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As with just about every hugely anticipated online game, Rockstar’s GTA Online has had a somewhat troubled launch. Many, like me, couldn’t even get in to a game, some managed to play in a very laggy environment and some, poor bastards, have even had their single player saves corrupted just by trying to play.

Now obviously, with that billion dollars in sales in just three days, there are a lot of people trying to play the game and it’s only natural that the servers are being overloaded; much in the same way that the game’s iFruit companion app didn’t work for nearly a week after launch as people desperately tried to play stupid minigames with Chop.

Online issues are expected, but with the monumental sales figures and the staggered launch of the online component, you’d have imagined that Rockstar would have been able to prepare,and make sure that their systems were up to scratch. They didn’t.

What I find baffling though is that for some reason, Rockstar’s being given a free pass. Where online forums and sites raged about Diablo 3’s Error 37 for weeks, and the vitriol directed towards EA and Maxis for the Sim City launch was overflowing, yet most of the commentary you’ll find online right now about GTA Online’s issues are gentle; “Oh, it was to be expected,” and “It’s ok, it’ll all be working soon.”

Where’s that infamous internet hate? Why’s Rockstar exempt from the bile?

If you’ve been playing, tell us of your experiences. 

Last Updated: October 2, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

154 Comments

  1. Spathi

    October 2, 2013 at 08:31

    Because GTA can be played offline, Diablo and Sim City can not.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      October 2, 2013 at 08:37

      Nail + head

      You have done it

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      • Marc O Polo

        October 2, 2013 at 19:44

        also the fact that they said they knew that there would be issues and would address them asap… a positive attitude goes a loooooooong way!

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    • Deano

      October 2, 2013 at 08:37

      SPOT on, the online was’nt the game breaker that it was in Diablo and Sim City.

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    • Rincethis

      October 2, 2013 at 08:39

      dammit, you got there first.

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    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      October 2, 2013 at 08:40

      Boom.

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    • eXpZA

      October 2, 2013 at 08:44

      This. The only reason. GTA Online needs online to function, D3 and SS don’t, so why have it.

      Reply

    • ElimiNathan

      October 2, 2013 at 08:45

      Boom

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    • Brady miaau

      October 2, 2013 at 08:45

      Ah, but the lack of online stuffed up my SP game. No photos!

      Reply

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        October 2, 2013 at 08:47

        Error 37 didn’t even let me play Auction House Simulator. At least the only problem you had was not being able to finish a photo shoot with a lady of the.. night.. 😉

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        • Brady miaau

          October 2, 2013 at 08:58

          What is Auction House Simulator?

          And my issue was with the forcing. my photos have to be “verified” or something online? Stuff them

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            Auction House Simulator = Diablo3

      • Spathi

        October 2, 2013 at 08:47

        GTAV without selfies just isn’t GTAV!!

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        • Brady miaau

          October 2, 2013 at 08:57

          Yeah, the game let me skip it, which is a serious plus on their side: to shoot the cops in the head five or six times to cause a fail was all it took

          AND they gave me no points for continuous headshots

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    • John's better judgement

      October 2, 2013 at 08:53

      Let those always online bitches burn. I don’t have internet at the moment because of telkom issues regarding moving and it sucks that I can’t play certain games at all. This is when I feel like I can’t support those companies anymore.

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    • Mark Treloar

      October 2, 2013 at 09:58

      Online is Online. You cant decide to separate it for the sake of convenience. FF had the same issue a few weeks ago yet still get less hate than error 37. Honestly there are just a bunch of children out there who were per-determinedly pissed off a Blizzard and used error 37 to validate their feelings. That said Blizzard were not properly prepared for the amount of users that purchased the game. Rockstar on the other hand at least had some time to try and make sure they didn’t experience the same issue.

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      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        October 2, 2013 at 10:02

        When you make a game that can ONLY be played online (like D3) you have no excuses for server issues that means hardly anyone can play the game they paid good money for. GTA is primarily a single player game. Therefore people are more accepting of online issues as they can STILL play offline while the server issues get sorted. With D3 it was NO PLAY sometimes for more than a day due to “unforeseen” issues. No comparison can be made in this case. I am not a child, and I was a huge Blizzard fan (SC, Warcraft 3, WoW, Diablo 2, SC2) so there was nothing pre-determined about my anger over Error 37.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 2, 2013 at 10:05

        I’m with @f976ed88802359821d1304039cf5e0f3:disqus here. I wasn’t pre-determined to be pissed off. I’d really hoped it would be good because I was such a huge fan of their games. And they screwed up because they forced the game to be online when there was no good reason to do so (Point and case the console version).

