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Decoding: open world games and killing by defaultJan 12, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunDecoding is a regular column about the games we love, and the tricks and traditions that make them tick. Oh shit, I pressed the wrong button and killed that guy. It happens to the best of us. You could play Watch Dogs 2 for days without firing a gun, or causing a fatal traffic accident, or beating someone to death with a billiard ball. Lead character Marcus Holloway doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’d leave bodies in his wake, and the ease with which he can become a killer is jarring. Like so many of our protagonists, he walks through life with the safety off and his finger on the trigger. Open world games, particularly those of the urban variety, have a violence problem, and it’s mechanical rather than philosophical. … Steam Charts: Do You Want Me To Dance For You?Jan 10, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunIt’s the weekly Steam charts! These are the games which sold best on Steam last week. This week, it’s the first true chart of 2017, as the last one covered the arse-end of 2016. All change, all change. I’m even going to do this one upside-down. New year, new rules! And I don’t want to spoil the surprise right away. … Grand Theft Auto 5 mod adding GTA 4 s Liberty CityJan 6, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunA new Grand Theft Auto 5 mod will add the whole flipping city from GTA 4, the developers of GTA modding tool OpenIV have announced. Liberty City will be added to GTA 5’s world, rather than replacing it, appearing just across the sea. Crumbs! Given Rockstar are seemingly more interested in expanding 5’s multiplayer than its singleplayer, it’ll certainly be nice to have a huge new world to play in with GTA V’s toys. … Steam Top 100 reveals 2016 s money-making SteamersJan 4, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunValve capped off 2016 by revealing the year’s 100 highest-grossing games on Steam, which is a pretty interesting list. If you’ve been following Alec’s prolonged breakdown over the weekly charts you’ll not be shocked by revelations that Grand Theft Auto V and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are near the top, but you might not expect them to be joined by the likes of No Man’s Sky or the free-to-play Dota 2. When I asked Alec if he fancied writing up this chart too, he began hissing “The Venga Bus is coming the Venga Bus IS coming the Venga Bus is coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa” so you get me and my GIFs instead. … You Asked For It: The Steam Charts ReturnJan 4, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunOut with the old, in with the new. By which I mean ‘and our weekly Steam Charts, showing the ten games which sold best over the previous week, returns – replete with most of the same names as last year.’ SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND? Welcome back. … GTA 5 mod will let you import GTA 4's Liberty CityJan 3, 2017 - PC GamerThe team behind GTA modding tool OpenIV has announced a new project that will allow you to import Liberty City—that's the setting of Grand Theft Auto 4—into GTA 5, using an automated tool. "Liberty City will not replace Los Santos or Blaine County," the team explains, "but appears across the sea. Using the power of OpenIV and openFormats, we was able to bring Liberty City right into GTA V map". You'll need copies of GTAs 4 and 5 in order to use the converter tool, but once it's available you'll be able to explore Rockstar's fake New York in GTA 5, hopefully with the appropriate pedestrians and cars milling about. There's no date for the tool yet, but there is a teaser trailer that shows a plane jetting off for Liberty City: OpenIV mod makers aim to bring Liberty City to Grand Theft Auto 5Jan 2, 2017 - PC GamerThe makers of the Grand Theft Auto modding tool OpenIV have announced an ambitious plan to bring Liberty City, the sprawling metropolis of Grand Theft Auto 4, to GTA 5. It won't replace Los Santos or Blaine County, however, but will actually exist alongside it, on the other side of the sea. There aren't any proper trailers or screens just yet, nor is there any mention of a launch date, although the FAQ states that the developers are trying to get it out as soon as possible. Whenever it happens, because of both the sheer size of Liberty City and concerns about distribution rights (which they don't have), the mod will "convert" the city from Grand Theft Auto IV into GTA V, and thus require both of them to operate. The mod will work with Episodes From Liberty City, but you won't be able to hit those streets in multiplayer: Rockstar, you'll recall, doesn't allow mods in GTA Online, and there's a "high probability" you'll be banned if you try. You'll need a lot of free hard drive space for the converter to do its thing, and possibly a good chunk of time too, although specifics on that will have to wait until the mod is released. Thanks, Kotaku. New Pegassi FCR 1000 Motorcycle Vehicle Vendetta Mode Plus GTA Online BonusesJan 2, 2017 - Community AnnouncementsTo kick off 2017 in style, pick up the new Pegassi