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GTAV Themes Now Available on PSN and Xbox LIVE

  More GTAV digital treats are now available to style up your PS3 and Xbox 360 dashboards.   The PSN Premium Theme ($1.99) has a rotating selection of the game's official artwork, including the trio pictured above as well 13 additional selections featuring Michael, Franklin, Trevor and a few of their friends, family and acquaintances. PS3 fans can also now pick up any one of these 10 new PSN Avatars for $0.49/£0.21/€0.25 each.     Xbox 360 users can also theme their dashboard with background artwork of Blaine County, South Los Santos and Vinewood along with Friends slot vignettes of some notable locations like the Del Perro Pier, Paleto Forest and downtown Los Santos Ammu-Nation. This Xbox 360 dashboard theme is available for $2.99.     Previously: New GTAV Avatar Items & Gamerpics on Xbox LIVE GTAV PSN Avatars Plus Xbox LIVE Gamerpics and Avatars Now Available

GTA Online Details: Game Day Access Info and More

With just hours remaining until the initial launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, here’s some more information to share to help get everyone ready for tomorrow. You can also look forward to plenty of GTA Online game tips and other community support features to roll out at the Rockstar Games Social Club website tomorrow as well  – expect tutorial tips to be updated regularly as new content is added to GTA Online.   Access to GTA Online Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with your copy of Grand Theft Auto V. On October 1st there will be a small downloadable Title Update released on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. Upon installation of that Title Update, direct access to begin GTA Online will be unlocked in your GTAV game menu. You will be able to jump right into GTA Online via the 4th (bottom) slot in your GTAV character wheel. We’ve received many questions asking for a specific confirmation of what exact time GTA Online will be available but of course this is contingent on both Title Updates becoming available on each console’s network. As a general timeframe, we do expect the Title Update to become available on PSN and Xbox LIVE starting around 7AM ET tomorrow morning, and your best bet is to stay tuned throughout the day here at the Rockstar Newswire and by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will be keeping everyone updated.   When does GTA Online Take Place? Some people who’ve been playing through Grand Theft Auto V’s Story Mode have been inquiring how the narrative of GTA Online correlates or crosses over. Grand Theft Auto Online is set a few months prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto V’s single player story.     Home and Garage Security There’s plenty of havoc and treachery you can cause out in the open world of course, but in order to prevent some really annoying “griefing”, we’ve designed house party invitations specifically to be a friendly social affair where players can visit each other’s pads without fear of having them ruined or losing their hard-earned vehicles in the process. If someone invites you into their property, then it is considered a friendly visit and you will not be able to shoot up their place or steal their cars from their garage. By the way, in any given lobby, if you and another player own the same piece of property, you will each be able to enter your own personal instance of that property at any given time. You will also be able to enter each other’s instance of that property if you exchange and accept an invite. This way, multiple instances of ownership of the same property within a lobby can co-exist.     GTA$ and Fair Play To allay some concerns we’ve heard on this subject, we can assure you that the game is designed such that the option of purchasable GTA$ should not disrupt the playing field – and there are a few mechanics in place to help ensure that. All players still have to rank up with Reputation Points (RP) in order to get access to purchase high-end items.  No one can begin GTA Online and simply spend a lot of money out of the gate to get a leg up. You will have to earn your stripes and play to unlock access to the aspirational clothes, guns and other items. Please also remember that in GTA Online, hustling to afford the finer things by earning GTA$ doing robberies, stick-ups, winning races and other profitable activities is a fun gameplay experience rather than ever being a ‘grind’. As we mentioned on Wednesday, we will constantly tweak all areas of the game to make it play fairer and iron out any balancing problems (while fixing all the other problems we encounter!), but we really need your help in figuring out what those issues are. So please work with us on that!     An Ever-Growing Collection of Jobs Grand Theft Auto Online is a long-term GTA experience that you can expect to be built-upon, to grow and to evolve in many ways in the coming weeks, months and beyond. As part of that, there will be a massive amount of Jobs available to play over time as we will be regularly adding new ones for you to enjoy. Additionally, you will soon be helping to add content to the game world yourselves, by creating custom Race and Deathmatch Jobs through the Content Creator tool which we plan to release this fall. Grand Theft Auto Online is a collaborative project between Rockstar and all GTA players worldwide, so expect that we’ll effectively be working on it together from day one. As a very small example, the Crew Hierarchies feature that was introduced a few weeks back on Social Club was a direct result of popular fan feedback from last year – and we’ll be looking at the GTA Online community’s feedback, input and ideas constantly to help inform how the game itself will grow and evolve. As mentioned last week, we’ll be looking closely at your feedback emails sent to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and in the GTA Online Suggestion Box board at the forthcoming Social Club Forums. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you as active participants in the world of GTA Online starting tomorrow.     The Character Creation System The hereditary-based character creation system of Grand Theft Auto Online allows for a multitude of options to create your avatar that will then inhabit the online world of Los Santos & Blaine County.  Choose your gender then decide on your mother and father.  From there, you can choose to give one parent genetic dominance or leave them more evenly matched. The choice is yours. Next, you adjust a set of lifestyle variables which help determine your character’s appearance and starting stats. Decide how much sleep he/she gets, how much partying they indulge in, how much honest work versus illegal activity, and more. Essentially, you can adjust the genetics to wind up with a fresh faced lad or lass or a grizzled, haggard degenerate or anywhere in between! You’ll also be able to preview your end result in real time all throughout to ensure you’re satisfied before putting your character on a direct flight to LS. Of course, once you’re out and about in the open world, you can further customize your character with haircuts, clothing and accessories to suit your tastes.   Exclusive Social Club Features     In Grand Theft Auto Online, Social Club members get access to weaponry and vehicular unlocks, a whole new suite of Crew features to represent and coordinate with your squad, and special tools to get the most out of Rockstar Jobs and user-created Jobs when the Content Creator tool launches this fall. Check out the updated www.rockstargames.com/V/socialclub for an overview of GTA Online Social Club features including new Crew customization possibilities like Crew colors and Emblem vehicle decals, Crew messaging options, and Open or Closed Crew Sessions. Plus unlocks like the Sawed-Off Shotgun, the Annis Elegy RH8 and the John Marston Parent option to do the Marston family proud in the modern day West. Also stay tuned for info later in October about the very first GTA Online Social Club Events which will have special Event Playlists curated by Rockstar, reserved in-game license plate awards for top players, and more. So, if you haven’t joined, we recommend doing so! Expect that we’ll be keeping you up to date here at the Newswire tomorrow as the Title Updates become available on PSN and Xbox LIVE. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you and your Crews hit the wide open world of Los Santos and Blaine County in GTA Online tomorrow.

