Rockstar Games launched Grand Theft Auto Online this week, opening the GTA 5 world to online multiplayer madness.
Available to gamers who own GTA 5, GTA Online features the landscapes and mechanics of the single player game for up to 16 players at once via Xbox Live or the Playstation Network. Gamers can go solo or team with other players in co-op missions. Freedom reigns supreme in this open world, as players can spread out or follow more traditional game modes. According to Rockstar, players can "do everything from classic street competitions and off-road tracks to boat racing on the open ocean, or take to the skies in aerial events." GTA Online also offers "Rally" races, with two players racing as a team inside a single car.
What About GTA Money?
Money earned while playing GTA 5's single-player mode cannot be transferred to the online game. Instead, players must earn cash from scratch or purchase GTA$. Not buying GTA$ creates more of a challenge and makes the journey to your first million a bit longer. The good news is that GTA Online does not require microtransactions like many other online games.
Good Things to Come
GTA Online players earn "Reputation" to level up their characters and unlock new items. In coming weeks, players will see regular content updates, as Rockstar introduces a Beach Bum Pack (with four new vehicles, two new weapons and hundreds of new clothing items), Capture the Flag mode and co-op Heists at no additional cost.
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