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Why the Success of GTA Online is Actually Bad News

Posted in Gaming these days ..., The Latest with tags , , , , on July 26, 2017 by Rabidgames

First of all, this is the perspective of a disgruntled long-term Rockstar fanboy. GTA Online is fun for many, sure. It can be fun, and that’s all fair and square if it’s your cup of tea. But unfortunately, it’s also a giant money machine. Which is also the biggest problem if you don’t give a flying fuck about it. Because post-launch, GTA Online is all there is while once the campaign is completed, there is nothing but a few consolation outfits, weapons or vehicles.

For GTA Online however, we have heists, stunt tracks (to be fair, these are really cool), businesses to make you some money, property to buy, and so on. For some inexplicable reason though, everything is that absurdly overpriced so you have to grind for a decade to be able to afford the good shit … or you just give Rockstar some cash and you’re set. Great, eh?

Somehow however, Rockstar forgot its roots. The company forgot about the GTA V singleplayer part of the game, the part that used to be the meat and the reason to play Grand Theft Auto. What happened to it? Blinded by the easy cash of GTA Online? Too lazy to come up with a story and/or characters for a DLC campaign? To be fair, the GTA V campaign has its moments, but it has been missing something, as if the developers decided to start there and then focussed on something else rather than flesh it out completely with … you know, aliens or post-story heists. Something else meaning a certain online component …

Whatever the reasons for the decay of the campaign, it is bad news for us old-school single-player Grand Theft Auto fans. And not just that – can you imagine the focus will now NOT be on the multiplayer of Red Dead Redemption 2? Sure, Rockstar has made a shitload of money with GTA Online, but who gives a fuck? Apart from JRPGs and the glory of The Witcher, where are the big open worlds with compelling stories and satire (we can always go back to Just Cause, Saints Row (after 2) or Wildlands, but well, their stories are not their strong suits)? Where is the stuff that once made Rockstar great, where has their DNA been in recent years? Has Rockstar smelled easy money and lost its ways? Well, Red Dead Redemption 2 will soon tell us if Rockstar still follows their legacy or if they sell out for quick cash. Fingers crossed!

Rabidgames sighs: Let’s hope Rockstar won’t be remembered as yet another company that shits on their past and instead delivers soulless chunks of game that might look pretty but is devoid of substance. Looking at you, Dragon Age 2 and Destiny …



42 Reasons to Buy GTA V … Again

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News with tags , , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by Rabidgames

We all know Grand Theft Auto V is a masterpiece. But there is way more to the game than most of us know even after playing it for dozens of hours, and why not relive or experience those moments on a next-gen console?

Hang on, that’s just 41 reasons to buy GTA V again, right? Well, reason number 42 is the alleged (not yet confirmed but neither denied) cockpit driving camera. That alone might be well worth buying the game a second time! Plus, you know, denser traffic and more pedestrians, more wildlife, more weapons, more cars, more foliage, overhauled graphics and physics etc. It seems bringing the game to a new generation CAN mean more than just buffed up graphics … now who would have thought that?

Rabidgames cannot wait: It is time to discover San Andreas on the PS4 (or maybe on the One if you prefer). Knowing Rockstar, we might be in for a few surprises as well! Maybe we can finally hunt down Bigfoot!


The GTA Story: All Hail The Sandbox King – San Andreas

Posted in Revisited with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2013 by Rabidgames

The year was 2004. The place was a PlayStation2. It was a good-sized step for Rockstar, yet it definitely was one hell of a giant leap for gaming: GTA San Andreas went from city to state, from action-adventures to RPG/sim/sneaking – all lite though, from the surface of a city to swimming and diving, flying huge planes and even something trivial like bicycles.

Back then, there were those incredible moments you cannot relive – leaving Los Santos for the first time, visiting the countryside and realising the massive size of San Andreas. Trying to San Fierro prematurely just to getting ambushed by fucking fighter jets out of nowhere who shot you down with a motherfucking rocket! The Hydra! The jetpack!

And then, there’s the San Andreas stuff that’s just always awesome! Cruising on a chopper in the desert listening to K-ROSE, flying planes underneath, using the hovercraft, winning one triathlon, getting laughed at because you were too fat or you couldn’t swim, or maybe trying to master the driving & flying schools of San Andreas once more (have YOU ever managed gold in the car driving school?) … who’ll ever forget this? Furthermore, the different climates, the red-smog Los Santos, the foggy San Fierro, the leisurely sunny Las Venturas, the barren forests and the dry deserts, from an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere to downtown L.S. – it was all there, and then, there was some more (the mysterious Area 69, the Resident Evil building in S.F., the weird wheelchair, the ghost cars, the U.F.O. bar and many more). San Andreas was full of sights, stuff and mysteries – and so far, no game has matched the size AND details.

