Controversy has never stopped Rockstar from climbing right back into bed with the taboo, which is incidentally what many people will most remember about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, released in 2004 today.
It was on this day in 2001 that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive released Grand Theft Auto III. More than just a good game, it effectively set the stage for all 3D open-world games going forward.
When Bully came out today in 2006, it surprised players with its over-the-top tale of a protagonist rising from a rock-bottom background to do away with the scumbags that would terrorize his new school and become the hero of his classmates.
Only a handful of games could ever really touch the fantasy and stark realities Western films presented. That all changed in 2010, when Rockstar San Diego created arguably the most faithful video game to ever tap the spirit of the Wild West.
In 2007, the shift over to next generation consoles was in full swing. Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 had been on the market for some time and developers were getting comfortable working with the new and more powerful machines. Rockstar North in particular had still been running on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories in 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively without a true foray into the then-next generation. Rockstar North wouldn’t stay quiet forever though and just a couple years later, it would come forth with one of the most substantial updates to the Grand Theft Auto formula since its transfer to 3D space with Grand Theft Auto 3. Today, we celebrate Grand Theft Auto IV’s arrival on shelves in North America and the standard it set for next-gen open world games going forward.
For years, fans have been toiling away in Grand Theft Auto IV, creating homemade add-ons for the likes of Frozen, Batman, Superman, Captain America and more. However, the limitations of the previous entry became more and more obvious every year after its release. It took longer than expected for Rockstar Games to bring Grand Theft Auto V to the PC, but once the game arrived, it took little time for modders to let loose in the latest open world adventure from the fan-favorite developer. With GTA V came a bigger, more detailed sandbox to play in. The faux California setting also made it perfect for the return of Tony Stark and his alter ego, Iron Man.
Thanks to JulioNIB, Iron Man and his MK III armor can now be used to wreak havoc on the streets of Los Santos. As you can see in the video, Iron Man isn't exactly welcome in the neighborhood The Families (Franklin's former gang) calls home. NPCs react to him with the proper indignation and lack of respect. You'd think people would learn by now not to diss a man in an armored suit, but sometimes you need to earn respect on the streets. With little provocation, Iron Man lets loose on some passing cars, showing off the brute strength added to the suit to make it more than just a cosmetic upgrade.