If there is something that I truly hate right now it’s the current fashion of freemium games where you get the game for free but are then forced to pay out a fortune in micro transactions to actually play the game the way it should have been played.

Now we all know that we had to fork out full price for GTA V but it looks like Rockstar are still planning on milking us dry when the online side of the game is turned on.

If you go into the in game store at the moment you will notice it is closed but an enterprising reddit user decided to do a trace on the network and noticed that this file is being requested. It’s an XML file which is stock standard for web communication but the interesting parts are in four of the nodes it appears that you can buy yourself extra in game money.

The four specific items are as follows, all have the same description

Cash is king in this town. Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online. All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting.

Red Shark Card – $100 000

redshark

Tiger Shark Card – $200,000

Tigershark

Bull Shark Card – $500,000

BullShark

And the mother of all credit cards

Great White Shark Card – $1,250,000

GreatWhiteShark

So could Rockstar really be preparing to do this even while they mock the entire idea of micro-transactions inside the game?

If you go onto the Righteous Slaughter 7 website in game, which is an obvious dig at the Call of Duty and Battlefield games of the day, it states the following

“Purchase upgrades so that you can destroy those with more skill and less money than you – just like in real life.”

Is Rockstar cocky enough to mock everyone and then follow through with the exact same thing? Personally I can’t see this being accurate as I’ve only played through half the game and I have a few million in the bank so why would I want to buy as little as $200k? What do you think, are they going to implement micro transactions and block heists in multiplayer?

Last Updated: September 25, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

65 Comments

  1. Rincethis

    September 25, 2013 at 12:36

    Half the game and 2mil in the bank? Hell am I doing wrong?! 0-O

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    • TiMsTeR

      September 25, 2013 at 12:43

      Do more taxi jobs! hahaha

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 25, 2013 at 12:44

        What are you doing in that taxi to earn that kind of money? 😉

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        • TiMsTeR

          September 25, 2013 at 12:45

          If only you knew!

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        • That Happy Twit

          September 25, 2013 at 12:45

          No sure, but I suspect it may need new shocks.

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    • TiMsTeR

      September 25, 2013 at 12:46

      I still remember going ape shit when I saw how much money Trevor had! Bought clothes super bike modded it out!

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      • Rincethis

        September 25, 2013 at 12:53

        Hhaa, me too, hence no money…

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    • Mike

      September 25, 2013 at 15:44

      You can make a lot of money with the assassination missions from Lester. Although if you leave them till after the final heist you can turn that into well over $200m per character.

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      • Rincethis

        September 25, 2013 at 15:50

        Ohhh, thanks mate!

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  2. Skyblue

    September 25, 2013 at 12:36

    I’ve just checked the milk in my fridge to make sure it hasn’t curdled after reading that.

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  3. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 25, 2013 at 12:37

    I was actually thinking the same thing last night. The golf course costs 150 million dollars. I have barely 60 million between the three characters. Michael won’t hit that amount of money.. ANY TIME SOON (and that’s even while playing the stockmarket or just waiting for my weekly property cheques to clear)

    I think Rockstar might just pull a Bethesda on us….

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    • Rincethis

      September 25, 2013 at 12:38

      Give it time nana, you will get there! As for $60 mil! WTF? I’m barely over 500,000!

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 25, 2013 at 12:40

        I play this game while wearing a three-piece pinstripe suit, and play the stocks…

        I’m the worst kind of criminal, I’m an INVESTMENT BANKER!!

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 25, 2013 at 12:40

          …with a gat

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 25, 2013 at 12:40

            with a gattling gun!!

        • Rincethis

          September 25, 2013 at 12:41

          Oh man, you sicken me *runs off to do the same…

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        • TiMsTeR

          September 25, 2013 at 12:41

          Could be worse….

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 25, 2013 at 13:00

          MBA V trollol!

