GTA Online’s latest craze is alien gangs in vans delivering surprise beatings


Aliens are terrorising the streets of Los Santos, bursting out of vans to beat players to death with baseball bats, pool cues, and their little green fists then fleeing the scene. This isn’t a new GTA Online expansion, it’s the hot new craze amongst players. Over the past fortnight, as videos of alien van gangs have spread online, more and more players have bought the silly green alien suit and joined up with other pranksters for old-fashioned beatdowns. I’ve not yet encountered the visitors myself but am enjoying watching everyone’s close encounters.

Here’s a typical alien encounter, one early in this latest craze:

You came to the wrong planet foo from gtaonline

That’s broadly how it goes. They roll up in a van, leap out, beat you to death, then hop back in the van and peel out.

Maybe they’ll pay to hide themselves from the radar, for extra surprise, then stop your car:

Alien Traffic Stop from gtaonline

Or lurk outside a shop:

They strike again from gtaonline

Or wait outside the casino, parked inconspicuously by a pile of corpses:

You can’t outrun aliens from gtaonline

Or catch you waiting for a car delivery, run you down, and punch you in the virtuadick:

Just got jumped by a group of aliens and im not even mad from gtaonline

Though it seems they’re still adjusting to Earth’s gravity:

Mission failed, we’ll get em next time! from gtaonline

I adore this foolishness. Killing other GTA Online players without provocation is considered a little gauche by some but this is so wonderfully silly. I’d take a hundred alien van beatdown gangs over one single dickhead on a hoverbike zooming around blowing up people running missions. When players grow tired of aliens, I hope some new foolishness will catch on.

Things have kicking off between other species of alien too:

My crew and I were harassing people in alien suits with pool cues when another crew threw on some suits and challenged us to a classic street fight. Best online moment to date from gtaonline

While the craze has exploded in popularity over the past few weeks, this has been going on for a while. Here’s 15 aliens in a bus back in August:

15 Aliens, 1 Bus, 1 Goal… from gtaonline

In a similar vein, I did enjoy this squad of Minions doling out beatings earlier this year:

Getting Jumped by Minions from gtaonline

(I am sorry for all the videos autoplaying.)

Disclosure: I have pals who work at Rockstar, which I think is a near-inevitably when living in Edinburgh.

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