Grand Theft Auto (London 1969, London 1961) | Grand Theft Auto 2
Grand Theft Auto III | Grand Theft Auto: Vice City | Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories | Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto (commonly abbreviated GTA) is a video game series created in the United Kingdom by Dave Jones, then later by brothers Dan Houser and Sam Houser, and game designer Zachary Clarke. It is primarily developed by British developer Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design) and published by Rockstar Games. The name of the series is derived from grand theft auto, a term referring to motor vehicle theft. The series has won multiple awards.
The series is set in fictional locales heavily modelled on American cities, while an expansion for the original was based in London. Gameplay focuses on an open world where the player can choose missions to progress an overall story, as well as engaging in side activities, all consisting of action-adventure, driving, occasional role-playing, stealth, and racing elements. The subject of the games is usually a comedic satire of American culture, but the series has gained controversy for its adult nature and violent themes.
The series focuses around many different protagonists who attempt to rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. The antagonists are commonly characters who have betrayed the protagonist or his organisation, or characters who have the most impact impeding the protagonist's progress.Fictional chronology:
1961 - London, 1961
1969 - London, 1969
1997 - Grand Theft Auto
GTA 2 era
1999 - Grand Theft Auto 2
GTA III era
1984 - Vice City Stories
1986 - Vice City
1992 - San Andreas
1998 - Liberty City Stories
2000 - Grand Theft Auto Advance
2001 - Grand Theft Auto III
2003 - Manhunt
2006 - Bully
2012 - Manhunt 2
Locations (GTA III era):
Liberty City, Liberty State
Carcer City, Liberty State
Vice City, Florida
Cottonmouth, (unknown, possibly Louisiana)
Los Santos, San Andreas
San Fierro, San Andreas
Las Venturas, San Andreas
Bullworth, New Hampshire
Links of interest:
Concept art and renders for GTA 2
Beta screenshots and various artwork for Grand Theft Auto III
Flickr account showcasing renders and screengrabs for Grand Theft Auto III
The Advertising Council of Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas
Vice City's "The Lab" Behind the Scenes (Part 1: Animation)
Vice City's "The Lab" Behind the Scenes (Part 2: Sound)
Vice City's "The Lab" Behind the Scenes (Part 3: City Design)
Eurogamer: Who spilled Hot Coffee?
Videos of interest:
Grand Theft Auto resulted from a glitch in an earlier DMA Designs game, Race 'n Chase. The glitch made the police attempt to run the player's car off the road rather than pulling them over; it was so popular with play-testers that the game was reworked to focus on the behavior.
Grand Theft Auto was the first game to take place in more than one city.
To date, Grand Theft Auto is the only game of the series to have two protagonist options that are female.
Head Radio is the only radio station from Grand Theft Auto that appears in other games; it was also a station in Grand Theft Auto 2 as well as in GTA III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and was planned to be in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Grand Theft Auto 2 is the only GTA game on two different generation of consoles. PlayStation is 5th generation while the Dreamcast is 6th generation.
GTA Advance is the only Grand Theft Auto game to incorporate a speedometer for cars.
Either an exterior or interior of Liberty City appears in some form in all of the GTA III era games except for Vice City Stories, where Liberty City is at least referenced.
In almost all GTA III era games, the cars have a clutch system by pressing the brake and accelerator simultaneously (as in doing a burnout) while the car is in motion. When you press them, the car seems to be rolling without engine power (except GTA III).
The appearance of Sex Club 7 in the Liberty City scene of The Introduction (San Andreas) is a canonical error. Before 1998, it was called Paulie's Revue Bar. This happened because Rockstar wrote GTA: Liberty City Stories after GTA: San Andreas.
Motorbikes were "banned" in Liberty City between 1999 and 2001 to make room for more cars. This is the game's explanation for why motorcycles were unavailable in GTA III.
Lazlow and Fernando Martinez are said to reside in Upstate Liberty.
Vice City is the only setting in the GTA III era not to feature a Chinatown district.
Vice City is the only city in the GTA III era that did not feature any universities or colleges.
Tommy speaks very little Spanish, as heard between his farewell to Colonel Cortez in ‘All Hands On Deck’.
At 35 years of age during the events of Vice City (50 by the events of Grand Theft Auto III), Tommy is currently the oldest protagonist in the series.
Toni Cipriani is likely an homage to Tony Soprano, the main character from The Sopranos. Aside from their names, both characters also share ongoing problems with their mothers who also ordered hits on them. They would also later go on to have severe weight problems.
Toni is the only protagonist to give another protagonist missions (namely, Claude).
Toni is the only protagonist who can be heard speaking on the radio, as he calls Chatterbox FM to complain about his mother during GTA III.
San Fierro is the smallest city in the GTA III era.
Daniel Lamb, protagonist of Manhunt 2, was born in San Fierro.
Las Venturas is the least populous city in the GTA III era with a population of 500,000.
In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, after killing Paulie Sindacco, his tombstone in Liberty City cemetery will say Viva Las Venturas Baby.
I am a huge GTA fan - specifically with the GTA III era titles.
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