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The gaming world seemed to stand still last week until the eagerly anticipated GTA V was released on Tuesday.

One of the world’s biggest gaming series and 2013 s hottest game looks to be even bigger and better than we had expected; for a start, the map is absolutely huge, dwarfing the GTA IV map by comparison. GTA IV has to date sold over 25M copies, with its successor already set to smash that figure to pieces (the game made $800 million in 24 hours).

The usual GTA thrills and spills combined with a gripping story and much improved game-play make GTA V a boss’ worst nightmare! I can only imagine the number of workers who called in sick on the day of its release so they could play the game!

So, with that in mind, I have compiled a list of 9 other games that had everyone reaching for the phone and practicing their sick voice on the day of their release.

9. Assassin’s Creed II

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Personal Rating: 8/10

The Assassin’s Creed games are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are certainly different and hugely popular amongst their fans. The first game in the series, released by Ubisoft, successfully combined action and story, thus steering it away from the usual button bashing formula.

The intricate detail of the plot sees Desmond Miles fight past evils as he relives his genetic memories in order to combat his modern day situation. It can be quite confusing at times and is certainly not a game for those who just want to “pick up and play”.

After the first game had set the scene and tested the water with gamers, Assassins Creed II, released in November 2009, was built up to be a big hit. Although it will never appeal to the widest audience, the second game in this series, and my personal favourite, was definitely a reason to call in sick to work for die hard gamers!

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You know what it’s like. You’re having a drink with some friends and the discussion falls to the evergreen topic of video games. You’re chatting about how the new GTA is probably going to cause another media stir and how it’s a crime that Bubsy hasn’t had a gritty remake yet, when suddenly one of your chums tells you that a friend of a friend got to some weird secret level in Splinter Cell where Sam Fisher morphs into a banana and the level suddenly becomes a giant Super Monkey Ball arena. Honestly, they say, it’s completely true – Dave said so.

Gaming is rife with these strange little urban legends that you know full well at some point you believed or you’re still convinced by. It’s those little stories that were whispered throughout the school playground and embedded into our fertile little brains, yet nobody had any real evidence for any of them. Here are 10 myths about gaming that you won’t believe people got suckered into…

10. The Sasquatch In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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It’s inevitable that in a sandbox game you are likely to get a bunch of rumours about hidden secrets and bizarre myths, but there is one in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that has really captured people’s imaginations. Gamers believed that Sasquatch – or Bigfoot – was hanging out in the forest, probably partying down with tiny woodland mammals and the occasional hippie. Despite the model for Sasquatch not existing in the game, this didn’t stop players from moseying around the woods hoping for a glimpse of the creature.

But it gets weirder. Just like in real life, there’s a vocal group of vehement believers in the San Andreas Bigfoot who post up supposed images of the hairy beast, often blurry to emulate the ‘real’ footage found.

Rockstar has actually come out and stated that Sasquatch isn’t in the game. However, as a nod to the widespread legend, the developer added a side mission on Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare where the player must kill Sasquatches.

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