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We all knew that Grand Theft Auto was destined to be huge, just how huge was anyones guess. Today Guinness World Records announced that GTA V has managed to break not one, but six world records in less than one month since its launch. This brings the total number of world records held by the franchise to seven.
Rockstar has reported that Grand Theft Auto V sold more than 11.21 million copies in just the first 24 hours alone and then broke $1 billion in sales in just 3 days, making it the fastest selling video game of all time.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: "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. 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."
Creative Director of Watch Dogs, Jonathan Morin, has stirred the pot during an interview with CVG stating that the Wii U version of Watch Dogs will be superior to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
Morin said: "I would say the Wii U version is pretty much in between what the current gen is and what the next gen is from a version standpoint. 's hard to position it. I would tend to say it's maybe a bit closer to current gen than next gen for certain things but it's a beautiful game on Wii U and it's cool to play it just on the GamePad."
Morin also confirmed that Watch Dogs will be playable on the Wii U GamePad in off-screen mode, which makes the Wii U version quite unique. If you own a Wii U and were waiting for a truly next-generation game, it looks like Watch Dogs might just be it.
Far Cry 3 was a smash hit, selling millions of copies, but we haven't heard a peep about Far Cry 4 until now. Cliff Martinez, American composer and former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer has said that the game is under development during a recent interview with Lost in the Multiplex.
Martinez was asked what he is currently working on, where he replied that he is working on several new projects including the unannounced title in the Far Cry series. He said: "There's a secret mission that I'm not completely on yet, it looks like I'll also be doing a Soderbergh TV series called The Knick, and I'm working on a video game called Far Cry 4." He also said "So yeah, I'm popular all this week."
We should know about Far Cry 4 soon I'd say, just about the time that next-gen consoles start getting powered up.
The Long Dark should be on your radar, and if it's not, pencil it in right now. The Long Dark is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation (oh yeah) which is set in the Northern wilderness, and is all about realistic survival.
Until now, we've just been drip fed some screenshots and details of the game, but now the official first prototype gameplay footage has been released, which you can check out above. As you can see, the game will feature some incredibly in-depth detail, such as the current temperature of the environment you're in, your calories, and what you need in the game: whether it be food, water, or rest.
The developers behind it are from all stretches of game studios, with ex Volition, Bioware, Relic and Riot developers on board to help develop The Long Dark. The Kickstarter goal for The Long Dark is $200,000 CAD, but with 8 days to go it's only sitting at $127,254. Hopefully it bursts through its required funds, as this looks like a truly new type of game.
An Angry Birds theme park has just opened up in China, which has been in planning stages since 2011. It did initially see a soft launch back in September 2012, and then again with an official celebratory "opening" day on October 1, which is China's National Day.
What makes this special is that this is the first official, licensed Angry Birds theme park. There was an unlicensed facility that opened up in Changsha in China's Hunan province, but this one is the real deal. The Angry Birds theme park features 10,000 square meters of fun, including dozens of attractions that are focused around the world of Angry Birds.
Visitors can check out the Angry Birds Castle, listen to music in the music stadium or jump around in a fully dedicated parkour activity park! Official Angry Birds merchanise will be on-hand, as well as official Angry Birds games on various gaming stations set up throughout the park.
We know that gamers are experiencing all sorts of issues with GTA Online, with Rockstar Games scrambling to fix yet another online game that is in shambles. The developer is trying to find the source of an issue that is seeing users' loss of characters, apartments, in-game cash, rank and more.
Rockstar wants to find the issue,and hopefully recover players' lost data. One of the problems is Rockstar Cloud Services, which the developer suggests gamers don't play GTA Online when Cloud Services are inaccessible. When Cloud Services are down, players can continue playing GTA Online, but with a temporary character, without the ability to save their progress.
Another issue Rockstar has noticed is that the "Retry" button is causing problems, where when a gamer is prompted to retry to enter a GTA Online match when the Cloud is down, some players will see all of their data wiped. Yikes. Rockstar has said that reverting back to GTA V's single-player campaign, and then back into GTA Online does the trick, but this hasn't worked for everyone.
Battlefield 4 is launched upon the world in just a couple of weeks time, and thanks to its much better in-game pro-gaming features, it looks like the pro-gaming scene for BF4 is already forming with the announcement of Battlefield 4: Showdown Live Europe vs. USA.
32 players will compete under the direction of Xbox Live's Major Nelson and AceyBongos in BF4's upcoming Second Assault expansion. This p ack includes four BF3 re-imagined maps, which will arrive first on the Xbox One when the game launches. Showdown Live Europe vs. USA starts on November 1 at 1PM EST, and will be streamed through Xbox Live.
People are still wanting SimCity to not be an always-online title, and it looks like this might just happen now, after all this time. A post over on the SimCity blog by General Manager of Maxis, Patrick Buechner hints at this.
Buechner said that Maxis now has "a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode." Maxis can't guarantee if the offline mode will ever appear to consumers, but the developer finally sees that some gamers do want to visit their cities without being on the Internet, and it would also see a huge spike of use in the modding community.
We reported earlier in the week that Valve had trademarked the Half-Life 3 name in the EU, but it turns out this was wrong. It has all been a fake, with the website for the EU trademark office now gone.
Valve Time is right on the ball with this, but I'm sure that there are many out there, myself included, who are disappointed with the news. Just as we were hearing about the Steam Box, SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controllers, we were suckered into believing one of the, if not the most anticipated game was finally coming... but not anymore.
Grand Theft Auto Online has been plagued with major issues since its launch, and Rockstar has said that they are working hard on a patch that should fix all of the issues. Rockstar says that the patch could come as early as tomorrow, but I am expecting something to arrive on Monday or Tuesday.
The issues arise when gamers try to log in to the game and they get an error that says "Failed to Host a GTA Online Session." Other issues include the occasional "failed to star job" error if you actually manage to long in and play the game. We want to know if you have been experiencing issues with GTA Online. Leave us a comment and let us know.