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GTA V And Online Cash Free With Xbox One Bundles

Not a sale in the regular sense, but this promotion proves that Rockstar still believes in GTA V’s novelty and longevity. Usually when retailers want to drive up console sales, they do it with massively hyped new AAA releases that are only available on said console. Makes sense, right? Well, not if GTA V is around it doesn’t.

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GTA V saw its initial release back in early 2013. Today, middle of March, 2016, it retains full price, steadily high sales on a constant basis, frequent discounts and is the subject of several promotions internationally. The player base only ever grows, Shark Card sales are on the high and these tendencies have no intention of slowing down any time soon.

Best Buy and Gamestop, two of the biggest names when it comes to video game retail, are hosting a special kind of promotion this week. Any purchase of a new Xbox One means you will get a free copy of GTA V with it, along with a Great White Shark Cash Card, worth 1.25 million in GTA $.

But wait! There is more!

This is one of those rather rare occasions when a promotion can be combined with others. This promotion is active on any and all Xbox One systems purchased at one of those two retailers, even if other promos are active on those products, or if they are Xbox bundles which already come with free games.

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Usually the promotional lifespan of an average AAA game lasts a few weeks beyond its launch date. Regardless of whether it tanks or garners critical and popular acclaim, regardless of how many copies it sells, regardless of how much hype preceded it, retailers usually take away the spotlight from a game two three weeks after it hit the shelves.

Not GTA V. It has been years since GTA V launched, it has sold so many copies that you’d think everyone with an interest in gaming has a copy. And their cat does too. As does the mouse the cat hasn’t caught because it was busy playing GTA V.

Despite this, it keeps popping up. Recently it was listed bundled with the Uncharted Collection in a new PS4 bundle on Amazon. Every weekend marks yet another discount on the game. Even the PC release, which was the most recent, occurred early last year.

What do you think it is about GTA V that still compels people to pick it up in stores?

 

New GTA V Artwork and an Amusing Video

We have some new GTA V media for you today in the form of an amusing fan-made video and a brand new piece of artwork from Gamestop.

First up is the video, which features Niko Belic (the protagonist from GTA IV) watching the gameplay trailer for GTA V. Niko’s not happy that he’s been left out of the much-improved-upon GTA 5 game and seems a little sad that his time in the Grand Theft Auto series is up (most wouldn’t argue with that – GTA 4 was seen as pretty weak by many people). Niko finally tries to end it all, with hilarious results.

Secondly, the new piece of artwork, which as mentioned comes to us courtesy of Gamestop. In fact it’s really an advertisement for the official Bradygames Strategy Guide for GTA 5 (does anyone actually still buy those!?). Hopefully we get a high resolution, non-branded version of the artwork shortly from Rockstar.

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New GameStop GTA V Artwork

It’s been a while since we got any fresh artwork or images for GTA V, so the two new pieces below are most welcome.

New GTA V Artwork

As you can see, two new pre-order display images (taken from a GameStop) look like they will be rolling out across the country. One shows a bank robber making his getaway on a motorbike with a police helicopter overhead, while the other shows a different bank robber with pantyhose masking checking his watching during the middle of a heist. The name of the jewelry store being robbed is Vangelico’s.

Vengelico’s, in case you didn’t know, is a jewelry store that is robbed by Michael, Franklin and two others in the first GTA 5 trailer.  With GTA V’s release window opening in just over two months’ time, expect more media like this to be released.

Thanks to FRA1Z3R.