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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours 396

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An anonymous reader writes "The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V was released at midnight yesterday, and to no surprise has managed to break the record for highest sales in 24 hours. Distributors Take-Two Interactive have announced that the game has managed to achieve a staggering $800m (£490m) worth of sales within the first day, and is certainly going to break the forecasted $1 billion within the week. The record was previous held by Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops which made $500m within 24 hours in 2009. The game also holds the title for the quickest entertainment product to achieve $1 billion in sales as they hit the mark by day 15."
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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

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  • No PC yet (Score:5, Insightful)

    by phizi0n (1237812) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @05:35AM (#44891741)

    Those numbers would be even higher if they stopped shunning their roots by delaying PC releases and turning PC into a shitty port from consoles.

  • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Thursday September 19, 2013 @05:46AM (#44891775) Journal

    The game is incredible, if you're a fan of the GTA series, they've really addressed many issues with the game. The storyline is told better and more compelling than previous ones (that includes Gay Tony, which was quite good)

    The graphics / environment / effects - god knows how they achieved this, I do not know. Yes some things like Uncharted look nicer but they are a very linear closed environment. For an open world game, it's utterly staggering. I'm playing on PS3 and the resolution seems higher than GTA4, there's more detail and there's more you can do AND the draw distance is further. The frame rate while not a flawless 30 all the time seems honestly better than GTAIV at most times.

    The humour, satire, writing in general is utterly tip top. I am not cringing at lines or groaning at character decisions. As usual the commercials (billboard, radio, TV) are just fantastic, some of the random one liners amazing. The stuff they've added like the random mission encounters are awesome. I really can't complain about this at all in any way.
    I'm about 35 hours into it (picked it up midnight Monday night) and about 2/3 of the way through it I'd say. It's just brilliant, it really is.
    If you want to wait for the PC or oft wished for PS4 editions, go for it - but posting in reply here how inferior this is, pointless - the game is great, you can play it right now. If you want to complain that it's crap because "it doesn't do XYZ that Saints Row does" - good for you, hit up Saints Row!
    This world blends together so many immersive things, it's just incredible. I love the shit out of this game.
    $89 AUD? In hindsight I think I would've gladly paid $189 AUD. Just brilliant.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 19, 2013 @06:12AM (#44891867)

    Movie ticket: $10, 2 hours entertainment –$5 per hour.
    Pub: $20, 4 hours entertainment – $5 per hour.
    Typical AAA game: $40, 30 hours entertainment –$1.33 per hour.
    GTA: $60, 100 hours entertaiment – $0.60 per hour.

    I'd say GTA is pretty well priced already.

  • Re:No PC yet (Score:5, Insightful)

    by phizi0n (1237812) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @06:28AM (#44891921)

    You can have a refined, bug-free, well-performing PC release after the console versions are done, or you can have a crappy, poorly optimised version day-and-date with the console release, but you can't have both. Rockstar North favour the former.

    How do you explain GTA4? It was delayed a year and performed like shit on PC when it was released. GTA was originally a PC game and they have been treating PC as a second class citizen lately.

  • Typical AAA game: $60, 8 hours entertainment - $7.50 per hour

    There, FTFY

  • Re:Sure (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Joce640k (829181) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @07:07AM (#44892029) Homepage

    Most people are stupid and like shallow entertainment.

    You don't have to be stupid to enjoy shallow entertainment.

  • Re:Sure (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RaceProUK (1137575) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @08:06AM (#44892343)

    Most people are stupid and like shallow entertainment.

    Even emeritus professors occasionally laugh at fart jokes.

  • Re:Sure (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lithdren (605362) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @08:11AM (#44892381)

    Just because you dont enjoy something doesn't mean people who do are 'sheep'. You sound like a jerk, because you are.

    60 dollars for a few hundred hours of entertainment isn't a bad deal. Its not entertainment if you dont like the game, which you clearly are dead set to not like. Good for you! So dont buy it.

    Not buying something doesn't make you smart, it means you know what you like. That may sugest some wisdom but when your reason is "Because you're all SHEEP!" that more or less shows you're neither wise or smart. You just want to have something to hold over people to try to feel superior because you're not. When the best you can do is not doing something, it only shows how truly pitiful you are. I'm almost sorry for you.

