Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto: The invention that revolutionized open-world gaming.
The name Grand Theft Auto is a term referring to motor vehicle theft. It is a multi-award-winning video game series created in the United Kingdom, mainly developed by Rockstar North. The series is majorly based on American cities, with an exception of an expansion for the original game which was based in London.
GTA is set in an open world where the player has to do a series of missions for various characters in order to complete the overall story, as well as engaging in side activities; including action, adventure, stealth, driving and racing elements.
The series focuses around many different protagonists who attempt to rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld, meanwhile both threatened and encouraged by gangbangers. The bad guys are commonly characters who have betrayed the protagonist or his organization, or characters who stand in the way of the main character's progress.
GT1 + Expansion Packs and GTA2 both consisted of an arial view, as did GTA Advance. GTA3 brought a new three dimensional aspect to the game and with it came an even larger audience than before.
The series began in 1997 and currently has ten stand-alone games and four expansion packs. Grand Theft Auto III is considered a landmark in gaming. It was widely acclaimed, as it brought the series to a 3D setting that has subsequently influenced many other open-world action games.
The titles that have followed build upon the concept established in Grand Theft Auto III. The series is critically acclaimed and commercially successful, having sold more than 114 million units, as of September 2011.
Games (as of 2011)
GTA1: GTA1 + London 1969 + London 1961
GTA2: GTA2 + Advance
GTA3: GTA3 + Vice City + Sanandreas + LC Stories + VC Stories
GTA4: GTA4 + Lost and Damned + Ballad of Gay Tony + China Town Wars