‘Grand Theft Auto V’ companion app offers dog training and car customization

grand theft auto v companion app offers dog training and car customization chop the

Grand Theft Auto V launches on September 17, 2013, but you can start getting yourself set up with the iFruit companion app, now available in the iOS App Store. All you’ll need is a Rockstar Games Social Club account. With iFruit, you’re able to influence your GTA V save in a number of ways, through the app’s Los Santos Customs and Chop the Dog features.

The Los Santos Customs portion of the app allows you to customize cars and license plates on the go. The only catch is that you can only mess with the Franklin, Michael, and Trevor’s unique vehicle. Each character is associated with a specific ride, and while you can drive and store anything in your personal garage, you’ll always find the same character-specific vehicle spawning outside a given safehouse. The interface is easy enough to work with if you’ve ever used an iOS app before; simply tap the relevant prompts until you’ve fitted the custom features that you want and then put the order through. The upgrades will be applied automatically (provided you have the money), though you’ll have to physically bring the car to the shop if you’re in-game.

Chop the Dog is the pet pooch that Franklin acquires relatively early in GTA V‘s story. You can take him on walks and play fetch with him in the game, but the app allows you to train him using a Tamagotchi-like interface. As you spend time with Chop in iFruit, you can teach him new tricks, customize his collar, play a Flight Control-like minigame when you take him for walks, and more. As the pup improves, his in-game behavior on the GTA V side does as well. He’ll perform the tricks you’ve taught him, he’ll be a more effective fighter, and he’ll even sniff out hidden collectibles when you take him out on long walks.

The app also serves as a portal for a number of other GTA V and Rockstar items. The LifeInvader “app” – GTA V‘s play on Facebook – allows you to sign in with your Social Club ID and “stalk” in-game companies, usually for some kind of first-time buyer discount. You can also access GTA III and GTA: Vice City from here if you happen to own them as well; otherwise, clicking either icon takes you to the iOS App Store purchase page (naturally).

Note that you’ll have to have your characters unlocked in order to tweak vehicles in Los Santos Customs. The same may well go with Chop. We connected iFruit to the account that played through the game for review, so it’s not clear exactly what brand new players will see. Let us know in the comments. The Android version of the app doesn’t appear to be available yet, but it should be soon.

Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.

These 100 best iPhone apps will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want to bring out the best in yours. Behold our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps, from time-saving productivity tools to fun apps you won’t be able to put down.

The best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

‘Spyro Reignited Trilogy’ proves nostalgia only goes so far

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a faithful and beatiful remaster of the PlayStation classics, but its dedication to retaining the original experience ultimately hinders the experience. Spyro was great in the late-'90s, but it hasn't aged well.

Microsoft is reportedly planning an Xbox One without a disc drive for 2019

Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new Xbox One model without a disc drive in 2019. The console will be significantly cheaper than other Xbox One systems, including the Xbox One S.

15 tips for keeping your vault-dwellers alive in ‘Fallout Shelter’

The wasteland can be an unfriendly place, if you don't know what you're doing. Here are 15 tips that will help your vault thrive in Fallout Shelter, including information on questing.

Stock up on Switch accessories this week with these awesome Black Friday deals

Black Friday is right around the corner, and it's the perfect time to stock up on accessories for your Nintendo Switch. Here are the best Switch accessory deals on Black Friday, from controllers to cases and more.
Product Review

Make friends. To survive the wasteland of 'Fallout 76,' you're gonna need 'em

Fallout 76 brings the nuclear wasteland online and invites you to hop in with your friends. It’s fun, and a new direction for the Fallout franchise, but it’s not without its faults.

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ director sets record straight on game’s progress

Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura clarified some information about the game's progress. There were earlier reports that the RPG was put on hold in favor of Kingdom Hearts III, but that is apparently not the case.

From NES to PlayStation, retro gaming is booming. But will it last?

Everyone craves the good old days, and companies like Nintendo and Sony are cashing in with their mini versions of beloved retro consoles. But is this fad built to last or will our fixation with pixelated graphics come and go like mom…

‘Blockchain gaming’ startup gets $16 million in Series A funding

A gaming startup, Mythical Games, has raised $16 million in Series A funding to work on their concept of blockchain gaming. The aim is for the startup to develop games for the PC, console, and mobile markets.