GTA III 10th Anniversary Celebration

Rockstar's Dan Houser and members of the GameSpot staff recall memories of one of the most influential games of all time.

It's hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2. The game not only sparked a revolution in open-world design and influenced countless other games to follow, but it also attracted a fair bit of controversy from mainstream media that continues to demonize it to this day. To celebrate this occasion, we took a trip up to New York where we met up with Dan Houser, the VP of creative at Rockstar Games, who has written for the series since GTA III. We also had a few members of the GameSpot editorial team recall some of their favorite tricks while playing the game, which you can find below.

Dan Houser Opens Up About Grand Theft Auto III
Longtime series writer discusses GTA III's ongoing legacy, why he's not concerned with public outcries, and how "no one gave a crap" about the game at E3 2001. If you're too cool to read an interesting interview, why not check out the TL;DR version here?

GTA III: 10 years, 10 memories, 10 GameSpotters
What happens when you put 10 GameSpot editors in a room to play Grand Theft Auto III? The shocking answer is below, and it isn't pretty!

Grand Theft Auto III - 10th Anniversary Trailer
Rockstar created its own video tribute to Liberty City.

What are some of your favorite memories of GTA III? How do you think it has impacted the gaming industry? Let us know in the comments!

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76 comments
cattter123
cattter123

omg 10 years.i still play it even though i have GTA IV

Genius2006
Genius2006

Real classic. This is how a groundbraker game is made. GTA is in the best-three games in all time. If you haven't played it yet, you must check that out.

xyboink
xyboink

one of the game which has changed the game industry. Like in a revolution, it became an icon, an example for most game devs since it got released. i still play GTA and sometimes i still play retro, by playing old versions. that has made this name as a legend. A lot knows what "gta" stands for !

Warhawk_
Warhawk_

One of the greatest game ever to be released on the PS2. And I still play it to this day.

serial666k
serial666k

Thug life- gota love it. Do not like or respect me fine- you will fear me!!!!!!!!!

taker254isback
taker254isback

Pioneer game when it comes to "Free-roaming" non - linear gameplay.

NeoJ4K3
NeoJ4K3

I couldn't believe that deal on Steam all the games, Plus the DLC for GTA 4...All for the low price of 12 dollars...If you have steam do not miss this opportunity, it ends in twelve hours

TheDigitalDomo
TheDigitalDomo

I don't think my buddy has stopped playing this game in the past 10 years

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

Started to choke up little... i remember everything like was yestarday... my first video game ever and it STILL is one of best. this is the number one game to play for a persons first time playing a video game

oskuuu
oskuuu

10 years.. feels like it's been like 3 years at the most :)

metalkid9
metalkid9

HEY GUYS THERE IS A SALE ON STEAM RIGHT NOW. YOU GET ALL GTA GAMES FOR $12!!

Prado0
Prado0

Luv GTA especially San Andreas

tukimi86
tukimi86

Justin Calvert = F**KING WIN YEA FOLLOW THEM DRIVING LAWS LOL

Alexrmf
Alexrmf

it's been 10 years now? daaamn ... that was one crazy game. playing it on my Duron 900Mhz and GeForce 2 MX 400, oh boy... great memories

voldo25
voldo25

I just bought every GTA game on Steam for 12 bucks. What a steal.

Smecheu
Smecheu

nice very very nice wonderful game love it stil

iAnej
iAnej

makes me wanna play it all over again ! great game ^__^

ForwardCompass
ForwardCompass

First video, 6 minutes in - Told that ugly girl to shut up finally.

Codester_41
Codester_41

Wow, Carolyn, that is EXACTLY what I do. Having the Cops try and run you off the road while your in a RHINO tank but blow themselves up is just a blast. XD

Badmutha
Badmutha

"Knowledge is king, mon! That's why we love the scientist here on K-JAH!!!"

CUZZO314
CUZZO314

this is no doubt the best game ever made its the very first game i got for the ps2 at Christmas this brings back so many good memories long live gta3

volkov2k
volkov2k

These remind me of old times.