FCR 1000 Motorcycle and engage in an explosive new brand of vehicular warfare with the Vehicle Vendetta Adversary Mode. There are also opportunities for bonus GTA$, a fully-stocked list of New Year discounts and more. Read on for all the details on today's updates, inbound deals and your last chance to grab a holiday gift. NOW AVAILABLE: THE PEGASSI FCR 1000 //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/b0cd7012b4bde578c15509d6ad2bfc26658149aa.jpg Benny has seemingly gone back in time with the uber-customizable Pegassi FCR 1000 - now available in GTA Online. This fully-featured beaut of a bike treads the fine line between old-school, no-frills engineering and a tight-trousered hipster's delight. An instant classic, this bike will be the envy of your grandpa, even if he did disown you. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/6e093fe40b517bcb9b81ed0602ad85c5ea6f4151.png NEW ADVERSARY MODE: VEHICLE VENDETTA Now you can exercise your pent up road rage without concern for LSPD response units in Vehicle Vendetta -the new Adversary Mode that pits you and your teammates against an opposing crew of motorized maniacs, all competing for power-ups that can singlehandedly turn the tide of battle: Beast: Automatically transforms you into a Rhino Tank. Detonator: Removes obstacles and objects from the arena. Bomb: Place up to three bombs around the map to destroy trailing enemies. Rockets: Fire rockets at oncoming drivers to incapacitate them. Repair: Returns vehicle back to max health. Ghost: Become translucent, allowing you to drive through enemy vehicles to steal their power-ups. Jammed: Forces the accelerator on for the enemy team's vehicles. Flipped: Reverses the enemy team’s steering, acceleration and braking controls. Zoned: Slows down time for all players. Deadline: Automatically switches you onto the Nagasaki Shotaro complete with devastating light trail. Random: Chance to collect any power-up except Detonator. As an added bonus, earn Double GTA$ & RP now through January 17th in Vehicle Vendetta. Buckle up. STARTING JANUARY 3RD: WAREHOUSE DISCOUNTS, EXPORT BONUSES, SALES ON VEHICLES, WEAPONS & MORE Whether you're peddling counterfeit goods or shifting exotic vehicles, take advantage of the following bonuses and discounts between January 3rd and January 16th to expand your operations, boost your exports, and be well-prepared to eliminate all incoming challengers: 25% more GTA$ on Vehicle Exports 25% off Special Vehicle Warehouse Renovations & Special Cargo Warehouses 50% off Grenade Launcher 25% off Engine Performance Upgrades 25% off Body Armor, Ammo, Throwables and Explosive Weapon Ammo 25% off all Masks The above discounts all kick off tomorrow, January 3rd and run through January 16th, so stock up and wreak havoc while you can. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/775b091621f9687f912c0075bc1c65896fd0b562.png DOUBLE GTA$ & RP ON ROCKSTAR STUNT RACES Speedi...The GTA Online Festive Surprise 2016, Plus New Truffade Nero Supercar MoreDec 20, 2016 - Community Announcements//media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/60a1353e782f15c69c59cacc3f28a3ebc6823cd8.jpg Christmas officially comes a few days early with the Festive Surprise 2016, now available in GTA Online. This holiday season includes brand new festive items in stores across Los Santos, as well as the return of all your favorites from past holiday seasons, along with a new Super class vehicle offering compliments of Benny’s Original Motor Works. Get in the holiday spirit with new seasonally-themed Sweaters and Hats, along with all the returning classic Masks, Santa outfits and other festive clothing - all available to add to your inventory absolutely free now through January 9th. Light up the streets with colorful new Bodysuits available for purchase from clothing stores; each with illumination settings to glow, pulse or flash. Or get lit like your drunk uncle with the Firework Launcher, returning to the shelves at Ammu-Nation (and under the trees of all the good little boys and girls in Southern San Andreas on Christmas Eve) to help you celebrate the holidays in explosive style while you wait for that rare Los Santos snowfall phenomenon. NOW AVAILABLE AT BENNY'S: TRUFFADE NERO & NERO CUSTOM //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/08c52f798ecc3ff44c6e30ef4911859aa2b456e1.jpg Coming out of the holy modification temple known as Benny's Original Motor Works, the highly customizable Nero is easy on the eyes with its sleek design and also packs plenty of zip. And keep your eyes open throughout the holiday season for more special vehicle inventory updates at Benny's, as part of GTA Online: Import/Export. FREE UNLOCKS: BOLD PINSTRIPE SMOKING JACKET & PAJAMA SET (12/20 - 1/02) //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/7ec890e24e102829db140110e70260e651fa7bbe.jpg Available through Sunday January 2nd, log in to GTA Online to unlock the sophisticated Bold Pinstripe Smoking Jacket and Pajamas. #FESTIVESURPRISE2016 SNAPMATIC CONTEST What holiday would be complete without oversharing pictures on LifeInvader to try and make all your casual acquaintances red-and-green with envy? Snap your new gifts, or capture a Christmas miracle and