        They forced us online for a game that was very expensive and we could not play out of the box for days.

        Can’t compare GTA issues to this. The online for GTA is an add-on feature. Not a core feature. They still allow people to play the game they paid money for without having to be online.

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      • Spathi

        October 2, 2013 at 10:12

        I’m not separating for the sake of convenience. Fact is, I can play my game I bought with my money with GTAV. With Diablo, I couldn’t, not even Single Player. I can’t see how you can even compare an always online single player experience with an added extra online component of a single player game.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 2, 2013 at 10:13

      Absolutely spot on! You can still play GTA even though the online portion isn’t working.

      I am slightly annoyed that R* didn’t prepare for what now seems to have been an eventuality (millions of gamers wanting to play GTA online and the servers buckling under the stain), but unlike Blizzard or EA, they didn’t promise that it would work (another plus for R*). In fact, up until a few days ago, they released a statement that said that the launch would be broken.

      However, I played a bit of the character creator and I’m not impressed with it. I like the idea of your grandparents and parents influencing how you look, but good grief… every character I made is ugly as sin. And then the detail on your character pales in comparison to… Lamar…

      But I guess, we’ll have to see once the online portion actually runs without a hitch. Will it be worth it?

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      • Jeremy

        October 6, 2013 at 01:19

        Didn’t prepapre? HAHAHAHAH Another clueless dolt.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 8, 2013 at 18:17

          Given that the servers buckled under the strain essentially means that they didn’t prepare for the sheer numbers. But thanks for that ad hominem! You’re such a classy commentator!

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    • Wyzak

      October 2, 2013 at 10:19

      Spot on.

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    • Sageville

      October 2, 2013 at 10:35

      No need to comment any further, Spathi got the gist of it.

      Reply

  2. ElimiNathan

    October 2, 2013 at 08:33

    I struggled for about 10 minutes then had about 3 hours of perfect online gameplay, was awesome

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 2, 2013 at 08:36

      What internet do you have?

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        October 2, 2013 at 08:36

        magic pixie dust connection

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 2, 2013 at 08:40

          I was going to say, “Internet connected to a PC” but then I remembered…

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          • Rincethis

            October 2, 2013 at 08:42

            BWAHAHAHAHAHAH! 🙂

        • Jeremy

          October 6, 2013 at 01:20

          Not everyone had problems, oh right, idiots think what they experience is what everyone does.

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      • ElimiNathan

        October 2, 2013 at 08:39

        10 MBps…

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 2, 2013 at 08:42

          Fuck my life

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          • ElimiNathan

            October 2, 2013 at 08:44

            Hahahaha its allota money but sometimes well worth it!

          • Tarisma

            October 2, 2013 at 08:45

            SO worth it

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 08:55

            I get 7 – 10mbps 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 08:58

            Can i live by you! steal your bandwidth lol

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 08:58

            No you cannot. lol

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            Ill be in tent in garden! you wont notice me much!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            I don’t have a garden. I’m on the second floor. You gonna struggle 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:01

            That’s why man made scaffolding!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:01

            This can only end in tears hahaha

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:02

            more like broken legs and a crushed spleen but tears will be shed aswell

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:01

            And here I’ve been using scaffolding all these years to spy on ladies… what a waste

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:02

            If lara knew that…

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:03

            She taught me how to climb the scaffolding.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:09

            Mirrors edge style! hmmmm

          • Brady miaau

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            What live by you? Or steal your bandwidth?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            Both

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 08:59

            I will have it once Telkom decides to move my damn line. Until then I have “not available”mbps

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 08:59

            I’m on 8ta 🙂

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            what deal do you have!?!?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:00

            10GB for R200

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:01

            speed is 7 – 10mbs?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:05

            yeah. That’s the speed. So I get anywhere between 700Kb/s to 1MB/s download speeds 🙂

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:10

            using 3g modem?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:11

            yes. The 3G modem is capable of up to 28mbps.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:13

            is it a contract R200 for 10gb?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:38

            It was. But then the contract reached its end. I was given the option to continue with it on a month to month basis which I gladly took 🙂

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:02

            I do 90 to 120GB per month, that’s not going to work.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:06

            Bandwidth hog.

