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Published at 3:44 PM PST

It's hard to believe that 7 and a half months has gone by so quickly, but the wait is nearly over - Grand Theft Auto V hits stores in around 76 hours. Rockstars' latest update should help pass those final hours and prepare you for your stay on the West Coast...

Lovely Accommodations

Sponsored by the Blaine County Board of Tourism – watch their new commercial ‘My Blaine County’ – and browse a range of living options to suit your lifestyle from single-family homes in the heart of Los Santos, to rural mobile trailers in Blaine to a dream mini-mansion in Rockford Hills.

Sightseeing & Celebrity

Faded starlets, troubled celebutantes and aggressive, costumed street performers - you never know who you're going to bump into on Vinewood Boulevard. Come see the sights and sounds for yourself, or jump aboard the Vinewood Star Tours bus to have a struggling actor narrate as you take a guided tour of the landmarks and homes of the rich and famous while sitting on an un-airconditioned bus.

24-Hour Conveniences Stores

You'll find the roads of Los Santos and Blaine County packed with accommodating convenience and liquor stores, open around the clock for your last minute needs. Stop into your local 24/7, LTD service station or Rob's liquor store - the tills are always filled with cash to serve you.

Opportunity for the Upwardly Mobile

This is a land of great opportunity. Cash is king in these parts - and ambitious and hard-working business people can make some big bucks if they know the right people and the right enterprise to get hooked up with…

New Screens & Artwork

Midnight Launch Finder

Published at 6:53 AM PST

Rockstar has been kind enough to send over this exclusive screenshot of Grand Theft Auto V:

With only a week to the release, Michael is obviously takin' care of some last minute business.

Thanks Rockstar!

Published at 6:46 PM PST

Rockstar has updated the official site for Grand Theft Auto V again, in the run-up to September 17th. This the Travelogue has been updated to offer more details on Security, Fitness & Entertainment.

 

Security & Peace of Mind

The Los Santos Police Department is famous for tackling crime in the most aggressive and unhinged way possible, while private security firms like Gruppe 6 and Merryweather Security have a financial interest in saving your assets. Sponsored by Ammu-Nation – Protecting Your Rights.

Fitness & Relaxation

Vanity is at an all-time high and we're an athlete and fitness buff's paradise. Fancy a bit of tennis? We've got world class courts and stiff competition. Into cycling? Grab a bike for a lovely ride along the Los Santos beachfront or a punishing path through the mountains and hillsides of Blaine County. Or take part in a challenging triathlon of swimming, running and biking designed to pit egomaniacs against each other in a test of who exercises professionally the best. Sponsored by EGO CHASER Energy Bars - an energy bar that's all about you. Watch the commercial!

Exciting Music & Entertainment

For those stuck in traffic, tune in to the Los Santos radio dial for a wide range of music styles to choose from - check out radio station previews of Radio Los Santos and Channel X plus Rebel Radio, East Los FM, West Coast Classics, Fly Lo FM and Vinewood Boulevard Radio. Stay tuned for more radio station previews to come.

In the Home Entertainment section, you can watch a special preview of CNT's Fall TV Line Up, with clips from The Underbelly of Paradise, Impotent Rage and Moorehead Rides Again as well as a sneak preview of Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force, the upper-middle class super hero team coming to Weazel TV’s family values entertainment programming this fall.

New Screenshots

Don't forget to check out the new artwork also, and have a closer look at the new details in the Travelogue.

 

Published at 7:01 AM PST

As promised, Rockstar has debuted the Official Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, ahead of it's release on September 17th. Enjoy!

Published at 1:43 AM PST

Rolling Stone magazine has been lucky enough to score an interview with soundtrack supervisor, Ivan Pavlovich, to discuss what we can expect from the many sounds of Grand Theft Auto V. Here's the run-down:

  • There are 15 radio stations, two talk radio stations, 240 licensed songs, and around 20 movies worth of score.
  • First GTA game to feature a pop station - "exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A."
  • One station, Vinewood Boulevard Radio, features Stephen Pope and Nate Williams from Wavves, is a modern rock station.
  • East LOS FM is a Mexican culture station featuring Mexican electronica, narcocorridos and Mexican ska, curated and DJ mixed by Camilo Lara from the Mexican Institute of Sound.
  • The West Coast Classics station is hosted by DJ Pooh, and will most probably feature some notable tracks from GTA: San Andreas, only with some twists due to Pooh having a major hand in finding some "true gems". Expect some surprises with this station - the article makes mention of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to start with.
  • Rebel Radio is Rockstar's take on outlaw country, based heavily on Jesco White's documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - Ivan makes note that this is the kind of character you can expect throughout the GTAV world.
  • Score plays during missions, free-roam, and online play. It's completely dynamic and responds to what you're doing with your character.
  • The game's score was worked on by: Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire), Alchemist and Oh No.
  • Flying Lotus (Steve Ellison) has a station, with Tyler the Creator featuring on it. The station is based on unreleased, mostly new material, sent in from Steve's artist friends.
  • There is an original song made for the game, but no word on whose it is - Rolling Stone believes it to be a collaboration by Steve & Tyler.

Samples + Credits: Rolling Stone offered up some teaser samples of the four stations mentioned above. We loved the samplers, so we've tracked down the names of those tracks, and their spectacular artists, for you. Totaling 12 songs (three of which we're still tracking down...), it's nothing on the 240 tracks we're soon to be cruising to, but it's a fantastic start!

