All The Grand Theft Auto Games, Reviewed: GTA 5, Vice City, And More
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Moving On Up In The City
Over the course of the franchise's twenty years, the Grand Theft Auto series has seen all sorts of changes and improvements throughout its many crime sprees in large open worlds. While each game brought its own take on the familiar rags-to-riches story, where a small-time hood makes some bold moves against some notorious criminals, Rockstar Games have managed to up the ante with every installment--eventually becoming the quintessential example of what an open-world game is.
Starting out as a top-down sandbox action game where stealing cars and evading the law was the primary focus, 1998's Grand Theft Auto offered several missions and challenges that tested players' driving skills. But not long after, the series eventually transitioned into the 3D open-world space with Grand Theft Auto III. Upon its release, the third core entry in the series was a watershed moment in gaming, kicking off the push towards games that offered complete freedom in vast worlds--all while causing trouble along the way. GTA III saw a number of spin-offs such as Vice City and San Andreas, which greatly expanded the scope of gameplay and exploration.
But it wasn't until 2008 when GTA III saw its true successor with Grand Theft Auto IV, serving as a reboot for the series. Stepping into the shoes of Eastern-European immigrant Niko Bellic, the newcomer would fall into the criminal underworld of the re-imagined Liberty City, as he tried to get his own piece of the American dream. Though IV was a far more subdued take on the increasingly more over-the-top GTA experience, it managed to tell a far more consistent and layered story that grew more engaging as it went on--and the narrative was fleshed out even further with the release of two story expansions." But in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V saw its release, taking the series to new heights. With three playable characters, the largest map of the series, and a densely populated online mode with heists and other high-stakes missions to take part in, GTA V would eventually go on to become the fastest-selling video game in history.
Over the course of the Grand Theft Auto series' rise, and occasional falls, GameSpot was always there to offer our thoughts on its continued growth. While we skipped out on reviewing some of the more obscure GTA titles, particularly ones for the Game Boy Color, we've invested time with the franchise's most noteworthy entries. Here are all of our reviews for every major GTA game, from 1998 to the present day.
Is there a particular GTA game that still stands as your favorite among the others? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.