Former Rockstar North Head Suing The Company For $150M

It’s hard to find someone who has not heard of or played the Grand Theft Auto games, some played the original top down games while others enjoyed the series when it went 3D. One person who isn’t too keen on the name though is former Rockstar North head of the series creator who is now suing the company.

The former Rockstar North head, Leslie Benzies, took a sabbatical back in September 2014 but it was only in January that reports emerged stating that Benzies had left the company. A transcript of the call showed that Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, said on a call that Benzies not only went on sabbatical but decided to not return to Rockstar games. As with all these tales, Benzies statement within his lawsuit claims that when he returned to work on April 1st, 2015, his key had been deactivated. After security gave him access, he was then “ordered to leave by Rockstar North office manager without reason”.

In a statement provided by Christopher Bakes, partner at the Law firm Locke Lorde LLP, that during his sabbatical, Benzies “discovered numerous deceptions on the part of Take-Two, Rockstar, Rockstar North Ltd, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company and terminate his portion of royalty payments based upon arbitrary actions by the company’s royalty Allocation Committee, a committee that may or may not have actually ever met”.

While these are serious claims, the figure that these unpaid royalties add up to is over $150 million, a small sum for large companies but if the allegations turn out to be true, the damage could be much higher.

The Last of Us GTA V Mods Look Incredible!

There’s no shortage of truly incredible Grand Theft Auto V mods, but every now and then, something really special comes along that kicks things up a few notches. The latest mods that caught our eye are the Last of Us Joel and Map Mods, which transform the vibrant cities of GTA V into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The cities streets are quiet, the people are gone, the cars have all stopped and nature has slowly started to reclaim the streets and return it to the Earth.

What’s even more incredible about this mod is that it simply looks like The Last of Us. Those who’ve played the fantastic 3rd person adventure game on the PlayStation will certainly feel right at home watching this video.

As you could see in the video, the game lacks any kind of action at the moment, but there are so many mods already out there that it shouldn’t take much to combine this map and character mod with a few others. Add a few wild animals, throw in a few scavengers and murderers, and you’re good to go exploring a vast open world of urban jungle. I must admit, this would be a great setup to use in combination with a zombie mod, or as a multiplayer location. Of course, if you want to make things even weirder, why not add in these incredible Batmobile mods or cruise around the now desolate island in the Titanic?

If you want to take a look at these mods yourself, you can download After Us: Rodeo here. If you want to get Joel in on the action, you can download the mod for him here and complete the set.

What’s your favourite Grand Theft Auto V mod so far? Feel free to share your favourites in the comments section below.

Batmobile’s and Titanic Unleashed in GTA V

Grand Theft Auto is easily one of the greatest games in the series so far, the stories are fun, the graphics are great and the game world massive! However, no matter how much fun the game was at release, the PC modding community aren’t going to just take a day off and leave this one alone. While ripping around in the stock vehicles is a lot of fun, modded cars are where the real action is at, especially when those vehicles are eight of the most iconic Batmobiles!

This incredible mod adds the Batmobile 1966, Batmobile 1989, Batmobile MK2, The Tumbler, The Batwing, Batmobile 2016, The Batpod and the Batmobile Asylum; that’s a lot of potential Batman action right there! These are really detailed too, with interiors on the vehicles, weapons systems where appropriate and even the jet boosters for when you really need to get out there quickly and fight crime… or cause crime, no one said you had to be Batman.

Check out the videos below for a look at the new cars, as well as a flight in the Batwing. If that doesn’t have you reaching for the nearest mod download site, nothing will.

Just when you thought you had seen it all in terms of vehicle packs, there’s one that’s just a little bit bigger than the Batmobile, ok, it’s a LOT bigger. If you’ve ever dreamed about taking the Titanic on a cruise around the islands in GTA V, then today is your lucky day, as one modder has brought the iconic ship back for you to cruise around in.

I must admit, nothing says ultimate billionaire adventure pack like a luxury cruise ship and a Batmobile, so what are you waiting for. Download the Batman Vehicles mod here, and the Titanic mod here.

