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Mostly thanks to the ridiculous number of copies sold, Grand Theft Auto has been awarded a stack of officially recognised Guinness world Records.

“GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books,” Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said in a statement (via PlayerAttack)

“Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won. I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.”

Here’re the records the game now holds, much to the chagrin of the people who make Call of Duty:

  • Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours
  • Best-selling video game in 24 hours
  • Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
  • Fastest video game to gross $1 billion
  • Highest grossing video game in 24 hours
  • Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  • Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game

It doesn’t get the award for the highest rated game of all time, which still belongs to the N64 version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time.

The game is obviously quite a hit, and outsold GTA IV’s lifetime sales in just three weeks – and will probably earn a few more records before its sales peter out. It’s also largely responsible for the entire games industry turning around, so hooray.

I haven’t even finished the Single player portion yet, let alone gone online – but I have to wonder if the game’s lost its shine for any of you, much like GTA V did after the honeymoon period.

Last Updated: October 9, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

75 Comments

  1. A 2 Brute?

    October 9, 2013 at 14:40

    Wait, what? “I haven’t even finished the Single player portion yet, let alone gone online – but I have to wonder if the game’s lost its shine for any of you, much like GTA V did after the honeymoon period.”

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    • A 2 Brute?

      October 9, 2013 at 14:41

      Still also playing the single player, thoroughly enjoying it! Really fun!

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 9, 2013 at 14:53

        Me too, No rush in finishing it!

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 9, 2013 at 14:57

          Take your time man.. TAKE YOUR TIME!!

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 9, 2013 at 15:05

            Being Serious? lol

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      October 9, 2013 at 14:44

      He totally meant GTA IV lost it’s shine after the honeymoon period… right? 😛

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      • A 2 Brute?

        October 9, 2013 at 14:58

        Yeah, it definitely did for me, to the point where I just gave up playing the game. And that is saying a lot. I’m normally a completionist, but GTA IV just stole all the fun the series had to offer. I’m so glad that Rockstar redeemed themselves GTA series wise. A few words to sum it up: they brought planes back!!

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 9, 2013 at 15:01

          Yeah GTA 4 was a chore to finish. I reluctantly finished it on xbox 360, but never bothered to replay it on PS3…. :/ I just can’t go through the “Hi Cousin, it’s me Roland.. do you want to go drinks?” every 15 minutes….

          AARRGH!!!

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          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 9, 2013 at 15:05

            Roman… 🙂

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 9, 2013 at 15:07

            I got a Roland printer though! Trying to teach it tennis, it plays dead well!

          • Bobbydylan

            October 9, 2013 at 16:51

            Et tu Brute?

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 9, 2013 at 16:14

            I’ll be honest here, I still haven’t finished GTA 4. I have played and finished every other GTA game (busy with 5) to 100%, except GTA4, and I doubt I’ll ever finish that game.

          • Skyblue

            October 9, 2013 at 16:23

            Favourite? I’m a Vice City fanboy.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 9, 2013 at 16:25

            It’s between Vice City and San Andreas… I can’t choose between the two.

            I did seriously enjoy GTA2 on the PSone though.

          • Aussious

            October 9, 2013 at 19:00

            Ditto

          • Aussious

            October 9, 2013 at 19:00

            Roman Jim, his name is (cousin)Roman … I completely agree it was a real tedious game, never finished it.

  2. Seraphim

    October 9, 2013 at 14:44

    “but I have to wonder if the game’s lost its shine for any of you, much like GTA V did after the honeymoon period.”
    So… you’re asking if people have lost interest in GTA V like they did after it’s own honeymoon period?
    Do you maybe mean GTA IV’s honeymoon period?

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    • oVg

      October 9, 2013 at 14:55

      I can just fly around trying to get the bridge AP for a week. Or play the tight tennis mini game,
      NOPE When the Console is switched on, all I see is PLAY DISC, nothing else enters my mind.

      I finished GTA IV after 3 months, I had to force myself to finish that snore fest.

      This game was designed around 1 word FUN. Even GTA SA has been knocked off the fun mantle, Sorry CJ

      Skyrim was kind of there but It lacked Narrative drive and was to fiddley.

      GTAV Has found the sweet spot between Arcade and Sim.

      PERFECT GAME.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 9, 2013 at 14:56

        It is pretty wicked.. I’m just upset that you noobs are on xbox 360 🙁 I need someone to play tennis against. Hammersteyn just wants to kill people!

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        • oVg

          October 9, 2013 at 15:21

          Chop?

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          • oVg

            October 9, 2013 at 15:24

            Has anybody got that silly App working?

          • matthurstrsa

            October 10, 2013 at 07:31

            I have but I get bloody push notifications every 2 minutes. Chop is hungry, feed him. Chop has taken a dump, go clean it up. It feels like a parent.

