Rockstar thanks fans for 10 years of GTA3

Want to feel old? Realise that Grand Theft Auto III, one of the most influential games of all time, is turning ten years old on Saturday. Once you get over that shock, you may like to check out this 10th Anniverary Video compiled by Rockstar Games. It won’t necessarily soothe the ache, but it’ll give you something pretty to look at instead.

The game, which shipped in 2001 with an impressively dark and funny storyline, stellar voice acting and a soundtrack still talked about today, is considered by many to be a “landmark moment” in popular culture – not just video games.

It marked the beginnings of the now unavoidable, non-linear “open world” 3D game – and brought video gaming into the mainstream, for better or worse.

If you’d like to revisit the nostalgia, but in a revamped, pocket-sized format, Rockstar has you covered: GTA3 is currently being polished up for an Anniversary re-launch, for smartphones.

While we wait for more information, here’s the first ever tv spot for the original game, complete with a familiar, super-classy soundtrack.

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