The Rockstar Editor that made way for an abundance of GTA V fan-made videos and mini-movies is now coming to Xbox One and PS4 in the game’s upcoming update.
Rockstar announced the mode would be coming to consoles back in May, and in the latest reveal of the winner of the Ill Gotten Gains Video Contest it was announced that the update is finally coming.
The winner of the contest (seen below) takes viewers through a dark story showing both the glamour and the hardship of a life of crime.
Now console players can join in on the action expanding the competition for Rockstar’s video contests.
The Editor will be available for both single player and GTA Online giving players the ability to transform into amateur video makers with extensive access to characters, pedestrians, and animals. Players may manipulate and direct short clips however they see fit.
Rockstar has said the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Editor will be specifically tailored for the limited processing power they have in comparison to high-end PCs.
While no specific date is known yet, more info will soon come regarding both the update and the video contest.
Rockstar’s PC release of Grand Theft Auto V had much more than just improved visuals and technical capabilities. The major new film-capture feature, Editor, has already gotten extensive use by fans with some high quality clips already being put together. Here’s some of the best to be made within these first few weeks.
A violent rampage, physics defying stunts, an eerie mood, and a creepy clown — what else could you need to make an awesome short clip in GTA V?
Trevor Philips in Jackass
On the other side of the coin some light-hearted chaos centered around the insane mind of Trevor Philips. All of the bone-breaking jumps are very believable for Trevor’s meth-fueled world.
The Epic Meth Lab Shootout
This is one of most well-made clips that takes a cinematic approach to a mission that is actually already in the game. The “Quentin Tarantino style” approach to the destruction of the O’Neil brothers’ operation looks fantastic with some nice special effects and kick-ass music.
Franklin – Time
With a dark-stormy backdrop and a narrative to fit it, Franklin – Time is able to actually convey a fairly deep story in just a four minute video. The director, Jack Hunt, does an extremely good construction of tracking shots with great lighting effects throughout the clip.
The Grand Theft Auto V PC port released yesterday in astounding 60fps and a resolution that scales to 4k; more detail here. Apparently 73% of the Steam reviewers are satisfied, basking in the wake of a glorious video editor, meticulous setting adjusters, and even customized radio, but the other 27% aren’t doing so hot.
Crashes, bugs, and the sub rosa utterance of a rushed port portend a disjointed reception of Rockstar’s newest endeavors.
Despite these minor setbacks, Rockstar seems hellbent on using their insane revenue to give fans on all systems the sporadic fever dream of a world with relaxed rules, ultra-violence, and of course, packing your garage with stolen vehicles.
After a long wait for Rockstar’s heists game mode to make its first appearance in the Grand Theft Auto V multiplayer it seems some technical errors were still prominent in the most recent update. Xbox One and PS4 players seem to have reverted back to some of the outdated Xbox 360 and PS3 graphical effects, and other older gameplay mechanics.
Though it has worried some fans that the worsened visuals were intentionally implemented by Rockstar, the developer has clarified that this is a temporary glitch that will be fixed as soon as possible.
List of issues since the version moved from 1.00 to 1.08 (Heists update).
– Parallax occlusion mapping omitted in recent patch leaving depth within textures looking flat.
– Popping effects are worsened with objects suddenly appearing more fequently
– Anisotropic filtering making textures look worse as viewing angles of specific entities change
– Vehicle collisions are also notably different as well with cars not being majorly dented as they normally would. Scratches, blasted windows, and car parts such as doors or bumpers fall off as they are expected to, but deformities in the car’s structure are no longer in the new patch.
Rockstar has assured a new patch is on the way, but the developer’s current support team and suggestions are leaving gamers with mixed answers. Many are being suggested by Rockstar support to reinstall the most recent update to correct the issue. However, this “fix” seems to not correct the issue for most people and most will have to wait for Rockstar’s next patch to resurrect the full graphical fidelity of GTA V on the current generation consoles.
Check out the video below to see the difference between the old and new visuals/gameplay:
It only took two years and a few months, but Rockstar has finally — finally — begun the release of the long-desired gamemode — heists — to GTA V on all platforms.
Online heists will incorporate the same complex style the singleplayer missions have with players organizing in a team to pull off dramatic and high-profit objectives. Online heists have groups of four working together to determine an attack-plan, escape route, and how they’d like to split the pot after completing the mission.
