Can the Diamond Casino Heist update revive GTA V online?

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Six years since its initial release, the blockbuster release of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) has truly changed the gaming world forever, as its unique, uncensored and open-world environment has provided gamers with endless entertainment for years on end. And the new GTA Online update includes several new and exciting features, including the most audacious and complex criminal operation to hit GTA Online and the instalment of a new radio station being hosted by Danny Brown, writes Tom Doyle.

GTA Online is the main factor influencing GTA V’s longevity as a still widely-used game today, with numerous updates over the years fixing issues indicated by the community and consistently offering gamers with fresh content including new weapons, vehicles, multiplayer missions, heists and more. The recent 1.49 patch and update provides hope for the GTA V Online community as there were fears that developers, Rockstar Games were moving on from GTA V to focus more on Red Dead Redemption and GTA 6.

With the Diamond Casino Heist offering to be one of the most cash-filled and daring criminal operations yet, this new update is giving plenty of gamers a reason to dust off their old GTA V game case. Watch below for the Diamond Casino Heist trailer!

The Diamond Casino Heist

The main star of this update is of course the Diamond Casino Heist, as it takes place after the events that unfolded in the Diamond Casino and Resort missions. The Cheng family wants revenge on the Casino as they task you and your long-time friend/criminal mastermind Lester Crest with the near-impossible heist of breaching the vault and taking every dollar at The Diamond Casino. You can invite three other friends for the heist and prep missions, as many experienced GTA gamers know these heists are not easy or cheap to prepare for. With an initial investment of money and time needed similar to previous heists, in this scenario you need to buy a retro arcade business property (ranging from $1.25 – $3 million) and finish all the preparation for the mission based on your choice of approach.

There are three approaches that you can choose for the Diamond Casino Heist, with these including Aggressive, The Big Con or Silent & Sneaky. Each of these methods come with their own individual prep assignments including gathering intel, surveying entry points and more as the Diamond Casino mission provides a new and refreshing direction in GTA heists with it comprising of more freedom and entertainment for gamers than ever before. You can now hire specific crew members to speed up the process or choose to complete additional prep in order to gain the necessary equipment, as it is crucial to be fully prepared for a better chance at succeeding the heist. Watch below for gameplay of the Diamond Casino Heist preparation!

iFruit Radio and New Vehicles

There is more to this massive update then just the Diamond Casino heist, as gamers are finally getting a chance to listen to some fresh hip-hop and rap tunes from the all-new iFruit Radio Station, hosted by Danny Brown and featuring Skepta. iFruit Radio features 27 tracks hand-picked by Danny Brown with trending hip-hop artists including AJ Tracey, Denzel Curry, YBN Cordae, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib and more being featured. Exclusive tracks and debut releases from Baauer and Channel Tres will also be available to listen on the radio dial, as the GTA communities’ long-term criticisms surrounding the lack of new music on the soundwaves has finally been answered.

There are 12 new vehicles that have initially been released alongside the Diamond Casino Heist update, with 14 more rumoured to come in the near future. Below are the 12 vehicles available for purchase right now:

Warstock Cache & Carry:

  • Blazer Lifeguard – $62,000
  • Boxville – $398,000
  • Bugstars Burrito – $598,500
  • Fire Truck – $3,295,000
  • Lifeguard – $865,000
  • Stockade – $2,240,000

Legendary Motorsport:

  • Lampadati Komoda – $1,700,000
  • Ubermacht Rebla GTS – $1,175,000

Southern San Andreas Super Auto:

  • Karin Everon – $1,475,000
  • Maxwell Asbo – $408,000
  • Maxwell Vagrant – $2,214,000
  • Vapid Retinue Mk 2 – $1,620,000

Is it worth it?

With the seventh birthday of Grand Theft Auto V soon approaching, it is evident that developers, Rockstar Games have managed to maintain a very loyal and significant fanbase due to their proactivity surrounding community critiques and dedication to continuous updates as the Diamond Casino Heist update provides an ample amount of new and fun content for GTA lovers to sink their teeth into. Available now on all Grand Theft Auto V platforms.

  • Update release date: Out now
  • Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC
  • RRP: Free of charge

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