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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:19 PM

Unfortunately the only GTA Game i have played thus far is GTA IV , The Ballad of Gay Tony, and The lost and Damned. I'm interested in seeing other peoples rankings of every single game , so I can know where to start when picking up a GTA game before GTA 5 comes out! (Already pre-ordered it!) Thanks guys:)

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

You may or may not include Bully as well considering i'm thinking about picking up this title from the PSN as well.!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

i've played

gta2
gta 3
gta vice city
gta sa
gta 4

1. sa
2. 4
3. vice city
4. gta 3
5. gta 2

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

QUOTE (Jay2013 @ Sunday, Aug 11 2013, 12:19)
Unfortunately the only GTA Game i have played thus far is GTA IV , The Ballad of Gay Tony, and The lost and Damned. I'm interested in seeing other peoples rankings of every single game , so I can know where to start when picking up a GTA game before GTA 5 comes out! (Already pre-ordered it!) Thanks guys:)

wait.... wtfff???? you are missing out on an entire childhood.....

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:23 PM

This should be fun...

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

At the time of release:

1. IV
2. Vice City ( Purley for the look and the introduction of helecopters and outfits )
3. San Andreas
4. GTA 1
5. GTA London
6. GTA 2
7. GTA 3

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

Just start with III and play all of them. 1 and 2 may have provided the groundwork to what will become one of the best franchises but let's be real, a bird-eye camera and 2D sprites with somewhat clunky controls is not something any new age kid will ever be able to adjust to.

So just start from III and enjoy.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:26 PM

TBoGT
4
Lost & Damned
San Andreas
Vice City
Vice City Stories
3
Liberty City Stories

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:27 PM

GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City
GTA The Ballad Of Gay Tony
GTA The Lost And The Damned
GTA III
GTA 1
GTA IV
GTA 2

(Never played london)

Going back from the 1's you've played might be a little Jarring. But personally growing up through the series. These are how they stack up... PERSONALLY. Just thought I'd make that clear for the fan boy's out there.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:28 PM

I've played:
GTA
GTA 2
GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA IV
TBoGT
TLaD
GTA Vice City Stories

I've also played GTA Liberty City Stories and Chinatown Wars but not enough to be able to judge them fairly.
  1. TBoGT
  2. San Andreas
  3. GTA IV
  4. GTA Vice City
  5. GTA Vice City Stories
  6. TLaD
  7. GTA 2
  8. GTA

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:29 PM

Depends if you look at them now or when you played em

Best games

1) IV
2) SA
3) III
4) II

(Didn't play VC or I)

Most fun while playing
1) SA
2) IV
3) III
4) II

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:30 PM

1 - GTA SA
2 - GTA IV
3 - GTA VC
4 - TBoGT
5 - GTA III
6 - TLAD
7 - GTA VCS
8 - GTA II
9 - GTA LCS
10 - GTA CW
11 - GTA
12 - GTA Advance

OBS: Played all of them.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:33 PM

IV>SA>VC>III

Never played the portables or the top downs. Also, why do people consider TLAD or TBOGT their own games?

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:34 PM

1. GTA San Andreas
2. GTA TBOGT
3. GT IV
4. GTA Vice City
5. GTA III
6. GTA Lost @ Damned
7. GTA II
8. GTA I

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:36 PM

1. V
2. SA
3. VC
4. TBoGT
5. IV
6. TLaD
7. III

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:37 PM

Out of the ones I've played at the time-ish of release:

1. GTA San Andreas
2. GTA Vice City
3. GTA III
4. GTA IV

I don't count TBOGT/LAD as full games.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:38 PM

IV
San Andreas
Vice City
III
=big gap=
II
I

Picked San Andreas over Vice City because I thought the larger scale and scope was more important to me than the better story and soundtrack that VC had, even if the game was somewhat overstretched in hindsight. III was the most important and ground breaking of them all but putting that aside is comparatively lacking in certain aspects, including story engagement.