Which iconic vehicles would you like to see modded into GTA V?

Entire Batman v Superman Trailer Recreated in GTA V!

Grand Theft Auto has proven a popular game for video editors, with seemingly hundreds, if not thousands of trailers and movie scenes being remade using the in-game editing features. Then we’ve got the fantastic Batman v Superman trailer, which is no stranger to remakes either, as we’ve already seen it recreated using Lego! Now it’s time to put the two together, in what has to be one of the best Grand Theft Auto V trailer remakes to date, so sit back and enjoy the next three minutes of internet awesomeness.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer Recreated In GTA 5. In this GTA 5 Machinima parody, the Batman v Superman trailer was recreated completely from scratch by the very talented Merfish! Make sure to check out his channel below for a side by side comparison! ” reads the video description.

It’s a fantastic video and a great example of why PC gaming is so freaking awesome. Just a few mods, and no doubt quite a lot of spare time is all it takes to win some internet points. If you want to see how closely it matches up, you can check out the side by side comparison video below.

Want to see what happens when it all goes wrong? As just like real life actors, video game characters don’t always do as they’re told! Check out the outtakes video below.

What’s your favourite GTA V remake so far? Feel free to share your favourites in the comments section below.

Sony to Charge For PlayStation 2 “Emulation”

Microsoft caught Sony by surprise during E3 this year and announced backwards compatibility for retail Xbox 360 discs on the Xbox One. Technically this requires you to download the previous generation title, and the disc is simply needed for verification purposes. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic incentive which doesn’t cost any money whatsoever. On the other hand, some might argue the Xbox 360 isn’t an expensive console to acquire so it’s not going to entice many Xbox 360 owners to upgrade. Nevertheless, it’s a great addition to the Xbox One and handy if you have space limitations.

The PlayStation 3’s highly complex Cell architecture makes it an incredibly difficult task to emulate. This means it’s sensible for Sony to focus on older emulation via traditional avenues while the PlayStation Now streaming service is used to offer PlayStation 3 games. Unfortunately, Sony will not be offering any support for retail PlayStation 2 discs, and charging for digital copies on the PlayStation Store. The PlayStation Blog revealed Sony’s pricing model and plans for the future:

  • Dark Cloud — $14.99/£11.99
  • Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99/£11.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99/£11.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99/£11.99
  • Rogue Galaxy — $14.99/£11.99
  • The Mark of Kri — $14.99/£11.99
  • Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99/£7.99
  • War of the Monsters — $9.99/£7.99

As you can see, this is a fairly expensive proposition on games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which can be picked up for £2 in second-hand stores. Although, JRPGs like Rogue Galaxy go for a decent amount of money on the pre-owned market. Nevertheless, physical copies have the advantage of gorgeous artwork and resale value. Additionally, these games can be played quite easily via a PC emulator without any performance problems. Some critics might argue that this is a legal issue, but as long as you own the original games it shouldn’t be frowned upon!

I honestly believe it’s poor form from Sony to charge high prices on PlayStation 2 titles and expect UK customers to pay extra. For example, the $14.99 games actually cost $18.12 in the UK according to the current currency conversion. While the introduction of trophies might add some value, I cannot see the point of purchasing given the cheap price of the PlayStation 2 hardware. That’s not to say there isn’t potential in the scheme, as sale prices would make the games more appealing.

Clearly, some people will purchase these at full price and be content with playing their favourite PlayStation 2 games at 1080P. However, Sony is relying too much on their old library and reselling existing content. This is madness to a PC gamer who can easily up the resolution of a 10 year old game in the future at zero cost.

