Grand Theft Auto 5 sets record with US $800M first-day sales

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It didn’t take long for the fifth installment of the popular video game series “Grand Theft Auto” to become a hit.

First-day sales of “Grand Theft Auto V” rolled in US $800 million worldwide, topping the record set by “Call of Duty: Black Ops II last November at US $500 million.

To put things into perspective, the previous Grand Theft Auto game made roughly $310 million when it was released in April of 2008.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the launch,” CEO Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two Interactive said yesterday at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in New York.

According to a report from Edmunds, customers purchased 10 million to 12 million copies in the first 24 hours alone. The game has received high scores from online critics such as IGN, Gamespot, and Metacritic.

Some cool new features of the latest version include a 240 tune soundtrack, multiple protagonists, and the ability to scuba dive, golf, parachute, and much more. You can still drive around the city with an array of automatic weapons and steal cars from old ladies, of course.

The games extensive use of violence, however, has not gone unnoticed. Human rights groups have already condemned the games use of brutality, specifically during a part where the player is required to pull out a mans teeth and electrocute him.

If you’re interested in that sort of stuff, the game is available for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and retails for $59.99 and up. A multi-player online version called “Grand Theft Auto Online” will become available October 1st.

News Source: Edmunds
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