Grand Theft Auto Online is one crazy place. So developer Rockstar Games new initiation “encouraging civility in online behavior” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the recklessly violent Grand Theft Auto V. However with the latest update, High Life which is out today, Rockstar has added a new Mental State feature that could change the game.
The new Mental State stat allows players to detect the predispositions of other players in their game. The developer explains the new stat like this:
“With the new Mental State stat, we are keeping track of your behavior. If you seem to enjoy attacking pedestrians and terrorizing other players, then your blip will start to turn red on other players' maps. The redder the blip, the more psychotic the player; the whiter the blip, the friendlier they are.
The actions you take will have varying effects on your Mental State. For example, killing another player will turn your blip red faster than blowing up a car or taking out a random pedestrian. Killing a player with a white blip will push your Mental State into the red faster than killing more psycho players, while taking out full-on psycho players won't cause your own Mental State stat to increase at all.
Mental state also factors into matchmaking - you'll automatically join Freemode sessions containing people more 'compatible' with your play style, and if a red-blipped lunatic does enter your session, you at least have fair warning!”
The new stat will help players avoid gamers on a rampage, or allow other players to set up some ambushes and get their revenge. As a bonus enjoy some Trevor hipster rampage below. Goddamn post irony! I'll give you post irony!