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GTA V Gets Judged By Its Cover

Some of you who are frequent flyers of the online gaming community may be familiar with game critic and hobby-level indie developer Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, creator of the Zero Punctuation semi-serious, semi-satire game review video series. While he reviewed GTA V way back when it first launched and GTA Online a while later, the game has once again come to be the theme of one of his videos in the new “Judging by the Cover” series.

Judging by the Cover is yet another parody series where Yahtzee satirizes the cover-art of video games and movies, trying to extrapolate what the source material is about solely on it. Obviously, for the sake of comedic effect, the the attempt is not a serious one.

In the GTA V episode of Judging by the Cover, Yahtzee riffs on the disjointed mass of images used in the collage, instead of a single cover image. His narratives of a left-to-right and right-to-left are extremely imaginative and really quite… far out. We’d have loved to hear what he comes up with for top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top versions.

The video perfectly captures Yahtzee’s comedic style, which has becoming the defining aspect of the highly popular Zero Punctuation review series. His reviews of GTA V and GTA Online both reflect this style – his videos are popular because of his funny style of criticism. He himself has said that his positive reviews aren’t nearly as popular as the ones which rip up the game in question.

Exaggerating many of the same criticisms as what fans have noted over the years since initial release lends itself perfectly to the videos, providing all of Yahtzee’s jokes which spiral wildly off topic relevant grounds to jump off from. The load times, the quitters and the Win/Lose ratio buffers are all part of the reality of GTA Online, as are the insane stunt maps.

GTA V’s story mode not featuring any truly likable protagonists is another grip often brought up, despite the massive fan following that has amassed around Trevor, who very well could be representing the mindset of the average GTA fan while playing. If we get down to it, we’re all murderous psychos when given a controller*.

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To be fair, Yahtzee does share his positive views on the games and their cover art, so he isn’t entirely critical.

What other humorous joke-reviews of GTA V have you encountered over the years?

*not really, obviously.

GTA V Fan Video Starring… Fearless Bunny?

As far as odd GTA V fan videos go, this takes the cake – and gets nominated for cutest picture in the meantime. The introduction of the Rockstar Editor in GTA V’s PC version led to the appearance of a whole new generation of Grand Theft Auto fan film creators. Not only is gameplay capture much easier on PC than it is on consoles for laymen, the Rockstar Editor cuts out the need for the use of various third-party programs for recording and editing.

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The Editor allows players to record their gameplay in GTA V and edit it using a diverse range of tools, effects and props all without having to leave the game. Director mode allows players to set up entire scenes, with NPC actors performing scripted actions. This handed the kind of power to the average gamer that was reserved for those with enough technical know-how to get it done.

Countless fans with the desire to create videos based on and within their favorite game now could do so without too much extra effort required. Those who simply didn’t want to bother with all fuss now had no “excuse” not to make the videos they’ve envisioned.

This led to a boom in the number of GTA V fan videos being shared with the internet every day. When the Editor came to current-gen consoles last year, the potential user-base multiplied once more. All kinds of videos, ranging from recreations to original content have been made over the months.

The video we’re sharing with you today falls in the latter category. A joke trailer for a movie that would be shot within GTA V titled simply “Bunny”, the video goes for a funny tone. This would pair up real nice with the video someone made of a chicken’s daring escape.

Bunny, the protagonist of his or her eponymous film, is a fearless rabbit who braves not only the highest peak of GTA V, but takes the indestructible train head on and even jousts with the jumbo jets on the tarmac of LSIA. The trailer reaches its crux when the scene where Bunny is escaping a frantic shoot-out switches to the shot of two planes exploding at the airport.

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Is it a film of self-discovery? It is an action flick for the ages? Well, we’ll never know, since this is more of a one-off joke video than an actual trailer for a longer GTA fan film in the works.

Have any of you guys dallied in the Rockstar Editor? Feel free to share your GTA V fan videos!

