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Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto is a 1997 video game for PC and Playstation developed by Rockstar. It also generally refers to the series of video games developed by Rockstar, including the original 1997 title as well as its sequels and various episodes. The series is known for its unique open world action-adventure gameplay that takes place in cities based on real-life locations.

The gameplay in the original Grand Theft Auto was basic, but it started a tradition that has lasted throughout the entire series. GTA was set in three different cities — Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas — which were based on New York City, Miami, and the California/Nevada area. Players controlled one of several criminal underlings whose job it is to commit crimes and get away with them. The title “Grand Theft Auto” refers to the main gameplay mechanic — players travel the city by car, and they can steal anyone’s car they see fit. Each city has levels the player must complete by getting a certain amount of points, which can be earned by stealing, killing, rampaging, and avoiding arrest.

The graphics in the original GTA games were very primitive, having a birds-eye-view of the city streets, but the perspective was shifted to 3D beginning with Grand Theft Auto III. The core gameplay has remained the same even through Grand Theft Auto V, with driving, stealing, killing, and carrying out other missions, and most of the games use one of the three original main locations. The story, however, has evolved to be much more cinematic and eventful, and the gameplay has become significantly deeper and more immersive.

All of the games beginning with the original let you roam and do as you wish without instruction, and as the series progressed you had more options of what to do, including going out on dates or playing mini-games. Multiplayer was also introduced and has evolved to allow many players to play together online and play different combat modes or even set their own rules. The most recent Grand Theft Auto game, GTA V, was released in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and has one of the largest and most detailed open-world settings of any game.

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Grand Theft Auto Games

  • Grand Theft Auto (1997)
  • Grand Theft Auto: London (1999)
  • Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)
  • Grand Theft Auto III (2001)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned (2009)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009)
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

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