Vinewood Boulevard Radio - Sample

  • Shark? - California Grrls
  • (Unknown)
  • Thee Oh Sees - The Dream

East LOS FM - Sample

  • La Vida Boheme - Radio Capital
  • Hechizeros Band - El Sonidito
  • (Unknown)

West Coast Classics - Sample

  • Tha Dogg Pound - What Would You Do
  • CMW & Compton's Most Wanted - Late Night Hype (Including Will You Be Mine)
  • NWA - Gangsta Gangsta

Rebel Radio - Sample

  • Charlie Feathers - Can't Hardly Stand It
  • (Unknown)
  • Hasil Adkins - Get Outta My Car

Be sure to check out the full interview for more musings.

Published at 11:28 AM PST

Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto V will receive an Official Trailer this Thursday, August 29th, through the games' official website. Details on the exact time it will be launched are expected soon.

Published at 2:37 PM PST

Rockstar has posted an article which goes into more detail on the bonus digital content included in the Special and Collector's editions of Grand Theft Auto V. If you're yet to pre-order your copy of the game, consider purchasing one of these editions to unlock additional content, such as...

Additional Weapons (included with Special and Collector's)

Ammu-Nation will always be stocked with two bonus firearms - the .50 Caliber Pistol and the Bullpup Shotgun - that have their own unique customization options, skins and attachments, at no additional cost. You'll also have access to the Hammer, which acts as a brutal melee weapon.

Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More (included with Special and Collector's)

Michael, Franklin and Trevor will receive a 20% discount at all stores within Los Santos and Blaine County, along with access to special items either in their personal wardrobes or from stores. Each character will also gain 1 additional outfit, article of clothing (shirt, hoodie and jacket) and a tattoo.

Custom Characters for Grand Theft Auto Online (Collector's Edition only)

You'll get Niko Bellic, along with both Claude and Misty from Grand Theft Auto III to use as parent options within the character creation system.

Side-note: GTA Online introduces a new spin on traditional character creation with the hereditary-based creation system. Select your character’s appearance by choosing your parent’s heritage, then use the gene dominance meter to dial-in which parent your appearance favors more. Additionally, you'll customize your character's daily activities - everything from family time to illegal work and sports to couch potato hours all have an impact on your character’s appearance and skill set (and you can always rank up your skill stats more via gameplay).

Special Ability Boost (included with Special and Collector's)

The Special Ability bar will generate 25% faster.

Side-note: Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a their own unique Special Ability, which can be activated once each of them fills up the Special Ability bar based on various actions. Michael is an expert marksman - his Special Ability slows down time in a gunfight allowing him to pick off his targets with greater ease. Franklin is a skilled driver with sharp reflexes - his Special Ability lets him slow down time while driving any road-based vehicle, allowing him to quickly navigate through traffic with ease and take corners at high speeds. Trevor is a drug-addled sociopath with a short fuse - his Special Ability sends him into a rage, causing double damage to enemies while only taking half as much damage himself when hit.

Stunt Plane Trials (included with Special and Collector's)

5 thrilling and unique challenges which will zip you through mountains, deserts, oceans, and cities as you navigate through a maze of checkpoints. Completing each Trial will improve the piloting skill of your character. Completion times can be compared with friends on a leaderboard for the trails.

Unique Vehicles and Garage Property (Collector's Edition only)

The Collector's Edition features an exclusive garage to store custom vehicles, which comes stocked with the CarbonRS sports bike and the Hotknife - an open frame 1930’s style hotrod - to begin with. The high-end Khamelion electric car is specific to GTA Online.

Published at 7:34 AM PST

Rockstar has released another update to Grand Theft Auto V's official website this morning, revealing more about the games many features. This update sees information on the activities available in game - country clubs, yoga and spirituality, and tattoos.

Exclusive Country Clubs - A lush golf course in the desert? Is it a mirage? No, it's a byproduct of sensible water usage so that the well-heeled can hit the links at the exclusive Los Santos Country Club. Come rub shoulders and tee off with the privileged and pompous.

Serenity & Wellness - Whether it’s the Downward Dog pose or the more advanced Dropping Fire Log, there are many fulfilling and compromising positions you can contort yourself into with the help of an expert like Master Private Yoga Instructor, Fabien LaRouche.

Local Artisans - Visit one of our local tattoo parlors like Ink Inc or Blazing Tattoo and let one of the talented and highly-trained artists help you make a decision that will last forever.

Along with the update came eight new screenshots:

That's all excluding great new artworks and wallpapers available for download via the Arts & Download page. See all the new content on the official website.

Published at 1:37 AM PST

Popular Xbox 360 achievement tracking website Xbox360Achievements.org (X360A) has leaked, what appears to be, the achievements for Grand Theft Auto V. Another source for achievements tracking, Exophase.com, has mirrored the same list. Both sites are known for their reliability, but we won't know whether they are truly legitimate or not until the game is released; or we have the game guide in our hands.

X360A user Lebowski contacted the owner of Exophase, Mike Bendel, over Twitter regarding his source. According to Mike, the retrieval method is the same for both sites - directly from the Xbox LIVE servers. Exophase is displaying the games' secret achievements whilst X360A is not - which is their practice ahead of a games' release.

In the nature of full disclosure, and in being completely neutral, we're sharing this with you and leaving the choice to check them out entirely up to you. At RockstarWatch, we're big fans of secrecy in gaming releases as it adds to the initial experience; much like the plot to a movie - if somebody walks out whilst you're in line and spoils the ending, it just kills us. As such, we won't be listing the achievements here, but feel free to follow the links above if you'd like to see them. Keep in mind they contain obvious spoilers.

Published at 6:09 AM PST

The gameplay trailer for GTAOnline is live, check it out below.

Every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V will be granted free access to GTAOnline when it launches on October 1st. We're imagining this being quite a good move, as it'll ensure players can enjoy the entire single-player story and get a feel for Los Santos before jumping into multiplayer - or having to start out after others have played from the games' release as is what generally happens with other multiplayer experiences.

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