Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Platform(s): PS2, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, Mac OS X
Year Released: 2004
The adventures of Claude and Tommy Vercetti in GTA III and GTA: Vice City were thrilling and criminally-inventive in their own rights, but controlling the life of San Andreas gangbanger Carl "CJ" Johnson was an experience like no other GTA title. The best-selling PS2 game ever, San Andreas packed the GTA with a boatload of new, RPG-style features, and in the process delievered a level of interactivity that the series had never seen before. There have been many GTA games released before and after San Andreas but it's difficult to argue that any of them stack up to this.