enter the #FESTIVESURPRISE2016 Snapmatic Contest. Tag relevant pics with #FESTIVESURPRISE2016 on Social Club for a chance to be one of five chosen Snapmatic photographers, who will each receive a hefty holiday bonus of GTA$1,000,000. Valid submissions must be taken any time between today and 11:59 PM ET on Monday, January 2nd. Official Rules. HOLIDAY BONUSES: DOUBLE GTA$ & RP IN TURF WARS + 25% OFF DISCOUNTS The benefits of territorial battling continue as Double GTA$ & RP on the new Turf Wars Adversary Mode has been extended. Through this Thursday, December 22nd, stand your ground and paint your enemy's tiles at twice the profit. Be your own Secret Santa and gift yourself with any of these GTA Online items, available at 25% off now through January 2nd - featuring everything from luxury vehicles and r...Steam Charts: That s A WrapDec 20, 2016 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunIt’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s THE mosssssssst wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiime ahaahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I wish I had a machinegun ho ho ho ahahaha, get stuffed 2016. … Midweek Madness - Grand Theft Auto V, 50% OffDec 13, 2016 - AnnouncementSave 50% on Grand Theft Auto V during this week's Midweek Madness*! *Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time GTA Online: Import/Export Now AvailableDec 13, 2016 - Community Announcementshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfBQkIG8ymw Expand your criminal empire with a new frontier of illicit profiteering to explore: dominating the city’s trade in stolen luxury vehicles with GTA Online: Import/Export, the latest enterprising extension of the CEO gameplay introduced with Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. In Import/Export, CEOs will get their hands dirty alongside their Organization, stealing and dealing in “liberated” luxury vehicles with Vehicle Cargo while Executive Offices get a facelift with the newest Executive Garage housing up to 60 vehicles. And tap into rare, highly unusual, and federally prohibited Special Vehicles that are capable of streamlining your corporate misdeeds in explosive new ways. SecuroServ’s suite of unlawful offerings has expanded in your Executive Office desktop. Purchase Vehicle Warehouses – below board properties to store, mod and export cargo – then boost vehicles from throughout Los Santos and Blaine County to fill your new property. Members of your Organization will be alerted to procurable targets; whether it’s a simple smash and grab of an unaccompanied Turismo R, a tactful party crash to steal keys and make a getaway, or an elaborate ploy to commandeer a police helicopter and use its on-board camera to source your vehicle – there is a huge new range of theft to profit from. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/be2bebf5c70ba56236259be33698bc61ce40399b.jpg Utilize all your tools to make these sourcing operations as smooth as possible including CEO Abilities and CEO Vehicles. Buyers won’t want damaged goods and the cleaner the getaway; the cheaper the repair fees. Use the Turreted Limo or Buzzard for armored protection and employ the tactical use of Bribe Authorities to drop unwanted heat and Ghost Organization to temporarily take your operations off the map. Or dream big – the tactful deployment of a Cargobob makes for quick extractions and deliveries. A range of buyers are always ready to shell out for your newly acquired inventory. Use the Ad-Hawk Autos network from your Vehicle Warehouse to connect with buyers and deliver the goods. Private buyers are straightforward and will accept vehicles at stock spec but if you want to increase your margins, appeal to Showroom and Specialist Dealers who are seeking modded vehicles and are willing to pay extra for them. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/a8773adee163438c05205a9f9cc029afffba1265.jpg Manage your Exports and carefully evaluate risks; while you can deliver up to four cars at once with your Organization, carefully consider the rival Organizations or Motorcycle Clubs on the prowl and make sure your team is equipped to handle the job. As you source more vehicles, you will unlock Special Vehicle missions; co-op based efforts that will require your Organization to deal with a range of SecuroServ operations and plenty of vehicular mayhem. Completing Special Vehicle missions opens up the ability to purchase t...GTA Online: Import/Export Coming DecemberDec 2, 2016 - Community AnnouncementsSavvy CEOs know there's always more for the taking. While Special Cargo business in Southern San Andreas is booming, another opportunity to expand your hold on the city awaits. With GTA Online: Import/Export it's time to muscle into the lucrative and specialized field of high-volume exotic car theft. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/30043107bd601bef6d90d1bbc37494dc2128d068.jpg Stealing and dealing high-end vehicles is serious business. Building on the supply chains of Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, Import/Export introduces a whole new series of criminal pursuits as CEOs and their organizations boost, modify and resell the most wanted vehicles in the city for big profits. It will take talent, coordination and the tactical use of some brand new Special Vehicles to get the job done, all while staying one step ahead of the police and rival challengers from across the city and countryside. