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GTA Online heatmap reveals Los Santos’ most popular locations

Published: 15/Jun/2020 11:13

by Connor Bennett


One dedicated Grand Theft Auto Online fan has gone above and beyond to reveal the most popular locations in Los Santos. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most active location is located within the main city. 

GTA Online’s vast Los Santos map gives players the chance to do pretty much whatever they want. You can cause havoc in the populated main city, keep to yourself in the desert-like northern section, or even go out and sail across the sea. 

Even though the map is gigantic, players do usually congregate on certain areas – be it the Airport, Casino, or around the Ammu-Nation in Pillbox Hill, to name just a few. Yet, one player has produced a heatmap that shows off some of the other popular locations so you know where to avoid as a new player. 

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Everyone knows how popular GTA Online’s Airport is.

The incredibly detailed map comes from Zack Zwiezen, showing that the most popular location in all of Los Santos isn’t the Airport or Casino. Instead, it is the set of apartments located towards Vespucci Beach that pretty much everyone owns, or has owned at some point. 

Aside from the apartments, the Los Santos Customs that sits just down the road near Rockford Hills is also highly-populated. As Zack points out, this could be because of the number of griefers that want to ruin another player’s day – though, Rockstar have implemented changes to counter those trolls. 

Zack Zwiezen, USGamer
The incredible heatmap shows Los Santos’ most popular areas.

On top of the popular city-based locations, Fort Zancudo and Paleto Bay dominate the popularity in the north. These are both understandable given that you can break into Zancudo and grab a jet.

As for Paleto Bay, well, there are plenty of cheap properties up there – including a bunker and arcade that have been free in the past so that players can run different businesses. 

Obviously, players are going to have their favorite locations aside from those that they need to visit like homes and businesses.

As more and more players continue to flood into GTA Online, other spots will, no doubt, fly up the rankings in the future.


GTA 6 teaser speculation grows after players uncover more strange files in RDR2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:20

by Michael Gwilliam


Fans have spotted more out-of-place files in Red Dead Redemption 2 that could point toward either GTA 6 or rumors that the re-release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS5 and Xbox Series is on a new engine.

Rockstar has been mum on any information regarding the long-awaited announcement of GTA 6, but fans can hardly contain their excitement, combing through files of other games to find some clue for what the company is working on.

Now, with GTA Online players spotting code potentially referencing the RAGE Engine used in Red Dead Redemption 2, fans think there could be some connection between RDR2 and the next Grand Theft Auto.

As such, players have peeked through RDR2’s files and discovered some things that seem wildly out of place, even for the wild west.

Gangsters carry guns in GTA Online
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What are these weird GTA-like files doing in Red Dead Redemption 2?

GTA Forums member ‘rollschuh2282’ noted that they found parachute-related files hidden in Red Dead. The crazy part is that the file doesn’t exist in GTA V.

“Funnily that [[email protected]@pack] animation file does not exist in V,” they wrote and provided a photo of all the parachute animations in GTA 5.

Lo and behold, the file with “pack” in its name was not among them, meaning it was unique to Red Dead 2’s code. But what would parachute files be doing in a game about cowboys?

Snow in Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar Games
Modern gun files don’t make sense in RDR2. Unless…

Fans believe this is either a sign towards the next-gen port of GTA V being in Red Dead Redemption 2’s engine or GTA 6.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear if the files had existed since the game’s PC release or were only recently added in a newer update.

This isn’t the first time fans have discovered weird files in RDR2. As Dexerto previously reported, weapon code for two variants of the Browning pistol, an L1A1 rifle and AK-47 were found back in late December.

In any case, more and more evidence is mounting that something is brewing at Rockstar and it isn’t just hot coffee. Only time will tell what the future holds, especially as GTA V’s re-release draws nearer.