Grand Theft Auto 5: Hundreds queue for midnight release of eagerly awaited game
HUNDREDS of gamers queued around the block to buy the eagerly awaited Grand Theft Auto 5 — as Bolton’s Game store outsold its Trafford Centre rival.
More than 400 people queued in Newport Street on Monday evening — eager to be among the first to own the new game when it went on sale at midnight.
And by 11am today (Tuesday) the store had sold more than 700 copies of GTA5 — compared to about 550 at the Trafford Centre branch.
Elliot Jones, aged 29, manager of Game in Newport Street, said: “For us to even be in the same league as the Trafford Centre store is an absolutely incredible achievement. I’m extremely proud of that.
“It’s been great to finally get the game on the shelf and a relief to actually see it selling. I was store manager in Preston when GTA4 was released and that was nothing like this.”
Mr Jones, who has already seen the game in action at a hands-off preview at a manager’s conference in Wembley, added: “It absolutely blew my mind and exceeded all my expectations.
It was like all the previous games rolled into one — absolutely amazing.
“It’s already completely surpassed all previous GTAs. The stories and characters in this game in this one are brilliant, so it’ll stay in gaming for many years.”
Mr Jones’ optimism was clearly shared by the gamers who braved the wet weather to buy GTA5.
Alex Davies, aged 19, from Little Lever: “I think it should be very good. I’ve seen plenty online and the early signs are very promising.
“I’ve played most of the previous ones and they’ve always been better than the last.
“This game’s been bigged up and bigged up so now it’s time to see what all the hype is about.”
Gary Openshaw, aged 25, from Smithills, said: “It’s been a long time coming and I think it’ll live up to expectations.
“I like the freedom of GTA — not many games let you go and do your own thing, but GTA breaks that.”
Jake Crompton, aged 20, from Great Lever, said: “It looks completely different to any other GTA. It looks like a gamechanger.”
GTA5 reportedly cost around £170 million to make and market — more than the Hollywood blockbuster movie Avatar.
Estimates suggest it could generate £1 billion during its first year on sale.
However, the game has come under fire in some quarters for its violence, in particular over a scene where gruesome torture is carried out.
But Mr Jones dismissed fears over the game’s violence.
He said: “I think it’s a matter of taste and the 18 certificate is there for a reason.
“We educate people to let them know that there is violent content in the game and allow them to make an educated choice.”
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