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Encyclopedia > Grand Theft Auto (video game)
This article is about the videogame. For other uses, see Grand Theft Auto (disambiguation).
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto UK box art, PC version
Developer(s) DMA Design, Tarantula Studios
Publisher(s) ASC Games, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Platform(s) DOS 6.0, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, GBC)
Release date PC and PlayStation: 1997

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Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
ESRB: M
ESRB: T (GBC)
OFLC: MA15+
OFLC: M (GBC)
Media CD-ROM, cartridge, download
System requirements 486 DX4/100Mhz CPU[1]
16 MB RAM
1 MB Video RAM

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a computer and video game created by Scottish company, DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and published by ASC Games in 1997/1998. The game allows the player to take on the role of a criminal who can roam freely around a city. Various missions are set for completion, such as bank robberies, assassinations, and other crimes. It is the first in the Grand Theft Auto series that has thus far spanned eight standalone games, and two expansion packs. The game was originally named "Race N Chase".[2] Along with Grand Theft Auto 2, GTA was made available for free download by Rockstar Games on their website in 2004.[3]. It was suceeded by Grand Theft Auto 2. Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... Online gaming redirects here. ... A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of video games into suitability-related groups. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... The ESRBs logo. ... The ESRBs logo. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a statutory censorship and classification body which provides day to day administrative support for the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications in Australia, and the Classification Review Board which reviews films, computer games and publications when a valid application... The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a statutory censorship and classification body which provides day to day administrative support for the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications in Australia, and the Classification Review Board which reviews films, computer games and publications when a valid application... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... Cartridge for the VIC 20 homecomputer In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... CPU can stand for: in computing: Central processing unit in journalism: Commonwealth Press Union in law enforcement: Crime prevention unit in software: Critical patch update, a type of software patch distributed by Oracle Corporation in Macleans College is often known as Ash Lim. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... This article is about the country. ... Rockstar North Limited (formerly DMA Design Limited) is a Scottish developer of computer and video games founded by David Jones in Dundee and presently located in Leith Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. ... ASC is an abbreviation of American Softworks Company, a computer and video game publishing company that was founded in 1992 and soon became a major publisher for games on the NES, SNES and Sega Genesis. ... 1997 1997 in games 1996 in video gaming 1998 in video gaming Notable events of 1997 in video gaming. ... 1998 1998 in games 1997 in video gaming 1999 in video gaming Notable events of 1998 in video gaming. ... Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a video game series created and primarily developed by Scottish developer Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design), published by Rockstar Games and debuted in 1998. ... Grand Theft Auto 2, otherwise known as GTA2, is a video game released worldwide on October 22, 1999, by developers DMA Designs (now Rockstar North); initially for the Windows operating system and the PlayStation. ... R* redirects here. ... Grand Theft Auto 2, otherwise known as GTA2, is a video game released worldwide on October 22, 1999, by developers DMA Designs (now Rockstar North); initially for the Windows operating system and the PlayStation. ...

Contents

Gameplay

Grand Theft Auto is made up of a series of levels each set in one of the three cities in the game. In each level, the player has a target number of points to achieve, and five lives to attain the score. The player is free to do whatever he wants. The player can gain points by causing death and destruction amid the traffic in the city, or steal and sell cars for profit, although to get to the large target money amount to complete a level, players will usually opt to complete some missions. Even during missions there is still some freedom as most of the time the player is free to choose the route to take, but the destination is usually fixed. It is this level of freedom which set GTA apart from other action based computer games at the time.[4] The PC releases of the game allowed networked multiplayer gameplay using the IPX protocol.[1] In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, episode, round, world, map, wave, board, phase, or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ... In a game the score refers to the amount of points achieved by a player or team. ... // Lives have been used in video games relatively since the very origin of games, but was just usually dignified as the person who had lost the most times a certain total of times. ... A stylised illustration of a modern personal computer A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose original sales price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals. ... Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) is at the Network layer of the OSI model and is part of the IPX/SPX protocol stack. ...


Cover art

The cover art (see above) for Grand Theft Auto is a photograph of a New York Police Department 1990's Chevrolet Caprice rushing through the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, with Trump Tower in the background of the picture. The same cover art was also an alternative cover for Grand Theft Auto 2. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ... The Chevrolet Caprice (later called Caprice Classic) was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1965 through 1996 model years. ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... For other buildings of the same name see Trump Tower Trump Tower The Trump Tower viewed from the 5th avenue Trump Tower Trump Tower is a 58-story skyscraper in New York City located at 725 Fifth Avenue (Manhattan), at the corner of 56th Street. ... Grand Theft Auto 2, otherwise known as GTA2, is a video game released worldwide on October 22, 1999, by developers DMA Designs (now Rockstar North); initially for the Windows operating system and the PlayStation. ...

A poster that comes with the PlayStation Version of the game

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Locations

Screenshot of Grand Theft Auto showing the top down view in Liberty City

The three cities in which the game is set are modelled after real cities, in terms of landscape and style. They are Liberty City (New York City), San Andreas (San Francisco) and Vice City (Miami). Image File history File links GTA1_PC_in-game_screenshot. ... Image File history File links GTA1_PC_in-game_screenshot. ... A Times Square look-alike in the Liberty City district of Bedford Point, Staunton, as depicted in Grand Theft Auto III. Liberty City is a fictional city in Rockstar Games hit computer and video game series Grand Theft Auto, which is loosely based on New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition of San Andreas San Andreas is a fictional location in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series of video games. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... This article is about a fictional city in the Grand Theft Auto computer and video game series. ... Miami redirects here. ...


