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A new feature documentary called The Billion Dollar Game will explore the highs - and lows - of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5.
"Come on. Lighten up. Have a whiff."
There is a special kind of halo around the things games do that they don't really have to. The radio stations in GTA, or the fact that the GPS disappears when you go through a tunnel. The tinkle of shell-casings hitting the floor in a shooter that you would assume is too brisk and frowny for such distractions. The plaque you sometimes find by monuments on the battle royale island of Fortnite. These things don't define a game, but they quietly help to make things feel richer. They are signs that someone cares, and maybe, even, that somebody was having fun thinking of the fun that you would one day have in the worlds they were making.
You can now play as Marvel's Magneto in Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC.
A U.S. federal judge has agreed to grant Take-Two Interactive an injunction against the creator of Grand Theft Auto 5 cheat programs, Menyoo and Absolute.
In the real world, house prices are so high that owning your own home is a pipedream for millions.
GTA Online players have unlocked a Red Dead Redemption 2 weapon in the game by digging into the files of its latest update.
Well, that was Amazon Prime Day 2018. The summer sales festivities are now over - if you managed to grab some bargains, good on you - but if not, fear not - Black Friday 2018 is just around the corner, like it or not. We've already got our guide to the best Black Friday gaming deals up and running, ready to update with all the latest deals and discounts as and when they arrive, so be sure to bookmark that one.
GTA is well known for its jokes and spoofs, but this week it would appear someone has beaten Rockstar at its own game by falsely advertising the next installment in the GTA series.
Over the past few days, GTA Online players have seen messages supposedly advertising GTA6 appear on the side of their screens. On the surface, the announcements appeared to be fairly legitimate: they used a font similar to the official Rockstar branding, and even included a link to Rockstar's website.
Unsurprisingly, this was enough to hoodwink many players, who were ecstatic at the news of a new GTA game and rushed to Twitter to express their excitement.
Rockstar will once again expand the world of Grand Theft Auto Online next month with the launch of another new update - Los Santos: Nightclubs.
Due at some point in July, the free expansion will let you open and manage your own nightclub, customise its setup, look, staff and promotion, and fill it with real-life music acts Solomun, Tale Of Us, Dixon and The Black Madonna.
Here's a teaser:
Rockstar has announced that GTA Online will be a getting a series of "massive" racing updates as part of its months-long Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series event.
Things get underway today with an update that introduces Hotring Circuit, the first of two new Racing Modes planned for the event. Hotring Circuit can accommodate up to 30 players, and is specially designed for use with new Declasse Hotring Sabre vehicle. Participants can get Double GTA$ and RP from today until March 26th.
Today's update also introduces the Overflod Entity XXR and Cheval Taipan super cars, the Vulcar Fagaloa station wagon, and the four-wheel-drive Vapid GB200.
Grand Theft Auto 5 - a game that came out four-and-a-half years ago - sold over 1m copies in the UK alone in 2017.
It's been a while since someone blamed Grand Theft Auto for a speeding spree. Thankfully, a man from Coventry has brought that particular flogged horse back from the dead.
Red Dead Redemption 2 won't be out until spring 2018 but you can already unlock a gun in the cowboy game via Grand Theft Auto Online.
Rockstar has announced Doomsday Heist, a brand-new heist for Grand Theft Auto Online.
Rockstar is bringing Black Friday straight to the streets of Grand Theft Auto Online, in what may well be the first example of a fictional video game city having its very own Black Friday celebrations. I probably wouldn't be willing to put money on that fact though.
Another day, another Grand Theft Auto 5 sales milestone. But this one's a biggie: GTA5 is now the best-selling game of all time in the US.
The Sheriff is patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. He stops at each red light, stays in lane and keeys his eyes open for trouble. A priority call comes in, the siren goes on and the Sheriff speeds towards his target. He arrives at the scene on Strawberry Avenue, cuffs a green-haired suit who was fist-fighting with another person who did a runner, chucks him in the back seat and starts asking questions about what happened. Satisfied the green-haired suit was not at fault, the Sheriff writes a "not at fault" accident report so green-hair can claim on the insurance for vehicle damage. He declares: "you are free to go." Then the Sheriff calls it in to HQ. "Kenny dispatch 309. Show me back in service."
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear confirmation Grand Theft Auto 5, a game released in 2013, will not get a single-player expansion, however disappointing that may be.
Now, though, and from what I can tell is for the first time, Rockstar has explained why GTA 5 ended up without a big story add-on.
In a Q&A with Game Informer, Rockstar director of design Imran Sarwar said the company didn't think single-player expansions for GTA5 "were either possible or necessary".
Rockstar has revealed a number of new updates coming to GTA Online this autumn and beyond, including dogfighting (the aeroplane kind) and "Transform Races".
Video games are guilty of reflecting humanity's more violent nature at times - and it's easy to see why when our screens are filled with nameless marines and musclebound maniacs eager to destroy every living thing in their path. As in reality, the virtual worlds we inhabit contain a wide array of human expression, ranging from violent combat to peaceful cooperation. Some players are taking things a step further though, opting to lay down their computerised weapons and adopt a nonviolent, pacifist approach to their virtual endeavours.
UPDATE 29/08/2017 11.30pm: GTA Online has added a new mode that sounds a lot like a team-based take on PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds (or Battle Royale before it).
On my honeymoon a few years back, my wife and I went to the coroner's office. More specifically, we went to the LA County Coroner's Office, in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. I had heard there was a gift shop, and my aunt and uncle, who live in LA and are always up for pretty much anything, said that it was a laugh riot, and so we drove out there from their place in Bunker Hill.
I'm sure, like me, while causing mayhem and seducing ladies of the night in GTA5 you've thought, "you know what would make this better? Being in space." Well wish no more, because a mod is coming which promises to move Rockstar's open world beyond its earthly dimensions.
Grand Theft Space is a creation by modder sollaholla and his team and aims to let players land on and explore new planets outside of the solar system as well as fight aliens.
The synopsis is as follows:
UK video game sales tracker Chart-Track does not publicly reveal sales figures - it leaves that to video game publishers. But the Entertainment Retailers Association does, and in its latest report for the first half of 2017, it revealed the top six best-selling physical games in the UK so far.
The behemoth that is Grand Theft Auto 5 is the UK's best-selling video game so far this year, with 334,280 physical copies sold. That's a pretty incredible return for a game that first came out four years ago. Who in the UK is still to buy the thing?
GTA 5 is closely followed by Ghost Recon: Wildlands, with 311,792 copies sold. It's fair to say Ubisoft's open-world chaos 'em-up is a success.
There's good news and bad news in the world of Grand Theft Auto 5 modding.
Two weeks ago the popular Grand Theft Auto modding program OpenIV was taken offline after the game series' publisher Take-Two Interactive sent a cease and desist notice to its developers. Now it's back.
The Grand Theft Auto series has become notorious for its secrets, consisting of eerie Easter Eggs and cut content only available to those who tinker with its code. From GTA: San Andreas' infamous Hot Coffee sex mini-game to GTA 5's bizarre showdown between Bigfoot and Teen Wolf's beast, there's some pretty peculiar things going on in GTA's most clandestine corners.
Four new games entered the UK chart last week, but Grand Theft Auto 5 outsold them all by some margin.
Rockstar has seemingly relaxed its stance on single-player Grand Theft Auto mods, after the uproar caused by last week's cease and desist letter sent to popular mod OpenIV.
Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive has been widely criticised by fans recently over its legal threats shutting down popular modding software OpenIV. However, it also recently shut down some less benevolent GTA5 mods that enabled cheating in GTA Online. Weirder, the game publisher is making those responsible for these game-ruining experiences to donate their proceeds to charity.
Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take-Two Interactive has found itself in the crossfire after sending a cease and desist letter to the lead developer of popular modding software OpenIV. In fact, people are so unhappy with the company that GTA5, a game that's typically been very widely acclaimed, now has a recent Steam user rating that averages as "overwhelmingly negative".
To arrive at this score, Steam averaged the user rating across the last 41,343 reviews, so this anger towards Take-Two is more widespread than a vocal minority of frustrated modders.
Looking at the game's overall user rating, across a staggering 231,073 reviews, it's come out as "mixed".
UPDATE 15/06/2017 1.22am: Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games has responded to OpenIV's removal, claiming that the software could interfere with the game's online modes and that it's working on a solution that will enable fans to still make single-player mods.
Like one of those giant flying saucers that blocks out the sun, games industry mega expo E3 is almost upon us. Fortunately, this saucer is full of exciting upcoming videogames rather than invading alien force with a massive chip on its shoulder.
Grand Theft Auto Online is getting yet another new mode - and this time it will take the series back to its top-down origins.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is being used as a simulation to test the AI of driverless cars.
Next week Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners will get a chance to play Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality, but those without VR headsets may find themselves going through Rick withdrawals. Thankfully, Grand Theft Auto 5 modder Jedidiah515 has a solution and has added the popular Adult Swim character to Rockstar's open-world crime game.
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A team of fans are trying to mod Red Dead Redemption's vast map into Grand Theft Auto 5.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is back at the top of the UK charts, more than three years after its original launch.
Rockstar's open-world success has been hovering around the top spot again since Christmas, although it has rarely dropped outside the top 10 since it first arrived on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013.