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GTA V Steam Sale Bundle Deemed Misleading

The Steam digital distribution store gained notoriety for offering massive discounts on a huge range of games. Sadly, in the past few years, the savings have been fairly mediocre compared to previous Steam sales and competing third-party retailers. Nevertheless, holiday sale events still contain a number of enticing deals. Unfortunately, Valve only allowed Steam users to purchase Grand Theft Auto V during the summer sale as part of a bundle:

As you can see, GTA V’s base price isn’t discounted and sold for the full retail price of $59.99. Furthermore, the quoted discount of -25% is extremely shady given the actual bundle’s price. As a result, the Advertising Standards Agency investigated a number of complaints regarding this matter and ruled against Valve. In this case, the ASA said:

“We noted the claims for the game stated that consumers could make a saving of 25% on the previous price of £51.98, which we considered would be understood to represent a genuine saving against the usual selling price of the product at the time the ad appeared. However, we understood that was not the case and it had instead been sold by Steam at £39.99, rather than £51.98, since the date of its launch. Because a 25% saving was not available on the usual selling price of the product at the time the ad appeared, as claimed, we concluded that it was misleading.”

Despite misleading their customers, Valve will not be subject to any financial penalty and only received a slight telling off. The ASA’s punishment reads:

“The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Steam to ensure their future savings claims did not mislead about the benefits available.”

Do you think Valve should have been handed a fine for deceiving their customers?

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Ditch Batman – Enjoy This Epic GTA V Batmobile Mod Instead

Batman has been facing his toughest enemy to date this year, poor gaming performance! The devs may be working overtime to fix their mistakes, but if you’re wanting to enjoy a batman experience that is free from the issues of Arkham Knight, then you’ll want to fire up this awesome Grand Theft Auto V mod.

Tailtigolt has uploaded the following video to YouTube, showing off just how much chaos you can cause in GTA V with a missile equipped Bat Mobile.

The video is pretty cool, but if you want a better view, you’ll want to download the mod by esrohraw here, the textures from LUISDACOS and the nitro mod by xmod.

Now all we need is a decent Batman mod and you can bring a whole new world of crime fighting to the city.

What is your favourite Grand Theft Auto V mod so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

Fake GTA6 Teaser Trailer Fails to Convince Us

A new game trailer is making its rounds, promising to show off the next generation engine and tease for Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA6), but we have to burst the bubble right away as it isn’t real. Well, the video is real in the way it exists and can be watched, but it isn’t GTA6.

The people behind it, whoever they might be, have put quite a bit of work into the video, but they blew it right away by uploading a version where they didn’t even spell Rockstar right. That has now been edited out, but not before people noticed and screenshotted it.

The video in itself is somewhat a mix of everything and nothing. The description for the video mentioned a trip back to Vice City, but there’s only a very short clip actually showing the city. Instead, we see a muscle car drifting along a desert road as well was clips from what appears to be random cities from around the world. The language is clearly not English, as it can be seen on street signs for example.

The video was uploaded by a YouTube account called RockstarGamesBETA, which in itself speaks for a fake. It was a nice try and quite a few people fell for it – but you need to do better to convince us. There is no doubt that Rockstar will make a GTA6 and there is a good chance that it will come in 2017, but they are far from done milking GTA5 and they surely wouldn’t announce it this way. That said, we can still enjoy the work that was put into this fake teaser trailer.

https://youtu.be/mW5HQt4Qr34

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Latest GTA V Mod Unleashes a Deadly UFO Attack!

Grand Theft Auto V is a lot of fun, but if you’re getting tired of fighting cops and gangs on the city streets, this new mod may be just what you’re looking for to liven up the action!

GTA V’s UFO Hunters is complete carnage, you simply pick how many alien ships you want to attack the city, hit go, the suffer the consequences. The goal is to blast as many of the flying saucers as possible out of the sky, without being killed yourself. Easier said than done, though, as the ships fire powerful blue plasma weapons, as well as suck cars and people up off the ground before firing them back down, so hazards are literally everywhere.

The mod certainly looks like a lot of fun, although I can’t think of many gaming situations where heavy weapons and alien shooting wasn’t fun! To get the mod up and running, you’ll need to download the mod, Script Hook 5 and the Community Scripthook 5 net, which you can find on the links below.

While you’re waiting for that to download, check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

https://youtu.be/kZ2z631WX3M

Grand Theft Auto V Mods Continue to Amaze!

