA Online, as the package resets immediately if scored, forcing teams to strategize and stay on their toes.

Coming on the same day as Inch By Inch is the all new Vapid Minivan Custom, the newest and most unusual addition to Benny’s Original Motorworks. When thinking of potential lowrider vehicles, this would have been the last to come to anyone’s mind. Based on the image in the announcement (and the one in the leaks), however, the Minivan will be just as stylish a lowrider as any other. One of the most notable features the ride has is the sliding door, which allows passengers to lay down cover fire during harrowing escapes.

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Just like last time around, the GTA Online event to commemorate this DLC release will kick off sooner than the release date – meaning now. Through the 14th, players will be able to rack up twice as much cash and RP from select Adversary Mode playlists which will be switching off one another during the course of the event. Two mixed playlists will last through the ninth and then through the 11th, respectively, with an Inch By Inch playlist bringing up the rear.

No event is complete without discounts, as we all know. During this particular GTA Online event, the guns take center stage, with several discount going at Ammunation. Sniper rifles get a 25% discount, with their attachments and body armor getting their prices halved. Shotguns are also going cheaper, with the weapons themselves at 30% and attachments at 40% off.

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Surprisingly enough, as far as this announcement shows, there won’t be any discounts on lowrider customization items despite such a vehicle being released. If you’re eyeing the new Minivan Custom, you’ll do well to grind those Adversary Mode playlists, as it will certainly set you back at least one mil.

Would you like to see even more lowriders added to GTA Online after the Sabre GT, or do you hope Rockstar will move on from the lowrider theme?

GTA Online’s First New Lowrider Revealed

After weeks of rumors, leaks and speculation, we’ve finally gotten the first official word on GTA Online’s April content updates. It seems that the release dates that were recently posted by a GTA V leaker turned out to be true – as well as the release schedule plan Rockstar was rumored to be adopting for April.

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Recently, the Lowriders: Custom Classics DLC was released for GTA Online, containing two new weapons, several new character customization items and most importantly, three new lowrider cars to be bought and upgraded at Benny’s Original Motorworks, first introduced in the Lowriders DLC last year. This wasn’t the first time Benny’s got new vehicles either – a smaller update recently added the Bravado Banshee and Karin Sultan to the list of rides serviced at the garage.

The Custom Classics DLC game files were swiftly scoured through by data-miners looking for clues as to what the future holds for GTA Online – and they uncovered plenty. There were three other lowrider vehicles in the files which weren’t available in-game yet, as well as plenty of info regarding future Adversary Modes.

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It was revealed that the Minivan, the Sabre and the Tornado will be making their way to Benny’s at some point, accompanied by new sports themed Adversary Modes coming to GTA Online. Based on the models, the Adversary Modes will be based on football. They have particularly ridiculous names such as “Inch by Inch” and “In and Out”.

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Rockstar finally gave an official announcement via social media posts today about the upcoming content. They have revealed that the Declasse Tornado will be making its way to Benny’s Original Motorworks next Tuesday, April 5th. This is just the first of three such new lowriders to come, with another two soon to follow.

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If Rockstar does end up going with the weekly DLC release schedule as rumored, it would only seem to reinforce the fan theory that Rockstar is drip-feeding players with a steady stream of small content to keep the community satisfied. We might not learn what they are trying to keep under wraps this way until E3 2016 comes along, where based on an announcement by Take-Two, Rockstar will have something big to reveal.

In the meantime, new lowriders and Adversary Modes with intermittent week-long double RP and GTA$ events will need to be enough to keep us going.

Which of the three new lowriders coming to GTA Online are you looking forward to the most?

GTA VR Edition Announced, Launching In October

UPDATE: April’s Fools!

Is this what Rockstar has been leading up to with the recent drip-fed content releases? In something of a surprise announcement, the developer behind GTA has revealed that they are bringing GTA V to Sony’s upcoming Playstation VR, launching this October. As one of the launch titles of the new device, there will be several bundles packaging the headset with the fourth edition of Rockstar’s blockbuster game.