This week marks the 12th week GTA5 has sold more than any other game in the UK. For a game now several years old - even its PS4 and Xbox One re-release - it's a noteworthy feat.
Few video game protagonists keep to strict working hours, and how could they? When there's a war to win, a world to save, a lover's heart to ensnare and all the other grand and arduous problems that a game designer asks us to solve, it would be practically irresponsible to clock off a five for a pint of lager, a packet of crisps and a prestige TV box set. Even if they did have time to unwind then, just as we rarely see Tony Soprano bobbing away at the urinal, or Donald Draper questingly exploring a nostril, surely these parts of the game would be first for the editor's chop. What Lara Croft does to relax (eating caviar off her butler's extended arm while listening to Brahms, I like to imagine) is rarely relevant to the story at hand. Aside from the indulgently barmy Final Fantasy XV, what your character eats for dinner rarely has a place in the core gameplay loop.
My wife has just finished GTA 5 again. The third playthrough, I think, and it seems an awfully long time since, crouched in front of the old PS3, she turned to me while fumbling through the wintry farming country of the prologue and said, "Oh, God. Is there going to be a lot of shooting?'
A group of ambitious modders are working to put Liberty City inside Grand Theft Auto 5.
Happy New Year! Valve has revealed the top 100 best selling games on Steam in 2016. And given the size and dominance of Steam in the desktop gaming marketplace, the results are worth noting.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has just passed the 6m copies sold mark in the UK.
Grand Theft Auto Online just added its latest free expansion, Import/Export.
This update adds the all new Turf Wars mode, which allows two to four teams to compete for control over tiles that you claim by driving over them. It sounds a bit like Splatoon, only with cars instead of transforming squid children. They both have shooting though as Turf Wars' arena is littered with rockets.
Elsewhere, Import/Export is all about stealing cars, as the series' name implies. You'll be able to earn an Executive Garage that can hold up to 60 vehicles, along with Vehicle Warehouses that will house special military grade vessels - some of which operate as boats or glide through the air.
Rockstar has once again updated its hugely-successful Grand Theft Auto Online - and its newest additions look rather familiar.
They say all publicity is good publicity, but it seems like Samsung doesn't want this.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has a fairly complex physics engine, but where does it draw the line between man versus giant metal machine?
With PlayStation VR about to launch, there's no better time to imagine what one of the world's most popular game series might look like in virtual reality.
UPDATE 10.50am: Samsung has just announced it will permanently cease all production of the Galaxy Note 7.
The creator of one of the most anticipated Grand Theft Auto 5 mods has been accused of "ripping off" the work of other mod makers.
UPDATE 27th September 2016: The GTA Online Bikers update comes out on 4th October.
The update adds underground motorcycle clubs to the online multiplayer portion of Rockstar's open world epic. There are new competitive and co-op modes, new vehicles, weapons, clothing and more.
Here are some new screenshots:
The lawsuit Lindsey Lohan filed against Rockstar for allegedly using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto 5 has been dismissed by the New York County Supreme Court.
Here's the bad news: GTA 5 Redux, one of GTA 5's most eye-catching mods, has been delayed.
You can now celebrate Pride within Grand Theft Auto 5 via a free PC mod.
GTA 5 Redux is perhaps the most ambitious GTA mod yet - and it's out on 26th August.
UPDATE 12th July 2016: The Cunning Stunts expansion for GTA Online is out now, Rockstar has said.
Everyone loves a mystery, don't they? I mean, why else would news about the discovery of Loch Ness Monster bones be trending on my Facebook feed right now?
UPDATE 30th June 2016: The Figueroa Hotel has noticed its mistake and replaced the screenshot of Grand Theft Auto 5 LA with an actual picture of LA.
Years after release, Grand Theft Auto 5 fans have uncovered a new secret about the game.
Rockstar's released a trailer for Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, the next big update for GTA Online.
Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, due out on 7th June, lets you build a criminal empire as a CEO. You can traffic illicit cargo and contraband, disrupt rival supply chains and get new vehicles. You can also open new offices and hire an executive assistant.
The idea is you run the town through a series of hostile takeovers.
Rockstar will deploy one of its biggest ever expansion to Grand Theft Auto Online on 7th June.
Further Adventures in Finance and Felony continues the online mod's ever increasing levels of illegality, now allowing you to become CEO of your own criminal company.
You'll get a high-rise HQ and warehouses across the city of Los Santos in which to store your stolen goods, Rockstar announced.
You now need a Prime subscription to buy games such as Grand Theft Auto 5, Rainbow Six: Siege or FIFA 16 direct from retail giant Amazon.
The bizarre change, spotted by Videogamer, appears to have quietly taken effect overnight.
But there's a big caveat to the above. All of these games are still available to buy via Amazon through third-party sellers, whether you have Prime or not.
UPDATE 13th April 2016: Rockstar has dismissed allegations made in a lawsuit from former Rockstar North chief Leslie Benzies, calling the claims "downright bizarre".
Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been given the go-ahead by a US judge.
Grand Theft Auto 5 modder Joseph Delgado is working on a way to add hand-tracking to Rockstar's open-world crime game. The early results are rather shocking in how much they change the tone of the game.
When hearing the worlds 'video game camera' it's hard not to imagine the free-floating, functional thing dutifully framing your character's butt as they traverse the game world. Some games, however, do things a bit differently - putting a camera into the hands of the characters themselves.
A couple of dedicated Grand Theft Auto 5 modders have recreated The Last of Us' main character and aesthetic in Rockstar's latest open-world opus.
Grand Theft Auto modder Abstract Mode has added Mad Max's infamous Doof Wagon to Rockstar's sandbox game. Not even the actual Mad Max game has a Doof Wagon.
Leslie Benzies, a key figure in the development of the Grand Theft Auto series, has departed Rockstar Games.
The actor behind Grand Theft Auto 5 character Franklin has got the game's fanbase salivating for a single-player expansion all over again.
There's an impressive new Watch Dogs mod for Grand Theft Auto 5 which replicates the technology-tampering gameplay from Ubisoft's open world hackathon - and surpasses it.
The latest big mod for Grand Theft Auto 5's PC version not only polishes up the game's visuals but completely overhauls the game's features as well.
Meet The Pinnacle of V, a suite of enhancements that rework Rockstar's open world from the ground up.
Most striking is its new, brighter visuals. Modder Josh Romito has gone for an over-saturated look that tweaks all of the base game's visual settings.
A couple of alternate Grand Theft Auto Online mods have been shut down by publisher Take-Two. In one case the publisher allegedly sent private eyes to the modder's home to strong arm them into canceling the project.
Valve has been told off by the Advertising Standards Agency for erroneously "misleading" people about a discount deal concerning the mega-popular Grand Theft Auto 5.
The UK tabloids this morning report the 15-year-old arrested for hacking TalkTalk was a "violent video game addict" who wanted to be a professional Call of Duty player.
Grand Theft Auto 5 PC players can now beef up their game as the Hulk.
It's Back to the Future Day! 21st October 2015 is the date Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to in 1989's Back to the Future 2. It's the year Hollywood told us we'd get hoverboards, trainers that tie themselves, and leads that walk dogs. We didn't get any of those things, but we did get this:
A new Grand Theft Auto 5 Easter egg has been discovered that lets you play the game as Bigfoot.
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 team is developing content for GTA Online only, the developer has said.
The BBC has released - and pulled - the debut trailer for its Grand Theft Auto drama, The Gamechangers.
As is the Internet's way, it's still available to watch. Check it out in the video below.
In the trailer we see Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar chief creative Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton as anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson.
Grand Theft Auto 5 modder Toddyftw has shown off a shiny new graphics mod for the game's PC version.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 receive the video-crafting Rockstar Editor mode next month.
The Grand Theft Auto series has shipped over 220m copies in total, publisher Take-Two revealed in a financial report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
First we had the Iron Man mod for Rockstar's open-world epic Grand Theft Auto 5. Now, the natural next step: a Hulkbuster mod.
UPDATE 11/8/15 5.32pm: Rockstar has offered the following explanation as to why it's banned the folks behind the FiveM mod (via Kotaku):
You will soon be able to play as Iron Man in Grand Theft Auto 5. Well, in the PC version, at least.
Rockstar has released a new patch for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 that fixes a frame-rate issue caused by a previous update tied to GTA Online.
Some players had found that after updating GTA 5 to 1.28 on PC they were getting a considerably lower frame-rate while playing GTA Online. A title update just released fixes this issue, Rockstar said.
The developer took the opportunity to remind players about the situation with GTA 5 and mods. Reports from some players linked a decreased performance when using Story Mode mods to title update 1.28, sparking speculation Rockstar was clamping down.
No, this isn't a suped-up graphics mod for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC. This is GTA5 re-created with an eye for detail and using the powerful tool of... real life.
Dig out your best purple blazer. Turn up Mötley Crüe on the radio. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is back - in GTA5.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has received a fan-made mod adding Just Cause 2's grappling hook.
Rockstar Games has begun legal action against the BBC in response to Game Changer, the corporation's upcoming drama centred around Grand Theft Auto.
The one-off 90-minute film is set to chronicle the rise of Rockstar and its battle with controversial lawyer Jack Thompson.
But the developer is now attempting to disrupt the drama's release - at least in its current form - and alleges trademark infringement.