Three Hours Of GTA V In A Minute

We’ve said it many times and we’ll say it again. GTA V is a game absolutely overflowing with content. There is always stuff happening. Missions, side-missions, additional activities, collectibles, random encounters, NPCs interacting with you and one another. Plenty of locations to explore, plenty of enemies, challenges. There’s a whole multiplayer section which adds countless other missions, side-missions, etc. along with Adversary Modes and new heists. You can’t take two steps in GTA V without tripping over something to do in game.

But what happens if you take no steps at all? For three hours? That’s was GTA fan and YouTuber Jassinlive set out to discover in his latest video. Los Santos and Blaine County are overflowing with people and traffic running whatever odd errands these NPCs must perform.

A lot of things can happen while you stand perfectly still on a randomly picked sidewalk near an intersection. Jassinlive has decided to record a full three hours worth of video of Michael doing absolutely nothing in one of the busier parts of Los Santos. He then took the video and sped it up so that it lasts only a single minute.

While there are no murders, explosions, acts of violence or even vandalsim, the video depicts a busy, vibrant city that pulsates with life. PEDs walking around minding their own business, cars driving along, the moon taking the sun’s place before switching back again.

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This video has a similar vibe to the one that depicts a day in the life of GTA V NPCs when the player doesn’t blow everything up and kill everyone horribly. Once again this goes to show how much effort Rockstar put into making the world of GTA V feel like a real one.

Do you guys ever just stop to take in the world of GTA V, or are you on a perpetual binge of violence?

GTA V Landmark’s Real Life Version Rebuilt

This is a bit different from the usual GTA V related news we report on as it has no direct impact on the game itself, but we think many of you will find this bit of information interesting nonetheless.

As we all know GTA V’s Los Santos is based on the real life city of Los Angeles. It shares many landmarks and tries to mimic much of LA’s layout as well – so much so that people have been making “real life GTA” videos in the city for comparison.

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Unfortunately one particular landmark won’t be appearing in any such videos in the future, or at least not in the same way. The Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Bridge is a triple-section vertical lift bridge crossing the port of Los Angeles at the Cerritos Channel. To allow larger ships to pass the midsection of the bridge can be elevated on vertical rails located in the two towers, which also act as support structures.

Said mid-section, which is the bridge’s main characteristic, is being dismantled and replaced with a stationary element in the coming months. The bridge has stood in its current form for 68 years, and has been in need of restoration for quite a while now. Unfortunately it will never be the same without the lift function.

While it’s role in the blockbuster flick Inception may be its most well known outing in popular culture, its equivalent in GTA V may be the best virtual preservation of the landmark. For all we know, future GTA games set in Los Santos will feature the new, non-lifting version of the bridge. All of this may seem insignificant to many of you, but the prospect of a video game acting as a “memoir” for an old piece of architecture and engineering is quite fascinating.

Do we have and LA locals among our readers? Have you ever seen the bridge in the flesh concrete?

GTA V Meets Carl Sagan, Science Happens

GTA V’s magnificent Rockstar Editor video suite has been used for all sorts of awesome things. Many of these creations were things people didn’t expect to see coming from something related to GTA V. Be it a thinly veiled animal rights message, various trailer recreations or somber artsy short films, there is a plethora of creativity streaming from the GTA V community. This video might just be the coolest thing the Editor was used for, which is saying a lot.

I’ll assume you’ve all heard of a man named Carl Sagan. This legendary scientist had an impressive number of accolades to his name. He penned over 600 academic papers, 20 books, he composed the first physical communiques which would be sent into space in order for other intelligent life-forms to interpret. He discovered the high surface temperatures of Venus. He demonstrated how amino acids could form on other planets or even out in space due to radiation. He narrated the most viewed television series, Cosmos: a Personal Voyage, ever.

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Among his works is an audiobook titled “Pale Blue Dot”. A segment of this work has been popularized to the point of being known more than its source. It is one of the best verbal representations of how small and insignificant we all really are.