Tear Up Liberty City and Rally Your Crew for Battle during our Social Club Multiplayer Event Weekend

As we get ready for the very first Grand Theft Auto Online events coming this fall, now's the time to rally your Crew and brush up on your online target practice in the last Social Club Multiplayer Weekend before GTA Online's release. Join us on Sunday August 25th from 12-4PM ET for a day of gunslinging, shoot dodging and car chases as we battle unsavory, rival varmints in Red Dead Redemption, dose up and dress down for some Max Payne 3 Bullet Time action, and of course take it back to Liberty City's mean streets with GTAIV and Episodes from Liberty City. For those of you looking for a bit of shelter from the storm of gunfire we’ll also be playing some off-stream Table Tennis and Midnight Club Los Angeles throughout the afternoon. Triple XP will be in full effect for Red Dead and Max from Friday morning through Sunday evening – while the live stream will run from 12-4pm EDT / 4-8pm GMT on Sunday. To chat with us or just observe the action like a good voyeur, you can visit our Social Club or Twitch pages.  Live Streaming Schedule: 12-1pm Grand Theft Auto IV 1-2pm Max Payne 3 2-3pm Episodes from Liberty City 3-4pm Red Dead Redemption Prizing Details: Aside from the pleasure of soaking up the triple XP and getting together with old friends and enemies, 20 randomly selected winners will receive a GTAV Logo Tee, GTAV stickers and some Rockstar logo stickers as you enter to win all weekend long on the Social Club.  Bonus XP: Triple XP will be live for Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 from Friday morning August 23rd through Sunday evening August 25th. Gamertags/IDs of Rockstar Players: PlayRockstar (PS3 / Xbox 360 / Max Payne 3 on PC and Mac) PlayRockstar2 (PS3 / Xbox 360) PlayRockstarPC (GTAIV on PC)