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With the releases of the last-gen, current-gen and PC version of GTA V having been spread out, tossing in a fourth release version will once again significantly increase the full-price lifespan of the game. GTA “Vr” as it has been rebranded will contain all of the content that was present in in the PC release with a few tweaks.

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There will be a special graphical preset for VR use, however the game will be playable in “regular mode” without a VR headset. The single player mode will be updated with all of the vehicles, weapons, clothes and all other non-multiplayer reliant content up to and including GTA Online’s Lowriders: Custom Classics DLC – no need for mods to get Benny’s into story mode anymore.

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When playing in VR mode, gameplay will be locked into first-person mode. Rockstar has also implemented various new mechanics to make use of the capabilities of VR. Flashes of light and staring into the sun can temporarily “blind” the player, PEDs will dynamically react based on pre-scripted behavior profiles if you look directly at them and melee attacks will occasionally result in a dazed effect, blurring the player’s vision for a few seconds.

There will also be select jobs in the Online component of GTA Vr which aren’t available on previous version, or when not playing in VR mode. These jobs and missions were specifically developed to showcase the capabilities of VR with intuitive game mechanics and level design.

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Rockstar knows that it might be pissing off some players if they make them buy yet another full price version of GTA V, so any previous owner of GTA V with a linked Social Club account can apply for a 60% discount coupon through Rockstar Support starting this August. As a standalone, GTA Vr will cost regular AAA full price, meaning $60. Certain Playstation VR bundles will give it either for free or at a lowered price, depending on retailer.

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Playstation VR will be launching this October and already has a host of exclusive games announced. Since Microsoft’s VR project is still a way away, GTA Vr is currently a Sony exclusive, though we can expect an Oculus Rift port soon enough. GTA Vr is the first truly AAA game to be announced for the new device and will probably be the biggest draw of sales – if predictions hold.

Rockstar has also teased that they littered the story mode of Vr with new, VR mode exclusive easter eggs, some of which may be crucial in solving the infamous “Mt. Chiliad Mystery“, a string of easter eggs which are in some way linked to strange UFO sightings in GTA V.

So who’s gonna be picking up GTA Vr when it launches!?

GTA Online Update Adds New Cars To Benny’s

It’s official! The data-miners and leakers came through once again, providing solid info regarding the next bigger GTA Online DLC. Rockstar has finally published an official announcement about what we’ve known for some time now.

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A known leaker with a bothersome penchant for cryptic messages recently leaked a number of images taken of in-game models that weren’t available yet as well as a projected release date.

Well, that date came around. And instead of an actual release, we got official confirmation on the update, as well as the actual release date – tomorrow. The update will be adding three new vehicles to the list of cars serviced by Benny’s Original Motorworks, which was added in the Lowriders GTA Online DLC some time ago. The leaks showed off two of the three vehicles, though one of them was misidentified.

The three new rides are the custom Vapid Slamvan, the custom Dundreary Virgo Classic and, as a rather big surprise, the custom Faction Donk. Yeah, the Donk. Rockstar put that in there as a joke vehicle.

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Whether or not the update will have any more vehicles or other content is unknown, as the official announcement isn’t particularly wordy and does call this a “first glimpse” of the vehicles. Chances are Rockstar will be adding another, longer post detailing the new update before or at launch. They have been known to officially announce and release simultaneously in the past, though we usually get a day or two warning before the big releases hit.

The images released each show off one of the possible fully customized versions of the new cars. The Slamvan has a WW2 heavy bomber theme going on with the riveted plates and paint-job. The Virgo is going for a more classic (no pun intended) lowrider look with the intricate paint-job and body mods.

The Donk? Well, yeah. It’s the Donk. The “Donkster Truck” version shown in the image is pretty much the exact opposite of a “low”rider with that custom suspension, but it’s novel enough to gain validity as a joke vehicle. I know which of the three new rides is my favorite…

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Rockstar’s plans to expand Benny’s inventory were known from the first official Lowriders announcement, so we’ve known that something like this would be coming down the line. The custom body shop was updated recently with two cars, the Sultan and the Banshee, resulting in the latter becoming the game’s new fastest car after a bit of tweaking.

