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GTA 4 sets Guinness World Records!

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336w ago - Guinness World Records has announced that Grand Theft Auto IV has destroyed the competition by selling 3.6 million units and earning $310 million on its first day of release.

This feat has earned the game Guinness World Records for the Highest Grossing Video Game in 24 Hours and the Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours.

GTA 4 has become the most profitable entertainment release of all-time, surpassing other video game, film and book releases.

The competition includes:

• Fastest-selling video game in 24 hours: Halo 3 at $170 million
• Fastest-selling theatrical movie in 24 hours: Spider-Man 3 at $60 million
• Fastest-selling book in 24 hours: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows at $220 million
 

EA Games Label Sets Summer on Fire with Blockbuster Games

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336w ago - The temperature is rising this summer as the Electronic Arts Inc. Games Label gets ready to release eight action-packed titles from seven of the world's most critically acclaimed development studios including BioWare™, Criterion, DICE, EALA, Maxis™ and Pandemic™ as well as the revered EA partner Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., a company of MTV Networks.

Between May and September, the EA Games Label will launch a stunning line-up of titles that rivals any independent game publisher, with offerings that appeal to the explorer, adventurer, action junkie, creator and rock star in all of us.

This summer, whether playing on the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system (PS3™), PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, PC, Mac, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS™ or mobile phone, players will fire up their gaming rigs and have some serious fun.

Players looking for action will hunt for the spoils of war while delivering over-top destruction in Battlefield: Bad Company™ and go for revenge in Venezuela in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™. Those looking for world domination will control epic armies in Command & Conquer™ 3: Kane's Wrath, or for those more interested in conquering worlds beyond earth, they can explore the depths of space...
 

Call of Duty 5 not to be set in WWII?

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336w ago - The next Call of Duty game may not delve back into familiar WWII territory after all, as Activision CEO Mike Griffith reveals that the fifth game will take the series to a "new military theatre".

Despite rumours and strong reactions that the series would be returning to the over-used WWII era, Griffith revealed: "We'll bring the intensity of the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare title to a new military theatre to engage our significantly larger user base which nearly doubled last year as new users came into the franchise," according to Gamespot.

Another modern setting would get our vote (we're bored of those crappy 1940s guns and sluggish propeller-powered planes).

Griffith also revealed that the next James Bond game, in development as Treyarch, will use the CoD 4 engine, which is good news. The first good 007 game since GoldenEye? Maybe, just maybe...
 

PlayStation Day May 6th: Two Store updates set for next week!

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337w ago - From Lestrade (Community Team Leader) of the EU PlayStation Forums:

Hi all,

On 06 May 2008, SCEE will reveal a host of exciting content coming to PlayStation during the coming year. You'll be able to keep up-to-date with all of the news from the event over at PlayStation.com:

* PlayStation Day @ UK.playstation.com
* PlayStation Day @ IE.playstation.com

To mark the event, PLAYSTATION Store on PS3 will carry two updates instead of the usual one. Look out for great demos, including PS3 exclusive Haze, as well as a host of game trailers, expansion packs and videos of the press conference which will include a keynote speech by Kaz Hirai, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Check out the full line-up below:

06 May - PLAYSTATION Store (PS3)
Game Demos:

* Condemned 2
* Haze

Full Games:

* Blast Factor Advanced
* High Velocity Bowling
* Street Skater

Expansion Packs:

* Blast Factor Advanced Research
* High Velocity Bowling Character - Mike

Trailers:

* Buzz! Quiz TV
* Secret Agent Clank
* Siren Blood Curse

06 May - PLAYSTATION Store (PC)
Full Games:

* Street Skater

Trailers:
 

Call of Duty 5 primarily set in Japan

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339w ago - We already know that Call of Duty 5 is in the works, and should be released later this year. We also have been informed that Treyarch will be going back to WWII instead of staying put in the Modern Warfare setting Infinity Ward created for the fourth game in the series.

At the time of that revelation many were upset, seeing it as a step back from the great reaction COD4 got from critics and gamers alike.

However, recent info suggests that Treyarch will not be stepping straight back into familiar territory with their upcoming game, and will not be yet again placing the player in a European or American setting. They will instead be taking the battle over to Japan, and will likely put players in the shoes of soldiers who took part in the Pacific Campaign of World War II.

The exact details of where the battles will take place still remain a mystery, but the focus of the CoD5 story will be on their side of the world rather than in Western Europe this time round.

Hopefully recreating the Battle of Iwo Jima along with other memorable battles that formed part of that campaign in virtual form is a possibility. In addition, the change in setting may be just what Treyarch needs to get people interested in their vision of CoD instead of having to continually listen to people complaining IW...
 
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