Released: 2001
Developer/Publisher: Rockstar North for Rockstar Games
Platform(s): PS2, XBOX, PC

It is the single most technically significant video game since Super Mario 64 successfully moved games into the 3D-era. GTA III will forever be remembered for being the first of its kind to give players a nigh unbreakable illusion of playing in a living, breathing, and utterly foul world—almost a decade and one next gen later, modern gaming is still the house that GTA built (and then threw a Molotov cocktail through).

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Rockstar delayed GTA III's release by three weeks (to October 22, 2001) to edit out material it was concerned might be seen as insensitive of the 9/11 attacks.