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Sep 18, 2013
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Grand Theft Auto V
has arrived! It's now available in your suking games stores!

If we sound too giddy, it's because the release of the game has an impact far heavier than its physical size would suggest. The hype has been immense with this one, and if you look around gaming sites today, it would seem that the game has been fulfilling its promise.

In other words, if you're a gamer, nothing else should matter this week. Heck, it wouldn't surprise us at all if some of you even filed leaves for a few days of vacationing in the digital world of San Andreas. (Go ahead dude, we won't tell your boss.)


But how exactly did Grand Theft Auto arrive at this point? The series, more than just a critical and commercial phenomenon, has not been short on publicity, good or bad. And most of the time, those things lead to the big bucks. Here, before we unpack our own copies of GTA V and get completely obsessed, we take a look back at the success of the game-changing open-world series.

Congratulations, GTA! And, above all, thank you for letting us live out our fantasies of blowing up an entire street lined with cars with one strategically placed bazooka shot!


GTA IS THE GAMING DEFINITION OF A CASH COW (AND THE NEXT GAME IS LOOKING TO BREAK SALES RECORDS)



GTA IV’s first day sales record of $310 million has been soundly beaten by the Call of Duty machine: Black Ops 2 shifted $500 million on day one, while Modern Warfare 3 hit $400 million. It’s time to take back the crown, GTA V. While no figures have been released as of writing, estimated figures for GTA V are from $700 million to $1 billion. Ka-ching!


GTA KNOWS HOW TO GIVE SCROOGES A HEART ATTACK

GTA V is on track to be the most expensive piece of entertainment you’ve ever had. Remember Avatar and its ridiculous-back-then $254 million budget? Well, GTA V is on the hook for a cool $265 million in development costs. Makes $100 million GTA IV’s spent look cheap.

NEXT: Attack of the (GTA) clones!


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