Rockstar Responds to FiveM Modder Bans

It has barely been two days since Rockstar banned the people behind the already popular third-party multi-player mod made by the FiveM mod team and we could only speculate on the reason up until now. The mod that FiveM made didn’t touch Rockstar’s multiplayer part, as that is forbidden and we’ve previously got to know. Modding the single player is totally fine and we’ve seen some amazing mods already. NTAuthority, TheDeadlyDutchi, and Quasjp however got hit by the ban hammer and how Rockstar has spoken out and explained the bans to PC Gamer.

“The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy,” Rockstar said in a statement. “Our policy on such violations of our terms of service are clear, and the individuals involved in its creation have had their Social Club accounts suspended.”

That explanation doesn’t seem to be justified in any way as the mod actually connects to Rockstars Social Club in order to verify that the user has a legal copy of the game. And yes, it does provide the ability to play on third party servers, but that in itself isn’t forbidden anywhere in the Terms of Service. It honestly just looks like Rockstar was a little bit pissed at people being able to do a better job than they did themselves. Maybe they should hire them instead of harassing them – everyone would benefit from that.

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Breaking Bad Scenes Recreated in GTA V

Note: This post covers spoilers for one of Breaking Bad’s most famous sequences.

Grand Theft Auto V is such an awesome open world game with stunning graphics which makes everything possible. Breaking Bad fans took it to a whole new level by recreating the some of the greatest scenes of the popular tv series. Few YouTubers have manage to pull off complex scenes using the built-in Rockstar Editor which assists in making and shooting the gameplay from various angles and provides the cinematic-like result.

This is a remake of the showdown between Hank Schrader and the relentless Salamanca Cousins from Breaking Bad’s season three episode “One Minute.” done by YouTuber Adam Pinkman.

Adam acknowledges the difficulty he faced during the creation of  two of the shots “but I managed to make them somehow.” Due to the lack of a great player model in the game to represent the bald and barrel-chested Hank, and the cousins lack some of their visual menaces, but the whole thing works very well. Recreating of the details was also challenging such as the dashboard clock with sam time as in the show, the black bullet, the axe dropped to the pavement.

This creation is done by LioN KoLLA.

We have witnessed creative recreating in GTA V such as Furious 7’s Paul Tribute. What are your thoughts on this video? Let us know in the comments section.

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information. 

Image courtesy of Cracker.

Rockstar Banning Users of FOV Mod in GTA V!

Grant Theft Auto V has been with us for a couple of weeks now and while many of us are quite happy tearing around the gameworld, both online and offline, some users have been working hard to mod the game within an inch of its life. However, there is one mod that is causing quite a stir and Rockstar seem more upset than anyone, even going as far as to ban users who have been using it!

The issue surround the games FOV mod, while this is OK for the single-player campaign, it’s not something Rockstar wants people using in the cames online component, as it could give you an unfair advantage over your enemies.

Enhancing your peripheral vision is great, but if it comes at the cost of a two-week ban, possibly even more if you repeat the offence, it may not be worth it and it’s certainly something to take into consideration before you apply the mod, or any other mod, while playing the game online.

Rockstar is sending the following email to suspect players:

Have you been enjoying GTA V on PC? Here are some mods that you can enjoy in the games single player component; Play as Los Santos Police and Animal Appocalypse

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Watch the World Go by in This Stunning GTA V Timelapse

Grand Theft Auto V has been out for quite some time now, but it’s only since the release of the PC version have we really been able to see what Rockstars’ latest game engine is truly capable of. While many people are already working hard to bring mods to the game, such as this completely bonkers training tool that allows you to create an animal led apocalypse, but there’s also beauty to be found beyond all the chaos.

The game engine can be pushed to some graphics card killing highs, with immense draw distances, incredible lighting effects, stunning shadows that sweep across the games detailed and busy environments and a whole lot more.

The video below, created by Tree Plays is a prime example of how detailed this game really is, as it captures the world going by in a gorgeous time-lapse that would have you fooled into thinking you were watching a time-lapse of a very real city and its inhabitants.

The game looks gorgeous now, but just imagine what the game will be like in a few months time when the enthusiast modding community has picked deeper into the games capabilities, with advanced texture mods, lighting tweaks and a whole lot more; I can’t wait!

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GTA V – The Way It’s Meant to Be Played – 4K and Nvidia Shield

Introduction


In September 2013, Grand Theft Auto V finally hit our screens, albeit via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, consoles that I loved playing on, but which were kept as a lead platform for far longer than they should have been. They weren’t incredibly powerful systems to begin with and time wasn’t kind to them. The buffed up release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sure looked pretty, but they still weren’t the way I wanted to play Grand Theft Auto V, not even close.

