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Videogame protagonists are big-picture people. They focus on the stuff like saving the galaxy, daring heists, or bringing criminals to justice. But spare a thought for the ordinary, everyday people your protagonists encounter along the way, who have to deal with the unintended consequences of all that reckless heroing.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now on Xbox One, so Mike, Jane and I headed into GTA Online to test the new 30 player servers, try out the first person viewpoint, and attempt to parachute onto the back of a flatbed truck from a dizzying height above Los Santos International Airport. First things first, right?
The next gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is nearly here, but I know what you're thinking: "I already own GTA 5. Everyone in the world already owns GTA 5. I think it's the law? Why would I buy it again." Good question! Here are five new things the makers of GTA 5 think will convince you to give them the other half of all the world's money.
While we're usually shining paragons of law-abiding virtue here on Outside Xbox, very occasionally we do enjoy the thrill of a police chase. Naturally we opt for the most disproportionately punished crime in GTA - backing up to the gates of Fort Zancudo for three wanted stars - to initiate the Grand Theft Sporto Wanted Level Challenge. Longest survivor wins and direct interference with other competitors is strictly forbidden. Not that it's ever stopped us before.
You know a place we haven't visited in a while? Los Santos. It's high time we returned to the state of San Andreas to have a poke around in GTA Online. After all, if rumours are to be believed, there could be a delicious next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 waiting patiently in the wings, which would render our Xbox 360 copies completely obsolete. GTA 5 on Xbox One? Watch on while we weigh up the odds.
GTA Online's Beach Bum Pack is available to download now. This free DLC bundle brings four new vehicles, two new weapons, new jobs, clothes, hairdos and tattoos, all themed on being a laid-back, sun-kissed beach lover. Who will sometimes shank you with a broken bottle.
For the second round of our Grand Theft Sporto competition, we looked back into the mists of time and took inspiration from our school days. There's a certain purity of competition to playground games, mainly because kids are completely incapable of fair adjudication. These are games with very clear winners and losers - no room for disputes. With that in mind, we came up with the patently ludicrous GTA Car Conkers.
Join us for another Grand Theft Auto Online challenge! This time, Mike and I set $10,000 bounties on each other's heads, then see who can survive the longest. It's a set-up much like that of Batman: Arkham Origins, only instead of being highly equipped geniuses trained to the peak of human perfection, we're us, and instead of being hunted by elite assassins, we're running from a server full of psychopathic GTA Online players. Will we survive the night? Where did that guy get an attack helicopter? Is the grotto of the Playboy mansion a defensible position? Hit the jump to find out.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has been out for WEEKS, which means it's high time to start talking about downloadable content. Nothing has been announced so far, but DLC is as certain as catching Trevor doing something weird when you switch characters. The world of Los Santos is rich with possibilities for switching things up with new, downloadable experiences; here are six DLC ideas to change the way you see GTA 5.
It's Grand Theft Auto Online launch week and after some teething problems (many teething problems) it seems to be settling down and players are getting stuck in. Much like the main game, Grand Theft Auto Online is a gloriously madcap sandbox where all structure and planning goes out of the window the second you drive past a ramp, or a robbable shop, or something shiny. Now we're all finally playing it, Mike, Jane and I gather around nothing (Outside Xbox continues to have no watercooler) to discuss our favourite GTA Online moments so far.
Character switching is my favourite of Grand Theft Auto 5's new features. Being able to jump between protagonists at a moment's notice lets you fast travel around the map and keeps the game interesting. By interrupting a protagonist in the middle of his everyday activity you also get an insight into what his life is like when you're not hurling him out of helicopters. Michael tends to sit around looking depressed. Franklin spends a lot of time driving. And Trevor? Well. See for yourself in this compilation of the best Trevor vignettes from Grand Theft Auto 5's character switching. Warning: contains more than one instance of Trevor in his pants.
Outside Xbox goes on a GTA 5 shark hunt with the help of Jared Gerritzen of Zombie Studios and Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Jim Swallow in this live show from Eurogamer Expo 2013. Hit the jump to see Jared meet his GTA 5 doppelganger and Andy go three rounds with Jaws.
