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Red Dead Redemption

You could be playing Red Dead Redemption on your Xbox One right now


If you own a digital copy on Xbox 360
Feb 07
// Zack Furniss
[Update: Looks like Microsoft pulled the trigger early. The game has been removed and more info is coming soon.] Last year, Microsoft hosted a vote to see what Xbox 360 titles folks wanted to see on the Xbox One via backwards...
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Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA Online is still making shedloads of money


So don't expect a new GTA game just yet
Feb 05
// Vikki Blake
If you thought the hype around Grand Theft Auto V - and specifically, the multiplayer component GTA Online - was over, think again. Addressing an earnings briefing (via Gamespot), CEO of Rockstar’s publisher Take-Two sa...
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Grand Theft Auto dev out

Rockstar North head leaves company after 17 month sabbatical


Grand Theft Auto dev's grand vacation
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Rockstar North studio head Leslie Benzies is no longer with the company, Rockstar confirmed to Kotaku today. Benzies, who joined Rockstar North in 1999 before it was even called Rockstar North, played a large part in the deve...
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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online servers still down on PlayStation 4


Server functionality remains 'limited'
Jan 11
// Vikki Blake
PlayStation 4 servers for Grand Theft Auto Online has been offline for several hours. Rockstar's status page acknowledges on the official site that the issue persists, but does not give an indication as to why the s...

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Grand_Theft_Auto

This Grand Theft Auto V mod adds in Watch_Dogs' hacking


A better Watch_Dogs than Watch_Dogs
Jan 11
// Joe Parlock
I really liked Watch_Dogs. Sure the graphics weren’t what we were shown at first, Aiden Pearce was an unlikable dick, and it wasn’t the most optimised thing in the world, but I still had a lot of fun hacking an e...
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Grand Theft Auto Online

You can embrace the holidays with Grand Theft Auto Online's Festive Surprise update


Snowballs and Beast vs. Slasher mode
Dec 24
// Zack Furniss
Today is Christmas Eve for those who celebrate the holiday, and many folks are preparing to see their families and drink entirely too much egg nog. They'll also get into political arguments, Uncle Billy will get embarrassingl...
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Deals

The big o' Steam, GMG, and Origin Winter Sale top pick roundup


32 decent deals
Dec 23
// Dealzon
Yesterday the Steam Winter Sale went live, culminating in the year-end yuletide savings PC gamers have come to expect. Unlike previous years though, there are no flash sales or daily deals to worry about. While we're sure the...
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Deals

GTA Online shark cards return to 20% off as update arrives


Fastest way to get super yacht, I guess?
Dec 16
// Dealzon
Update: 23% off coupon expired, new code worth 20% off live. See below. So this is a pretty interesting event that we've been noticing. Every time a GTA Online update arrives with new in-game bling, people head out and hoard ...
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Max Payne

Max Payne rated for PS4, likely a PS2 emulation


ESRB listing hints at another PS2 add
Dec 07
// Steven Hansen
Sony recently announced that PS4 can play PS2 games, so long as you purchase them again from Sony for upwards of $10. They do work pretty well, but I can't imagine buying too many of them, especially when PS2 games aren't all...
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Grand Theft Auto

Guess which Grand Theft Auto game just magically appeared on PSN


Nah, not that one
Dec 02
// Vikki Blake
A year after the Xbox 360 release, a PlayStation 3 port of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has appeared on the PlayStation Store. There was no announcement. It wasn't there, and then suddenly it was. IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.&n...
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Steam Sales

Valve misled customers during the Steam Summer Sale, says UK's Advertising Authority


The discount on GTA V was misleading
Nov 06
// Joe Parlock
Back during the Steam Summer Sale, there was a fairly large uproar about the pricing of Grand Theft Auto V. Between the game’s launch and the Summer Sale, GTA V cost £39.99. Suddenly once the sale began, the origi...
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Cool new GTAV mode

New Grand Theft Auto V Online mode channels Manhunt


Just in time for Halloween
Oct 31
// Steven Hansen
Eight more days 'til Hallo-ween, Hallo-ween Eight more days 'til Hallo-ween, Hallo-ween Ahem. Sorry. I watched Halloween 3: Season of the Witch last night and that jingle is stuck in my head. Also, what an odd movie. I like ...
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Deals

Take 48% off on Grand Theft Auto V for PC


Highway to the savings zone
Oct 21
// Dealzon
Want a take a ride on the savings express? (Last pun, promise.) A new low on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has surfaced at Green Man Gaming. Earlier today, the digital retailer launched a 40% instant savings discount o...
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GTA Online

GTA Online's next DLC gets low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low


Or that song by War
Oct 15
// Brett Makedonski
Next week, certain areas of Grand Theft Auto Online will look less like societal mayhem and more like a west coast rap video. Car after car will be lined up with owners standing proudly next to their virtual popped ...
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What the hell is ADD?

