1001 Video GamesGrand Theft Auto appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
BannedGrand Theft Auto was banned from stores in Brazil.
CitiesThe game takes place in the cities Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas. These cities are also the showplaces of the following 3D games of the series.
CoverWhen Take2 bought BMG Interactive, they re-released Grand Theft Auto in Europe with another box-cover, which looked more attractive than the previous one, which was quite boring.
DevelopmentThe original concept for GTA was that the player was supposed to be the police and he had to go around catching car looters, robbers, gang members and so on. In the late design stages, the team argued among themselves that it would be better if the players role be reserved. After a heated battle they all agreed on reversing the players role.
Doubled Player GlitchGo to a bike, without weapons.
Press "ENTER" and hold "Ctrl" at the same time.
Take the car behind and smash the bike.
Now you will see a copy of your self.
Dont drive over him, you'll just die :)
Freeware ReleaseAs a way of saying thank you to the many fans of the series, Rockstar released a freeware version of GTA on its website, http://www.rockstargames.com/classics/, updated to support the latest operating systems and Direct X software.
German versionWhen playing the game with German language settings, it is not possible to choose the female protagonists.
Police TrickThe streets of GTA maintain a finite supply of police cars in the face of escalating crime levels (largely thanks to the singlehanded effort of the player); an ex-roommate discovered that if you can put aside the gratification at delivering the coup de grace, blowing up their vehicles, and instead leave the coppers with barely-functional, heavily-damaged wagons, you can move through traffic largely with impunity -- whenever a police presence would be triggered, instead of dashing to the scene of the crime in powerful cruisers they would stagger on to the screen in the same fleet of dented Chitty-Chitty Bang Bangs you mercifully spared.
Should the police cars blow up, the department appears to instantaneously replace the exploded car with a brand new one with everything in top condition; cultivate their deprivation, however, and you can cause the entire force to limp along while you cruise by in the fastest ride that you can grab.
- In Vice City, you often see clothes that have been hung out to dry above alleyways and roads. Some of the blankets say "GTA" or "CM" - the initials of artist Craig Moore who worked on the game's textures.
- In San Andreas, one of the missions assigned to the player by Uncle Fu's crime syndicate is the killing of mob boss Don Traegeri. This is most certainly a reference to Don Traeger, who was involved in establishing publisher BMG Interactive in 1995.
References to the GameThe cover of heavy metal band Megadeth's album Rude Awakening features vehicles from Grand Theft Auto.
- PC Gamer
- April 2000 - #50 (tied with Caesar III) in the Reader's All-Time Top 50 Games Poll
Information also contributed by Daniel Saner, Itay Shahar, Kartanym, Karthik KANE, PCGamer77, Pseudo_Intellectual, Steve . and Zovni