It doesn’t get much bigger than Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto when it comes to video games, and its legacy is untouchable. So we’ve gone through the main games in the series, ranked them from worst to best, and given them an official tier too.
GTA is the franchise that single-handedly popularized open-world sandbox games, and has had nearly as much controversy as it’s had sales – a lot. Rockstar’s violent and grim take on crime has sold several hundred million units with the mega-successful GTA V selling 140 million copies as of February 2021.
Every game has been accompanied by an engrossing story filled with memorable characters, missions, and insane activities to complete. They are all unique in their own way, which is why it makes it a difficult task to rank them all from worst to best. But we have done so and given each one a tier too.
Grand Theft Auto games tier list
Before we delve into the official ranking, here’s a quick summary of each game with an assigned grade.
Here is our official tier list of all the GTA games in alphabetical order:
- S-Tier: GTA 4, GTA 5, GTA: San Andreas, GTA: Vice City
- A-Tier: GTA 3, GTA: Liberty City Stories, GTA: Vice City Stories
- B-Tier: GTA 2, GTA 1, GTA: Advance, GTA: Chinatown Wars, GTA: London
Just to explain the system, our S-Tier games are undisputed greats, the A-Tier titles are great, the B-Tier games are just missing something, and C-Tier ones are not worth your time.
Main GTA games ranked worst to best
8. Grand Theft Auto
For newer gamers, it’s hard to imagine that Grand Theft Auto 5 started here. Even by PS1 standards, the graphics were extremely primitive, and the in-game camera jerked around more than a rocking horse.
However, it introduced people to the idea of vehicular homicide, killing for money, and various other gameplay elements that would become scrutinized by the media, making the series so well-known. GTA 1 also received some healthy expansions in the form of the GTA: London spin-offs.
7. Grand Theft Auto 2
Grand Theft Auto 2 expanded upon a few ideas that its predecessor had introduced such as an improved save system, better missions, more NPC randomness, and open-world unpredictability.
GTA II essentially laid the foundation for the third major game in the franchise, and its modern setting allowed additional benefits over GTA 1 such as weapons and vehicles.
6. Vice City Stories/Liberty City Stories
Whilst both games are great additions to the series, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories are essentially extended DLC of the original games.
Liberty City is more noteworthy for its story as it serves as a prequel to GTA III, as evidenced by its changes to the city. Whereas Vice City Stories went a bit more gung-ho and added a whole new gameplay element, Empire-Building, both to the benefit and detriment of the game.
5. Grand Theft Auto III
It may be the third official entry in the Grand Theft Auto, but GTA III is arguably where the name really got started. Rockstar went big and bold for GTA III and changed the camera perspective to fully third-person.
Completely 3D rendered character models brought the world to life, as did GTA’s take on New York City. There was an incredible amount of content for players to enjoy with Rampages, Stunt Jumps, and Hidden Packages to find. GTA III was unlike any other game on the market, and a silent Claude pretty much kickstarted the craze that many others would follow.
4. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Vice City took everything that was great about GTA III and went bigger and better. It still retained all the weird and wonderful activities that made the third game a breakout hit, but it added properties, helicopter missions, and much more.
Vice City is Rockstar’s tribute to the 1980’s film Scarface with most of its aesthetic being influenced by the famous gangster film starring Al Pacino. To many, the game features the best GTA soundtrack and has had requests for years to revisit it – which we may do with GTA 6.
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
There was incredible pressure on Rockstar to successfully transition GTA to the PS3 and Xbox 360 after a spellbinding run of games on the PS2 and Xbox. They did so admirably with GTA IV, delivering a realistic, immersive playground in Liberty City once more.
Grand Theft Auto 4 had a tonal shift towards realism, and this was reflected in its vehicle handling and physics. It had arguably the most powerful story in the franchise, following the rise of lowly immigrant – Niko Bellic.
This did also mean that there were fewer zany activities like Rampages though. Nevertheless, the game was well supported by its Multiplayer which served as a great template going forward.
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The only thing holding San Andreas back from first place is the outdated moving and shooting mechanics, otherwise, this might have featured even higher.
San Andreas was so far ahead of its time in terms of different activities you could do. GTA was continuing to innovate by giving players endless side missions: Driving Schools, Burglaries, Races, more collectibles than ever before, and even freestyle Lowrider contests.
CJ’s story was tremendous and San Andreas’s creativity made for some truly crazy missions to partake in. Plus, you could fill him up with junk food, make him look like Hulk Hogan, or turn him into an Olympic athlete of fitness.
1. Grand Theft Auto 5
There’s a reason as to why GTA 5 is the biggest selling piece of media ever – including video games, cinema. Rockstar took a huge gamble by altering the protagonist structure of previous games and allowing players to switch between three main characters instead.
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The move was a stroke of genius and made a game packed full of content even more diverse and enjoyable. The enormous map contained Scuba Diving, Base Jumping, Golf, Pool, Darts, and a vast array of other activities. The main game is stacked with hundreds of hours of content, and Rockstar decided to add GTA Online to make the package of quite frankly ridiculous value.
