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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a sandbox style video game series created by Dave Jones and primarily developed by Scottish company Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design) and published by Rockstar Games.

The gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, driving, and occasional role-playing, stealth and racing elements and has gained controversy for its adult nature and violent undertones. The series focuses around many different protagonists who attempt to rise through the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. The antagonist in each game is commonly a character who has betrayed them or their organization or someone who has the most impact impeding their progress.

The series began in 1997 and currently has eight stand-alone games and two expansion packs for the original. 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. By September 26, 2007, the Grand Theft Auto series had sold over 65 million units;[1] as of March 26, 2008, the franchise has sold over 70 million copies worldwide according to Take-Two Interactive.


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: London

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The Grand Theft Auto Mission packs are expansion packs for the game Grand Theft Auto. Two packs were released separately in 1999; both require the original Grand Theft Auto game to be completed in order to run. Both are set in London, the capital of England and during the 1960s.


Grand Theft Auto 2

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Grand Theft Auto 2 (also known as GTA2) is a video game that was released worldwide on October 22, 1999, by developer DMA Design (now Rockstar North); initially for the Windows operating system and the PlayStation. The game was later ported to the Dreamcast console and the Game Boy Color. It is the sequel to the controversial 1997 hit Grand Theft Auto. The PC and Dreamcast versions of GTA2 are both rated M by the ESRB. The language and violence was toned down for the PlayStation and Game Boy Color versions which received a T rating. Rockstar now offers the PC version as registerware for free download at their website. GTA2 was preceded by the original Grand Theft Auto and succeeded by Grand Theft Auto III.


Grand Theft Auto III

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Grand Theft Auto III (abbreviated as GTA III or GTA3) is a sandbox-style action-adventure computer and video game developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North), and published by Rockstar Games. It is the first 3D title in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series and the third original title overall. It was released in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based personal computers, and in November 2003 for the Xbox video game console. The game was preceded by Grand Theft Auto 2 and succeeded by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The game centers on a nameless criminal who was betrayed by his girlfriend in a bank heist, and is required to work his way up the crime ladder of the city before confronting her. 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.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a sandbox-style action-adventure computer and video game designed by Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design) and published by Rockstar Games. It is the second 3D game in the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise and fourth original title overall. It debuted in North America on October 27, 2002, for the PlayStation 2 and quickly became the best-selling video game for that year. As of July 2006, Vice City was, in the American market, the best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time. Vice City also appeared on Japanese magazine Famitsu's readers' list of all-time favorite 100 videogames in 2006. Following this success, Vice City saw releases in Europe, Australia and Japan, and became available on the PC. Rockstar Vienna also packaged the game with its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto III, and sold it as Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack for the Xbox. Vice City was succeeded by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and preceded by Grand Theft Auto III.

Vice City draws much of its inspiration from 1980s American culture. Set in 1986, the story revolves around Mafia member Tommy Vercetti, who was recently released from prison. After being involved in a drug deal gone wrong, Tommy is forced to seek out those responsible. Throughout the game, Tommy forges out a criminal empire in Vice City, gradually obtaining contacts, running businesses and seizing power from the other criminal organizations present in the city.


Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a sandbox-style action-adventure computer and video game developed by Rockstar North. It is the third 3D game in the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise and fifth original game overall. Originally released for the PlayStation 2 in October 2004, the game has since been ported to the Xbox and Microsoft Windows, and has received wide acclaim and high sales figures on all three platforms. San Andreas was preceded by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and is succeeded by Grand Theft Auto IV.

Set in late 1992, the game revolves around the main character, Carl "CJ" Johnson returning home from Liberty City to Los Santos after learning of his mother's murder. CJ finds his family and his old gang, the Grove Street Families, in disarray. Over the course of the game, CJ gradually unravels the plot behind his mother's murder while reestablishing his gang and exploring his own business ventures.


Grand Theft Auto: Advance

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Grand Theft Auto Advance is a handheld console game developed by Digital Eclipse, published by Rockstar Games, and released on October 25, 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. It is the first to not be developed by a Rockstar Games studio. The game is only 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, GTA and GTA2, 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, have also been included. Unlike previous top-down Grand Theft Auto games, vehicles can now flip over.


Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an installment of the Grand Theft Auto series. It was released for the PlayStation Portable in North America on October 25, 2005 and in the United Kingdom (UK) on November 4, 2005. The official site credits Take-Two Interactive companies Rockstar Games, Rockstar North, and Rockstar Leeds in the creation of this game. The game has since been followed up by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

A port for the PlayStation 2 was released on June 6, 2006 in North America for a recommended retail price of US$19.99, June 22, 2006 in the UK and the rest of Europe for GBP £19.99 or EUR €29.99, respectively. The pricing of the PS2 port is less than half the typical price of a big name new release title (the first three PS2 installments of GTA debuted at US$49.99 each). The PS2 port does not feature the multiplayer mode or custom soundtrack ripping capability of the original PSP version.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is part of the Grand Theft Auto series, developed by Rockstar Leeds in association with Rockstar North, published by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation Portable and later for the PlayStation 2. It is a prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and successor to the previous PSP release, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.


Grand Theft Auto: IV

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Grand Theft Auto IV (abbreviated to GTA IV and GTA 4) is a sandbox-style action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North.[10] It is the ninth title in the Grand Theft Auto series and the first in its fourth generation. Grand Theft Auto IV was released worldwide (except Japan) on 29 April 2008 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Two episodic packs will be released exclusively for the Xbox 360, the first of which is due in August 2008 via Xbox Live.

The game is set in a re-imagined Liberty City, a fictional city based heavily on modern day 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.

Following its release, the game received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and is the highest-rated video game of all-time, according to critic review aggregator Game Rankings. GTA IV sold about 3.6 million units on its first day of release and grossed more than $500 million in its first week, breaking the first-week sales record of $300 million set by Halo 3. The release of GTA IV became the "largest launch in the history of interactive entertainment", according to Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick.


Grand Theft Auto: IV "The Lost and Damned"

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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See Also

Rockstar North
Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto London
Grand Theft Auto 2
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
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Links

Rockstar Games Official Website
Rockstar North Official Website
Grand Theft Auto Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: London Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: 2 Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: 3 Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: Advance Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: IV Official Website
Grand Theft Auto: IV "The Lost and Damned" Official Website
Official Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Homepage


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