GTA V is in the newspapers, on the internet, on Facebook, ads on the streets, on TV. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick called it a "Cultural Phenomenon" and he is absolutely right. GTA V has become so huge that even your mum might have heard about it. When I went to collect my game on Sep 17, I saw dads, mums, girlfriends, wives, sisters queuing up to collect a copy. On Facebook, I have seen "non-gamers", cousins, relatives, who otherwise would have never batted an eyelid for any other game release, talking about GTA V.
In fact, it's so huge, other publishers are even acknowledging it.. I saw this pic on the Watch_Dogs Facebook page..
I think it was pretty cool of them to do that..
Obviously, it's just not all talk.. the stats are there. At US$256 million, GTA V is the highest costing video-game to produce and in fact, even costs more than any other movie film, except for one Pirates of the Caribbean 3, which had a US$300 million budget.
It's reaping the rewards of course. Making US$800 million on release day alone and that figure quickly rose to US$1 billion in the first 3 days! It could be the fastest any entertainment property has reached the $1 billion mark.
Sure, the hype and popularity has helped bring in lots of Day 1 sales, especially with the"non-hardcore" gamer crowds but it would never reached these heights if it wasn't an awesome game.
I have been playing it and the game is exceeding expectations. There are so many things to do in the game that I have hardly time to even do the missions. The map is epic-ly huge and there's always things to see or do. I can't tell you everything in 1 post so what I'm going to do a GTA diary for the next week or so, probably until GTA Online starts up.
Rockstar has given a "unofficial deadline" till Oct 1 for us to complete the story mode so we will see how it goes. I'll try to do a post each day on my "day" in San Andreas. I will be leaving out the story missions so there won't be any spoilers and just note down the extra stuff that I did. You might still want to avoid it if you want your experience absolutely spoiler-free, but it might also show you some stuff that you have missed. For me, however, I want my experience spoiler-free so I will appreciate if you guys don't post stuff about what you have seen :)
Click here to see my GTA V Diary
Hope you like it!