With the official release of the gameplay video for Grand Theft Auto V, we thought it would be a good idea to comes up with a top five of the best GTA games so far. As with all top five’s this list is open to debate.
#5: Chinatown Wars The first game in our list is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Released in 2009, Chinatown Wars is extremely different to the other games in the series, which is a big reason as to why I included it in this list. The plot focuses on Huang Lee who has recently arrived in Liberty City to deliver an ancient sword to his uncle Kenny which will enable his family to take control of the Triad Gangs.
Unlike previous GTA games where the graphics and view have been from an aerial or ground level perspective, Chinatown has a fully rotatable camera view and is in a somewhat cartoony style.
Some memorable missions included protecting Melanie whilst she was filming a drug deal, destroying a gambling den and rescuing Heston.
#4: IV Coming in at number four is GTA IV – a game that caused controversy and was very nearly banned due to the drink driving feature in the game. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving group requested that the game either be banned or altered. As a compromise, the developers added a piece of dialogue stating the main characters doubts about drink driving.
The themes of GTA IV are rather interesting and completely different to any game that came before it. As GTA IV is the first game to have a non-American main character (Niko Bellic – a former Yugoslav soldier who fought in the wars during the 90s). The themes focus more towards the state of American culture and the characters own ideas and cynical attitude towards life in America.
Memorable missions in GTA IV included killing Anthony Spoleto by attaching a bomb to his car (and blowing it up), steal the Russian's coke boats and using a sniper from the rooftops.
#3: San Andreas The next game in our list is GTA: San Andreas. Set in 1992. The plot focuses on the return of Carl Johnson who has spent the last five years in prison, to his gang in San Andreas and their return to power.
San Andreas offers a lot of variety, with three cities, countryside, forests and deserts to explore; you can take a break from the main storyline whilst still enjoying the game. I remember doing a couple of drive-by shootings, stealing weapons off a train and stealing a car with a tracking system as some of the missions in San Andreas.
#2: III GTA III narrowly missed out on top spot but certainly one of the best in the GTA series. Possibly the most revolutionary in the series as it was the first game to be released in 3D and introduced many new features to the franchise.
The game focuses on a character known as Claude, who after being arrested for armed robbery, ultimately escapes from a prison truck and ends up working for Luigi Goterelli. As this game was created in 2001, the graphics may not be as detailed and high quality when compared to today’s games, but that doesn’t matter. GTA III is an outstanding game, the storyline, the soundtrack and even small things like the voice acting are almost perfect. If you have never played a GTA game before, start with GTA III.
There was a good street race between cars (for which I learned the hard way that you’re not allowed to blow the wheels off your opponents), killing 10 diablos and later killing 25 Purple Nines in two minutes!
#1: Vice City The game that has to fill the number one position in our countdown is GTA: Vice City; a prequel to GTA III. Set in 1986, GTA: Vice City sees Tommy Vercetti, having been released from prison, sent to Vice City to act as a buyer in a cocaine deal.
Vice City took the best points of GTA III and improved upon them greatly. The characters in Vice City had a greater backstory than previous games, an improved storyline and a larger world for you to explore. Furthermore, the soundtrack is filled with some of the greatest songs from the 1980’s.
Grand Theft Auto is a series that goes from strength to strength with each new game. With the upcoming release of GTA V, you can be certain that the series will be taken to a whole new level.
Phil Collins was in this game to be killed, but notable missions included driving around in a limo whilst Love Fuse defused a bomb inside, blowing up a store whilst posing as a cop and then the ultimate… killing Lance Vance!