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Friday, October 11, 2013

$500,000 dollar payout from Rockstar

Supposing you’re a Grand Theft Auto fan and you’ve not gotten onboard with GTA 5 and the Grand Theft Auto Online universe yet, Rockstar Games is pushing an initiative today that’ll have you thinking twice. Done specifically because of the collection of server errors that appeared at launch with this online version of the game, Rockstar is making with some cash deposits in online citizens banks. Made in installments of $250,000, all players of the game online will be given a total of $500,000 total – half a million bucks – for the trouble they likely went through when they logged on in the first place.
The in-game economy for Grand Theft Auto V’s Online environment is something Rockstar is also watching very closely. With this push for cash, users wont be getting a big drop of money all at once just to be careful. (Though the difference between $250k and $500k all at once wont be too big of a deal for some of the more fanatical players, of course.) And this cash wont be going to just anyone, mind you.
Players who played Grand Theft Auto Online at any point since launch and through October of 2013 will qualify for this in-game cash sum. Anyone who starts playing after October will be out of luck. Rockstar will be making an announcement when the cash is set to be distributed, and we’ll be sure to let you know here on SlashGear the moment they do, of course.
You’ll be seeing these cash sums appear in-game in GTA Online bank accounts. You will also need to download Update 1.04 to the game before any cash can be deposited. In this way, this cash also acts as a sort of incentive to get yourself up to the most modern software build so everyone can have a smooth ride from this point forward. This GTAV Title Update will be appearing soon, and is expected to fix remaining issues with vehicle loss as well.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Watch Dogs can be completed almost entirely through stealth, won't force killing. Source.

The hacking skills of Watch Dogs' Aiden Pierce will come in handy for those players who don't believe in solving all problems by drawing a gun.

There are two common ways to handle missions: a shooting spree or a quiet, stealthy sneak-through. Senior director Dominic Guay told Polygon during a recent showing of the game that the latter option is more doable than one would think in most missions.

"About 95 percent of missions you can completely stealth through, or flee or chase without having to shoot," he said. "So it's really player choice-driven. There are a very few, very limited amount of missions that will force you to kill people."
During the demo, I got a chance to become familiar with one of Aiden's close companions — Jordi Chin, a "Fixer," a gun for hire who carries clean ups wealthy clients' mistakes for cold hard cash. In the demo, Jordi warns Aiden that someone is out to get him, and that he's just a finger point away from being handed over to the police.

Jordi, a rather dapper Asian man, is willing to help Aiden avoid this. Jordi says omeone Aiden has previously dealt with has been rounded up by the Chicago police, and is preparing to out Aiden in his interrogation.


The banter between the two men feels natural, and Aiden's stoic, steely nature is a perfect foil to Jordi's playful way of explaining things. This attention to detail in character personality made them feel more real, and the frustrated tone in Jordi's voice as he addresses Aiden before he leaves — "Do you realize how much I do for you?" — makes it clear that Aiden's hacking spree in Chicago is not without some camaraderie.

Aiden meets Jordi in a random apartment — in which Jordi has tied up and blindfolded the couple residing there. Why? To get the perfect sniper vantage point, of course. In a cluttered train yard opposite the apartment building where Jordi and Aiden are sitting, Jordi points out a group of men — one of which is running the operation that will ultimately bring Aiden into police custody. So Jordi's naturally solution is to find the boss and take out all the rest. Aiden heads down to the yard equipped with a silencer, while Jordi watches Aiden's back from his sniping spot.

While in the train yard, Aiden must help Jordi get a clear line of sight on each target. Aiden hacks into cranes and other objects to get them to move — moving a forklift out of the way, for example — so Jordi can take them out quickly and quietly. Aiden can also throw Lures to make the men move in any direction, bringing them into Jordi's line of fire. Or he can take them out himself, especially if they spot him — once they do, they'll call in reinforcements, making it more difficult for Aiden to clear the area.


Once the area is clear and Aiden find the boss, the fun begins: the inevitable hack. Aiden calls up a slew of information on the man writhing on the floor in front of him, crippled by a gunshot wound ito the thigh. Aiden taunts him — his name, his home address, all the information he knows and the cold cases he's attached to, rubbing all of it in his face.

This is how Aiden Pierce solves his problems: with the cold hard truth of knowledge.

The amount of personal information available on Watch Dogs' NPCs is astounding. Some of this will tie into the immediate missions, but more will blend into the overarching storyline of the game. For example, Aiden can use his sneaky cell phone hacking to preemptively shut down a crime about to happen, or determine a target who needs to be removed from the scene.

Taglines that appear below the names of people Aiden is checking out include everything from "suspected of human trafficking" to "frequently orders pizza" to "collects stamps." This is a healthy mix of the mundane and the sinister, allowing Ubisoft to paint a broader, more realistic picture of Chicago instead of focusing solely on the crime aspect. It's a subtle way to create a believable city filled with real people and show it's not just Aiden's playground.

In one case, these lines of information helped Aiden determine whether or not an area was safe to run through — a group of guards appeared in a gated area in which Aiden was searching for information. But these guards' had some less-than-exemplary descriptions attached to them, found through Aiden's hacking, so he decided to stick to the area's rooftops and avoid coming up against these strange guards altogether.

Players will also get a chance to fiddle with stealth and information tactics in the game's multiplayer mode, of which Guay said Ubisoft is not entirely done revealing. Guay said more multiplayer modes involving more players will be showed off as the game comes closer to its Nov. 19 launch.