Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Five Years Old

GTA V turns five years old today. That's a whole five years of a massive crime spree in the gaming world and fans have loved it.

Credit: Rockstar Games
Credit: Rockstar Games

And it only seems like five minutes ago people were queuing for the midnight releases of the game. But here we are, half a decade later, and it still remains the most successful in the game series.

GTA V is set within the fictional state of San Andreas, which is based on southern California. The single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a government agency. There's loads of action, adventure and, of course, car stealing.

The open world design let players freely roam San Andreas' open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos - based on Los Angeles.

Many people have been heading to the usual location to celebrate - social media - to give their love to GTA V.

On person tweeted: "5 years ago the landscape of gaming changed for gamers worldwide, half a decade later Grand Theft Auto Five has made a huge impact which has made the last 5 years incredibly entertaining ! #GTAV #5YearsOfV."

Another said: "Grand Theft Auto V was released 5 years ago today. Where has the time gone!? #GTAV #GTAOnline @RockstarGames."

Throughout the years, there has been a whopping 15 games under the GTA title but V by far has been the most successful. It has made more money than any other entertainment product in history.

Credit: Rockstar Games
Credit: Rockstar Games

It's an amazing and crazy thought: every video game, album, concert and movie ever produced has failed to bring in as much cash as that Rockstar game.

While Tetris and Minecraft have technically sold more units (170 million and 144 million, respectively) than GTA: V, the action-adventure game is undeniably more expensive than the games that sit at number one and two on the list.

It broke virtually all records when it was released in 2013, pulling in $800 million in the first day alone before hitting the $1 billion mark on the third day.

However awesome GTA V was - and still is - fans of Rockstar Games are eagerly awaiting the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, which, with the hype it's causing, could overtake the legendary GTA game.

RDR2 is the third in the Red Dead series and a prequel to the 2010 title Red Dead Redemption.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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