More than 18 months after Grand Theft Auto 5's initial release, Rockstar is still to detail any new single-player campaign DLC.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold "nearly" 52m units to retailers across all formats, Take-Two announced in its latest earnings report for the quarter ending 31st March, 2015.
The Grand Theft Auto 5 sales behemoth knows no end: Rockstar's epic has now sold over five million copies in the UK alone.
Official figures from Chart-Track, which do not include download sales, reveal GTA 5's latest milestone.
GTA 5 is one of the most successful games of all time. Three days after release it made $1bn, securing its place as the fastest-selling entertainment product in history. As of 31st December 2014, the game had shipped an astonishing 45m copies to retailers.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has clarified its position on mods to the community following several reports of people being banned for them. As it turns out, Rockstar's mod policy hasn't changed since Grand Theft Auto 4. Single-player mods are still totally acceptable to the developer, but those affecting the game's balance in multiplayer are a different story.
It feels like I've waited half my life for this: someone has modded a gravity gun into Grand Theft Auto 5.
Our initial look at Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC surprised with its scalability across budget PCs, but the top-end experience is another beast entirely. Rockstar's much-delayed release makes the wait worth it by adding options to play to most GPUs' strengths - whether you're tweaking for straight 1080p60 or a more ambitious band of settings at a locked 30fps. But supposing you have the hardware to go absolutely bananas, what does a maxed-out experience really add over PS4 and Xbox One? And indeed, where do the new console versions fall on the PC's wide graphics spectrum?
Updating to build 331, we spare no expense in pushing the PC release to its best results. Our top-end Core i7 4790K PC (at stock clocks) is paired with 16GB of RAM and a GTX Titan X - a combination that's certainly overkill for maxing out the game while hitting 1080p60. That being the case, we add an extra twist to this comparison by way of a full 3840x2160 native resolution (or 4K), as downscaled via Nvidia's DSR mode. That should do it.
It's an extravagance, no doubt, and it brute-forces the PC to a far higher plane of image quality than the console's 1920x1080 output with FXAA. However, this high level of image quality also plays to the PC's other main advantage: its extended draw distances. Unlike the console editions, an advanced graphics menu offers up a separate distance scale that, at 100 per cent, renders objects across Los Santos at a bewildering range. With resolutions of 1080p and above, it's a crucial addition in a release where details further afield are subject to closer scrutiny.
Mortal Kombat X enjoyed the series' biggest ever launch in the UK.
NetherRealm's gory fighting game debuted at number one in this week's chart, scoring the second biggest launch of the year so far behind Battlefield Hardline.
61 per cent of physical sales went to the PlayStation 4 version, Chart-Track reports, with 38 per cent on Xbox One and one per cent on PC. As always, it's worth noting that Chart-Track's data does not include downloads, so sales of MKX on Steam, for example, were not counted.
Grand Theft Auto 5's PC port has received its first patch, solving numerous errors.
Chief among these include an issue wherein certain Windows usernames would prevent the launcher from working.
Another issue this patch fixes is player character's faces erroneously getting transferred from the console to PC game.
Gosh, is it really Friday again? Genuinely? I'm really starting to doubt you, Gregorian calendar, it feels like you're up to something. Just in case I'm wrong, though, here's another episode of The Eurogamer Show.
Greetings Eurogamers! We're back with another three videos to briefly distract you from pondering the many, many ways Earth could be destroyed, rendering humanity extinct in one fell swoop. Our favourite is gamma-ray bursts, incidentally.
What's better than playing Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC at a shiny resolution?
It's finally here. 18 months on from Grand Theft Auto 5's last-gen release, the chance to tour Los Santos at 60fps is now a reality on PC. The PS4 and Xbox One versions may already have the 1920x1080 checkbox ticked, but this PC effort adds a bevy of options to take things further, bringing support for resolutions up to 4K, better effects and broader draw distances. But does it actually run well?
Grand Theft Auto 5 has finally made its way onto the platform of choice and just think of all the weird-looking mods we're going to end up with as a result! Phwoar. It's going to be absolutely lovely.
UPDATE 22/4/15 10.55am: BBC Two has now officially announced Game Changer, the newly-titled drama that will detail development of Grand Theft Auto.
With Grand Theft Auto 5 finally making its way to PC today fans are finding all sorts of cool features to personalise the game. One of the most vital - and easiest to pull off - allows players to upload their own music onto GTA 5's radio stations by shuffling files around outside of the game.
If your Windows username contains characters outside of the alphabet or numbers one-to-10 then you may run into issues playing Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC.
Grand Theft Auto 5 comes out finally on PC today. How much better does it look on desktop than on PS4 and Xbox One?
As is so often the case with the super-rich, my wife has started to exhibit some strange behaviour. A savvy blend of bank robbery and scattershot investing has left her with more money than she can ever hope to spend, and so she's increasingly only interested in the things that money cannot buy. Aliens, ghosts, zombies: this is the bizarre end-game to GTA 5. Once the missions are finished, once the last Achievements have been mopped up, unless you're willing to venture online you're going to be left right here: in a vast, beautiful map that you must shock back to life in any way you can think of. A map that tells you there is nothing left to find and nothing left to do. But that can't be true, can it?
As of tomorrow Grand Theft Auto 5's PC version will have its own built-in movie editor, allowing players to remix the game's various assets into short films.
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to star in the BBC's upcoming drama Grand Theft Auto, a feature-length programme about the popular game series' creation.
Rockstar has published footage of Grand Theft Auto 5 running on PC at 60 frames per second.
The new gameplay trailer shows off the open-world crime adventure in its silky-smooth new framerate.
Grand Theft Auto 5's PC edition will finally arrive on 14th April and include all GTA Online DLC released to date - including the much-anticipated Online Heists mode.
A headteachers group has threatened to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games to the police and social services for neglect.
UPDATE 2/4/15 5:41pm: Rockstar has just rolled out patch 1.10 for Grand Theft Auto 5, which it says fixes "graphical issues across GTA Online and Story Mode". After downloading the 4.7GB update on PS4, we can confirm that parallax occlusion mapping is back in the game, and based on initial observations, the performance improvements seen in patch 1.09 remain in effect on the Sony platform.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming to PC on 14th April and to whet our appetites Rockstar has released 15 glorious new screenshots showing how the PC version looks on a tricked out kit.
The BBC is making a 90-minute live-action drama about the inception of Grand Theft Auto.
UPDATE 13/03/2015: Rockstar has released a title update for Grand Theft Auto 5 that includes fixes for GTA Online and Story Mode.
Heists have been a long time coming - the promised land of GTA Online, no less, the missions that would bring the Heat vibe to Los Santos with style. They are two-to-four player scores consisting of multiple missions and a finale, where players assume different roles on the team - one committing to be a rooftop lookout, for example, while another goes inside a building. Such scenarios have always been common in GTA single-player missions, where Rockstar can control all of the other participants, but got a little lost in the transformation to multiplayer.
UPDATE 10/3/15 8.35am Rockstar has at last released its long-awaited Heists update for GTA Online, which appeared early for some users yesterday.
Final download sizes are being reported as 4.2GB on Xbox One or 4.75GB on PlayStation 4.
Last-gen versions are yet to roll out, but the download size was reported yesterday as being significantly smaller - 1.2GB on Xbox 360. Presumably the PS3 version will be similar.
GTA Online's Heists update will also add a number of other new modes and features to the game, developer Rockstar has revealed.
Three new PVP modes will be included, which will unlock as you make your way through the new Online Heists.
The first new mode, Come Out to Play, is a three-on-three fight as one team attempts to make it home. This team has just one life each but access to bikes and ATVs, while their chasers must stay on foot but can respawn indefinitely.
Rockstar has released 15 new screenshots of the oft-delayed PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5.
Rockstar has delayed the PC release date of Grand Theft Auto 5 again - this time, until 14th April.
It is the third launch date that Rockstar has announced for the game's PC version. It had previously been due to arrive on 27th January, and then on 24th March.
The developer has also announced a release date for GTA5's highly-anticipated Online Heists mode, which will launch as DLC for the game's console version on 10th March and be available from launch on PC.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has shipped more than 45m copies to retailers in the time ending 31st December 2014, publisher Take-Two has announced.
To make up for Grand Theft Auto 5's recent delay on PC, Rockstar is offering pre-order customers a few nifty perks like a free game and some bonus in-game cash.
Rockstar has delayed the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 until 24th March.
The game was previously due to launch for PC on 27th January, just a fortnight away.
"Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be," Rockstar wrote in a new blog post.
UPDATE: Rockstar has revealed the secret Christmas surprise for GTA Online players. It's a bunch of things, including Christmas trees and snow - and snowball fights! There are Christmas jumpers, festive Long-Johns, scarves, hats, masks.
The long-awaited Heists for Grand Theft Auto Online arrive early in 2015, Rockstar Games has said.
Starting today, four regular columnists will be taking turns to fill the Saturday morning opinion slot here on Eurogamer: game developer David Goldfarb, roving games writer Cara Ellison, actual pub landlord Jon "Log" Blyth and, kicking us off below, a writer who surely needs little introduction to Eurogamer readers, Rich Stanton. Find out more about the columnists in this editor's blog.
Take-Two Interactive president Karl Slatoff has criticised Target and Kmart over their decision not to sell Grand Theft Auto 5 in Australia.
UPDATE 4/12/2014 7.20pm: Kmart has joined Target in its decision to not sell Grand Theft Auto 5 in Australia.