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/c7f4509b0f0c460ffca9a1402958ea747f12491e.jpg New Vehicle Warehouses will house the results of your importing and exporting operations, while CEOs can also reap the fruits of their labor with expansions to the Executive Office buildings. Add massive Executive Office Garages with up to three floors of showroom quality storage for as many as 60 vehicles, complete with customizable décor and a Custom Auto Shop. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/95a6991931b6bf354b7e54aeef155a317e3bf7bb.jpg Stay tuned for more details about Import/Export, including a glimpse at all new Special Vehicles that deliver a unique breed of vehicular mayhem and destruction to GTA Online. //media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames-newsite/uploads/3f610baf32fcf303f6d111abce3afc09cc540072.jpg Here are the best Black Friday 2016 PC gaming dealsNov 25, 2016 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunBlack Friday 2016 is finally here, and it’s of course the biggest day for deals yet. We’ve rounded up the best below, so if you’re looking for great games or PC hardware, step inside. … Tron-style light cycles have arrived in GTA OnlineNov 8, 2016 - PC GamerRockstar has rolled out a new Adversary mode for GTA Online called Deadline, which brings with it a new vehicle called the Nagasaki Shotaro. You might know it by a different name, however: It's a Tron light cycle, and yes, it kills people. The new Deadline mode pits up to four drivers on differently-colored Shotaros against one another in a familiar, drive-or-die contest. Shotaros emit a temporary path of light behind them, and crossing it will cause your bike to immediately explode. Power-ups scattered throughout the arena will enable special moves, including speed boosts, hops, or even slowing down time for fine maneuvering. The Shotaro bike, and the stylish Deadline Outfit, will be unlocked for purchase at relevant stores after the first time you play the Deadline mode. For a limited time, purchasing the Shotaro will score you a free Nagasaki logo t-shirt for your in-game wardrobe, and from now until November 21 Rockstar is also handing out double GTA$ and RP to Deadline competitors. Other in-game discounts are up for grabs over the same period: Properties: * Biker Businesses – 25%; Vehicles: * Karin Technical – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived); * Savage – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived); * MTL Brickade – 50%; Weaponry: * Bullet Ammo – 25%; * Throwables and Explosives – 25%; * Body Armor – 25%; * Drum and Box Magazines – 25%; (They definitely look better at night.) New DEADLINE Mode and Shotaro Bike - Plus Special Bonuses in GTA OnlineNov 8, 2016 - Community Announcementshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs_0sTq7gpQ Turn the streets of Los Santos into a stylish electronic videogame battle to the death with the latest update to GTA Online. Achieve hyper speed on the futuristic Nagasaki Shotaro and demolish foes with the power of your light trail in the new Adversary Mode, Deadline. Check out the new trailer above and read on for more details, including special GTA Online bonuses happening now through Monday, November 21st. http://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_6f6d85ca0939880a2a5fb15c580105fe0e873c89.jpg NEW VEHICLE: NAGASAKI SHOTARO Light up the night with the blazingly fast Nagasaki Shotaro. Packed with enough energy to power the Los Santos grid and sporting the looks of an auto show concept vehicle, the Shotaro delivers a driving experience that is out of this world. Experience the delights of the Shotaro first in the new Deadline Adversary Mode, which will unlock the bike for purchase at Legendary Motorsport, and the Deadline Outfit is also unlocked for purchase at any clothing store. And for a limited time, proud new Shotaro owners will get a free Nagasaki Logo Tee added to their wardrobe. http://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_7da6a3c8e63a722c5cdceb5c7dd21780884602dd.jpg DEADLINE Deadline pits up to four players against another, each mounted on a different colored Shotaro, which emits a temporary light trail as you ride through the arena. Any competitor unfortunate enough to come in contact with said trail meets an instant explosion. Make calculated movements to force opponents to cross your trail’s path and take advantage of strategic power-ups for a competitive edge; use Boost to speed ahead and cut off your opponents, slow down time with Zoned for precision movement, or leap your opponent’s light trail with Hop. Step in the arena now and earn Double GTA$ and RP through November 21st. http://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_df23cecd64cff3f03173b1c6ec8d61c3eab60a14.jpg UNLOCKABLE IN-GAME T-SHIRT & BONUSES Feeling a sense of pride after picking up your latest mode of transport? Show your colors and shine bright in the Nagasaki Logo Tee, free with any