La saga Grand Theft Auto Link Digital Spirit - 2013

History of videogames (focused book)

La saga Grand Theft Auto

Author(s) : Link Digital Spirit
Editor : Link Digital Spirit / Micromania
Publication date : 09-17-2013
Language : french French

This tiny 50 pages books aims to tell the history of the Grand Theft Auto (1997-2015) series of games. While the book offers many beautiful pictures, the text is unfortunately not up to the task. First of all, the books "forgets" about the first two episodes (barely mentioned), and begins his story with Grand Theft Auto III (Rockstar Games, 2001). Each title is then presented over a few pages. But the text only presents some numbers and a summary of each episodes features, without ever starting to tell the complex story of the series: where is the text explaining how the Houser brothers worked to "steal" the creative leadership from the series original creator, David Jones? Why isn't the book talking about the "Hot Coffe" scandal, one of the most famous affair in the history of video games? And, last but not least, where are the unique information about the series obtained through an interview with their creators? While the book is pleasant to read and to look at, it gives us the impression to have been "directed" by Rockstar, editor of the game, in order to present them in their best light, without ever going beneath the surface. To summarize, the book isn't bad in itself, but if you want to learn something about the history of the Grand Theft Auto series, you should read "Jacked" instead.
N.B.: this book was never published to retail, it was solely offered as a gift by Micromania, a french video game shop brand, to any customer who pre-ordered Grand Theft Auto V.


Keywords : history, grand theft auto, gta, rockstar