The Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack is an add-on to GTA Online that gives the owner GTA$1M and the ability to claim some properties, vehicles, weapons and cosmetic items for free. Rockstar’s advertisement claims that all the items included in it are worth more than GTA$10M and would let the players buying it “jumpstart their criminal empires.”
The Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack is bundled with the Premium Edition of Grand Theft Auto V. Since January 2021, the Premium Edition has become the only edition of the game sold on Steam, Epic Games, PlayStation Store, and Microsoft Store, but still at the same price as the game itself without any bundled item before. In other words, the game’s price has not changed, but players who have purchased the game after January 2021 effectively get the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack for free.
A full list of items included in the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack can be found on the Rockstar Support website. While some of the items are useful, others are probably not.
Imagine someone gifts you something which is worth $100 but is not what you like. Would you like to exchange it for a $100 gift card, so you can buy what you want? I think everyone will answer “yes”. The GTA$1M included in the Starter Pack is just like a gift card: you can spend it freely on anything you want to have.
In addition to the free cash in the Starter Pack, you can also complete some easy tasks to get another GTA$1.25M. So, you will be able to have $2.25M to start your GTA Online career.
Note that the bonus cash will be deposited in 7-10 days after you have created your first GTA Online character according to this Rockstar Newswire article.
Maze Bank West Office
Of course, this is the cheapest office, but as mentioned in the Offices Guide, this is not a bad choice if you don’t have enough money for a more expensive Office. You can buy the Del Perro Heights Apartment if having an Office close to your Apartment matters to you.
Great Chaparral Clubhouse
In the Clubhouses Guide, I said the location of your Clubhouse should not matter because you are not likely to make frequent visits to it. As long as you own a Clubhouse, you are good to start MC-related activities. And the free Clubhouse in the Starter Pack will save you $200,000.
Senora Desert Cash Factory
This is the cheapest Cash Factory, located at the greatest place for MC Businesses in my opinion. The Cash Factory is not the most profitable passive business, but it is not a bad one. If you purchase a Nightclub later, the Cash Factory will also grant you an additional source of income in the Nightclub Warehouse.
Marksman Rifle is one of the essential weapons in my weapon recommendations. It is useful in missions that require you to do stealth kills. Some PvP players also favor this weapon.
The items listed here can be useful in some cases, but you still can live your life without them.
When you don’t have access to flying vehicles like Oppressor Mk II, a helicopter is the best tool for moving around the map quickly. Having your own helicopter is great; however, LSIA and Sandy Shores Airfield often spawn helicopters, so even if you don’t have a chopper, you can steal one from those places.
What is more, the Frogger does not have any weapons, so you can use it merely for transportation, not combats against NPCs. For the latter purpose, the Buzzard Attack Chopper is a better choice.
1337 Exceptionalists Way Garage
This is only a 10-car Garage which can only be used to store your vehicles. In order to do Heists, you might want to buy a high-end Apartment, which also includes a 10-car Garage. Unless you really have more than 10 vehicles to stash, you can just use the Garage of your Apartment rather than a dedicated one.
1561 San Vitus St Apartment
Like all Apartments, this free Apartment included in the Starter Pack can be used as a spawn point. But it is a low-end Apartment with a tiny 2-car Garage, which cannot be used for Heists. In order to unlock Heists, please get a high-end Apartment. Nevertheless, you can still claim this one since you can own multiple Apartments.
Once you have the Starter Pack, there are many outfits, clothes and tattoos you can get for free.
Besides these player customization items, the Starter Pack also includes a few coupes, sports cars and motorcycles, which are not the best ones with the greatest performance. I am classifying them as cosmetic items as well because they do not make any significant difference to your GTA Online gaming experience, but some players, especially car collectors, might want to have them.
I want to make a special remark on the Dune FAV, the only weaponized vehicle in the Starter Pack. It is neither bulletproof nor very resistant to explosions, and its weapon can be controlled by the passenger only, not the driver. Thus, this vehicle is weak in combats. You can play around with the Dune FAV, but please don’t expect to knock down lots of enemies with it.
Items to Avoid
If the cosmetic items are not very useful but still OK to have, then the following things in the Starter Pack should not be claimed at all.
Paleto Forest Bunker
This is the infamous Bunker I have criticized in the article about Paleto Bay properties. Do not get it; the Gunrunning business run with this Bunker is very unlikely to be profitable.
Compact Grenade Launcher
I have given reasons not to buy this weapon before. To summarize, this weapon is less powerful than the regular Grenade Launcher, and using it on motorcycles is dangerous. As mentioned multiple times before, a smaller weapon collection is more preferable in GTA Online. So, if you are not sure whether you should have this weapon, then don’t claim it at all.
This weapon has not been mentioned in this collection so far. It is an assault rifle that can be used on motorcycles, just like the Compact Grenade Launcher be the heavy weapon available on motorcycles. But, why not just use an AP Pistol instead? The AP Pistol can be used on not only motorcycles but also cars, and its performance is comparable to assault rifles, so it is the weapon you can use everywhere. To keep your weapon inventory compact, you should not go for the Compact Rifle, but use AP Pistol and Special Carbine instead.