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Inside the free GTAV mod giving Los Santos a realistic glow-upNov 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The next phase of Grand Theft Auto V s PC glow-up is coming, like a beautiful high schooler in a teen movie taking their glasses off to reveal they were even more beautiful all along. Scheduled to launch in December via, a massive update to the astounding (and free) NaturalVision mod will overhaul the game s already age-defying looks. We re talking a remodelled sky, reworked shadows, enhanced textures, transformed lighting (both interior and exterior), and realistic window reflections, amongst plenty of other juicy additions. So who makes this mod, and where do they get off releasing it for free? To find out, I spoke with NaturalVision creator Razed, real name Jamal Rashid. The 28-year-old Miami native has been working on NaturalVision s latest update in his spare time for the past 12 months, having spent over three years on the project in total. He and his three-person team do it purely out of passion. (more…) Steam Charts: Schteam Schmarts EditionNov 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The results are in! The links between the longevity of Steam Charts and the decreases in violent crime, the improvement of sanitary water supplies, and sudden global drops in serious health issues, are no coincidence at all! To quote from the paper recently published in Nature, “Causal links have been shown connecting Rock Paper Shotgun’s Steam Charts articles to a remarkably number of positive worldwide trends, with strong suggestion that a global dependence on the column has been established, such that its weekly appearance is vital to humanity.” (more…) Six years after release, Grand Theft Auto Online is getting even more popularNov 9, 2019 - EurogamerGrand Theft Auto Online remains one of the biggest games in the world - and it's getting even more popular. The online portion of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5, which launched six years ago in October 2013, saw consumer spending up 23 per cent to a new record, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick said this week. This boost was caused primarily by the July release of the Diamond Casino & Resort update, Zelnick explained. The update sparked record player engagement across daily, weekly and monthly active users in July, and then again in August. Read more Steam Charts: Recycled Air EditionNov 4, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun There is nothing worse for a world-leading chartologist (PhD) like me than a Steam sale. All sense is lost, all decorum thrown to the wind, as the same few games come stamping all over everything like an uninvited six year old whose parents let him go to bed whenever he wants. And we’re entering Sale Season, people. It’s going to get stampy. (more…) Game DNA: Making yourself a homeOct 24, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Game DNA is a series where we take a single concept from games, strip it to its essence, and look at how it — and we — have developed over time. I was homeless when I discovered Minecraft — not homeless in the street-sleeping sense, thankfully. Only in the sofa-surfing sense. I had a bed, even. The creaking cabin bed of two friends who took pity on me and let me crash for a few months in their house, while I sullied my fingertips with sambuca in a dank Yorkshire nightclub for part-time pound coins. My chin-scratching uni days had just ended, but I stubbornly refused to go back to my family house in Northern Ireland. I could do this, I reasoned, I just needed time. Then my friend showed me how to punch a tree, and I found a new home. (more…) I tried to form a GOURANGA gang in GTA 5 roleplay and it didn't end wellOct 16, 2019 - PC GamerYou killed them too, don't you dare tell me otherwise. You slaughtered every last one of them. And you laughed. You laughed and laughed as you gleefully mowed them down, crushing their bones and their spirits into the tarmac in one swoop. Sometimes, between missions or betwixt run-ins with the law, you combed the streets, listening for their song—low-pitched and twee. You chased the chorale until you caught sight of their shiny bald heads and vibrant orange threads. Then it was on. You lined up your ride, kicked into gear, and sent the lot of them tumbling like a set of blood-spattered bowling pins. Across your screen, the glorious message read: GOURANGA. Killing seven of these chaps at once in Rockstar North's (then DMA Design) 1997 sandbox crime simulator Grand Theft Auto was, perversely, glorious. Running the cluster over, taking them out one-by-one, seeing that hallowed catchphrase—which loosely translates to 'Be Happy'—was, for some reason, so very satisfying. As was the four-star police chase that invariably followed. I lost so much time arsing around in those first top-down iterations of Liberty City, Vice and San Andreas, seeking out the talking targets and laying them flat. I wasn't a fan of the group's dubious gangland incarnation that appeared in GTA 2, and I was always a wee bit miffed they didn't feature again in the series' 3D universe or beyond. For me, each in-game GOURANGA spoke to the free-for-all, controversial and crass nature of the first late '90s Grand Theft Auto.  