GTAIV ships nearly 20 million, Borderlands hits 4 million

Take-Two releases new sales statistics for open-world action game; franchise life-to-date sales climb over 100M; Red Dead sells 8 million, BioShock franchise also sells 8 million.

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The Grand Theft Auto franchise is one of the most recognized and acclaimed in the business. In June, parent publisher Take-Two said the latest installment--Grand Theft Auto IV--hit sales of 17 million. Now, about nine months later, the game is nearing a new milestone.

GTAIV was a major success for Take-Two and Rockstar.
GTAIV was a major success for Take-Two and Rockstar.

According to a Wedbush financial presentation posted online, GTAIV has sold almost 20 million units to retailers. Take-Two noted that this figure represents global sell-in figures as of February 19 and also includes sales of the GTAIV Complete and Special Editions.

Take-Two also used its presentation to announce that the Grand Theft Auto franchise has now sold over 100 million units during its lifetime. It joins the FIFA franchise, which reached the 100 million life-to-date sales milestone in November.

Looking ahead, while Take-Two or developer Rockstar Games has not yet offered any news on a new GTA series entry, rumors say the next game--not expected before 2012--will be set in a mock Los Angeles.

Also noted in the presentation was a new sales tally for Gearbox Software's sci-fi "role-playing shooter" Borderlands. According to Take-Two's figures, the title has sold 4 million units to retailers since the game debuted in October 2009.

Other statistics included in the presentation included Red Dead Redemption selling upward of 8 million units, the BioShock franchise also hitting 8 million units, and the two Mafia games selling 5 million units combined. The Midnight Club series has sold nearly 18 million units to date, and the two Max Payne games sold over 7 million units together.

For more on the latest GTA series entry, check out GameSpot's review of the top-rated GTAIV.

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Let's celebrate Nico!

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All I want right now is GTA.... tired of seeing so many ******* FPS games in the market and seeing COD dominate everything....

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gta was an amzing game there physics engine was so crazy i literally cannot wait for the next installment it will be insaaane

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dude if you have ay idea how many copys call of duty sold youd be sick they sold like 130 million copys of the game no joke

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20 million sales has to be a video game record right?

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@juberline MP3 is looking like a duke nukem title these days but that doesn't take away from the fact that MP 1 and 2 were great games.

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GTA IV, a phenominal game? Yes. Rich in detail? Yes. Popular to this day? Yes. BEEG AMERICAN TEE-TEES? HELL YES!!!! XP

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@CobraKai83 Rockstar doing a good job of Max Payne? Your insane! The 3rd game hasn't had any news in ages and thats strange :S. Probs cause of all this LA Noir crap thats been hyping up now cause it's close to release.

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WOW! 20 MILL!?!?! i wont deny the detail, art environments, physics and sheer amazement; but t really wasnt fun or worth the purchase to me. I wouldnt say GTAIV did nothing new...but what did it do that was new? Here's hoping LA Noire evolves the formula more...

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people sleeping on borderlands

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games like these deserve every penny they earned. not like cod that releases the same thing and gets 1 Billion every year

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Classics every single one of them........

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Well deserved.

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Rockstar, ho!

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I just don't understand one thing. The games are great, one of the best the industry has, but why is everyone praising Rockstar? These are Take Two reports, they are to be praised to realize when a project has the potential to be a megahit and not to fail their costumers :) sure Rockstar develop these games, but they aren't the only one who made these games...

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Love GTAIV...actually playing thru it again currently...i trust R* more than any other game company. GTA, max payne, MC, RDR, bully, manhunt, the warriors...can't wait for LA noire

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Only thing GTA4 was missing was customization. Let me tweak my cars and property and character more and I'll be happy. Look forward to GTA5. I also loved RDR. Rockstar is amazing. About Saints Row, I liked it but prefer GTA's tone more, just want to customize like in Saint's Row.

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@condelirios You're joking right? Why don't you go bowling with Roman or someone else while I go flying around in San Andreas

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gta iv was one of my favourite games ever it was fun had good story good multiplayer driving was fun and on a techinicality i could see heavily censored meaningless sex with hookeres in cars =)

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I am so used to playing GTAIV with auto-aim off, I can't go back to the older ones. Also GTAIV is the best one yet, especially the episodes.

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Hope Gearbox software is prepping Borderlands 2 with a better character customization, better ending, and new features also storage area's for your rare loot!

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@Mar28jw Too bad they didn't put the same amount of effort into GTA IV.

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@condelirios There is no contest that GTA III (imo), San Andreas, and Vice City are better, details wise. GTA IV lacks so many things that the other games had. If GTA IV wasn't stripped down, and concentration wasn't put so much on graphics, but adding or even just maintaining previous features, then it would be great. Details is what made the other games fun, as well as the humour. Saints Row 2 was what GTA IV should have been.

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@LT marine You didnt have to do those mingames. I never ate, worked out or changed my clothes once. NPC's made comments but its just how I role. ya know tiger blood and stuff.

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One of the most disappointing games ever...Nearly everything was lacklustre... My anticipation of GTA V is low for now...

