UPDATE: Take-Two brings back Mods for GTA V: http://realgamernewz.com/52278/modding-returns-to-grand-theft-auto-v
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Take-Two Interactive recently made waves in the video games industry by creating a cease-and-desist order which resulted in the removal and banning of OpenIV, a tool used for years by video game modders who sought to improve the experience of GTA IV and GTA V on the PC Gaming platform through after-market special graphics textures and effects, new game modes, extra characters, missions, and beyond.
Rockstar Games was quick to note that Take-Two Interactive acted without their instruction in issuing the cease-and-desist. Mods have been crafted over long periods of time through a snowball effort combined by community members of the years of both games – allowing a huge library of GTA mods to accumulate. The removal of OpenIV from the internet essentially shuts down this community, ends this progress, and detains all GTA mods to the doghouse of being taboo underground collector’s files that most gamers won’t get to experience other than vicariously through YouTube videos.
Suddenly, years later after being hush – now there’s a problem? Why now? After so much time has passed, the PC edition of the GTA V has been out for years and the development of modding tools and content for GTA IV has even led to even greater success in modding GTA V. Many of the mods released for the game simply enhance the look of it to a level of god-like graphical fidelity dubbed “Reality” or “Real Life” mods because they look so good at this point. The preliminary reasons given are that OpenIV allowed multiplayer mods to interfere with GTA Online – something we always knew would become a problem since this time around Rockstar Games charges money in-game in their online gameplay.
However, many of us gamers and journalists have perhaps failed to see what was right before our eyes. I went back and forth for hours with anonymous sources speaking off-record to RealGamerNewZ about the announcement for what is basically being seen as “the end to GTA mods” currently on the internet. Instead, this action has seemingly been in timing with a certain other industry event we’ve all taken notice of. While unable to confirm or deny the realization they’d guided us to, our source all but revealed that Rockstar Games could soon have a way to work hand-in-hand with mod content developers and get them paid for their hard work.
Exactly what this would look like remains to be seen, as well as whether or not plans for such a community-driven yet developer-monitored content development pipeline had already existed before this knee-jerk reaction to Bethesda’s “Creation Club” service. The industry could be seeing GTA V receive a very similar treatment in an experimental, but influential time during gaming.
Further explanation of this new trend for paid mods continued: “-with high approval rating among devs eager to help with the certification or even development of mods; as mods becoming more polished like DLC and guided content with compensation for mod developers.”
“We also know that there won’t be a ‘GTA VI’ or ‘Fallout 5’ for a long time. These developers are busy making New IPs, new installments to other franchises, and need time to make sure those new games are as huge as they possibly should be and could be. Content Creators being given safe, profitable, official ways to promote existing games into a higher quality, more fun product gives games more of a chance at a long life span hopefully filling that need until the next product is ready.”
At the time of this post RealGamerNewZ has reached out to Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games to attempt to verify the likelihood of these claims. Additional information which was not approved for release by our sources is also being vetted and further investigated and we will update this story as it progresses.
Currently there are large growing petitions online for Take-Two Interactive to let OpenIV bring itself back online, but at least if this Rumor pans out we can have some closure and sense of how to move forward for a large community of fans who love PC Gaming and love Grand Theft Auto.
We know nothing about Red Dead Redempiton 2 aside from the first trailer they released, and the fall release window. But a U.K. retailer may have leaked what the planned release date is. Take this with a grain of salt, despite leaks in the past from have proven to be true but it’s still simply a rumor. The date Base.com has listed is September 26th, this does fall in line with a planned fall release, so it’s a plausible date. Rockstar has only left some vague comments, so maybe it’s not too far off, and I am sure within the next 3 months we will know when this coming out. Stay tuned as we cover Red Dead Redemption 2.
The long wait is over, and it’s here, so how is it? Grand Theft Auto V runs on the PC like a dream come true. I played it once on the PlayStation 3, I played it again on the PlayStation 4, and now I’m playing it on my Windows PC. Some may say “hey, wait a minute, this is just the same old game being re-released?” and that’s not entirely true – however, I say to that it’s a testament to how good this game really is. When you play it over and over again you notice more and more care and love that was put into every piece of the title by Rockstar Games. It still stands high and tall above the quality of other games on the market even to this day, it has not been out-done in these couple of years in which it has seen release on the PS3 / 360, PS4 / XO, and now Windows PC platforms.
