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Grand Theft Auto V


EricBall

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As has been splashed all over the news, GTA5 sold $800M in the first 24 hours, the most of any game and far more than any movie. I'm sure than most of the approximately 13 million copies were pre-orders, so it remains to be seen how many more sales will happen over the next month (or however long the advertising blitz continues). But in any case I'm sure Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive are celebrating.

 

What amazes me is with just the first day sales, GTA5 is already near the top of the best selling games list for the PS3 and XBox 360. (Although the exact break between the two has not been given and Wikipedia incorrectly lists it as 13 million copies for the Xbox 360 alone.) This also means one copy of GTA5 was bought for every twelve PS3 & Xbox 360 consoles ever sold!

 

OTOH, I have to wonder why "everyone" decided to pre-order it or buy it on the first day. I'm sure there will be a huge glut of used copies available before Christmas after people complete the single-player game. I'm sure some multiplayer "crews" pre-ordered the game so they could train-up rather than getting pwn'd later by other early entrants.

 

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Why preorder anything? To guarantee you will have it as soon as possible and be able to start enjoying it immediately.

 

I understand the value of preordering - but that assumes there's a value of obtaining something today instead of waiting when the cost may be less and that doing so doesn't impact the enjoyment.

 

What I find amazing is 13 million people decided they couldn't wait to start playing.

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The second you buy a game, the value drops by less than half according to GameStop, so I'm not buying anything until I see enough reviews and gameplay videos by real people to see if it sucks as bad as the last one. Pre-ordering is for suckers with no patience and more money than brains.

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Why preorder anything? To guarantee you will have it as soon as possible and be able to start enjoying it immediately.

yeah i agree. i am going to buy a 2ds, and guess what? preordering costs 200$! why do that when you can buy it on the same day for a WAY lower price?

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yeah i agree. i am going to buy a 2ds, and guess what? preordering costs 200$! why do that when you can buy it on the same day for a WAY lower price?

Although some items are available below MSRP on the first day, that's not always the case. (And even when it is, the difference is often trivial.)

 

I have to confess I did pre-order the Legend of Zelda Limited Edition Wii U. But I was planning on buying a Wii U anyway . . . (OTOH, by waiting I did get the price drop.)

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I only play the Rockstar games because I am interested in games that get high reviews. I typically wait years to buy them or I just borrow them. Something about their games just doesn't resonate with me as it always seems that they emphasize the absolute clunkiest parts of the game.

 

Last year, I decided to go through GTA III, San Andreas and GTA IV and play enough of them that I could say I'd experienced it. For each one, there was something in the main campaign that I felt was really a broken part of the game - stuff like a surprise "sniper" mission in GTA III; Bad targeting and NPC AI in SA; and just really not fun driving in GTA IV. I've played other games by them that are better, but it still always feels like they spend more time on the tetris mini-game then deciding what it would actually be fun to do in the main story.

 

What's funny is if you read user reviews (in some places) of GTA IV it doesn't get reviewed as highly as critics. I think Rockstar has managed to get reviewers on their side somehow which really drives up their sales.

 

I hear GTA V is an improvement, but I'm not racing to buy it. Its also hard to believe the game is so interesting that a twelth of all Xbox owners chose to pre-order. Did they think hanging out with Nico's cousin was really that much fun?

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