The history of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) dates back to 1997 when the first game in the series, simply titled “Grand Theft Auto,” was released by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) for MS-DOS and later for PlayStation. The game was a top-down, 2D action game that allowed players to control a criminal in a fictional city and complete various missions while avoiding the police.
The success of the first game led to the release of Grand Theft Auto 2 in 1999, which expanded upon the gameplay of the first game while introducing new features such as gangs, improved driving mechanics, and a more fleshed-out storyline.
In 2001, Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto III, which was a significant departure from the previous games in the series. It featured a fully 3D open-world environment, allowing players to explore a vast and detailed virtual city, complete with realistic physics and advanced AI.
Grand Theft Auto III was a massive critical and commercial success, selling over 14 million copies worldwide and receiving numerous awards and accolades. It also paved the way for the continued success of the series, with subsequent games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas building upon the open-world gameplay and advanced graphics of their predecessor.
In 2008, Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV, which was another significant leap forward in terms of graphics, storytelling, and gameplay mechanics. It was also the first game in the series to feature a fully online multiplayer mode, allowing players to compete and cooperate with one another in a shared virtual world.
Most recently, in 2013, Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V, which has been one of the most successful and critically acclaimed games of all time. It features a massive open-world environment that includes a detailed recreation of Los Angeles and a branching narrative that allows players to experience the story from multiple perspectives.
Throughout its history, the Grand Theft Auto series has been controversial due to its depictions of violence, crime, and sexual content. However, it has also been praised for its innovative gameplay, advanced graphics, and satirical commentary on modern society.