Pre-Order GTAV Day 1 Digital on PlayStation Network

Starting today PS3 fans in North America and Latin America can pre-order the Day 1 Digital version of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation Network. All Day 1 Digital pre-orders get access to fly the Atomic Blimp in-game vehicle just like those who pre-order a physical Standard Edition copy.   As an added bonus, Day 1 Digital pre-orders will also receive an exclusive PS3 theme along with 75% off on any Rockstar full game title on PSN* (to help tide you over these last few weeks before GTAV hits on September 17th). You can pre-order the Day 1 Digital version by going to the New on PS3: PSN Pre-Orders section of the PlayStation Store.   * Prices and discounts vary by territory

GTAV PSN Avatars Plus Xbox LIVE Gamerpics and Avatars Now Available

Show everyone on PSN and Xbox LIVE that you're primed to go west this September - with this set of Avatars and Gamerpics of Michael, Trevor, Franklin, "Chop" the Rottweiler, and a lovely Vespucci Beach goer - as well as two variations of the Grand Theft Auto V logo. You can grab them all now as a set of Xbox LIVE Gamerpics for 80 MS Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and at the PlayStation Store as individual PSN Avatars for $0.49 / £0.21 / €0.25 each.     Also available on Xbox LIVE is a new collection of GTAV themed outfits and items for your Xbox 360 Avatar. The outfits are priced at 320 Microsoft Points each while the individual tees are available for 80 Microsoft Points. Chop the Dog or the Parachute can be had for 240 Microsoft Points.   Bugstar Outfit (Men | Women) Chop Pet FIB Outfit (Men | Women) Grand Theft Auto V T-Shirt (Men | Women) Abseiling Outfit (Men | Women) Parachute Prop Scuba Outfit (Men | Women)  

July 4th Multiplayer Weekend: Four Days of 3XP in Red Dead and Max Payne 3 Plus Sunday Live-Stream Play Session

  Update: Triple XP and Sunday's multiplayer event have ended. Thanks to everyone that joined in, whether in-game, to watch the stream and chat or just dropping by to enter the sweepstakes!   Four days of bonus XP begins our Independence Day multiplayer Social Club weekend starting at midnight on Wednesday evening Eastern Time July 3rd in Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. Then on Sunday the 7th from 12-4pm Eastern, we'll be live-streaming and playing Grand Theft Auto IV, Episodes from Liberty City, Max Payne 3, Table Tennis, Midnight Club Los Angeles and Red Dead Redemption with a Rockstar-hosted chat for four hours both on Social Club and at our Rockstar Twitch page - and giving away 20 Grand Theft Auto V prize packs of tees and stickers.   The times below show our live-streaming schedule, and you can expect us to also hop into some Table Tennis matches and Midnight Club races throughout the afternoon. Gather your Crew mates as Max Payne 3 leaderboards will be live with the Social Club Multiplayer Event playlist.   Live Streaming Schedule 12-1pm Red Dead Redemption 1-2pm Grand Theft Auto IV 2-3pm Max Payne 3 3-4pm Episodes from Liberty City   20 GTAV Prize Packs — Enter Thursday- Sunday! If you're interested in winning a GTAV t-shirt and stickers, this weekend is your opportunity as 20 prize packs will be up for grabs. Enter anytime Thursday through Sunday for the opportunity to receive a GTAV Logo Tee, plus some GTAV stickers and a package of various Rockstar logo stickers. To enter, visit the Social Club multiplayer events page and fill in your details under the "Sweepstakes Entry" tab. Be sure to click "Confirm". Winners will be randomly selected and contacted on Monday.   Gamertags and IDs to look out for during the afternoon: PlayRockstar (PS3 / Xbox 360 / Max Payne 3 on PC and Mac) PlayRockstar2 (PS3 / Xbox 360) PlayRockstarPC (GTAIV on PC)  

