Grand Theft Auto History

Grand Theft Auto History

Grand Theft Auto (officially abbreviated GTA) is an action-adventure video game series created by David Jones and Mike Dailly; the later titles of which were created by brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut. It is primarily developed by Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design), and published by Rockstar Games. The name of the series references the term used in the US for motor vehicle theft.

Most games in the series are set in fictional locales modelled on cities, usually either Liberty City, Vice City or San Andreas, which are stand-ins for New York City, Miami and the state of California, respectively. The first game encompassed three fictional cities, while subsequent titles tend to emphasise a single setting. Gameplay focuses on an open world where the player can choose missions to progress an overall story, as well as engaging in side activities, all consisting of action-adventure, driving, third-person shooting, occasional role-playing, stealth and racing elements. The series focuses around many different protagonists who attempt to rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. The series also has elements of the earlier beat ’em up games from the 16-bit era. The antagonists are commonly characters who have betrayed the protagonist or his organisation, or characters who have the most impact impeding the protagonist’s progress. Film and music veterans have voiced characters, including Ray Liotta, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, James Woods, Debbie Harry, Phil Collins, Axl Rose and Peter Fonda. With its British origin, the series contains satire and humour.

British video game developer DMA Design began the series in 1997. As of 2014, it has eleven stand-alone games and four expansion packs. The third chronological title, Grand Theft Auto III, is considered a landmark title, as it brought the series to a 3D setting and more immersive experience. Subsequent titles would follow and build upon the concept established in Grand Theft Auto III, and receive significant acclaim. They subsequently influenced many other open world action games, and led to the label Grand Theft Auto clone on similar games.

The series has been critically acclaimed and commercially successful, having shipped more than 250 million units, making it the fourth-highest selling video game franchise of all time, behind Nintendo’s Mario and Pokémon franchises, and Tetris. In 2006, Grand Theft Auto featured in a list of British design icons in the Great British Design Quest organised by the BBC and the Design Museum. In 2013, The Telegraph ranked Grand Theft Auto among Britain’s most successful exports. However, the series has also gained controversy for its adult nature and violent themes.

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Grand Theft Auto (1997)

Grand Theft Auto is an open world action-adventure video game developed by DMA Design and published by BMG Interactive. It was first released in Europe and North America in October 1997 for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows. It was later re-released on 14 December 1997 in Europe and 30 June 1998 in North America for the PlayStation. It is the first instalment of the Grand Theft Auto series, a series that has sold more than 150 million units as of September 2013. The story follows a group of criminals in three fictionalised versions of US cities as they perform bank robberies, assassinations, and other crimes for their respective syndicates. The game was originally intended to be named Race’n’Chase and to be developed for the Commodore Amiga, starting in 1996. However, it was nearly cancelled due to production issues.

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 – 1961 (1999)

Grand Theft Auto Mission Pack #1: London 1969 (commonly referred to as Grand Theft Auto: London 1969) is a mission pack for Grand Theft Auto. London 1969 was developed by Rockstar Canada and released by Rockstar Games on 31 March 1999 for Microsoft Windows and on 30 April 1999 for PlayStation. Grand Theft Auto: London 1969’s disc also acted as an audio CD, with the first track containing the game’s data, requiring the user to skip to track number 2 for the music. The game was awarded the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Award in the category “Sound” in 1999. Grand Theft Auto Mission Pack #2: London 1961 (commonly referred to as Grand Theft Auto: London 1961) is a freeware mission pack for Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, developed by Rockstar Canada and released digitally by Rockstar Games on 1 June 1999. As the third title in the Grand Theft Auto series, the game takes place in London in 1961, eight years before the events that took place in London 1969.

Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)

Grand Theft Auto 2 is an open-world action-adventure video game developed by DMA Design and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 30 September 1999 for Microsoft Windows, and on 22 October 1999 for the PlayStation, followed by Dreamcast and Game Boy Color releases in 2000. It is the sequel to Grand Theft Auto, part of the Grand Theft Auto series. The open world design lets players freely roam Anywhere City, the setting of the game. The game is played from a top–down perspective and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. The game was made available on Steam on 4 January 2008 as part of a collection. Its successor, Grand Theft Auto III, was released on 22 October 2001.

