GAMES DEVEOPER Rockstar has updated its console smash Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) and talked up a long list of fixes and additional features.
GTA 5 smashed its way onto consoles late last year. It had a slightly troubled online launch and has suffered at the hands of cash bounty exploiting gamer accounts.
Now on Valentines Day Rockstar has given the game thorough polishing, patching some problems and adding new features, including the ability to blow a kiss at someone. Some of the changes will be free and boost gameplay, while others can be paid for and will add to its coffers.
"Valentine's Day in Los Santos is almost here, and the Valentine's Day Massacre Special update for GTA Online is now available, featuring some surprise gifts for all you lovers and lotharios," barked Rockstar.
"This includes a variety of fun Valentine's themed extras for Story Mode and GTA Online like the Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun, the new Albany Roosevelt ride and a host of new attire options like double breasted suits, flapper dresses, sexy undergarments, novelty t-shirts, hats, masks and more. These items are all available to purchase in GTA Online right now until the end of February - and once acquired they're yours to keep in your inventory for good."
Along with these flashy additions are some real updates. Rockstar has a long list of these and they range from adding new jobs through tidying up cornrow haircuts.
The games firm has released two sources of information on this, one on its blog and one on its support website. Naturally the support website is the more informative of the two.
Players will no longer be able to bung cash to other gamers, as that feature has been abused, and those who wound another gamer in the online version will have to pay their hospital bills.
The list is long, and taken out of context some of the changes are quite interesting. We learn, for example, that removing a mask in the game will no longer make you go bald and that you will now be able to drink a can of cola while parachuting. µ