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1. Grand Theft Auto - PC Games
Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a computer and video game created by Scottish company, DMA Design (now called Rockstar North). In the game, the player to take on the role of a criminal who can roam freely around a city. Various missions are set for completion, such as bank robberies, assassinations, and other crimes.

The original version was developed for DOS, with a Windows, PlayStation and Game Boy Color version following shortly. A Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 port of this game were both shelved.

On Christmas 2004, Rockstar announced they will be releasing GTA & GTA2 for free from their website: www.rockstargames.com
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People who added this item 106  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
2. Grand Theft Auto - PlayStation
First appearing on DOS/Windows platform in 1997, the PlayStation port followed shortly in 1998.

People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
3. Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 - PC Games
In March 1999, a Mission Pack add-on for the original Grand Theft Auto was released. It required the original version of the game, and kept the same graphics engine and gameplay, only instead of being set in the fictional Liberty City (based on New York), it was now set in London, UK, in the 60s. A second mission pack, London 1961, was released shortly afterwards, as a free download, only for owners of the DOS version of London 1969.

People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
4. Grand Theft Auto: Director's Cut - PC Games
GTA: Director's Cut was a re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto, with the London 1969 Mission Pack built-in.

People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
5. Grand Theft Auto: London (Director's Cut) - PlayStation
Includes full version of Grand Theft Auto as well as it's London, 1969 mission pack.

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
6. Grand Theft Auto - Game Boy Color
Released in 1999, the GBC port of Grand Theft Auto was unabridged, which was quite a technical achievement due to the sheer size of the city, converted tile-for-tile from the PC original, making them many times larger than most Game Boy Color worlds. To cater for the target younger generation however, this port of GTA was heavily censored, with gore and swearing removed. It was also strongly criticized for its bad controls.

People who added this item 155  Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
7. Grand Theft Auto 2 - PC Games
Released originally in October 1999 for the Windows and PlayStation platforms, GTA2 retained the top-down gameplay of GTA, and is set in 'Anywhere City' in 'near future'. This is unique in the GTA series, as all other titles have been based on real world cities (New York, London, Miami, Los Angeles), and also set in a specific time period.

The PC version is the better version as it offers uncensored language (rated M, while PS version is rated T) as well as noon and dusk modes, allowing the player to either drive around in daylight, or at night with dynamic lighting effects - PS version only had daytime.

On Christmas 2004, Rockstar announced they will be releasing GTA & GTA2 for free from their website: www.rockstargames.com

People who added this item 145  Average listal rating (85 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
8. Grand Theft Auto 2 - PlayStation
As mentioned above, the PlayStation version had the game's language and gore were censored to give it a T rating, and didn't have the 'dusk' option to drive around at night-time.

People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
9. Grand Theft Auto 2 - Sega Dreamcast
Unlike the PS version, GTA2 for Dreamcast was rated M, just like the PC version, as it wasn't censored.

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10. Grand Theft Auto 2 - Game Boy Color
Just like the first one, GTA 2 was ported to the Game Boy Color platform.

People who added this item 1145  Average listal rating (697 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
11. Grand Theft Auto III - PlayStation 2
GTA III, released first on the PS2 system in October 2001, brought a third-person view to the series, rather than the traditional top-down view of earlier titles (although top-down is there as an optional camera angle). Graphics were also updated with a new 3D game engine. Like its predecessors, GTA III implements sandbox-like gameplay, where the player is given the freedom to explore a large city, complete missions, commit criminal acts, or complete side missions.

GTA III enjoyed positive reception upon its release; it quickly became 2001's top selling video game and is cited as a landmark for its far-reaching influence within the gaming industry. Its success was a significant factor in the series' subsequent popularity; as of 2008, five GTA prequels set before events in GTA III have been released. The game's violent and sexual content has also been the source of moral panic and controversy.


