October 1997. It was a momentous time, even more momentous looking back through a lens of retrospectivity, than anyone could know in the moment. It was the month that the original Grand Theft Auto hit shelves amid a storm of marvel, excitement and controversy.
It was a game in which you could go where you wanted, when you wanted; where you had the free will to decide who to kill and who to save; where you took on a vast criminal underworld and made it work for you. It was truly the first of its kind.
Fifteen years later the Grand Theft Auto franchise has spawned no less than six full games (not including expansion packs and DLC), countless imitators and has a hungrily anticipated fifth-in-the-series bun in the oven (as I’m sure you well know).
Details are scant about what’s to be on offer in the new game, but we know one thing: if the standard is even close to their last offering in IV, then we’ll all be losing another chunk of both time and change to Rockstar soon enough.
With no solid idea exactly when GTA V will hit shelves, we decided we simply must get our violent crime fix by pulling IV off the shelf again and exploring some of the reasons we’re still so hopelessly drawn in.
So belt up, let’s hit the road…