History Videogame / GrandTheftAuto

11th Aug '16 12:43:07 PM Morgenthaler
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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 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.

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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}}, UsefulNotes/{{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 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.



* EarthDrift: Occurred over the course of the ''III'' era. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' had a reference to the city of {{Miami}} and to the then-newly elected president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush; later installments had almost no real life persons (barring figures like UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan that are intrinsically tied to the setting, and Music/PhilCollins' cameo in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories]]''), and Miami was replaced with Vice City in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity the next game]]. Then ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' comes out, which does away with even more real-life stuff -- the {{FBI}} is replaced with the [[FunWithAcronyms FIB]], SWAT is replaced with NOOSE (which is also based on the Department of Homeland Security), all guns are AKA47 now, and the president in 2008 was Joe Lawton, [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush who is stated to be a buffoon]] and c[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush whose father was also president]] [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed several decades prior]].

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* EarthDrift: Occurred over the course of the ''III'' era. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' had a reference to the city of {{Miami}} UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} and to the then-newly elected president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush; later installments had almost no real life persons (barring figures like UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan that are intrinsically tied to the setting, and Music/PhilCollins' cameo in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories]]''), and Miami was replaced with Vice City in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity the next game]]. Then ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' comes out, which does away with even more real-life stuff -- the {{FBI}} is replaced with the [[FunWithAcronyms FIB]], SWAT is replaced with NOOSE (which is also based on the Department of Homeland Security), all guns are AKA47 now, and the president in 2008 was Joe Lawton, [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush who is stated to be a buffoon]] and c[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush whose father was also president]] [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed several decades prior]].
23rd Jul '16 2:24:12 PM nombretomado
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* EqualOpportunityOffender: Starting with the third game, each installment mocks the sad state of society, the sad state of people who refuse to take part of society, minorities, white people, gay people, straight people, transpeople, feminists, misogynists, you, game developers, religion, atheists, cults, the military, the government, those against the government, foreign art, and old people. About the only thing not mocked is Britain. It's like BretEastonEllis and ToddSolondz teamed up with MADMagazine and CharlieBrooker to make gangster flicks.

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* EqualOpportunityOffender: Starting with the third game, each installment mocks the sad state of society, the sad state of people who refuse to take part of society, minorities, white people, gay people, straight people, transpeople, feminists, misogynists, you, game developers, religion, atheists, cults, the military, the government, those against the government, foreign art, and old people. About the only thing not mocked is Britain. It's like BretEastonEllis Creator/BretEastonEllis and ToddSolondz Creator/ToddSolondz teamed up with MADMagazine and CharlieBrooker Creator/CharlieBrooker to make gangster flicks.
11th Jul '16 8:59:51 AM Berrenta
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* CopKiller: Depending on your wanted level, you could have a legion of cops (with SWAT and even the military) chasing you down. Of course, you have the option to fight them all with no restraints.
11th Jul '16 8:51:00 AM Berrenta
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* WarOnCops: Depending on your wanted level, you could have a legion of cops (with SWAT and even the military) chasing you down. Of course, you have the option to fight them all with no restraints.
* [[WeAllLiveInAmerica We All Live in the United Kingdom]]: The games are filled with references to British (particularly Scottish) places, and British slang is sometimes heard coming from the mouths of the American characters.

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* WarOnCops: Depending on your wanted level, you could have a legion of cops (with SWAT and even the military) chasing you down. Of course, you have the option to fight them all with no restraints.
* [[WeAllLiveInAmerica We All Live in the
WeAllLiveInAmerica: United Kingdom]]: Kingdom variant. The games are filled with references to British (particularly Scottish) places, and British slang is sometimes heard coming from the mouths of the American characters.
6th Jul '16 8:56:26 AM Josef5678
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* GanglandDriveBy: In the games from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' on, the player can dispatch opponents by firing their gun from their car, and in ''San Andreas'', CJ can recruit friendly gangsters to act as gunmen.
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.
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