A recent report shows that GTA V sales continue to impress with the game being in the top three best-selling games in six European countries including the U.K.
Official sales figures for GTA V indicate that the open-world crime simulator is still outselling newer game releases more than half a decade after its initial release.
According to a recent report by GFK, the game was listed in the top three best selling games of the first half of 2019 in six European countries with FIFA 19 placing first while Days Gone and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 were the second and third best selling titles respectively.
Developed by Rockstar Games and published by Take-Two Interactive, the fifth main installment in the massively popular series is surpassing many newer games in some countries including releases like Mortal Kombat 11, Minecraft and its own studio competitor Red Dead Redemption 2.
Set in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles and California in a lovingly crafted comedic parody of the United States, Grand Theft Auto V follows the crime capered and intertwining stories of three main protagonists Michael DeSanta, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton.
Noted for its unique gameplay experience, excellent story, intriguing characters and brilliant voice acting, GTA V performed exceptionally well in terms of reviews and was heavily praised by review sites, gamers and critics alike.
Almost every notable gaming review site gave the title 9 and 10 out of 10 or a 90 to 100 score, including some of the hardest to please reviewers at Gamespot, IGN and Edge.
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Owing to the series’ own popularity, hype and great scores GTA V sold over 10 million copies in the first 24 hours of release and has since continued to sell at a steady pace, with sales now officially exceeding 110 million copies.
The excellent main story aside, it is widely accepted that the title keeps selling like it does thanks to the excellent multiplayer component to the game, GTA Online.
GTA Online has had a steady stream of updates that add even more complexity and functionality to the game including a large amount of excellent new vehicles, new story missions and money-making opportunities in the form of ownable businesses.
Rockstar Games has accepted that the regular additions to GTA Online is largely responsible for the success of the game and contributes massively to Take-Two Interactive’s annual revenue thanks to the sales of Shark Cards that can be used as in-game currency.
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Shark Cards can be purchased using real money and then applied to the game to be used as virtual money, although due to Rockstar Games not wanting to promote gambling any money from Shark Cards cannot be used in their most recent update – The Diamond Casino and Resort.
The Diamond Casino and Resort was released two weeks ago and has been both a source of controversy and gaming joy in equal measure.
READ MORE – The Diamond Casino and Resort Open NOW!
The update allows GTA Online players to partake in gambling activities at the long-awaited casino such as Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, virtual horse racing and slot machines.
A new five-part story branch concerning the casino’s new owners is also included in the update as well as new contact missions that award casino chips, a new ownable property and the usual multitude of new vehicles.
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In an official statement, Rockstar Games acknowledged that The Diamond Casino and Resort attracted the highest number of players seen since GTA Online launched although they have not released any official figures.
READ MORE – Number of GTA Online Players Hits Record Levels
However, due to gambling laws in some countries, casino activities are not available to everyone and the fact that gambling is included at all in a game played by millions of children has caused outrage with some concerned parents.
Were it not for the fact that the game is marketed solely at adults I may be inclined to agree with these concerned parents, but when all said and done they should ultimately take responsibility for what games their own children are allowed to play.
I don’t think most parents realize that it is actually a criminal offense in most countries to supply a child with a mature-rated video game, just like movies and musical content.
Grand Theft Auto V is available now across all major gaming platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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