April 29, Platforms: After he arrives in Liberty City, however, he discovers that the letters sent to him by his cousin regarding the ease of life, abundance of money and decadent luxury of the west were all lies, and Niko sets out on his true goal, to find and kill a certain "special someone". The franchise has undergone a significant change in this latest iteration, with an exceptionally strong and critically acclaimed story, advanced vehicle physics and pedestrian behavior, re-worked third-person combat gameplay, and for the first time on consoles, online multiplayer content.
While the game was released simultaneously for both Xbox and PS3, the Xbox is known to have more additional downloadable content. The DLC comes with a brand new storyline that occasionally intertwines with Niko's story , new weapons, new songs, multiplayer game modes, and more. Players take control of Luis Lopez as they help legendary night club owner "Gay" Tony to keep his buisnesses afloat and his head attached to his body.
This DLC has a new story, new characters, new weapons, new songs, mulitplayer modes and even more outlandish gameplay features such as base jumping. September 17, Platforms: The game features three main characters, family father Michael , drug addict Trevor and repo-man Franklin , each dealing with their own issues.
Outside of missions, the player is able to switch between the characters at will. The game is centered around heists, multiphased missions where the main characters must work together to pull off the big score. Spin-Offs Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Original Release Date: October 27, Platforms: Developed in an enhanced version of GTA III's engine, Vice City similarly depicted an active, vibrant city, dotted with skyscrapers, hotels, pedestrians, various businesses, and vehicles.
Vice City , players take on the role of mafia thug Tommy Vercetti , originally a Liberty City-based mobster, recently released from prison and sent to Vice City to oversee a drug deal. Half-way through the deal, the participating parties are ambushed, with the attacker making off with both the drugs and the money. Tommy vows to retrieve the money or die trying. As Tommy tries to find out who stole his money and how to get it back, he gets involved in several avenues of "business" that allow him to rise up and form his own crime syndicate.
Vice City was noted for having many more vehicles the player could control including helicopters, motorcycles, and boats , as well as several graphical improvements over its predecessor, including better lighting and sharper textures.
Several modifications adding multiplayer over the internet were released for the PC version, and the game was just as if not more controversial then GTA III, being cited for racism and inciting genocide against Cubans and Haitians. San Andreas Original Release Date: October 26, Platforms: San Andreas is also the largest in scope.
Players fill the shoes of Carl "CJ" Johnson , as he returns home from Liberty City and slowly picks apart the reasoning behind his mother's murder while establishing a small criminal empire based around the revitalization of his old gang as well as various businesses and individuals he encounters throughout the course of the game. Unlike previous titles, which occurred within the confines of a single city, San Andreas represents the borders of an entire state, made to represent parts of California and Nevada.
The player travels between three cities, each of which corresponds to a real location. San Andreas is noted for having even more vehicles available for the player to control than Vice City , as well as diverse cast of celebrities supplying the voice for many important characters, such as Samuel L.
Additionally, the game provided several minigames, allowed the player to participate in or incite gang wars, allowed cars to be modified, and let the player commit robbery in the form of home-invasion. San Andreas also included a diverse system of RPG mechanics, letting players increase CJ's speed and strength, improve his weapon handling and unarmed combat techniques, change his clothing and haircuts, and otherwise modify his appearance, to which NPC pedestrians will react differently, insulting or complimenting him accordingly.
Hot Coffee Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas created what was at the time the most pressing controversial video-game issue to ever appear in mass media publications by inadvertently allowing players to engage in a crudely rendered, fully naked sex minigame, in which the player comes into their in-game girlfriend's house to get a cup of joe, but ends up engaging in sexual intercourse.
This explicit mini-game was actually excluded by Rockstar, who accidentally left the source code in the game. Someone hacked the finished game and brought to light what is now called the "Hot Coffee" mod. Rockstar initially denied creating the minigame, but shortly thereafter versions making use of the Action Replay service for both Xbox and PS2 were released onto the internet, gaining the attention of several United States politicians, lawyers, parent groups, and social organizations, eventually resulting in the game's recall, modification and re-release.
October 25, Platforms: Players fill the shoes of Toni Cipriani, a mobster who recently returned to Liberty city after laying low for a few years as favor to Don Salvatore Leone.
Gameplay changes are minimal, and simply serve to limit the size of the world and the number of controllable vehicles the player can use.
October 31, Platforms: Vice City , and featured several gameplay changes that the previous releases on any platform lacked. For example, players were able to bribe police and hospital staff when either killed or arrested, allowing them to retain their equipment that otherwise would have been lost. Additionally, players can partake in an empire-building mechanic, allowing them to operate a variety of businesses on seized territory, including smuggling, robbery, protection rackets, and prostitution.
Victor takes on a series of missions for a variety of characters from previous Grand Theft Auto games, and ultimately confronts the corrupt sergeant that got him dishonorably discharged in the first place.