Another milestone was San Andreas’ narrative: While Vice City was fun and tons of humourous nods to movies and TV shows, San Andreas was the story of the American Dream from a black man’s perspective in the early 90’s – racial tensions and riots, gang wars, corrupt cops, crooked government agents, drugs – name it, find it! It was both light-hearted and biting satire, cock jokes and playing with racist stereotypes, and even if you didn’t know or liked the Boyz n the Hood vibe or hip hop in general, it was still fun to get to know that culture (or at least the way it is perceived by many of us). Basically, San Andreas was the beginning of the Rockstar tradition of showcasing serious real-world issues in their games.

The rags to riches narrative easily spanned 50 hours, and of course, there were many betrayals and even more well-known faces: from Catalina and her new-found lover (Claude, the ever-silent GTA III protagonist), and our favourite lawyer Mr. Rosenberg. Will anybody ever forget Samule L. Jackson’s performance as the voice of Cpt. Tenpenny, the real antagonist in GTA San Andreas?

To this day, the epic scope, the diversity and the feeling of a complete game have been unmatched. In the first 20 hours in Los Santos, there’s Lowrider competitions, rescuing a damsel in distress from a burning building (you have to use a fire extinguisher) dancing, gang wars, working out and sneaking missions. Let’s add flying around aimlessly or simply diving near the shore, or maybe just eating until you puked … there’s always a way to kill some time in San Andreas

Of course, a game this size and full of content falls flat sometimes. Even San Andreas is not immune to it. Legendary are the tales of “that tree popping up after my jet exploded”, “there’s my car. Let me just turn around – oh, no it’s gone” and “where has my mission marker gone?” … It’s not all technical glitches, bugs or issues though; Los Santos takes too much place, while San Fierro feels like a rather late addition – imagine a wild car chase up and down the iconic hills of that city, and you realise something was/is missing in those areas.

And then, there was CJ … One good kid at heart, some wrong decisions, and always uptight (“I’m a bad motherfucker, I kill and maim and steal, but I don’t take no drugs, oh no, morality and shit!”). Compared to Tommi Vercetti, he feels weak, and the lacklustre family revenge/redemption storyline is pretty much your average soap opera level.

And then, there is that one fucking stupid Zero mission. The remote plane one. This one:

Worst! Mission Design! Ever!

But despite those shortcomings, San Andreas is still the unchallenged king of the sandbox. Just Cause 2 and Saints Row 2 came close, but the former lacked the size and everything-is-possible attitude and the latter one lacked details. And the best argument in favour of San Andreas is the following test: Pick a sandbox game of your choice, turn it up, it down in a vehicle and start driving around. Now, do the same with San Andreas. Rabidgames guarantees one thing: San Andreas will win.

If we talk about San Andreas, prudery forbid we don’t mention the Hot Coffee scandal! It was ludicrous. “The depiction of sex in a video game” Fox News and other intelligence-challenged conservative and demented outlets cried. “It’ll ruin our youth” … the very youth who was not allowed to play the game anyway, unless the parents so concerned about the f-bomb and sex but fine with the mindless murder of thousands of innocent pixels bought the game for their kids. But you know … it wasn’t even a feature in the actual game, because Rockstar had removed it. And if you didn’t know how to mod your PC version of San Andreas, you’d never seen the “sex”. By the way, that’s what the supersexy fuss was about … enjoy and wonder what the world had come to:

Rabidgames dreams: Nine years have passed, and San Andreas still occupies the sandbox throne. It seems rather ironic that GTA V, again starring (parts of) San Andreas, has the potential to finally dethrone the king.

GTA V Achievements … Most Of Them At Least

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by Rabidgames

Our favourite achievement site xbox360achievements has just released some of GTA V’s achievements/trophies. The only missing ones are – surprise, surprise, the hidden ones, worth 200 points in total.