Generating billions of dollars within itself, GTA Online has experienced unprecedented success and taken the franchise to new heights. The game’s longevity is bullet-pointed by the fact it’s coming to a third generation of game consoles, and all this makes GTA 5 the best game in the series.
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Resident Evil Village weapons guide: Full tier list
Find out which are the best weapons to help you survive the Village in Resident Evil 8 with out extensive guide, tips, and tier list.
To adequately face off with the twisted Dimitrescu family, you’re going to need to make sure you know about the weapons you can wield, and which are the most effective. Here’s an in-depth guide to Resident Evil Village’s best weapons with some great tips, and a full tier list too.
The hype has been very real for the next major chapter in the famous Resident Evil franchise. The survival-horror icon has been a mainstay in the genre, cultivating a legacy over the past 25 years. Resident Evil Village is merely an extension of Resident Evil 7 and expanded upon even further with more big moments and epic characters.
There’s a bit more of a focus on combat and making the most of the game’s strong arsenal of guns. So to topple Lady Dimitrescu and her cohorts, here are all the weapons you’ll gain access to during the main story, and tips on which ones will best serve your purpose.
Also, check out our guide to making money fast in Resident Evil Village.
Here’s an explanation of our tier system:
- S-Tier weapons are the best for every situation
- A-Tier are amazing in their own right
- B-Tier weapons are just missing something
- C-Tier ones are not worth your time
Our Resident Evil Village weapon tier list:
- S-Tier: F2 Rifle, W870 TAC Shotgun, M1851 Wolfsbane Magnum, SYG-12 Shotgun
- A-Tier: M1897 Shotgun, GM 79 Grenade Launcher, V61 Machine Pistol
- B-Tier: M1911 Pistol
- C-Tier: LEMI Pistol
As with any Resident Evil game, you will start off with a rudimentary Pistol designed to just help you scrape by the game’s first few meaty encounters. The LEMI is no different, and even with upgrades, it will quickly become an afterthought.
Just use it as much as you can early on and forget about conserving ammo, especially with the game’s first major Lycan set-piece, as health is far more important.
The M1911 isn’t too dissimilar to the LEMI in many respects as it’s a fairly standard weapon that’s base stats are just a bit better. We do like the fire rate on it, and, again, it’s a useful weapon to use at the time of acquiring.
V61 Machine Pistol
When you finally come across the V61 Machine Pistol, you can pretty much wave goodbye to any of your Pistols as the V61 will take over their responsibilities now. It’s useful in practically any situation or battle, and once you slap an upgrade or two on it, it will quite often be your go-to gun.
Make sure to give its firepower the attention as its fire rate and ammo is already decent.
M1851 Wolfsbane Magnum
There’s a giddy moment in Capcom’s games when you finally get your hands on the game’s Magnum. The famous revolver carries on the game’s legacy by providing players with yet another unbelievably powerful gun.
Even more so than the GM 79 Grenade Launcher, we highly recommend you conserve its use and preserve its limited ammunition, waiting until you encounter significantly more dangerous foes.
Your first punchy weapon you obtain in Resident Evil Village. It does what every other basic Shotgun has ever done, be a monster up-close, and kill enemies in one or two shots at the expensive of fire rate and reload time.
With the M1897 you need to master the art of patience. Wait for an enemy to be within touching distance of your person before unleashing a devastating shell into them to possibly kill them in one shot.
W870 TAC Shotgun
A better version of the M1897, the W870 TAC Shotgun could potentially be your main weapon if you’re good at conserving ammo. You get it at a decent point in the game, so upgrading its firepower and fire rate is key. Again, concentrate your shots, aim for the head, and your patience will be rewarded with greater damage done.
A late-game addition to the pack, the SYG-12 Shotgun will become the de facto Shotgun, especially with enhancements to improve its capabilities. It’s powerful, fast, and is very well-balanced.
You can probably sell the other two shoguns, if you still have them, once you have the SYG-12.
In the right hands, the F2 is potentially the best (non-Magnum) weapon in the game. Even though the description says “specialized for taking out long-range targets.” the gun can ideally be used at any distance.
Its power is already phenomenal in its base form and upgrades should be a priority for it – especially reload speed. Picking off enemies without letting them get a sniff of you is invaluable and will save you lots of health.
GM 79 Grenade Launcher
Another staple of the Resident Evil franchise is the age-old Grenade Launcher. As usual, ammo is a bit more scarce compared to the other firearms on this list, meaning it’s more of a specialist weapon.
Save it more for bosses and sub-bosses, perhaps even keeping it away in storage most of the time to free up room for other ammo, health, and important items. Make sure to upgrade
Resident Evil Village post-game weapons
Once you’ve completed Resident Evil Village, there are a number of other weapons you can go about unlocking to use in the main game itself on another playthrough.
- WCX short-barreled assault rifle
- Karambit Knife
- USM-AI semi automatic pistol
- Dragoon assault rifle
- Hand Cannon PZ
- Rocket Pistol
- LZ Answerer
Also, see where we ranked all of the main Resident Evil games from worst to best.