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12. Grand Theft Auto III - PC Games
GTA III was the first in the series to be originally released on console (GTA and GTA2 were DOS/Windows games, and later ported to PlayStation and other consoles). This Windows version was released in May 2002, but has been criticized for performance problems, especially in light of the much smoother performance of Vice City. This was due to technical issues; the game engine rendered everything within the draw distance, even things hidden behind buildings or trees.

However, the PC version supports higher screen resolutions, has more detailed textures, a customizable player skin, and a custom option for MP3s playback in cars, none of which are found in the original PS2 release.
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13. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - PlayStation 2
Released in North America on October 27, 2002, GTA: Vice City quickly became the best-selling PS2 game for that year, and is currently listed as the best-selling PS2 game of all time, with over 17 million sold.

In contrast to the gritty urbanism feel of GTA III, Vice City (mostly) depicts a clean and upscale city (loosely based on Miami) with palm trees, golden beaches, and colourful sunsets. The plot and settings also borrow heavily from Scarface and Carlito's Way, as well as the TV Show Miami Vice.

Vice City is based on the GTA III engine, with mostly cosmetic and gameplay tweaks and enhancements. And just like its predecessor, this title also had its fair share of controversy, not only for its violent and sexual themes, but its racist elements towards Cubans and Haitians.

People who added this item 617  Average listal rating (398 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
14. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - PC Games
Like GTA III, the PC/Windows version of GTA: Vice City followed the PS2 release by about 7 months, being released in May 2003. It featured better resolutions and textures than the PS2 version.
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
15. Grand Theft Auto: Collectors' Edition - PlayStation
This classic re-releease on PlayStation includes the original GTA, GTA: London 1969, and GTA2.

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
16. Grand Theft Auto: The Classics Collection - PC Games
Collection of classic GTA games:

People who added this item 111  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
17. Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack - Xbox
The Xbox version was initially supposed to be released in spring 2002 but it was shelved when Sony signed an agreement with Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar Games' parent company), making the GTA series a PS2 exclusive until November 2004.

However, the agreement was amended in 2003 and GTA: Double Pack containing both GTA III and Vice City was released in December 2003. The Xbox version has improved audio, polygon models, and reflections over the PC and PS2 versions.

This release has earned a slang name on the net: GTA: DP
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18. Grand Theft Auto - Game Boy Advance
GTA Advance's story is actually a prequel to GTA III, taking place one year prior to the events in GTA III. As it takes place in GTA III's Liberty City, familiar landmarks re-appear and the overall street layout is the same.

People who added this item 1569  Average listal rating (932 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
19. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - PlayStation 2
First launched in October 2004 on the PS2, GTA: San Andreas is set in 1992 in Southern California, and revolves around CJ, a black gangster who tries to unravel the plot behind his mother's murder while reestablishing his gang and exploring his own crime ventures.

Unlike Vice City and GTA III, which needed loading screens when traveling between different districts of the city, San Andreas has no load times when the player is in transit (which is notable, given how much larger this game is compared to the other two). There is a lot more vehicles as well, over 200, compared the 85 vehicles found in GTA III.

The game was very well received, and to date, has sold over 21 million copies (PS2, Xbox and PC versions combined).

People who added this item 158  Average listal rating (88 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
20. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Xbox
The PC and Xbox versions of GTA: San Andreas were released at the same time, in early June 2005. The Xbox featured extra radio stations not found in the PS2 release.

The Xbox version also has 480p support, but when enabled, causes aliasing to get out of whack, resulting in excessive and distracting blurriness. In standard resolution, the graphics are similar to the PS2.
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21. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - PC Games
The PC and Xbox versions of GTA: San Andreas were released at the same time, in early June 2005. This version included extra radio stations and additions of custom MP3 tracks, as well as increased resolutions over the console versions.

