After a year and a half of waiting, players were thrilled to finally receive the long-promised GTA Online Heists. And despite a few hiccups at launch last week, players have been logging long hours robbing banks, stealing documents and assassinating targets – all for a healthy payout.
While the money is definitely good in the heists, GTA Online players quickly discovered that they could increase their bounty many times over by completing Rockstar Games-designated challenges within the heist missions. They also discovered that these challenges are much easier to accomplish with friends rather than randomly assigned players, especially when it comes to the heists' ultimate challenge: Criminal Mastermind.
The Criminal Mastermind challenge requires players complete every heist (including setup missions) in order...on hard difficulty...with the same team...and without any deaths. Doing so will make each member of the team very wealthy.
It took less than a week for one team to finish this challenge and collect their reward. In fact, as the above video shows, the team also finished two additional challenges at the same time: the All in Order challenge, which requires players to complete every heist, including setup missions, in order; and the Loyalty challenge, which requires players complete all heists with the same team of players. In the end, each member of the team walked away with a cool $12 million.
While we definitely expected players to achieve this goal eventually, we're impressed by how soon one team was able to do so. Though, it really shouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering gamers' abilities to accomplish extremely impressive video game feats quickly.
Now that one team has completed the Criminal Mastermind challenge, we doubt it will be long before other teams join them in the spoils. Then it's on to the inevitable player-created challenges, where we're sure to see gamers attempt a speed-run of the Criminal Mastermind challenge, or complete it with a group of strangers.
For those who may struggle to find enough friends (or skilled friends) to complete the Criminal Mastermind challenge, don't fret. There are other challenges that a player and team can accomplish to earn some extra cash during the heists. For instance, players can earn $2 million each by finishing the All In Order and Loyalty challenges as a team.
Plus, there are Elite Challenges as part of each heist mission, where players can earn a little extra spending money by complete certain tasks or finish sections within a time limit. Finally, each player will earn $100,000 for completing each heist for the first time.
It's safe to say there's plenty of money to be made in GTA Online Heists, and we definitely haven't seen the end of instant multi-millionaires thanks to the game's most lucrative challenges.
What do you think about this team completing the Criminal Mastermind challenge? Can your GTA Online buddies handle it? Let us know in the comments.