            Now go download me stuff!

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:08

            Got throttled. Now I know what they call “fair usage”. If you go over 100GB they throttle you. Or at least Mweb does.
            I am the office series whore.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:10

            You’re lucky then. Others have been throttled for less.

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:11

            Ah, well, maybe things are going to change now when they move my number. Steam takes a lot cap though. Especially when there’s a nice humble bundle out.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 2, 2013 at 09:11

            throttle the otter (otter wurg)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:10

            what you download?

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:11

            Series and movies that I never watch.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 09:24

            Give them to me!! lol

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 2, 2013 at 09:40

            movies nogal…..riiiiight

      • John's better judgement

        October 2, 2013 at 08:53

        What is this internet thing you speak of?

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          October 2, 2013 at 08:54

          The thing you use to type this message JBJ

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          • Spathi

            October 2, 2013 at 08:54

            The internet is a kind of keyboard?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 2, 2013 at 08:56

            yes, dirty and grubby and sticky

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 08:57

            No no no. Not this nonsense again

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 08:58

            Dirty and grubby and sticky like what? Hey Admiral?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 2, 2013 at 08:59

            cheese curls on the floor

          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 08:57

            Makes total sense. It has the ability to translate many different languages.

    • Rincethis

      October 2, 2013 at 08:39

      Damn you! Tried for an hour, gave up.

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      • ElimiNathan

        October 2, 2013 at 08:44

        I had issues with the 1st race mission, I had to go back to my dashboard then back into the game and everything went smooth from there. Me and my bro drove around causing chaos and robbing shops, was sick!

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        • Rincethis

          October 2, 2013 at 08:47

          I tried the race about 5 times 🙁

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          • ElimiNathan

            October 2, 2013 at 08:51

            Did you try restarting the game ? I had a feeling it was giving issues because it had just installed the patch when I launched it, normally a restart or “fresh” start after a patch install is best

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 2, 2013 at 09:12

          I hate you man!

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 2, 2013 at 10:14

          I couldn’t even get to the race…. 🙁

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    • Tarisma

      October 2, 2013 at 08:40

      you are clearly the devil I struggled for 2 hours and I think my SP game is broken. The Blitz mission wont start!

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  3. Hammersteyn

    October 2, 2013 at 08:34

    I’M NOT! Couldn’t play at all.

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    • Tarisma

      October 2, 2013 at 08:44

      I don’t think that has anything to do with Rockstar?

      Reply

  4. ianmin

    October 2, 2013 at 08:35

    Also couldn’t get into the game. I created a character and then the loading screen started up in the sky of LS. It loaded for about 10min and then said connection timed out. Tried this again 3 hours later and same thing… Blarg!

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 2, 2013 at 08:38

      I played one mission SP, tried online, one mission SP, tried online, one mission SP, tried online. Hell even the 39MB update wouldn’t download at first!

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      • ianmin

        October 2, 2013 at 08:50

        +1 on the update issues as well!

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 2, 2013 at 08:51

        Mine updated no problem!

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    • Rincethis

      October 2, 2013 at 08:41

      I created a character, tried loading, didn’t work, started SP, then in the middle of a heist was pushed into MP 0-O

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 2, 2013 at 08:42

        That Lagz logo though.

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      • ianmin

        October 2, 2013 at 08:53

        I think I’ll wait another week or two before trying again. Hopefully by then these issues are sorted. And I have more than enough GTA SP and Fifa to keep me busy… Oh yeah and the girlfriend!

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 2, 2013 at 08:38

    Because they warned you upfront that they’d have problems & that they’ll be working to resolve them all ASAP. They weren’t arrogant dicks about it when they said it & you can still play GTA offline. Pretty much the opposite of EA & Blizzard when it came to Sim City & D3.

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      October 2, 2013 at 08:39

      I think that right there is the big differentiator. You can still play the fucking thing offline.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 2, 2013 at 08:41

        Yes but the online looked so mouthwatering! The build this expectation and boom, fuck you we have problems. I have a problem too. I have a problem with online gaming. I would be fired if I gave customers such shitty service.

