Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto

If you didn’t pick up the latest and greatest Grand Theft Auto game when it arrived late last year it seems that your patience is finally paying off. Rockstar has announced that the open-world, car-filled game will make its way to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 18, 2014.

Best yet, this isn’t just some direct port over. Rockstar has been working hard over this last year to make GTA V look better than ever on the new-generation systems. Included in the upgrade is higher resolution, new weapons, cars and missions, more traffic and wildlife wandering around, and a new foliage system for plants. Rockstar even redid the damage and weather systems for more realism, and added 100 songs across the game’s 17 different radio stations.

Experts have heralded GTA V as the best game of the franchise, and now it’s getting better. If you want to run around the world swiping, crashing, racing and driving some of the coolest cars that have ever been a part of a Grand Theft Auto game, you can pick up your new copy just in time for the holidays. If you are feeling generous, I’ll take a PC copy. Just let me know if you need my address.

If you are curious to see how the game looks with its upgrades, we have included a new trailer after the break.

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If you’ve been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, you might recognize this sports car . Why yes, it’s the Bravado Banshee, the getaway car that made its debut in the opening moments of Grand Theft Auto III. The Banshee was always treated simply as a video game car that ultimately became one of the mainstays of GTA.

All that’s about to change now that a real world version of the Banshee has been built, thanks to Rockstar Games’ collaboration with West Coast Customs. It’s only a one-off machine, yet it makes good use of state-of-the-art fabrication technologies to turn it into a true sports car befitting its stature as a bad-ass in the GTA franchise.

One look at the Banshee and you can surmise that it was based on a past version of the Dodge Viper — a 2006 model, to be precise. WCC used molds for the exterior, and cut and machined piece-by-piece to recreate the high-performance look of the video game sports car . And as an added treat, the Banshee’s iconic metallic-blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe, ensuring that the sports car’s video game looks translated perfectly into the real-world car.

Additionally, the interior is also a sight to behold with the seats upholstered and embroidered with the "Banshee" name and insignia. Likewise, carbon inlays were used on the dashboard, door panels and center console while a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed.

But the best part about this Banshee isn’t so much it’s appeal; it’s the fact that GameStop raffled it off as part of its Epic Rewards Giveaway back in 2013.

Updated 06/02/2014: If you want to drive the Bravado Banshee for real, you will be happy to know that one unit is currently on sale on eBay. The only problem is that it is listed at $170,000

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Heroes come in many shapes and forms, and for this 79-year old Irishman, he learned first hand that his 11-year old grandson is one of them. Charley Cullen may not be old enough to drive, but when his grandfather Finn blacked out behind the wheel of his car, Charley had no choice but to take the wheel. Fortunately, he already knew what he had to do, a skill he learned playing Grand Theft Auto .

Young Charley and his grandfather were on their way home when Finn, 79, lost consciousness while he was driving his car, pushing the pedal to speeds in excess of 117 km/h (72 mph). That’s when young Charley sprung into action, taking control of the steering wheel of the car, and pulling it back out on the the road.

“We met a few cars going by," Charley told the Irish Mirror. "I had one hand on the steering wheel and the other trying to wake papa.”

Incredibly, the youngster not only got his grandpa’s car out of a ditch, but he also managed to navigate his way around a busy main road before hitting a sidewall and crashing into a gate close to their house. From there, Charley pulled his grandfather out and carried him the remaining 50 yards to his home.

Charley suffered a fractured skull from his bout of heroism, but the important thing was he managed to not only save his own life, but also that of his grandfather.

For his incredible episode of bravery, the young soccer fan was rewarded by the Football Association of Ireland with free tickets to an Ireland-England friendly next year.

It’s an incredible story that serves as a reminder to all of us that no matter the ills of this world, there are still people who can be called upon in times of distress. Charley Cullen proved that by saving his grandfather’s life and in so doing, reminded all of us that kids can be our heroes too, even if their means of heroism involves what they learned from video games .

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By now, a lot of us have probably spent hours of idle time playing Grand Theft Auto V . Don’t worry, we won’t judge because, well, we’ve had our time in that comfortable couch, too.

But everybody that has played GTAV has probably wondered why a lot of their cars are all ambiguously designed instead of being actual real-life models. Well, licensing has a lot to do with that and even with the budget GTAV allegedly has — over $250 million — it appears that none of that was used on securing licenses from these automakers.

But even if the cars in GTAV are fictitious, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have similarities to actual models. Just after the jump you’ll see a comprehensive infographic of the cars from GTAV and compared to their real-life counterparts.

Check out the infographic and notice the resemblances, some of which are pretty uncanny like the Pegassi Vacca (Lamborhini Gallardo ), the Coil Voltic (Tesla Roadster ), the Bravado Buffalo (Dodge Charger STR8 ), and the Lampadi Felon (Jaguar XFR ).

There are loads more comparisons to check out, so better get to it before you spend another round of hours-long GTAV awesomeness.

Click past the jump to see the full infographic.

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The video game business is evolving much more rapidly than many movie studios in terms of their broad reach and level of interactivity with the players who devote hours to winning the race, collecting a mad fleet of exotic cars , or even doing the most efficient kill shots on retro robo future zombies. Or something.

