The third title in the franchise brought the original GTA's outlaw premise into 3D, along with cops getting shot in the face, hookers being beaten to death, and all sorts of criminal activity for local TV news anchors to rant against.
If you didn't come up on this, then you didn't come up. The O.G. GTA introduced sandbox-style gaming and the joy of car-jacking. The overhead view is old school, but the gameplay remains revolutionary.
Fun Fact: GTA III boasts one of the highest-profile voice casts in video game history, including Michael Rapaport, Robert Loggia, and Guru. Yes, Guru. He plays 8-Ball!