Rockstar Game Tips: Get Good, Real Good, at The Warriors

A real live bunch they may be, but getting The Warriors back to Coney is no cakewalk, not with 60,000 Flashed-up street soldiers baying for retribution. Here are our tips to surviving the night - and remember that The Warriors is now available to download from PlayStation Store as part of the PS2 Classics collection.   Stay tuned, Boppers: Pay close attention to the tutorial at the start of the game, as this will teach you the combat basics that will get you through the tougher stages later on. If you do forget anything, head to Controls > Tutorial from the Start menu.   The Chicks are packed: Many of the objects littering the streets - bottles, trashcans, wrenches etc. - can be used as weapons. Generally, these weapons inflict more damage than a single hit, but you do lose the ability to string together combos and to defend yourself from the rear and side. In the frenzy of a mass brawl, you may find it better to rely on the weapons you were born with.   Hit everything in sight: Rage Mode can be the difference between a pretty face and a smashed one. Attacks are more powerful with Rage and you are immune to damage for its duration. All basic attacks fill your Rage meter somewhat, but some do more than others. Check the Style Points table below to see which actions really get the blood boiling.   Real tough: Some boss enemies have powerful melee attacks. In a one-on-one, keep your distance and throw any weapons you find at them. Not only will this wear them down, it will fill your Rage meter. When it's full, get up close and wreck their punk ass.   Who are The Warriors?: Know your allies - each member has different physical attributes and skills, and playing these to your advantage may be the edge you need to beat a difficult mission.   I want them all: Whichever character you're controlling, the rest of The Warriors have your back, so use the Commands to your advantage. If a rival gang has one particularly strong soldier (maybe they're carrying a weapon), then lock onto them and issue the 'Wreck 'Em All' Command to have them battered before you've even thrown a punch. If you're short on time and cash, shout 'Mayhem' in a store to have it emptied quicker than a Flash dealer's overcoat.   Come out to play: Coney Bonus Missions are timed challenges that are gradually unlocked as you play through the game's Story Mode. To find them, exit the Warriors Hangout and look for the purple mission icons on your radar. Complete these as soon as they become available, as the rewards will help you in the more difficult later stages.   Can you count, suckas?: There are many unlockables to discover throughout the game, some of which require you to beat the high score set for each level. To do this, you'll want to master Style Points: bonuses granted for specific actions during gameplay. Here's the breakdown of which actions yield the most Style Points:   table tr td { border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; } Action Style Points Smash small item (box, garbage can, bus bench etc.) 5 Smash car part (window, door, hood, trunk, fender) 10 Pick a lock 10 Handcuff an opponent 30 Smash storefront or phone booth window 50 Toss an enemy into a wall 60 (also builds Rage) Smash counter 75 (also builds Rage) Smash a bottle over an opponent 75 (also builds Rage) Tandem attack 100 (also builds Rage) Smash in-store display case 100 Steal car radio 100 Toss an enemy through a window 100 Stealth kill 100 (also builds Rage) Toss an enemy from a rooftop 150 Toss an enemy into a car 150 Smash an ememy's face into a wall 150 (also builds Rage) Steal a hat from a rival gang 150 Steal a hat from a cop 200 Complete a tag without having to restart 1000 Pick a lock without setting off the alarm 1000   I'm sick of runnin': If you or one of your numbers commits a crime, don't expect the police to let it slide. If they're on your tail, then you have three options: fight (and good luck against the armed officers), run away or hide in the shadows. If you decide to flee, cut corners and take to the rooftops whenever possible. Cops can climb, but they're not agile as The Warriors, so use this to your advantage.   Lookin' good, Warriors: Inside the Warriors Hangout you'll find an exercise area. Complete workouts at all four stations to boost your equipped Warrior's fitness level by one. Levels five and 10 each give a helpful boost in Stamina, allowing you to sprint for longer and pull off power moves and combos with ease.   You see what you get?:  Throw a buck to those in need once in a while. You never know who might have your back later on, or point you in the right direction...   Abide by these streetwise pearls and you should be back in Coney safe and sound. If you need help with a specific mission, hit us up in the comments or via Mouthoff.

Download The Warriors from the PlayStation Store

Can you dig it? The original PS2 version of The Warriors, our videogame adaptation of the cult film classic, is now officially available to download from the PlayStation Store for $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.99. Experience a return to the arcade tradition of street brawler beat-em-ups as you fight your way from Coney Island all the way to the North Bronx and back - taking control of various members of the Warriors as they go up against some of NYC heaviest gangs including the Destroyers, the Turnbull AC's and the bat-wielding Baseball Furies.   Additional PS2 Classics Available on PSN: Manhunt | Liberty City Stories | Vice City Stories | Grand Theft Auto III | Vice City | San Andreas | Bully | Red Dead Revolver | Max Payne | Midnight Club: Street Racing | Midnight Club II | Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition REMIX

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