GTA IV is most expensive game ever

Top ten also includes APB, KZ2 and Halo 3. 

Grand Theft Auto IV cost $100 million to produce, making it the most expensive videogame ever made.

That's according to Digital Battle, which has published a list of the top 10 biggest game budgets.

Apparently the soundtrack for GTA IV turned out to be a big expense, not to mention the cost of paying 1000 people to work on the game for over three and a half years.

In second place is Gran Turismo 5 with a budget of $60 million, expected to rise to $80 million before the game is actually released. Other pricey titles include Too Human, Shenmue and Metal Gear Solid 4. Killzone 2 is the cheapest game on the list, coming in at $45 million. Bargain.

Here's that top ten in full:

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV - $100 million
  2. Gran Turismo 5 - $80 million
  3. Shenmue - $70 million
  4. Too Human - $60 million+
  5. Metal Gear Solid 4 - $60 million
  6. Halo 3 - $55 million
  7. APB - $50 million
  8. L.A. Noire - $50 million
  9. Final Fantasy XII - $48 million
  10. Killzone 2 - $45 million

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