Blink-182's 'What's My Age Again?' recreated in GTA V


It's just a lot of naked running
Oct 14
// Brett Makedonski
Are you ready for this? Before you start, you're going to want to get the feeling right. Maybe wear some cologne. Whatever you do, do not -- I repeat, do not -- turn on the TV. Okay, now it's time to watch Blink-182's "...
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GTA Online

GTA Online exploit may open door to cheaters


Temporary characters = permanent chaos
Sep 29
// Vikki Blake
A new PC exploit may enable banned players to return to GTA Online anonymously. A modder on the forum se7ensins [currently offline] claims that Rockstar's plans to reintroduce temporary characters into the game...
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Deals

GTA V on PC drops to $38 during Rockstar sale


To be fair, the port released this year
Sep 22
// Dealzon
Update 9/25: GMG's coupon has changed to 23% off making even better deals than before. Prices updated below. Grand Theft Auto V finally gets a sizable discount at 36% off to $38.40 on GMG. Note that this is the Rockstar Games...
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The Game Changers

Rockstar didn't like the BBC's drama about it


Harry Potter and the Second Lawsuit?
Sep 16
// Joe Parlock
After a long and painful production, BBC finally aired The Game Changers last night. It’s the docu-drama based on the legal fight between Rockstar Games and former lawyer Jack Thompson, and it seems like Rockstar isn&rs...
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GTA V editor

GTA V video editor hits PS4, Xbox One next month


With new features
Aug 24
// Jordan Devore
I'm not playing Grand Theft Auto V these days, but I do enjoy seeing regular stunt videos and the occasional Scooby-Doo intro recreation. Video creators have made good use of the Rockstar Editor despite its PC exclusivity. Ne...
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GTA

Grand Theft Auto passes 220 million units shipped in its lifetime


That's a lot of reckless violence
Aug 21
// Brett Makedonski
You may have already known this, but a lot of people have played Grand Theft Auto. Like, a whole lot. Like, so many that the franchise is approaching the quarter-billion mark for sold-in units. Take-Two Interactive recently f...
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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V's Rockstar Editor is coming to consoles too


Action!
Aug 20
// Vikki Blake
Rockstar has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V's Rockstar Editor is coming to current-gen consoles. The in-game movie-maker -- previously only available to PC players -- will roll out in the next update, according to a R...
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Grand Theft Auto

This GTA V car crash is straight out of Burnout


What's the damage?
Aug 10
// Jordan Devore
Watching this pileup reminds me how badly I miss Crash Mode in (pre-Paradise) Burnout. It also has me longing for my copy of Burnout 3: Takedown, which I've just realized is nowhere to be found. Did I sell it for a quick buck? Lend it to a friend and never follow up? Crap! Fiery wreckage eases the pain.
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Pretty good

Wreck up not-LA with the Grand Theft Auto V Iron Man mod


Pretty good
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
Chest burst, hand missiles, floating/flight, rocket punches, bullets dinking off the suit -- this isn't just a cool costume mod. Seems suitably over-powered, but also like a better Iron Man game than most of the licensed tie-ins I've ever seen. Also him getting hit by the car made me laugh out loud. [Viia Eurogamer]