IV for me is the best overall. The map was pretty big but in particular had incredible detail, and in that latter aspect it was miles ahead of the PS2 era games. The story is more mature and compelling, and I for one preferred the new physics. I didn't rate the EFLC packs but I'd say TBOGT was better than TLAD, and in some ways better than vanilla IV.

If V can offer what IV did but expand in scope and perhaps add some of the lunacy that was taken away, which the trailers seem to suggest it will, then I have no doubt it will comfortably slot in to the number 1 position.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:38 PM

Of the ones I have played:

1: GTA SA
2: GTA IV
3: GTA VC
4: GTA TBoGT
5: GTA TLaD
6: GTA III
7: GTA London
8: GTA
9: GTA Liberty City Stories (wasn't a fan of playing it on PSP)
10: GTA 2


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:39 PM

To play now it's GTA 4, but accounting for their relevance and impact at the time more so than what I'd like to play right now...In other words, which ones I think are the "greatest"

1. Vice City
2. GTA 4 + Expansions
3. San Andreas
4. GTA 3
5. GTA
6. Liberty City Stories
7. GTA 2
8. Vice City Stories

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:46 PM

1. TBoGT
2. San Andreas
3. IV
4. Vice City
5. TLaD
6. GTA 2

It's time to play III. icon14.gif

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:46 PM

For me the best one is GTA San Andreas.
It had so many stuff to do, so funny missions and a huge variety of weapons and cars. It also had a huge map for the year that it was released.

After San Andreas I would choose GTA IV because of the great plot that it had and the detailed map of it. I also enjoyed Euphoria and RAGE engines.

After GTA IV I would put GTA III just because it was a huge leap forward for 3rd person/open world games.

Then we have GTA Vice City with its amazing atmosphere and one of the coolest protagonists ever.




GTA Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories weren't something new. The only interesting about these games was that we had a chance to see characters from GTA III and GTA Vice City from a different point of view.
The same with the Ballad of Gay Tony and the Lost and Damned.
In the last two though, I also enjoyed the atmosphere. Especially in TLAD. user posted image

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:55 PM

1. GTA IV
2. The Ballad of Gay Tony
3. GTA 3
4. San Andreas
5. Vice City
6. The Lost & Damned
7. Vice City Stories
8. GTA 2
9. Liberty City Stories
10. GTA

Haven't played Chinatown Wars or London. Love all of them though.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:13 PM

I've only played (and therefore will only rank) the Grand Theft Autos from GTA3 to VCS.

#1. Vice City - It's a good combination of what GTA3 did right with what SA did right. Missions were challenging though not impossible (for me, personally), the soundtrack was phenomenal, you could save seemingly countless vehicles and save your game practically anywhere, there was the introduction of the motorcycle, there was plenty of mission (storyline and side) variety, you didn't have to worry about gaining weight or losing muscle!, and it was a generally beautiful game. And hey! I love having two talk radio stations! And I'm sure I left something out!

#2. San Andreas - The huge map with no load screens is a delight (crippled as a plus only by the fact that sneaking into one of the other regions before the story takes you there is, erm, a less-than-rewarding accomplishment in many ways); the soundtrack is also amazing (though I can't listen to my rap music when my toddler's in the room, grrrr...); I do like some of the "RPG"-like features such as building your motorcyle, driving, and stamina skills (but I hate having to remember to eat and exercise!); and of course I love flying around in a full-sized, fully functional airplane. Fun stuff.

#3. GTA III - I love the environment of Liberty City and will always be nostalgic for it. I also enjoy taking advantage of all the glitches and tricks that make this GTA one of a kind. It may not have as much to offer as the other games in one way, but it has way more to offer in others!

#4. Vice City Stories - A return to beautiful Vice City + the ability to swim in the beautiful water + the ability to personalize your assets by choosing what sorts of business to put where. Need I say more?