Grand Theft Auto IV continues to amaze, even today, as modders push the game to its limits. However, it’s bigger brother, GTA V, didn’t take much time at all to far exceed what was visually possible, at least once the modding community ripped it to apart then rebuilt it piece by piece. Even now, I’m pretty certain we haven’t seen the limits of what can be done to this game, but the current results are certainly a sight to behold.

“Oh my god, why didn’t you give us all download links for this mod” I hear you cry. That’s because this isn’t a “mod”, these modded builds are the end result of many mods large and small, many file tweaks and most importantly some custom ENBSeries addons; Google them, you’ll find loads! Modding is easy, maxing out a game like this is not, so make sure you’ve got plenty of VRAM, a fast card and are willing to download huge texture files from various mod websites such as 5mods and Nexus.

Enjoy the images below, they really are a sight to behold. As a bonus, the last image is a modded image from shortly after the games release, it really puts it into perspective how far the game has come!

To add a little perspective, here’s the kind of modded images people were uploaded shortly after the games release!

Rockstar Describes BBC GTA Drama as “Random, Made up B****cks”

Rockstar has publicly lambasted the BBC for producing a drama about the development of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The production, entitled, “The Gamechangers” charts the emotions of Rockstar producer, Sam Houser and stars everyone’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter, I mean Daniel Radcliffe. Bizarrely, Rockstar wasn’t even consulted about the drama and had no involvement in the story. This seems like a massive oversight as first-hand accounts from Rockstar staff would have greatly improved the plot’s accuracy.

The drama finally aired on September 15th and Rockstar proclaimed how absurd its production was and said:

Mainstream media has always been terrible at reporting video games and this is just another example. Grand Theft Auto V was highly-publicized for being violent and becoming the most successful entertainment launch ever. The BBC could have consulted with Rockstar and made a truly-brilliant production. Instead, they opted for a haphazard approach without any major research. Rockstar has already filled a trademark lawsuit against the BBC and they only have themselves to blame.

As video-games become even more widely accepted, mainstream media will attempt to cash in on that success. Frankly, this latest attempt is rather embarrassing and doesn’t help the BBC’s cause when trying to outline the value of the license fee.

GTA Online Updates Wont Be Available On Xbox 360 Or PS3

Grand Theft Auto is a long-standing series of games, all the way from the original top-down versions to the latest generations the game has seen success after success, but sadly everything must come to an end and the next ending seems to be the updates for GTA Online on Xbox 360 and PS3.

The announcement comes before next week’s update which will include features such as spontaneous open world events, available to anyone in the server. The reason given is a simple one, they believe they have reached the limit at which the technology on the last generation systems can handle. While not a surprise, and it has previously been mentioned as an option by Rockstar, they have also mentioned that they will continue server support for the game, meaning that you can still play GTA online on your PS3 and Xbox 360, but you will be unable to enjoy the latest fixes or features in single player.

In a previous statement on their newswire, they stated:

“As we mentioned previously, we always knew there might be a point where we would reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as each downloadable update requires additional memory both for assets and for additional scripting.  We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall.”

It’s had a good run, and for a game released two years ago to still be receiving updates is impressive. Do you enjoy GTA Online on 360 or PS3? If so are you thinking of changing to the latest console or the PC version of the game anytime soon?

Thank you Kotaku  and Rockstar games for the information.

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Pokemon Recreated in GTA V is All Kinds of Weird

I’ve seen my fair share of strange Grand Theft Auto V videos, but that hasn’t stopped me seeking more of them. I’m not entirely sure why people do it, but there’s a seemingly endless number of TV show introductions recreated in Grand Theft Auto V, each seemingly more bizarre than the last and that’s especially true of this recent one.

Pokemon was a smash hit in my younger years, and to be fair, it’s still pretty popular even today in some circles. The video is strange, especially since we’ve got Trevor playing Ash and Michael as Pikachu, who looks more reminiscent of something from Sin City than a child-friendly cartoon.

There’s only one thing left to do “enjoy” the video.

What’s your favourite GTA V mashup video so far? Feel free to share your favourites in the comments section or on our Facebook wall.

