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grand theft auto

In October 2001, Take-Two Interactive released Grand Theft Auto III on PlayStation 2. Featuring a fully 3D living city, a combination of narrative driven and non-linear gameplay and a completely open environment, the game redefined the mature action genre. Grand Theft Auto III became an overnight sensation, receiving numerous game-of-the-year awards and going on to become the best-selling video game of 2001. 

One year later, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released to wide acclaim on PlayStation 2 and quickly ascended the charts to become the fastest-selling and best-selling game of 2002. Both GTA3 and GTA:VC have each garnered unit sales of more than eight million.

The Grand Theft Auto franchise may soon be breaking records on the Nintendo GameCube as well according to Investors Business Daily. Upon completion of its exclusivity contract with SCEA at the end of 2004, Rockstar Games will release Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox. "And they will sell, like, a jillion copies," according to Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities.

April 28, 2003

Jim - News Contributor, GameCubicle


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