#5. Liberty City Stories - Because it doesn't have most of what I just listed! Though it was enjoyable (I like finally having the ability to cruise around LC with a motorbike), I have a feeling as I get some of the newer games that this one will always be at the bottom of the list sad.gif

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:22 PM

I played:
GTA 2
GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Episodes from Liberty City (The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony)

Now time to rank (In order of when I played them for the first time)
GTA LCS - Great story, characters and gameplay.
GTA VCS - Good story and characters, Great gameplay and features
GTA SA - Good story, wierd characters, Great gameplay and features
GTA VC - Great story, characters and gameplay.
GTA III - Good story, Ok characters, Great Gameplay
GTA IV - Great story, characters and gameplay.
TBoGT - Crazy and confusing story, funny characters, great gameplay and crazy features
TLAD - Great story, characters, gameplay and features.
GTA 2 - Did not pass the tutorial, it's fun to go on a rampage though.







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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:10 AM

#1 - reserved for V biggrin.gif
#2 - IV
#3 - EFLC
#4 - Vice City
#5 - San Andreas
#6 - III
#7 - Liberty City Stories
#8 - Vice City Stories
#9 - 2
#10 - Original + London

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:21 AM

I'm only gonna rank the ones I've played.

1) San Andreas.
2) Vice City.
3) GTA III.
4) Liberty City Stories
5) GTA IV
6) Vice City Stories
7) TBOGT
8) TLAD

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

I should have spent my summer playing through III, Vice City, and SA before GTA V comes out. Oh well sad.gif

I've played III, VC, SA, IV, and TBOGT

1. TBOGT
2. San Andreas
3. IV
4. III
5. Vice City

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:10 PM

1. GTA SA
2. GTA 3
3. GTA 4 and DLC
4. GTA Vice City
5. GTA LCS
6. GTA VCS
7. GTA Chinatown Wars
8. GTA Advance
9. GTA 2
10. GTA 1 and DLC

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:02 AM

III
San Andreas
Chinatown Wars (yes I am serious, this game is FANTASTIC. It combines the best of III, 2 and IV and adds sooo much more. Also has a great story!)
Vice City
The Lost and Damned
Liberty City Stories
GTA 2 (I wish Rockstar dared to try to do a GTA like this again)
The Ballad of Gay Tony
IV (story and characters really killed this for me - and the last third of the missions were a bore)
Grand Theft Auto
London 1969
Vice City Stories (very glitchy, empire building feels too much cut and paste, poor story, bad characters)

Played, but never finished (don't think it's fair to rank if I haven't completed them:)

London 1961
Advance

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:22 PM

To rank such awesome games is a challenge for sure. I've not played the 2D games so I'll leave those out.

If I was to rank them based on how good I think they are I would say;

1 - San Andreas
It built and refined upon the concepts and ideas of the III & VC, expanded the game world dramatically and provided, at the time, an ungodly amount of content and depth to the world. It was arguably the best from a technical perspective to at that point and for me represents by far the most diverse and fun entry of the series.

2 - Vice City
I do feel this is perhaps the most keenly balanced and tightest of the III era GTA's and I think this had one of the best story's and cultural take. Personally it's my favorite as it was my first GTA game, introduced me to the 80's (which I now love) and Tommy was such an awesome character. Only the finest of margins seperate this and SA in my mind.

3 - Stories
These games were very good games, on PSP they were technically impressive. However they were rough compared to III, VC & SA and lacked that creative magic.

4 - Chinatown Wars
Like the stories game's it was really good, particularly for DS. Again, narrow margins separate it from Stories. My main issue with it being it didn't feel enough like a GTA game.

5 - Advance
A solid game, let down by a few to many niggles. Worth playing but flawed. Not a high point for GTA but a fun ride.

6 - IV
I hate this game. Don't get me wrong it is a very good game, but it has too many flaws to match the high standards of other more illustrious entries, lacks content and depth, has a bland aesthetic and in the name of realism they sucked out the fun completely. The Episodes went someway to rectify this and were better but in my opinion it was too little to late. It never truly felt like a GTA game - and that to me was the biggest problem.

I imagine V is going to take over at no.1 soon though. it looks stunning.




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