This month marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy. This was the compilation of three of the greatest games ever made: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Here are ten interesting facts as we look back over an incredible era of gaming.
1. GTA III featured a silent protagonist
Claude, the main character in GTA III, doesn't say a single word in the entire game. This is incredible to imagine considering all of the amazing personalities we've seen since. Could you imagine finding Trevor from GTA V speechless? Me neither.
2. GTA III's Flashback FM featured only the Scarface soundtrack
The greatest radio station of its time included such classics as Paul Engemann's ''Push It To The Limit'' from Brian De Palma's 1983 version. Those 80's vibes...
3. Tommy Vercetti was hugely based on Scarface
It's obvious that there are parallels in both characters rising through the drug world. You may even have been reminded of Tony Montana's demise as you entered the very similar Vercetti Estate. But did you realise The Malibu Club looks just like The Babylon from Scarface?
4. We had already visited these places in Grand Theft Auto (1997)
The original GTA contained three cities we would go on to revisit: Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas. They certainly became a lot more memorable in 3D. I still know my way from Prawn Island to Little Havana.
5. GTA III was the best-selling game of 2001
Not only that, it was so popular that it was also the second-highest selling game of 2002. I find that even more impressive. Which game did it lose out to in 2002? Vice City.
6. Ken Rosenberg is basically Kleinfeld from Carlito's Way
Both characters are cocaine-addicted lawyers assisting the protagonists. I actually saw the film after I'd played Vice City - cue hilarity at Sean Penn's performance. I'm sure it was designed to be the other way around.
7. San Andreas remains the best-selling PS2 game of all time
It is ahead of Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec in 2nd and Gran Turismo 4 in 3rd. Vice City and GTA III are in 4th and 5th, respectively. So that makes San Andreas the best-selling game on the best-selling console of all time. That is some achievement.
8. San Andreas was the first game in the series to use strong explicit language
In hindsight, Tommy and Claude must have been very well-mannered gentlemen. It's hard to imagine a modern-day GTA without a flurry of F-bombs.
9. 50 Cent claimed that he was asked to voice CJ in San Andreas
The rapper claims he turned it down because he would only voice a video game character based on himself. Rockstar denied his claims.
10. The whole trilogy is now available for download on mobile devices
The mobile versions have received overwhelmingly positive reviews. If you can make the adjustment to playing on a touchscreen then it may be worth a look for nostalgia alone.