Promising improved visuals, new gameplay options and faster, smoother performance, Grand Theft Auto 5 returns as a next-generation remaster in a move rather atypical of Rockstar Games. Not unlike The Last of Us Remastered, much of the excitement stems from the possibilities more powerful hardware affords by addressing some of the original release's technical shortcomings. The E3 reveal trailer was certainly impressive but, without any real gameplay footage, we were left waiting until release to see if these improvements were indicative of the final product's quality. For those returning to the game, are the enhancements significant enough to warrant another trip to Los Santos - and does the final product offer more than a resolution and performance boost?
The basics are certainly in place, with an expected jump from 720p to 1080p alongside improved anti-aliasing that delivers a much sharper looking game. Performance too is much improved with the highly unstable update of the original release replaced with a smoother, though not quite perfect 30fps update. Performance has always been an issue with Grand Theft Auto on consoles, but this latest release delivers the best console experience in the series' history.
However, on first loading the new game it's perhaps not immediately apparent where the bulk of the remastering work has taken place. The look and feel of the initial heist very much feels like a current-gen conversion, with the addition of a smattering of effects boosts producing a result little better than most of the remasters we've seen this year. Moving into the initial stages of the game again produces a feeling of déjà vu. Now, simply improving the frame-rate and resolution might have been enough (generally speaking, it works for The Last of Us, after all) but GTA 5 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is different, with those first impressions changing radically as you dig deeper into the game. The more you play, the more you notice the phenomenal level of additional work added to the core assets - the closer you look, the more the embellishments become clear.
We don't often hear from the people who work at Rockstar. Co-founders Sam and Dan Houser aside, the cryptic company behind the gargantuan Grand Theft Auto series presents a united front. When Rockstar speaks it is from one voice.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is now the best-selling game of all time in the UK.
Putting foliage differences aside for a moment, it's clear Rockstar Games' tentpole release emerges on PS4 and Xbox One with visual enhancements aplenty. Both versions push for an ambitious 1920x1080 framebuffer this time, even adding in a first person mode to invite closer scrutiny of Los Santos' finer details. The confidence is well founded too, with updated textures and new effects in place - but do both consoles qualify for the equal treatment, or does the PS4 advantage go beyond its extra woodland flourishes?
As tested on the latest patch 1.02, this updated Grand Theft Auto 5 is obviously more than a simple resolution bump, though that's a fine start. The 1080p resolve is backed by higher-grade post-processing AA, flattering the game's more generous allowance for draw distance. Horizon details are easier than ever to pick out here, and trekking through Rockstar's pastiche of Los Angeles no longer produces the obvious pop-in artifacts of the last-gen releases. The switchover is still there, but for both PS4 and Xbox One, objects now draw in at the same impressive, far-flung range.
For any massive sandbox world, the surplus of RAM on these new machines is a vital resource. Here we see the Rage engine is no longer beholden to streaming all assets from the optical media and HDD caches - and the GPUs on each unleash the potential for more effects. On PS4 and Xbox One alike, we now get focal effects such as depth of field (DOF), god rays, and also screen-space reflections across glossy floors. It's still a last-gen game at its core, but the extra finesse here makes it hard to go back a generation - and neither Sony or Microsoft's new hardware misses out.
Wait long enough down by the tracks west of the Palomino Highlands at a spot somewhere on Los Santos' left thigh, and eventually a freight train will clacket along. Some of its carriages are insurmountably tall, but others sit empty and ride low enough that, with a spirited jump, you can haul yourself up for a free trip. You won't have the leathery comfort of a stolen sedan's cabin, or the sky-rollicking freedom of a light aircraft, but there's no better way to see the city.
Rockstar's remaster of GTA 5 is now in our hands, and it's quite the thing. It's quite the disturbing thing, it turns out, when it comes to the all-new first person mode, which gifts the cartoon violence an unpleasant edge and makes for what's perhaps one of the more crass sex scenes in gaming. Oh, and you can flip the bird at people while driving past, so there's that too! Have a look at it all in action in Ian Higton's video.
In our initial tests of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it seemed clear that both Sony and Microsoft platforms had been treated as equal citizens, with each edition appearing to receive the same level of remastering. However, screenshot comparisons appearing on the internet yesterday suggested that the game's biggest enhancement - a radical revamp of the great outdoors - was missing significant amounts of detail on Xbox One.
You know, I never cared about the heists. Mostly because I didn't really care for the heist structures in story mode, but also because GTA Online's canvas offered a lot more than robbing shops and banks. In fact, GTA Online was my reason to buy GTA5, though the grimly inevitable (and weirdly prescient) events surrounding the online side's early days put a dampener on my attempt to dive in as soon as it was enabled and not leave the couch for a week. Once the network issues were sorted, however, it blossomed into a whirlwind romance that delivered GTA's evergreen magic by the bucketload.
Grand Theft Auto 5's next-gen port came out today in North America and already people have started uncovering some of its hidden new additions. Without a doubt the most zany of which lets you transform into various animals. Well, sort of.
It's shinier of course - Digital Foundry has detailed analysis of just how shiny it is - but the most notable new feature of Grand Theft Auto 5's new release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is a first-person camera mode.
UPDATE 9am 19/11/2014: Rockstar has issued an emergency patch for GTA 5 that fixes the character transfer issue many players ran into yesterday.
UPDATE 20/11/14 4:03pm: The final analysis is in. We've put together a wealth of GTA 5 clips culled from capture sessions spanning over 20 different missions, concentrating on areas where the title's 30fps target frame-rate faces its toughest challenges. In comparing PS4 and Xbox One, the end result is fascinating; it shows that while there are some scenarios that prove equally challenging for both consoles, specific areas can see one platform out-performing the other. On a native 1080p title like this, we might reasonably expect PlayStation 4's more powerful GPU to demonstrate an unassailable advantage across the game, but the reality is a little more complicated.
Travelling at speed through city junctions - such as Strawberry Avenue - turns out to be a particular Achilles Heel on PS4, with sustained drops to around the 24-26fps range at their worst. It's a situation that also applies to Xbox One, but to a consistently lesser degree when testing under the precise same conditions (and borne out in repeated tests). Put simply, in areas where junctions are stacked up one after the other, the Sony platform suffers more prolonged frame-rate drops when burning through traffic with your foot jammed to the floor. It's an interesting, recurring scenario that points to a CPU bottleneck, where Xbox One's increased clock-speed has an advantage when racing around these busy sections.
Another potential cause could be hard drive access, of course. GTA 5 is very intensive in terms of background streaming, a state of affairs that made the digital download versions of the last-gen version less desirable than the physical releases (where streaming bandwidth was shared between disc and drive). To lessen the impact of any streaming bottleneck, we installed the PS4 version onto an SSD for a re-test - the results showed no improvement.
Grand Theft Auto 5 sure looks pretty on next-gen (or have we decided to call it current gen?) hardware, and Rockstar has just released a video to demonstrate just how much prettier it is side-by-side next to its last-gen counterpart - at least on Sony platforms.
UPDATE 11/04/2014 7.05pm Grand Theft Auto 5's next-gen version will run at 1080p resolution at 30fps on PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar has confirmed.
It also noted that the game will be 4K compatible on PC.
ORIGINAL STORY 11/04/2014 5.42pm Grand Theft Auto 5's new PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version will let you play in first-person view.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has announced that it will release a physical 55-track soundtrack of original music from the game.
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Existing Grand Theft Auto 5 owners will be rewarded with extra content if they transfer their character over to the game's upcoming PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions.
Lindsay Lohan has stepped up her lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar over the use of a character alleged to be based on her.
Today's new Grand Theft Auto Online patch includes a wealth of new content surrounding the game's Last Team Standing mode, Rockstar has detailed.
Last Team Standing is GTA's regular deathmatch mode where players are limited to just one life. Die and you won't respawn - you'll just have to sit out the rest of the match.
Rockstar has now added 10 new LTS jobs and added the mode to GTA Online's mission creator, so you can now make up your own events and share them with others.
Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has a new first-person mode, according to a post on Rockstar's website that was subsequently pulled.
YouTuber 8-Bit Bastard has recreated the intro to HBO's prohibition era gangster epic Boardwalk Empire in Grand Theft Auto 5.
UPDATE: Rockstar has released a new trailer for the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of GTA5 titled: "A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip."
At the end of the trailer we're told it was captured from the PS4 version of the game. Watch it below.
ORIGINAL STORY: The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 launch on 18th November, Rockstar has announced.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar is updating the game's audio offering for its PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release.
Fashion model and actress Cara Delevingne revealed the news via her Instagram, where she posted a photo of her at Rockstar to record new dialogue.
"Back with @rockstargames to update my GTAV radio station Non Stop Pop FM for new versions coming this Fall!" she wrote.
12GB PlayStation 3 owners will soon need to upgrade their hard drives or face losing access to Grand Theft Auto Online, developer Rockstar has warned.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has accused actress Lindsay Lohan of suing the company simply in a bid for attention.
Rockstar has detailed the GTA Online Flight School update, which will be available to download today on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The latest round of new content for Grand Theft Auto 5's multiplayer mode includes new jets and helicopters, plus new car races and new "patriotic-themed parachute bags".
Fresh aerial solo challenges will be added, and there will be increased payouts for GTA Online's harder missions, with bonus cash when you complete missions with others (perhaps in preparation for the game's long-delayed Online Heists?).
