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Thursday, 19 September 2013

GTA 5 takes record-breaking £500m in first day

The latest game in Rockstar's 16-year-old GTA franchise was availabe from midnight on Monday amid much anticipation.
Within 24 hours it had generated £496m of sales, smashing the previous first-day record set last November by Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, which made £310m.
Some experts have predicted GTA 5 could go on to become the world's best selling game and generate more than £1 billion in first year sales.
Strauss Zelnick, chief executive of distributor Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar, said: "Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry's new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence."

He added: "Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series.
"In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans."
The early commercial success matches the unanimous praise GTA 5 has received from the critics, with five-star reviews being given out across the board.
Keza MacDonald, games editor at, called GTA 5 "preposterously enjoyable" and concluded that it is "one of the very best video games ever made".
Tom Bramwell of Eurogamer praised the game's satirical humour and said "you can't go half a block without walking into a punch line."
Other reviewers said the detail of the city gamers inhabit called Los Santos was astounding and new features such as the ability to change character during missions was impressive.
The much-hyped release from Rockstar went on sale at midnight

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