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Ranking the GTA games from worst to best

We’ve gone through and ranked all of Rockstar’s GTA games from best to worst, and assigned them a tier too.

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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.

Also, check out our ranking of the Resident Evil and Far Cry games too!

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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
  • C-Tier:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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Fortnite Donation Board locations: How to vote to unvault items

Here’s everything you need to know about Donation Boards in Fortnite, including the locations where you can find them to vote on returning items.

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Donation Boards have appeared across Fortnite island during Season 8, so we’ll go over what they’re for and where you can find them on the map.

With Fortnite Season 8 well underway, you can check out all of the new content in the game, including new Cosmic Chestscosmeticsbounties, and weapons. There’s also a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through.

One of the new additions to the battle royale is the Fortnite Donation Boards. These have been popping up around the Island, and this guide will cover everything you need to know about them, including their locations.

What Are Donation Boards in Fortnite?

Donation Board in Fortnite

The Donation Boards on Fortnite Island look like any regular boards with flyers on them. Once you interact with them, you’ll get a chance to decide which item should be brought to the map.

You can donate 50 Gold Bars towards whichever item you want to see as future loot, with the first item to hit 100% Funded becoming immediately unlocked and ready for use.

There are plenty of unique weapons to choose from in Fortnite Season 8. These include the new Sideways weapons and the few Exotic Weapons currently left in the battle royale.

By donating to these boards, you have the rare opportunity to decide which of these fantastic weapons can become easily accessible to you the next time you hop into a match of Fortnite.

Fortnite Donation Board locations

Donation Board Locations in Fortnite

Donation Boards are mainly located next to POIs on the map. You can currently find a total of 12 scattered around Fortnite Island, and you can often find Turret Boards right next to them.

Once you get to one of these, you’ll have the chance to decide which weapon makes its way to Fortnite Island. This gives you more control over the Battle Royale than before.

Be sure to cast your vote when you come across one of these. For more Fortnite, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out the Gold Cube location and travel path in Fortnite Season 8.

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Fortnite Armored Walls: How to get & use the new Trap

Here’s how to get and use Fortnite Season 8’s latest addition, Armored Walls, which add a ton of HP to your structures.

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Armored Walls in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Season 8 has included a brand-new Trap item to the game, with Armored Walls making your structures much more powerful. Here’s how to find and use this new defensive item.

Following the news that Fortnite will be crossing over with designer fashion house Balenciaga, Epic Games has brought even more content with the September 21 hotfix. In this small update, they’ve announced a Fourth Birthday event, given players the chance to unvault an item, and added a new Trap.

The Armored Walls Trap covers builds in thick metal plating, giving “any building piece a whole bunch more HP.”

Here’s how to find and use this powerful new item.

How to get Armored Walls in Fortnite

Armored Walls Trap in Fortnite Season 8

Creating a safe area to hold down is one of the most important strategies to winning a game of Fortnite. Maintaining the high ground and having solid cover is ever-important and now your defense can now be even stronger thanks to the new Armored Walls Trap.

These Armored Walls have arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale matches with the September 21 update. In the accompanying announcement, Epic Games revealed that Armored Walls can be found in Supply Boxes and on the ground. So, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find them, you just need to loot around.

How to use Armored Walls in Fortnite

Armored Walls are Uncommon Traps, so will go into the Trap inventory slot. Like placing the old Damage Traps or Bouncers, you just need to approach one of your own structures with Armor Plates in your inventory and press your Trap keybind, e.g T.

The wall will now become a thick metal structure with 2,500 HP, so the enemies will have an extremely hard time breaking through. However, it works both ways, so be careful you don’t box yourself in!

Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Build or approach one of your walls in Fortnite
  2. Have the Armored Walls trap at the ready
  3. Press your Trap button to apply it to the surface

And that’s how you can find and use Armored Walls in Fortnite Season 8! For more guides, check out how to level up the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass fast.

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How to level up fast in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

We’ve found some of the best ways for you to level up fast in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass and claim all the rewards in the process.

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For those looking to rank up fast in the new Season 8 Battle Pass for Fortnite, here are some of the best ways to level up fast in the Fortnite Season 8

With Fortnite Season 8 well underway, you can check out all of the new content in the game, including new Cosmic Chests, cosmetics, bounties, and weapons. There’s also a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through.

The Season 8 Fortnite Battle Pass has various new cosmetic items, including the new Carnage cosmetic skin.

This guide will go over the fastest ways for you to level up and unlock these items.

How to Level up fast in Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

Complete Weekly punchcards

Fortnite Season 8 1 Punchcard Quests

Punchcards have returned in Fortnite Season 8, replacing weekly quests and offering players a ton of bonus XP towards earning Battle Stars. This will help you progress through the Fortnite Battle Pass quickly.

Each week, a new Weekly Punchcard Quest will appear. Daily Punchcards refresh each day, giving you Quests to complete for some bonus XP. Finishing one Daily Punchcard will complete the first Weekly Quest.

Complete the character punchcards

Fortnite Season 8 Character Punchcards

On top of the Weekly Punchcards, there will also be character Punchcards to complete for the remainder of the season. These are all tailored around the Fortnite Battle Pass skins and a few other notable NPCs.

Just speak with the characters on Fortnite Island to start a punchcard and complete all the tasks given to you. You can be done with all of them in a single playthrough.

Play as much as possible

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Although it seems obvious, playing the game as much as you can obviously boost your rank and level you up nicely. Even better, performing well in your games by getting a high placement and kills will give you even more XP and rank you up faster.

Also, don’t forget that playing with friends will give you an extra XP boost, so make sure you team up with your buddies and get some Victory Royales!

That’s all on how to level up fast in the Fortnite Battle Pass. For more on Fortnite, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on the Fortnite Gold Cube location.

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