Controversy brewed up once more for the series when just a few weeks after its PC launch, a Dutch programmer discovered hidden code within the game, called 'Hot Coffee'. A patch was soon circulating around the net, followed by Action Replay codes for both the Xbox and PS2 versions, which allowed full access to sex mini-games that were always present in the game's code. The backlash gained so much publicity that ESRB issued an Adults-Only rating to game, resulting in most retailers from pulling the game off their shelves. As a result, Rockstar had to re-issue the game as ver 2.0 with the 'Hot Coffee' code completely removed.
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22. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Special Edit... - PlayStation 2
This Special Edition re-release for the PS2 includes 'The Introduction', a 26-minute movie on a seperate DVD which chronicles the events leading up to the events in San Andreas and provides insight on the development of the characters of the game, to the point when Carl learns of his mother's death in a phone call from Sweet and returns to Los Santos.

The Introduction, Part 1

The Introduction, Part 2

People who added this item 222  Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
23. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - PlayStation Portable
GTA: Liberty City Stories, released in October 2005, was first released on the Sony PSP handheld system, and later as a 'bargain' priced release on the PS2. The game is set in Liberty City (the same city featured in Grand Theft Auto III). However, it takes place in 1998, three years before the events of GTA III.

People who added this item 156  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
24. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - PlayStation 2
Rockstar released the hit PSP game Liberty City Stories as a PS2 Port in June 2006 to gives fans of the series fresh material while they await the next-gen GTA release. The pricing of the PS2 game was less than half the typical price of a big name new release title, retailing for $19.99 in the US. The PS2 and PSP versions have gone on to sell over 8 million copies in total.

People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
25. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Xbox
This trilogy set includes Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas

People who added this item 88  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
26. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - PlayStation Portable
Following the same concept as the previous PSP GTA release, Vice City Stories is a prequel to GTA: Vice City, and was first released exclusively on the PSP, with a PS2 port half a year later.

People who added this item 121  Average listal rating (67 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
27. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - PlayStation 2
Released in March 2007, the PlayStation 2 version of the game is almost straight port. There was some improvements such as enhanced graphics, draw distance, and performance as expected, but also includes a few new side activities that were not in the PSP release.

People who added this item 678  Average listal rating (394 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
28. Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360
The game is set in a redesigned Liberty City, based heavily on New York City. It follows Niko Bellic, a Serbian veteran of the Bosnian War who comes to the United States in search of the "American Dream", only to find his cousin has lied about the wealth that was promised to be awaiting him. Grand Theft Auto IV is the first console game in the series to feature an online multiplayer mode, which contains fifteen different game types.

Prior to its release, Grand Theft Auto IV was very highly anticipated, with experts predicting record-breaking sales and revenue. Since its release, the game has received universal acclaim from video game critics, scoring many perfect 10s.

People who added this item 476  Average listal rating (259 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
29. Grand Theft Auto IV - PlayStation 3
GTA IV was launched on Xbox360 and PS3 platforms on April 29th, 2008. Overall, it took over 1,000 people three and a half years to create this version, at a cost of aprox $100 million, making it the most expensive game ever developed.

There's only minor differences between the two console versions, and both are on track to break all sales records for their respective platforms.
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30. Grand Theft Auto IV - PC Games
The Windows version of GTA IV is set to be released on November 18th, 2008.

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31. Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned - Xbox 360 Live Arcade

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32. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - PC Games

People who added this item 34  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
33. Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony - Xbox 360 Live Arcade


 



The controversial series published by Rockstar Games where the player follows the day-to-day of a criminal in fictional (but inspired by real) cities in the United States (along a trip to 1960's London). While all games are played in a large sandbox world where the player is free to do whatever he desires, there are missions and a plot to be followed. It inspired other games with the same components (driving and foot sequences) such as Mafia, The Getaway and Driv3r.



The series began in 1997 and currently has eight stand-alone games. Film veterans such as Michael Madsen, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Penn, James Woods, Joe Pantoliano, Frank Vincent, Robert Loggia and Ray Liotta have all voiced major characters in many installments in the series. The name of the series and its games are derived from "grand theft auto," a term referring to motor vehicle theft. As of March 26, 2008, the franchise has sold over 70 million copies worldwide according to Take-Two Interactive.


















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