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Grand Theft Auto 1

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:''This article is about the first game in the [[Grand Theft Auto|Grand Theft Auto series]]. Visit that link for all the others.''
'''Grand Theft Auto''', now known primarily as '''GTA 1''', was the first game in the [[GTAGrand Theft Auto|Grand Theft Auto series]], released on [[PlayStation1]], [[Personal Computer|PC]] and later on [[Game Boy Color]]. Many GTA games have been made since.
[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1969]] was made as an expansion pack for GTA, and [[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]] was in turn an expansion pack for London 1969. Both of these games require the original GTA disc to work.
Grand Theft Auto is set in [[Liberty City in GTA 1|Liberty City]], [[City of San Andreas|San Andreas]] and [[Vice City in GTA 1|Vice City]] in 1997. These renditions of the cities are vastly different from their more well-known counterparts in the [[GTA III eraEra]]. In the game, the player can choose from one of about eight [[protagonistProtagonists in GTA 1|protagonists]]s, and even change their names. The PC version of GTA1 is now available for free download [ here], along with [[Grand Theft Auto 2]] and another Rockstar game, [[wp:Wild Metal: Reclaim the Future|Wild Metal: Reclaim the Future]]. It begins with only one level 's not the original game, but has been remade to choose fromwork on modern Windows operating systems.  ==Game Information== <div style="float:left; width:200px; margin:15px;">*[[Characters in GTA 1|Characters]]*[[Missions in GTA 1|Missions]]*[[Vehicles in GTA 1|Vehicles]]*[[Gangs#GTA 1|Gangs]]</div><div style="float:left; width:200px; margin:15px;">*[[Weapons in GTA 1|Weapons]]*[[Radio Stations in GTA 1|Radio Stations]]*[[Cheats in GTA 1|Cheats]]</div><br clear="left">
===Liberty City===
[[Image:GTA1 PC screenshot.jpg|left|thumb|300px|Walking in Liberty City, [[PC]] version]]
*'''Gangsta Bang'''
The player works for [[Bubby]]. They have the player do several jobs, ranging from stealing two taxis to killing the police chief. One mission also involves a trap in the form of a bomb on a bus that will blow up if it gets below 50 mph (this was inspired by the movie [[wp:Speed (film)|Speed]]). Once the player has enough points, A mafioso Don Sonetti's guy will want to speak to them. Apparently the player double-crossed [[Sonetti|Bald Man Sonetti]], and is a dead man if it happens again.
*'''Heist Almighty'''
*'''Rasta Blasta'''
Now the player works for [[Marcus|Brother Marcus]]. Most jobs involve killing. When the player gets enough points and goes to see him, Brother Marcus is proud, and apparently the player got the job done. He thinks the player has done a good job. Now he doesn't think he'll be seeing the player for a long time.
[[File:Third-personview-GTA1.png|thumb|right|The [[Third-Person View|third person view]] used in the game.]]
The original ''Grand Theft Auto'' is made up of a series of levels each set in one of the three cities in the game. In each level, the player has a target number of points to achieve, and five lives to attain the score.
The three cities in which the game is set are modeled after real cities, in terms of landscape and style. They are [[Liberty City in GTA 1|Liberty City]] ([[wikipedia:New York City| New York City]]), [[City of San Andreas|San Andreas]] ([[wikipedia:San Francisco, California|San Francisco]]), and [[Vice City in GTA 1|Vice City]] ([[wikipedia:Miami, Florida|Miami]]).
Those three cities later became the settings for the [[GTA III Era|GTA III era games]] and [[GTA IV Era|GTA IV era games]]. Although in GTA San Andreas, San Andreas is expanded from a city to an American state, which contains three cities of its own.
{{main|Wanted Level in GTA 1}}
Law enforcement in GTA 1 is generally characterized as a obstacle in the game, appearing in the force of [[police]] officers who are ready to pursue arrest the player if they player has committed sufficient criminal acts. The player's wanted level is defined by the number of police heads seen on top of the screen; the more police heads the player amasses by commuting committing more crime, the more determined the police will be to subdue the player. The player can have up to four police heads, which at this point leads to very hostile officers.
There are only two ways to eliminate the player's wanted level: But either driving their vehicle to a [[Spray Shop|spray shop]], or picking up a "[[Police Bribes|cop bribe]]" pickup in certain parts of each city.
Despite it's its age, GTA 1 even included a multiplayer function, which allowed players to battle with human opponents. This was possible over either a LAN connection or using a null modem cable.
== Ports ==
The original ''Grand Theft Auto 1'' was first available for [[wikipedia:DOS| DOS]], and then later ported to [[:wp:Microsoft Windows|Microsoft Windows]], [[PlayStation]], and [[Game Boy Color]]. Surprisingly, the Game Boy Color version was unabridged, which was quite a technical achievement due to the sheer size of the cities, converted tile-for-tile from the PC original, making them many times larger than most Game Boy Color game worlds were because of the handheld's limited hardware. To cater for the target younger generation, however, the game was heavily censored, with gore and swearing removed.
== Controversy ==
The game, with its violent subject matter, generated a great deal of controversy. However, this was deemed to be intentional, and was the first game known to have been publicised in such a way. [[Take-Two Interactive]], the publishers of ''Grand Theft Auto'', hired publicist [[wp:Max Clifford|Max Clifford]] to generate an aura of controversy about the game in the local media. As a result, politicians stepped into the fray. Whatever the impact on game censorship and the perception of video gaming, the publicity worked - the title was hugely successful simply because those attempting to ban the game were inadvertently generating publicity for it. This has been a known and recognised recognized phenomenon of violent video games ever since.
*GTA 1 and [[Grand Theft Auto Online]] are the only games to date to feature a female protagonist. * One of the hidden [[Easter Egg]]s in the game is the now famous "Gouranga" bonus, given for swiftly killing an entire group of [[Hare Krishna]] monks.* The parts of the cities are based on their real-life counterparts, such as Liberty City's neighborhoods. There are neighborhoods like [[Brix]], which is based on The Bronx, [[Brocklyn]] (obviously based on Brooklyn). Vice City has districts such as [[Vice Beach]] and Banana Grove, which are based on Miami Beach and Coconut Grove.*A [[El Burro (GTA 1)|character ]] called [[El Burro (GTA III)|El Burro]] also appears in [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and a character called [[El Burro (GTA CW)|El Burro]] also appears in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]].*[[Head Radio]] is one (if not the only) original radio station left. It was from GTA 1 that appears in this game, and other games; it was also a station in [[Grand Theft Auto 2]] as well as in [[Grand Theft Auto GTA III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]].
== See also ==

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