Grand Theft Auto III – Celebrating its 10th Anniversary



10 years ago, this month, the revolutionary open-world epic Grand Theft Auto III was released to the world – a game that set players loose as a small-time criminal at the bottom of the food chain in Liberty City, a sprawling metropolis where anything can happen – and probably will.

To commemorate the game’s 10th anniversary, we’re proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto III will be coming to select new generation iOS and Android devices later this fall. For the lineup of supported devices, check the list below:

Apple iOS Devices: iPad 2, iPhone 4S
Android Phones: Droid X2, HTC Evo 2, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S2
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Beginning today, the limited-edition action figure of Grand Theft Auto III lead character, Claude, will be available for pre-order through the Rockstar Warehouse. The action figure will be on sale on October 20. The fully articulated 1:6 scale Claude figure comes dressed in his original attire of cargo pants and a bomber jacket, and is also supplied with his iconic Liberty City Prison-issued jumpsuit. The Claude figure is equipped with an arsenal of classic weapons from Grand Theft Auto III, including a bat, knife, grenades, pistol, sniper rifle, and assault rifle.

This rare and valuable collector’s item MSRPs for $149.99, but Social Club members have the exclusive opportunity to nick one for free.  Visit and fill out the entry form by this Sunday October 16th for a chance to be one of three lucky winners.

Grand Theft Auto III was originally released in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. It was the first three-dimensional, open-world Grand Theft Auto title and introduced players to the fictitious Liberty City. The game was released to critical and commercial success and is widely credited as one of the most influential video games of all time. Upon its release in 2001, Grand Theft Auto III delivered cinematic levels of immersion, an innovative approach to open-ended gameplay and an unprecedented fusion of gaming and popular culture.

Grand Theft Auto III was heralded by GameSpot as “easily one of the greatest games of all time.” In an article recognizing the most important games ever created, GamePro listed Grand Theft Auto III as their number one choice, declaring that “GTA III redefined how games are played, serving as a wake-up call to an industry that had fallen into a safe, sleepy rhythm.”

IGN lauded Grand Theft Auto III as one of the top ten most influential games of all time, stating “not many games can claim to have spawned entire genres, buzzwords, and cultural phenomena.”

GamesRadar praised Grand Theft Auto III as “the most important game of the decade” And more celebration came from G4TV5, dubbing the game, “An amazing experience, resulting in a classic crime drama.”

Grand Theft Auto III went on to become the highest-rated PlayStation 2 game of all time (Metacritic: 97), and the number one selling video game on console the year of its release, according to The NPD Group estimates of U.S. retail video game sales.

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