Rockstar Games (Parent Company: Take-Two Interactive)
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
October 1, 2013
ERSB: M (17+), PEGI: (18+), AU: R (18+), NZ: R (18+)
Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players that begins by sharing gameplay features, geography and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V, but continues to expand and evolve with new content created by Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto community.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, players have the freedom to explore alone or with friends. Players can also work cooperatively to complete missions and even band together to participate in various activities, including 2-player missions, full-blown 16-player quests, and ambient events to compete in traditional game modes with the entire community. Players can also participate in tennis and gold, with the latter supporting up to 4 players. In addition, there are movies to watch at theatres, strip clubs and much much more.
Heists and Jobs
Players have the option to recruit other players to join their heist missions. If you're in need of some help within the heists then all you need to do is invite your friends via the in-game phone. Something new that Rockstar has implemented into the game is the ability to manipulate the reactions of AI. This is done through a very clever mechanic which listens to the frequency of your voice and based on it the AI reacts to different situations so, for example, if you want AI to put money into a bag at a speed faster than they would normally do so, you'd shout into the mic and say something like "quicker, put the money in the bag" and they move faster. You can also hire drivers, spies and more for your heists and jobs. If you're on a job and you get some loot, the crew leader decides who gets it.
At the end of a heist, be careful however that the person that took the money doesn't run away with it or rip you off; if the player rips you off then you can track and kill or hire a hitman to wipe the betrayer out and get the money you rightfully deserve. GTA: Online also features a mission table that evaluates your performance on a heist or other job.
Challenges and Content Creation
GTA: Online allows players to make their own improptu modes based on, currently, Deathmatch and Race (cars now have a real racing feel to them), there is also something called "Quick Race" where you can just mark the start and finish line. The Content Creator allows players to create and share their own missions and activities via the Social Club cloud. Content creators can also set target times for other players to beat. Players can also rate your content and can even choose which creators they want to follow and curate during their favourite missions.
Rules, Stats, Ranking and Bonuses
Your ranking is based off shooting, driving, parachuting and flying skills. People can access their data through Social Club and via their iPhones or iPads. There is a mode called "Passive Mode" which means that people can't shoot you. If you fire your gun, however, passive mode will be deactivated. A "Bad Sport" stat will be given for bad behaviour such as blowing up another player's car, and if it's done persistently you will be punished.
If your multiplayer character in Max Payne 3 had a high level, it will be carried over to GTA: Online for more bonuses that you will unlock. Matchmaking is based off of ranking, so it prioritizes your friends' rankings, crewmembers' rankings and even strangers so that when you need people, you know who to get. GTA: Online tracks who your rivals are and lets you know when they've come online so you can get some revenge on them. You're also best off depositing your money into your bank account as often as you can through an ATM machine. When another player kills you, they can snatch the wallet right from your dead body and the money will most-likely never be recovered. You can also improve your stats whether this being gun skills, stamina and more.
Players can invest in their character through customizing their appearance, improving their stats, owning customized vehicles with convertible rooftops and having the option to put tracking devices on them, and purchasing personal property. It's also worth noting that within any apartments you own you shall find a planning board much like the planning board in single player for heists. The player can also select things such as masks and glasses from the inventory menu.
There are loads of property to buy at different prices, according to their views and location. You can use your in-house CCTV to spy on people at your front door, or take showers, surf the net, change clothes and watch the game's many TV channels. You also have the ability to buy extras such as insurance on your cars and personal mechanics.
The world of Grand Theft Auto Online is constantly growing and changing as new content is added, creating the first ever persistent and dynamic Grand Theft Auto game world. Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V.