Image Credit: Capcom
This Clever trick makes Valkyrie fly longer in Apex Legends
There is a clever Apex Legends tactic that you can use to make the new Legend Valkyrie fly for longer during battle.
The new Legend Valkyrie is one of the many additions in the Apex Legends Season 9, Legacy update, and there’s a clever trick that you can use to make her soar through the sky for longer than usual.
This character brings a certain verticality to the battle royale with her ability to soar through the air for a short period of time. Now, a few players have found a way to use her jetpacks to stay in the air for a longer duration.
How to make Valkyrie fly for longer in Apex Legends
This trick was discovered by Reddit user Swogglenoz, who was experimenting with Valkyrie’s jetpacks. Through this, they were able to come up with a way to make her fly much further and longer than normal.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Use Valkyrie’s jetpacks to take off into the sky.
- Hold her tactical down while you’re in the air to fly for longer.
- Once you’re ready to land, use the melee attack to bring her down.
Using the melee attack will cancel out her deploying the rocket burst tactical, allowing you to land safely. However, you’ll be flying fairly slow, which could leave you vulnerable to enemy attacks.
While some players initially assumed that this might be an exploit, the Apex Legends devs made it clear that this is an intentional tactic. While Valkyrie’s slow speed might come off as useless, this trick is ideal for sneaking up on players.
Valkyrie’s VTOL Jets only allow her to hover across the map within a set amount of fuel, so you’ll need to use this tactic carefully. We recommend saving it for late-game scenarios where it’s easier to be stealthy.
If you want some useful tips and tricks for playing as Valkyrie that will make you into a winged menace on your way to victory, then you can check out or guide for them.
Apex Legends: Best Legends for the Arenas
With the new Arenas mode, Apex Legends is being played in a different way making some Legends more useful than others in Season 9.
Apex Legends’ new 3v3 Arenas mode is very different from the classic battle royale formula, leaving some players unsure about what Legends would be the best to use. Some Legends are much more useful than others in this mode, so we’ve made a guide to help shed light on them.
The new 3v3 Arenas mode is a completely new experience for Apex Legends fans, introducing a CSGO/Valorant-esque round-based duel between two teams.
Best Legends to use for the Arenas
As the mode is so different from the battle royale, some of the Legends are essential for this mode and can help you and your team reach consecutive victories.
In Arenas, players will have to spend credits in order to purchase weapons, consumables, and even abilities. However, every Legend gets their passive for no extra cost, making some much more viable than others.
If you’re unsure about how you want to spend your crafting materials/credits, check out our guide on the best ways to spend them.
Lifeline in Apex Legends: Arenas
Lifeline is a great option for Arenas and is possibly the most essential Legend for team composition. Lifeline’s abilities aid the team by keeping them alive for as long as possible, and as Arenas can be a war of attrition, Lifeline’s tactical health drone can be essential.
Further, Lifeline’s passive is her D.O.C drone revive, which allows her to revive enemies while staying in the fight. Although this passive was nerfed in the latest patch, removing the protective shield, it is still very strong.
The main reason it’s so strong is because of the Legendary bag players can purchase for only 250 crafting credits. Lifeline with this item can really be a menace, reviving her teammates effortlessly with half health and shields, allowing them to get back into the fight instantly.
Although Lifeline’s ultimate isn’t as useful, her tactical health drone and revive make her one of the most essential Legends for taking the victory in Arenas.
Valkyrie in Arenas
Valkyrie is another great pick for Arenas, mostly because her main ability and best asset is free. Valkyrie is a great attacking option for the team, gaining different angles on the opposition to make them uncomfortable and offset their position.
The reason Valkyrie is one of the best Legends for Arenas is because of her passive VTOL Jets. Valkyrie’s passive will recharge throughout the game, allowing players to gain height and reposition at any point of a round.
Valkyrie’s tactical, Missile Swarm, will also allow Valkyrie to push enemies out of their position. At this point, Valkyrie can then use her jets to take their position, leaving the opponents at a disadvantage.
Further, Valkyrie’s ultimate, Skyward Dive, is only 150 credits which isn’t expensive, especially in the later rounds. Purchase this ability to take you and your team straight to where the enemies want to be, take over their position and leave them in the dust.
Gibraltar in Arenas
Lastly we have Gibraltar, an extremely useful Legend in the Arenas mostly for his 1v1 capabilities. Gibraltar acts as the anchor for a team, holding down positions taking out enemies who overextend.
Not only is Gibraltar a good option because of his Dome of Protection, which also provides teams with a faster revive option, but his passive can greatly increase his chances of winning 1v1s. In Arenas, you will often find yourself in a 1v1 situation where Gibraltar’s passive gun shield can be really dominant.
The gun shield gives Gibraltar added health, making him a nuisance from range, as he can continue to do damage to the enemies while they are only hitting the gun shield, allowing Gibraltar to save his meds.
Gibraltar’s extra passive, Fortress, which reduces incoming damage by 15%, makes him even more of an essential character for Arenas, as he can easily tank damage and win those isolated fights.
That’s it for the best Legends to use in Arenas, for more on Apex Legends stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on all the weapon buffs and nerfs for Season 9: Legacy.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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