Experience Points .20: Red Dead Redemption

Jul 25 // Ben Davis
The desert life There really aren't enough games that go for the Wild Western setting, and probably no other game pulls it off quite as spectacularly as Red Dead Redemption. It's set in an area inspired by the Rio Grande Basin connecting Texas and Mexico, as well as the deserts and prairies of Arizona and New Mexico. It also takes place in a time of Wild West cowboys, horses, outlaws, gunslinging, and saloons, so it basically feels like playing a classic Spaghetti Western film. The desert vistas in this game are absolutely gorgeous. In fact, my favorite thing to do was just to ride around and look at all the different locations. The sandy expanses, the majestic rock formations, the fields of cacti and desert shrubs, the old Western-style towns and dilapidated structures, and those sunsets... my god. Every inch of this game is stunning. Sometimes I just sat around on top of my horse for a few minutes and marveled at the world around me. I've only been out West once in my life, when I was like five years old, so I didn't really get to appreciate it as much as I would have liked. I'd love to take a trip around that area again sometime, in part because Red Dead Redemption makes it look so beautiful. It's rare that a game makes me want to go out and see the world like this one did. Draw! Good old-fashioned duels are a staple of the Western genre, so it's no surprise they make an appearance here. I've been obsessed with Western duel scenes ever since I watched The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which has quite possibly the most glorious duel ever filmed. Two men (or three, in the case of the film) standing at a distance, their hands readied above their guns, sweat rolling down their faces, waiting for the signal to draw their weapons to see who can shoot faster and become the victor... it's always such a thrilling scene to watch. The duels in Red Dead Redemption aren't quite as long and fancy as the ones from Sergio Leone's films, but they're still very satisfying. Some duels take place as a part of the story, but many occur randomly. Marston may be challenged to duels by outlaws just by walking through a town, or if he's caught cheating at poker, or even if he rudely knocks over a passing stranger. If he accepts the duel, then the standoff begins. The camera shows both participants before coming in close to focus on Marston's hand hovering above his holstered gun, and then time slows down as shots are fired. It's very cinematic, which makes it feel even more like an homage to its film inspirations. I also like that, in some cases, Marston can win by simply disarming his opponent rather than killing them. Doing so generates both honor and fame, while killing only generates fame. It makes me feel good to play as the virtuous Western hero sometimes, so I always tried to aim for my opponent's gun hand whenever possible. It's what the man with no name would have done (unless he's dueling against Angel Eyes, that is!). John Marston, with the rope, in the conservatory Speaking of being honorable, I particularly enjoyed the option of using the lasso to subdue foes. It's not always the best method, but I tried to use the lasso as often as possible, not only because it means I don't have to kill as many people, but it's also just really fun to use. Bad guys can be lassoed, hogtied, and lifted onto the back of Marston's horse to take them to jail kicking and screaming. It's a bit trickier to capture bounties this way, because the player often needs to act quickly before the criminal's pals appear to help him out. Plus it feels good knowing that it's possible to solve problems non-violently. I'm always pleased when games give me these kinds of options. Of course, if the player wants to be a bit more villainous with their lasso, that's also a possibility. Marston can lasso someone while on horseback and drag them along behind him to kill them, hold on to the rope with the lasso around their necks to choke them, lasso their horses to try and buck them off a cliff, or even go the old-fashioned dastardly route and hogtie someone and then leave them lying on the train tracks to meet their demise. All you need is a bit of creativity to turn the lasso into a deadly weapon. A horse with no name John Marston wouldn't get very far without a trusty steed, and luckily there are plenty of horses for him to choose from. While the horses in Red Dead Redemption may not be as memorable as, say, Epona or Agro, they still play a very important role as companions. The game provides Marston with his own horse early on, but it also allows him to steal other people's horses or even capture and tame wild horses whenever he wants. If a strong-looking stallion is spotted in the wild, Marston can use his lasso to reign it in and then jump on its back to try and tame it. This was my favorite method of finding horses. I tend to go for the solid white or solid black horses, which seemed to be kind of rare and challenging to tame, but they're just so impressive-looking. I liked to pretend I was riding around on Shadowfax or one of the Black Riders' horses. Many players probably go through a lot of different horses during their playthrough, but I usually tried to keep my horses as long as possible. They tended to be more trustworthy and stronger the longer I kept them around, and I also couldn't help but feel a sense of connection with my horse friends after a while. I hated to see them get hurt, especially the ones I captured in the wild since so much work went into finding them and gaining their trust. For something that could easily be seen as a disposable item within the game, Red Dead Redemption sure did a fantastic job of making the horses feel alive and full of personality, something more than just a mode of transportation. Gambling man While the story and free-roam play of Red Dead Redemption was phenomenal, I also just could not get enough of the mini-games. Poker, liar's dice, five finger fillet, horseshoes, arm wrestling, blackjack... I spent so much time playing all of these games in each of the settlements, trying to master them and win money. They're all really fun and impressively fleshed out. While I probably spent the most time playing poker, my best game was definitely liar's dice. I'd actually never heard of it before playing Red Dead Redemption, but I quickly mastered it and raked in the cash. Horseshoes, on the other hand, was definitely not my game. I was terrible at aiming correctly, but it was still fun to learn. Five finger fillet was also enjoyable simply because I would never want to try it in real life. I value my own hands, thank you very much, but I don't mind the risk of butchering Marston's body parts. Although it is kind of strange how his hands seem to be just fine even if he accidentally stabs himself repeatedly with a knife. I messed up so much that I'm surprised he still had fingers! A grizzly encounter There is almost nothing more terrifying than hearing the snarl of a cougar while Marston is roaming the wilderness in Red Dead Redemption. Cougars are fast and powerful, they can easily kill in one or two strikes, and they're very difficult to detect due to their tan color which blends in well with the sandy desert environment. Usually, the player won't know a cougar is near until they hear the loud, ferocious snarling. The sound always stopped me dead in my tracks, as I desperately tried to search for the location of the animal before it was too late. Then when they pounce, it's a strenuous fight to the death as I try to avoid their attacks and get a few shots in as they're running around. Even when I was being careful, they mauled me to death on more than one occasion. The cougars are no joke! But even the cougars pale in comparison to the grizzly bears. The bears make a loud growling sound as well, but more often than not, I would see the bear before I heard it. I would just be minding my own business in the woods, then turn around and BAM... there's a big old grizzly bear bounding straight toward me! It scared me every single time, and sometimes I'd even have to pause the game for a bit just to take a breather before confronting the animal. The bears in Red Dead Redemption are arguably even more dangerous than the cougars. Sure, they're slower, but they're so powerful and difficult to take down that I found them to be way more frightening. And usually, once I killed one bear, two or three more would come running out of nowhere to avenge their friend. It was almost certain death once I found myself surrounded by multiple bears. Chill out, bears! I can only handle so much bear at once! Past Experience Points .01: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.02: Shadow of the Colossus.03: EarthBound.04: Catherine.05: Demon's Souls.06: No More Heroes.07: Paper Mario.08: Persona 4.09: Final Fantasy IX.10: Mega Man Legends.11: Rayman Origins.12: Metal Slug 3.13: Animal Crossing.14: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.15: Super Mario Sunshine.16: Final Fantasy VII.17: Nier.18: Chrono Trigger.19: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
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John Marston! Remember the name!
Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

