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10 Most Expensive Video Games Ever Developed

Updated on August 1, 2015

In the 1970’s, video games started gaining quality in what began as vast sq. pixels shooting at smaller sq. pixels. Today, video games transport America into realistic scenes wherever we are able to check the scope of a rifle or see the hairs setting out of someone’s nose from five hundred feet away. Whereas some might feel that video games are too violent, they supply a good outlet to those who ought to unleash some repressed aggression, rather than taking it out one somebody throughout a traffic jam within the world.

As video games have fully popular, thus have their budgets, that currently close to those of major Hollywood productions. Together, promoting and production budgets will build games price over quarter billion bucks.

1) Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, on 18 November 2014 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on 14 April 2015 for Microsoft Windows. The game is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas (based on Southern California), the single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a government agency. The open world design lets players freely roam San Andreas, which includes open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles).

Game : Grand Theft Auto V

Release Year : 2013

Developer : Rockstar North

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Platforms : PC , PS3 , PS4 , Xbox 360 , Xbox One

Total Cost : $265 Million

2) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a 2009 first-person shooter political war thriller video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows. Officially announced on February 11, 2009, the game was released worldwide on November 10, 2009. It is the sixth installment of the Call of Duty series. Modern Warfare 2 has been critically acclaimed by various gaming websites, attaining a 94% aggregate score on Metacritic, with praise stemming primarily from its in-depth multiplayer component. Within 24 hours of release, the game sold approximately 4.7 million copies in North America and the United Kingdom.

Game : Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Release Year : 2009

Developer : Infinity Ward

Publisher : Activision

Platforms : PC , PS3 , Xbox 360

Total Cost : $250 Million

3) Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based in the Star Wars universe. Developed by BioWare Austin and a supplemental team at BioWare Edmonton, the game was first announced on October 21, 2008, at an invitation-only press event. The video game was released for the Microsoft Windows platform on December 20, 2011 in North America and part of Europe. Early access to the game began one week before release, on December 13, 2011, for those who had pre-ordered the game online, access opened in "waves" based on pre-order date.

Although not officially disclosed, based on estimates, it is one of the most developmentally expensive games ever made. The game was met with positive reception upon release and has received several updates and expansion packs. Several books and comics based on the game have been released.

Game : Star Wars: The Old Republic

Released Year : 2011

Developer : BioWare

Publisher : Electronic Arts , LucasArts

Platform : PC

Total Coat : $200 Million

4) Destiny

Destiny is a 2014 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. It was released on September 9, 2014, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles. Destiny marked Bungie's first new franchise since the Halo series, and the developers have a ten year plan for the franchise. Set in a "mythic science fiction" world, the game features amassively-multiplayer "shared-world" environment with elements of role-playing games. Since launch, Bungie has released two expansion packs, The Dark Below in December 2014 and House of Wolves in May 2015, with a third, The Taken King, set to release in September 2015.

Upon its release, Destiny received mixed to positive reviews with criticism centered mostly around the game's storyline and post-campaign content. The game was praised for maintaining lineage from the Halo franchise, particularly in regards to its competitive experiences. On day one of its release, it sold over US$500 million at retail, making it the biggest new video game launch of all time.

Game : Destiny

Released Year : 2014

Developer : Bungie

Publisher : Activision

Platforms : PS3 , PS4 , Xbox 360 , Xbox One

Total Cost : $140 Million

5) Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 is a third-person shooter video game developed by Rockstar Studios and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 15 May 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; a Microsoft Windows port was released on 31 May 2012, followed by an OS X port on 20 June 2013. The game is the first entry in the Max Payne series since 2003's Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, developed by Remedy Entertainment.

The game is played from a third-person perspective. Throughout the single-player mode, players control Max Payne, a former detective who has become a vigilante after the murder of his wife and daughter. Max Payne 3 shipped approximately 3 million units in its first week. In the first month, the game sold 440,000 units in the United States. One year after the release, the game had managed to sell 4 million copies.