So this time we’re offered a chance to take our time and do things right. I’m taking my wife Amanda out to dinner, taking her to the movies, to golf, to play tennis. You know, enjoy the little things in life, because life is so short after all. Originally we ran through the game at break-neck speeds and probably missed out on some of the side-stuff. Enjoying the adrenaline ride that is Grand Theft Auto V the first time around was great fun, and when it hit next-gen I spent a lot of time revisiting the GTA Online features. But now that it’s on PC it’s time for me to dive through every nook and cranny of the Story Mode, gather friends around in TeamSpeak servers to group up more efficiently and enjoy the smoother online experience offered on the PC, while we all wait patiently for the inevitable mods that will improve the game even further.
Director Mode for the return of the Rockstar Video Editor is already a smashing success with clips like the one below this paragraph showing a badazz version of Jesus just making sure everyone “gets rekt”. It had me dying laughing. I guess this time he’s not turning the other cheek. Players unlock various characters as they progress in the story mode which can then be used as actors in the Rockstar Video Editor’s new Director Mode exclusive to GTA V on the PC. This is just icing on the cake on top of an already excellent game and is producing some really fun moments, but may also end up making it easier for machinima-producers to make their in-game fan films.
One of the other unique features that the PC version of the game has is the ability to put the MP3s in your hard drive into play as your very own Radio Station within the game called Self Radio and it even features some hilarious DJ hosting and commercial breaks tied seamlessly with your very own music. I went ahead and loaded up a bunch of video game soundtracks as well as the video game inspired musings of Mega Ran AKA Random. This process is actually very painless and simple. Just drag and drop shortcuts into the game’s designated Self Radio folder and you won’t even have to copy the files. There are plenty of helpful tutorials for this on Reddit.
In addition to the new custom radio feature, the performance of this game is able to be very scalable and fits like a glove no matter what machine you have (assuming you meet the recommended specs). The options menu is more in-depth than any PC game I’ve seen in recent years, allowing every single property of what’s going on in the game to be tweaked to your heart’s content. There’s even a guideline meter at the top measuring the capability of your graphics card and how far you are pushing it with those settings, with the option to ignore the guideline and go forward if you think you have enough RAM and Processor Power to negate the issue.
This game is exactly what PC players were hoping for. Sure, it has been delayed a lot of times. But the quality is undeniable. Some of the most advanced machines are showing us what is possible in terms of graphics and it’s now being argued that this is one of the best looking PC games ever made. Surprisingly enough, the game runs decent on mid-range machines as well and can be played at 60 frames per second with considerably less power required than expected. If you dream of 4K graphics and try your best to buy the parts to pull it off, this will probably be one of the games best optimized to do it while still making you feel like the cost to benefit ratio on parts was worth it.
Every detail in the game has been crafted so well that when Rockstar brought it to the Windows PC it has a clear difference in quality from the console versions. It’s way better. Playing with 60 frames per second or more allows for a more immersive experience, it feels more real, it feels like you’re more in control of what’s going on rather than just sitting back and watching something happen. It’s quick, it’s snappy, it’s in the moment. The gun-play is excellent, the movement is solid, an evolution beyond what we experienced on the consoles by far. The first person mode is offered as a free bonus, and similar to a mod it isn’t perfect, but that doesn’t detract from the experience and is mainly used for fun times in online mode where exact graphical fidelity is less important because the action at hand is very distracting making it harder to notice blemishes.
One of the incredible differences the PC game shows from the console versions is its draw distance. Hit detection was already perfect in the game, thank god, so it wasn’t too jarring to play on the consoles – but on the Windows PC when you’ve tweaked your settings to best suit your machine there are no pop-in textures at all and you can see for miles. Excellent controller support is provided with the entire game playable from an Xbox ONE controller, or keyboard and mouse if you so choose. Grand Theft Auto V requires an online connection to start up, even if you’re just playing the Story Mode. On a PC this should not be a big problem, and in fact I’ve noticed only one person mention it so far. It seems this isn’t bothering anybody but is important to know before purchasing it. I assume you’d be purchasing it on Steam anyways though and have an online connection since the physical version requires 7 DVD discs to be installed and I don’t even use optical drives in my computers anymore!