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Duggy, Youtuber and GTA V fan decided to make a video to accompany this speech using the Rockstar Editor. You usually wouldn’t link GTA with deep, moving philosophical rhetoric about the insignificance of humanity and our planet. This makes it even more strange that the video works. This is undoubtedly one of the best Rockstar Editor creations we’ve seen and definitely the most unique and unexpected. The video respects Sagan’s message and there isn’t any typical lewd GTA-esque punchline here.

Do we have any fans of good old Cosmos among our readers?

GTA Online Valentine’s DLC Content Video

We recently turned our calendars to February which means two things – Valentine’s Day is coming up and GTA Online is getting a new update. Rockstar released a small scale DLC to commemorate the event last year and most players took it as a given that they’d do so again. A recent leak seems to have confirmed this, which listed a high number of new clothing items as well as the good old Roosevelt.

If a rather extensive and authentic-looking snippet of game code wasn’t enough to convince you, the following videos certainly will. Some industrious players managed to access the preloaded models and files from the upcoming DLC in-game.

The featured videos show off the wide range of new clothing items both the male and female GTA Online characters will have access to once the update hits.

The male lineup is the smaller of the two. A few color variations on retro suits, vests and hats will be available as well as a modern pimp outfit and several boxers.

Female characters will have access to a larger range of new outfits. With all kinds of sleeping gowns, innumerable variations of underwear and corsets and stockings. For outer wear, they get a selection of dresses and gowns which evoke the same era as the retro suits do for the men.

In the background of the second video we see what may be the new Roosevelt, however it seems somewhat different from the stock version. Many players have theorized that the new Roosevelt will be serviced by Benny’s when the Valentine’s Day DLC launches. GTA Online’s most recent update added two new cars to Benny’s, and more are on the way. We’ll have to wait and see if the new Roosevelt can be customized or not.

Which new GTA Online outfit are you looking forward to the most?

GTA V Meets The Godfather

The epitome of all organised crime related fiction, the magnificent Godfather saga, has set a high standard in many fields. Film-making, pacing, writing, acting, direction and so on. While they focus on different eras and settings it is obvious that the Godfather had quite a bit of influence on the GTA franchise. Granted though, the Mafia series may be a tad closer.

The Godfather can really be described as a much more elegant and grounded version of GTA. That sentence may be better if reversed, but the similarities are undeniable. With certain retro cars like the Roosevelt appearing in GTA V along with the legendary Tommy gun, acting like a good old gangster is possible.

The Godfather films, as many other influential movies, have several iconic scenes. Debating which one is the most iconic is pointless as there is no definitive answer.

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One of these is definitely the toll booth assassination scene. We’d put a spoiler warning here but this movie is an ancient classic. It’s not like there is a spoiler warning before all the “Luke, I am you father” jokes, right?

8-Bit Bastard, the magnificent team behind the two GTA V wildlife documentary videos is back again with their recreation of the aforementioned scene from the first Godfather film.

Sonny Corleone meets his grisly death in GTA V the exact way he did on screen – scene for scene. When comparing with the original footage, every minute detail is perfectly replicated by the 8-Bit team, up to the rather ridiculous way he writhes from the near hundred bullet wounds he suffers.

Of course, there are some things that the Rockstar Editor isn’t capable of, however 8BB really brought out the best they could from the limited animation and asset library of the software.

Do you guys wish GTA V would get some DLC geared at good old retro gangsters?

GTA V Turns Kenan And Kel Into Franklin And Lamar

Looks like there is a public holiday or something going on wherever it is that Merfish lives, as the undeniable prince of darkness and defiler of the past has been on quite the roll lately. Naturally, given the chance a diabolical man like Merfish will spend so much time on making GTA V recreations of popular shows from out past. After he was done with Hey Arnold! just a few days ago he has moved on to the newest prey.

