Grand Theft Auto 3: The Definitive Edition

The setting for GTA 3: The Definitive Edition is Liberty City, created with New York in mind. Liberty is divided into two islands — Portland Island and Staunton Island; The city's location also affects the mainland, called the Shoreside Vale. Each of the three parts of the city is very different from each other in architecture, accessible transport, and criminal groups that control certain areas. Communication between parts of the city is carried out using hanging bridges, metro and underground road tunnels.

The time period for GTA 3: The Definitive Edition is considered to be 2001. The main character is a silent criminal named Claude (his name is never mentioned in the game itself). He is arrested and convicted while attempting to rob a bank. His accomplice, a girl named Catalina, set him up, leaving him after the robbery. While transporting prisoners, a police motorcade is attacked. Taking this opportunity, Claude and another prisoner named Eight-ball (8-ball) escape. They find a squalid room in one of the poor areas, which becomes Claude's first refuge in this gloomy city.

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As the game progresses, Claude will have to meet many other criminals, including crime bosses of different statuses and ranks. It is noteworthy that many characters from GTA 3: The Definitive Edition appeared in one way or another in subsequent games in the series: Toni Cipriani, one of the members of the Leone family who gives tasks to Claude, is the main character in GTA Liberty City Stories; Catalina, who betrayed Claude, appears as a minor character in GTA San Andreas, as well as Claude himself, who appears in several videos for an extremely short period of time.

The genre in which GTA 3: The Definitive Edition is made, or rather a mixture of genres, involves freedom of movement throughout a large location (by the way, for the first time in the series, smooth changes in time of day and dynamic weather changes were implemented) and the completion of various tasks that give the main character minor characters. In addition to the main tasks that advance the plot, the game has many additional and optional missions, such as the opportunity to work part-time as a taxi driver.

Moving around the location is carried out not only with the help of your feet, but also on cars (there are as many as 50 of them in the game) and boats (four of them). There is also one plane in the game, which, according to the developers' answers, was made more as a joke; When creating a game about cars and shootouts, the authors did not think that players would be seriously interested in a flying vehicle. Motorcycles, bicycles, and helicopters appeared in the following parts, but it is noteworthy that fans tried to implement this transport in GTA 3: The Definitive Edition on their own.

An impressively sized set of weapons allows you to effectively shoot members of enemy groups, or, if anyone prefers, ordinary residents. Moreover, this is the only part of GTA in which dismemberment of bodies is implemented — arms and legs fly off from people in a cartoonish way when Claude fires at them with a gun. This is not to mention the fact that in GTA 3: The Definitive Edition the player can freely, after stealing a car from a peaceful or not-so-citizen, rush along the sidewalk, knocking down all passers-by in his path. Nowadays you don’t see anyone using such violence in games, and it’s not clear whether it’s good or rather bad, but at one time this game caused a lot of hype and scandals, the Rockstar company generally tried to create a scandalous image for itself.

Release dates

  • PC — January 19, 2023
  • iOS — December 14, 2023
  • Android — December 7, 2023
  • PlayStation 4 — December 7, 2021

System requirements


  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K @ 3.50GHz; AMD FX-6300 Six-Core
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 45 GB hard disk space
  • Video card: GeForce GTX 760; Radeon R9 280 with 2 GB memory
  • Also: Keyboard, mouse


  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K @ 3.50GHz; AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 45 GB hard disk space
  • Video card: GeForce GTX 970; Radeon RX 470/570 with 4 GB of memory
  • Also: Keyboard, mouse

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