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        • Anon A Mouse

          September 25, 2013 at 13:16

          Heck I’ll buy the game just to play the market and the rental income. GTA V TYCOON

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    • TiMsTeR

      September 25, 2013 at 12:42

      I have still so much to do in Gta v… I mean 60 million, Stocks pay off well I assume!

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    • SaintsRowMurray

      September 25, 2013 at 13:33

      Drop to console
      Type in give dollas
      Problem solved

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  4. brad coetzee

    September 25, 2013 at 12:43

    I request a Stock Market tutorial. I dont know what the shits going on there. I also only have a few hundred thousand amongst the guys.

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    • TiMsTeR

      September 25, 2013 at 12:44

      I have yet to even play the stocks.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 25, 2013 at 12:46

      Banana Jim tips his top hat to the side, and strokes moustache. Don’t fret young capitalist. The moto is simple. Buy low sell high!

      Or if you’re really keen, play companies against each other. Like for instance Taco Bomb and the Chicken joint. Buy shares in one, and then destroy the competition’s trucks or kill their employees.

      That’s CAPITALISM! 😀

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 25, 2013 at 12:46

        I’m currently playing with the insurance stocks, I’m blowing up stuff to see if that affects the stock prices of the insurance companies. It seemed to go up, after I went on a rampage at the airport. Also blowing up petrol stations and investing in the competition helps too. (Ron oil and the other one…)

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        • TiMsTeR

          September 25, 2013 at 12:47

          This sounds so awesome!

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        • oVg

          September 25, 2013 at 12:57

          Also that mission where Franklin takes out the Dr. I cant remember the Company… It started with a D or something. I placed 200 000 into the shares of the comp, killed the Viagra dude and then got an extra 180 000 in profit back after selling everything

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 25, 2013 at 13:17

            Oh definitely, Lester gives out some nice investment tips for those assassination missions.

          • oVg

            September 25, 2013 at 13:20

            I forgot to make the other 2 characters invest 🙁

            But my boy CJ AKA Franklin is now a very very rich N**ga 😛

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 25, 2013 at 13:25

            I don’t think you can swap mid mission though, although I only caught on to what was happening during the second Lester mission. The first one I didn’t have cash to invest because I had wasted my money on prostitutes and pimping my ride… :/ sigh!

          • Mike

            September 25, 2013 at 15:47

            You can cancel the mission, invest with the other characters and start the mission again.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 26, 2013 at 10:50

            That sucks.. if I had known… If ONLY I HAD KNOWN!

          • ElNicko

            September 25, 2013 at 13:44

            17 million dollars – Now thats Gangster !!

          • oVg

            September 25, 2013 at 13:46

            Your the DOG homie 😛

          • Verrayne

            September 25, 2013 at 14:46

            Debonaire I believe I made Franklin go from R100k to R350k 😀

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 25, 2013 at 12:56

        The irony of that is, if that wasn’t illegal in real life, it would happen.

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      • Tarisma

        September 25, 2013 at 13:02

        Such truth in this statement

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        September 25, 2013 at 14:49

        Jim… This is what I was thinking of doing the moment they said there are stock markets! Great minds my man! Great minds!

        Also good to know the plan actually DOES work the way I thought it would… This game sounds amazing!

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  5. TiMsTeR

    September 25, 2013 at 12:45

    @Gavin Will there be some kind of official Lazy gamer crews to be announced before Oct 1st by any chance?

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 25, 2013 at 13:18

      Check under my crews. There’s a lazygamer one, although they only used it once to spank me in Max Payne 3. The bastards!

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      • TiMsTeR

        September 25, 2013 at 13:29

        I joined that one… but like would be nice to like get people together before the 1st of Oct.

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        • That Happy Twit

          September 25, 2013 at 13:56

          If I get GTA V & an internet connection, will join on Xbox 360.

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    • ElNicko

      September 25, 2013 at 13:45

      a quick question , Will Rockstar allow cross-platform play ?? or will it be 2 separate crews on Xbox and PS ??

