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Grand Theft Auto Classics Hit Mac App Store

Rockstar is bringing GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas to Apple’s App Store.

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Three of the most popular entries in the Grand Theft Auto series are coming to the Mac OS X App Store soon. Rockstar is gearing up to launch Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas through Mac’s App Store in the coming weeks.

The first title to hit the App Store will be Grand Theft Auto III on August 18th, which is today for those still keeping track of days. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be launching exactly a week from now on August 25th, while San Andreas will see release on September 1st. Each title will cost $14.99, which isn’t a bad deal considering how massive these titles are. They might be a few years old by now — GTA III is approaching its 10-year anniversary — but they definitely all still offer a lot of bang for your buck.

As far as I’m concerned, Grand Theft Auto IV remains the best GTA to date. But I have to give credit where it’s due — GTA IV’s greatness would not have been possible without the foundation built from the three GTA games that preceded it. While my history with the GTA franchise traces all the way back to the original Grand Theft Auto on PS1, it was actually GTA III that really made me fall in love with this series. I fondly remember pulling off bank heists and stealing money back from hookers with my dad sitting right behind me and acting as my navigator by using the packed in Liberty City map that came with the game. Man, good father/son times. A loving game of catch is so 1999.

Then came Vice City, which took the fantastic three-dimensional, open-world gameplay established in GTA III and made it even deeper and more engaging. And the soundtrack. Oh, the soundtrack. It’s one of the few video game soundtracks I actually sought out and purchased.

Finally, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas took scope to a whole new level for the GTA series. The game offered up roughly 14 square miles of territory to explore and muck around in. San Andreas is literally a game that you could find new things to do after a solid year of playing. The scale of that game is ridiculous.

So if you’ve yet to play these fantastic early entries in the Grand Theft Auto series and you’re a Mac owner, now’s your chance to check them out. The price of each won’t break the bank and you’re guaranteed countless hours of video game fun.