These three cities would later become the settings of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto III (sometimes abbreviated as GTA III or GTA3) is an action computer and video game developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North), published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based personal computers, and in November 2003... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... Grand Theft Auto IV (also known as GTA IV or GTA 4) will be the eleventh game, and first in the fourth generation, of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, announced for release by Rockstar Games within February–April of 2008 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. ...


Soundtrack

Grand Theft Auto has seven "radio stations", plus a police band track, which can be heard once the player enters a car, however each vehicle can only receive a limited amount of these radio stations.[5] In the PlayStation port each car only had one station. The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ...


PC players can remove the CD once the game is loaded and replace it with an audio CD. The next time the character enters a vehicle, a song from the CD will randomly play. Red Book is the standard for audio CDs (Compact Disc Digital Audio system, or CDDA). ...


The game's main theme is "Gangster Friday" by Craig Conner (who played all instruments on this track), credited to the fictitious band Slumpussy, and doesn't appear on any of the radio stations.[5] With the exception of Head Radio FM, the names of songs or the radio station names are never mentioned in-game. However the soundtrack is listed in the booklet which comes with the Grand Theft Auto game.[5]


Ports

The original Grand Theft Auto was developed in DOS, and then later ported to Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation, and Game Boy Color. Surprisingly, the Game Boy Color version was unabridged, which was quite a technical achievement due to the sheer size of the cities, converted tile-for-tile from the PC original, making them many times larger than most Game Boy Color game worlds were because of the handheld's limited hardware. To cater for the target younger generation, however, the game was heavily censored, with gore and swearing removed. This article is about the family of closely related operating systems for the IBM PC compatible platform. ... Windows redirects here. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ...


The PC version comes in several different executables for DOS and MS-Windows, which use single set of data files (except for the 8-bit DOS version which uses different but similar graphics)


A port was in development for the Nintendo 64 but was quickly cancelled without ever having a public appearance. Dubbed Grand Theft Auto 64, it was essentially a port of the PlayStation version, with enhanced graphics and extra levels.[6] In addition to this a port for the Sega Saturn was also considered but never came to light. The Nintendo 64 ), often abbreviated as N64, is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ...


See also

  • Grand Theft Auto: Mission packs

Notes

  1. ^ a b DMA Design (1997). Grand Theft Auto PC Edition Manual. Take Two Interactive, 4. 
  2. ^ Wallis, Alistair (21 December 2006). Playing Catch Up: GTA/Lemmings' Dave Jones (HTML). Gamasutra.
  3. ^ Miles, Stuart (2004-12-23). Rockstar give away GTA2 for free. Retrieved on 2007-10-29.
  4. ^ Mac Donald, Ryan (6 May 1998). Gamespot describes the freedom of the game as its best attribute (HTML). GameSpot.
  5. ^ a b c DMA Design (1997). Grand Theft Auto PC Edition Manual. Take Two Interactive, 13. 
  6. ^ Grand Theft Auto 64 Preview (1999-03-29). Retrieved on 2007-07-31.

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External links

MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. ... Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a video game series created and primarily developed by Scottish developer Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design), published by Rockstar Games and debuted in 1998. ... Grand Theft Auto 2, otherwise known as GTA2, is a video game released worldwide on October 22, 1999, by developers DMA Designs (now Rockstar North); initially for the Windows operating system and the PlayStation. ... Grand Theft Auto III (sometimes abbreviated as GTA III or GTA3) is an action computer and video game developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North), published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based personal computers, and in November 2003... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... Grand Theft Auto Advance is a handheld console game developed by Digital Eclipse, published by Rockstar Games, and released on October 26, 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. ... Grand Theft Auto IV (also known as GTA IV or GTA 4) will be the eleventh game, and first in the fourth generation, of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, announced for release by Rockstar Games within February–April of 2008 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. ... Claude refers to a set of fictional characters in the Grand Theft Auto video game series by Rockstar Games. ... Thomas Tommy Vercetti is a fictional character, voiced by Ray Liotta, in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ... Carl CJ Johnson is a fictional character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series, serving as the protagonist, anti-hero/hero and player-controlled character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. ... A number of recurring characters appear during the various missions or cut scenes in the video game Grand Theft Auto Advance, set roughly one year before events in Grand Theft Auto III (which takes place in late-2001). ... Antonio Toni Cipriani is a fictional character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ... Victor Vic Vance is a fictional character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ... Nikolai Niko Bellic is a fictional character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ... A number of recurring characters appear during the various missions or cut scenes in the video game Grand Theft Auto III, set in 2001. ... A number of recurring characters appear during the various missions or cut scenes in the video game Grand Theft Auto Advance, set roughly one year before events in Grand Theft Auto III (which takes place in late-2001). ... A number of recurring characters appear in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, set in 2007. ... Liberty City also refers to a real-life neighborhood in Miami, Florida. ... This article is about a fictional city in the Grand Theft Auto computer and video game series. ... The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition of San Andreas San Andreas is a fictional location in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series of video games. ... Each area features five radio stations from a pool of eleven, in which one of them would be played as the player drives most vehicles in game. ... The soundtrack of the game Grand Theft Auto III is popular not only with fans of the game, but also with lovers of mid- to late-1990s music. ... The soundtrack of the game Grand Theft Auto:Vice City is popular not only with fans of the game, but also with lovers of 1980s music. ... The soundtrack of the game Grand Theft Auto IV has not yet been released, nor has many of the songs in the game. ... List of actors who voiced characters in the Grand Theft Auto series. ...

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