Grand Theft Auto
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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a computer and video game created by Scottish company, DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and published by ASC Games in 1997/1998. The game allows 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. It is the first in the Grand Theft Auto series that has thus far spanned nine standalone games, and two expansion packs. The game was originally named "Race N Chase". GTA was succeeded by Grand Theft Auto 2 and both games were made available for free download by Rockstar Games on their website in 2004.
Grand Theft Auto is made up of a series of levels each set in one of the three cities in the game. In each level, the player has a target number of points to achieve, and five lives to attain the score. The player is free to do whatever he wants. The player can gain points by causing death and destruction amid the traffic in the city, or steal and sell cars for profit, although to get to the large target money amount to complete a level, players will usually opt to complete some missions. Even during missions there is still some freedom as most of the time the player is free to choose the route to take, but the destination is usually fixed. It is this level of freedom which set GTA apart from other action based computer games at the time. The PC releases of the game allowed networked multiplayer gameplay using the IPX protocol.
Players are able to choose to play as eight characters in the game: Travis, Kat, Nikki, Divine, Bubba, Troy, Kivlov and Ulrika. In actual gameplay, there is no real difference, since the characters have the exact same yellow sweater. You may also name your character, which, with the correct name, acts like a cheat code and enhances gameplay. However, these characters have never been seen in any other GTA game to date and are relatively unknown, as in the case of the characters from Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 and 1969.
The three cities in which the game is set are modelled after real cities, in terms of landscape and style. They are Liberty City (New York City), San Andreas (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego) and Vice City (Miami).
These three cities would later become the settings of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto IV.