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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — "Grand Theft Auto IV" is expected to blow away hot shooter "Halo 3" when fans begin sating their desires for the highly popular videogame by Rockstar Games.
TORONTO — "Halo" was big. "Grand Theft Auto IV" will be bigger.
Tuesday marks the release of the latest chapter of mayhem in fictional Liberty City, home to the successful "Grand Theft Auto" video game franchise from Rockstar Games.
The long-awaited game, whose release was pushed back from last November, has a history of success at the cash register. And the latest instalment should be even more profitable considering that it is available for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users right from the get-go. In the past, Xbox users have had to wait for their version of the game to come out.
The last blockbuster game release was "Halo 3," an Xbox-exclusive title that took in an estimated US$170 million in its first 24 hours of release last fall in the U.S., according to Microsoft. "GTA 4" is expected to surpass that take - and the $300 million that "Halo 3" took in during the first week.
"We think even just on Xbox 360, it's got a shot at dethroning 'Halo 3,"' said Jason Anderson, head of marketing for Xbox Canada.
"A staggering figure," Matt Levitan, marketing and PR manager for PlayStation Canada, said of estimates of US$400 million in opening sales
April 28 (Bloomberg) -- ``Grand Theft Auto IV,'' the latest version of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.'s top-selling video game, is forecast to break industry sales records after it arrives in U.S. stores tomorrow.
First-week revenue may reach $360 million, surpassing the $300 million by Microsoft Corp.'s ``Halo 3'' last September, according to Mike Hickey, an analyst with Janco Partners in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Take-Two is depending on ``Grand Theft Auto'' sales to stiffen shareholder resistance to a $2 billion hostile takeover bid from Electronic Arts Inc., the largest game publisher. New York-based Take-Two predicts revenue may more than double to as much as $500 million this quarter on demand for the new title and end more than two years of losses.
``April 29 has been a key date with respect to discussions'' with Electronic Arts, Take-Two Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Feder, 44, said in an interview. ``We've repeatedly said that the full commercial potential of `GTA IV' will only be evident after the launch.''
Originally posted by Master_WiiIts amazing. Why is the game filled with hoes junkies, and pimp so attractive, and addictive in gamers. It seems lots of gamers are doing just fine in this recession
Originally posted by theendisnear69
reply to post by anti us gov
Haha ok I admit it shooting the cops is one of the funnest things to do in the game.
Originally posted by DuneKnight
I like GTA but honestly i want a game where u play the good guy, like a cop cleansing the streets or something of that nature.
Originally posted by DuneKnight
remember bioshock, it gave u a choice,gta should have something like that where your behviors have consquences and builds up character.