Review Score: 59.8%
Grand Theft Auto (we’ll refer to it as GTA 1 to differentiate it from the series) is an open world action-adventure video game released on PC and PS1.
The game allows the player to take on the role of a criminal who can roam freely around a big city, undertaking missions such as bank robberies, assassinations, and other crimes. It is the first title in the Grand Theft Auto series, a series that has sold more than 125 million units, as of December 2012.
The game was originally intended to be named Race ‘n’ Chase and was nearly cancelled due to production issues.
Grand Theft Auto takes place in 1997 in three primary settings, all of which are modelled on real locales: Liberty City is based on New York City, Vice City is based on Miami, and San Andreas is based on regions of California and Nevada. These settings would be used again in the all of the GTA games of the PS2 era, GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas.