I'm going to be uber controversial here and rank my top 12 Rockstar games ever. It was supposed to be a top 10, but just couldn't leave a certain couple off. Growing up with a lot these games, nostalgia is the main criteria here along with replayability, but admitidely acclaim/reputation played a part in it too. Couldn't be arsed with short paragraphs so I'm sure you can settle for a line or two:P End of the day, it's all personal preference. Oh yeah, no expansions/spin offs etc. included. EDIT: A couple are games were Rockstar was involved in, just to make the list a little more interesting.
12. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
So we kick things off with the sequel of arguably Rockstar's first great game. As expected with any of their games, terrific story and script overall. Sure the plot can be a bit overblown at times, but if you can look past that there's a lot to like in this character driven game.
11. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
OK, so maybe great storylines doesn't always ring true to all their games, but it's a street racing game. It should do anything but take itself serious. Itsvisually stunning with great customisation as well, being rare for car games back then. The soundtrack is just plain awesome, with dirty hip-hop music to truly get you speeding. It would certainly be higher on my list as a kid, but I can't remember it all that much.
10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Ahhh. Good times. After being banned off GTA3 when my mother finally realised what I was playing, I had to sneak off to my friends and families houses with my memory card to play this one. Man it was so worth it. The amount of swag this game carries cannot be touched by any other GTA. There's so much to do and see, even if it limits you compared to the sequels. Its probably still to date my favourite liscenced soundtrack ever. And it took me till this yearto find Ray Liotta played Tommy Vercetti :O Rockstar never fail to suprise me.
9. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
For a GTA handheld game, this is a masterpiece. The game returns to overhead view but functions like the latter games. Theres so many stuff to do, with hours upon hours of gameplay. It makes great use of its touch screen, with mini games including assembling guns and hotwiring cars. Only thing lacking is the superb narrative we've come to love from GTA games. Its considered one of the greatest DS games, and while I haven't played many, this is easily my favourite.
8. The Warriors
It's not everyday we come across a great movie licensed game, but when Rockstar is behind the project, there's little to worry about. As proven in this underrated gem. The Warriors controls like GTA and plays like a beat 'em up. Its a very retro, gritty game, and although the is strictly limited to just beating up other gangs, the combat has a way of staying fresh throughout the entire campaign. It won't come as a shock that the replay value is outstanding, either.
7. L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire trascends anything Rockstarhas ever worked on before in terms of ambition. There's few games like this, that feel like an experience rather than a video game. More like interactive cinematics. L.A. Noire may not be for the most impatient of players, and it certainly is a slow burner, but it truly rewards you with its first rate dialogue and technically superb facial movement (they're sometimes so real its actually scary).
Beat up the virtual geeks, humiliate the jocks, chase the skirt, piss off the teachers, play truancy... Bully is essentially Liberty City squeezed into a high school. It almost makes school look fun, minus the dull moments. Sure, Bully isn't as well made as most other Rockstar titles, but its certainly one of the most entertaining and engaging.
5. Grand Theft Auto III
This is where the list gets tough. I feel guilty for even put this and no. 5. GTA in its birds eye view state, was half decent. It wasn't until this hugely impactful entry had the series, in fact the the entire development team, truly found direction. It paved the way for not only later superior installments to come along, but also for the sandbox genre as a whole. I had great memories it, and although I was too young to interpret the themes and nature in the game, nothing beated cruising in a dock off tank and destructing anything in your path. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the staying power its successors have, mainly due to lack of things to do past exploring and destructing. But still its one of the most revolutionary and influential games from the past two generations.
4. Max Payne
I'd like to say styyle over substance just for the sake of it, but its anything but. It's got the perfect balance between the two. There's a truly dark, noir storyline, fantastic useage of comic book cut scenes, intense, cool-as-f bullet time shootouts andterrifying hallucinations where you least expect. Nothing feels out of place, and I still love going back to it despite how much games have evolved.
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
Take note developers: this is how you bring a sequel into the next generation. GTA IV shines in every department: level design, in game physics, voice acting, music, sound effects... its almost flawless. The story: from start to finish it will completely grip you, being the best plotline in the series so far, and thats coming from a very consistent series in that department. And once you've finished with it, be prepared to experience one of the few occasions were DLC outshines it's own game.
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
What makes San Andreas stand out to the rest of the crowd is how much depth was put into it. Its a HUGE place, and the amount of variety in the level design is phenomenal. Sure, GTA IV is the most realistic of the two, but this is on a wider scale, and much more ambitious. The cast is easily the best featured in any Rockstar game, and the RPG elements could have definitely gone somewhere had they carried it on in later installments. And did I not mention the easter eggs? I spent most of my hours exploring for Bigfoot and Texas Chainsaw Massace. I wasn't successful but you're sure to find some crazy sh*t!
1. Red Dead Redemption
Simply put, Red Dead Redemption is a masterpiece in every way a game can possible be. Technically superb on all fonts, you'll have a hard time finding a game this generation with so much detail and care taken in this beautiful wild west setting. Free roam is on a all time low for Rockstar, not only do you come across friendly allies and hostile bandits, but wildlife take part, ranging from cougars to bears to snakes. Every homage you could want in a western game is present, and it features a truly epic storyline and wonderful character development. John Marston is already regarded as one of the best protagonists in game history, and deservedly so. It was tough competition, but RDR just stands tall for me as Rockstars proudest moment.