Released: 2008
Developer/Publisher: Rockstar North for Rockstar Games
Platform(s): 360, PS3, PC

Bosnian war vet and illegal immigrant Niko comes to Liberty City (a painstakingly meticulous rendering of NYC) to flee the drama in his homeland. Thankfully he finds no peace in LC, 'cause we have far too much fun using him to blow up cop cars, steal fly whips (and choppers...and boats...and aircrafts), and smash women with low self-esteem. No wonder this franchise is the gaming voice of a (de)generation.

GTA IV is the first game in the series in which hookers actually do their damn job and don't sit motionlessly in the seat next to you after taking your money.