‘Tis the season, as soon as once more, for Rockstar Video games to drop one other large (and free) Grand Theft Auto On-line replace. And this time, not solely has the corporate added a complete new chop store enterprise, nevertheless it’s additionally added drift races, new vehicles, and animals, too. Sure, it took a decade and three console generations, however lastly, GTA On-line could have animals working round its large map.
Certain, certain, everybody could be very enthusiastic about Rockstar’s subsequent sport, Grand Theft Auto VI. The primary trailer for the long-awaited sequel blew up the web earlier this month and has already racked up over 130 million views. However don’t assume Rockstar has forgotten about GTA On-line, its large cash maker. Its new replace (out on PC, PlayStation 4/5, and Xbox) won’t be as thrilling as a brand new GTA sequel, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a fantastic cause to return to the growing older on-line crime sim if solely as a result of now you and a few associates can hit a deer doing 180 whereas outrunning the regulation.
Released on December 12, GTA On-line’s 1.68 patch, higher referred to as the Chop Store replace, is a giant one, including 11 new vehicles, 300+ items of clothes, 32 new tattoos, birthday items, each day challenges, a big new 100-car storage for GTA+ subscribers, a complete new enterprise, an extended listing of common enhancements, bug fixes, a new rifle, and even the flexibility to unlock and personal police autos legitimately with out utilizing mods or hacks.
The massive star of this replace is the possibility for gamers to purchase and function their very personal unlawful chop store. GTA IV’s Yusuf Amir is on the town and searching for some luxurious vehicles, so the participant works with them to steal expensive autos and chop up cheaper vehicles to assist generate elements and more money.
Proudly owning the brand new chop store can even let gamers drive a tow truck, which opens up a brand new facet hustle in which you’ll tow away autos and have them chopped up for more money.
Issues are getting wild in Los Santos
That’s cool and all, a brand new option to earn a living in GTA On-line is at all times good. However what longtime gamers like myself is perhaps extra enthusiastic about is that lastly, a decade after it was launched, GTA On-line now has animals like deer and coyotes working round. Rockstar first teased this in November, however now it’s right here and it’s nice. The world of GTA On-line feels lots much less empty and extra alive than ever. I simply hope these animals understand how harmful the world is. (Be careful for jet bikes!)
Sadly, wildlife in GTA On-line is unique to the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X/S variations of the sport, so PC gamers and people on prior-gen machines are overlooked of all of the enjoyable. Whereas I perceive why the weaker outdated machines won’t have the ability to deal with animals, it continues to be odd and irritating that Rockstar nonetheless hasn’t up to date the PC model of GTA On-line to match current-gen ports. Possibly at some point.
Fortunately, everybody now has entry to law enforcement vehicles no matter platform. All you must do is full a selected problem or mission and also you’ll have the ability to buy both a police cruiser, an unmarked cop automobile, or a riot van. To unlock the cruiser, you’ll want to finish the Gangbanger Theft scope-out mission. To unlock the unmarked cop automobile you’ll have to survive a three-star needed stage for 5 minutes. And at last, to unlock entry to the riot van you’ll have to naturally lose a 4 or five-star needed stage.
Another little issues I observed on this massive update:
- Rockstar has eliminated the flexibility to e mail gamers in-game. You in all probability didn’t even understand that was a factor.
- The interplay menu has been up to date and improved. Now you can handle vehicles and garages in it.
- No extra rank resections on shopping for throwable gadgets, like grenades. Which, yeah, that was foolish.
All and all, it’s one other stable replace for GTA On-line that helps maintain it from feeling too outdated and creaky after a decade of service. It’s additionally an indication that, a minimum of for now, Rockstar has no plans to let its most profitable online game wither away and die. However with GTA 6 coming, we’ll see if issues change by 2025.