History Videogame / GrandTheftAuto

22nd Jun '16 1:51:08 PM RisefromYourGrave
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-->-- Lyrics from [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic the first game's]] SignatureSong, '''GrandTheftAuto''' by Craig Conner

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-->-- Lyrics from [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic the first game's]] SignatureSong, '''GrandTheftAuto''' "'''Gangster Friday'''" ([[RefrainFromAssuming also known as]] "'''Grand Theft Auto'''") by Craig Conner
4th Jun '16 6:32:08 AM MrLavisherMoot
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In 1999, two expansions were released: ''Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969'' and ''Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961''. Both were essentially the original game with somewhat different art design, a new setting (UsefulNotes/{{London}} in opposite ends of TheSixties), and a batch of new missions. Also that year came ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', which was almost the same as the original but set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with the chance to save your game (at a steep cost), much improved graphics, and a finicky "Respect" system whereby you could strengthen your standing with one of three gangs by carrying out acts against the other two.

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In 1999, two expansions were released: ''Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969'' and ''Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961''. Both were essentially the original game with somewhat different art design, a new setting (UsefulNotes/{{London}} in opposite ends of TheSixties), and a batch of new missions. Also that year came ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'', which was almost the same as the original but set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with the chance to save your game (at a steep cost), much improved graphics, and a finicky "Respect" system whereby you could strengthen your standing with one of three gangs by carrying out acts against the other two.



* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic Grand Theft Auto]]'' (1997)

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* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic Grand ''VideoGame/{{Grand Theft Auto]]'' Auto|Classic}}'' (1997)



* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII Grand Theft Auto 2]]'' (1999)

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* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII ** ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic Grand Theft Auto 2]]'' Auto: London 1961]]'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'' (1999)
13th May '16 3:56:12 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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The series' seventh-gen debut, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', [[ContinuityReboot reset the series' canon]] and went in a DarkerAndEdgier direction, and saw a return to Liberty City, now fully redesigned to look more like [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity its inspiration]]. It was the first ''GTA'' since ''2'' to have online multiplayer, and it also had two DLC mission packs, ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and Damned]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', made for it. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'', set in the same canon, returned to overhead action for the NintendoDS, the [[PlayStationPortable PSP]], and [[IOSGames Apple's iDevices]].

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The series' seventh-gen debut, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', [[ContinuityReboot reset the series' canon]] and went in a DarkerAndEdgier direction, and saw a return to Liberty City, now fully redesigned to look more like [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity its inspiration]]. It was the first ''GTA'' since ''2'' to have online multiplayer, and it also had two DLC mission packs, ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and Damned]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', made for it. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'', set in the same canon, returned to overhead action for the NintendoDS, the [[PlayStationPortable [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], and [[IOSGames Apple's iDevices]].
23rd Apr '16 5:38:24 AM NotSoBadassLongcoat
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-->-- Lyrics from [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic the first game's]] theme song, '''[[http://gta.wikia.com/Gangster_Friday "Gangster Friday"]]''' by Craig Conner

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-->-- Lyrics from [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic the first game's]] theme song, '''[[http://gta.wikia.com/Gangster_Friday "Gangster Friday"]]''' SignatureSong, '''GrandTheftAuto''' by Craig Conner


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* SignatureSong: "Grand Theft Auto" from the first game's hip-hop radio, N-CT FM, although it's not the TitleThemeTune, despite featuring a TitleDrop. It is also confused with the instrumental main menu theme, "Gangster Friday". The hook from "Grand Theft Auto" is used as a ringtone in ''GTA III'', ''Vice City'' and ''GTA IV''.
1st Feb '16 8:20:38 AM Lukethehedgehog
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* BrandX: Played for laughs -- in keeping with the game's satirical tone, there are parodies of just about every consumer product in America, from [[BurgerFool fast food]] to sneakers to {{friending network}}s. To list them all would require a separate page, since they number in the hundreds.

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* BrandX: Played for laughs -- in keeping with the game's satirical tone, there are parodies of just about every consumer product in America, from [[BurgerFool fast food]] to sneakers to {{friending network}}s.network}}s, and almost all of them have DoubleEntendre names. To list them all would require a separate page, since they number in the hundreds.
21st Dec '15 12:07:51 AM mhj0808
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* PeriodPiece: Every single GTA (whether set decidedly in the past or during present day at the time the game's release) is an intentional and, of course, over-the-top period piece satirizing that particular year. So never expect any of the games to be subtle or restrained in their dated pop culture references and parodies (or eventually to be dated, a la 2013's GTA V).
10th Nov '15 11:23:59 AM morenohijazo
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Zaibatsu Corporation in ''GTA2'', Donald Love in ''III'' and ''Liberty City Stories'', and Avery Carrington in ''Vice City''.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Zaibatsu Corporation in ''GTA2'', ''[=GTA2=]'', Donald Love in ''III'' and ''Liberty City Stories'', and Avery Carrington in ''Vice City''.



