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The 10 Most Expensive Games Ever Made

Video games are one of the most popular entertainment options in the world. The high potential for success has led several developers to deeply invest in the creation of one game. These are the 10 most expensive video games ever made.

Too Human

Too Human

It took over 10 years and $100 million before Too Human was released for the Xbox 360 in 2008. Too Human received negative criticism upon release, and it only sold 700,000 copies to be the only failure on this list.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

It cost Square Enix $100 million to reboot Tomb Raider in 2013. Tomb Raider failed to meet expectations with 6.5 million copies sold, but it was still a profitable endeavor for Square Enix.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is Rockstar's fourth game on this list. Spending $100 million on a western video game was a risk, but it was rewarded with nearly 13 million copies sold.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV was the first game in the franchise in high definition, and the upgrade in graphics cost Rockstar $100 million to create. The game shattered sales records when it made $500 million in its first week.

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3

Rockstar's 2012 release of Max Payne 3 costed $105 million. While the game was released to solid reviews and sales, it has to be considered a disappointment due to its lofty budget.

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII was the original blockbuster video game when it was released in 1997 with a budget of $145 million. The game went on to sell just under 10 million copies, and is considered one of the best games ever made.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty is one of the most popular video game franchises of all-time, but no game in the series cost more than the $150 million spent on "Modern Warfare 2." The game was guaranteed success, so the budget is not too shocking.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic was the most expensive game ever created at the time of its release in 2011 with a budget of $200 million. The MMORPG game had over 1 million subscribers in the first three days of release, so its safe to assume the investment paid off.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar spent an estimated $265 million to develop Grand Theft Auto V. The game went on to earn $1 billion in the first week of release, and it remains the best selling game in the history of the Xbox 360.

Destiny

Destiny

Destiny is an upcoming game from Bungie and Activision that is set to release in September 2014. Early reviews have been good, but it will take some time to determine if the $500 million investment was a smart decision.

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