The update was is due to release to everyone on March 10th, but Rockstar has elected to roll the new game mode out more gradually with certain players getting a chance to play the heists today. If you’re one of the lucky few you’ll receive a prompt to update GTA V as soon as you start the game up. If not, you’ll have to wait a few more days.
The update is 1.2 GB on old platforms (Xbox 360/PS3) and 4.8 GB on new platforms (Xbox One/PS4).
Just as it did last year on the previous generation, the snow is piling up across Los Santos right now in Grand Theft Auto Online in honor of the holiday season.
This time around there’s some more to see with the return of the firework launcher, and the ability for players to pick up snowballs and stage some lighthearted wars amidst the typical destructive nature of the world.
Something about these snowballs is a bit crazy in itself too, as they can deal some pretty substantial damage for a fluffy ball of freezing. Depending on a players strength you can kill a pedestrian with a single good throw.
Along with the snowballs and wonderful updates to the scenery and vistas of the city, expect some tough driving conditions as roads are even more slick than what they typically are with rain, and some objects in the streets are covered by the layers of snow.
Some new cars, weapons, and gear are also available to players, while Rockstar promises some extras for those that check their inventory on Christmas day.
Despite less than 5 women being killed through the game’s story, Australian Target executives have elected to remove Grand Theft Auto V from stores over a year after its initial release in 2013.
The petition from thousands of Australians claimed that the best-selling video game targets violence against women throughout the game.
Australia is known for their extremely strict attitude towards video games and this latest act by the retailers may be some positive publicity for the Australians in favor of the removal, but doing so right during the holiday season will likely hold out some heavy opportunities for sales.
Target’s corporate affairs general manager, Jim Cooper claimed that the decision will appease the majority of their customers.
“We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”
A major component of the creation of the petition was the ability to kill prostitutes. This is not required at any point in the game’s story to do, but players who would like to can seek out and look to kill them — just as they can do kill anyone else.
The spokeperson for the campaign claims that “The players are rewarded for buying sex and then brutally killing. It doesn’t matter if you are 17 or 80, it’s still a horrific thing.”
While there is no in-game reward for killing any bystanders in the street, the claim has gained enough momentum and support to incite Target — and now other companies — to neglect Rockstar’s best selling title.
Australians who do look to buy the game will still be able to purchase from online retailers like Amazon and on the online store on both of the new generation consoles.
Rockstar’s resurgance with Grand Theft Auto V is going as well as anyone could have predicted. The now first-person/third-person hybrid game is the clear-cut sales leader upon its first week of release with the likes of Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition falling behind at second and third respectively.
While the success of another GTA V release on the new consoles was a bit questionable at first considering its last release was so different, Rockstar took this extra year and put in some upgrades that fans are sure to appreciate.
The new first-person view point shakes up the typical gameplay we’ve come to expect with the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and some new side missions, improved visuals, and denser cities make re-experiencing both the single player and multiplayer that much more enticing.
GTA V’s initial 2013 release had already resulted in staggering sales numbers with over 11 million copies sold on day-one, but with the new release on the Xbox One and PS4 the game has now taken the edge for best selling video game ever in the UK.
As GTA flourishes yet again, the likes of Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition are a bit over-shadowed, but certainly not under-appreciated. Despite the multitude of grievances that fans have with Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 was still loved by the general masses.
Dragon Age Inquisition looks to be an excellent continuation if the Dragon Age series as well and with such a crowded market of high-quality games it has shaped up to be a great holiday season for gamers thus-far.
The only notable disappointment comes from a surprising culprit. The Master Chief Collection, despite it’s lack of any new content, has struggled significantly on the server-side of things that has held Halo fans back from experiencing their most loved games of the franchise. The Master Chief Collection has fallen from third place on the charts through its first week, to tenth during its now second week.
It seems after over a year from the initial promises that heists would be incorporated into GTA V online, Rockstar is finalizing the inclusion of the highly coveted game mode.
“…we’ve got some really exciting stuff in the works to continue adding to, expanding and evolving the world of Grand Theft Auto Online – including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists which will be available for all four consoles as the first GTA Online Update…” – Rockstar official report
More details are to come soon, but for many fans the anticipation of heists slowly died down as the developer took longer and longer to add the organized multiplayer experience.
With heists coming now for the new-generation the excitement will likely build once again, but with no concrete release date for the update and the past prolonged duration of waiting, fans should remain cautious in their optimism that the game mode comes within a reasonable time frame.