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        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          October 2, 2013 at 08:44

          This is South Africa. I get nothing but shitty service. Telkom cut my internet for four hours the other day. For no reason in particular. Then Eksom killed the power. Double Kill!

          Where do you live? 😉

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2013 at 08:46

            WC

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            October 2, 2013 at 08:48

            Same! Perhaps we just live on opposite ends of the province. 😛

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      October 2, 2013 at 08:43

      They were just plain Rock stars about the whole thing, weren’t they?

      “Hey.. I’m Bruce Dickinson. I’m pretty drunk right now. I might fuck up the lyrics to this song. But let’s jam anyway.”

      “Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea….”

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      • Mossel

        October 2, 2013 at 08:54

        Upvote for Iron Maiden reference!

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        • John's better judgement

          October 2, 2013 at 09:00

          Double upvote!

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      • Martin du preez

        October 2, 2013 at 09:07

        Comment of the week (For me at least) m/

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  6. Rincethis

    October 2, 2013 at 08:39

    Because this is a COMPONENT of GTAV ,it is not THE game, huge difference when you want to play D3 and you get an E37.

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  7. Tarisma

    October 2, 2013 at 08:42

    I’m not to happy I think my SP is broken my next story mission wont start….

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    • Brady miaau

      October 2, 2013 at 08:44

      I also had some issues with my SP.

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      • Tarisma

        October 2, 2013 at 08:45

        YA I’m stuck I have done the set up for the blitz but I can t get it to spawn. Now all I have left is the hotel assassination mission which I want to keep till the end of the game and a mission for Trevor that I cant find anywhere on the map!

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  8. Brady miaau

    October 2, 2013 at 08:43

    I could not finish a mission in “Offline” mode, because the servers were off. I needed to snap a pic of some drunken lady. I could not, because “could not contact server with photos or whatever” Not that I configures one or even link my xbox live account to the GTA one. I tried after this, but could not login.

    So if your online problems affect my offline game, then shame on you.

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 2, 2013 at 08:47

      Yeah I managed to upload some pics, maybe try and take your console offline?

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      • Brady miaau

        October 2, 2013 at 08:51

        I was tempted to do it, unplug. It is my generation, so I am told.

        But to not allow a single pic to be taken just cheesed me off.

        Went to bed early, could not be arsed to unplug console from network. Maybe tonight

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  9. Brenz

    October 2, 2013 at 08:51

    Its quite simple actually, because your arent being forced to play online.

    You can go jam single player to kill the time and whatever while you wait for the server issues to be resolved, you dont have to stare at the box art wishing you could just play the bloody game.
    (I play with the console offline due to various reasons, and have no issues)

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  10. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 2, 2013 at 08:53

    What everyone else here said. You can still play it offline. See Blizzard? If you allow people access to the game offline when servers are broken you get less hate… LEARN FROM IT!

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    • SaintsRowNigri

      October 2, 2013 at 08:54

      We are blizzard. We gave the world World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo. We can and will be a bunch of dicks.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 2, 2013 at 08:56

        *smack*

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  11. Warren Lombard

    October 2, 2013 at 08:56

    I think because the offline (story) game is still there and equally awesome.

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  12. Tidycpc

    October 2, 2013 at 08:58

    Just got the msg that the servers was down….so went to sp

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  13. JJNutter

    October 2, 2013 at 09:02

    I will just repeat what others said. You can play the game offline and have a blast doing it for many many hours. Online to me is the cherry on top, whether it worked from the get go or whether it works in a few days time, I am still very happy playing the single offline game.

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  14. Martin du preez

    October 2, 2013 at 09:02

    Rockstar gave us an amazing SP offline experience where Diablo III and Simshitty was online only.

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      October 2, 2013 at 09:06

      Diablo and Simshitty was online only singleplayer*

      Fixed for you

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      • John's better judgement

        October 2, 2013 at 09:07

        And Simshitty had way too many bugs with way to many updates that made way to little of a difference.

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          October 2, 2013 at 09:11

          And Blizzard banned users who figured out the invulnerability bug for the sorceress even though they were playing alone.

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          • John's better judgement

            October 2, 2013 at 09:12

            Oh wow. Didn’t know that. So they’re banning users for figuring out Blizzard’s mistakes. Sounds a lot like the government.