The automotive genre of the gaming industry is quite a unique subset. Guys and gals who have never enjoyed most first-person-shooters, RPGs and other fantasy wizard content can somehow really love driving games.

Gran Turismo is obviously the mack daddy franchise, but its lead over the improving Forza, Need for Speed and others is diminishing.

As awesome as GT5 and GT6 are, the level of game play is always pretty serious. It might start out with paint jobs and ECU chips for an old used MX-5 that is now a giant killer, but Gran Turismo gets extremely stressful and difficult as the Mario Kart friendliness of the first tracks becomes the brutal London F1 course, Sardinia rally stage, or the legendary Nordschleife in Nürburg.

The light-hearted escapism of the old Donkey Kong Country series is long gone in this intense generation of lifelike games. Your escape will be directly into the racing cockpit. Your eyes will bleed from starting at the 250 mph warp speed down the Mulsanne straight, hate your own slow-fitted fingers, and maybe - just maybe - win a race or two.

Grand Theft Auto takes a totally different path. Instead of the glamor of the world’s best tracks and circuits, the GTA approach is much more down-to-earth. You are a professional criminal building an empire. But there are guys around every corner who want to be the next Tony Montana also.

So you become a fierce and hardened street tough playing the game. Even in the lush green lawns of posh suburbs, the boys will always be in the basement doing evil deeds and wild burnouts on GTA 5 . The goal is to be a fun escape from the reality of speed limits, paying tolls and parking tickets. All the boring parts of life.

So where does the new GTA app fit into this mix? Called iFruit, the new iPhone and iPad apps are companion pieces that integrate with console game play. Build your ideal whip, train your Rottweiler or just browse the enormous game play guide application when stuck.

Is iFruit the perfect time-waster for all those boring hours spent *not* playing GTA 5 ?

Click past the jump to find out.

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On September 17, 2013, the fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series finally hit store shelves. Riding the waves of great reviews it has received recently, the game enjoyed massive success, as it raked in about $800 million is sales in just its first day in stores. This equals out to between 13 to 14 million copies of the game flying off of the shelves in just one day.

Apparently, experts don’t expect GTA V to keep up the register-clanging success, as Mike Hickey, an analyst at the Benchmark Company, said "We’re looking for 23 million units of games sold by March 2014 and we won’t change that, but $800 million in the first day is phenomenal."

Another game that enjoyed similar success was the "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II," which scored $500 million worth of sales in just one day.

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If you love cars, chicks, guns and carnage, then you’re likely itching to get your hands on the new Grand Theft Auto V — we certainly are. Well, you still have a little bit of time to wait, but Rockstar Games has just released another official trailer for the upcoming shoot-em-up and drive-em-hard game to help ratchet up our excitement a little.

Unlike the last trailer that introduced us to the three main characters, this trailer focuses more on the overall game. It gives us an inside look at the cool things you get to do and the intense vehicles you get to drive, from Lamborghini look-alikes, to beat-up pickups to sport bikes and much more — did we really see a fighter jet?

If you’re anything like us, we prefer to spend the majority of our time finding the coolest and fastest cars to go whipping around town in. That’s when we’re not posting our character on the highest rooftop with a rocket launcher, picking off police helicopters, of course...

The game hits shelves September 17th, so mark the calendar!

Without question, Gran Theft Auto V is one of the most unique video games to have ever been developed in recent years. Races, for example, are taken in the context of GTA V as surviving the day without getting killed even if it means you having to run over a pedestrian or 10.

The franchise is already rich in history, something that has come to be expected from Rockstar Games’ super gaming franchise. Now in its fifth installment, GTA returns packed with improvements on just about every aspect of the game.

The graphics are sharper, the controls have been refined, and the story is still as complicated as ever. But as is the case with the GTA franchise, it’s not so much of a thinking man’s game as it is pure survival - in the context of trying to complete as many missions as possible.

The game is scheduled to hit shelves on September 17th, which makes it a little more than two months before we get our hands on one. And that’s when all the fun begins.

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Rockstar Games has dropped a new trailer for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, revealing more cars and action from the upcoming video game. The game’s main characters are Michael, Franklin and Trevor, and it looks like next to the cars, the new GTA V will bring into focus lots of motorcycles, airplanes and helicopters.

In the new GTA V, players will enjoy replicas of cars like Audi R8 Spyder, Aston Martin DB5, Dodge Charger, Jaguar XF-R, lots of SUVs, pickup trucks and more. The action takes place in fictional Los Santos in the state of San Andreas and its surrounding areas, a city based on modern-day Los Angeles and Southern California.

Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 17, 2013. The game is now available for pre-order.

Be aware, the video contains violence, bad language and scantily clad women, so it is not appropriate for children!

Just a few days ago, we brought you the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, which is set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the Spring of 2013. The wait for the launch can be very aggravating, we know. To help satisfy your GTA thirst, Gevorg Karensky has created an awesome live-action short movie with a plot based on GTA — GTA IV and its main character, Nico Bellic, if you want to be specific.

His movie, called Grand Theft Auto: RISE, looks pretty true to the original and features one of our favorite cars — the BMW M3 — and not just a replica, like in the game. Unfortunately, the M3 meets a rather unhappy ending, but we still enjoyed every second of the car chase it was involved in.

Let us know in the comments section bellow if you like this movie, or you will rather wait for the GTA V for some "real" action!


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