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Top 10 Grand Theft Auto Missions

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Written by Kurt Hvorup Few series ride the line between sheer audacity and sheer brutality like “Grand Theft Auto”, and its games' missions embody this with ease. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Grand Theft Auto Missions. We're taking a glance at the finest missions conceived by Rockstar Games for their landmark series, from heists gone awry to impresive escapades. Regardless of their age or scope, any mission that left a distinct impression or evoked some kind of emotion is fair game. Special thanks to our users Mac121mr0, Basheer Rko, FlorinP, and Mattyhull1 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Written by Kurt Hvorup

Top 10 Grand Theft Auto Missions


Few series ride the line between sheer audacity and sheer brutality like “Grand Theft Auto”, and its games' missions embody this with ease. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Grand Theft Auto Missions.

We're taking a glance at the finest missions conceived by Rockstar Games for their landmark series, from heists gone awry to impresive escapades. Regardless of their age or scope, any mission that left a distinct impression or evoked some kind of emotion is fair game.

#10: Publicity Tour
“Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002)


It may not be complex, but it's exciting enough for us. “Publicity Tour”, the last mission given to Tommy Vercetti by the heavy metal band Love Fist, involves a bomb threat. Specifically, as a nod to the film “Speed”, Tommy must keep Love Fist's limo driving at a certain speed lest a bomb in the limo detonate. Besides being a fun reference, this premise also allows for effortless tension to be infused into an otherwise straight-forward mission concept – plus the banter between the band members is a definite bonus. Don't slow down, Tommy... don't ever slow down.

#9: Black Project
“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” (2004)


A secret military base to infiltrate and a hi-tech gadget to abuse, how fun! The Truth, an aged and off-kilter conspiracy theorist, tasks Carl “CJ” Johnson with breaking into the nearby Area 69 and looking into reports of a classified project. For players, this means sneaking past guards or blasting one's way into the facility, a fittingly exciting challenge in its own right. However, the kicker is when CJ finds said top-secret project – a jetpack – and makes use of it as part of his thrilling escape.

#8: I'll Take Her
“Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)


No one ever said kidnappings were easy, but man can they be entertaining. “I'll Take Her” has Niko working to kidnap Gracie Ancelotti, the daughter of a mob boss, under false pretences. It's a rather simple mission in its design – Niko drives Gracie to a warehouse, and delivers her to his employers. What moves things into amusing territory is Gracie's reaction to it all. She goes from somewhat enthused by Niko to increasingly agitated and even violent, giving the audience some delightfully mean-spirited back-and-forth dialogue in the process.

#7: Dropping In
“Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony” (2009)


When life give you lemons, send someone to cause pain and suffering in turn. That appears to be the thought process behind Luis being sent to gun down the owner of the Liberty City Rampage hockey team. “Dropping In” commences with a parachute drop onto the massive MeTV building, before segueing into a string of firefights in the building's tight corridors. The action is just brutal enough to fit with the tone of this assassination mission, while still keeping to the lighter, wackier spirit of the DLC. The parachute escape at mission's end certainly doesn't hurt.

#6: Caida Libre
“Grand Theft Auto V” (2013)


Well... that was explosive. The task is simple enough: semi-retired criminal Michael De Santa gets into position to bring down a plane carrying the cousin of Martin Madrazo. It's difficult yet viscerally engaging to carefully aim at, and snipe, the plane's engine – taking into account bullet curve and the plane's movement. But “Caida Libre” doesn't stop at precision sniping; players must then chase down the falling plane as Trevor Philips, all in order to execute Madrazo's cousin and finish the mission.

#5: Treacherous Swine
“Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002)


Chainsaws and a police pursuit – yep, that sounds about right. Tommy's goal in “Treacherous Swine” is one of murder; the retired Colonel Cortez asks him to hunt down and kill his henchman Gonzalez, in no uncertain terms. By no means elaborate, the task of locating Gonzalez at his penthouse hideout and chasing him down is nevertheless morbidly amusing. If it wasn’t already obvious that Vice City took a lot of inspiration from Scarface, this should settle the debate.

#4: Father/Son
“Grand Theft Auto V” (2013)


Rev up your engines and put the pedal to the metal, it's time for a chase. Very early in “Grand Theft Auto V”, Michael and his new ally Franklin are drawn into a struggle to retrieve Michael's yacht from thieves. Things are further complicated by Michael's son Jimmy being stuck on the stolen yacht, forcing Michael and Franklin to chase the thieves down along a freeway. It all leads up to an extended sequence where Michael has to keep his car lined up with the yacht while Franklin works to liberate both it and Jimmy.

#3: End of the Line
“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” (2004)


Like the title says, this is the endgame... and it's magnificent. “End of the Line” caps off CJ's efforts to reform and refocus the Grove Street Families with a full-scale siege of his former boss Big Smoke's crack fortress. To that end CJ, and the player, must battle through the forces of multiple rival gangs and the Russian mob before finally getting the chance to duel Big Smoke one-on-one. Even then, it isn't over – there's one final car chase to put an end to the villainous Officer Tenpenny before all is said and done. It's multi-layered and cathartic, to say the least.

#2: The Jewel Store Job
“Grand Theft Auto V” (2013)


Being the first heist mission of the game, “The Jewel Store Job” spares no expense in showing gamers what's in store for them. Everything from staking out target locations to obtaining the necessary equipment is explained and undertaken, giving a sense of the intricate process. But when the setup is complete, seeing all your carefully-laid plans take flight is truly rewarding. Whether players opt for the Smart or Loud route, the end result is a cinematic bike escape and a healthy payout that teases great things to come.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Keep Your Friends Close
“Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002)
The Holland Play
“Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)
Just Business
“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” (2004)
Get Lost
“Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned” (2009)
The Exchange
“Grand Theft Auto III” (2001)

#1: Three Leaf Clover
“Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)


The desperate escape after a successful heist is quite a sight, as this mission proves. While in the midst of doing a favour for the McReary brothers – namely, robbing a bank – Niko finds himself caught up in a steadily escalating flight from the police. The mission takes Niko and company through Liberty City's Chinatown section and into the city's subway tunnels before culminating in a getaway by car. Working well as high-tension gameplay, “Three Leaf Clover” also succeeds at its secondary goal: paying homage to the 1995 crime drama film “Heat”. Nice how that works out.

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