  • by rmdingler (1955220) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @08:19AM (#44892437)
    is primarily tweens and teens who worship Bieber, Swift, and company... not you /. eggheads. When you are young, there is something deliciously bad about running amok through a world with no rules.
  • by KozmoStevnNaut (630146) <`henrikstevn' `at' `gmail.com'> on Thursday September 19, 2013 @08:29AM (#44892507)

    8 hours? I've played GTA5 for about 10 hours by now, and according to the game itself, I'm around 16% through with the story missions, never mind all the optional side missions and activities, gun smuggling, races, random events, treasure hunts and collectibles. Or the fact all of the heists can be played through multiple times with different approaches. Or the random dicking around that a GTA game always lends itself so well to, thanks to the wonderfully detailed world and enormous possibilities for outright mayhem they put in your hands.

    Some AAA games are linear and more like semi-interactive movies than actual games, true. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. A 100% slick, well-produced, well-told and immersive story has a value of its own, even if it is linear. Do you complain that your movies and books are too linear, as well?

  • Re:No PC yet (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @08:55AM (#44892687) Homepage
    I Seriously wish the consoles would just get on with it, and encourage everybody to use a keyboard and mouse. Or at least something that gives a similar level of control, but can still be used on a couch, like a trackball, and a boatload of buttons/keys. Some custom controller with a trackball with about 4 buttons, plus about half a keyboard's worth of keys, could easily sit on your lap, and would allow much better control in most first person games than we currently get with gamepads. To this day, the only first person game I really enjoyed on console was Metroid Prime (GC), because it was mostly about exploring, and not fast reflexes. Still, I didn't ever finish it, because later in the game, it becomes pretty difficult, and the distance between savepoints is too far. The part where I quit was when I was 45 minutes from the previous checkpoint, following a walkthrough (because I was convinced I was going the wrong way), only to die because of an onslaught of enemies. Probably still about 20 minutes from the next save point. After a couple times doing that, I just stopped playing. I never understood why anybody enjoyed first person games on consoles. The love everyone seems to have for GoldenEye just blows my mind.
  • Re:No PC yet (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 19, 2013 @09:43AM (#44893067)

    Which requires advanced modifications to the console including soldering. Little bit more difficult than copying a cracked .exe. You and richy freeway are both being disingenuous and you know it.

  • Re:Sure (Score:5, Insightful)

    by interkin3tic (1469267) on Thursday September 19, 2013 @09:54AM (#44893139)
    They "lack depth?" In what aspect? They're sandbox style games. GTA has some of the biggest maps with the most you can do in them. It's quite deep compared to other games in that reguard.

    If you're talking about "it has a shallow plot" then you need to realize you aren't reading a book. You are playing a sandbox style game.

    If you are complaining about shallow driving, shooting, and dart minigames, then you need to realize you aren't playing a driving simulator, a shooter, or a dart videogame. You are playing a sandbox style game.

    Why not just say "overrated?" The hipsters do it for a reason: no one can argue with overrated, and it shows your disdain of the vulgar pleasures of the commonfolk. If you find one guy who says "I LUV GTA! IT'S THE BEST!' then you can accurately say that the game is overrated. If you make more specific picks about a popular game you hate simply because it's popular, you could be wrong.
  • Re:No PC yet (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Thursday September 19, 2013 @01:48PM (#44895305) Journal

    I've been a PC only gamer since the late 90s and to GTA V I have a big old...meh. After GTA IV and the whole "take me bowling" bit [escapistmagazine.com] and comparing it to the batshit crazy fun of flying down the street on a broomstick or sucking up gangbangers in what looks like a giant Hello Kitty mobile (if the kitty went on a 3 day crack binge) and launching the gangbangers from the attached cannon several blocks into enemy vehicles?

    I don't know about anybody else but when i play a sandbox i want total batshit balls to the wall FUN with a capital F made from fire and awesome and until another Just Cause comes out so I can grapple pursuing cars to the street and recreate the scene from T3 again I'll take the Saints Row series. The action is more extreme, the missions are often challenging without being frustrating, I just find the Saints games to be more FUN. From what I have seen so far it looks like GTA V has gone even further into that whole "dark, depressing, and gritty" feel and real life has enough of that already, thanks. What GTA needs is another Vice City so I can do 140+ MPH in a Hawaiian shirt and jump what feels like miles while Flock of Seagulls blasts on the stereo, now THAT was FUN.

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