Merfish is probably the most well known creator of GTA V fan videos using the Rockstar Editor. His over-the-top, vile and humorous recreations of the opening sequences of shows from before the century have earned him quite a bit of fame. Usually he targets series aimed primarily at children or comedies suitable for the whole family. Recently he has expanded his enterprises with big budget film trailers being targeted as well.

Merfish’s GTA V videos all have three things in common. Authenticity, violence and dildos.  His most recent creation pits Franklin and Lamar in place of famous child comedians Kenan and Kel, who had their own show on Nickelodeon some years back. He also included Lester to jump in for the rapper Coolio singing the theme song. Seeing as Lester is bald, Merfish opted to adorn him with a crown of turds to make him resemble the artist a bit more.

While the shot-for-shot recreation still gets most things right, this wouldn’t be Merfish if there weren’t a few out of place gunshots and consumption of alcohol involved. All in all this is one of his more reserved works, with nary and explosion to be had. If the master is conserving his insane antics, his next production is bound to set a new record.

What favorite childhood show do you hope Merfish will never defile with his GTA V videos?

GTA V Overgrown In Cinematic Post-Apoc Mods

GTA V has its fair share of post-apocalyptic mods. Many of them focus on zombies, there is that survival game conversion and of course the big Fallout mod. All of these depict the world after the end as a barren, dry place with no life. GTA V also has its fair share of mods geared towards fan film creation, allowing you to augment your Rockstar Editor videos.

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So what happens when you put the two together with a new spin on the whole post-apocalypse theme? You get the GTA V – After Us and Plant Invasion mods.

These two have a take on the end of the world which more resembles Crysis 3 than it does Fallout with the ruined metropolis having been overgrown with vegetation and plant life. Instead of being a dry, barren landscape, these show us a lust and vibrant world after humanity has fallen. Both mods are primarily geared towards avid GTA V Fan Filmmakers.

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After Us focuses on a smaller area, part of a block that has a highly detailed city ruin feel to it. Burned out cars, crashed planes, crumbled walls, destroyed buildings and lots of greenery have taken over a few streets with expertly placed props all over.

Plant Invasion goes more for quantity than quality. A significant portion of Los Santos has been overgrown with sliding plants (mostly due to performance issues). The buildings still glow with the lights from the rooms at night and quite a few surfaces are bare, however this mod makes for some magnificent scenes at dusk and dawn, with the rays of sunlight filtering through the thicket around towering skyscrapers.

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Both mods are a great addition to the arsenal of any avid GTA V video creator, and they certainly mix up the usual post apocalyptic setting.

What kinds of post apocalyptic GTA V fan videos would you guys make using these mods?

GTA V Trailer Remade In Madrid

Real life GTA videos are hardly a new thing with fans having previously recorded themselves revisiting notable landmarks in Los Angeles which also appear in the game’s world. Hell, the foreign GTA video is also a frequent idea with both Russian and Taiwanese versions existing. This most recent production fits both bills but does something different by going for a scene-for-scene recreation of the first GTA V teaser trailer that was released waaaay back.

The primarily Spanish team over at Zapruder Pictures has done a pretty solid job of recreating the magnificent teaser trailer for GTA V. This trailer got folks hella excited back in the day when the launch of GTA V was still a bit off and people could only speculate as to what kind of an experience it will be. No one knew at the time how big a hit it would become. Of course they knew it would be successful, it’s GTA after all, however no one could have foreseen the massive success it still enjoys three years later.

Surprisingly enough Madrid makes for a great Los Santos despite not resembling Los Angeles in the least. The teaser’s scenes and direction lend themselves to live action and the team really put the effort into getting all the shots right. With quite a few guest actors, they have all the NPC placement right on point, as well as all the locations for the various shots.

In some places the team had to resort to special effects, as they hardly had the kind of funding to get two police car replicas to crash, or, you know, a fighter jet. The video is quite popular too, having reached near two million views since it was first posted, making it one of the most popular GTA V fan videos out there.

Have you ever attempted to create a real life fan vid?