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Oh no

It's Friday, but GTA's Franklin has a case of the Mondays


None of this is any good
Jul 24
// Brett Makedonski
Chin up, Franklin. We've all been there, and you're right: it is some bitch ass bullshit. But it gets better; it has to get better.
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Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V Online patch addresses framerate woes, but breaks mods


Jul 21
// Vikki Blake
Rockstar has released a new PC patch to address the framerates issues plaguing Grand Theft Auto V Online since the release on the Ill-Gotten Gains DLC. "We also received some reports linking decreased performance when using S...
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GTA Online

This solid-gold jet is a bit much, GTA Online


Put a target on your back why don't you
Jun 01
// Jordan Devore
Still messing around in Grand Theft Auto Online? Rockstar is adding some opulent vehicles next week under the "Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1" banner including, haha, a solid-gold helicopter and jet. Someone should get Robin Leach to narrate.
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Grand Theft Auto V

Modder adds Just Cause 2's grappling hook to GTA 5 on PC


Grapplin' good fun
May 26
// Vikki Blake
Thanks to mod magic, you can now traverse Grand Theft Auto V's PC playground with Just Cause 2's kickass grappling hook. The mod, developed by JulioNIB, enables you to hook onto... well, anything and everything, includi...
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BBC Drama

Rockstar Games is suing the BBC


Sure does add more drama to this project
May 21
// Joe Parlock
Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC. This is because of the Beeb’s upcoming drama Game Changer, which details the early days of the studio and its hit Grand Theft Auto as well as the much-publicised confl...
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Grand Theft Auto V

GTA 5 physical sales top 5 million in UK alone


And that's not even counting downloads
May 18
// Vikki Blake
Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 5 million copies in the UK. The figures are confirmed by chart company GfK Chart-Track and don't even include download sales (meaning the squillions of recent Steam purchas...

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