The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most well-known in the video game business, with the bulk of its iterations proving to be hugely popular.
Some of the franchise’s games have shattered significant sales records and become household brands. GTA San Andreas is the best-selling PlayStation 2 game, while GTA 5 is the second best-selling video game of all time.
However, not all of the games were well-received, and several even fell short of expectations in terms of sales. This essay will focus on three GTA games that have received less attention than the others.
These GTA games deserve more recognition
3) GTA Vice City Stories
Some of the most well-known GTA games are still being played today, such as GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. Many of these enthusiasts, however, are unaware of GTA Vice City Stories.
GTA Vice City Stories was released in 2006 only for the PSP and combines the gameplay and features of Vice City with San Andreas. It incorporates a one-of-a-kind empire management system inspired by San Andreas, which blends gang wars with asset ownership.
The story follows the Vance brothers prior to the events of GTA Vice City. Despite the fact that the game is still one of the most popular on the PSP, its handheld-only release limited its appeal.
2) GTA Liberty City Stories
Another handheld-exclusive game, GTA Liberty City Stories, was launched a year before Vice City Stories. This game, like the preceding title on this list, used gameplay features from GTA San Andreas.
In the 3D Universe Liberty City, players could now ride bicycles, while climbing and swimming were still impossible. The plot is much more linear and basic than in other games in the series.
The entire plot revolves around Tony Cipriani, who is a member of the mob and performs tasks for his boss Salvatore Leone. Despite being recently transferred to the PS2 and even mobile platforms, the game did not have the same success as major blockbusters.
1) GTA Chinatown Wars
The only GTA game released for the Nintendo DS was GTA Chinatown Wars. It received positive reviews from critics and remained the highest-rated game on the platform.
Rockstar proved that it could make a good game on any platform with GTA Chinatown Wars. Despite the fact that their handheld games aren’t as well-known as their mainstream equivalents, they’re nonetheless among the greatest on the market.
Because it was originally built for the DS’s touch controllers, it was also converted to mobile devices, which seemed logical. The game’s most notable feature is its innovative minigames, which include carjacking and drug selling.
The arcadey action and intriguing minigames made it a must-have for GTA fans, even if the story was a little clichéd even by GTA standards.