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            October 2, 2013 at 09:20

            LOL!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 2, 2013 at 09:36

            Yeah was a bog issue lol. They called it “exploits”.

  15. Robert Infy Hart

    October 2, 2013 at 09:12

    Can play without online

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  16. Gamfinity

    October 2, 2013 at 09:13

    Now this makes me think if such server issues will effect next-gen consoles Day 1 updates.

    Sony/MS: “Oh no you can’t play with your shiny new console until you’ve donwloaded patch”
    User: “But I can’t connect to the server in the first place!!!!!!”
    Sony/MS: “Please download patch”
    User: “*Runs off to make internet RAGE vid with Iron Brew and Cheese Naks in hand*!!!!”

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    • ElimiNathan

      October 2, 2013 at 09:13

      Iron Brew and cheese naks keeeeen

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 2, 2013 at 09:14

        Bubbles!! I love them! the crisps that is!

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  17. Hammersteyn

    October 2, 2013 at 09:14

    Fucking THIS!

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  18. LAblak22

    October 2, 2013 at 09:20

    I got on in a solo session and although I didn’t get any missions in, I survived a couple of gang attacks, raced to a few crate drops, knocked over 6 or 7 stores, got into a 3 star death-chase in the desert, fending off the po-po and a helicopter with a measly pistol before making my escape by jumping onto a passing train.

    Was pretty good — would have been better with mah crew, though. :/

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  19. DriveMagazine

    October 2, 2013 at 09:23

    Screw that. I’m mad. I’m mad as hell. I don’t care that it’s not “core to the central experience” blah blah. They’re sitting on a billion bloody dollars, and they had all the time in the world to divert some of that moolah and buy a few more servers to deal with the load. I couldn’t even create a character, or at least I could create one but it wouldn’t be saved because the Rockstar cloud servers were unavailable, so what’s the point of that? Stupid stupid stupid Rockstar. And I’m one of the Android users who’ve been completely screwed by iFruit, so this was just the icing on the cake.

    For a game that’s so brilliant, this stuff just absolutely stinks. Bad Rockstar. Bad.

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    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      October 2, 2013 at 09:26

      “They’re sitting on a billion bloody dollars, and they had all the time in the world to divert some of that moolah and buy a few more servers to deal with the load.”

      The game went live a few weeks ago? Around Sept 17 right (I own a PC so don’t know the release date since I can’t PLAY THE FRIGGIN GAME)? I don’t really think that they had THAT much time use their newly acquired billion bloody dollars to reinvest in the online part of the game.

      Anyway. From what I hear the game rocks. Amazing. O. M. G.
      I have trillions of cookies though. Cookies.

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    • SaintsRowNigri

      October 2, 2013 at 09:29

      I would have agreed with you on this rant. But in their defence, Rockstar was upfront and told us that the online thing will have issues on day one. And think about it this way: GTA V sold like a bazillion copies in one week. If past experience have taught us anything, it would be that a game this big will have day one issues. Hence, save yourself the frustration and wait a couple of days before logging in.

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      • ToshZA

        October 2, 2013 at 09:37

        This is exactly why people should be more forgiving. Well before the launch, Rockstar had said that there will be teething problems. Will be. So, it was expected, and if people get mad then that’s their own fault. Now, Rockstar have something to gauge just how much server power they’re going to need – based on how many people tried to get in.

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        • Circuitflow

          October 2, 2013 at 11:04

          but they knew! that there is already probelms and they knew how many people were going to play online ( even if u only take 80% ). They made a Shit load in just 3 days. If you knew in 3 days how many people bought your game surly another 8days should be enough to fix the online issues. Or delay the online launch! and test it with a few selected “Lucky gamers” before you make every body that has a GTA 5 copy so frusttrated and annoyed ! Some ( not me) have even taken another sick day just to play Online.. ( dumb ass if u ask me ) but still… R* knew. and if u knew u could have done something about it or only realise reagion wise or something. BE pro-active not re-active!

