Showing posts with label Rockstar Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rockstar Games. Show all posts

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Grand Theft Auto 5 is Most Profitable Entertainment Product Ever

Developer Rockstar Games' action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto 5 is always on discussion whether how awesome it is to players or how it creates controversies every now and then. This week, GTA 5 is announced as the most money-making entertainment product of all time. Meaning, Rockstar’s crown jewel has earned more bucks in overall than any other books, movies or video games out there from any given franchise.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is Most Profitable Entertainment Product Ever

When the game was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013, it initially became notorious for its violent contents but fans of the series loved it. Following year, GTA 5 made it to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles before it debuted on PC after another year in 2015. Since depicted violence in video game sells well, GTA 5 quickly gained recognition for being one of the most successful titles of the series regardless of how much criticism it got.

Whereas many games tend to die after a certain period, Grand Theft Auto 5 somehow managed to keep constant pace at the market and slowly climbed to top. Instead of burning out, GTA 5 always maintained to be on best seller listings. Despite many brand-new titles entering the competition, it never fell back too far in all these years but instead took back their rightful top spot in sales charts every once in a while, which made it one of the most-wanted games ever.

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Grand Theft Auto V Madness

If you look at those impressive numbers GTA 5 has bagged, you will be astound thinking what a giant it has become to overshadow every other media out there. This controversial single title has earned more than $6 billion in total by selling over 90 million copies till date. Movie phenomenon like Avatar, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Titanic has fall behind in line compared to its earning. Not even Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or any single game from Nintendo's Mario series comes any closer in terms of their selling units.

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Gang violence, misogynistic views towards women and many in-game torture scenes made it face harsh criticism for past five years. Even a lawsuit claim from Hollywood celebrity Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls) for her likeness for a parody character named Lacey Jonas was filed but ultimately rejected by court. People who thought these aspects would sink the game have later came to realize that it actually fueled overall sales for Rockstar’s controversial title.

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Rockstar’s Controversial Title

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Truth is, the single player open world of the game is incredible and players really loved its online multiplayer mode. Now this is an aspect in any games that keeps steady numbers of fans hooked to a game and developer Rockstar Games made sure they do that by providing them regular supply of new contents. Even though some GTA-lovers may disagree on this one being the best GTA game of all time, it sure succeeded to outrun its predecessors and that is impossible to ignore.

We also cannot overlook the fact that this market supremacy of GTA 5 may come to an end sometime in the future if developers shift their interest in some other titles and prioritize their attention to new projects. Later this year, Rockstar will be releasing their Western-themed action-adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 and if it is able to successfully live up to the original game, then there is more business for studio. Still, keeping up with Grand Theft Auto 5 will be a wise idea as it can grind some more juice for the makers.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Rejected

Problem celebrity Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls)'s lawsuit against the developer studio of action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto 5; Take-Two Interactive has finally came to a conclusion. It was about unauthorized using of her likeness for a parody character in the game. Lohan’s civil claim regarding the issue about a game character "Lacey Jonas" against the developers finally ended in highest court of New York state.

Take-Two Interactive has developed the character of Lacey Jonas for the purpose of appearing only in Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game event called "Escape Paparazzi". According to her back-story, Jonas had an overnight rise to fame which made her a focus for media and sensational magazines. All of which are very similar to Lohan’s troubled personal life. Initially, portrait s of Lacey Jones was heavily featured on promotional art for GTA 5, box covers and discs.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Rejected

When she took the matter to court back in 2014, publisher Rockstar Games claimed it a total publicity stunt on her part. The court however, gave her a motion for a dismissal in 2016 after it was thrown out initially and then the case moved forward with her claim. Now this was quite a victory on her favor considering her notorious status as a public figure lately. A judge of New York Supreme Court ruled out against Lohan’s claim against Take-Two. On March 29, the state’s appellate division has publicly stated the decision by the Court of Appeals.

The subject in question was whether to take GTA 5 character Lacey Jonas as “portrait” of actress Lindsay Lohan under New York State’s privacy laws as she claimed that likeness of her portrait was featured in the promotional materials of the alleged title of Rockstar Games and they did it without her written consent of any kind. The ruling declared that "The portrayal of Lacey Jonas is a satirical depiction of a modern beach-going woman, which simply doesn't identifiable as complainant".