The PC release of the game was a mystery for so long, but I kept my faith. I was sure that it will be happening and it comes as little shock that I was right on the money. The only downside to the PC release was that it took so much longer than the console editions to be released. I’ve stuck to my guns and since the original console release, I haven’t played a single minute of GTA V, I don’t know the story and the only things I have seen of the gameplay are funny videos that get posted to YouTube and Reddit.

So why did I wait so long? The promise of 4K gaming, frame rates that are at least above 30, increased texture detail, longer draw distances, mods and the multitude of other graphics enhancements that PC gaming provides us. On top of that, I love my Nvidia Shield and use it to stream games around my house, the prospect of playing GTA V on a tablet while laid in bed is just too tempting. The prospect of playing it streamed to my big screen TV in 1080p at 60FPS with the graphics dialed up to ultra, even more so.

GTA V PC Graphics Options Revealed – 4K Requires 6GB of VRAM

Grand Theft Auto V is just days away now and no doubt many of you are eager to see the game in all its glory. What’s obviously important about the PC version is how capable your graphics hardware is and some new screenshots detail just how far the graphics settings go. Obviously, this is a PC game, so a wide range of options are available, with a whole host of resolutions all the way up to 4K, texture details levels, draw distances, AA, AF, TXAA, particles, population density and a whole lot more.

What’s interesting, as you can see in the screens below, is how much VRAM “very high” settings require at 4K, if you want to get this game maxed out, you’re going to want 6GB of VRAM and that means many mid to high-end cards simply won’t cut it.

Are you ready for GTA V?

4k Support and FPS Mode for GTA V on PC

According to a recently published hands-on account of GTA V, gaming website Computers and Video Games has ‘spilled the beans’ on upcoming 4K quality support, and an impressive first person mode for this very long-awaited release.

In their words, all next-gen consoles will feature a brand new first person mode and the PC edition will also see support for 4K resolutions. The first person support is said to support full car interiors and first person combat abilities – claimed as something much more complicated than “just a case of plonking a new camera within a character’s head, just because they could, but an extensive rework of the games movement, driving and targeting engines. There are thousands of new animations for gun reloading alone, not to mention the first-person views of parachuting, carjacking etc.”

FPS won’t be only the single player world too, Rockstar are said to give players the ability to utilize this new ability throughout the online sandbox mode that they have on offer. This will accompany the new multiplayer heist modes, 20 new animals (including cats!) and a soundtrack that extends into the hundreds.

Many people have highly criticized Rockstar’s delayed release of next-gen and PC editions of their game, often claiming that it’s a blatant money grab and/or marketing ploy. Inclusions of these new features and abilities show us however that they’re at least putting thought and effort into the belated response the higher-end market. Here’s hoping that the PC edition will be some form of saving grace, without seeing Rockstar go down the public pitchfork route that we’ve seen EA on of recent times (See: DLC).

If you’re looking for something else, you could compare this news to Ubisoft who has claimed that they “don’t care for resolution“. If you’re reading this Mr. Hutchinson, please ensure you sit “like 12 feet from the screen” when playing in your new, amazing, 4k resolution.

CVG have a full album of online shots, in the mean time here’s one to tickle your fancy.

Cover image courtesy of CVG

Inset image courtesy of Sports Keeda

GTAV Official Site Update: Security, Fitness & Entertainment

The Los Santos & Blaine County Visitors Travelogue has just been updated with special new sections highlighting why this west coast destination is a fitness buff’s paradise, along with an overview on law enforcement and security for your peace of mind, and previews of the exciting music and television entertainment in store this fall…

Security & Peace of Mind
The Los Santos Police Department is famous for tackling crime in the most aggressive and unhinged way possible, while private security firms like Gruppe 6 and Merryweather Security have a financial interest in saving your assets. Sponsored by Ammu-Nation – Protecting Your Rights.

Fitness & Relaxation
Vanity is at an all-time high and we’re an athlete and fitness buff’s paradise. Fancy a bit of tennis? We’ve got world class courts and stiff competition. Into cycling? Grab a bike for a lovely ride along the Los Santos beachfront or a punishing path through the mountains and hillsides of Blaine County. Or take part in a challenging triathlon of swimming, running and biking designed to pit egomaniacs against each other in a test of who exercises professionally the best. Sponsored by EGO CHASER Energy Bars – an energy bar that’s all about you. Watch the commercial!

