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Grand Theft Auto V walks away with $800 million on its first day

Just $200 million shy of a billion dollars – that is how much Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) managed to score globally in the first day of its release. The staggering sales figures, released by Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar Games’ parent company) are the kind of numbers that not even the most hardened criminal in GTA V would snigger at.

According to Take-Two, this also marks the highest first day retail sales of any title in the history of both the Grand Theft Auto franchise and the company as a whole.

Jaw dropping multiplayer visuals for Battlefield 4

Last week Call of Duty: Ghosts blew us away with its single player campaign trailer, and this week it was FPS rival Battlefield 4’s turn to aim its teaser trailer scope at our gaming budget. There might be many weapons in the game’s feature arsenal, but the weapon of mass destruction is undoubtedly its Frostbite 3 gaming engine, as it not only serves up destructible environments but class leading visuals to boot.

Battlefield 4 launches on 1 November for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. PS4 and Xbox One versions of the title will also become available at a later date.

Gran Turismo 15th year anniversary spawns documentary

It’s hardly a rarity for movies to spawn games; less frequent is for long running game franchises to prompt their own documentary film. That however is exactly what the long running Gran Turismo gaming franchise has done, on the occasion of its 15th year anniversary. The documentary, called KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide, revolves around the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution.

The film apparently traces his “relentless willingness to challenge himself, to hold none of his past achievements sacred, and push beyond the virtual divide in his pursuit of perfection.” According to the official Gran Turismo channel, through the support of PlayStation, Kaz’s journey “has forever changed the gaming and automotive landscape and in doing so, has redefined how we perceive the relationship between art, entertainment and culture.”

If you’re a Gran Turismo fan, then definitely gun your engines and accelerate your eyes to the trailer below.

Gravity Rush to fall or fly into a sequel

Amongst the stand-out games for Sony’s PS Vita was Gravity Rush, in which players assumed the role of Kat, who was able to control gravity in interesting and useful ways. Apparently, Kat will be back in a sequel to that game, although this time if the trailer is anything to go by, she will also wield some significantly more graceful parkour skills.

The game, which was announced at the Tokyo Game Show, is as yet untitled and undated, but judging by the strength and flavor of the first game, and the teaser trailer below, we will certainly be keeping an eye out for it. See for yourself whether this news may compel you to pick up Gravity Rush in anticipation, if you haven’t done so already.

Prepare for scares courtesy of The Evil Within

After wetting our scare pallet in April with a live action trailer for his upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami finally showcased some gameplay footage of this title.

In The Evil Within, players assume the role of Sebastian, a detective investigating a homicide at an inner-city insane asylum. Seeing that this is a survival horror game, you soon discover that this ain't no ordinary asylum as the building is inhabited by a lot more than its patients and staff.

The game will be creeping its way onto the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, next generation consoles and our nightmares when we least expect it during 2014. Cast an eye on the trailer posted below for if you're not afraid of things that go bump in the night of course.

PES 2014 aims to pull eShibobo on FIFA 14

GTA V is not the only new title that will be keeping players busy over the weekend, as FIFA 14 rival PES 2014 ran onto the virtual pitch today. The game is available for Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3. Hit the button below for a taste of the football action courtesy of the official launch TV ad for the game.    

Namco sharpens its PR blades

The name Soulcalibur should stir up passionate feelings for gamers who spent countless hours after school, honing their skills on the arcade machines at their local shop. Namco Bandai made a tactical PR strike this week when it launched a new trailer for the free-to-play, single player Soulcalibur: Lost Swords.

This game will be released later this year exclusively via the PlayStation Network and this latest trailer heralds the return of the Athenian warrior Sophitia, who fans of the franchise will know was killed off between Soul Calibur 4 and 5.

Contributions by Hanleigh Daniels

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