The original Grand Theft Auto released in 1997 (was it really that long ago, gulp?!) was a groundbreaking non-linear urban crime game released by game developers Rockstar.
Rockstar Classics offer three PC games from the GTA series for free download: “It’s a chance for new fans to experience the roots of Rockstar as well as our way of saying thank you to our long-time supporters feeling that pang of nostalgia”.
The games currently available for free are:
Grand Theft Auto 1 – 1997
Wild Metal – 1999
Grand Theft Auto 2 – 1999
These versions are all modified and optimized from the original versions to enable better support for more powerful modern PCs and current Windows platforms.
Warning: these games are for over 18s only.
Updated Feb 2015 – these games have become unavailable from the original Rockstar site since this article was posted but there are other alternative download sites such as:
Grand Theft Auto 1 – (German website but the game is in English) here
Grand Theft Auto 2 – (German website but the game is in English) here
Grand Theft Auto 3 – here
The main download link page for all 3 games is here – just click on the particular game you want to download and then complete the age and email address info. You must enter valid information because the download link will be sent to the email address you provide (you will also be subscribed to the Rockstar Games mailing list but can unsubscribe in future if required).
Do read the technical notes on each game download page first for Rockstar’s advice on installing, configuring and playing these games.