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:{{also|''This article is about the Grand Theft Auto series. For the first game in the series, see [[Grand Theft Auto 1]] , for the crime see [[Vehicle Theft]], or for the mission in [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]] see [[Grand Theft Auto (mission)]].''}}{{Infobox video game series|width=175|title=Grand Theft Auto|image=[[File:Logo.svg|200px]]|caption=Grand Theft Auto series logo, which has<br />been used since [[Grand Theft Auto III]]|developer=[[Rockstar Games]]<br />[[Rockstar North]] (formerly DMA Design)<br />[[Rockstar Leeds]]<br />[[Rockstar Toronto]]<br />[[Rockstar Lincoln]]|publisher=[[Rockstar Games]]|genre=Action, parody and sandbox|creator=David Jones<br />[[Dan Houser]]<br />[[Sam Houser]]|first release version=[[Grand Theft Auto 1]]|first release date=October 1997|latest release version=[[GTA IV Episodes#Episodes from Liberty City|Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City]]|latest release date=April 2010}}'''Grand Theft Auto''' ('''GTA''') is a long-running series of video games, published by [[Rockstar Games]] and developed by subsidiary companies. The first games were developed by [[Rockstar North]] (formerly DMA Design) and [[BMG Interactive]] (a subsidiary of BMG Records).
There are currently ten games in the series, plus two expansion packs for the original and two expansions for GTA IV. The games have been released for various platforms, including the [[Personal Computer|PC]], [[Image:Logo.svgPlayStation 1|PSX]], [[PlayStation 2|PS2]], [[Xbox]], [[PlayStation 3|rightPS3]], [[Xbox 360]], [[Game Boy Color|220pxGBC]], [[Game Boy Advance|The current logo used since GTA III.GBA]]'''Grand Theft Auto''', or '''GTA'''[[PlayStation Portable|PSP]], is a long-running series of videogames[[Nintendo DS|DS]], published by [[Rockstar GamesApple Mac|Mac]] and developed by subsidiary companies. The game was originally developed and published by , [[Rockstar NorthAndroid]] (formerly DMA Design) and [[BMG InteractiveApple iPhone|iPhone]] (a subsidiary , with all but two of BMG Records)the games released on multiple platforms.
There are currently ten {{games in the series, with a further two expansion packs for the original, and downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV. The games have been released for various platforms, including the [[PC]], [[PS2]], [[Xbox]], [[PS3]], [[Xbox 360]], [[PSP]] and [[DS]], with most of the games released on multiple platforms. }}
There has been a massive amount of [[controversy ]] over this series, which peaked with the . The discovery of some sex scenes in GTA San Andreas that were disabled (but not removed) before the game was published. The unofficial hidden [[Hot Coffee Modification|Hot Coffee]] minigame through a [[Modifications|mod]] and subsequent uproar gave Rockstar Games a huge amount of press attention.
Grand Theft Auto holds 10 world gaming records including the Most Guest Stars in a Video Game Series, Largest Voice Cast in a Video Game ([[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]), Largest In-Game Soundtrack ([[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]), and Most Successful Entertainment Launch Of All Time ([[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]).
==The GamesOverview ==Individual {{toc}}The games allow people to take on the role of a criminal in a big city, typically an individual who rises through the ranks of organised crime through the course of the game. Various missions are set for completion by the figureheads of the city underworld, generally criminal, which must be completed to progress through the series storyline. Assassinations, and other crimes feature regularly, but occasionally taxi driving, firefighting, pimping, street racing, or learning to fly fixed-wing aircraft are also involved as alternate adventures, which can be categorised into different 'eras'done at any time during the game, mostly dependant on with the storyline and graphics engine used. The start exception of a new era is indicated by a new number after Grand Theft Auto, eg "GTA III"the periods performing main missions.
===The Grand Theft Auto series, belonging to a genre of free-roaming video games called "sandbox games," grants a large amount of freedom to the player in deciding what to do and how to do it through multiple methods of transport and weapons. Unlike most traditional action games, which are structured as a single track series of levels with linear gameplay, in GTA 1 Era===In the [[GTA 1 Era]] there is original player can determine the missions they want to undertake, and their relationships with various characters are changed based on these choices. The cities of the games can also be roamed freely at any point in the game, offering many accessible buildings and the subsequent two expansion packs featuring minor missions in 1960's [[London]]. Whilst originally just called '''"Grand Theft Auto"''There are exceptions: missions follow a linear, overarching plot, and some city areas must be unlocked over the course of the first game . Although you can explore the entire city or state even it is locked (but there are limited time to explore some city because some may trigger a 4-wanted level) and era have become known as "GTA 1" for clarityignore the missions.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto 1|Grand Theft Auto]]'== The Games ==Individual games in the series can be categorized into different 'eras' (1997), available for mostly dependant on the [[PlayStation]], [[PC]] storyline and [[Game Boy Color]]graphics engine used. Features the cities The start of [[Liberty City]], [[Vice City]] and [[San Andreas]].** '''[[a new era is indicated by a new number after Grand Theft Auto: London 1969|Grand Theft Auto (Mission Pack #1): London 1969]]''' (1999), an expansion pack, available for the PlayStation and PC, set in [[London]]e. London is the only playable city in the series with a real nameg.** '''[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961|Grand Theft Auto (Mission Pack #2): London 1961]]''' (1999), a further expansion to London 1969, available only as a free download for the PC"GTA III".