        • NecroRince

          October 9, 2013 at 15:35

          Yeah man. That does suck. I’m starting to worry you actually don’t exist, probably that new intern Vicky. Don’t make it to the legendary meet up in Cape Town, now you’re conveniently on PS3…

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        • Vampyre Squirrel

          October 9, 2013 at 15:45

          You should go get yourself that other copy of GTAV 😛

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          • NecroRince

            October 9, 2013 at 15:54

            Indeed!

    • NecroRince

      October 9, 2013 at 15:34

      BOOM! 😉 Nicely done.

      Reply

  3. ElNicko

    October 9, 2013 at 14:46

    Still going strong on the SP and wont touch the online for awhile…….Error37 and losing your SP saves scare me too much.

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  4. Brady miaau

    October 9, 2013 at 14:48

    Not yet. It is awesome.

    I am actually playing a non RPG and enjoying the crap out of it. The surprises it holds, just awesome.

    Speak to me a in a week or two, perhaps then I burn out. But for now?

    Awesomeness in a disc!

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  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 9, 2013 at 14:49

    I’m just glad it’s not a game called Call of Duty! Here’s to you Rockstar! Keep it up!

    The shine hasn’t waned for me, but other games have been elevated in my eyes – for instance… Sleeping Dogs and Saints Row 3. With the hype surrounding GTA V dying down, and all those ridiculous 10/10 reviews disappearing in the hype stink, I can honestly say that my initial impression of a 8.5/10 for GTA V was absolutely on the money.

    Sometimes I surprise myself. I should have a radio show… NO! A TV SHOW LIKE NOELEEN ON 3!!!

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    • oVg

      October 9, 2013 at 14:58

      R.I.P. COD BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Now its time for some GTAV PC sales records.

      HOUSER Bros for president.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 9, 2013 at 14:59

        And if it comes to PC… I’LL GET IT AGAIN!!!

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        • Downloadable content John

          October 9, 2013 at 15:00

          I’m actually considering doing the same. Just to have GTA now.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 9, 2013 at 15:02

            Collector’s edition!

            I own one Los Santos baseball cap.. I want another, because you never know when you might have a homie next to you for a drive-by.

        • oVg

          October 9, 2013 at 15:01

          I will get a PC just for this game and all the MODS

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          • Downloadable content John

            October 9, 2013 at 15:03

            I love Skyrim on pc for all it’s mods, but mods (even on Skyrim) can go too far…

          • NecroRince

            October 9, 2013 at 15:44

            Agreed, who the hell mods the ground to look like, brown?

          • Skyblue

            October 9, 2013 at 16:04

            Wait until you compare load times. You’ll struggle to go back to console gaming.

          • oVg

            October 9, 2013 at 16:09

            Good point. But I must admit that after the initial load in GTAV the switching between the characters during a mission is seamless and it jumps right into a cut scene with no load.

          • Skyblue

            October 9, 2013 at 16:17

            X360 takes a several seconds (10 or 15? haven’t counted) to switch between characters during which time I’m assuming the loading is happening.
            TLOU also has a very lengthy initial load time but once loaded is pretty seamless.
            Also maxing out those visuals with some AA will sure look pretty ;p

          • Brady miaau

            October 9, 2013 at 16:50

            Yip, long startup time.

            Perfect for making tea in a soup mug (how real men drink it), getting nicely settled and in the right frame of mind.

            After you start playing, no load times at all.

            Well, if you count the switch between characters as load time, which it probably is. But it never feels like it. Well done, devs.

  6. Downloadable content John

    October 9, 2013 at 14:59

    Mmm. Guinness

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 9, 2013 at 15:02

      Good stuff!!

      Reply

      • oVg

        October 9, 2013 at 15:12

        With a bag of greasy chips at 2am. WINNER

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        • Downloadable content John

          October 9, 2013 at 15:13

          Ah, the nostalgia.

          Reply

  7. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    October 9, 2013 at 15:00

    Bliksem nou is ek DORS!

    Reply

    • Downloadable content John

      October 9, 2013 at 15:01

      Ek drink daai goed met my koffie, dis mos nes melk

      Reply

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      October 9, 2013 at 16:20

      Se jy dit nou… Kan doen met n paar koues!

      Reply

      • Skyblue

        October 9, 2013 at 16:24

        Wednesday night is poker night for me!! That means Black Label draught and Jameson are on the menu shortly after 5pm.

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  8. SaintsRowNigri

    October 9, 2013 at 15:04

    You know, when you play GTA V for the first few hours you have that whoah did you see that? Would you look at THAT? kind of a vibe.
    But when that feeling of technical marvel falls away and you are left with the bare bones gameplay, it kind of fizzles out for me a bit. And I am left with a “I have played this before” feeling deep down.
    I’ll keep playing it though. Trevor is just one amazingly written character, and he is kind of keeping me in the game a bit.

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    • Fnuik

      October 9, 2013 at 15:09

      I actually disagree. Out of all the characters I like playing with Micheal the most. He is the most well rounded character of all 3.

      And even now after almost 40 hours of playing the sp I still see weird and wonderful places when I drive to the next mission. I can never drive straight there, always something to get me to pull over and check out.

