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Every GTA game in order: Chronological and release date

We’ve put together a handy guide documenting every GTA game, including their full chronology and release dates.

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Quite possibly the most controversial franchise in video game history, the GTA games have certainly had a huge impact on the gaming landscape. To celebrate its storied legacy here is every GTA game in order.

Even people who don’t play or like video games have heard of Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar’s baby started out as a top-down open-world game with limitations on the PlayStation 1.

Fast-forward to 2021, and GTA is a name synonymous around the world, has sold several hundred million copies, and continues to rake in an obscene amount of money. With the GTA Trilogy Remastered: Definitive Edition in the pipeline, we thought we’d look back on all the GTA games.

Without further ado, here’s every GTA game released, and to be released, with accompanying release dates where applicable.

GTA games timeline

  1. Grand Theft Auto: London 1961
  2. Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
  3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
  4. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  6. Grand Theft Auto
  7. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
  8. Grand Theft Auto Advance
  9. Grand Theft Auto 3
  10. Grand Theft Auto IV / The Lost and Damned / The Ballad of Gay Tony
  11. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  12. Grand Theft Auto 2
  13. Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto (1997)

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Where it all began. On November 28, 1997, the basis of what would go on to become a hugely successful series was created and established.

Allowing players to select several different characters, the goal was to complete a series of structured missions, accumulate lots of points, and generally cause chaos whilst doing so.

The game wasn’t a huge success with critics, but it sold over a million copies and showed there was interest in this sort of thing.

Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 (1999)

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Only available to PC players and serving as an expansion to the first GTA, London 1961 was released two years later on March 31, 1999.

It was a ‘freeware’ download pack for PC players and featured far less content than that of the fully-fledged console version of the expansion.

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (1999)

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Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 was essentially a reskinning of the original game to capture the essence of London, England. Debuting on April 30, 1999, again, reception to the game was mixed, but it was still winning over fans and attracting new ones.

Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)

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Available to PS2 and Xbox users on October 22, 1999, GTA II upped its game in terms of its story, but its overall lack of polish and no significant improvement in the graphics department hindered it.

Its gameplay had developed as Rockstar implemented a new save system and additional side missions, but it felt like GTA needed a huge leap forward to achieve true success.

Grand Theft Auto III (2001)

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Cue GTA III. Still underappreciated by many to this day, it’s hard to quantify how unbelievably key GTA would be to the gaming landscape from October 22, 2001, onwards.

Switching from the eagled-eyed perspective, mostly linear-based nature of previous games, GTA III threw the rulebook out the window and offered a sprawling 3D sandbox filled with tons of collectibles, missions, side missions, fun activities, and tons of replayability.

It finally earned the acclaim of reviewers, it was the highest-selling game in the US for 2001, and is, arguably, the most important GTA game ever made.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

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Rockstar was not content to rest on their laurels and immediately capitalized on their newfound success by releasing Vice City one year later on October 29, 2002.

Rampages, Stunt Jumps, Hidden Packages, and a whole lot more return in Vice City in bigger and badder fashion.

Not only that, but new elements were added, most notably a talking protagonist as GTA III’s mute Claude was clearly superseded by a very vocal Tommy Vercetti – voiced by Goodfellas icon Ray Liotta.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

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October 26, 2004, capped off a memorable trilogy of games for the PS2 and Xbox as GTA: San Andreas was unleashed to the world.

Each game has tried to one-up the previous game in the franchise, whereas San Andreas tried to cram every single activity humanly possible into the game. Going to the gym, skydiving, burglaries, driving schools, and jetpacks, it’s actually harder to think of things San Andreas didn’t have.

Grand Theft Auto Advance (2004)

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Released on the same day as San Andreas, October 26, 2004, GTA Advance was exclusive to the Game Boy Advance and Color and served as a prequel to GTA III.

