Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Sony opening their big E3 pressblast last night with the news that Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PlayStation 5 was perhaps a damp squib for them but good news for us on PC. With the game now confirmed for next-gen consoles, Rockstar have committed to continuing content updates for them – and PC. They’re also making a standalone version of GTA Online, though it’s not yet confirmed for PC. As for the new crimes we might get up to in future updates, ah, Rockstar aren’t saying yet.

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HITMAN™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Wow. Look at that summer sun slapping the face of the planet, like a big 12-hour camera flash. So hot, so clear-skied. A blessed day of walks in the park, trips to the beach, picnics by the litter bins. What a glorious day for wasps it is out there. Let’s all go to the…

Oh right. Forget I said anything. Go back inside, lock the doors, and consider some of these perfect virtual holiday destinations. Please, trust us with your fake vacation. After all, what is a games journalist but a sort of really dodgy travel agent?

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Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Oh sure you’ve played Dark Souls with your Donkey Konga bongos and Untitled Goose Game with a goose costume, but this new weird controller mod could give you a serious workout. Someone has modded Grand Theft Auto V so you can ride its bicycles by pedalling your actual real bicycle, using one of those smart bike trainer kits with sensors. It’s a bit like virtual races in Zwift except you’ll race round fake Los Angeles instead of generic Yorkshire, plus you might get hit by a car.

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Grand Theft Auto V

If the recent crashing of the Epic Games Store wasn't enough to convince you of the ridiculous popularity of this nearly seven year-old game, maybe the latest sales figures will, as Take-Two has announced GTA 5 has now shifted 130m copies worldwide.

In Feburary earlier this year, Rockstar reported that 120m copies had been sold, meaning a further 10m copies were shifted in the last quarter. And that's before we even consider how many people downloaded it for free via the Epic Games Store.

For further context, one of the only paid games to have topped this number is Minecraft, which a couple of days ago reported it had sold 200m copies globally (via The Verge).

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Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Rockstar have finally managed to get GTA Online back up, after a weekend where the game was basically unplayable due to overwhelming numbers of new players. The Epic Games Store is giving GTA V away free at the moment, see. So many people came to claim it that Epic’s own servers collapsed during at the start the giveaway, so I guess it’s only fair that Epic players crash Rockstar’s servers in return. Having spent some time sat staring at error messages hitting retry myself, I admire the ingenuity of the person who built a wee robot to keep hitting the spacebar for them.

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Epic Games Store has given away more than $2,000/ 1700 worth of free games to individual players since it launched back in December 2018.

As calculated by PCGN, Epic's pledge to give away free games every few weeks has seen early adopters' libraries swell with thousands of dollars worth of free games.

By totting up the regular sale prices of each of the 108 free games that Epic has given away since launch, it's thought the savings equate to $2140.94 - that's the equivalent of around 1768.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto 5 modders are at it again, tinkering with Rockstar's epic to make it look like something you'd need a next-generation console to run.

The video, below, is a wonderfully-put together trailer showcasing a work-in-progress visual overhaul mod called NaturalVision Evolved. While this mod is in the early access stage, it's clear to see impressive work has already been done to the game.

NVE makes numerous improvements to the weather effects, the game's lighting, ambient colours, world textures and building models, so much so that at points GTA 5 looks photo-real.

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Grand Theft Auto V

You can download the iconic Grand Theft Auto 5 for free right now on the Epic Games Store. Bolstered by GTA Online, it's a game we've been playing for years and it shows no sign of slowing down. To mark the occasion, we've pulled out a few GTA 5 pieces of ours you ought to read.

Grand Theft Auto 5 review - Our original GTA 5 review from all the way back in 2013. To put that date into perspective: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hadn't yet launched.

GTA 5's endless tapestry - The game's launch being so long ago means people have had plenty of time to play GTA 5 through more than once, and their objectives, it seems, get weirder each time they do.

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Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Keep your eye on the Epic Games Store today: the next free game they’re giving away is almost certainly Grand Theft Auto V. That’s a real solid get for free. Epic have been playing it coy, teasing a mystery game instead of announcing the next one as they usually do, then they seemingly blew the surprise by tweeting the announcement early. Welp. The freebie should be with us in only a few hours.

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Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dave Irwin)

The aftermath of punching a car with explosive fists.

Did you get Grand Theft Auto 5 for free on the Epic Game Store? If you’re just looking to mess around in the world of Los Santos, there are plenty of cheats that can be used in the singleplayer part of the game. You can do a whole host of different things, such as spawning cars from the ether, to enabling “super jump” to leap over buildings.

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