Nagasaki Shotaro purchase. In addition to the Double GTA$ and RP in Deadline, get a boost to your Biker Business with 25% off Business supplies and resupplies plus an extra 50% GTA$ and 2X RP from Biker Business Sales. Plus, take advantage of discounted weapons and tactical vehicles listed below from now through the 21st. Properties Biker Businesses – 25% Vehicles Karin Technical – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived) Savage – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived) MTL Brickade – 50% Weaponry Bullet Ammo – 25% Throwables and Explosives – 25% Body Armor – 25% Drum & Box Magazines – 25% http://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_7b4573a8d21683d6da06f8703e653c0ba733aa69.jpg PREMIUM RACE: OVER THE BRIDGE (NOVEMBER 8TH - 21...Steam Charts: Infinite ConsistencyNov 8, 2016 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunLast week, like drinking mulled wine on a chilly November evening, I found great comfort in a Steam top ten that seemed to reflect the wide, weird and wonderful nature of modern PC gaming. After months of recurrent names, it was a bright new dawn of variety. Anything is possible. I am a fool. … Steam Charts: Now That s What I Call PC GamingNov 1, 2016 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAn altogether healthier chart than we’ve had over the last few weeks, even if the usual ghosts continue to haunt it. That was a spooky halloween reference. It’s probably still Halloween in Tazmania or something. Even if it’s not, there’s definitely a hungover guy in a vomit-smeared David S. Pumpkins costume shambling down a street somewhere. … Who s Boo In Halloween Video Game EventsOct 28, 2016 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe Big Spooky isn’t until Monday but plenty of games are already celebrating Halloween with special events for people with nerves of steel and eyes in the back of their head. If you’re feeling extra brave, check out our collection of spookyspoos going on this weekend. This isn’t a definitive list, mind, just a fair spread of things you might fancy trying. Do share your favourites too! … Halloween in GTA Online: New Sanctus Motorcycle, T-Shirt Unlocks, Lost vs Damned Adversary Mode MoreOct 28, 2016 - Community Announcementshttp://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_05b38e3e36e4c91f758cc6044c19b5ba5a775acc.jpg Strike fear into those who cross your path in GTA Online this Halloween with the LCC Sanctus Motorcycle, and restore balance to the universe in the new Lost Vs Damned Adversary Mode, plus enjoy plenty of other thrilling bonuses and treats. NEW VEHICLE: LCC SANCTUS MOTORCYCLE True to the spirit of Halloween, ride on wheels designed to terrorize your foes. Distinctive and deadly, the glowing red eyes of the Sanctus are certain to conjure up all that is evil and unholy. NEW LOST VS DAMNED ADVERSARY MODE The new Lost Vs Damned mode plays out the oft-told story of the righteous versus the vulgar, this time pitting Angels against Devils in the ultimate battle of the soul. Each match will flip between day and night for 60 seconds at a clip, with advantages including regenerated Armor and Health and improved Weapon options depending on the time – day for the Angels and night for the Devils. Points are awarded for kills during the time your team is powerful, so seizing these opportunities are truly the difference between life and death. http://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_0d050f2a06413b012d6916fa293f47a20557fcae.jpg To help you dive straight in to the depths of this new Adversary Mode, there's Double GTA$ and RP available in Lost Vs Damned today through Monday, November 7th. Fight the good (and the bad) fight while pocketing some hard-earned rewards and rep. UNLOCKABLE IN-GAME T-SHIRTS If you're on the lookout for new thematically-appropriate attire, the Twilight Knife and Butchery and Other Hobbies T-Shirts have got you covered. Simply log in to GTA Online through Monday, November 7th to unlock your free horror flick tees. And if you add the Sanctus to your collection now through Monday, November 7th, you'll also unlock the Cheerleader Massacre 3 T-Shirt - a perfect, bloodied accessory to any Halloween wardrobe. http://media.rockstargames.com/rockstargames/img/global/news/upload/actual_halloweentshirts.jpg DOUBLE GTA$ & RP IN SLASHER, BEAST VS SLASHER & COME OUT TO PLAY MODES On Halloween, jump into a special Double GTA$ & RP Playlist featuring classic horror Modes Slasher, Beast vs Slasher and Come Out to Play. Available on Monday, October 31st only, hit the prompt button on the GTAV launch screen to take part in the mischief and the mayhem. ALSO... On top of sinking your teeth into the fresh additions above, don't miss out on the opportunity to indulge in familiar favorites as the Lurcher Hearse and Fränken Stange return alongside a variety of spooky Masks, Facepaints, Bobbleheads and Horns – all ready to be added to your collection now through November 15th. And, be sure to indulge in ongoing bonuses in honor of GTA Online’s three year anniversary, with a 30% off sale on select Vehicles, Weapons and more, as well as Premium Stunt Races through Monday, November, 7th. Click here for the full rundo...