Its gameplay and overall aesthetic shared more in common with the older-style GTA games rather than GTA III and beyond. As such, it hasn’t been remembered quite as fondly as other iterations.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005)

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On the other hand, Liberty City Stories was the franchise’s first foray into the world of Sony’s PSP console and did so on October 24, 2005.

Rockstar made full use of the portable console’s surprising power and sold several million copies as a result. It was more in line with GTA III, Vice, and San Andreas, and the prequel story was a big hit.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006)

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With no new entry in the main series imminent, Rockstar released another PSP GTA called Vice City Stories on October 31, 2006.

It was the first real extension of Vice City and the prequel did very well to add new content to Vice City and make it absolutely worth revisiting again.

Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)

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With the three spin-offs under their belt, Rockstar returned to wow the world once more with GTA IV on April 29, 2008.

The game takes place in a reimagined take on Liberty City and follows the exploits of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European immigrant. GTA IV moves away from the endless activity fest that was San Andreas and focuses more on its compelling, twisting-and-turning narrative.

The move paid off as the game is the joint second-best game of all time, according to Metacritic with a score of 99 out of 100.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009)

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To further expand upon the GTA IV world, Rockstar decided to create two new pieces of DLC for the game. The first of which is The Lost and Damned, released on February 17, 2009.

Unlike other add-ons, The Lost and the Damned’s timeline rests in the same one as GTA IV, with the player even encountering an NPC Niko Bellic.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009)

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Following The Lost and Damned expansion was another called The Ballad of Gay Tony on April 13, 2009.

It’s also set in Liberty City with a story that intertwines with GTA IV’s grand narrative. The player’s character is tasked with helping their good friend Tony Prince – “Gay Tony.” The DLC serves as nothing more than another tale to be told in Liberty City and closes the book on GTA IV.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009)

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Chinatown Wars would prove to be another milestone for the Grand Theft Auto franchise as the game’s March 17, 2009, release date would be the first time that the series had come to the Nintendo DS.

Whilst sales of the initial launch were not anything to write home about, the inclusion of new and exclusive gameplay elements proved to be a winner. The game is the joint highest-rated in DS history on Metacritic and received subsequent rereleases on other consoles.

Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

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After more DLC and spin-offs, Rockstar finally satisfied their rabid fanbase by making GTA V available to purchase on September 17, 2013.

The groundbreaking entry into the illustrious franchise shook up the formula by having three playable, interchangeable protagonists, it had the biggest GTA map yet and also founded a source of endless replayability – GTA Online.

The exploits of Trevor, Franklin, and Michael in Los Santos have helped Rockstar to sell an estimated 150 million+ units of GTA V worldwide, and it became the most lucrative piece of media ever in 2018 – earning even more billions in revenue since then.

The game has been re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One, and in 2021 will be available to buy for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy: Definitive Edition (2021)

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Despite fans pleading with Rockstar Games to announce Grand Theft Auto VI, the developers have tried to fill the void with the new GTA Trilogy: Definitive Edition that is set to release on November 11, 2021.

Instead of basic remasters with slightly updated graphics, Rockstar has given GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas full visual makeovers, and updated the gameplay and mechanics to be more attuned to the modern-day games.


That just about covers all the games in the GTA series listed in chronological order from first to most recent.

For more on GTA, check out how to find GTA Online’s Phantom Car Halloween event.

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Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: November 26

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of November 26. Use our quick and easy guide to see what items can be redeemed.

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Players who love to battle it out in competitive PvP action to earn Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards can now see what the week of November 26 has to offer.

Destiny 2’s Trial of Osiris has become a staple of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter, thanks to its heated action, and the rewards for November 26 are now available to see.

One of the most popular game modes that the first-person shooter offers is, no doubt, Trials of Osiris, which is the game’s competitive multiplayer playlist that allows Guardians to test their skills against other players.

One of the exciting factors of this game mode, besides proving your skills, is the new set of rewards that players can earn with their success every week. Here are the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for November 26 in Destiny 2?

