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Aug 22 2013 5:00pm
Gaming Roundup: GTA V Online Brings the Heat

Grand Theft Auto V Online

As GTA V’s launch date inches closer, Rockstar Games chose last week to provide gamers with a full preview of the multiplayer experience that awaits them in the studio’s next inevitable megahit. And wow, they did not disappoint. The studio made an active choice to separate the single-player portion of GTA V from the multiplayer that comes packaged alongside—accordingly, the single-player and multiplayer aspects of GTA are separate entities, set within the same GTA universe. This is also the reason that Rockstar is unlocking GTA Online a few weeks after GTA V goes online—to maintain a sense of separation between the single-player game and the multiplayer component. Let’s take a look at the new GTA Online trailer and see what it has to offer online gamers.

[All this and Dragon Age: Inquisition news...]

The most fascinating thing about the GTA Online trailer is that it shows us the way in which Rockstar is integrating the open-world sandbox philosophy of GTA with the nature of multiplayer games, in general. The sheer number of activities you can perform online, based on whatever the hell it is you feel like doing at a given time, is absolutely staggering. While this trailer is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list of every option available in GTA Online, we can at least get a sense of scope of the game’s online play by tallying what you can do with a friend along for the ride.

Simply from the trailer, we can see that GTA Online’s multiplayer includes car chases, arm wrestling, tennis matches, golf, dirt biking, parasailing, races with every and any type of vehicle (helicopters, planes, cars, dirt bikes, 4x4s, Seadoos, and more), bank heists, robberies, character customization, apartment and/or garage purchases, race course and deathmatch map creation, and straight-up deathmatch. Other reports indicate you can also buy and sell stocks, as the GTA Online-verse will contain a real-time, up-to-date actual stock market that is affected by any and all in-game actions.

GTA V launches on September 17 for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In other gaming news this week, BioWare revamps the Dragon Age site and we touch on industry harassment, dress like a casual FemShep,  and bemoan the existence of Half-Life 3 rumors. Damn you, foolish hope! Read on....

  • Sharpen your swords for Fall 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming to PC, 360, PS3 and next-gen consoles. Combining the strategic combat of DA: Origins with the fluidity of DA2 with a darker story and stunning graphics, this is sure to be one of the most hotly-anticipated titles of next year. BioWare gave their site a fitting makeover this week. Check it out here
  • Apparently, Microsoft’s response rate to harassment complaints leaves a lot to be desired. Gamer Jenny Haniver waited for weeks for the company to respond to her complaint against another Xbox Live member who sexually harassed her online, but feels nothing truly happened until she took her story public.
  • In other industry harassment-related news (you have no idea how much it pains us to have to write that opening phrase), Polygon released an investigative report last week detailing the ever-increasing problem of developer harassment at the hands of gamers. Make a change to a game? Prepare to deal with a flood of death threats and verbal/online abuse. The International Game Developers Association, or IGDA, is considering the creation of developer support groups following Polygon’s report.
  • So, according to one of Valve’s regular voice actors, John Patrick Lowrie, one of the industry’s most hotly anticipated games in Half-Life 3 may not even be in production yet. Excuse us while we go sob in the corner.
  • By the Goddess! Black Milk has made available a new line of Mass Effect-themed clothing. Get your hands on leggings, swimsuits and bod-con dresses featuring Liara, Aria, Tali vas Normandy and turian hearthrob Garrus. We (read: Theresa) opted for the simple but stylish N7 leggings, the perfect accessory for when she feels like suckerpunching other gaming journalists in the face.
  • Turn out the lights and turn up your speakers: the sequel to one of the best horror games of the decade, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, is set to launch next month. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs releases on September 14.
  • Finally, master thief Garrett emerges  from the shadows on February 25, 2014, when Eidos launches their Thief reboot.


If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

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