* GunsAkimbo: In ''San Andreas'', you can dual wield the standard pistol (although not the Desert Eagle or silenced variant), the sawed-off shotgun, and the standard sub-machine guns (but not the [=MP5=]) after you max out your skill with each respective weapon. Also appears in ''ChinatownWars'' and GTA2 with the dual pistols.

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* GunsAkimbo: In ''San Andreas'', you can dual wield the standard pistol (although not the Desert Eagle or silenced variant), the sawed-off shotgun, and the standard sub-machine guns (but not the [=MP5=]) after you max out your skill with each respective weapon. Also appears in ''ChinatownWars'' and GTA2 ''[=GTA2=]'' with the dual pistols.
11th Sep '15 8:50:03 AM Steven
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two games were 2D, overhead. III had "Rampages" giving you a free weapon and X time to destroy X cars/people.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two games were 2D, overhead. III had "Rampages" giving you a free weapon and X time to destroy X cars/people. The first game was brutally NintendoHard due to you being a OneHitPointWonder and having limited lives while armor only protected you from three bullets.
31st May '15 2:19:33 PM rjung
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The game's success paved the way for a series of games which [[MissionPackSequel blurred the line between expansion pack and sequel]]. DMA, now wholly incorporated into Rockstar as "Rockstar North", came up with two more titles. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' moved the action to a cheery mockery of [[TheEighties '80s]] {{Miami}}, introduced motorcycles, and was the first entry where the lead character spoke (with the voice of Ray Liotta, no less). After that came ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', set in [[TheNineties early '90s]] UsefulNotes/{{California}} with a flavor that was less ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' and more ''Film/BoyzNTheHood''. It allowed the player jet aircraft and more than enough airspace to get the use out of them, as well as three cities (expies of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, and [[VivaLasVegas Las Vegas]]) with [[SceneryPorn vast, open countryside]] in between. It also cast [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Samuel L. Muthafukkin Jackson]] as the BigBad. Meanwhile, Rockstar's other studios crafted ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'' (a prequel to ''[=GTA3=]'') and ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories]]'' (a prequel to ''Vice City'') for the [=PlayStation=] Portable, and ''Grand Theft Auto Advance'' (another ''[=GTA3=]'' prequel in the original overhead style) for the GameBoyAdvance.

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The game's success paved the way for a series of games which [[MissionPackSequel blurred the line between expansion pack and sequel]]. DMA, now wholly incorporated into Rockstar as "Rockstar North", came up with two more titles. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' moved the action to a cheery mockery of [[TheEighties '80s]] {{Miami}}, introduced motorcycles, and was the first entry where the lead character spoke (with the voice of Ray Liotta, no less). After that came ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', set in [[TheNineties early '90s]] UsefulNotes/{{California}} with a flavor that was less ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' and more ''Film/BoyzNTheHood''. It allowed the player jet aircraft and more than enough airspace to get the use out of them, as well as three cities (expies of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, and [[VivaLasVegas Las Vegas]]) UsefulNotes/LasVegas) with [[SceneryPorn vast, open countryside]] in between. It also cast [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Samuel L. Muthafukkin Jackson]] as the BigBad. Meanwhile, Rockstar's other studios crafted ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'' (a prequel to ''[=GTA3=]'') and ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories]]'' (a prequel to ''Vice City'') for the [=PlayStation=] Portable, and ''Grand Theft Auto Advance'' (another ''[=GTA3=]'' prequel in the original overhead style) for the GameBoyAdvance.



* CityOfAdventure: [[BigApplesauce Liberty City]], [[OnlyInMiami Vice City]], and [[HollywoodCalifornia San]] [[VivaLasVegas Andreas]]. [[SequelDisplacement And Anytown, USA.]]

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* CityOfAdventure: [[BigApplesauce Liberty City]], [[OnlyInMiami Vice City]], and [[HollywoodCalifornia San]] [[VivaLasVegas [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas Andreas]]. [[SequelDisplacement And Anytown, USA.]]



* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: New York is called Liberty City, New Jersey becomes Alderney, Miami becomes Vice City, Los Angeles becomes Los Santos, San Francisco becomes San Fierro, Las Vegas becomes Las Venturas, and California becomes San Andreas.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: New York is called Liberty City, New Jersey becomes Alderney, Miami becomes Vice City, Los Angeles becomes Los Santos, San Francisco becomes San Fierro, Las Vegas UsefulNotes/LasVegas becomes Las Venturas, and California becomes San Andreas.
16th May '15 5:02:04 PM TVRulezAgain
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** Ray Bulgarin in ''The Ballad of Gay Tony'' was a BiggerBad in ''IV''.

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** Ray Bulgarin in ''The Ballad of Gay Tony'' was a BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain in ''IV''.
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