The Gangs of Liberty expansion for Grand Theft Auto III includes six new missions that increase the overall duration of the game to at least 25 hours – by far the longest length of any game in the franchise.
The Grand Theft Auto series is best recognized for its open world gameplay, allowing players to freely explore large areas and engage in almost any type of crime, at any time of day or night, with nearly no repercussions for the player's actions. The Grand Theft Auto III, Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories, and San Andreas games feature over 100 missions, interspersed with free exploration of the metropolitan area, making the games clocking over 37 hours of gameplay before they're complete. Many players prefer the PC version of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City because of its realism and freedom of play. Reason for these detours while exploring the metropolitan area are to perform assassinations, participate in races, pickpocket the guards, and find hidden items such as drugs, weapons, vehicle parts, or anything else that the player needs to steal. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is arguably the most innovative game in the series. Players participated in traditional roles of criminals such as "thief, ninja, assassin, and police". The expansion Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories corresponds to the next entry in the GTA Liberty City Stories line. It was set in a futuristic version of Los Santos, featuring more open areas. The game was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, one of the few games in the series released on a Nintendo console.
From 2007 onwards, Paul reportedly referred to the Rockstar Games games as Grand Theft Auto games, a term that was originally given by critics to refer to the Liberty City series. Paul adopted the term himself when he began using it in the Silent Hill series, in reference to the open-ended gameplay that Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas featured. In 2008, Rockstar Games' vice president of PR and marketing, Max Anstie described Grand Theft Auto IV as a "psychological thriller". d2c66b5586