For the past few years, the gaming world has been dominated by the explosion of the Xbox. However, Sony’s Playstation family has not stood still, and in fact, has gotten even better.
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) was released in 2014 for the PS4, and since then, it has become one of the best-selling games ever, especially on the Playstation 4. What is more impressive is that nearly every copy was sold by the end of the year, meaning that the game sold well beyond its initial launch window. This is incredible when you consider that Grand Theft Auto V is a massive game, regularly breaking all-time sales records.
Allowing Consumers To Try New Things
One of the reasons why Grand Theft Auto V became so popular is that it allowed users to do things that they had not been able to do before. The gameplay in Grand Theft Auto V is mostly focused on driving, but the game also includes cycles where you have to fight other vehicles or pedestrians. While these were interesting additions to the game (especially the latter), gamers were largely unaware of them since they had not been seen before in other titles.
It is important to note here that although the gameplay is mostly focused on driving, the game also includes other activities like shopping and dating which you can also get paid for performing in-game. The game even encourages users to monetize themselves, as you can see from the many online stores that have cropped up around the city. The inclusion of these features gave the game a unique identity that drew in new users who might not have normally gotten into crime-themed titles.
The Most Expensive Game Ever Made
Even before the release of Grand Theft Auto V, the game had become a talking point since it was revealed that Rockstar had spent over $100 million on marketing and development costs alone. The game was so expensive to make that it is unlikely that any studio could ever recoup its costs back through sales, even if the game became a huge success. The investment certainly paid off in terms of drawing in many new users, but the financials do not speak highly of the game’s profitability, especially in light of the fact that Grand Theft Auto V was originally released for the Xbox, while the Playstation 4 was not launched until three years later.
The Success Has Spread To Other Games
Since the release of Grand Theft Auto V, other developers have tried and failed to emulate its success; however, none have come close. The game’s sales are so staggering that even big-budget AAA games cannot hope to even match their output. This has, in turn, caused developers to try different techniques to gain a similar level of interest.
One of the things that helped make Grand Theft Auto V so popular is that it introduced a new way of doing games. While most games focus on telling linear narratives with little to no interactivity, Rockstar took a different approach by providing a more open-world experience where gamers could do whatever they wanted. This resulted in a game that was a combination of different styles, much like a modern remix album. It is likely that a large part of the game’s success came from this unique approach, which allowed the team at Rockstar to experiment with new ideas and ultimately deliver something different that would draw in new users and keep old fans interested. This is one of the things that made this game so special and sets it apart from other titles.