Grand Theft Auto V: Gets Into The Holiday Spirit

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Rockstar Games has released a new title update entitled “Festive Surprise,” which brings holiday additions.

It seems that nearly every time there is a mass shooting in the United States, games like Grand Theft Auto are blamed for it rather than the myriad reasons that actually cause this type of behavior. Rarely are violent video games lauded for their commitment to spreading holiday cheer. This, however may be coming to an end as Grand Theft Auto V in its multiplayer mode is bringing a number of holiday based items to its newest update along with a number of Christmas gifts. While Fox News might complain about a perceived “War on Christmas,” Rockstar is bring “War with Christmas (items).” Think, robbing a liquor store with a Santa hat or throwing a snowball at a prostitute. There is so little you can’t do with this game these are highly probably possibilities in this game.

Grand Theft Auto V: What’s New

The developers unveiled two new weapons available immediately: Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines. Now you might not think of these as traditional holiday gifts but the maker of the game promises that each are designed “to make spirits bright.”

RockStar, in a nod to climate change, has brought snow to California (c’mon we all now that Los Santos is really Los Angeles) allowing players to return to their youth with snowball fights. Do kids still have snowball fights or have they been deemed to dangerous like everything else. As a product of the 1970s myself I cringe to imagine kids’ parents demanding they put on their helmets first. Rockstar has confirmed that these might hurt a bit so, “be forewarned, those icy little suckers can pack a wallop.”

What’s Christmas without hideous sweaters? Well players now have over 90 Christmas themed clothing options available to them including three new masks so you can rob a bank as a gingerbread man. All items are available for free in your inventory.

Vehicle wise you have some new options as well in this holiday season. Have a look at the new Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader and Slam Van or simply add race liveries to the Massacro and Jester sports cars.

Grand Theft Auto V and the gifts

Legion Square now has a big Christmas tree as do all of your apartments and with this update you’re now allowed three abodes. And what’s Christmas without gifts? Special drop crates will be falling from the sky from today until January 5 as though you blew Santa right out of his sleigh. Players on Christmas Day will find a number of special gifts for their inventory under the tree of your Online apartment. And lastly, from December 24 through January 5 you’ll have access to the Firework Launcher and Firework Rocket Ammo that lets you shoot fireworks into the sky in celebration of the holidays.

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