Take-Two Interactive

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Who stayed up late Monday to buy Grad Theft Auto V at their local video games retailer? No need to be shy, we know there were a lot of you, and part of the reason why is because Take-Two Interactive Software, makers of the GTA series, have announced that volume five is not only the best-selling entry in the series, but it rung up the highest first day retail sales of any video game in history. Take that Call of Duty: Black Ops II!

So how much is “highest?” Well, $800 million worldwide, excluding Japan and Brazil where it will be released later. To put that in perspective, that’s $300 million more than Black Ops II in its first day of release, or the total box office take of the movies Independence Day or Shrek the Third in the their entire world box office runs. Oh, and for the record, Black Ops II made $1 billion after its first 15 days in release. If GTA5 keeps up the same pace, it should cross the $1 billion mark by the end of the week.

The following was part of statement released by Take-Two:

All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’ Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “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 whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment.’ We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch.

What do you Bastards think of the new GTA, worth the wait (and the money)? Sound off below.

Source: Coming Soon

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With the release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V still months away (damn you September 17th, haul ass… I am sick of all this natural light) they just released a 3-in-one trailer to up the anticipation. This time turning the spotlight on the 3 playable leads in the game. First we have Michael, a Sopranos-esque man in the middle of a midlife crisis, next a  San Andreas style street thug named Franklin, and last but far from least is Trevor, the requisite hillbilly lunatic.

Damn this game looks good.

All three characters lives will intertwine in what looks like a big heist finale. The trailer is light on gameplay footage and mainly relies on cutscenes which is a little disappointing but I am willing to let that slide since the game is still months away. PLUS, it has a lot of Trevor, who has quickly become one of my favorite video game characters ever.

‘Do you want me to get my dick out again?’ HA! Classic Trevor.

Oh yeah, the trailer is a little NSFW due to crazy redneck, and its up after the jump. (more…)

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