Just as satisfying, was the pacifist approach, whereby nudging the leader of the pack a few times would see him follow your lead. Before long, you'd be the one guiding the group, on-song, weaving in and out of each town's hustle and bustle. Which is what modern-day GTA is missing, really. Never mind flashy cars, high-grade weapons or single-player DLC—getting the Gouranga Gang back together should be top of Rockstar's list of future update plans. I'm so sure of this fact that, in the meantime, I decided to take my throwback plan to the Grand Theft Auto 5 roleplay scene. If you've followed any of my GTA RP exploits before now, my latest venture was typically far from straightforward. Step 1: The Outfitting Stage If I was going to recreate a Grand Theft Auto Gouranga gang, I had to go all in. Or, at least, as all in as the roleplay server I played in would allow. After choosing a bald avatar in-line with my source material, my next order of business was my wardrobe—an orange robe and sandals, if possible—and so I set off for the Textile City-Sinners Passage branch of Binco Clothing. After pouring over the racks and stands, I cobbled together the closest outfit to the original GTA revellers as I could:  * A crappy yellow/orange t-shirt; * A pair of baggy '90s illegal rave-aping orange trousers; * A pair of cheap-looking white flip flops; I&a...Steam Charts: Suspicious Mole EditionOct 14, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Everything you thought you knew to be true has been undermined by the Great Revelation. Please read on to learn about your new role in society, and how this affects the games you will be allowed to play. (more…) GTA Online gets a King of the Hill mode and a sweet new rideOct 10, 2019 - PC GamerRockstar has added a new game mode to GTA Online called King of the Hill that will pit 16 players, divided into teams, against one another in a battle for dominance across seven different maps. Specifics are a little thin in the announcement—get a gun, grab the high ground is pretty much the extent of it—but to get things rolling, players who take part in the mode will be awarded double GTA$ and RP until October 16. Also on the menu this week is a new sports car, the Ocelot Jugular, a mean machine that sounds like my kind of ride: "This baby can cut down the road with the precision of a surgeon, if that surgeon had an impact force of multiple kilonewtons and could backhand a man with a slap mass of several metric tons." Now that's a car I could pick up some groceries with. Players taking on any Client Jobs between now and October 16 will earn double GTA$ and RP, and Special Cargo Sell Missions will also deliver double GTA$ this week. Players can also take a shot at winning GTA$, RP, clothing, and maybe even a Principe Deveste Eight supercar with a spin of the Lucky Wheel at the Diamond Casino and Resort. If you're new(ish) to GTA Online, don't miss our guides on how to make money fast and win big at the casino—which, for the record, are separate things. For something a little less practical, here's Joe talking about the time he became a vampire and turned an abandoned nightclub into his personal hunting ground, with somewhat less than stellar success. Steam Charts: Baseless Controversy EditionOct 7, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Has your account been hacked? Have your favourite game’s servers been compromised, revealing private data about you and your family? Are your bank details at risk? (more…) Steam Charts: All This Happened EditionSep 23, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun What s Another Thing You Could Buy Instead Of GTA V Again? A Jurassic Park VHS tape lamp (more…) You can now play Grand Theft Auto V offline againSep 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun After Rockstar launched their new wee store client doodad this week, folks who wanted to play Grand Theft Auto V offline on PC were finding themselves unable to. Did Rockstar sneak in a new DRM measure when wedging the new Rockstar Games Launcher into the game’s guts? Naw, they say it was a bug, and now it’s fixed. The fix does involve going online one last time, mind. (more…) The bug preventing GTA 5 from being playable offline has been fixedSep 19, 2019 - PC GamerWhen the Rockstar Games Launcher appeared earlier this week the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 suddenly stopped being playable in offline mode. Rockstar were quick to announce that this was a bug, and they hadn't made any changes to GTA 5's DRM. The bug has now been fixed, and there's a ticket for it on Rockstar's support site. Here's the full text of it. Question: Why can’t I set GTAV for PC to Offline Mode now that I have updated to the Rockstar Games Launcher? Answer: In order to Play GTAV in Offline