“The characterization of Lacey Jonas in GTA 5 was indistinct, satirical representations of the style, look, and persona of a modern, beach-going young woman that are not reasonably identifiable as plaintiff.”
Also in accords to Civil Rights Law sections 50 and 51, video character may bear resemblance to looks and persona from images or video footage. In other words, Lacey Jonas is not a direct portrayal of Lindsay Lohan, so she can't sue neither Take-Two Interactive nor Rockstar Games for it. Take-Two Interactive is a parent company for Rockstar Games, who are responsible for the creation of one of the best-selling video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto 5.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018

2017 has been a great year for PC gamers and console gamers as there were tons of great games out in the market the whole year-long that kept the players busy in their seats. While players around the world was hyped with games like Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, many far greater titles were also announced and made headlines while left the bedazzled spectators in waiting for them to come out this year.

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018

Yes, we are here now to talk about the most anticipated video game titles that people have been waiting for some time to drop in and chances are, you might find out some of your favorites among the list.

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1. Monster Hunter: World

1. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Capcom is bringing the biggest and the best version of Monster Hunter game with the latest title of the series, Monster Hunter: World. Gaining a massive fan-base from all over the world, the game has gotten players on the edge of their seats for some time and these days, the popularity of the Monster Hunter series is not only limited to Japan anymore.




Hunting ferocious monsters while wielding large weapons and crafting tough armor to save your skin has never been this much fun before. You may not start playing this game as a fan but it will soon turn you into one if you give it some time. Plus, it will give you the multiplayer experience that you've been yearning for years.

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2. Far Cry 5

2. Far Cry 5 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Ubisoft's latest installment from the Far Cry series comes the newest sequel of the action-adventure first-person shooter; Far Cry 5. Since their last title of the series, Far Cry 4 was more of a close re-incarnation of the third game and they were chastised by the fans for it, Ubisoft has emphasized on bringing enough change to prevent that from happening again. The game has been delayed for several times now because of the recent unstable state in American politics to avoid unwanted issues.




This is the first time the game took its open-world to USA and you may expect a little less wildlife around this new location with rural setting. When the game comes out, your job is to deal with the doomsday cult of Hope County known as Eden's Gate, formed by a radical preacher named Joseph Seed. This new approach to the established franchise may just work fine but we have to wait some more to be sure about it completely.

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3. Red Dead Redemption 2

3. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Looks like fans of the Western-themed action-adventure cannot just wait for the tie of 2018, when they will get their hands on Red Dead Redemption 2. Though very little to no significant details about the game are out yet but players who've played Red Dead Redemption and had a good time are already dying on anticipation for the sequel.




As outlaw Arthur Morgan, players will experience an extensive story campaign and possibilities are that there will be online features. For now, the game is only limited to console players only but who knows if developer Rockstar Studios have any future plans to release the game on PC or not! We can only hope and wait for that.

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4. God of War

4. God of War (PlayStation 4)
The first PlayStation exclusive game that entered the chart is Sony's newest release from the God of War series. Spartan warrior and a vengeful demigod Kratos returns to god-slaying business once again with the title simple called God of War. After slaying all the Greek gods, Olympians and Titans in previous installments, Kratos has set his sights on the gods of Norse myth. From the E3 press conference two years back, we haven't been able to gather too much of information about the game.




Since this one is a reboot on the original continuation after God of War III, some even regards it as God of War 4 as well. The game has largely revamped its gameplay and made major improvement on that part of simple hack n' slash it was mostly based on. Now that e is a father, his "rage meter" also constantly fluctuates during his quest. Perhaps, this new take on the game far from the original series may eventually bring it back to the glory it deserves.

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5. Sea of Thieves

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5. Sea of Thieves (PC, Xbox One)
Set on the heart of Caribbean, developer Rare's upcoming pirate-themed action-adventure cooperative multiplayer Sea of Thieves is one of the promising entry on the list even though many believes that it has the same potential of falling onto its face as it has the qualities of rising above all. Many “realistic” elements of the pirate culture are brought on board that players would enjoy with these marine outlaws.




If you hang out with the right crews then this loot-hunting multiplayer could be a great fun of your life. Whether you love to hunt for treasures or attack your rival crews, Sea of Thieves will never cease to entertain you. You can also customize your crews and cruise as you see fit before you set off exploring islands and caves. PlayStation 4 owners have to sit this one down for the moment as this one is only limited to PC and Xbox One right now.

