Rockstar Games is a company that has released several games over the years. We are most familiar with Rockstar Games for titles such as the GTA series, but there are many other unknown games that many people are unaware of. There’s even a table tennis game that was released back in 2006…
And I believe that today, in this article, we should make a list of the best games that were released by our beloved company. We won’t include all of them, of course, but we’re going to talk about the most popular/controversial titles. Anyway, let’s start with our first pick:
Manhunt 1 is like the Truman Show, although it goes horribly wrong. The main character goes around murdering people in an extremely brutal fashion.
But there’s more to it than that; you’re a prisoner who was sentenced to death but was “rescued” by another rich maniac who wants to use you in his films. You can’t always result to violence, but at times you’ll be forced to run or hide from your adversaries.
Of course, this game couldn’t last long without sparking controversy. Many countries, including New Zealand, Australia, and Germany, voted to ban it. Although this game was one of the most brutal, it’s still well-known to this day, even after 19 years.
GTA: San Andreas
Welcome to Grove Street! You’re playing as CJ and your ass can get capped at any time by Ballas trying to catch you slippin’. The game does an outstanding job of simulating the rough streets of Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Although it is primarily about Grove Street and gang wars, you will also have to befriend nerds, a mafia member with impaired vision, and many other interesting characters throughout your journey. This game back in the day was pretty big, and it’s loved by people all across the world, staying relevant up to this day.
One of the least brutal games released by Rockstar Games. You play as Jimmy, and you’re put in a school by your neglectful mother, and you can tell that Jimmy doesn’t want to be there. You can fight with jocks, normal kids, and nerds, but this may result in you being chased by adults. Feel free to attend lessons, meet new girlfriends, and explore the strange town of Bullworth. It’s a fun game.
GTA: Vice City
Vice City is mainly based in Miami, and with its constant warm weather and never-ending sunshine, it is one of Rockstar Games’ most atmospheric games. You certainly can’t ignore the excellent soundtrack that this game provides, as well as the engaging storyline that is as long as hell. Numerous references to films such as Scarface are also a nice touch!
GTA: Vice City left a mark on history, and it’s considered to be a childhood game for many gamers.
In the second part of Manhunt, you get to play 2 characters – Danny Lamb and Leo Kasper. As you may have guessed, this game ain’t sunshine and rainbows, It revolves around you viciously killing anyone who comes into contact with you as you try to figure out who you are after escaping from an asylum. The gritty and dark atmosphere of this game will stay in your memory forever!
The game was banned in a few countries and produced massive controversy. I remember alt+tabbing this game every time one of my parents came into my room, and I have to admit that it was one of the most gut-wrenching games I’ve ever played!
Niko Bellic, the main character, is a problematic ex-soldier from Serbia who had to flee his homeland to avoid retaliation from a Russian mob. He is lured to the United States with promises of a luxurious life by his stupid but optimistic cousin, only to discover that the American dream is more of a nightmare, as he’s slowly going back into his old ways.
This game is unlike any other GTA because it’s ugly. You are no longer in the warm Vice City or “vibrant” San Andreas but in New York City, where sidewalks are littered with trash, soulless NPCs have occasional funny lines, and you’re always dealing with miserable weather. GTA 4 is also the first game to implement realistic car controls/damage physics, which were revolutionary at the time.
GTA 4: TBOGT
One of the most entertaining DLCs ever released. You get to play Luis Lopez and you can enjoy a lengthy storyline that adds more background to Niko’s story. Interesting characters, well-designed missions, and new weaponry are what you can expect in this expansion. This game even lets you enter clubs with loud music, get wasted, and commit crimes all at the same time!
Max Payne 3
Max Payne could never get a break in his life, but after spending way too much time in Walton’s Bar, he had to change his life. For the worst, of course. Max is a cursed man, and no matter what he does, the people he cares about will continue to die around him. He’s still the same miserable, narcissistic bastard that we all know and loves, and he won’t have an easier time crawling through slums in favelas and shooting infinite amounts of gangbangers.
Frankly, the game taking place in Brazil surprised me, plus it made me happy to finally see Max Payne once more. He’s a boomer that’s trying to get over his past and make things finally right.
Red Dead Redemption
John Marston. A violent criminal who was hired by Pinkertons to capture his old outlaw “friends”. You’ll be going on a long journey filled with diverse characters, some of them will be friendly, while others are going to be quite deranged. The real question is whether you can really get away with your past and start a new life or end up being played like a fool.
I guess I prefer this game to RDR 2. When you’re riding through the great plains on your horse, the soundtrack is a lot more enjoyable to listen to, the game isn’t as slow-paced, and the characters have more interesting backstories. Still, the game isn’t as good in terms of graphics or combat, but man, this game is a treasure.
Don’t you like detective games? I sure do, especially when they take place in the 40s. This game features classy outfits, vintage vehicles, and a fantastic atmosphere. You get to question suspects, chase down crooks on foot or by vehicle, and sometimes end up in shootouts. The storyline seems a little bit rushed but will leave you enraged and in tears nonetheless.
A fantastic game, just a shame that there’s no sandbox available at the end. If you’re going to play this game, keep in mind that this game can be somehow slow-paced.
The first GTA allows you to switch between three characters: Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. You can use the special abilities of each of these characters to your advantage. The plot centers around three gangsters banding together and dreaming of a big score that will make them rich, despite making some major enemies along the way.
To be honest, I thought GTA 4’s storyline was better, however, after finishing the game, you get to do a lot more than in GTA 4. You can earn money by purchasing various establishments, and hangars in which to park aircraft, personalizing cars, and enjoying a much wider map. You can also fly and own jets, planes, biplanes, helicopters, and even a submersible.
Red Dead Redemption 2
A narrative about friendship, struggle, betrayal, and death. A game with stunning graphics, thrilling gameplay, plus bullet-time that is significantly more advanced than in Max Payne 3, and a plethora of entertaining characters. The first 3 hours of the game can seem a bit underwhelming, but as you progress, you will slowly unlock more action-packed missions and weaponry.
It’s also worth noting that you may customize your character with different hairstyles and clothes, as well as buy or catch new horses with different stats. Additionally, there’s a morality system that determines which ending you get – keep in mind that you’ll get reactions based on your behavior as well.