Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most anticipated games to launch this year into the gaming market. The game is so popular it has been projected to rake in $1 billion in sales and is due for release this time next week. The more astounding figure just released is the total cost of development & marketing coming to a whopping $265 million!! Wowzah.It has now been crowned as the most expensive video game ever produced.
The previous title holder was "Star Wars: The Old Republic". In comparison, the last version of GTA had a budget of around $100 million, nearly 1/3 of the cost of this game - crazy! Remember Avatar the Hollywood blockbuster movie? Yeah, their budget was $237 million...
I for one am now frothing at the bit to get my hands on GTA V, pretty sure I'll make the investment next week by whatever means necessary...
Here are some epic screenshots of the scenery and gameplay.
For those that don't know, Grand Theft Auto is a massive open world game that literally allows you to whatever you want. There are fast cars, guns, police, strip clubs, helicopters & planes, countryside & cities, missions, money - everything. It's also now multiplayer online too, so you can roam the city with your French buddy Jeff from your home in Australia on a Saturday afternoon.
GTA IV was banned in Thailand, not by our IT organisations or even TV censors, but by the Ministry of Culture after someone copied a murder in the game. I remember writing that it was odd that only physical sales of the game were banned while existing copies still worked on my XBox and that it would have made more sense to ban it by telling Microsoft and Sony rather than sending police in to patrol shopping malls.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/2504016/Thailand-bans-Grand-Theft-Auto-after-copycat-murder.html
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