If you’re even mildly acquainted with the gaming culture, the Grand Theft Auto series shouldn’t sound foreign – it’s a revolutionary open-world franchise, after all. With every installment, the series offers new levels of unprecedented freedom, jaw-dropping graphics, atmospheric settings built with dedicated attention to detail, memorable characters, good sense of humor, and engaging stories that grant insight unto the savage criminal world. These generation-defining games were brought to us by Rockstar Games company, and even though all of them are available for a good price on digital storefronts like Eneba, not all of them are featured on the Rockstar Social Club. So, here’s a brief look at the specific GTA games that do have the support of this service.
Grand Theft Auto IV first released in 2008, two years after the last GTA title before it – GTA: Vice City Stories for the PS2 and PSP. Absolutely everyone talked about GTA IV back in 2008. People continually watched the pre-release gameplay footage uploaded on the Youtube platform, which was still at its prime. GTA IV is considered to be the first GTA game of the HD era, as every title in the series released between GTA III and GTA: Vice City stories is ascribed to the 3D era.
GTA IV was also the first game ever to introduce the Rockstar Social Club itself! It was a beginning of a new era indeed, with ragdoll physics, a cover system in combat, use of cell phone, multiplayer mode, and extremely realistic open-world Liberty City. The story followed Nico Bellic, a war veteran from an unnamed Eastern European country arriving at the United States with the goal of pursuing the American Dream. However, life in the USA is not as glamorous as his cousin Roman had promised and in turn, the protagonist gets sucked into the criminal life of Liberty City.
GTA: The Lost and Damned
Another GTA title available on the Rockstar Social Club is The Lost and Damned – the first DLC expansion of GTA IV that introduced a new main character named Johnny and told a different story that was taking place parallel to the events in the single-player campaign of GTA IV. This time around the player assumes the role of a biker gang member and gets to experience Liberty City from a completely fresh perspective.
Changes to the game are not limited to differences in the narrative. The Lost and Damned introduced additional Rockstar Social Club multiplayer modes and new weapons like the automatic shotgun, automatic pistol, and sawed-off shotgun. Because Johnny is a biker, you won’t fall off the bike as easy as Nico did, making motorcycles in many ways superior to cars in this DLC expansion. Improvements to base GTA IV also include upgraded checkpoint system, gang war side quests, new radio station, new songs, and minigames like air hockey or arm wrestling.
GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony
The final DLC expansion of GTA IV was The Ballad of Gay Tony, which is also supported by Rockstar Social Club. The last entry into the 2008 Liberty City saga served as a fun, over the top and flashy conclusion to the three stories told throughout the base GTA IV game and its expansions. The Ballad of Gay Tony involves crossover missions that feature all three GTA IV protagonists and expands upon the infamous diamond deal explored in the narratives of the previous two adventures set in Liberty City.
The main character of this expansion – Luis – is the bodyguard of Gay Tony – a prominent and charismatic persona that owns multiple nightclubs across Liberty City. Protecting this guy means participating in typical GTA-style mayhem as missile guided helicopter dog fights right above the downtown skyscrapers. Rockstar Social Club powered the multiplayer while single-player mode included even more new weapons like a shotgun with explosive rounds. The game had a surprising amount of replayability and after the campaign ends, you can come back to any previous mission by using your phone and improve your score.
GTA: Chinatown Wars
Chinatown Wars is one of the GTA games which was aimed at mobile platforms like PSP, Nintendo DS, or Android devices. While this title is technically 3D as it features 3D models, it is still very reminiscent of the very first GTA games from the 2D era because of the top-down camera angle. Even though the game looks simpler than other GTAs, it still offers very much to the player. The Rockstar Social Club contains exclusive GTA: Chinatown Wars content as well as the ability to share in-game items with your friends.
The game tells a story about a rich son of a Triad leader named Wang Lee, who seeks to avenge his father’s death. Lee is absolutely determined to bring down the killers of his father no matter the cost and just like every GTA anti-hero, he commits various crimes to meet this end. Liberty City once again serves as the setting of the game. Aside from the campaign missions, there’s once again a plethora of side-activities that include everything from delivering Chinese food to participating in something that could be described as a drug stock market.
The last GTA game that has Rockstar Social Club service is both the last GTA game by far (as of 2019). Unlike the previously mentioned games, GTA V is set in the state of San Andreas, specifically, the city of Los Santos – a fictional version of real-life Los Angeles, just like Liberty City was a fictional representation of New York. Like its predecessors, GTA V presented cutting edge graphics, even more, a detailed open world filled with side-activities and for the first time in the series – the ability to shift between the three protagonists of the game at almost any given point.
GTA V featured probably the most elaborated multiplayer, which was also intertwined with the Rockstar Social Club. GTA Online included custom characters, continuous updates from Rockstar Games, and various themed events. On the other hand, the single-player campaign focuses on large scale heists and efforts of the protagonist anti-heroes to free themselves from manipulation of rivaling corrupt government agencies. Unlike dark, noir-like Liberty City, Los Santos served as an aesthetically more pleasing and sunny setting, very kind to the spirit of older GTA spin-offs like GTA: Vice City or GTA: San Andreas.
What about the rest of the GTA titles?
Just as mentioned before, Rockstar Social Club service was first introduced back in 2008 together with the release of GTA IV. It was the first game in the series to have a multiplayer mode, as the previous installments only featured the single-player campaign (aside from the infamous community-made modifications like SA: MP). In turn, only the GTA games released after 2008 have the Social Club support. Nevertheless, if you seek to enjoy the classic GTAs without spending too much of your savings, you can always rely on the Eneba key store to make these titles available and affordable. Without a doubt, you also get to pick from an amazing selection of Rockstar Social Club games that continue their legacy!