Here’s the whole damn list (minus the 11 hidden ones, obviously):

Solid Gold, Baby! (50 points) – Earn 70 Gold Medals on Missions and Strangers and Freaks.
Career Criminal (100 points) – Attain 100% Game Completion.
San Andreas Sightseer (30 points) – Explore all of Los Santos and Blaine County.
All’s Fare in Love and War (10 points) – Purchase Downtown Cab Co. and complete a private fare.
TP Industries Arms Race (10 points) – Purchase McKenzie Field Hangar and win the arms race.
Multi-Disciplined (30 points) – Attain a gold medal in all applicable hobbies and pastimes.
From Beyond the Stars (15 points) – Collect and return all spaceship parts.
A Mystery, Solved (15 points) – Solve the mystery of Leonora Johnson.
Waste Management (15 points) – Purchase the old dock and collect all nuclear waste.
Red Mist (20 points) – Complete all Rampages.
Show Off (30 points) – Complete all Stunt Jumps.
Kifflom! (30 points) – Complete your path to enlightenment… or not.
Three Man Army (20 points) – Survive 3 minutes on at least a 3 star Wanted Level with all three characters together off mission.
Out of Your Depth (5 points) – You’re gonna need a bigger boat…
Altruist Acolyte (5 points) – Deliver an unsuspecting victim to the Altruist Cult.
A Lot of Cheddar (20 points) – Spend a total of $200 million across all three characters.
Trading Pure Alpha (10 points) – Make a profit over your total investments in the stock market.
Pimp My Sidearm (10 points) – Fully mod a weapon.
Wanted: Alive Or Alive (10 points) – Deliver a bail bond target alive.
Los Santos Customs (10 points) – Fully mod a vehicle.
Close Shave (20 points) – Complete all Under the Bridge and Knife Flight challenges.
Off the Plane (5 points) – GTA Online: Complete the Introduction.
Three-Bit Gangster (10 points) – GTA Online: Reach Rank 25.
Making Moves (30 points) – GTA Online: Reach Rank 50.
Above the Law (80 points) – GTA Online: Reach Rank 100.
Numero Uno (20 points) – GTA Online: Obtain first place in all competitive game types.
The Midnight Club (20 points) – GTA Online: Use custom vehicles to win 5 races.
Unnatural Selection (20 points) – GTA Online: Complete all 10 waves of a Survival.
Backseat Driver (10 points) – GTA Online: Direct a driver to 1st place as co-driver in Rally Mode.
Run Like The Wind (20 points) – GTA Online: Survive for a day with a Bounty on your head.
Clean Sweep (10 points) – GTA Online: Finish a Gang Attack without dying and kill at least 10 enemies.
Decorated (50 points) – GTA Online: Earn 30 Platinum Awards.
Stick Up Kid (10 points) – GTA Online: Hold up all 20 Stores.
Enjoy Your Stay (20 points) – GTA Online: Participate in everything Los Santos has to offer.
Crew Cut (5 points) – GTA Online: Complete a Job as a member of a Crew.
Full Refund (10 points) – GTA Online: Kill the thief that mugged you.
Dialling Digits (5 points) – GTA Online: Call for gang backup for the first time.
American Dream (10 points) – GTA Online: Own an Apartment, Garage and an Insured Vehicle.

That’s a shitload of stuff to do in Grand Theft Auto V

Here are some of Rabidgames’ favourites:

TP Industries Arms Race (10 points) – Purchase McKenzie Field Hangar and win the arms race.
All’s Fare in Love and War (10 points) – Purchase Downtown Cab Co. and complete a private fare.
Waste Management (15 points) – Purchase the old dock and collect all nuclear waste.
Yes, businesses are back, and they better be back in Vice City style!

From Beyond the Stars (15 points) – Collect and return all spaceship parts.
Well, that sounds awesome, and fingers crossed we can pilot a flying fucking saucer!

A Mystery, Solved (15 points) – Solve the mystery of Leonora Johnson.
Johnson … that name rings a bell or two in San Andreas

Rabidgames wonders: Each news, each time the hype level rises. Yes, there are too many online achivements if you happen to care about achievements, and then again, San Andreas Sightseer puts another nail in our San Fierro/Las Venturas hopes coffin. But yeah, you have to try hard to nitpick in this case …

GTA Online Revealed To Be The Mother Of All Online Modes

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by Rabidgames

GTA V looks amazing, and every piece of news makes the game more amazing. Today, Rockstar showed the world GTA Online. And fucking hell, if this video does not wet your pants, you must be dead!