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The more reputation you can earn in Bungie’s Trials of Osiris, the better quality of rewards you will receive in Destiny 2.

The map that players fight on changes each week, and this week, the combat takes place on Twilight Gap.

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for the week of November 26:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Flawless Reward: Eye of Sol (Legendary Sniper Rifle) (Adept)

To earn the Flawless Reward, players will need to win seven Trials of Osiris matches without losing a single game.

It’s a tough feat, no doubt, but it’s doable with enough skill, patience, and understanding of the game’s mechanics.

Hopefully, this week’s Trials of Osiris rewards are worth you going after and can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out the best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and how to get them, and also how to claim Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards.

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: November 26 – 30

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week, and he can be found on Nessus currently. The merchant will be standing up in a tree in the Watcher’s Grave.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s November 26 – 30 items in Destiny 2

You can find all of the items available for sale from Xur this week in Destiny 2 below:

Exotic Gear

  • Exotic Engram
  • Merciless – Fusion Rifle
  • Sealed Ahamkara Grasps – Gauntlets
  • Stronghold – Gauntlets
  • Lunafaction Boots – Leg Armor

Legendary Weapons

  • True Prophecy – Hand Cannon
  • Last Perdition – Pulse Rifle
  • Arsenic Bite-4B – Combat Bow
  • First In, Last Out – Shotgun
  • Hollow Words – Fusion Rifle
  • Steel Sybil Z-14 – Sword
  • The Third Axiom – Pulse Rifle

Legendary Armour

  • Opulent Duelist Gauntlets – Gauntlets
  • Opulent Duelist Plate – Chest Armor
  • Opulent Duelist Mark – Titan Mark
  • Opulent Duelist Helm – Helmet
  • Opulent Duelist Greaves – Leg Armour
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This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items. You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2 if you are looking for some new things to use against your enemies.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and check out the Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.3.0.2 Update patch notes.

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GTA Online Prize Ride November 25 vehicle: How to get ZR350 for free

Thanks to the GTA Online Los Santos Tuners update, players can earn a weekly Prize Ride vehicle, and here’s how to get one, and what it is.

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The Los Santos Tuners update introduced the LS Car Meet, and this week players can get the ZR350 free as the GTA Online Prize Ride November 25 vehicle.

The Los Santos Tuners update is certainly up there with the Cayo Perico update in terms of an important content drop for GTA Online. Many players love to earn lots of money, buy amazing, fast cars, mod them how they see fit, and parade them around the city.

As well as adding new cars and collectibles, the new update has also welcomed a fun new challenge for players to complete. GTA Online’s ZR350 Prize Ride can be obtained by meeting a certain requirement, and we’ll detail everything below.

How to unlock GTA Online’s free ZR350 Los Santos Tuners Prize Ride

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To get the ZR350, you’ll need to place in the top 5 in Pursuit Races for 4 days in a row to complete the Prize Ride challenge.

Each week, players can unlock a new vehicle for free as part of the Los Santos Tuners update at the LS Car Meet. From November 25, players will be able to get their hands on this awesome car, but only for seven days.

parked zr-350 in gta online

That’s the simple condition you will need to meet to win the car for yourself. Given that it normally costs $1,615,000, it’s definitely worth trying to get!

Here’s the official description of the ZR350:

The nods of recognition, the pointing, the fanboys passing out in ecstasy. Witnessing the big power ZR350 revving up to tear a hole through an underground parking lot never gets old. And when you burn these tires out, they’ll fight to see who gets to breathe in your polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – because this much clout is seriously intoxicating.

GTA Online prize ride challenge

With GTA 6 rumored to be in development hell, the GTA Trilogy: Definitive Edition out and not doing well, and the GTA V Enhanced and Expanded Remaster nearly here, the franchise has a lot on its plate.


Also, check out the complete list of cars in the GTA Online Los Santos Tuners update, and stay tuned for the November 25 Prize Ride vehicle next week!

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