Are you guys excited for the new custom cars coming to GTA Online? Which is your favorite?

GTA Liberty City Stories Released On Android

After last year’s release of GTA Liberty City Stories on iOS the mobile port of the spin-off game has finally made its way to Android devices.

Following the tenth anniversary of GTA III a few years back which Rockstar celebrated by porting the legendary game to mobile devices, all 3D era games have gradually gone portable. Vice City, San Andreas and now Liberty City Stories are all available on both iOS and Android. Allegedly a version of LCS is coming to Amazon devices however there is no official word on when to expect it.

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Liberty City Stories’ arrival to mobile wasn’t as much of a surprise as Rockstar had intended. Not only were players expecting it since it would be next in line for the mobile treatment anyway, but the rating of the game leaked a few days ahead of the official announcement. Apparently Rockstar makes quite a bit of cash off its mobile ports, suggested by how strongly they pushed this version on the Newswire, their own announcement platform.

One of their biggest stunts was a giveaway that possibly was the biggest one in the developer’s history. Anyone on the Social Club had the chance to win either the most recent versions of an iPad or iPhone with one-of-a-kind hyper-detailed LCS themed paint-jobs. These weren’t shoddy skins either, but automotive class work.

Logging in to the Social Club through the LCS app will get you some sweet new shirts in GTA Online.
Logging in to the Social Club through the LCS app will get you some sweet new shirts in GTA Online.

The Android version of Liberty City Stories is virtually identical to the iOS one, the only difference being you don’t need to own overpriced fashion devices to be able to play on the go. The controls of the game have been adapted to touchscreens, the draw distance and textures have been improved, and general game stability is better than it was on the PS2 original.

Do we have any long time Liberty City Stories fans here, or is this your first encounter with this GTA installment?

GTA Online Valentine’s DLC Items Here To Stay

The times of missing out on thematic DLC content appear to be behind us. GTA Online’s most recent update, Be My Valentine is adding a bunch of new content to the game. Hopefully this update has set a new status quo too, as Rockstar has confirmed that unlike the Halloween Surprise DLC, all Valentine’s DLC items will remain in the game permanently. No more drive to buy everything up before they’re gone forever. No more watching others pounce about in their DLC clothes knowing that you missed out.

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The content of the Be My Valentine DLC leaked a good long while ago, spoiling the surprise of a boatload of new vintage clothing items and the return of the Roosevelt. Last year Rockstar also released a DLC commemorating Valentine’s Day which included gangster era clothes, an old timer car in the shape of the Roosevelt and the legendary tommy gun.

Then soon after they took it all out again. Of course if you’d bought the gear it stayed yours, however it otherwise disappeared from stores to purchase. Rockstar repeated this policy with several other thematic and seasonal DLCs.

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This Valentin’s though, a fan decided to go and ask Rockstar support how long the DLC items would be around, since there was no word on this in the official announcement.  Seeing as this is kind of a big deal, it’s surprising that Rockstar decided to downplay this little tidbit of info. The comments regarding this revelation show just how much it means to the fans. It’s not like Rockstar needs to improve their already perfect public image, but this would have been a solid boost.

A discussion regarding making thematic DLC items permanent in game had popped up previously in the past, and surprisingly enough most people were against the idea. Now that Rockstar’s actually doing it, they’re all for it!

What are your feelings on making DLC items a permanent addition to GTA Online?

GTA Online’s Valentine’s Day DLC Released

After pretty much all of its content was leaked some time ago we can now actually play the long awaited Be My Valentine DLC in GTA Online. Rockstar released a content update to commemorate this date last year (and the year before) as well, adding new clothes, a vehicle and some special events.

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This is hardly a major DLC release such as Lowriders or Executives and Other Criminals were. Rockstar tends to release small-scale DLCs in honor of certain real-word events like Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Valentine’s Day is getting more than an Adversary Mode, though.

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Returning to GTA Online better than ever is the old timer Roosevelt, now with an updated model. Dubbed the Roosevelt Valor, the new version of the car features a polished in-game model and new customizations at Los Santos Customs. It seems the fan theory that the Roosevelt will make its way to Benny’s in wake of the Sultan and Banshee have fell through. Last year’s Roosevelt has been made available for purchase as well in case you missed out.

