GTA Online Heist Hands-On Previews

Posted by TreeFitty March 05, 2015 : 1 Comments : 9,740 Views

Heists are coming this Tuesday and the gaming media have gotten their hands on previews. Rockstar has also posted a sneak peek video of a raid on Humane Labs - the basis of the previews.

Some quick quotes from articles posted are below. IGN and Games Radar also have videos providing some tips they found out during their previews. There are plenty of new screenshots to gawk at too.

The online heist we played was called “Raid on Humane Labs.” Our overall goal was to break into a laboratory, steal their data, and get out clean, splitting up $540,000 in the process. It featured five setup missions and then the heist itself, and from start to finish it took us almost exactly three hours. I’m confident we could get that down to two-and-a-half or even two flat with an experienced, well-coordinated team, but the point is that these long-awaited four-player online heists are meaty and, in our initial experience, very different from anything else in GTA 5.

The new Heists mode debuts on March 10th on all major formats (they'll be live for PC launch on April 14th, too), for the dizzying price of free. The update delivers five major Heists, playable in four-player co-op, that take around 2 or 3 hours each to complete subject to your skills and approach. Each heist is split into substantial preparation missions of 20-30 minutes each, similar to story mode heists. The update also gives you new daily objectives (a bit like Destiny), new Versus modes and a raft of new vehicles and equipment, including a VTOL Hydra jet fighter and night vision goggles.
-Games Radar

As with other joint missions there's a shared pool of Lives and a completion timer when engaged in a job.

Cooperation is essential, tag-teaming Merryweather soldiers on foot or in vehicles while escaping with a machine gun-packing jeep, or putting down covering fire to open an escape for fellow crew members boxed in by authorities in a hand-off gone wrong.

Communication is important, even vital come one standout moment in a half day's worth of them: working as a coordinated sniper team during a nighttime infiltration of the Lab. If any guard or lab assistant is alerted, it's mission over. Cue timed simultaneous takedowns of patrols and witnesses.

UPDATE: Additional non-English previews are available from Meristation, Gameswelt, and Power Unlimited.

Looks like heists might just be worth the wait. Join the chat in the forums!

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