Grand Theft Auto IV

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Take Two
Developer: Rockstar
Release Date: April 29, 2008

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'Grand Theft Auto IV' (ALL) Sells Itself Into Guinness World Records Book

by Rainier on May 13, 2008 @ 5:07 a.m. PDT

What does the American dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and get dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't.

These records establish GTA IV as the most profitable entertainment release of all-time, far surpassing other video game, film and book releases. According to Guinness World Records, this is how the game stacks up against the competition:

  • Fastest-selling video game in 24 hours: Halo 3 at US$170 million
  • Fastest-selling theatrical movie in 24 hours: Spider-Man 3 at US$60 Million
  • Fastest-selling book in 24 hours: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows at US$220 million

For more spectacular gaming records see Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008, the first Guinness World Records book devoted solely to the world of gaming, is on shelves now and bursting with new records, high score statistics and fascinating facts.


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