Grand Theft Auto V

PS3, XB360 / Action Adventure / Release: Sep 17, 2013 / ESRB: RP

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PSA: If GTA Online loses your character, don't make a new one

PSA: If GTA Online loses your character, don't make a new one

Even after a patch aimed at major bugs, Grand Theft Auto 5's Online mode is still going through some growing pains. If the character selection screen shows you empty slots even after you've created a character, Rockstar is warning you not to create a new one in its place.

Read more: Reload GTA Online, repeat »

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Grand Theft Auto 5 review: great, not grand

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: great, not grand

Like the real world city of Los Angeles that inspired it, Grand Theft Auto 5 can be summed up with one word: sprawling. Three main characters! A massive open world! Underwater missions! In terms of sheer size, Rockstar's latest is certain its greatest. Yet, the core game design has not changed much from the early PS2 days. Despite its rebel persona, Rockstar has produced a sequel that is extremely likable and, for the most part, fairly safe.

Read more: A beautiful, somewhat limited world »

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Weekend Confirmed 185 - Grand Theft Auto Online, Card Hunter

Weekend Confirmed 185 - Grand Theft Auto Online, Card Hunter

Grand Theft Auto Online has launched, but sadly, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata (and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia) are stuck at the beginning on a "Waiting for players" message. But one person was lucky enough to get in and that's "Indie" Jeff Mattas, who's here to give us his early impressions of GTA 5's new online mode. But not before a brief discussion about Steam Machines and Valve's new controller. After talking some GTA, the crew talks about Card Hunter and what makes it so great, before lamenting its trip down the free-to-play rabbit hole. The show wraps up with some talk of what everyone's looking forward to playing this holiday season, before flying off into the weekend with some new Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 185 »

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PSA: Grand Theft Auto Online patch now on PS3, coming to 360 ASAP

PSA: Grand Theft Auto Online patch now on PS3, coming to 360 ASAP

The promised title update for Grand Theft Auto 5's Online mode has rolled out on the PlayStation 3, and will be available for Xbox 360 "as soon as possible today."

Read more: PSN was limiting concurrent players »

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Grand Theft Auto Online patch coming 'as soon as tomorrow'

Grand Theft Auto Online patch coming 'as soon as tomorrow'

Yes, Rockstar has admitted that Grand Theft Auto Online has not been running smoothly. And it plans on releasing a title update tomorrow that should "address commonly reported issues" with the newly-released multiplayer mode. "We hope to have it out for download as soon as tomorrow," the company said on Twitter.

Read more: Getting past the initial tutorial race »

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Grand Theft Auto Online cash packs disabled due to launch issues

Grand Theft Auto Online cash packs disabled due to launch issues

Unsurprisingly, Grand Theft Auto Online launched with a boatload of issues. A massive game with a massive online offering was bound to have a number of issues at launch. Until these problems are fixed, Rockstar has announced it is disabling the ability to purchase cash packs for the game.

"For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs," Rockstar told fans. "Players can however keep on earning GTA$ by pulling off Jobs and other profitable gameplay activities rather than purchasing cash packs."

Read more: Repeated tutorials, other stability issues »

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Trevor represents 'pure escapism,' says GTA5 voice actor

Trevor represents 'pure escapism,' says GTA5 voice actor

Trevor has been a very controversial figure in Grand Theft Auto 5, mostly for his crazy, unhinged demeanor that he carries with him over the course of the entire game. But if you ask the man that helped bring the character to life, voice actor Steven Ogg, Trevor largely represents the escapist nature of gaming itself.

Read more: 'You just get to be nuts' »

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PSA: Grand Theft Auto Online now available, kind of

PSA: Grand Theft Auto Online now available, kind of

We've seen plenty of games get slammed when it comes time for sudden demand for online services, so when it comes to Grand Theft Auto 5--a game that has broken sales records--it should come as no surprise that it's hitting similar snags. The online mode launched early this morning, and already Rockstar has issued a list of common bug complaints.