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      • TiMsTeR

        September 25, 2013 at 13:50

        2 separate crews..

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        • ElNicko

          September 25, 2013 at 13:58

          damnit , was hoping for too much with thoughts of crossplay.
          oh well , atleast this way , you can see which is the better crew from Lazygamer – PS or Xbox ??

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          • TiMsTeR

            September 25, 2013 at 15:09

            I think alot will be on Xbox as I will be.

  6. Btrain

    September 25, 2013 at 12:58

    I wondered how I was going to afford that golf course….

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 25, 2013 at 13:19

      One does not simply buy a golf course 😛

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  7. ElimiNathan

    September 25, 2013 at 13:19

    Still the best GTA ever 😛

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 25, 2013 at 13:23

      I just wish they had included Las Venturas and San Fiero from GTA San Andreas…. If GTA V included those two cities, with even more heists and missions… then GTA V would have been my best GTA game (GTA San Andreas is still my best GTA game of all time).

      I WANT TO GO GAMBLING! I WANT TO WASTE 20 million on the roulette table like a Thatcher!

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      • ElimiNathan

        September 25, 2013 at 13:26

        Haha they have Grove Street! What more could you ask for !? Na dude I agree but so far I’m about 50% mark on total progress and loved most of it

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      • oVg

        September 25, 2013 at 13:26

        That will be paid DLC, I do not see any other reason why they could not throw gambling code in there from Red Dead.

        Me thinks real money auction house.

        The on-line is going to have many ups and downs but who cares when we have the best game ever created.

        The last time I had this kind of game gasim was when we went 3D (Mario 64)

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          September 25, 2013 at 13:26

          Don’t jinx it man.. DON’T JINX IT!

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          • oVg

            September 25, 2013 at 13:29

            We will have wait and see how ambitious they are. But after 1 billion in 3 days I do not see them pulling a Blizzard 37 out of our wallets.

      • TiMsTeR

        September 25, 2013 at 13:33

        Perhaps could add dlc for that later on.

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  8. Lardus-Resident Perve

    September 25, 2013 at 13:57

    Go ahead – nickel and dime the console peons!

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    • SaintsRowMurray

      September 25, 2013 at 14:05

      At least the console peons is playing GTA V…

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      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        September 25, 2013 at 14:10

        Luckily I am not jealous – not a fan of GTA! But I feel for the PC guys who are, so I will help them “troll” haha

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        • SaintsRowMurray

          September 25, 2013 at 14:17

          Meh. They will get their GTA V I am sure…

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          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            September 25, 2013 at 14:47

            I would do the same they are doing… Make sure to really milk the console market for all it’s worth and then go for the PC crowd since with consoles you don’t need to deal with piracy and different hardware systems.

            I just hope it, and the online play, does come to PC at all…

  9. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    September 25, 2013 at 14:44

    I would skip these… Making the money will definitely be part of the fun!

    Still waiting for any news on the PC release 🙁 Sadz

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  10. oVg

    September 25, 2013 at 15:06

    Trevor in action

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  11. Wyzak

    September 25, 2013 at 15:06

    Really lousy of them to jump on the microtransaction bandwagon after coining $1billion. The current state of gaming makes me sick.

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  12. Brian Murphy

    September 25, 2013 at 23:30

    “Are Rockstar preparing to nickel and dime us?”

    Only if you buy into it, at which point, you’re nickel and diming yourself. Take some responsibility for your actions, stop trying to blame everyone else.

    You decide what you play, you decide what you pay for. Rockstar isn’t forcing anything, on anyone. If you don’t like it, or think what Rockstar is creating is detrimental to gaming, try….not playing it?

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  13. no

    May 10, 2014 at 07:16

    lol if you pay for money thats fine, let people do there own thing. you dont have to buy anything your self. you can still play the game like my self. all i care about is getting rid of those stupid tanks.

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