GTA Online Hacker With Green Hair Freaks Out Podcaster

Grand Theft Auto 5 has one amazing feature that is loved by millions of gamers and that is the online part. Play together with your friends or strangers in the awesome GTA universe. However, there is a large plaque on the game and that plaque is hackers. An issue that Rockstar doesn’t seem to care much about and certainly doesn’t do much against.

We can all agree that hacking and cheating is bad, especially in multiplayer games. The only thing you achieve is to show everybody else that you don’t have the skills to play it normally nor the morale to behave decently. But once in a while, a hacker comes along that doesn’t just create havoc, but also makes us laugh.

Nick Breckon, was playing the game online without a worry. He just wanted to have some fun. That was until weird things started to happen. Now a lot of what happens seems to be normal these days, but there were strange occurrences. At first he got a lot of money out of nowhere, then suddenly he had all weapons with maximum ammunition – for the rest, the game looked normal. A game bug, that was his first thought. But that was only until the weird psycho with green hair spawned on his back, actually piggy-backing the player, and started to stroke his neck, the GTA character’s neck that is. From there on it just got weirder and weirder and all that got turned into a podcast that is hilarious to watch all the way through. If you just want to watch the actual game footage, then you can skip forward until timeframe 10:11.

I’ll consider this 16 minutes well spent. Have you experience the annoyance of online hackers in Rockstar’s multi-million dollar game?

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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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GTA V AI Goes Mental – Causes Truly Epic Car Crash

Video game AI has made some incredible advancements in recent years; gaming just wouldn’t be the same without it! However, every now and then it goes wrong on a scale of epic proportions, which is no bad thing, because the results are more often than not, hilarious.

GTA V is a fantastic open-world game, with seemingly thousands of AI controlled NPCs that are just waiting to go haywire and I’m forever grateful that the gamer who saw this recorded the gameplay and uploaded it to the internet.

One simple car crash is nothing in GTA V, it happens all the time. This time, however, they just kept on coming, joining the heap and causing untold chaos the likes I’ve never seen. The end result is like something from Benny Hill crossed with Blues Brothers, perhaps even a little bit of Apocalypse Now for good measure.

The video is a little long at 5 minutes, but it’s certainly worth the watch.

It seems the inhabitants of this digital world don’t give a damn about those around them, from the Paramedic arriving already on fire, to the others kicking a burning man on the ground; it just keeps getting more and more out of hand and by the two-minute mark, it’s a total war zone!

Did someone say Benny Hill?

The Unofficial GTA V Map is Awesome!

The stock map on GTA V is functional enough for most of us, but if you’re out there looking for many of the games secrets, collectables and more. For those who are looking for a little more detail, you’ll want to check out Tspoon’s unofficial interactive GTA V map of Los Santos. It was recently updated to allow the addition of tracking collectibles, adding personal notes and more.

The app is already available through Google Play and the App Store, but you can also access it online in your browser, giving you plenty of ways to use it. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone found a way to mod it into the PC version of the game in the near future.

If you register for the app, you can track your progress of collectibles and more. There’s over 50 categories already available already, showing you the locations of shops, cinemas, easter eggs and a whole lot more, so it’s certainly worth checking out.

If you’re looking to 100% your game, you’ll want the app and no doubt there will be a lot more cool updates to it in the future, so it’ll be worth checking back for new secrets as they’re discovered in the game.

Thank you VG247 for providing us with this information.

Latest GTA V ENBSeries Mod Screenshots are Incredible!

Before we start this article, I want to get something right out of the way; these configurations for ENBSeries are currently unreleased and you can’t have them, not even if you ask nicely. On the plus side, we do have some screenshots of this graphical gaming pornography and you can bet that the people behind it, ENBSeries members Ryuken and dpeasant, will keep improving and release the mod in the near future, that is after all the whole point of the modding scene.

The latest screenshots are eyewatering beautiful. In my opinion, there’s still a lot of work that can be done and let’s not forget, people are still making drastic improvements to GTA IV, let alone GTA V.

