The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most popular and controversial video game franchises of all-time. The original installment, which utilized a top-down perspective, arrived in 1997, but the series really exploded in popularity with 2001’s revolutionary and highly acclaimed Grand Theft Auto III, which introduced a 3D environment and more immersive experience. Since then, the franchise has gone from strength to strength, with 15 titles and expansion packs currently under its belt. While a large part of its success comes from being one of the best sandbox games on the market, the success can also be attributed to the thrilling, challenging, and action-packed missions. When looking across the entire series of games, these are the missions that we feel are the most epic.
** SPOILER WARNING** It should be obvious, but this list will contain mission and story spoilers for Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, IV, and V.
10. “The Job” – GTA III: Vice City
One of the earlier heists of the series, this would set the tone for every bank job that followed. However, “The Job” is not just one mission, it is the conclusion to a chapter, preceded by a handful of missions which involve recruiting a team and making a plan. Once on “The Job”, the crew arrive at the bank, and Hilary is instructed to drive around the block as the trio, including Tommy, get changed. Then they begin the robbery, with Tommy and Can heading to the vault whilst Phil watches the civilians. Tommy has to hold the manager at gunpoint and gets him to open the vault, but sees Phil shooting a civilian for raising the alarm. At this point, the SWAT team arrives, so they grab the loot and head outside, where bullets fly. In the firefight, your getaway driver is killed, and the others are left to take out the SWAT team and escape.