Twenty years ago this month, Grand Theft Auto, or better known as GTA, was released for the first time. It would not be exaggerated to say that since then action-adventure games have never happened. The GTA did the perfect mix of brilliance and simplicity – one of these reasons is still quite popular. There were all the elements in which a gamer looks in a game: challenging, re-playable and, of course, memorable. The latest version of the game – GTA V – has sold more than 80 million copies and remains the number one video game in the UK.
It was first released in October 1997 for PCs, Playstation and GameBoy. The first version of the game was established in three fantasy cities in the US. It was such an impression that many shops had asked for full restrictions of the game because it was very violent. As a player you had to select a mission to progress and GTA had everything – pursuing the car, racing, underworld characters – which makes an exciting game to play.
Two years after the success of the GTA thunder, GTA 2 was released. The games now move to the same city but have retained all other elements. The first edition had three cities: Liberty City (based in New York), Vice City (based on Miami) and San Andreas (based in San Francisco). GTA was established in a fictional city called “Fictional City”.
Until the third edition – GTA III – began in 2001, the game went into 3D mode and many people criticized for the glory of violence. But it did not affect the popularity of the game. In a 3D universe, third person camera, unlimited car-theft and hidden prizes; And other features made it one of the most popular titles of the franchise.
One year later, GTA: Vice City came out and the celebrity appeared in this game. Ray Lyton’s voice was played in this game, while Phil Collins was also part of the game. In fact, many celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Hooper and Roses Frontman Eck Rose of Guns have been a part of the game in many years.
In 2004, GTA: San Andreas was released and all the gamers around the world had caught it. In this version, BMX backflips and legendary big feet were seen. The graphics and gameplayer were getting better and the GTA continued to dominate the gamers’ mind.
There were some follow-up exceptions for GTA III which did not really work. There was a lack of enthusiasm and felt like a forced extension. But all those who had changed with Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008. It introduced online multiplayer for the series and did great gameplay. GTA was back with this type and broke sales records in the UK and USA.
GTA V came out in 2013 and got a record number of 2.5 million pre-order sales. Set in the fictional city of Los Santos, the characters are shown in this game which work together on a series of missions. It was reported in May 2017 that GTA V had sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.
The gaming industry, in the last 20 years, has a sea change. The game has come and gone; The franchisee was built and went on the ground and the platforms have seen massive changes, but one thing that has been the same: the popularity of Grand Theft Auto is the game which the Supreme King does and the action remains the undisputed champion of adventure sports.