SoYoung24
SoYoung24

I want a GTA3 HD port please. GTA3 was one of my favorite game of all time. So much better then the sequels IMO.

Everest2001
Everest2001

What a game! When it was released I wasn't that interested in gaming anymore, I had all my time occupied with finishing college, girlfriend, travelling, etc... but GTA III brought me back to the PC, it was so different from everything else, so fun, so immersive. Vice City and San Andreas were awesome too, but GTA III will always be that special game I'll always remember. Like the first time you have sex, even if it is not the best sex you have in your life :D

havocmerc
havocmerc

THANKS to the Houser brothers and to Rockstar. You have given me a great series.

poeticas
poeticas

@denisfcporto as 10 year anniversary game it would be awesome :) but its already to late :(

denisfcporto
denisfcporto

wouldnt be cool if rockstars make a GTA where somehow all characters meet ?

poeticas
poeticas

My very best game of all times :) I loved adding arm all pedestrians cheat and then make them insane cheat ... was just awesome going into the war zone and etc ... i wish they would remake it into a HD version for xbox and ps3 :)

meyouandher
meyouandher

I Remember playing it on PC for the very first time,i crashed and flip my car with 8-Ball in the first mission,nothing good as beating up people with Melee Weapon in this game and Vice City,melee combat is fast and fun! other than that,shooting people with pistol or Uzi is a lot easier because you can move around while shooting,the deadliest weapon is the M16,it can impale Body Parts! hahahhahaa.

DavidStorm
DavidStorm

Best game ever ! Played it for months and months all day long in my small years, it just had such magic in it. All its flaws made the game incredibly fun.

SaurabhAV
SaurabhAV

Vice City was a lot of fun too, and san andreas was just bad ass, and gta4 took the game to a whole new level but by then the genre was overexposed

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Pretty much my favorite game as a kid. And no I am not a serial killer despite what certain parental activist groups might believe. :P

Bog101
Bog101

Carolyn is a man lady

D27x
D27x

Can u imagine a bundle that assembles GTA3;VICE CITY and San Andreas totally remastered? OHOHOHOHOOOOOOOOOOOOooOoOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

hombreg1
hombreg1

too bad that after san andreas, everything went downhill

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

Aw brings tears to my eyes :)

Devil_Spooky
Devil_Spooky

Not as good as the first 2 but without a doubt better than the last ones.

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

I can't believe it's been ten years. This day, ten years ago, I picked up my first prostitute and had a little "alone time" with her, then bashed her brains in with a baseball bat and took back the money I just paid her. I have two older Uncles that were watching me do this, to which they responded: "This is the best game ever." Ten years later, I don't think it's the best game ever, but I do think it is still a great game and definitely one of the most important games of all time. So, here's to ten more years of beating prostitutes with baseball bats and performing drive-bys in stolen cars!

drcsyntax
drcsyntax

GTA3 had THE BEST main character IMO. He talked without talking; I hope they bring him back in another edition.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Amazing memory, Really hope Rockstar releases a HD bundle of all previous GTA games :)

NightFox313
NightFox313

Nothing like walking down the street and punching everyone you see. In a video game, of course! GTA ftw!

sonicpsycho13
sonicpsycho13

Sitting around with friends, wreaking havoc, and trading off the controller whenever you died or got busted.

fafish
fafish

spent hundreds of hours roaming and killing around... epic game

twztid13
twztid13

i honestly played like Justin, lol!

twztid13
twztid13

i hope they leave those first 3 3d ones alone (unless it's just in the same city like gta3 & 4). we all have memories of those games & have played them to death. i would rockstar take their precious time & develop new GTA games, not rehash ones we've played to death. if it happens, outsorce it to another dev, otherwise GTA 6 will be on ps5 & xbox1080.

Skargamer
Skargamer

Wonder if they'll ever 'remaster' GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas... that would be so epic. It would probably keep me company for YEARS...

Legojake94
Legojake94

i think GTA3 is good because then that way i could buy GTA4 xP

xbox360555
xbox360555

my memories with GTAIII was playing it :)