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      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 9, 2013 at 15:20

        Trevor is an asshole through and through. But there are these tiny moments that he just shines. Like when “saving” Michael’s daughter from that Lazlo ran reality show…

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    • oVg

      October 9, 2013 at 15:11

      How many hours? Now compare that to any other SP game. = FCCCCCUUUUK LOADS 🙂

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      • ToshZA

        October 9, 2013 at 15:31

        4000 hours in pokemon silver alone. I challenge any GTA game to get that from me. From anyone. In fact, I doubt that people spend that much time across all the GTA games combined. Just saying.

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        • oVg

          October 9, 2013 at 15:47

          Did you catch them all? 😛

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          • ToshZA

            October 9, 2013 at 18:17

            I actually did in Silver.

        • NecroRince

          October 9, 2013 at 15:55

          Sorry, OVG forgot to add ‘hours of FUN’ BOOM! *runs

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          • ToshZA

            October 9, 2013 at 18:18

            Ah, but that’s what I thought he said. Hence the pokemon reference, and not a Skyrim one.

    • ToshZA

      October 9, 2013 at 15:29

      And this is why I didn’t buy the game at launch. Just more of the same. They add a few new things, made it look amazing, and added crap loads of fluff and a huge world – of the same things you’ve seen and played before. This was my biggest worry.

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      • matthurstrsa

        October 10, 2013 at 07:34

        But can you not say the same about Pokemon? Not trolling, its a genuine question. All sequels will suffer from that to some extent. The trick is keeping the things that made it successful while adding in enough new content to make it interesting. Its a very tough balance.

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        • ToshZA

          October 10, 2013 at 15:40

          I did actually stop playing after Diamond. Didn’t play any of the fire red, leaf green, soul silver etc. for this reason.

          I’ll be picking up X though, and possibly Y as well – the changes are significant enough and the gap has been long enough that I want to play again.

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    • NecroRince

      October 9, 2013 at 15:52

      definitely haven’t felt that so far, on about 40 hrs and am still loving every bit of it!

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      • Vampyre Squirrel

        October 9, 2013 at 16:12

        I agree, I’m now 25 hours in and can’t get enough of the game.

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  9. oVg

    October 9, 2013 at 15:10

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. Will forever be the Sistine chapel.

    GTAV is the Vatican.

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    • oVg

      October 9, 2013 at 15:19

      🙂

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    • Skyblue

      October 9, 2013 at 16:06

      I’m all for Zelda (played the NES original through again recently because I’m just retarded that way as well) but best game ever…?

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      • oVg

        October 9, 2013 at 16:17

        It was just after the jump into 3D. Mario 64 BLEW OUR FUCKING MINDS. Then the immersion of Ocarina Hyrule came a little after that, bringing its magical charm and addictive level design.
        The NES version is also a piece of history. DARN that MODE 7 engine was the BOMB back in 92.

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        • Skyblue

          October 9, 2013 at 16:22

          The SNES had the Mode 7 graphics (too much time on F-Zero!!). First game that I saw running 3D was Quake 2 at Incredible Corruption. I scratched together a thousand bucks the same day and bought a Voodoo2 card before the sun set.

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  10. NecroRince

    October 9, 2013 at 15:25

    Lost it’s shine, you been hitting the booze!? I haven’t even spent a day with my crew online yet! This Saturday though, ohhhh yeah! It’s on!

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  11. Anon A Mouse

    October 9, 2013 at 15:26

    Haven’t even bought the game yet. There are far too many unopened games sitting in my man cave waiting to be played. Can’t be bothered to buy something that I can’t give my full attention to.

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  12. Skyblue

    October 9, 2013 at 16:12

    I’ve put in about 30hrs so far but haven’t touched it in 2 weeks now. Lost my favourite car and I can’t handle Trevor for long periods of time. He has provided some good laughs but I feel like R* have just tried too hard to make every little thing he says funny. My opinion of course.

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  13. Vampyre Squirrel

    October 9, 2013 at 16:27

    I finally scored -3 playing golf on GTAV… and I got told it was a “nice” game… mean, mean game.

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    • Brady miaau

      October 9, 2013 at 16:48

      Golf?

      Ah, crap. Where must I find the time?

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      • Vampyre Squirrel

        October 9, 2013 at 16:51

        Yep, golf… a even or better game is required for 100% completion.

        Still wanna play against Rince & crew.

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  14. HeniQpotter

    October 10, 2013 at 06:56

    After 90 hours I’ve reached 92%, still need to complete all the letter scraps and the alien spaceship parts and their respective Freeks and Strangers. But in the end, I’ll probably do it all over again. This is really an epic game and the numbers speak for them selves. I must say, I have also not experienced all the online issues everone’s complaining about. Just lucky I guess. 1up to R* for a great game.

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  15. matthurstrsa

    October 10, 2013 at 07:29

    Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game. Seriously? This is a world record?

    Reply

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