At a reported $250 million GTA V takes the accolade as being most expensive videogame ever created, costing even more to produce than blockbusters movies The Avengers and James Cameronâ€™s Avatar.
Is it any good though? Of course it bloody is.
The embargo lifted at 3pm today, where it was met to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics:
9/10 – Destructoid: â€œI see a game that knows its own reputation, owns it, and makes fun of itself in a nonetheless celebratory fashionâ€
9/10 – Eurogamer: â€œGTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be [then], but it’s the best video game it’s ever been, and I’ll take thatâ€
9.5 – Polygon: â€œGrand Theft Auto 5 is the closure of this generation, and the benchmark for the nextâ€
10/10 – TheSixthAxis: â€œA genuine landmark event in the history of videogames and itâ€™s one that you definitely shouldnâ€™t missâ€
10/10 – IGN: â€œGrand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America”
10/10 – CVG: â€œWhether you’re in the thick of a bank heist or exploring the wilderness listening to Johnny Cash on the country station, it always feels tight, refined, and polishedâ€
10/10 – EDGE: â€œAs we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTAV sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat thatâ€
10/10 – Official Xbox Magazine: â€œRockstar’s Xbox 360 swansong is probably the console’s greatest technical achievement, and as such it’s unmissableâ€
10/10 – Official PlayStation Magazine: â€œConsistently hilarious, constantly compelling and combining never-before-seen scale and ambition. This is going to make next-gen look bad for a long time to comeâ€
10/10 – X360 Magazine: â€œRockstar has learnt from the last five years of development, implemented ideas from across its stable and delivered a game that makes many next-gen releases look dubiously incompleteâ€
If you’re planning on buying it on Xbox 360 tomorrow, Rockstar warns – via Eurogamer – not to install the play disc, only the install disc. A handy heads-up, there.