Titanfall is attracting the biggest queues at Eurogamer Expo 2013, and with good reason. Abbie Heppe, senior community manager for Titanfall studio Respawn, joined us to talk Titans and play GTA 5 live from the show floor. Stay tuned to also catch the internet's Julia Hardy on a beachfront rampage.
Watch Outside Xbox unwind with GTA 5, live from Eurogamer Expo 2013. We team up with VG24/7's Sam Clay and Eurogamer's Ian Higton to bust into a heavily defended military base and steal a fighter jet. Skydiving, helicopter assault or quad bike - which base infiltration technique will win the day?
Grand Theft Auto Online is the multiplayer segment of GTA 5. It launches on October 1st, which is coincidentally when you expect this site to fall into complete inactivity as we spend every waking hour robbing convenience stores to pay for a new haircut. We had a good run. In the meantime, please enjoy this Show of the Week that takes in GTA Online and the five crucial things we still don't know about it, plus Mike's triumphant return from that American football team and Jane's addiction to spider venom.
My Grand Theft Auto 5 is afflicted with frequent, unpredictable crashes for reasons yet to become clear. Before I work through the elaborate healing ritual prescribed by Xbox Support (clear system cache three times?), let me tell you about my weekend in Los Santos.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is watercooler gaming at its best: a huge, anecdote-generating sandbox brimming with diversions, side missions and random encounters in which no two playthroughs are going to be the same. To share our experiences, Jane and I gather around the proverbial watercooler (Outside Xbox has no watercooler) to discuss our favourite GTA 5 moments so far.
GTA 5's cheat for explosive melee attacks turn your usual melee manoeuvres into devastating superpowered kicks and punches. These are ideal for rampaging Hulk-style through downtown or punting a bodybuilder into the ocean off Vespucci Beach. See the explosive melee attacks cheat code at work below the cut.
Grand Theft Auto 5's Atomic Blimp is a slow, serene alternative to the jets and helicopters of GTA 5. Flying this pre-order bonus vehicle was Andy's first priority on starting up the game. Find out out to hail the Atomic Blimp and see it take a scenic nighttime flight over downtown Los Santos in this gameplay video.
Grand Theft Auto 5's simulated weather can cover Los Santos with dramatic storm clouds, fluffy snow and life-shortening smog. Watch all the GTA 5 weather effects in action in this video, and conjure up the precipitation of your choice like a pagan weather god with this cheat code.
Grand Theft Auto used to command the kind of column inches other games would sell their granny for, but that was in the days before No Russian and We Dare. Can Grand Theft Auto 5 reclaim Grand Theft Auto's controversy crown? Spoiler: yes. GTA 5 is poised to whip up a tabloid furore with its most shocking scene. Hit the jump for details and a look back at the most controversial moments from the series. Steer clear if you want to come to GTA 5's story completely fresh.
Grand Theft Auto 5 takes us back to Los Santos nearly 10 years after we first roamed it in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In case you missed it in Show of the Week, here's our celebratory video tour of GTA's reimagining of Los Angeles city, in which we visit iconic Los Santos sights in both games to see what a difference a decade makes.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is only four days away, you guys, and we are so excited we might be sick. Why not pass the time pre-launch by joining us for a GTA 5 Show of the Week? In it, we inspect the latest in the blockbuster crime series and see how the Los Santos city of GTA 5 has changed from its 2004 incarnation in GTA: San Andreas.
As you may have seen, we've spent the last six months as GTA 5 detectives, poring over screenshots and trailers of Grand Theft Auto 5, searching for clues to what we'll get in the finished game. Then, last week, the rumoured achievement list leaked. This is the detective equivalent of a detailed confession being chucked through your window tied to a brick so let's take a look, shall we, to see what'll be decorating your gamercard come September and what it tell us about Grand Theft Auto 5.
Hopefully by now you've watched the Grand Theft Auto Online trailer (if not, please, allow us), and seen what may very well be videogames' final form. There's plenty to go over, so join us, won't you, as we break down everything we know so far about the mode that's going to be responsible for more lost hours than Daylight Saving Time.
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