To sum the most amazing shit in GTA Online up in a nutshell:

  • You can buy houses (although you can only have one at a time), ranging from small ones to huge mansions
  • Upgrades for your property include CCTV and entertainment systems
  • You can buy and customise cars, which can be tracked via GPS and they can even be insured!
  • Up to 16 players can mess around, rob gas stations or army bases and can perform big heists
  • There will be some form of voice recognition (hopefully not just Kinect)
  • hundreds of missions (not recycled from single player!)
  • You can create your own missions and races
  • San Andreas level system: You level up by doing certain things
  • money is only saved after delivering it to banks (similar to Scarface)
  • competitions in golf, tennis base jumping etc. possible
  • There will be “passive mode” – if you don’t shoot back, other players can’t kill you
  • Weazel News is back – showing players causing havoc live
  • GTA Online will start on 01/10/2013
  • Rockstar promises new and fresh content

Rabidgames swoons: Wow. It’s 2 games for the price of one, and GTA V looks massively aswesome. We might have the Game of the Decade here, folks … Throw away your lives, GTA is coming to reclaim the abandoned sandbox throne!

GTA V Will Be A Gameplay Heaven!

Posted in News with tags , , , , on July 9, 2013 by Rabidgames

Rockstar promised to show us some GTA V gameplay, and boy, did they deliver! Watch for yourselves:

Well, what’s the best in GTA V? Playing tennis and golf? Diving or hunting? Recruiting a gang? Planning heists? Paragliding? Flying jets? Cycling? Or maybe just the glorious return of customisation options?

Rabidgames packs: The ticket is bought, the suitcase is ready. The forecast says it’ll be an amazing holiday in Los Santos and its surrounding areas. And don’t forget your bulletproof vests …

Tons Of GTA V Info To Boost Your Hype Level

Posted in News with tags , , , , on May 3, 2013 by Rabidgames

You can take a look at tons of new infos about GTA V on neogaf. If it is credible … fuck knows. Copy & paste would do the trick, but let’s calm down and take a look at some of Rabidgames’ key pieces:

“Missions can be played stealth or action.” “You choose a crew from more than just the 3 characters like hackers, lock pickers, etc. Their skills get boosted if they live onto the next mission.”

9 unique attributes per character:

  • Special
  • Stamina
  • Shooting
  • Strength
  • Stealth
  • Flying
  • Driving
  • Mechanic Ability
  • Lung capacity

Finally, the awesome RPG elements from San Andreas are back. Plus, you can level up more than your three core characters, maybe even in a Godfather 2’s way? And the first sentence – choosing between stealth and action? SOLD!

Remember the modest car customization found in San Andreas? Well, apparently that feature is coming back with a vengeance in GTAV. Rockstar promises that Pay-n-Spray shops will not simply be used for a quick change of paint in order to evade the cops. Of course, you can still do that if you want–and even swap out license plates if you’re so inclined. But these shops will also be used for customizing your car to high heaven, including performance upgrades as well as cosmetic options such as new spoilers, grilles, and window tints that will let you live out your inner Vin Diesel (or Paul Walker, if you’re the boring type).

More Customization
Players will be able to add tattoos and change the hairstyles of their characters. Weapons can be customized with different attachments. Vehicles can be improved for better handling and overall performance.

More customization! Hell yeah. Let’s see if it’s en par with Saints Row – but even if not, it’s still good to see Rockstar listens to the fans and has learned from the disappointing stuff available to poor Mr. Bellic.

Other Activities
In addition to yoga, sky diving and scuba diving, players will also be able participate in the following activities, according to reps: golf, tennis triathlons, bike races, picking up hitchhikers, base jumping and ATM robberies.

Each of the three characters even has his own bank account, allowing you to manage each one’s purchases differently. These guys can buy property. The example I was given was a taxi company. It will generate regular income. They can buy houses, too.

The Rockstar guys also told me how huge the game is and all that’s in it. Well, some of what’s in it: military bases, beaches, mountains, rivers, meth dealers, biker gangs…. the whole map is open from the start. Biggest weapons list ever. Biggest vehicle list, many of them customizable for looks and performance. Cars. Trucks. Motorcycles. Bicycles. Jet fighters. I saw a jumbo jet in the sky. Can we fly that? Not sure, probably not. These games have limits.

Now that sounds all too amazing to be true, doesn’t it? Huge map, tons of things to do, including buying businesses and property. That’s just the biggest drawback from GTA IV thrown out of the window of a skyscraper! Finally, Fun is spelt with a capital F again. One sentence sums it up perfectly:

Where 4 opted for realism, 5 seems more focused on just having a good time.

There’s more good news to be found in there, from better and more refined combat, switching characters and planning heists to diving for treasure in shark-infested waters and probably the return of Red Dead Redemption’s finest, the lethal cougar. GTA V now sounds like the best game ever made – again, if it is true.

Rabidgames is delighted: Yesterday, GTA V sounded like a solid Rockstar game. If all of the above turns out to be true, the hype level has reached critical mass. This game could be designed not to go to Los Santos for holiday, but to live there!