The game’s engine really shines through here and it shows just how much potential there is for modding the game and I can’t wait to see how much further it can be pushed; most likely a lot further than most people’s graphics cards will allow. Keep in mind, screenshots are one thing, playable framerates are something else completely.

ENBSeries already has some stunning improvements to bring to GTA V, but when combined with more mods, such as texture packs and mesh replacements, it’ll really take your game to the next level.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Gets Just Cause Grappling Hook Mod

Since word got out that Grand Theft Auto 5 can be modded, despite the company doing everything in their power to stop it, everyone went nuts with it. So we have mods that let you access the interior of buildings, shoot cars, lets you play as a police enforcer or even make an animal apocalyptic scenario. But there are many more out there, with other rolling out in the future as well.

The latest one comes from a popular modder who made some other cool mods for Grand Theft Auto IV. JulioNIB released a new mod for Grand Theft Auto V that brings the cool grappling hook gadget from the jungles of the Just Cause world into the city of Los Santos. The mod currently lets users attach the grappling hook to buildings, vehicles and pedestrians. However, there are even more cool things to do with it than just coupling with stuff.

As with the grappling hook in Just Cause, the GTA V mod lets you attach to more than one object at a time, fly to the hook’s attached location, pull pedestrians to your position and even use the parachute to fly while in mid-air if pulling yourself to the hook’s attached location. So it’s pretty much what you’ve wanted to use in Grand Theft Auto titles after you played the Just Cause titles too. Oh and if you want to download the mod, you can find it over at JulioNIB’s blog here.

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Take-Two Sues BBC Over Forthcoming GTA Drama

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, filed a lawsuit against the BBC earlier today over the channel’s in-development drama about the rise of Rockstar and its infamous game franchise, Grand Theft Auto.

Take-Two released the following statement to Polygon regarding its lawsuit:

Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.

While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.

The 90-minute BBC Two show, Gamechanger, is currently being written by Rev scribe James Wood, directed by Owen Harris, with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in negotiations to play Sam Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar Games. The BBC describes the story as “arguably the greatest British coding success since Bletchley Park”:

“Unlike many coding success stories, Grant Theft Auto was not created in Silicon Valley — it was the brainchild of a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration — GTA:V — earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

“GTA offered gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they could behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American gangland underworld.

“But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding success led to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values it encourages; and above all from moral-campaigners, who have fought passionately to stop it.

“Grand Theft Auto tells the story of how the game was conceived and created and the subsequent fallout as various groups objected to its violent gameplay.”

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information.

First iCEnhancer Screenshots & Video Released for GTA V

One of the most famous mods for Grand Theft Auto IV was easily iCEnhancer, it brought incredible realism to the game with improved lighting and post processing effects, to name but a few of the tweaks it offered. Now the developer behind it has released the first details of how the GTA V version of this mod is progressing and it’s very impressive what has been done in just a few short weeks.

iCEnhancer released the following update via Facebook:

“The first timecycle mod for GTA V. I did that quickly though and blindly but it’s already pretty cool for the future.

I removed the DOF weird noise shit during player transition and weapon changing, reduced the fog amount, i hated it, removed the blurry background, changed the sun color to something more neutral, less brown. changed the water, and removed the post effects for each character (as you may know, each character in V has their own post-processing).

Of course we can do more but it’s a start and mostly was a test with zzcool to see what we could change using unreleased OpenIV.

GTA V TC has a lot of controls, you can change so much and it’s cool, everyone can do their own tastes easily with it. Except to see weird stuff though from some people that I know haha. :-p

But yeah, might be time I start to play the PC version a little more then.

Thanks.”

Check out the gallery below to see how great the game is looking with the currently pre-alpha mod.

The team also released the following two videos, which show how the fog has been removed from the game, water reflections have been improved, colours have been improved and more.

Given the mod is still pre-alpha, it’s already looking very impressive and we can’t wait to get our hands on the first release! We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

No Bans for GTA V Single Player Mods

As Rockstar was banning the players who were using mods (modification like FOV mod ) on both Single-player and Multiplayer mode of Grand Theft Auto : V. This resulted in  making the gaming community quite unhappy. Players found using mods were banned for a period of 2 weeks. However, it seems that Rockstar partially fixed the situation. In a new Q&A on the Rockstar Newswire, a GTA 5 developer confirmed that players will not be banned for using single-player mods. There will not be any ban till the modification stays in action in just single-player mode.