If there was one key message to take from last month's E3, it was that 2015 is going to be a proper treat. The roll call of games coming out next year is just dizzying - Halo 5: Guardians! Bloodborne! Xenoblade Chronicles X! - and it's all so exciting that even some of what were set to be this year's biggest games didn't want to be left out, with the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight slipping back to get involved in the throng.
Mean Girls and Freaky Friday star Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar over allegedly using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto 5.
What would it be like to run and gun around Grand Theft Auto 5 with a first-person view? Modder XBLToothPik has found out.
GTA Online developer Rockstar has apologised for the ongoing delays to its much-anticipated multiplayer heists, which once held a "spring" release date.
Rockstar has unveiled its "I'm Not a Hipster" patch for GTA Online, which adds retro print T-shirts, skinny jeans and a range of Shoreditch hairstyles.
Seven new vehicles have been added to the multiplayer mode, including the Panto micro-car and the six-seater Dubsta (available when you reach Rank 100).
10 vehicles from Grand Theft Auto 5's campaign mode have also been added - including Trevor's truck, along with new paint colours, player celebrations, tattoos and animal masks.
Rockstar Games typically steers well clear of E3, but it did choose to make a big announcement to coincide with the event this year - the reveal of the much-anticipated next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in the autumn. Clocking in at just over a minute, the trailer takes us through a large number of environments across Los Santos and beyond, illustrating the changes and improvements made to the visuals.
UPDATE #2 1.12pm: Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One will include an array of visual upgrades and a few tweaked features, Rockstar has said.
A group of Grand Theft Auto 5 players have used Rockstar's open-world multiplayer playground as the means to stage a virtual remake of Terminator 2: Judgment Day's famous car chase.
UPDATE 30/05 3.30PM BST: I tracked down creator Balasz Kaloscai to find out a little more. As suspected (as was obvious), these aren't actual C64 games but his artist's impression of them.
Rockstar is working on a next-gen project due sometime before 31st March 2015.
Grand Theft Auto 5's multiplayer mode is to be expanded next week with the High Life Update, which adds the ability to own multiple properties at the same time.
A fresh set of high-end apartments in the Eclipse Towers and Richards Majestic regions will be available for purchase, developer Rockstar revealed in a new blog post, all with new interior designs.
Another new addition is the Mental State player stat, which will allow you to check the current disposition of nearby players in your session - from passive to psychotically unhinged.
Grand Theft Auto 5 may soon host jetpacks for the first time, according to a new string of code recently added to the game.
The Chinese government has set forth its rules for the censorship of foreign video games - and it looks like a fair number of titles may be affected.
Japanese YouTuber EV niconico has used Grand Theft Auto 5 to remake Hideo Kojima's stunning nine minute red band E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
The results are simultaneously epic and hilarious. Some parts match up with the original trailer quite well - like the torture scene - while others take certain creative liberties with the content. There's no way to produce medics removing a body bomb, for example, so instead an alien autopsy easter egg is used. It's goofy as all hell, but still syncs with the music surprisingly well.
It's a shame that the English translation isn't better with the word "stelth" rearing its ugly head on more than one occasion, but all is forgiven for the amazing caption card that reads "Kojima is god!" Now if only the actual Phantom Pain trailer boasted the same claim.
Rockstar has revealed the upcoming new features headed to Grand Theft Auto Online this "spring", including the much-awaited multiplayer Heists.
Beginning next week Rockstar will roll out the Capture Creator, the first of several upcoming additions to Grand Theft Auto 5's multiplayer mode. This update will allow you to design your own Capture Jobs, similar to the player-created Deathmatches and Races already available.
The next lump of new content will be The High Life Update, which will unlock the ability to own two properties at the same time. Other additions will include new high-end apartment options, three new cars, a new bike, new jobs, a new rifle and new wardrobe items, Rockstar wrote in a new blog post.
PlayStation Vita owners can now download Grand Theft Auto 5's iFruit companion app.
BAFTA game nominees and winners are discounted on Steam at the moment.
Last year it was Gabe Newell, and before him Peter Molyneux, Will Wright and Shigeru Miyamoto. The BAFTA Fellowship is, according to BAFTA, "the highest accolade bestowed".
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar is planning another bite-size update for the game next week.
The Business Update arrives on Tuesday, 4th March and includes the Heavy Pistol and Special Carbine weapons, three new sports cars and a new luxury airplane.
A fresh range of suit jackets, shades, "business hairstyles" and "currency-themed tattoos" are also included, Rockstar revealed in a new blog post.
The daughter of a retired mobster is suing Rockstar for allegedly using her likeness and life story in Grand Theft Auto 5.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar will update the game's online mode this Friday with a free Valentine's Day-themed add-on.
Three key figures at Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame this week.
Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take-Two revealed in its latest financial report that it's "sold-in" (i.e. shipped) over 32.5 million copies of its latest open-world crimefest.
Oh Amazon! You've only gone and listed Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC, the platform it's not yet confirmed for (although we've heard will be).
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar is hot on the tail of cheaters swamping GTA Online with mountains of illegally-gained funds.
We've had our say on 2013's best video games. And so have you. Now, it's the turn of the developers, the makers of the virtual experiences we so love. Read on for the games of 2013 according to the creators of the likes of Super Meat Boy, Assassin's Creed 4, XCOM, Oculus Rift and more, complete with Twitter bios.
I live half a world away from the Santa Monica pier, but over the years I have been a frequent visitor to its planks, so ghosted by the insistent sun, so buffed and smoothed by the sandy wind. It's a handsome pier, narrow enough that you don't mistake it for a road (even though the occasional police car creeps along its back), but long enough to carry you a good distance out to sea. At its far end the fishermen bob in a row, their taut lines stretching off forever into the easygoing Pacific.
GTA Online's creation tool has been online - albeit in beta form - for a day now, allowing the whole world to get doodling penises all over Los Santos. Now that the thrill of all that has died down, Ian Higton's going to be taking a look at it all this evening from 5pm GMT.
Enterprising GTA Online players have managed to locate Grand Theft Auto 5's prologue map hidden within the game's multiplayer mode.
Grand Theft Auto Online's content creator may not have an official release date yet, but Rockstar will be trickling out its new features in the form of the deathmatch & race creators beta, which goes live tomorrow as a free update.
This will give players the ability to create their own races and competitive shooting arenas for other players to play, rate and share via the Rockstar Games Social Club. The beta will allow players to create and customise jobs for following modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Race, GTA Race, and Rally Race.
"With access to some of the same tools as our own game design and development team, you can craft your own custom blood-soaked gunfights, high-octane street races, screaming jet dogfights and more," the developer wrote on its News Wire.
Rockstar's upcoming content creator for Grand Theft Auto Online has been discovered and accessed in the game's files.
Audio files pulled from Grand Theft Auto 5's recent Beach Bum update have hinted at a number of upcoming activities headed to the game's already-bulging open world.
Rockstar has just released its Grand Theft Auto Online Stimulus Package of $500,000 in-game money to make up for the online game's botched launch that erased many a profile.
Rockstar has released a fifth title update for Grand Theft Auto 5's multiplayer mode which should squash any remaining save issues.
GTA Online update 1.05 is now available for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar has announced, and addresses the loss of gameplay data when game saves are uploaded to the cloud.
The patch again irons out problems with player vehicles and mods disappearing, a consistent issue since the game's launch.
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Rockstar expects the next Grand Theft Auto 5 update to release early next week.
Update 1.05 addresses player progress loss issues.
After it's released, Rockstar hopes to release the GTA$ Stimulus Package, it said on its Newswire website. The current target for this is before the end of next week.
Grand Theft Auto 5 was so wildly successful that it's already "sold-in" nearly 29 million units, more than GTA 4 did in its entire lifetime, publisher Take-Two announced.
Now "sold-in" refers to selling copies to stores, not individual people, but it still gives a sense of how much more popular GTA5 is than its already vastly successful predecessor.
GTA 5's sales boosted the publisher's Non-GAAP net revenue up to $1.27 billion for the quarter ending 30th September, a substantial increase over the $288 million for the same time period last year. Additionally, the company made $118.9 million in catalog sales of such titles as Borderlands 2, Civ 5, NBA 2K13 and Red Dead Redemption.
When it comes to world-building, few can compete with Rockstar and the results of its phenomenal RAGE engine. For their time, both Grand Theft Auto 4 and Red Dead Redemption offered best-in-class world simulation and the arrival of GTA5 allows us to see the technology at its peak on the current-gen consoles. Time-lapse video accelerates the pace of the game world, offering up a unique view on the both the level of detail in the simulation - and the compromises made.
UPDATE: Rockstar has announced that its "stimulus package", rewarding Grand Theft Auto Online players will a half million dollars of in-game money to make up for its botched launch, will start arriving next week in a title update for GTA 5.
It's two weeks in a row for Grand Theft Auto 5 at the top of the UK video games chart, totalling three top-spots since launch, counted GfK Chart-Track.
Rockstar has halved the amount of money you'll receive from repeating missions in Grand Theft Auto Online.
The developer confirmed the change over the weekend on its support site after anger from fans at its sneaky introduction - the alteration first went live in last Friday's patch, although Rockstar made no mention of it at the time.
