Grand Theft Auto Series
One of the most popular video game series of all-time is Grand Theft Auto. There are nine stand-alone games in the series, which began in 1997. the most recent release, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, was released in March of 2009. the series of games has created controversy with each game release because of the underlying themes of sex, drugs, and violence. the game is centered on driving, with most of the missions requiring the use of a car to complete the majority of missions in the game. the series was named after the term that refers to motor vehicle theft, since the main character has the ability to remove people from their vehicles and steal them for his own personal use.
Grand Theft Auto is such a popular series of video games that there have been more than a handful of movie stars who have loaned their voice to these games. Stars who have loaned their voice include Michael Madsen, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Gary Busey, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Penn, James Woods, Joe Pantoliano, Frank Vincent, Robert Loggia, Kyle MacLachlan, Peter Fonda and Ray Liotta. the publisher of this series of games is Rockstar Games. the premise of these games is for the gamer to take on the role of a criminal in a big city, usually someone who rises through the ranks of organized crime throughout the entirety of the game. the gamer must complete missions of assassination, taxi driving, firefighting, pimping, street racing, bus driving or flying fixed-wing aircraft.
The best feature of the Grand Theft Auto video games is that they give the gamer a ton of freedom when it comes to playing the game. the gamer can choose which missions they want to undertake, how they want to build their relationship with other characters in the game, or if they just want to bumble around the streets of the city they are visiting at the time. the main character can choose from multiple weapons and hundreds of different vehicles when playing the game. There are cheat codes available for the gamer to enter when playing one of the games that make different weapons packages available, that make the main character invincible, or that gives the main character an unlimited supply of money. There are other cheat codes that activate tanks, army helicopters, speedboats, choppers, fire trucks and many other vehicles not see often in the game.
The first Grand Theft Auto game was set in three fictional cities called Liberty City, San Andreas, and Vice City. Liberty City is loosely based on New York City and the third game in the series helped to make the series of games incredibly popular. the game featured, for the first time, a mini map to help the gamer navigate around the city and a third person view. the third person view allows the gamer to see more of what is going on around the city instead of the traditional top-down view where the gamer looks down onto what is happening.