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6. Crackdown 3

6. Crackdown 3 (PC, Xbox One)
With Sony releasing so many fan-favorites this year for their home console, Microsoft Studios had to bring something to the table and Crackdown 3 was their pick that actually made it to the top. An action-adventure game set in an advanced, futuristic Metropolis, this one is the third chapter of the franchise that is coming after nearly eight years of its predecessor and that was back in 2010.




This one is not a game where a back-story actually matters that much or anyone really cares, Crackdown 3 is all about the superhero-like protagonists of that world jumping and crushing stuffs from their surrounding open-world environment. Though the game will also be released on PC, it surely will make use of the features of Xbox One. So, you get onto a spree of destruction with your hands behind the wheel of these hi-tech Agents once the game comes out.

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7. Kingdom Hearts III

7. Kingdom Hearts III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The last game that we ever played from Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series was twelve years ago and in the mean time a handful of spin-off games and re-releases came out based on the original. Luckily, we are not having any of those and a full title is being released as Kingdom Hearts III. Donald, Goofy and Sora will be out in quest for the "guardians of light" to oppose the evil villain Master Xehanort.




The latest release will explore other classic worlds of Disney like Big Hero 6, Tangled and Toy Story. The protagonists of the story will have new abilities, improved combat system and five party members are now allowed to join for more epic battles. Unfortunately, the game is only meant for consoles and so PC gamers cannot seemingly take part in the adventure. With the release of Kingdom Hearts III, Disney and Square Enix is looking to make a sure score this year.

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8. Dragon Ball FighterZ

8. Dragon Ball FighterZ (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Literally thousands of anime loving fans were blown out of their minds when they first learned of Dragon Ball FighterZ, a fighting game from Arc System Works and Bandai Namco. Usually, the latter company makes Dragon Ball based video game titles and Arc System taking over on such a project was a bit hard for many to digest. However, the end result is a true spectacles because they really get it right for the first time in never before, thus giving Marvel Vs. Capcom series a run for their money.




From the design to the fighting nature of the Dragon Ball universe, everything is so much accurate that it's nearly unbelievable. Popular characters of the series like Goku, Vegeta and the rest of the roster are going to be available for you to best your skills in a fight. While the game is 2.5D, everything is actually rendered in 3D and the end result looks exact anime-like. For this amazing feat, Arc System Works truly deserves our praise and we cannot see any reason why the game will not rule on all platforms.

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9. A Way Out

9. A Way Out (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
This one is almost certainly the only game in our list that actually kept heads down until E3 2017 and no one may have even heard about it ever. Other than the people who worked on the game, A Way Out from Hazelight Studios and Electronic Arts, none other was aware of the development. It is simply an action-adventure game from a third-person perspective, where you play through a split-screen and attempt for a prison break.




You will partner-up with another player whom you can randomly pick from online or you can just ask your best friend to play it with you. All you will be doing is try to escape from a prison where you two are kept in and the split-screen will give you a re-defined experience of co-op games. Critics are already in favor of this game and many players are already feeling hyped. So, let's see if this one actually makes it big upon debut.

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10. Anthem 

10. Anthem (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
For the sake of the Anthem game project, Bioware and EA have literally killed the Mass Effect series and put all the money and effort intended for. Following the unexpected sales drop Mass Effect: Andromeda has suffered, the company decided to invest their resources somewhere else. The creators of Anthem were really pushed to create a better quality open-world for this game, which will not disappoint the players.




Whatever little peak the developers have shown us till date makes it look all promising as far as the hero flies wearing those cool Javelin exosuit concerns. Now, whether or not Anthem turns out to be a successful project for them is just a matter of time to find out. Good news is that the game comes to all consoles and PC, so everyone who is excited about it can at least try it out for once.

All the game that had the close potential to make it to the list is Detroit: Become Human, Days Gone, Metro: Exodus, The Last of Us Part II, Marvel’s Spider-Man, State of Decay 2 and Shenmue III. Being PlayStation exclusives and also two of the most prominent release of 2018, the exclusion of both The Last of Us Part II and Marvel’s Spider-Man seemed pretty abnormal considering how crazy fans were about the games and how much promising they are. Code Vein, Yoshi, Darksiders III, Metroid Prime 4 and Psychonauts 2 also couldn't get into the top 10 for some unknown reason or perhaps fans were less enthusiastic about them in real than we thought.

We were surprised the most when maestro Hideo Kojima's newest project, the upcoming Death Stranding video game did not make itself count either. However, we strongly believe if there were any disbelief or doubts among the fans about the game, they will be surprised to see how wrong they were once the game makes its debut.