"For those of you inquiring about mission payouts, there was a change that reduces payouts by 50 per cent after a repeat of the mission," Rockstar explained. "The first time you play and beat the mission, you will get the full amount. Subsequent replays will see a payout amount reduced by half. This is to keep the game balanced as well as encourage the exploration of new missions and content in the game.
Rockstar's phenomenally-successful Grand Theft Auto 5 has now sold more than three million copies in the UK.
We already knew the title had shifted 1.57 million units over a single day in the UK, generating £65 million of revenue.
Double that, and you get the game's new total, as reported by MCV.
UPDATE: A new title update for GTA Online should correct issues with players' vehicles randomly disappearing, among other things.
FIFA 13, Black Ops 2 and Skyrim were extraordinary successes in the UK, but on Amazon, Grand Theft Auto 5 has beaten them all - and after only one month on sale.
Amazon placed GTA5 fourth in its all-time video games sales chart:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
High-profile releases from both Nintendo and Sony have failed to budge Grand Theft Auto 5 off the UK all-format chart top spot.
Rockstar will give GTA Online players half a million in-game dollars to make up for the game's troubled launch.
GTA Online, the multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto 5, launched on 1st October and quickly buckled under the pressure applied to it by millions of players. It was, for many, unplayable.
Now GTA Online performance has improved, Rockstar has announced a "special stimulus package" for all who have played or will play GTA Online this month. Half a million GTA$ will be dropped into the bank accounts of players this month starting next week.
Two of rapper Daz Dillinger's tracks are in Grand Theft Auto 5 - and he's not happy about it.
Rockstar will release a PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2014, Eurogamer understands.
Rockstar has issued a PS3 update to Grand Theft Auto Online that should eliminate issues with profiles losing progress.
While the update is only on PS3 so far, Rockstar noted on its Newswire that it will be out on Xbox 360 "tomorrow at the latest."
"This title update will resolve the cause of players losing their gameplay progress except for some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and the save does not occur due to a cloud save failure," Rockstar explained. "A fix for that particular issue is being worked on and we will provide an update as soon as we know when this will be resolved."
GTA Online is a shambles. And that's not always a criticism. The disorder is part of what makes it so entertaining; you've played better driving games and better shooters, but everything in Los Santos is so gloriously chaotic and unpredictable that it's no surprise many people are persevering with it - despite myriad issues that would bulldoze just about any other online game. When it works, it's often a joy.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is the biggest ever digital release on PlayStation platforms, Sony has announced.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has, after just three weeks on sale, beaten the lifetime sales of Grand Theft Auto 4 in the UK.
Rockstar North's open world game sold over 1.57 million units in the UK alone in one day, generating eye-watering revenue of £65 million. The previous day one record was held by Call of Duty: Black Ops, which sold 1.41 million units and generated £58 million upon its 9th November 2010 launch.
Now, after three weeks on sale, GTA 5 is already the UK's 12th best-selling game of all time. As for revenue, GTA 5 is in fifth place in the all-time money-making list, behind four Call of Duty games. But it's on the up - GTA 5 revenue has already almost equalled the total of Call of Duty: Black Ops.
UPDATE: Rockstar has issued a warning to GTA Online players about character creation.
Still frustrated while trying to get into GTA Online? Take some time out and relax. YouTube channel Despicables has uploaded a beautifully mellow Grand Theft Auto 5 timelapse video, showing a more tranquil side to Los Santos and revealing the remarkable attention to detail Rockstar has poured into its virtual world.
Today's title update for Grand Theft Auto 5 not only adds Grand Theft Auto Online, it fixes a host of well known issues.
Over a week ago developer Rockstar warned people not to park their cars in garages as they'd sometimes wind up mysteriously vanishing. It appears Rockstar has solved this as today's update fixes "issues with saved vehicles going missing, or losing their upgrades."
We're still trying to gain confirmation from Rockstar that the garages are safe to use again, but it sure sounds like they are.
The release of GTA Online has confirmed the in-game purchases Eurogamer revealed last week.
Two of the real world cash amounts have been reduced very slightly.
The $200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card, which we reported would be £3.49, is in fact £3.39.
UPDATE 7: Rockstar has said the GTA Online patch is live for PS3. It's working to have it released for Xbox 360 "as soon as possible today".
Here's the latest list of updates:
For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users. This was preventing most players from accessing GTA Online altogether and as of this morning, that problem was resolved.
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FIFA 14 has entered the UK chart at number one, but launch week sales were down 24 per cent compared to FIFA 13.
Chart-Track suggests this may be down to "all the money spent last week", referencing the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 the week prior. GTA5 is the biggest game of all time based on week one sales.
Chart-Track also suggests FIFA 14 may have suffered as a result of releasing during a console transition, saying, "consumers may be delaying this purchase until PS4/Xbox One versions are available".
The PlayStation Network struggled to cope with the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 last week, with some reporting download and installation issues. The infamous error code 80029563 popped up following several separate corrupted 18GB downloads in our own attempts.
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Rockstar is rather excited about the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online next month, but one problem it's facing is that GTA 5 has actually been even more popular than the developer expected, so it's frantically trying to add more servers to meet the demands of its several million players.
"One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point," said Rockstar in its latest blog post. "We are working around the clock to buy and add more servers."
Despite this, the company is still expecting the early days to be a bit rough. "This increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are," it stated. "This is part of the problem some of you have been experiencing with the iFruit App and some Social Club services - we apologise in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area."
UPDATE: Rockstar has officially confirmed the existence of paid-for cash packs in Grand Theft Auto Online via a just-published blog post, and moved to reassure fans that the game has been balanced so these are not necessary to progress.
Usually it's the annual release of Call of Duty that prompts a nation's navel gazing and the question of whether violent video games make people more violent. But this year it's that comfy old slipper Grand Theft Auto (and then probably COD and then probably Assassin's Creed).
GTA5's upcoming multiplayer mode Grand Theft Auto Online will include the option to buy dollops of in-game cash for real-world money.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar Games has cautioned players from using the game's garages until a bug can be fixed.
As you'd expect, Grand Theft Auto 5 dominated the UK chart this week, storming to top spot as the UK's fastest-selling game of all time.
After five days on sale in launch week it is already the 24th biggest-selling game ever in the UK. Breaking that down, it's the 11th biggest on Xbox 360 and 10th biggest on PlayStation 3. Xbox 360 accounted for 57 per cent of sales, PS3 43 per cent.
More astonishing figures: GTA 5's launch week was 2.4 times greater than GTA4's. It shifted almost 250,000 more units than previous record-holder, 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops.
UPDATE# 2: Grand Theft Auto 5 has achieved $1 billion in retail sales worldwide despite having only been out for three days, publisher Take-Two interactive has announced.
The publisher noted that it believes this is the fastest that any entertainment property has achieved this milestone, and that includes film. The previous record for games was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which took 15 days to hit the one billion mark, while The Avengers set the box office record with 19 days to accrue that same amount.
UPDATE: Grand Theft Auto 5's worldwide day one sales have exceeded $800 million, publisher Take-Two Interactive has announced.
Following Rockstar's warning to Xbox 360 users of sub-optimal GTA5 performance should both discs be installed to its hard drive, our attention has turned to the PSN digital release of the game. This edition is played in its entirety from the hard drive as opposed to utilising both disc and HDD, opening up the game to a variation of the 360's streaming issues when both discs are installed.
Sony has addressed the installation issues that have plagued a small number of users who have downloaded Grand Theft Auto 5 from the European PSN store.
Update: Thanks to some technical difficulties yesterday, Ian only managed three of his planned four Grand Theft Auto 5 live streams, which you can watch below. He'll be back at 5pm UK time today (6pm central European time) for a fourth stream in which he's going to try out some of the game's cheat codes to see how much chaos he can cause in 90 minutes. Watch below or over at the Eurogamer YouTube channel. Warning! Spoilers ahead!
UPDATE 3: Digital Foundry has investigated the matter further and discovered a possible solution to the Grand Theft Auto 5 Xbox 360 "play" disc installation issue.
Ahead of the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, some of the creators of the first Grand Theft Auto game have discussed its troubled, four-and-a-half year development and revealed how it was nearly cancelled before release.
In a video feature published by The Guardian, ex-DMA Design (now Rockstar North) staff recall the making of the 1997 PC and PSone game, which presented an open world from a top-down perspective.
"The writers were driving at one way. The level designers were driving at another way. They weren't meeting in the middle," Gary Penn, the producer and creative director who joined the project to help bring it all together, said.
Released to accompany reviews.
Grand Theft Auto games are always full of satirical digs at staples of modern life, so why should our present obsession with online shooters be immune from parody?
UPDATE: Rockstar has updated its official Twitter account to clarify that those who pre-ordered Grand Theft Auto 5 on PSN Europe will be able to download the game on Sunday at 3pm BST.
Hello, Eurogamers! Welcome again to the pick of this week's videos from Outside Xbox. There are only three more sleeps until Grand Theft Auto 5 day, when you will be too busy playing the game to watch videos about it. Now is the time therefore to catch Show of the Week starring GTA 5 and its sprawling city of Los Santos.
Hopefully by now you've read my Grand Theft Auto 5 review and discovered that, against all odds, I'm a huge fan of it. While you wait to get your hands on the game - or perhaps while you sit at work later this week daydreaming about playing it again when you get home - why don't you join me for a quick tour of the city of Los Santos?