If you’re running on an i7 Processor of decent spec and have your Windows installation running on an SSD drive then you probably won’t experience much load times at all. I personally have the game installed on an aging 2 Terabyte mechanical drive while my Windows is on an SSD and using my old machine which used a dated AMD Processor or my new machine using the i7 4770K there was very little loading time to be heard of. Both times I only used 8GB of RAM. There’s not many bugs to be found in this game either, other than the somewhat infamous Windows User Account Name Bug if you have /;’:!@#$%^& or other symbols as your name in Windows, but why would you do that anyways? If that is your name in Windows then let’s be honest, this isn’t the first game to have issues with it and you should have changed your name to something reasonable by now. There was also a Memory Leak issue causing some gamers to have the title crash after 2 – 4 hours of playing since the RAM usage steadily climbed, failing to release no longer needed assets from RAM. As of today that has been fixed in a 177MB patch which installs through Steam automatically in less than 5 minutes. Last but not least if you’d like to find out about the actual Story behind the game and the many awesome levels of depth that are offered by its gameplay please consult our GTA V Xbox 360 Review and our GTA V PlayStation 4 Review which detail the title and its evolution on consoles as well as provides far more details about the actual game’s lore itself.
All in all, there were a million ways this could go wrong. Instead Rockstar Games has managed to maintain the integrity of their masterpiece and extend the legend of their development skill with the PC release of Grand Theft Auto V for Windows. A wide variety of machines run this game excellently, the upgrades in visual effects such as draw distance and texture detail are obvious, exclusive gameplay features such as custom radio stations, the Rockstar Video Editor w/ new Director Mode, and a smoother online experience are just some of the reasons. The original game itself is still an amazing journey of three men attempting to redeem themselves (or in Trevor’s case redeem the loss of a close friend) throughout a treacherous world that doesn’t care about them and is full of backstabbing / danger. If you’ve never played this game, then you should definitely do it on whatever platform you can. But if you have a reasonable Gaming PC then that’s the ultimate place to do it and will provide the definitive experience. GTA V consists of hundreds of hours of innovative, quality gameplay that won’t let you down and pack a punch even to this day.
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Overall Score: 10 / 10 RGN Rating: Diamond Game
Developers: (Main Dev) RockStar North
(additonal work) RockStar NYC, RockStar San Diego, Rockstar Leeds, RockStar Toronto, RockStar New England, RockStar London, and RockStar Lincoln
Editor’s Note: Don’t be derpy and rage on a poorly written Steam Review, give developers a chance to fix something by going through the necessary troubleshooting steps and contacting their support channels if that doesn’t work. People are flooding Steam Reviews with less-than-useful content based on known issues with known fixes a lot lately and causing the service to become increasingly useless or at the very least tedious to navigate. There are no refunds guaranteed for digital products at this time, despite laws existing for physical products which require it – these do not apply to digital products. So any refunds users manage to get are at their own risk of accounts being punished and are at the grace of the companies involved. This is why you don’t always need to buy things at day one ladies and gentlemen.
So you can’t get GTA V PC to work, but everyone you run into just says “works for me” and goes on about their merry day. Isn’t that always the case. Unless somebody is going through a problem themselves they typically are going to be less than helpful when it’s just you having the issue. Well, I’m here to talk a little bit about the GTA V PC Windows User Account Issue and thanks to Rockstar Games we even have some suggested fixes you can attempt while waiting for them to patch the game.
If you receive a message saying “The Rockstar update service is unavailable (code 1)” or the game simply hangs unable to download the day one patch then chances are you are experiencing this issue. The game currently does not support anything besides letters or numbers being in the Windows User Account Name! That’s right. Z0ra><x;;” is not a good enough account name for your Windows log-in as per GTA V PC requirements. So you’re going to need to create a new Windows User Account and it has to have Administrator privilege while only using letters and numbers.