Exciting Music & Entertainment
For those stuck in traffic, tune in to the Los Santos radio dial for a wide range of music styles to choose from – check out radio station previews of Radio Los Santos and Channel X plus Rebel Radio, East Los FM, West Coast Classics, Fly Lo FM and Vinewood Boulevard Radio. Stay tuned for more radio station previews to come.

In the Home Entertainment section, you can watch a special preview of CNT’s Fall TV Line Up, with clips from The Underbelly of Paradise, Impotent Rage and Moorehead Rides Again as well as a sneak preview of Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force, the upper-middle class super hero team coming to Weazel TV’s family values entertainment programming this fall.

This week’s update also includes brand new artwork of Lester (who you might have noticed a few times in the latest Official Trailer and in an awkward moment during the GTA Online Gameplay Video) added to the Art & Downloads page – plus 8 new screenshots of surf, skies, racing, riding and gunning all added to the Screens page.

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Thank you Rockstar for providing us with this information.

More Details From Grand Theft Auto V Special & Collector’s Edition

Grand Theft Auto V’s Special and Collector’s Editions include a bevy of enhancements and accessories for all three of protagonists as well as your character in Grand Theft Auto Online as you navigate the streets, skies and showrooms of Los Santos and Blaine County. Here are more details about these unique digital items that are included as part of the Special Edition and Collector’s Edition:

Additional Weapons
Regardless of which version you’ve chosen, your local Ammu-Nation will always be stocked with a pair of special firearms at no additional cost that also have their own unique customization options, skins and attachments – the .50 Caliber Pistol and the Bullpup Shotgun. You’ll also have access to the Hammer, which acts as a brutal melee weapon.

Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More
When visiting any shops around Los Santos and Blaine County, Michael, Franklin and Trevor will receive a special 20% discount along with access to special items either in their personal wardrobes or from stores. Each character will receive 1 outfit each, one article of clothing (shirt, hoodie and jacket) each, a special haircut, facial hair look and tattoo.

Michael, Franklin and Trevor each sporting some of the unique additions to their personal wardrobes.

Custom Characters for Grand Theft Auto Online (Collector’s Edition only)
GTA Online introduces a new spin on traditional character creation with the hereditary-based creation system. Select your character’s appearance by choosing your parent’s heritage, then use the gene dominance meter to dial-in which parent your appearance favors more. Additionally, you’ll customize your character’s daily activities – everything from family time to illegal work and sports to couch potato hours all have an impact on your character’s appearance and skill set (and you can always rank up your skill stats more via gameplay). As part of the Collector’s Edition package, you’ll get Niko Bellic, along with both Claude and Misty from Grand Theft Auto III to use as parent options within the character creation system.

Special Ability Boost
Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a their own unique Special Ability, which can be activated once each of them fills up the Special Ability bar based on various actions. Michael is an expert marksman – his Special Ability slows down time in a gunfight allowing him to pick off his targets with greater ease. Franklin is a skilled driver with sharp reflexes – his Special Ability lets him slow down time while driving any road-based vehicle, allowing him to quickly navigate through traffic with ease and take corners at high speeds. Trevor is a drug-addled sociopath with a short fuse – his Special Ability sends him into a rage, causing double damage to enemies while only taking half as much damage himself when hit. With the boost that’s included in both the Special and Collector’s Editions, the Special Ability bar will generate 25% faster.

Stunt Plane Trials
Take in Los Santos and Blaine County at breakneck speeds in the Grand Theft Auto V Stunt Plane Trials. In five thrilling and unique challenges, you’ll zip through mountains, deserts, oceans, and cities as you navigate through a maze of checkpoints, each placed to push your Stunt Plane to the limit. Completing each Trial will improve the piloting skill of your character. Compare your times with friends and vie for the top spot on the leaderboard.

Hit the streets of Los Santos with the CarbonRS sports bike.
Unique Vehicles and Garage Property (Collector’s Edition only)

The Collector’s Edition also features an exclusive garage to store custom vehicles, that comes stocked with the CarbonRS sports bike and the Hotknife – an open frame 1930’s style hotrod. In Grand Theft Auto Online your garage and the high-end Khamelion electric car, which is specific to GTA Online, are both purchased through in-game websites accessed through your Online character’s cell phone.

Overall a pretty meaty collection of bonuses and while I don’t normally opt for the special editions (unless they’re the same price as standard editions) I think this one may actually prove beneficial to the game. Special, Collectors or Standard editions aside, we simply cannot wait to play this game!

Thank you GTAV for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of GTAV.