The DLC also adds a massive amount of new vintage style clothing to GTA Online. Not only is there a massive collection of new attire with all the items needed for your retro charmer outfit, underwear and all, but the clothes from last year’s DLC can be bought once again! The replica tommy gun is back in stock as Ammunation as well.

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Coming tomorrow is the gameplay feature of the DLC. A new Adversary Mode named Till Death Do Us Part is advertised as a couples based mode. By the looks of it, we’re looking at a deathmatch style setup with 2-man teams. Knowing Rockstar, they still have a few tricks up their sleeve, and this isn’t all the Valentine’s Day goodies they have in store for GTA Online. Keep your eyes out for more info.

PS: It’s been confirmed 100% that all content from the Be My Valentine DLC will remain available in GTA Online indefinitely!

GTA Online’s Sultan RS Possibly Fixed, Banshee Tweaks Official

Despite being a rather small update, the recent GTA Online DLC which added the Sultan and the Banshee to Benny’s Original Motorworks has made quite a few waves. Initially plagued by a rather destructive bug and later heavily criticized by players due to the poor performance of the new vehicles, it seems that things have been figured out. The addition of the new vehicles to Benny’s have started a few rumors about more cars being added over time, and that the Roosevelt from the leaked Valentine’s Day DLC will also have customization features.

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The Banshee 900R and Sultan RS, which are the upgraded versions of the stock cars, were categorized as “Super-Cars” and could allegedly compete with the likes of the Progen and Zentorno. In reality, the Banshee 900R was slower than the stock car, and the Sultan was nowhere near super either.

Then suddenly one day the Banshee 900R started winning races. It didn’t take long for several players to report a performance upgrade and for others to confirm the change. Despite the tweak being rather apparent no official word about it came from Rockstar.

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Until now. An answer to a Rockstar support ticket has confirmed that the changes to the upgraded Banshee 900R were intentional and a result of the public outcry. Remember this kids the next time you whine about Rockstar not caring about their fans.

While the fixed Banshee made everyone happy, the Sultan RS was seemingly still kinda crap. However, much like the Banshee, it apparently changed over night with players reporting significantly improved performance as evidenced by the below image. It seems the Sultan just got the fix a tad later than the Banshee. Both new GTA Online cars are now worthy of their categories.

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Are you guys satisfied with the performance tweaks the new GTA Online rides got?

GTA V Voice Actor Denies Single Player DLC Knowledge

In recent weeks the discussion around single player DLC possibly being released for GTA V has hit an all time high, particularly following various leaks and rumors, many of which have yet to be confirmed as either true or false.

Here we have Franklin’s voice actor is pulling his usual shenanigans, which is most likely just another prank. In the meanwhile separate, reputable sources are claiming opposing things regarding the story expansion.

This most recent piece of the puzzle might give a definitive answer – however it won’t be one that you’ll like.

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The voice actor of Michael de Santa, Ned Luke, recently gave his own thoughts regarding the possibility of story DLC. Naturally, if Shawn Fonteno is in on something regarding voice-work, Ned would be too.

EVERYBODY WANTS SINGLE PLAYER DLC.. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THAT. DON’T KNOW WHEN IT’S GONNA HAPPEN OR EVEN IF IT’S GONNA HAPPEN

However, Rockstar might be planning something more. Ned did say that the three voice actors will be going around various video game conventions this year in order to meet their fans.

[…]But I do know the boyz are gonna try to get out to some conventions this year so we can finally meet so many of our fans that we have been unable to meet in the past

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Based on how fixated the community is on the idea of single player DLC, you can bet that those convention appearances will be mired in questions regarding it. Rockstar has released post-launch single player content for most of their main games, like GTA IV or Red Dead Redemption. This would make it strange to leave GTA V out.

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Granted, Online is what’s generating most of the revenue, but they’d surely make a killing on paid SP DLC, considering the massive hype around it, and the praise the game’s story has received.

Has Ned’s comment killed any hope you’ve had for GTA V single player DLC?