This may pose an issue for those using pre-fab Desktop PCs, or Laptops with retailer software packages installed since these configurations typically lock you out of the Administrator accounts by default. I suggest whoever is in the market for a PC and might be reading this just builds their own computer and install Windows themselves, but if you’re already stuck in this situation and can’t afford to go buy Windows right now then just try to follow one of the following guides:
Now that the lag is gone, and the game actually works – was it worth the wait? Was the hype real? Rockstar Games has released an update in an attempt to stabilize GTA: Online, a Part 2 to this Review has been published below evaluating the success / failure of the patch.
The following Review is presented below in Video format as created by Shotgun Seat Productions for RealGamerNewz. As always, feel free to disagree, provide feedback, or generate discussion with the creator in our comments section or on the YouTube channel. Let your voice be heard! We sure are going to continue letting ours be heard. A big thank you is on order for Rockstar Games for providing early press copies of their games to us so we could get this done in a timely manner, it’s much appreciated.
Video Review – Part 1:
Editor’s Note: Rockstar Games has released an update in an attempt to stabilize GTA: Online , a Part 2 to this Review has been published below evaluating the success / failure of the patch:
Video Review Part 2:
Current Score: 8.3 / 10
Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games
Available On: PS4 | XO | PS3 | 360
Played On: Sony PlayStation 4
Review Copy Info: A physical copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Editor’s Note: The Steam version of Grand Theft Auto V is available for Pre-Order and will gain players a free copy of GTA: San Andreas, $500 Mill for GTA Online, and $300 Mill if pre-ordered by February 1, 2015.
The rest of this article talks about a separate deal that is not being offered on Steam, but rather through the Rockstar Warehouse for digital / physical versions of Grand Theft Auto V for Windows PC as sold directly by Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive. Choose wisely on which one is the right Pre-Order for you! If you’re not interested in pre-ordering, tell us why in the comments section!
Rockstar is finally bringing its long rumored “Heists Mode” to Grand Theft Auto Online to GTA V earlier next year. In a press release on RockstarGames.com the mode will come to all of the currently available versions of the games as well as the yet to be released PC version. The Heist will require players to work closely together with others gamers online or their GTA Online crew to set up and pull off heist and earn crazy amounts of cash just like in the single player campaign. There is no release date yet for the Heists mode but since it will also roll out on the PC we may see it on or shortly after the game’s PC release on January 27, 2014. Check out our reviews for the PS3 and PS4 Reviews of Grand Theft Auto V and check back to RGN for all your GTA Related news.
Genre(s): Action-adventure Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Publisher(s): Rockstar Games Developer(s): Rockstar North Release Date (NA): September 17th, 2013 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360), November 18th, 2014 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One), January 27th, 2015 (PC)
Straight from the first step into Los Santos the textures and graphics are exactly what we’ve all been hoping for, depth visuals. Whether your returning from PS3 or this is your first visit to Los Santo’s, you are in for a treat. The environment looks super smooth with eye-popping details in every object, I dare say Rockstar may have we finally tamed GTA’s beastly new engine and harnessed its power properly on next-gen consoles.
A ton of new features, upgrades, and individual content pieces have been added to the game, the best of which I can say, DRAW DISTANCE has been improved. The worst thing I can say is that fans are tired of waiting for Heists missions to release, and although it’s great they’re being prepped for release now that the next-gen launches of Grand Theft Auto V are out – we were ready for them literally a year ago. Hopefully the build up is worth the wait, I’m surely not envying the pressure Rockstar Games must be feeling on that one.
Exclusive Content for those who have already played Grand Theft Auto V on previous systems is included in the game surprisingly enough. This extends from solving a Murder Mystery eventually leading to an unlockable graphics filter for the game, exclusive weapons including a Hatchet and high power Rail Gun, the Wildlife Photography Challenge, Stock Car Races, and some other stuff we won’t mention because it’s just more fun finding on your own.
