Every GTA Game Ranked – IGN

From Liberty City to San Andreas, Rockstar has constructed a wealthy world of profession criminals, lunatics, and thieves, and we’ve liked each one. Although over 25 years previous, the file-breaking views on the primary Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer is proof that Rockstar’s iconic sport sequence stays one of the vital widespread franchises on the planet.

From humble beginnings — the sequence initially started as high-down automotive-stealing video games — to creating a few of the most superior and lifelike open world video games within the business, every new Grand Theft Auto sport is worthy of celebration. So, with Grand Theft Auto 6 on the horizon, IGN has thought again on each fashionable blockbusters and retro classics to create a definitive rating of all of Rockstar’s open-world crime video games and decide which GTA sport is the very best.

15. Grand Theft Auto: Advance

After having already made the swap to 3D, Grand Theft Auto: Advance returned the sequence to its high-down roots in 2004 for a Game Boy spinoff. A prequel to the occasions of Grand Theft Auto 3, GTA: Advance efficiently brings the basic automotive-jacking, crime spree gameplay of the unique video games to Nintendo’s moveable. While there’s a story that ties into GTA 3, GTA: Advance is primarily gameplay pushed, giving gamers over 300 missions to finish which makes for a enjoyable tour however hardly a full GTA expertise within the fashionable sense.

14. Grand Theft Auto: London 1969

An growth pack for the unique GTA, Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 is notable for going down in the true metropolis of London versus a fictional amalgam like Los Santos (Los Angeles) or Liberty City (New York City). Like a lot of the early GTA video games, it’s hardly recognizable in the present day and is extra of a enjoyable retro relic of the previous. However, London stays one of the vital fan-requested areas for the sequence to revisit.

13. Grand Theft Auto 2

Released two years after the primary Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar returned with an improved sequel. Set in an virtually cyberpunk-ish retro futuristic metropolis, it boasted higher graphics and tuned-up gameplay. But this early on within the sequence, Grand Theft Auto was nonetheless largely about stealing and destroying automobiles and scoring essentially the most factors. One notable factor about GTA 2 was an eight-minute lengthy brief film created by Rockstar that was used because the intro cutscene for the sport, hinting on the cinematic route the sequence would take in a while within the sequence.

12. Grand Theft Auto 1

The sport that began all of it, Grand Theft Auto 1 appears virtually unrecognizable from the sport sequence it’s in the present day. A high-down, mission-based mostly expertise the place gamers steal automobiles to achieve the top of a degree, Grand Theft Auto 1 was largely about operating over folks and evading cops. While GTA began as an trustworthy-to-goodness automotive-stealing sport, the wanton destruction and irreverent humorousness was a part of the sequence’ DNA from the very starting, and these traits would keep on all through because the sequence made the leap to 3D.

11. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars delves into the world of the Triads, one of many many legal factions which have appeared on the sidelines all through the sequence. It was launched in the course of the sequence’ reputation surge of the PS2 3D period, however opted to resurrect the unique high-down design, albeit strengthened by a placing visible design impressed by GTA’s iconic field artwork. Sticking to custom, it’s yet one more story of a small-time con making it large within the legal underworld, however the primary attraction is Chinatown War’s novel use of contact controls.

While Chinatown Wars has since been ported to a number of handheld consoles together with PSP and iOS gadgets, many agree that the unique DS model is the very best expertise because of the enjoyable and distinctive methods Chinatown Wars utilized Nintendo’s contact display screen. Not many different video games on Nintendo’s twin-screened system will allow you to use the display screen to hotwire a automotive.

10. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

The first moveable 3D GTA sport, Liberty City Stories match Grand Theft Auto 3’s complete open world right into a handheld bundle, with out the necessity to sacrifice ambition and return to the sequence’ high-down roots. Expanding the world of GTA 3, it options a number of recurring characters together with Salvatore Leone, the Mafia Don who’s a major fixture of Liberty City throughout quite a few video games.

9. Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned

The first growth for Grand Theft Auto 4, The Lost and the Damned stars biker gang member Johnny and takes place in the course of the occasions of the bottom sport. While the story isn’t essentially the most memorable, The Lost and the Damned provides extra weapons and automobiles to GTA 4, making the massive sport really feel even larger. Along with The Ballad of Gay Tony, The Lost and the Damned was an essential exploration into episodic storytelling for Rockstar, one thing that may be recontextualised with its frequent GTA Online updates.

8. Grand Theft Auto 3

Grand Theft Auto 3 took the GTA sequence into the third dimension, taking the previously high-down, degree-based mostly sport, and turning it into the third-particular person, open-world sequence we all know in the present day.

Telling the story of two-bit legal Claude and his rise within the legal world of Liberty City, GTA 3 was the muse upon which all future GTA video games could be constructed on. Riffing on the likes of The Sopranos and Goodfellas, it established the cinematic ambitions that may gas Rockstar for the following twenty years. Grand Theft Auto 3 hasn’t aged in addition to a few of the studio’s different early video games, but it surely stays a foundational textual content for the way forward for the sequence.

7. Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories

The second handheld GTA sport for the PSP, Vice City Stories returns to Rockstar’s model of Miami for a prequel to the Eighties-set PS2 hit. Playing as Vic, the brother of Vice City’s Lance Vance, you construct up a legal empire by wresting management of institutions and organizations from rival legal gangs. Along with enormous technical enhancements over the primary PSP sport, Liberty City Stories, the primary disadvantage in 2006 was having the ability to play a totally-fledged, 3D GTA sport on the go, full with a contemporary new Eighties soundtrack and Phil Collins in-sport cameo.

6. Grand Theft Auto Online

The actual motive why we seemingly haven’t obtained GTA 6 sooner, GTA Online was initially a multiplayer facet element to GTA 5 earlier than taking over a lifetime of its personal. While on the floor it’s a free-for-all sandbox set in Los Sanos, GTA Online is successfully a reincarnation of Second Life solely with extra automotive races and explosions.

Players can be part of up along with associates to participate within the addictingly enjoyable heists, however simply as simply screw world wide, flying round in jetpacks, or crashing airplanes into one another. GTA Online has additionally developed a strong position-enjoying neighborhood the place gamers can dwell out the very best (or worst) variations of themselves in a self-contained on-line world.

5. Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony

The second DLC growth for Grand Theft Auto 4, The Ballad of Gay Tony takes place alongside the occasions of the primary sport however expands upon the gameplay in key methods. Playing as former drug vendor Luis, who Niko crossed paths with in the primary marketing campaign, you’re in a position to handle “Gay” Tony Prince’s evening golf equipment, an exercise that can return in Grand Theft Auto Online in a while. Largely thought-about top-of-the-line DLCs of its period, its plot tied up all of the free threads of the GTA 4 story in a satisfying means.

4. Grand Theft Auto 4

As the primary excessive-definition Grand Theft Auto sport, GTA 4 was a large leap for Rockstar by way of its technical prowess. However, the most important development in GTA 4 was its cinematic storytelling fashion. The story of Eastern European immigrant Niko Bellic, considered one of GTA’s greatest protagonists, is a surprisingly darkish and reducing satire of the American dream.. In our unique evaluation, we referred to as it an “Oscar-caliber drama” and the film high quality storytelling would solely develop into higher within the sequel, GTA 5. Of course, Niko’s adventures in Liberty City are greatest remembered for all of the instances he went bowling together with his disastrous cousin, Roman – the results of a dynamic social system through which associates and allies would name you up maybe somewhat bit too typically.

3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

San Andreas and GTA 5 might have overshadowed Grand Theft Auto: Vice City by way of scale, however Rockstar’s sendup to Miami Vice and Scarface stays one of the vital fashionable entries within the sequence. Set within the fictionalized model of Miami, Vice City stars Tommy Vercetti’s profession legal, voiced by the enduring Ray Liotta, as he units out to make a reputation for himself after getting launched from jail. The vibrant storytelling and setting of Vice City confirmed Rockstar was extra than simply the makers of extraordinarily violent video games, they had been makers of extraordinarily violent video games that had been additionally cool as hell.

2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was a turning level for the sequence, including lots of the deep customization choices and wealthy methods the sequence has since develop into recognized for. Starring gang member Carl “CJ” Johnson, San Andreas follows his return to Los Santos after spending 5 years in Liberty City, and the way he finally ends up getting dragged right into a broader gang battle over the numerous territories round San Andreas.

At the time, IGN referred to as it “the only greatest PlayStation 2 title” we ever performed with manufacturing values that had been “second to none.” Along with taking the sequence to the west coast for the primary time with a map that sprawled over no fewer than three cities, San Andreas featured the very best GTA story to-date, a wealthy customization system for CJ, an expanded cash system with dozens of retailers to spend it in, quite a few minigames, and a dynamic gang wars system, all of which mixed into one of the vital totally-featured GTA video games ever.

1. Grand Theft Auto 5

Over the a long time Rockstar has repeatedly improved its storytelling ambitions and open-world complexity, and all of it led to Grand Theft Auto 5. Although it was first launched in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, GTA 5 has since been re-launched for every successive PlayStation and Xbox system, in addition to PC; every time subtly enhanced and every time promoting hundreds of thousands of extra copies.

Primarily a narrative of a legal crew comprising Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton, the explanation for GTA 5’s continued reputation is the sheer scale of its central setting, Los Santos, the place gamers can freely discover the huge open world to their hearts wishes. In IGN’s good 10 evaluation, we praised the “extraordinary scope” of GTA 5 and fell in love with its “dwelling world the place something can occur.” It is the present pinnacle of all the things Rockstar got down to obtain with the sequence, that includes one of many largest, most detailed open-world maps in gaming, boundless actions — from skydiving to avenue racing — and an engrossing, cinematic story.

This is our rating of the very best Grand Theft Auto video games of all time. Let us know within the feedback which of them had been your favorites, and make sure to try our full protection of Grand Theft Auto 6 together with 99 particulars you will have missed from the primary trailer.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s Senior Features Editor. You can attain him @lawoftd.

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