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Grand Theft Auto III Turns 10

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Grand Theft Auto III Turns 10
On this day ten years ago, October 22nd, 2001, Grand Theft Auto III was released into an unsuspecting world. The simple, top-down GTA series had a complete makeover and stepped foot into the 3D realm. Players could now explore a truly virtual world filled with people and life. Many of the gameplay elements that made the previous GTAs successful returned except they were bigger, better, and bolder.


It was a game like no other at the time. GTA III combined action, adventure, story lines, taboo material, and above all, freedom in a 3D environment that enticed players to stray away from the story line and have fun exploring or taking part in an assortment of challenges scattered throughout the city. You didn't need to complete mission after mission with the same boss. You could take a break and drive around, only to find a random Hummer which turns out to be an off-road challenge. You could be climbing around rooftops and find a hidden package. If you felt a little guilty about your destruction there were vigilante and paramedic missions. In addition to all that, there was a variety of music to choose from inside vehicles which made it easier to find a song to match the mood. The game had something for everyone to enjoy.

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Prior to 2001, the Grand Theft Auto series wasn't nearly as popular as it is today. GTA was a notorious title due to its criminal gameplay but was among many other more successful games on the market. Over time it developed a cult following of people and was a popular "underground" game. When GTA III came out, the small cult following of the series was overwhelmed. Like a virus, interest in the game spread quickly as word of the title's expansive gameplay and details echoed from one person to another - a pyramid of friends telling more friends, telling more friends, and so on. Grand Theft Auto III was the game that brought the GTA series to the masses and made Grand Theft Auto a household name.

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Even though the backbone of the game involved driving from point A to point B, there was so much given to the players option-wise. That, coupled with the controversies of violence, catapulted GTA III and Rockstar Games to the top. Grand Theft Auto III set the bar higher for the GTA series and the gaming industry as a whole. That is why we celebrate the game's 10 year anniversary of release today and watch with glee as each new game in the GTA series continues to raise that bar.

What memories do you have of Grand Theft Auto III? Do you remember your first time? Let us know in the comments below and join us at the GTA 5 forums!
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online alooper21activity 1094 Days Ago
Hail to the KING!!!
online TreeFittyactivity 1094 Days Ago
Way back in 2001, a friend of mine in school was telling me about GTA III and how cool it was. I had never heard of the series and didn't even own a gaming console at the time. He told me how you could steal cars, shoot random people, and use hookers to build health. Things I found hilarious.

Us and another friend ended up sleeping over at the first friend's house, mainly just to play GTA III all night. I can still remember the game loading up the first time I saw it on my friend's TV. He did some missions (continuing his play through) and showed me and the second friend around - including the hooker trick.

Eventually I was handed the controller and a new game was started. We watched the intro cutscene with the robbery and bridge being blown up. When it came time to drive 8-ball away (cause his hands are all messed up, so I better drive, brotha) I had no idea how to even use the PS2 controller. It also didn't help that my friend was telling me to hit the wrong buttons at first.

I managed to get into the car and since I wanted to go forward, I hit the up button because that was the obvious choice to me. After sitting there for a minute, my friend told me I had to hit X. I got the car going and complained that having to hit X instead of the arrow buttons was stupid. By the time I reached the bottom of the bridge, I didn't know which button was the brake and proceeded to smash into the building across the street. We all laughed because of the destruction to the car and the two people I hit.

I figured out the controls but still wasn't good with which-button-is-where so my reactions were still slow. I also wasn't aware that the buttons were pressure-sensitive so I was continuously punching the gas and steering hard. This led to a comical scene of the car accelerating periodically as I held and released the button repeatedly. It looked exactly like a real driver hitting the gas hard and coasting, hitting hard, coasting, etc etc. I took out many other vehicles and lamp posts trying to get to the safehouse.

I continued to play the first couple missions and the first friend passed out (he always went to sleep at like 9 PM). This left me and second friend who enjoyed just watching. More play time for me. I got used to the controls and did all of Luigi's missions before deciding to explore (after coming to the realization that I could do that). I actually ended up driving around in the lanes, stopping at red lights and such. It was peaceful.

After getting to the bus company near the ports I spotted the Coach bus. I love trucks and anything big so of course I stole it. Being a longer vehicle made it hard to turn and I squished quite a few pedestrians while making turns. By the time I got back over to the bridge, I finally gave up the driving rules - mainly because I had a wanted level now. I mashed the accelerator and sped through Chinatown in the bus. I drove on the sidewalks and racked up more stars. This led to police barrades but I had a bus so that made smashing through them easy.

Eventually the bus took too much damage and I bailed. I wasn't good at fighting or weapons so I pretty much died instantly from the cops. I played a little longer before going to bed. I really didn't want to since the game was so much fun but my body needed sleep (almost like right now.....). A week later I had a PS2 and copy of GTA III of my own. My copy is still with me 10 years later and I'll never give it up - along with my other GTA titles. smile.gif
online GTARuleractivity 1092 Days Ago
Love this game and always will biggrin.gif
online GTA Gangster77activity 1086 Days Ago
This is the LEGEND notworthy.gif
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