There is arguably no other game series with such an unbelievable influence as Grand Theft Auto.

From pop-culture to media to game design itself, Rockstar has created a cultural juggernaut. But what really makes the series so enduring is its sheer bombast, whether in a random NPC rampage of exploding cars and general mayhem or the crazy risks that Rockstar takes that make them a standard bearer for industry audacity.

So, in honor of the release of Rockstar's landmark Grand Theft Auto V here's a look back at some of the series' craziest, best and most thought-provoking moments.

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