Game : Max Payne 3

Released Year : 2012

Developer : Rockstar Studios

Publisher : Rockstar Games

Platforms : PC , Xbox 360 , PS3 , OS X

Total Cost : $105 Million

6) Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 29 April 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, and on 2 December 2008 on Microsoft Windows. It is the eleventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Within twenty-four hours of its release, Grand Theft Auto IV sold over 3.6 million copies, equating to approximately $310 million in revenue. Within a week, it generated more than $500 million in worldwide revenue, equating to approximately 6 million copies sold for Take Two.The numbers surpassed analysts' expectations for the title. After one month of availability, the game had sold over 8.5 million copies. It broke three Guinness World Records on 13 May 2008: highest grossing video game in 24 hours, highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours, and fastest-selling video game in 24 hours.

Game : Grand Theft Auto IV

Released Year : 2008

Developer : Rockstar North

Publisher : Rockstar Games

Platforms : PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC

Total Cost : $100 Million

7) Too Human

Too Human is an action role-playing game developed by Canadian developer Silicon Knights and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 in 2008. The game is noted for having remained in development hell for almost ten years, originally planned the Sony PlayStation in 1999. Development later went into the Nintendo GameCube in 2000 before eventually selling the rights to Microsoft in 2005.

Upon the game's release, Too Human received a mediocre to fair reception from critics with an average review score of 68.59% at GameRankings and 65/100 at Metacritic.The game sold approximately 168,200 copies during the month of August 2008 in North America; it was the eighth best-selling game in the region during that time.

Game : Too Human

Released Year : 2008

Developer : Silicon Knights

Publisher : Microsoft Game Studios

Platform : Xbox 360

Total Cost : $100 Million

8) Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on May 18, 2010. Upon its release, Red Dead Redemption was acclaimed by many reviewers, with praise directed at the game's visuals, dynamically-generated music, voice acting, gameplay, and story. Widely acclaimed by various video game publications, the game has sold over 12.5 million copies.

Commercially, the game has also been very successful. By August 2011, the game had shipped over 11 million copies. By September 2011, Red Dead Redemption had sold over 12.5 million units.

Game : Red Dead Redemption

Released Year : 2010

Developer : Rockstar San Diego

Publisher : Rockstar Games

Platforms : PS3 , Xbox 360

Total Cost : $100 Million

9) Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity is an action-adventure sandbox video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios. It was announced on January 15, 2013 and developed for approximately $100 million. Similar to Activision's Skylanders franchise, the game uses collectible figurines that are then synchronized with the game, unlocking characters from Disney and Pixar properties that interact and go on adventures.The game was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS in August 2013. A PC version of Toy Box was also released on November 14, 2013.

In September 2013, Disney revealed that the game had sold 294,000 copies in the United States during its first two weeks on sale. On October 18, 2013, Disney Interactive announced that the game had sold more than one million copies worldwide.

Game : Disney Infinity

Released Year : 2013

Developer : Avalanche Software

Publisher : Disney Interactive Studios

Platforms : PS3 , Xbox 360 , Wii U , 3DS , PC

Total Cost : $100 Million

10) Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider is a 2013 action-adventure video game published by Square Enix. Tomb Raider is the fourth title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider franchise. As the first entry in a new Tomb Raider continuity, the game is a reboot that emphasizes the reconstructed origins of the culturally influential lead character Lara Croft. Tomb Raider was released on 5 March 2013 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and on 23 January 2014 for Mac OS X.

The game had sold more than 1 million copies in less than forty-eight hours of its release. By April 2015, The sales had reached 8.5 million, making the game the best-selling Tomb Raider title to date.

Game : Tomb Raider

Released Year : 2013

Developer : Crystal Dynamics

Publisher : Square Enix

Platforms : PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC

Total Cost : $100 Million

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