===GTA 2 1 Era===The In the [[GTA 2 1 Era]] contains there is the original game, and the subsequent two expansion packs featuring missions in 1960's [[London]]. Whilst originally just GTA2called '''"Grand Theft Auto"'', which featured an improved graphics engine the first game and a different style of gameplayera have become known as "GTA 1" for clarity.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto 21|Grand Theft Auto]]''' (19991997), available for the [[PlayStation 1|PlayStation]], [[Personal Computer|PC]] and [[Game Boy Color]]. Features the cities of [[Liberty City in GTA 1|Liberty City]], [[DreamcastSan Andreas in GTA 1|San Andreas]], and [[Game Boy ColorVice City in GTA 1|Vice City]]. The game is ** '''[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1969]]''' (1999), an expansion pack, available for the PlayStation and PC, set in completely fictional [[Anywhere CityLondon]] . London is the only playable city in the near future around series with a real name.** '''[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]]''' (1999), a further expansion to London 1969, available only as a free download for the year 2013PC.
===GTA III 2 Era===The [[Grand Theft Auto 2|GTA III 2 Era]] featured the first blockbuster contains just GTA title, Grand Theft Auto III2, which featured an improved graphics engine and introduced a [[3D]] game world and a third person perspective. The entire era contains interlocking storylines, and many characters appear accross multiple games. Notably, games in this era were not released in chronological orderdifferent style of gameplay.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto III2]]''' (20011999), available for the [[PlayStation 1|PlayStation]], [[Personal Computer|PC]], [[Dreamcast]], and [[Game Boy Color]]. The game is set in a completely fictional [[Liberty Anywhere City]], based upon . [[Grand Theft Auto 2|GTA 2]] is the only GTA game to have a digit in the real life New York Citytitle instead of a Roman Numeral. Multiplayer It is the only game mode was lost, but other areas were much improved, namely in its era and the graphics, voice acting, storyline with non-linear gameplayonly one to have a T rating.
* '''=== GTA III Era ===The [[GTA III Era]] featured the first blockbuster GTA title, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]''' (2002)III, set in and introduced a [[Vice CityThree-Dimensional|3D]], game world and a city based on real life Miamithird person perspective. This sequel to GTA III is technically a prequel (set in 1986) to the gameThe entire era contains interlocking storylines, and to GTA: San Andreasmany characters appear across multiple games. Notably, which was games in this era were not released after Vice Cityin chronological order.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto AdvanceIII]]''' (20042001), what was originally supposed to be set in a cut-down port of GTAIII for the fictional [[Game Boy AdvanceLiberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]], turned out to be a completely original based upon the real life New York City. Multiplayer gamemode was lost, but other areas were much improved, namely the graphics, set a year before GTAIIIvoice acting, in a slightly changed Liberty Citystoryline with non-linear gameplay.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasVice City]]''' (20042002), set in the state of San Andreas, featured three cities, [[Los Santos]], [[San Fierro]] and [[Las VenturasVice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]], a city based on Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas respectivelyreal life Miami. The game This sequel to GTA III is technically a prequel (set in 1992, making it a sequel 1986) to GTA: Vice Citythe game, and prequel to GTA III. The game featured a lot more customization optionsSan Andreas, for both player and vehicles, and caused controversy when [[Hot Coffee|sex games]] were revealed in the games code on both the console and PC versionswhich was released after GTA Vice City.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesAdvance]]''' (20052004), what was originally supposed to be a prequel set in Liberty City, 1998. Originally cut-down port of GTA III for the [[PlayStation PortableGame Boy Advance]], turned out to be a PS2 port was released completely original game, set a year before GTA III, in June 2006a slightly changed Liberty City.
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesSan Andreas]]''' (20062004), announced on May 10th during set in the [[E3San Andreas in GTA III Era|state of San Andreas]], is based featured three cities, [[Los Santos in GTA III Era|Los Santos]], [[San Fierro]] and [[Vice CityLas Venturas]], 1984based on Los Angeles, two years before the original [[Grand Theft Auto Vice City|San Francisco and Las Vegas respectively. The game is set in 1992, making it a sequel to GTA Vice City]], featuring Lance Vance's brother Vic as the protagonistand prequel to GTA III. It was released in October 2006 The game featured a lot more customization options, for the PSPboth players and vehicles.