Mode, players will need to: Run the Rockstar Games Launcher and update it to the latest version Sign in to the Rockstar Games Launcher Update GTAV to the latest version Launch GTAV via the Rockstar Games Launcher while online So there you go. You'll need to be online to launch it the first time, but after that you should be able to play in offline mode again. Rockstar has announced its very own games launcherSep 18, 2019 - EurogamerJoining the likes of Blizzard and Ubisoft, Rockstar has created its own games launcher allowing players to access its PC games from one place, regardless of what digital store you bought them from. The Rockstar Game Launcher is available to download right now, and also lets fans buy games directly from the developer via its shop. For a limited time, as an incentive to install the launcher, you can claim a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas when you download it, which will be permanently added to your Social Club account's library. Read more Rockstar says Grand Theft Auto 5's offline mode was disabled by a bug, not the launcherSep 17, 2019 - PC GamerRockstar rolled out a new game launcher for PC today, which came with a free copy of the great Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—and, shortly after people got their hands on it—reports that it also changed the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 to disable offline mode. Rockstar has confirmed that this did in fact occur, but said that it's a bug, not an intentional modification, and that no changes were made to the GTA5 DRM. The Rockstar support site says the studio is aware of an issue "that is affecting some players' ability to play in Offline Mode," and is looking into it. Unfortunately, that's all it says right now. I've reached out to Rockstar to see if a timeframe is available, and I'll update if I receive a reply. Rockstar launch their own Launcher, offering GTA San Andreas for freeSep 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Just when the Epic Games Launcher seemed like it might have been the final salvo in the launcher wars, along come Rockstar Games with a launcher of their own. The imaginatively-named Rockstar Games Launcher lets you launch Rockstar Games games, and also buy them. Okay? And? Why would I want that? Well, Rockstar are hoping to tempt people to install it by initially offering 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a freebie. (more…) Steam Charts: Hard Boiled Wisdom EditionSep 16, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun We’ve had a few people asking how to get these stupid annoying articles out of the news feed for their favourite games on Steam. Read on to learn more… (more…) Steam Charts: Falsifiable Evidence EditionSep 9, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Exciting news! Steam Charts is proud to announce it’s to be an Epic exclusive! From now on you can read your favourite article about the top selling games on Steam exclusively on the Epic Store! But don’t worry, long-term readers – you’ll still be able to read the articles right here on RPS, after just one year. Everyone’s a winner! (more…) Where to find all the Action Figures in GTA OnlineSep 5, 2019 - PC GamerWhere are the Action Figures in GTA Online? Not dissimilar to the Playing Cards you had the option to find when the famous Diamond Casino and Resort opened, now you have the opportunity to pick up 100 GTA 5 Action Figures to help out comic store owner, Lester. You only needed to get 54 Playing Cards, so you'd be at this one for a long time, if it weren't for this guide, of course. The reward is certainly worth all that effort, though: your prize is GTA$150,000, 150,000 RP, the special Impotent Rage Outfit and hair, and eight collectable figurines with which to decorate your penthouse. So, below we're going to show you how to the start the relevant mission and include a video and map to give you all the information you need. All GTA Action Figures locations First of all, it'd be remiss of us to not get our thank yous in first: @FoxySnaps leaked information about the rewards for this task early, and produced the video and map shown below. To start the mission, all you need to do is login to your game, and a you'll get a message from the panicked comic book purveyor. That's all there is to it and, from there, the GTA 5 Action Figures should all be live in the world for you to collect. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colours, but you should know when you approach one because they glow nice and brightly.  Below you can see a useful video and map to help you track down each Action Figure in GTA 5 Online in no time. Happy hunting! Steam Charts: Paternal Doubt EditionSep 2, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun URGENT: Disparaging words have been said about the game you like by people who like the other game you don’t like. (more…) Steam Charts: Subdued EditionAug 26, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Why, what’s this? Oh I say, a Steam Charts you say? How intriguing. (more…)