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          • DriveMagazine

            October 2, 2013 at 11:16

            Precisely. They knew and they had both the time and resources to at least try and pre-prepare. Wasn’t that the point of Online not being available on Day One anyway? Yet they didn’t, they chose instead to just let gamers endure yet another dismal Online launch day perpetuating the rapidly-growing precedent that online gaming never works on launch day. That’s acceptable if you’re a tiny dev selling a hundred k copies in your wildest dreams and endeavouring to create something completely unique and original, but not so fine when you’re literally the Rockstars of the game-development sector.

          • Circuitflow

            October 2, 2013 at 11:32

            Exactly ! BAD ROCKSTAR BAD! Does nobody learn from shitty online launches.. they could even have used ther cloud for extra severs or amazon, But Noooooo lets see how many people is going to try to play and then we will do something about it,” We have your money already!”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 11:38

            Well technically they do have our money already! lol

          • Circuitflow

            October 2, 2013 at 11:42

            Btw do you guys play this on Xbox or PS3 If Xbox invite me a friend then we can jam together Xbox gamer tag is “Circuitflow”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 2, 2013 at 11:50

            Ill add you man!

          • ToshZA

            October 2, 2013 at 12:50

            Ok, so you venture into new territory, not sure on how big the response is, considering your base is almost entirely single player. You decide, F*** it, lets go all, spend millions upon millions getting servers ready for Xmillion people, and not even 1M use the service. Wasted money right there. BUT, the smart move, test the waters, warn of teething problems, and upgrade as needed. Efficient from their point, and a good way to not waste money.

            And yes, they made a lot of money from the single player game, but remember one thing: online requires a monthly cost to provide. For this many players, that cost is huge. Their money will run out. Just saying. Rather be cautious than over zealous. I’d not have done it any differently.

            So yeah, they DIDN’T know. How could they? They’ve NEVER done THIS before.

          • Circuitflow

            October 2, 2013 at 13:23

            Dude rEALLY!, 1: it aint A new VENTURE they spend 250 mil + developing it.( Not tlike they decided in the last month oh btw we doing onine as well) 2: we live in this era WHERE there is always online! 3: they Knew the moment they sold 1 bil that their servers aINT goin g to be enough!( Not to mention that they knew since they budgeted 250 mil + to make this game, based on prevouse sales ect ect.) 4: THE ONLINE MONTHLY COST has been included in the original price,they have micro transaction and there will be DLC cost later one. 5: How do u keep a gaming genre alive in todays time.. u ensure u have a reason for the gamers to come back.. hint hint ONLINE!.6: YES THEY HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. how big is their online Community??? Red dead, GTA 4 , MAx payne! All these online players would have bought GTA 5 since they liked playing these type of gamers.

            But i get what you saying rather be cautious than over zealous, but come on! its Rockstar! They KNEW! and they fucking DROPPED THE BALL BIG TIME!

          • ToshZA

            October 2, 2013 at 13:34

            They knew? A persistent online world of this size has never been done by them before. They couldn’t have known. Issues creep up, small things in the code that you miss without a live testing environment – it’s all things that you can’t prepare for. And to expect them to suddenly arrange for extra servers in only 8 days? Without knowing how many of those single player purchases were actually going to go online?

            You see, if I had bought GTAV, I would NOT be going online. And i’m sure there are many people like me out there. How can they accurately predict those numbers without first actually going online? They can’t. They had no way of knowing.

            Also, every major online game released has teething issues. There’s really no need to get worked up about it. It’s like they’ve killed your mother with the way you’re reacting. They didn’t steal your money, they’re not charging you a sub fee to play. They were prepared to work on the issues that the DID KNOW would arise, but they DIDN’T know EXACTLY WHAT those issues were going to be. They could not have known.

            Now please, relax, take a breath, your family is fine – they didn’t kill anyone, and they didn’t steal your money. You still have plenty to do in the single player while they iron out these issues. Remember, Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 had similar issues, only there was no single player for them. They got screwed, you didn’t.

