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Grand Theft Auto III
GTA III North American Cover
DeveloperDMA Design/Rockstar North (PS2, PC)

Rockstar Vienna (Xbox)

PublisherRockstar Games
Release datesPS2

United States Canada 22nd October 2001
United Kingdom Europe 26th October 2001
Australia New Zealand 26th October 2001
Japan 25th September 2003
United States Canada 20th May 2002
United Kingdom Europe 24th May 2002
Australia New Zealand 24th May 2002
Japan 25th September 2003
United States Canada 21st October 2003
United Kingdom Europe 2nd January 2004
Australia New Zealand 2nd January 2004
Japan 29th July 2004

PlatformsPlayStation 2
Personal Computer

BBFC: 18
ELSPA: 18+ (PC only)
OFLC: MA 15+ (originally RC)
OFLC (NZ): R18
USK: 16+
SELL: 16
aDeSe: +18
VET/SFB: 18 (Square)

LocationLiberty City

Grand Theft Auto III is the third installment of the Grand Theft Auto series, (not including the London expansions) and was released in late 2001 for PlayStation 2 in North America, Europe, and Australia. Over the next three years, an Xbox and a PC version were released, and Japan saw releases of all three platforms as well.

GTA III is the first foray into true three dimensional GTA gameplay, with the player taking control of the game via a third person perspective, viewed from behind and above the player character, as opposed to a top down perspective. The transition from top town to full 3D has been widely regarded as a great maneuver, proven by its phenomenal sales figures. The changes made for GTA III marked a defining point in the series' graphical representation and control scheme. More recent GTA titles have stuck with the same 3D control and visual scheme, and all future titles of GTA are likely to remain so, albeit improved in visual quality as hardware improves.


You've been betrayed and left for dead. Now you're taking revenge, unless the city gets you first. Mob bosses need favors, crooked cops need help and street gangs want you dead. You'll have to rob, steal and kill just to stay out of serious trouble. Anything can happen out here.

Game Information

Alternative Artwork

In some PAL territories, Grand Theft Auto III was released with different cover artwork, despite there being no major differences in the game itself. Below are two examples, of the box art used for the UK and German versions respectively.

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