Similar to its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto V features a multiplayer mode, dubbed Grand Theft Auto Online. Grand Theft Auto Online was released on October 1, 2013, 14 days after the actual game. Although it is playable only with a Grand Theft Auto V disc, Grand Theft Auto Online is considered and treated by Rockstar Games as a stand-alone title.
The ties between Max Payne 3’s multiplayer and GTA 5 are interesting, as few games have offered crossover in this fashion. Rockstar’s crews – large clans that can band together and win rewards by cooperating online – can be imported between Max Payne 3 and GTA 5, giving us a taste of what to expect from Rockstar’s return to San Andreas.
Bewsher sheds light on the crew system, “Well, there are going to be two types of Crews – private crews that you and your friends can create and customise to your liking, and Rockstar-created crews that are open to everyone." "Private crews hold up to 250 members and public crews are unlimited, so thousands of people can join the same crew and start reaping the benefits.”
“ There are also a range of in-game rewards and mechanics that impact crew cooperation”, Bewsher continues, “such as HUD identifiers, customisable emblems on in-game equipment for opponents to see, dedicated crew assist-style awards and the Crew feud mechanic to name a few. This last one creates automatic feuds between different crews, to see which is the meanest.”
The concept is intriguing, lending social interaction and genuine cooperation to the arena shooter format where similar games would have you running and gunning as a lone wolf. Once again, Max Payne 3 demands teamwork. Reconfirming cross compatibility, Bewsher adds, “You may have read recently that we also announced that crews created in Max Payne 3, and any feuds you have going with other crews will be fully transferable into Grand Theft Auto 5 and beyond.”
The gameplay options in GTA Online are limitless. It is believed that the player begins multiplayer by being dropped off from a plane, as there is an achievement that has a picture of a plane and says "Complete the Introduction". The achievement is also called "Off the Plane".
Unlike in GTA IV's Multiplayer, pretty much everything in single player GTA V will be available in multiplayer. This means you could go to Cluckin' Bell in multiplayer with friends and buy a piece of chicken, whereas in GTA IV, the store would have been empty.
In GTA Online, the players character can be customized much more than it could in GTA IV's multiplayer. Now, the player can buy their clothes from clothing stores around Los Santos using the money they earn from killing other players and from completing missions such as Heists. They can also buy tattoos, Haircuts and piercings. Also, if the player has the Collectors Edition of the game, they can choose to be additional characters which were featured in GTA IV. The only characters known to be featured in the edition are Niko Bellic and his son, who's name is not currently known.You will also be able to play as Claude and Misty from GTA III to use as parent genes. Players can also customize their character using genes. What happens is you put in your parents heritage, then choose who's genes are most dominant. Additionally, you'll customize your characters daily activities - everything from family time to illegal activities, then from sports to being a couch potato. All this will have an impact on your characters appearence and skills.
Money & Life
Like in single player, the main aim is to get as much money as possible. The number of things money can be spent on are endless, as Rockstar continues updating the game all the time. The player can buy things such as apartments, garages and helipads, character customization options, such as tattoos, haircuts and clothes, and much, much more.
When a player purchases an apartment, they can invite other players to come and visit them. When another player comes to visit, they will use a door bell, which will be heard by the player who owns the apartment. The player can then choose whether or not to let them. The player can also use CCTV on their TV to check who is actually outside.
Money is earned through Heists, convenience store robberies, doing odd jobs, and more. You can even buy money packs using real life currency.
As well as CCTV on the television, the player can also watch TV shows and interview. An extraordinary new feature is the ability for the player to watch other players being chased and attacked by police, via the camera attached to Police Mavericks. Whilst the helicopters are chasing a player, their camera will be filming the whole thing. The player then tunes into the chase on their television and enjoys.
Players can then also have garages and helipads. These are to store their vehicles and aircraft that they have found, bought, or earned. Once the player has some vehicles, they can use them to compete in races, or just to show off. Customized vehicles can also be stored in the garages and helipads.
Missions & Events
Leslie Benzies, Rockstar Games' director, says there will be around 700 missions in GTA Online and that Rockstar will be constantly renewing about 500 of these to keep GTA Online fresh, long after gamers have worked their way through GTA V. He also said that these missions can be encountered in many ways, including stumbling on them on the map, calling or receiving a phone call from an NPC, or choosing one of the menu.
Races can be entered as game modes. The player can compete using vehicles from their own garages and helipads/airfields. They can also create their own race tracks, using the Content Creator.
Like in single player, the player can perform heists, with friends. Heists will be a bit bigger than they are in single player, one that is known of containing around 20 steps. The one that is known of is where the player must steal a Titan being guarded by a group known as the Merryweather.
The players then steal the plane, take off, and escape. Like in single player, players have stats such as Driving, flying and shooting, which can be used by players to pick other players to use in heists.
After missions where you've a good old blood bath, you can wash the blood off yourself in the shower in your apartment.
Many new things can be done with vehicles in GTA Online. The only things known so far are that cars can be locked to prevent them being stolen, and the player can also buy car insurance just in case their car is stolen, destroyed, or lost.
Social ClubLike in Max Payne 3, players can form Crews using the Rockstar Games Social Club. Players can be in up to 4 Crews at one time. Crews can perform Heists and other activities together. When players form Crews in GTA Online, there will be an all new Hierarchy system to tell others who ranks where.
- Multiplayer will hold 16 people on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
- Crews from Max Payne 3 will carry over to Grand Theft Auto V.
- Grand Theft Auto V will have multiplayer features linked to Rockstar's Social Club.
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