          • Circuitflow

            October 2, 2013 at 13:50

            i am relax man ( If u knew mw u will laugh at ur own comment )( DONT TELL ME TO BE CALM!!! LOL), just saying and by no means am i worked up. But i am not so convinced, they did know, how can u ignore the facts .DId u know :If u have an online account on Xbox or PS3 All games today run what we call a little DRM( Small amount of data thats is dowbnloaded for the Dev servers) , XBOX often show it as a 2 -4 mb download file. that info is use by the game DEV to determine the use of their products Consider the amount they publish in sales records u can just imagine how many of us said ok for that little download. so they knew exactly how many where going to be online and trust me , there is millions. Now i aint worried if they stole my money or not… i am happy to pay for the awesome game love it to BITS , BUT in todays time since there is so many choice out there can u really afford to fuck up??? So in the spirit of this Article subject WHY are we so easily forgiving R* for this FUCK up! I AINT SO WILLING yes tere is SP and yes we can play it offline but thats not the point here, the point is they KNEW and they “F” ed up.

  20. Uberutang

    October 2, 2013 at 09:51

    So bad I sold my game.

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 2, 2013 at 11:36

      That’s a bit extreme

      Reply

  21. gyhuji

    October 2, 2013 at 10:03

    Why is everyone whining of GTA Online issues?

    Reply

  22. Circuitflow

    October 2, 2013 at 10:48

    So is it fixed now???, can we play. I have a 4 mbs line. No props for BF 3 on Xbox . Hope that’s enough for GTA ONLINE. So far my EXP was a Shitty Char creation, with low detail on the face. Compared to Lamar in the airport pick up scene your Char looks like a guy that had WAAAAy to much BOTOX and FUGLY! to boot!

    Reply

  23. R

    October 3, 2013 at 08:44

    People from many different backgrounds play GTA, not just your typical wheezy, whiny neckbeards. People who have better things to do than bitch and complain on the Internet.

    Reply

  24. Simon Ayres

    October 5, 2013 at 08:37

    Well for one thing GTA has an offline component where as Diablo 3 and Sim city did not so even if you can’t get online you can still play the game.

    You should also mention that, unlike Blizzard and EA, Rock Star stated prior to launch that they expect problems.

    Now this is an excuse for connectivity issues but not for the numerous bugs people are experiencing.

    Another issue would be Expectations. While yes we did have big expectations for GTA 5 being as the last numbers GTA game came out in 2008 that was still only a 5 year wait with a number of other GTA titles released in the interim. Diablo on the other hand was a 12 year wait and Sim City a 9 year wait.

    And one last point, people like Rockstar more than Blizzard and EA, especially the latter of the 2, so are more willing to forgive them for their transgressions.

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  25. Jeremy

    October 6, 2013 at 01:18

    Another clueless moron.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 8, 2013 at 18:28

      1/10 for trolling

      Achievement Unlocked: Poor baby! Unloved!

      Troll Level reset to 0 – Better luck next time!

      Reply

  26. Lee Homer

    October 8, 2013 at 17:41

    I don’t like GTA Online. It’s just not what I hoped it would be like. I am impressed with Rockstar’s effort but I just played the tutorial missions and did a few jobs and lost interest in it. I prefer story mode.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 8, 2013 at 18:25

      I get what you’re saying and I kind of agree with you. What bugs me is the lack of features freedom. I would have liked to see more jobs (at least very early on). When you start off, you have only a handful of missions, and between levels 1 – 5, you’re essentially left robbing shops for xp. It’s only after level 10 that the really cool missions start, – and that’s after an insane amount of grinding. Same with the misc. list of activities, like golf, tennis and even arm wrestling.

      The grind… is the biggest issue with GTA Online at the moment. I still love it though. There’s just something about going on a drive by and taking down a bunch of unsuspecting players…. (yes.. that’s griefing behaviour… but I never said I was a nice guy).

      Whether it’ll sustain my interest, depends greatly on what I play next.

      By the Power of GreySkull!!!

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 8, 2013 at 18:25

      I get what you’re saying and I kind of agree with you. What bugs me is the lack of features freedom. I would have liked to see more jobs (at least very early on). When you start off, you have only a handful of missions, and between levels 1 – 5, you’re essentially left robbing shops for xp. It’s only after level 10 that the really cool missions start, – and that’s after an insane amount of grinding. Same with the misc. list of activities, like golf, tennis and even arm wrestling.

      The grind… is the biggest issue with GTA Online at the moment. I still love it though. There’s just something about going on a drive by and taking down a bunch of unsuspecting players…. (yes.. that’s griefing behaviour… but I never said I was a nice guy).

      Whether it’ll sustain my interest, depends greatly on what I play next.

      By the Power of GreySkull!!!

      Reply

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