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Was super disappointed on release day playing GTA 4 sold it a few days l8er but got it back played through it and it was decent just hoped for too much on launch I think. The multiplayer was pretty poor, GTA games really need co-op imo. Do miss the old silly, whacky, fun GTA games of the past tho, thats why this time I liked Saints Row 2 better than GTA 4.

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Loved all the gta games, except for san andreas, didn`t care to finish it for some reason, hated those stupid mini games where you had to mash buttons to 'train' your character to get him buff and the whole weed smoking gangsta setting didn't appeal to me.

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I realy hope there will gta 5 set in san andreas

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one of the best games ever

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congrats to rockstar,always know how to make top quality games,and hit the nail on the head with GTAIV. Yeah,it may have been different from san andreas and vice city,but that doesnt make it bad,all of the GTA games were good in there own right.

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If only Borderlands had a more satisfying ending...

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GTA IV is so much better than Vice City and San Andreas it isn't even a contest. Don't know what nostalgia trip you guys are on... but everything about GTA IV is more better.

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@sleepnsurf What about San Andreas? Do you think Rockstar went downhill with San Andreas.Well do you?

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well deserved,Rockstar have never disappointed me when it comes to the GTA series,the amount of time and effort they pour into these games is evident in every release with no quick rehashes and they should be applauded for that

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Vice City was the best. After that, a major downhill in the franchise IMO!

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@master_turismo Damn straight Vice City was the best.

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GTA IV had excellent graphics and mechanics considering the size of the world. But it just wasnt as fun to play as the last gen GTA's and the main story was dull.

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Well done Rockstar

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I can only assume people who think Vice City or Sand Andreas were better than GTA4 are being clouded by nostalgia. GTA4 is easily the GTA I've had the most fun with since the old top-down originals. The characters are better, more fleshed out, more realitistic, more funny. The driving is deeper, lots of physics and number crunching going on - crashes are spectacular and fun. The gun fights are more intense, the weapons sound great - fire fights in SA/VC are weak as hell these days. The physics in general are just awesome. Immersion is total in such a realistic city, with realistic people. Better black comdedy and satire too.

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@inaka. I know exactly what you mean about riding a motorcycle through Vice City -- first time I did it with Kate Bush's "Wow" on the soundtrack and the sun setting -- most amazing video game experience ever.

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4 in my opinion is alot better than vice city. in every way, scope, story, graphics, physics, cast, having multiplayer, not having to load between islands etc etc etc. only thing vice city could beat it at is soundtrack and timeline. the 80's is a great decade for the gta world.

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@xblane (part 2) Not to mention its the EXACT same city as GTA3. whats up with that??? the story was amazing. the graphcis were better, but I think not the best they could have been. In the other games it was the first time you could just mess around in a big sand box city. gta4 there was nothing to really mess around with. nothing new atleast. you just played the story, did some of the same old side missions. No major complaints, but all the little things added up, and that is why I think vice city and san an were better games.

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@xblane "inaka_rob what about GTA IV did you think was a step backwards?" Okay. first off I dont think it was a bad game. let me clear the air. but I was disapointed. packages. or pidgeons or what ever. As you collected them in other games they unlocked awesome stuff for you. in GTA4 you had to collect EVERY single one just to get one lousey unlock. the music!!! Nothing can beat the music of Vice City imo. And if that music was up your alley, then the music of San An was bad ###! GTA4 music was okay. In vice city and san an. as you play the game you felt like a KING! you began to own property. you began to own the CITY! it really felt like you were taking over the town. it was such an amazing feeling. I beat gta4 from start to end and never ever felt anything like that. I was a FAT dude the whole time. a FAT dude!!! I couldnt even work out and get rid of my gut!!! I dont think the main character looked good in ANY clothes. I think the made the driving less fun. you hit a curb and your car freaks out. the driving was hands down less fun in this one. I started playing GTA with 3. and I loved it. I remember playing Vice city and the first time you get on a motorcycle it felt amazing. free as you could be in a video game. There where no momens like that in GTA4 and the agian even the motorcycle driving was not as good.

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@BAD-C0MPANY please read some of the other comments. People are saying the EXACT same thing I am. GTA4 is NOT the best game ever. It is NOT the best GTA ever. Plenty of people agree Vice or San An were the BEST GTA game. that is all I am saying.

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My mouse and keyboard hate consoles, but love Rockstar. It's hard being in love with someone out of your league...

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@Master_Turismo WOW!!! I say the same thing and got 22 thumbs down!!!! all I said is GTA4 isnt the best game ever and doesnt deserive to be the highest selling game ever becaseu VICE CITY and San An were better. I never said GTA 4 was bad, but there are better game. like Vice City.

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GTA IV really didn't have a s much to do as San Andreas or the cool soundtrack of Vice City(I love 80's music) so I missed San Andreas and Vice City everytime I played IV but I still love GTA IV and I play it quite often up to today. Well done Rockstar, now bring some gameplay footage of GTA V =)

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YELLOW CAR

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I think the best GTA game to ever come out was Vice City. The new GTA is pretty good still nonetheless. Good job Take Two.

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San Andreas was the best GTA ever..

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