GTA and GTA 2 rated for PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP

A digital release on the PlayStation Store could be in the works for classic PlayStation 1 titles.

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The first Grand Theft Auto and its sequel GTA 2 have been rated by the ESRB for the PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP.

Grand Theft Auto was released for the PlayStation 1 in 1997, and featured 2D graphics and a top-down perspective. Its sequel was released in 1999. The latter game was rated as T, whereas the original received an more restrictive M rating.

The listings suggest an upcoming digital release for the titles via PlayStation Store. PlayStation 2 titles Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories are all currently on the PlayStation Store, alongside Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the PSP.

Rockstar has previously released GTA and its sequel for free on the PC.

The newest entry in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17. New trailers for the game were released yesterday.

Discussion

49 comments
lamprey263
lamprey263

What, these are free on PC?! Getting these later tonight, I loved these games so much I was reluctant to play GTA 3, but I came around after Vice City. Still though, I loved these originals.

videogamer008
videogamer008

holy cow.... i was having a bad week but it just got better because i have had been waiting a lllooonnngggg time for all the previous GTAs to be on the Playstation 3.... Rockstar, you guys are the DA BOMBS...

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Retro city rampage just got competition on my vita.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

Rockstar is one of my favorite gamming peeps! nice of them offering gta 1 and 2 free on pc.

vivalatour
vivalatour

the young people talk that's old ! and I am older and I say that's "old" gaming ! I would not play that clunky stuff again even though I did download SA and tried playing and then deleted it from MY game file !  most all the new games are much better and worth purchasing and I will not be fooled again , my $60 spent now seems more worth while than ever before 5 or more years ago ....

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I am more interested in the third Grand Theft Auto, that also had a top down view, which was set in the 1960's London?

No news though, about that title being released too, shame.

I played GTA I and Gta II on the original Playstation, I never got around to the one set in London and would love it if that was released also?

kagento
kagento

Will they be free I wonder? They have been available as a free PC download from the Rockstar web for quite some time now... It would make for a good PR move in advance of GTAV.

leeko_link
leeko_link

I never like GTA 2 on PS1, I prefer the Dreamcast version instead. GTA1 was okay (if it was release for the Dreamcast that is).

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

I can't wait to play GTA 2 again. The redneck gang was my favorite one to do missions for.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Wow, all the GTAs on one platform. Nice work Rockstar, nice work.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

those games were imo better and more fun than GTA IV , sometimes a cool idea is more than just nice graphics

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I am surprised that it has taken this long for Grand theft Auto 1&2 this long to appear on the PSone classics section of the store.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

It would be good to play these games on the Vita. It would also be cool if Rockstar went back to the old drawing board and released a new game in the old style for the Vita.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Too bad they'll never see the light of day again on PS4

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Regaurdless.. Playstations plans are to release most every game on digital download... So backwords compatable is not a requirment... which brings the PS4 even more steps past the Nextbox.

ADO300
ADO300

great =D i used to play gta 1&2 on the PC way back when i was just a kid & loved them alot xD good times, i will buy them both as soon as it arrives in Europe...

pez2k_
pez2k_

I've played both games on the PSP before, and they work really well with the control scheme - I always felt the 3D GTAs were too complex to play properly on the PSP. Good to see they're getting an official release, GTA1 is an absolute classic and still one of the most fun games around, while GTA2 is a great looker for the era and added a lot of extra details.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sweet... if they are based on the pc versions.  The PS1 version of the first was okay, but not as fast or as good looking as the pc one... especially if you had a 3DFX card.

GTA 2 was slow and censored as hell on the PS1.  A far cry from the Dreamcast or PC versions 

oskuuu
oskuuu

GTA 2 is free and GTA 1 is just ugly, so i'll pass.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

The only two GTAs that I know I will never play.

Soleride
Soleride

@Stonecutters908 they are going cheap on Ebay and if you going to buy one stick to the Wi-Fi version no point going 3G can't do multiplayer that well you need to have wi-fi to do it 

kagento
kagento

@uchiha69baka Yes, please! Having released the first 2 already as a free download I don't get why they can't release the  2 London expansions for the first one as well (you can find the 1961 for free but it's useless without 1969).
Answering @AmnesiaHaze, it was an expansion pack for the original GTA, yes, but it was big enough to get a standalone release on the PSX.

burgeg
burgeg

@daabulls23 Let me know when I can play them for free on a handheld. Legally. I'll probably get GTA 1 for my Vita at some point assuming the price is good. Got so many great memories of the original GTA games. I actually think I played London 1969 more than the actual GTA 1 back then. Be nice if they could somehow get that expansion on PSN as well.

RobDev
RobDev

@TheExxorcist Eh, not quite. Because i own 40 ps3 games, unless they will give them to me for free as digital downloads once i get the PS4 backwards compatibility is still important

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

@TheExxorcist 

Huh? LOL...how does requiring people to own legacy hardware to play games in new formats show superiority in  anything?

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

GS  gives it an 8 on PS1 and a 6.4 on PC... Hahaha

And GTA2 scores higher than PC.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@oskuuu  You do know that you can actually update every tile in GTA1, and therefor improve the graphics, RIGHT?

GTA1 on pc with the 3DFX mod actually looks good.  Cartoony, but good.

kagento
kagento

@gatsbythepig Your choice, mate. They are really damn fun to play even today and they are identical in concept to GTA3.
Considering they're a free download you could give them a shot. I wouldn't think I'd play through the whole game myself again, but for goofing around for a while they are the best GTAs to date. Rig car, block traffic, wait and... boomboomboom! hehe Good times.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@gatsbythepig  Why?  They were a ton of fun, and on the pc, there was a huge modding community.  You could make new cars, maps, whatever.

These were some of the best games ever made, and without them, your precious GTA3 would not exist.

In many ways, I like them better than the newer ones.  They were arcade fun, and not bogged down by melodramatic story.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Well dont forget... Im sure Sony doesnt want your PS3 to be completely obsolete. .. Gotta still have it plugged in for something right? Afterall most TVs have many HDMI ports...

96augment
96augment

@rechris06 @gatsbythepig Every single article, someone has to bring up COD. Every single one!!! For Christ's sake, why bring up COD if you don't like the game?

ryanc22
ryanc22

@rechris06 @gatsbythepig 

Yet you play Hello Kitty and Barbie. Actually I  am not sure if you do, I am just making an assumption like you because it makes me feel like a big man.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@rechris06 @gatsbythepig I do?  Nope, you're thinking of someone else.  I have disliked Cod since the first one... nice try though.


I don't know what you guys are thinking but GTA is my favorite game series, ever.  I just have no interest in the first two.

petsodon
petsodon

@zzamaro @burgeg @daabulls23 you missed the "handheld" part. I have no interest in playing these games on my pc. I already did that in the past. I would LOVE to play them on my vita though.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@Mkeegs79 @gatsbythepig @rechris06I had an Atari 2600 growing up.  So, I had been alive for many years before the first two GTAs were released.  If these two games were released in the '90s, it's very likely I missed them because of high school and college.  I found the third GTA to be revolutionary for gaming.  I came across GTA III about a month before Vice City was released, which basically marks my re-entry into gaming.  The first two GTAs while interesting, and very fun I am assured, just don't garner enough of my attention, when I enjoy so many other things more.

Have fun.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@gatsbythepig @rechris06 It is it because you were not born yet and it looks too old for you? I say that because it was something brand new and creative. They really were the first mature titles on consoles that broke a threshold. Your objectives doing bad things.