Analyst: GTA V Will Be 2012′s Biggest Game

Those of you interested in 2012′s huge slate of big name games – seriously, we get Mass Effect 3 in less than 3 months – have probably heard of an obscure game from upstart Indie Developers Rockstar Games called Grand Theft Auto V. Sure, I concede this game will probably garner some limited critical praise, but it’s probably going to end up a cult favorite on par with Beyond Good and Evil. If they’re lucky, Rockstar will be able to find new funding for their next game, with future GTA titles being XBLA downloads only.

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But seriously, we all know this is going to be one of the year’s biggest games. But how big? Electronic Entertainment Design and Research’s Jesse Divnich has made the completely uncontroversial pronouncement that it will be the year’s biggest, and he said as much in an interview with IndustryGamers. “It goes without saying,” Divnich says, “that GTA V will be one of the year’s biggest releases, but I will take it one step farther and say GTA V will be 2012′s biggest release. Don’t get me wrong, Call of Duty will undoubtedly be huge, as it is every year and it may even grow, but if I had to call what will be a photo finish race, I will go with GTA V.”

Could he be right? I think so. At least, I hope so. The GTA series is one of the rare examples of something that is both incredibly popular and incredibly high quality. I would love to see it beat McDonald’s Call of Duty. I would also love to see CoD come in behind Mass Effect 3 as well, so gamers, you know what to do. Spend your money wisely.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up a copy of Bulletstorm so the game can sell enough copies to warrant a sequel.

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