However, Rockstar says they can’t assure that mods will not be broken by updates. They did make sure that as long as it doesn’t cross into GTA Online, the multiplayer mode of GTA V, players are safe to mod their game. Here is the full statement.

“We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”

This is an excellent move by Rockstar. I’m going in Los Santos to enjoy mods. Play Safe, do not use mods that messes with GTA Online. Let us know your views in comments section.

Grand Theft Auto V Cars – In Real Life

Did you notice that many, if not all, of the cars in Grand Theft Auto look incredibly similar to real world cars? If you didn’t, then you may want to head out and get your eyes checked! The team over at TechReviewFeed decided to investigate and find out how much the digital and real-world cars had in common and for many of them, I’m surprised there isn’t a stack of lawsuits on the doorstep of Rockstars office, or at least more than usual.

I’m loving Grand Theft Auto V on PC, the graphics look stunning and the cars are certainly the best looking in the series so far. A mixture of high-performance sports cars seem to be littered around the game world and far more accessible than they have been in previous entries to the series. Not forgetting the stunning highways and mountain roads we have at our disposal to put each of the cars through their paces, modding, customisation, driving abilities and more; GTA V is a great game for driving fans.

The digital knock-offs of the real world cars are great, but just like we saw with Grand Theft Auto IV real cars mod, I can’t wait to see what the modding community can do with the vehicles in GTA V.

Play as Los Santos Police With New GTA V Mod

A new mod for Grand Theft Auto V on PC is offering to put players on the other side of the law, allowing them to adopt the role of an on-duty Los Santos police officer, tasked with cleaning up the streets of the crime-laden city. The mod, currently in alpha, is produced by Palm Beach Games, who were also responsible for the enjoyable 7Precinct and SAPD: First Response mods for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the latter of which has been retrofitted to operate with GTA V.

The mod’s features, according to VG24/7, include:

  • Go on duty and choose your player skin and patrol vehicle
  • Receive several call-outs to respond to
  • Request police backup, medical assistance, fire squad, SWAT, roadblock, and heli support
  • Perform traffic stops
  • Engage in pursuits
  • Arrest random pedestrians and suspects
  • Frisk random pedestrians and suspects
  • Use a taser on pedestrians
  • Interactive police station interiors
  • Increase/decrease your rank and unlock certain perks
  • Save your progress just like vanilla SA
  • Personalize several aspects, such as keypresses, in the INI file
  • Go on patrol with a K9 unit (dog)
  • Real-time crimes
  • Save your personal stats like rank, number of suspects killed, etc. and share with other users

The mod can be downloaded from the Palm Beach Games website.

Thank you VG24/7 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!

https://youtu.be/DLX0osxndX8

GTA V Animal Apocalypse Mod [NSFW]

Grand Theft Auto V hasn’t been available on PC for long, but that hasn’t stopped the modding community from working hard and creating some pretty epic mods. One of the most interesting and by far the most amusing mod I’ve seen so far, has to be the Animal Apocalypse Mod.

Cats that bring destruction and raining airplanes, rats carrying hand grenades, seagulls causing chaos in a strip club, artillery wielding monkeys, cat on motorbikes and a whole lot more; yes, this is as entertaining as it sounds! Oh and let’s not forget flying whales, you can never forget flying whales.

It hasn’t taken long for this mod to be released, so it’s pretty glitchy, but in a good way, much in the same way Goat Simulator is broken to perfection and it only seems to add to the fun of the latest mod.

There’s quite a lot of NSFW language involved in the video, so perhaps take a look over your shoulder before you hit the play button.

No doubt there are many mods on the way for GTA V and there was some truly incredible ones created for GTA IV, but which mods are you looking forward to the most?

The Mod was made possible by the Script Hook V by Alexander Blade

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.