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GTA IV: 6 Million Sold

Mike Musgrove

Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive Software announced today that the latest version of the popular and controversial game has sold 6 million units globally in its first week on the market. Put it another way, that's $500 million in sales.

The company says it sold 3.6 million copies of GTA IV on the first day the new game launched, last Tuesday.

One industry analyst, as I mentioned in a recent column, had predicted that the game's popularity would hurt box office ticket sales Iron Man during its opening weekend, but that flick did $100 million in business during this past weekend. Looks like that forecast was a bit off.

I've played about 7 hours of GTA IV so far. I'm blown away by the quality of the acting and the writing in the game. And, as much as anything, I'm a fan of the music featured on the soundtrack -- I only wish terrestrial radio was as good as the radio stations they have there in Liberty City.

If anybody has observations about GTA IV after having played it for a while, please post away. Also, are any of you having issues with the game crashing? A colleague of mine is complaining that his copy has been freezing up periodically. I haven't had any such issues with my copy on my Xbox 360.

By Mike Musgrove  |  May 7, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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mine freezes on the xbox, none of the prescribed remedies have worked and I just want them to find out what's wrong asap.

Posted by: Francis | May 9, 2008 1:09 PM

That's great news. I hope the success makes Electronic Arts back off a little from their hostile takeover attempt.

I have the PS3 version and it's running flawlessly since the 1.1 patch, which was released last week.

Posted by: AB | May 13, 2008 11:01 AM

Mine did freeze up a couple time in the first few days, both when I was online. I have gotten into the habit of turning the 360 on, taking out the disc for a few seconds, and then loading back in the disc. Seems to help. In the two weeks it's been out, I have about 30 hours in on the game which is less than I had hoped for, stupid wedding plans. And the most promising thing is that I've only completed 30% of the game!

Posted by: CMc62480 | May 14, 2008 1:19 PM

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