Grand Theft Auto 3
Today we are once again locking and loading and getting ready to cause all kinds of destruction as we continue our Grand Theft Auto retrospective.
Grand Theft Auto 3 was a game changer for the GTA series and in gaming in general. The people at RockStar created an absolute monster in Grand Theft Auto 3 and while the PlayStation 2 was already a huge seller. GTA 3 for many people was the game that made them decide to take the plunge and pick up a PlayStation 2.
Grand Theft Auto 3 had a story where you played as a criminal called Claude, a man who was done wrong and now he wants revenge. As the first 3D GTA game, the story was not as in depth as it would later become. But there was enough of a story to keep you invested in the game.
It was the gameplay though that really blew people away. Grand Theft Auto 3 is an open world 3D game which at the time had not been seen on a console in this kind of scope (if even at all) you could pretty much just do whatever the heck you wanted and at the time this was something that was incredibly fresh and new. It offered so much freedom and gamers would spend more time going on killing sprees, stealing cars and just seeing all they could see in this massive world than they would actually playing the story!
Grand Theft Auto 3 was a huge hit on the PlayStation 2. It would be released on PC a year later in 2002 and then in 2003 a Grand Theft Auto collection would be released on Xbox that contained this and Grand Theft Auto Vice City.