For one reason or another, it's fair to say that the majority of people in real life would never cross the moral lines that Rockstar Games
presents in Grand Theft Auto V
. Some would (and do), but by and large, we're not all running around jacking cars, robbing jewelery stores, trafficking drugs and weapons, beating up random pedestrians, and so forth. But put those elements in a game and what you have is a cash cow
The latest installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise soared past $1 billion in worldwide retail sales during its first three days of availability, publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced. While a little fact checking is in order, Take-Two believes this represents the fastest that any entertainment property, be it a game or a Hollywood movie, has raked in this much cash in such a short period of time.
"Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment," said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. "We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V."
GTA V launched earlier this week to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. There's a petition floating around
that offers up a plea for Rockstar Games to port the title over to PC, though if the developer sticks with blueprint that it used for the last two titles, it will be several months before we see a PC release (which, incidentally, hasn't been officially announced and/or confirmed).
You get to play as multiple characters in GTA V, each with their own stories and missions, though they're all intertwined and woven masterfully through an engaging storyline and expansive open world. We've been plugging away at the title ourselves and will have a full review posted in the coming days.