As everyone knows, this year's hot in-game accessory is a dog, with Call of Duty's canine companion winning the most plaudits so far. Rockstar wasn't going to be left behind in the poochification of AAA gaming, however, so GTA 5 also has a dog in it: Franklin's friend Lamar's rottweiler, Chop.
SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't played GTA 5 yet, then reading this feature will reveal details of a mission about a dozen hours into the game, along with some of the surrounding context. This won't ruin your enjoyment of the game, but it will reduce the impact of one of its most extreme moments. Read on with that in mind or return when you've gotten there yourself and feel like talking about it. You have been warned.
Grand Theft Auto 5 releases on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 today, bringing Rockstar's expansive open world game to the new generation of consoles. Digital Foundry will be assessing the technical differences throughout the week, and we'll be bringing you more on what's new and how the original stands up nearly a year on from its release. To start, though, here's our original review, first published in September 2013.
If there was one criticism of Grand Theft Auto 4 that evidently stung Rockstar, it was the complaint that it lacked an endgame. Liberty City was an incredible place, cramming as much character into one city block as most open worlds manage in a thousand, but once Niko settled his last score, there wasn't much to do but cruise around waiting for the DLC.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a welcome overreaction. Rockstar has rammed Los Santos and the surrounding desert and mountain areas with more things to do than I could describe in half a dozen reviews. I'm not sure it feels like the biggest open world in the series' history, but I think that's just because it's so easy to travel across quickly, and it's certainly the most densely packed with hedonistic thrills, stuff to buy and steal, random events and weirdoes who want something. Then there's the promise of GTA Online, the evolving, persistent multiplayer component due to land for free at the start of October.
Rockstar has released new details of Grand Theft Auto 5's expansive multiplayer mode, GTA Online.
Grand Theft Auto 5 launches in exactly one week, but its world map has already leaked online.
Rockstar founder Sam Houser has shed personal light on the lengths that he and his team go to when creating games such as Grand Theft Auto, comparing the process to the famously turbulent shoot of director Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
Rockstar has employed real-world gang members and criminals to provide hours of voice acting in Grand Theft Auto 5.
Rockstar has released the launch trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, which is - count them - just 19 days away.
Story-wise it shows retired mobster Michael choosing to return to his former life of crime, aided by fellow protagonists Franklin and Trevor.
Footage from the game's missions shows off night-time car chases, jet plane flying and plenty of explosions, along with what looks like some kind of submersible.
Grand Theft Auto 5 will contain 15 radio stations, two talk radio stations, 240 licensed songs and "somewhere in the proximity of" 20 movies of soundtrack score.
Rockstar has released new details of the Grand Theft Auto 5 Collector's Edition, including that you can play as the son/daughter of GTA4 protagonist Niko Bellic in GTA Online.
Sony has apologised to Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar and GTA fans worldwide after copies of the game downloaded from the EU PlayStation Store were cracked open by hackers.
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 will let you smoke bongs and once again visit prostitutes, a new ESRB rating for the game has revealed.
Rockstar's achievement/trophy list for Grand Theft Auto 5 has been posted online.
Rockstar has shown off new footage of Grand Theft Auto Online - GTA5's expansive multiplayer offering - which will launch two weeks after the main game, on 1st October.
The developer describes GTA Online as "a dynamic and persistent online world" accessible by yourself or with up to 16 players. You can work cooperatively to complete missions and ambient events or compete in traditional game modes.
New content will continue to be added post-launch by both Rockstar and the community. You can create new races or missions in the mode's content creator, share them with friends and try other people's creations.
At a Los for anything to write.
There are big open-world games out there, some bigger than GTA5 - but there will be none stuffed with as much content, Rockstar believes.
UPDATE: Nvidia's European PR manager Ben Berraondo has issued Eurogamer with the following statement - it appears mentioning GTA5 was an error.
12 new pics from Grand Theft Auto 5 have emerged, teasing the various locations, vehicles, and scenarios we'll be able to engage in come September in Rockstar's highly anticipated open-world sequel.
Yesterday was a good day. Rockstar's got the knack of making the internet stop in its tracks whenever it deems us all worthy of another look at its new beau, and the latest Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer was no exception. We'd all heard all the splendid things about how Rockstar North's game would be offering up the most expansive open world, and how the mechanics have learnt from the likes of Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption, but seeing it all come together in action was something else. This really looks like the San Andreas follow-up everyone's been wishing for.
Chris has already explored why exactly the series has plumped for comedy, and now here's a chance to rewind and pick out some of the smaller details in the trailer. This is far from a comprehensive list - and if you've got more you've picked up, please let us know - but it's a little insight into what to expect when GTA 5 finally launches on September 17. That date really can't come soon enough.
Comedy, according to Martin Amis, is the only genre left standing. Faced with the kind of world we live in, history and tragedy just won't cut it any more.
Update: Rockstar has clarified that the footage in the video was captured on PS3.]
"Just to clarify for those asking, this particular video was captured with footage from the PS3 version of the game," wrote Rockstar on its website (via VG247).
Original story: Rockstar has finally revealed the first proper gameplay footage of Grand Theft Auto 5.
The Xbox 360 edition of Grand Theft Auto 5 will come on two discs, developer Rockstar has announced, but you won't need to swap them during gameplay.
The first disc holds data for a mandatory 8GB install - meaning that 4GB Xbox 360 users will need an external hard drive. Disc two will then be used to play the game.
"This initial install will require an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space," Rockstar wrote in a new Q&A blog post. "If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance."
Grand Theft Auto 5 is expected to sell an astounding 18 million units in its first year, according to financial services company The Cowen Group.
Rockstar has announced the Grand Theft Auto 5 Special and Collector's Editions.
A PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 was spotted on a couple of German retail sites.
Rockstar has revealed three new Grand Theft Auto 5 trailers, one for each of the game's playable characters.
Watch the new footage of Michael, Franklin and Trevor below.
It's the first we've seen of the game in action since last November's trailer.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has shown a gallery of new screenshots of the game.
You can't sign up for a Grand Theft Auto 5 beta; nothing has ever even been mentioned about a Grand Theft Auto 5 beta. Heck, it's unlikely Rockstar will even do a beta for GTA5.
That's why when you see any website or Facebook page saying otherwise, you know it's a scam. And there are plenty of them.
Take-Two has been busy legally shutting them down, having won victories in February this year against getgtavbeta.com and betagtav.com, reported Fusible.
Rockstar has slammed what it labels "conspiracy theories" about the recent delay to Grand Theft Auto 5.
Grand Theft Auto 4 has aged rather well, you know. Load it up today, five years later, and the streets of Liberty City still look and feel incredible. There's so much life in that city. A lot of games possess character, but GTA 4 is one of the few where each neighbourhood and borough can lay claim to its own; it's a world with an attention to detail that has become completely alien to gamers brought up in the shadow of the 18-month development cycle.
Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released on 17th September, developer Rockstar Games has announced.
That date applies to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. There's still no word on a PC version. Or one for Wii U.
Rockstar had previously mentioned a spring launch window. The game has been delayed to allow for "extra development time" on the project, Rockstar said.
Rockstar Games boss Dan Houser bought writer Truman Capote's ridiculous three-storey New York penthouse in March 2012 for a colossal $12.5 million smackaroos.
2013, so we're told, is going to be the year of mass disruption in videogames. It's when the old ways are finally eroded by the new, and when new hardware's going to show up to a party that may already be long over. It's when PC gaming should cement itself at the top of the tree, when Microsoft and Sony are to unveil their own takes on the future and when the concept of a traditional console cycle is to be scattered to the winds, replaced with disparate hardware iterations and a million new ways to play games. In fact, given the current rate of hardware announcements Microsoft will have announced the new Xbox by the end of the week, and its successor will be unveiled some time next Tuesday.
With 2012 already a smudged headline on yesterday's newspaper, it's time to get excited, all over again, for the next twelve months and the incredible games they are sure to bring. There are some amazing-looking games due out this year, including Grand Theft Auto 5, BioShock Infinite, Beyond, The Last of Us and more. And with the next-generation of consoles set to explode onto the scene, proper brand new games are surely not far behind. Hopefully.
Rockstar's PR machine has returned to hibernation following a burst of Grand Theft Auto 5 details last month, all of which culminated in the reveal of the game's second trailer and vague "spring 2013" release date.
In the meantime, one fan remade the first GTA5 trailer using Lego characters, scenery and stop-motion animation filming (thanks, Kotaku). The results are well worth a watch.
It also reminds us that GTA-style open-world game Lego City Undercover is coming to the Wii U. Something else to look forward to.
The Grand Theft Auto series has shipped a whopping 125 million units, Take-Two has confirmed.
That's 11 million up on the 114 million figure reported in September 2011. 25 million units of Grand Theft Auto 4 have been shipped.
Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick revealed the updated figures at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference (covered by Gamespot).
A fan petition aimed at getting Grand Theft Auto 5 released on PC has reached over 45,000 signatures.
Grand Theft Auto 5 may yet appear on other platforms, Rockstar boss Dan Houser has indicated.