Read more: Failed connections and freezes »

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Grand Theft Auto Online launches around 4AM on October 1

Grand Theft Auto Online launches around 4AM on October 1

Grand Theft Auto Online launches tomorrow as a free update. But, when will it be available? According to Rockstar, they expect the title update to be available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live "starting around 7AM ET" (4AM PT). Of course, it being a massively-anticipated launch, we wouldn't be surprised if there are some hiccups once the multiplayer mode actually launches.

Read more: Microtransactions defended »

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Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: The ending less traveled

Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: The ending less traveled

We're waiting for the release of Grand Theft Auto Online before doing a formal review of Rockstar's latest game. Until then, our Steve Watts will be offering insights into some memorable moments from the single player adventure.


It's over. I've jumped ramps, done yoga, bought cars, crashed planes, pulled heists, and escaped cops. I've hit the streets at top speed, and been thrown from the vehicle due to an inconveniently placed palm tree on more occasions than I'd like to admit. While GTA Online looms overhead, it's time to take stock of one more important aspect of the main game: the ending.

For obvious reasons, this will be the most spoilerific of the diaries yet.

Read more: Spoilers and endings »

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Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: Franklin's day off

Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: Franklin's day off

We're waiting for the release of Grand Theft Auto Online before doing a formal review of Rockstar's latest game. Until then, our Steve Watts will be offering insights into some memorable moments from the single player adventure.


After a long week of heists, casual torture, and making new BFFs, I thought it was high time to see some of the entertainment that Los Santos had to offer. It's a great big city, after all, and Franklin deserves to take advantage it.

Read more: A real workout »

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Weekend Confirmed 184 - Steam Machines, Grand Theft Auto 5

Weekend Confirmed 184 - Steam Machines, Grand Theft Auto 5

Weekend Confirmed begins with a cookie invasion! Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata bravely fend off the Cookie Clicker attack brought on by The Escapist's Andrea Rene, but not before sadly losing Shacknews' Andrew Yoon to the cookie onslaught. After everyone regroups from the Great Cookie Clicker Invasion of 2014, the team discusses Valve's revelation of Steam Machines before diving into some more Grand Theft Auto V. After discussing GTA's advancements in gameplay and some more character discussion, it's time to move on to Tokyo Game Show, where Andrew talks about some of the best things the event had to offer, including Dead Rising 3, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, Kinect, and Vita TV. The show wraps up with a new slate of Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 184 »

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Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: Trevor, torture, and sending a message

Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: Trevor, torture, and sending a message

We're waiting for the release of Grand Theft Auto Online before doing a formal review of Rockstar's latest game. Until then, our Steve Watts will be offering insights into some memorable moments from the single player adventure.


Given that I'm in the process of evaluating it for review, I've tried my best to keep away from the general din of discussions surrounding Grand Theft Auto 5. But try as I might, certain conversations are just ubiquitous, and I've caught wind of some of the more controversial points in the story before I reached them myself. Those include the much talked-about torture scene.

Spoilers follow.

Read more: The subtlety of a battering ram »

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Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: Getting to know the three main characters

Grand Theft Auto 5 diary: Getting to know the three main characters

We're waiting for the release of Grand Theft Auto Online before doing a formal review of Rockstar's latest game. Until then, our Steve Watts will be offering insights into some memorable moments from the single player adventure.


In a world occupied by stereotypes and caricatures, the protagonists of Grand Theft Auto games have always stood out. I've rolled my eyes at the MAD Magazine-like parody elements, but the heroes have always had a little more depth, even to the point that Niko's tragic backstory seemed out-of-place. As a result, the announcement that Grand Theft Auto 5 would star not one but three main characters got me excited. It potentially meant much more of that depth, and some variety at that.

Read more: A closer look at Trevor, Michael, and Franklin »

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Grand Theft Auto Online to launch with jobs and races, CTF and heists to be free updates later

Grand Theft Auto Online to launch with jobs and races, CTF and heists to be free updates later

Grand Theft Auto Online launches on October 1st. However, GTA5's multiplayer will debut with a limited number of modes. When it goes live, you'll be able to enjoy the open world with up to 16 players. You'll also be able to take on various jobs and missions. You'll also be able to race and play various sports, including tennis, golf, and base jumping.

Read more: 'All of these updates will be free' »

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