Why GTA Series is so popular?

Tharindu Prabath
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GTA (Grand Theft Auto) series logo – Image from 1000 Logos

‘Grand Theft Auto’ or most commonly named ‘GTA’ Series is one of the major game series in the gaming world. It is a gaming series of action-adventure games. Under publication of ‘Rockstar Games’, this series has become one of the most prominent figure among the gaming community. So, from today’s article, we are going to take an overview of this fascinating game series.

Gameplay in GTA Series

All of the games feature in the ‘open-world‘ genre. These games offer various types of activities unlike other open-world games such as shooting, role-playing, racing, driving, and, various other side activities. All the games fixed in fictional cities named, Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City those resembles modern or old US cities.

Gameplay Image from 2004’s GTA San Andreas – Image from DeviantArt

The Gameplay mainly focuses on gang activities. As the main character’s attempt to rise up to the ranks of criminal empire is the base story of each game. Basically, you start from small missions as the street gang member, and finally, you will handle huge heists. These missions will include killing persons, evading police, escorting someone special, and, many others.

Gameplay Screenshot from GTA IV – Image from GTA4.net

So basically, these games giving you the freedom of living as an underworld gangster and to do whatever you need. This availability of various options had made these games more popular than other similar games. For example, the close contestants, ‘Saints Row Series‘ is majorly focusing on customization and hilarious activities. And, ‘Mafia Series’ majorly focus on story-line. However, GTA games concentrate on both stories and activities. Its major feature is these actions. Especially in later games of the series, the player has a variety of options to do outside the story of the game.

Furthermore, another side you need to consider about this series. According to many, these games condemned and accusations for violent activities, corrupting gamers, and unfortunately connection to real-life crimes. Because of these things many major countries had banned some games of the series within those countries.

Main Games in the GTA Series

So let’s talk about the major titles of the series and their special attributes. We will talk about each game in detail, from our future articles.

Grand Theft Auto – 1997

The first game of the series. Came in the 2D era of gaming and made the foundation for the series. Faced many problems in numerous countries because of the violent activities available in the game.

Grand Theft Auto III – 2001

The first major game in 3D graphics made criminal actions super violent and had more problems to face for the developers and publishers. The most questionable actions were killing police officers, military personnel that was available in the game. Also, many people criticized the increment of criminal activities rather than heroic actions comparing to many other games released at the same time.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – 2002

Gameplay Screenshot from Vice City – Image from Pinterest

GTA: Vice City was the sixth game of the franchise. Because of the successful game previously, this game made more financial success for the publishers. The game contains the story of Tommy Vercetti, a mobster’s story. Basically this game is might be the first game you played in the series as previous games were too old. The game includes several real-life events involving various gang activities in Miami, United States. This game also suffered from huge criticizes around the globe for brutal and violent actions. Despite those criticisms, Vice City was the most successful game in 2002.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – 2004

GTA San Andreas released back in 2004, and the game was available in PS2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Android, and, iOS gaming platforms. This one hugely interacts with diversion activities other than the main story. The main story centers around a former gangster, Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson. The game sets on a fictional city of San Andreas basically based on California, United States. GTA San Andreas had really made its mark on the gaming history as many claim it as one of the best games ever made.

Following video shows the intro to San Andreas.

GTA: San Andreas Gameplay 1 by iPhantom3D

Grand Theft Auto IV – 2008

The eleventh title GTA IV released back in 2008. The story sets on the fictional Liberty City (Inspired by New York City). The main character ‘Niko Bellic’, a war veteran’s story to become an infamous underworld mob boss. In this game, there is an online multiplayer mode is included.

The following video contains gameplay in GTA: IV.

GTA IV Gameplay video from HD6990Gamer

Grand Theft Auto V – 2013

Grand Theft Auto V was released back in 2013 and it is undoubted to be the best game of the series. Also, it is one of the best games you’ll find up to now. Sets on San Andreas, the story follows 3 main characters for the first time of the franchise. They are, Michael De Santa, a former bank robber, Franklin Clinton, street gangster and, Trevor Philips, a drug dealer, and an arms dealer. In this game, the player can switch to either first person or third person gameplay as they wanted. The game includes fascinating multiplayer mode which is considered as one of the best in such modes.

GTA V Gameplay Screenshot – Image from Wccftech

Conclusion

As we mentioned earlier, the series contains very fascinating gameplay experiences. This ensures you live in another virtual world, live like a crime boss, and do whatever you want. Those are the experiences we like about the series and every gamer must play the series as true gamers.

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