:''See also: [[The Introduction]]''
 
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]''' (2005), a prequel set in Liberty City, 1998. Originally for the [[PlayStation Portable]], a PS2 port was released in June 2006 without [[multiplayer]].
 
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]''' (2006), announced on May 10th during [[E3]], is based in Vice City, 1984, two years before the original GTA Vice City, featuring Lance Vance's brother Vic as the protagonist. It was released in October 2006 for the PSP. A [[PlayStation 2|PS2]] port was released later without [[multiplayer]] in March 2007.
It is generally believed that the [[GTA III Era]] has been completed, and there will be no more official expansions on the characters, storylines or engine. However [[Modifications]] and [[Fan Fiction]] continue to build on these.
=== GTA IV Era ===
The [[GTA IV Era]] features Rockstar's new [[RAGE]] engine, also used in [[wp: Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis|Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis]]. This era features
* '''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]''' (2008) - Set in 2008 in a redesigned [[Liberty City in GTA IV|Liberty City]], with new game mechanics, a multiplayer mode, and with protagonist [[Niko Bellic]] trying to start a new life. GTA IV has been released for [[Xbox 360]], [[PS3]] and [[PC]].
** '''[[The Lost and Damned|Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned]]''' (2009) - a downloadable [[GTA IV Episodes|episode]] released in February 2009 for the Xbox 360 only. TLAD is set in the same [[Liberty City in GTA IV|Liberty City]] as GTA IV, with events and characters overlapping with [[GTA IV]]. The protagonist is a biker, [[Johnny Klebitz]], of The Lost Brotherhood biker gang. There are no known plans to port these episodes to other platforms.
** '''''[[GTA IV Episode 2]]''''' - A second episode for GTA IV is planned, but as-yet unnamed, also for Xbox 360, with release planned for the second half of 2009.
:* '''[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown WarsThe Lost and Damned]]''' (2009), - a downloadable [[GTA IV Episodes|episode]] released in February 2009 for the [[Xbox 360]]. TLAD is set in 2009 and focusing on the same [[Liberty City in GTA IV|Liberty City triads]] as GTA IV, with events and characters overlapping with [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]. The protagonistis a biker, [[Huang LeeJohnny Klebitz]] , of The Lost Brotherhood biker gang. It is also available on a disc Episodes From Liberty City which includes The Ballad of Gay Tony also. It was released on [[PC]] (Games for Windows - LIVE) and [[PlayStation 3]] in April 2010. :* '''[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''' (2009) - A second episode for GTA IV released in October 2009, the son of a murdered Triad boss who comes to last DLC for GTA IV. The protagonist is [[Liberty CityLuis Fernando Lopez|Luis Lopez]], a part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Gay Tony. It is set in was released on the same day as Episodes From Liberty City as GTA IV, but scaled down disc. It was released on [[PC]] (Games for the Windows - LIVE) and [[Nintendo DSPlayStation 3]]in April 2010.
There * '''[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]''' (2009), set in 2009, a year after GTA IV and the two DLCs with a story focusing on the Liberty City Triads. The protagonist, [[Huang Lee]] is also the possibility son of a second part murdered Triad boss who comes to [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]]. It is set in the same Liberty City as GTA IV(excluding [[Alderney]], like but scaled down for the [[GTA Vice CityNintendo DS]] did after . A [[GTA IIIPSP]]. Alternatively a new engine may be produced and [[RockstarApple iPhone|iPhone]] could jump straight to GTA 5 / GTA Vport were released later, including new missions, characters and radio stations and improved graphics.
==The Fan Base==Grand Theft Auto has one of the largest fan bases of any game franchise. There are many unofficial [[Fansites]] about GTA games, providing the latest news, download databases, and often an online forum for the GTA community. Thousands of GTA fansites exist, ranging from small one-person news blogs to community-edited wikis (like this one) to massive downloads databases to forums with hundreds of thousands of members.
One activity popular with fans is [[Modifications|modding]] - creating new vehicle models, skins, re-texturing of objects, and tweaking settings in the games' configuration files. These modifications are then made freely available on these fansites for anyone to download and install into their game. Another popular pastime (since GTA III) is [[stunting]] - the act of performing wild stunts with vehicles, and producing compilation videos.
Some of the more creative members of the community enjoy writing their own [[Fan Fiction]] - stories based on events which follow on from, or are based around events which happen in the games. These are not considered to be canon, but
The [[List of GTA Forums]] attempts to list all of the large communities, and demonstrates just how big the community as a whole is.
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