Grand Theft Auto III (2001)

Grand Theft Auto III is an open world action-adventure third-person shooter video game developed by DMA Design and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 22 October 2001 for the PlayStation 2, on 20 May 2002 for Microsoft Windows, and on 31 October 2003 for the Xbox. A remastered version of the game was released on mobile platforms in 2011, for the game’s tenth anniversary. It is the fifth title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 1999’s Grand Theft Auto 2. Set within the fictional Liberty City, based on New York City, the game follows Claude after he is left for dead and quickly becomes entangled in a world of gangs, crime and corruption. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. The open world design lets players freely roam Liberty City, consisting of three main islands.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an open world action-adventure third-person shooter video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 27 October 2002 for the PlayStation 2, on 12 May 2003 for Microsoft Windows, and on 31 October 2003 for the Xbox. A remastered version was released for mobile platforms in 2012, for the game’s tenth anniversary. It is the sixth title in the Grand Theft Auto series and the first main entry since 2001’s Grand Theft Auto III. Set within the fictional Vice City, based on Miami, the game follows Tommy Vercetti following his release from prison. After he is caught up in an ambushed drug deal, he seeks out those responsible while building a criminal empire and seizing power from other criminal organisations in the city.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 26 October 2004 for the PlayStation 2, and on 7 June 2005 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox. A high definition remaster received a physical release on both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on 30 June 2015 and 1 December 2015, respectively. It is the seventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 2002’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It was released on the same day as the handheld game Grand Theft Auto Advance.

Grand Theft Auto (Game Boy Advance) (2004)

Grand Theft Auto is a action-adventure video game developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Rockstar Games for the Game Boy Advance, released on October 26, 2004. The game is referred to as Grand Theft Auto Advance on its title screen; the game’s cover art and all promotional material refer to it as simply Grand Theft Auto. The game is played from a top-down perspective; this view angle was seen on the first two games in the series, Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2, but vehicle-based side-missions (such as “Vigilante” and “Paramedic”), the heads-up display and a large majority of the weapons, first introduced in the three-dimensional counterparts, were also included.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005)

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. Released on 25 October 2005 for the PlayStation Portable, it is the ninth game in the Grand Theft Auto series and was preceded by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and succeeded by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It is a prequel to Grand Theft Auto III. It was published and distributed by Capcom for the Japanese release. It was released on PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network on 2 April 2013.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. Released on 31 October 2006 for the PlayStation Portable and later for the PlayStation 2 on 5 March 2007. The game is the tenth instalment in the Grand Theft Auto series and the sixth and last game in the 3D universe. This was also the last game in the series to use well-known and Hollywood voice talent; Grand Theft Auto IV onward would instead use lesser-known and unknown voice actors. It is a prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and successor to the previous PSP release, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Vice City is a representation of Miami, Florida. Vice City Stories is the last Grand Theft Auto game for the PlayStation 2 console and the second game for the PlayStation Portable.

Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)

Grand Theft Auto IV is an open world action-adventure third-person shooter 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. Set within the fictional Liberty City (based on New York City), the single-player story follows a war veteran, Niko Bellic and his attempts to escape his past while under pressure from loan sharks and mob bosses. The open world design lets players freely roam Liberty City, consisting of three main islands.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009)

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is the first of two episodic expansion packs developed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto IV, developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was first released for the Xbox 360 on 17 February 2009 and on PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows on 13 April 2010. It is the third expansion pack game in the Grand Theft Auto series (the first since Grand Theft Auto: London 1961, released in 1999), and the twelfth release overall.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009)

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 March 2009 for Nintendo DS, 20 October 2009 for the PlayStation Portable, 17 January 2010 (iPhone and iPod Touch) and 9 September 2010 (iPad) on iOS, and 18 December 2014 for Android and Fire OS devices. It is the thirteenth game in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first for Nintendo DS and iOS. Chinatown Wars is currently the best reviewed Nintendo DS game and the second best reviewed PSP game on Metacritic.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009)

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is the second of the two episodic expansion packs available for the PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto IV, developed by Rockstar North. It was first released for the Xbox 360 on 29 October 2009, before then being released for the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows on 13 April 2010. It is the fourth expansion pack in the Grand Theft Auto series and the 14th release on the series.

Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

Grand Theft Auto V is an 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. It 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’ open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles.

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