While players of Rockstar Games’ latest offering, GTA V, have been heartbroken by the problems with Cloud Servers, the game has been breaking records as well as getting a place in the Guinness World Record book.
Since GTA V Online Mode was launched, gamers faced numerous problems. Even though Rockstar Games warned players beforehand that they would experience issues and quickly developed a title patch for download, problems persist.
Players are complaining bitterly about the loss of characters, items, property, rank and cash because of server problems. The UK based company has been working diligently on solving issues as they arise, but have not offered any relief from the server problems.
Rockstar have posted several tips on how players might avoid losing characters, items, et al. The Rockstar Support page lists three instances where gamer’s actions might cause characters to be deleted. They reiterated that if the Cloud Services are not available that players character slots will be blank “during a cloud outage.” They recommend backing out to the Story Mode and re-entering GTA Online when the servers become available again, this will allow your characters to load.
It has also been suggested that when leaving GTA Online, that players pause the game and return to Single Player Mode. This will “trigger” a save and your progress will be recorded. If players power the console off or decide to exit via the system menus, items bought can be lost.
The last update to GTA V issues that are continuing to break players hearts was on October 8, 2013. Rockstar have been trying to post regular updates on their support page as frequently as possible. But while gamers have been angry at the server issues and character loss, the game has also been breaking records.
When the game was released on September 17, this year droves of gamers rushed to purchase the eagerly anticipated game. Just as GTA IV broke records on its release on April 29, 2008 number five in the franchise not only followed suit, but exceeded the company’s previous record.
GTA V has the distinction of earning more revenue than most Hollywood blockbusters and the gaming community, overall, love the game despite the Online Mode issues. It has been announced that the game has not just set new records, but it has earned a place in Guinness World Records a staggering seven times.
These records are:
The best selling action/adventure video game in a 24 hour period.
The best selling video game in a 24 hour time period regardless of genre.
The game, which has grossed $1 billion, has done so faster than any other entertainment medium.
It is the fastest video game to earn $1 billion.
The video game is the highest grossing ever in a 24 hour time period.
GTA V has generated the largest revenue ever earned by any entertainment medium in a 24 hour time period.
The game’s trailer is the most viewed of any action/adventure video game.
It has also earned the distinction of being the United Kingdom’s fastest selling video game ever. The game outsold the previous title in the franchise in terms of “lifetime” sales. It has also overtaken recent fan favorite The Last of Us to earn the title of Playstation 3 best selling video game.
The editor in chief of Guinness Book of World Record, Craig Glenday, has said that video games cannot be treated as a small and isolated demographic anymore. More people are playing games than before and that is helping GTA to be seen as a modern British icon. The editor went on to say that Guinness were excited to be able to put the game in their book.
Gamers may be impressed that GTA V has broken records and been included in the Guinness Book of World Records. But players are continually heartbroken, or incredibly angry, at the issues that still plague the Online Mode of gameplay. Frustration levels of GTA V fans is rising and they are expressing quite a lot of resentment toward Rockstar Games as a result.
By Michael Smith