Like one of those brilliant scuffles between two men in rubber monster suits stomping around in a miniature city, this week saw not only the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but also the unveiling of Grand Theft Auto 5's second trailer. Over at Outside Xbox we clambered all over Black Ops 2 Live like an amorous spider, grabbing a chat with Michael Rooker, who stars in the game, and experiencing the contrast between mumbled missives and boundless enthusiasm from Jack Whitehall and Chris 'Kammy' Kamara respectively. More usefully, we chatted to Treyarch's eSports advisor Hastr0 about how to read a Call of Duty match using the game's new revamped spectator and theatre mode, which forms the basis of 'CoDcasting'.
Rockstar has revealed the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, showcasing each of the game's three protagonists.
First up is Michael, a retired criminal now trying to live a straight life. He has a rich house and a dysfunctional family. Then there's Trevor Phillips, an unwashed hard man who lives in a trailer and isn't afraid of using violence. Completing the trio is Franklin, a dodgy car salesman.
Footage from a number of missions is shown off. We see Trevor blowing up a house, Michael's son hanging off a boat on the freeway and someone jumping out of a car while falling out of a plane.
There's a new Grand Theft Auto game around the corner so the Rockstar heavyweights are being wheeled out for the media. Among them, Dan Houser, the big cheese.
A gallery of new Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshots published by Gamer.nl has detailed more of the game's world, said to be "five times bigger" than Rockstar's cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is confirmed to have three protagonists.
Grand Theft Auto 5's protagonist is a retired East Coast gangster, a new report suggests.
A number of Grand Theft Auto 5 locations have been revealed in a set of exclusive screenshots for pre-order customers.
UPDATE #2: Grand Theft Auto 5 will launch during spring 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Take-Two has confirmed.
The news backs up multiple leaks from retail sources, below.
There's yet another piece of fresh artwork, too.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has reached out to fans for ideas on improving the game's multiplayer Crews.
Last week a report released by Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland claimed that the Scottish games industry had a value of zero. This zero is apparently a result of the sector having a monetary value of less than £10m, which the report rounded down to f*** all. The report also claimed that less than 200 people are actually employed within the sector, which is less than the amount employed by Greggs, and less than you'll find queuing outside any Greggs in Dundee. It's one pretty crazy report.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has filed this week's third and final deployment of GTA5 screenshots under the label "business".
Six screenshots in the same week? It's like Rockstar has a game to release.
Rockstar has released a trio of new images from Grand Theft Auto 5, showing what may be another glimpse at the game's protagonist.
A crazy person who goes by Ketegano15 on Youtube has recreated the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer in Battlefield 3. Because the internet. That's why.
If you ever wondered what Rockstar's upcoming open-world crime drama would look like starring jittery soldiers, now you have your answer.
Below we've got the Battlefield 3 version followed by the original GTA 5 trailer, then a side-by-side comparison after that. You're welcome.
Who needs Grand Theft Auto 5? Well, not the industrious folk that are porting the whole of PlayStation 2 classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas into Grand Theft Auto 4.
The Grand Theft Auto universe's shady religious cult the Epsilon Program has updated its official site and twitter account, suggesting things are moving along swimmingly for the MIA sequel after its lack of presence at yesterday's financial call.
Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has quietly released two new screenshots from the game.
Gamescom organisers have denied internet scuttlebutt that claimed Rockstar would showcase Grand Theft Auto 5 at the German event.
The boss of Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two is not convinced that the Wii U can attract a viable audience for its core-orientated games.
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 will feature a huge variety of vehicles, according to data allegedly dug up from Max Payne 3's disc.
Crew registration for Max Payne 3 is now underway as part of a revamp of the Rockstar Social Club.
Grand Theft Auto 5 launches in October 2012, according to the online CV of a Rockstar North character animator.
As reported by Joystiq, both the employee's LinkedIn page and online résumé both list the date next to the GTA5 entry.
Rockstar has so far refused to comment, however, the CV has been taken offline and the LinkedIn page tweaked to remove any mention of the game.
Multiplayer "crews" that you set up in Max Payne 3 will carry over to Grand Theft Auto 5, developer Rockstar has revealed.
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has bought the same Brooklyn mansion once inhabited by legendary true crime author Truman Capote for a staggering $12.5 million.
Mafia 2 developer 2K Czech is reportedly helping Rockstar out with development of Grand Theft Auto 5.
Publisher Take-Two has filed trademarks for "GTA TV" and "Rockstar TV".
Rockstar is currently mulling the future of last year's crime thriller L.A. Noire.
Music publishing giant EMI is working to secure "hidden gems" from its giant audio catalogue for use in Grand Theft Auto 5.
Two video games, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Call of Duty, will account for around a quarter of all video game sales in the coming financial year, a report suggests.
A third of all money made from video games in the next year will also come from just those two titles, US financial analyst Baird Equity Research states (reported by Gamasutra).
Release dates for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 and Activision's next Call of Duty game have yet to be announced, although it's a fair bet that both will launch before April 2013.
Update: Rockstar appears to have removed the reference to next-gen consoles in its job advertisement, the original text of which is below. The advert now only mentions that candidates must have "the creative and technical knowledge to achieve the highest quality results within budget". Did Rockstar say too much?
Tom's already offered you a rundown of this year's Actual New Games - the ones that are offering, in their own ways, something unique - and now here's the slightly less glamorous look at the other side of the coin.
They're big business, these blockbuster sequels, and for all that we lament the lack of innovation it's these big-budget series that inevitably garner the most attention and inspire the most devotion from the majority. That's nothing to be scorned - iteration's an important thing in games development and indeed the development of games - and a composite of evolved features designed to fulfil a particular desire, be that the needs of a sports fan or those wanting a fresh shooter fix, can be just as important to the progression of the medium as the advent of a new game mechanic or control concept.
Sequels take many forms and capture our attention for many reasons. Some build their features up year by year, like FIFA and Call of Duty, and will continue to be brilliant when we encounter them later in 2012. Others build on the storytelling or world-building of games a few years past, like Gearbox's brilliant-looking Borderlands 2 or the sure-to-be-spectacular finale to the Shepard's tale in Mass Effect 3. And some are interesting because of their circumstances - Halo 4, for example, is another big-budget sequel on the near horizon, and with a new and as-yet unproven developer filling Bungie's big boots, we're just interested in that out of morbid curiosity as devotion to the series.
Internet sleuths reckon they've tracked down Grand Theft Auto 5's lead actor: a TV star who's appeared in Law & Order.
Rockstar controls the release of information about itself so its games feel "magical".
GTA5 trailer painstakingly recreated.
Every Sunday we bring you a feature selected from our archive. This week, to celebrate the imminent release of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4 and Xbox One, we bring you Dan Whitehead's paean to an unloved GTA4 character. This article was originally published in November 2011.
Rockstar has confirmed Grand Theft Auto 5 will be set in GTA: San Andreas' Los Santos, a present day, fictional version of Los Angeles.
GTA5's action will also take place in Los Santos' surrounding hills, countryside and beaches.
It will be the largest Grand Theft Auto game yet, Rockstar has said.
Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta didn't narrate the debut Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer.
His people confirmed that it wasn't Liotta to IGN.
Ray Liotta provided the voice for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City hero Tommy Vercetti. A man resembling an older Tommy Vercetti was spotted in the Grand Theft Auto 5 video. Plus, the narration presented a story that could fit his character.
THQ isn't worried that today's Grand Theft Auto 5 reveal will diminish excitement for its own open world crime effort, Saints Row: The Third.
Grand Theft Auto 5 we now know features the Los Santos (Los Angeles) and Vinewood (Hollywood) areas.
They both are part of the San Andreas state (California).
The debut Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer also mentioned Los Puerta, but we're not sure what area that is.
Straight out of Vinewood.
Grand Theft Auto 5 takes place in a version of Los Angeles, according to a Kotaku report.
Rockstar has officially announced Grand Theft Auto 5 via a teaser image posted on Rockstar.com.
The image merely teases the game's logo and lists a date for the game's first trailer - 2nd November.
No release date or platforms are mentioned.
The link between violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto and the riots that have gripped the UK this week are entirely predictable and part of a cycle of moral panic, according to experts.
Take-Two will announce new games scheduled for release during its next financial year in the "coming months", the company has said.
Take-Two has registered a trademark for Rockstar Films, suggesting movies based on Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption may be in the works.
It is "pretty likely" that Grand Theft Auto V will launch next year, according to a new report.
A private Take-Two casting call is advertising for an actor to portray James Pedeaston - a character from Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Another 100 website addresses tenuously linked to Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto V have been found.
Grand Theft Auto V may be codenamed Rush, according to a Hollywood casting call - and these may be some of the game's star characters.
Imagine typing the name of a game wrong on your CV! That's what renowned stuntman Declan Mulvey claimed happened when he seemed to inadvertently leak the existence of Grand Theft Auto V.
Grand Theft Auto V may be set in Hollywood, according to an idiosyncratic report on VG247.
Games industry analyst Mike Hickey has said a Grand Theft Auto V announcement may be on the way - and that it could be made before E3 kicks off in June.
"There is building suspension for a pre-E3 GTA V announcement," he said, as reported by Industrygamers. "Although we expect nothing from Rockstar at this year’s official E3 event."
Rockstar is more likely to hold a separate press event and make the announcement independent of any publisher conferences, apparently. That's because GTA V really is kind of a big deal.
Take-Two has announced "a new incentive compensation programme" based on profit sharing for the Rockstar Games label, and "long-term employment agreements" for key team-members including Sam and Dan Houser and GTA producer Leslie Benzies.