The liquid graphic textures that end up splattered on your car or on the ground appear raised and with proper depth and lighting. The end result is what looks a three dimensional effect. Problem is, the splatter pattern leaves little to be desired. Fluid animations overall though have seen a great upgrade.
In terms of overall graphics, EQAA (Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing) and high-quality FXAA (Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing) has been upgraded according to Rockstar Games’ Reviewer’s Guide handed down to press. Antisotropic filtering has also been implemented in a way that is meant to make far away images look sharper. This definitely works while maintaining a larger draw distance, and nearly zero pop-up that I can find.More specs are listed including Tesselation and displacement mapping as well as Parallax occlusion which can account for some of our earlier observations with gooey substances looking more real.
Rockstar Games also boasts improved physics, particle effects, lighting (over 3x the number of light sources from Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3, among other lighting upgrades), re-modeled textures, re-sculpted objects, volumetric light pollution, and more.
There’s been over 150 songs added to the sound-track, great small touches like High Definition versions of the television shows you can watch in-game at your characters’ mansions such as Republican Space Rangers or Impotent Rage. There’s even new vehicles to check out.
Online mode has been increased to 30 players with 2 spectators, a new first person mode has been released revealing all kinds of great easter eggs and hidden goodies in the game. FPS mode also has its own (optional) cover system to duck and lean up against walls, new ways to aim, and controls that feel like a first person shooter not the regular GTA just pasted into first person. This can be customized, so fear not if those words brought little comfort.
GTA Online also comes pre-patched now, with 11 updates already included off the bat. GTA Online on next-gen consoles will usher in a new experience, which is great because the last gen version has succumb to many hackers as of late who enjoy trolling and ruining the experience for others with cheats and / or mods to the game world peer-to-peer servers (since Rockstar doesn’t appear to host any of their own). Hopefully that problem will still be patched on last-gen systems though, and owners won’t be left behind.
If you haven’t been a part of the Grand Theft Auto V Experience yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. In this version, Driving stability has been taken to a new level. The overall feel of the game as well as the surroundings are meshed without unsightly lines or glitches even at top speeds. New crash animations have been introduced with subtle slow motion scenes just before impact lasting split seconds so you can bear witness to your self-inflicted carnage. Glass smashing, smoke burrowing, tiny pieces, and particles disintegrate as it all unfolds.
After seeing the difference between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Grand Theft Auto V, I really appreciate the work that went into the upgrade details. This game comes with everything that made the first version great, smoother graphics with new textures and objects, and higher quality engine performance. The extra content added will be producing hours of replay value and Heists is still on the way according to Rockstar. All of these things are what makes revisiting Grand Theft Auto V well worth a second purchase.
1080P Gameplay Footage (Complete):
Overall Score: 10 / 10
RGN Rating: Diamond Game
Developers: (Main Dev) RockStar North
(additonal work) RockStar NYC, RockStar San Diego, Rockstar Leeds, RockStar Toronto, RockStar New England, RockStar London, and RockStar Lincoln
Review Copy Info: A physical copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review as a part of a Review Kit which also included a T-Shirt and Collectible Toy.
In this edition of Gamer Gear we take a look at some pieces in the Rockstar Warehouse inspired by GTA V. If you were lucky enough to purchase The Collector’s Edition of Grand Theft Auto V on the PS3 or Xbox 360 you gain access to the Official New Era Los Santos Snapback and if you log on to the Rockstar Warehouse you can complete your outfit with Los Santos T-Shirt available in black or white for around $20. If gamers would like to purchase the Snapback they must track down a Collector’s edition of GTA V for the previous generation of consoles or log on to eBay and find it there. If you own both of these pieces leave a comment below with your thoughts on Rockstar’s GTA V apparel line and check back soon to RGN for the next installment of Gamer Gear.
Grand Theft Auto V is on route to the PS4 & Xbox One on November 18 and the PC on January 27th 2015 and today Rockstar Games has revealed the games First Person mode. GTA V’s FP mode was rumored to be a feature only available on the PC but now it will ship on all three consoles this winter. Check out the trailer below and be sure to check back to RGN for all of your GTA V news.