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

was reviewed on PC

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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