Was the Grand Theft Auto series more controversial than Mortal Kombat?

As we all know both the Mortal Kombat and the Grand Theft Auto series both started in the 90’s.  When The first Mortal Kombat title was released in arcade centers back 1992 it gained mainstream attention in America shortly afterwards due to how violent the game was.   When the first Grand Theft Auto game was released in late 1997-early 1998 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation the series did not get as much mainstream attention as Mortal Kombat did in the early 90’s.

But when the Grand Theft Auto series started to become more popular during 00’s  it seemingly reached the same level of controversy that Mortal Kombat did in the early 90’s for having video games that were extremely violent.  While Mortal Kombat focuses more on 2D fantasy fighting the Grand Theft Auto series is more reality based.  The type of gameplay we see in Grand Theft Auto games is parallel to a lot of what we see in real life especially in countries like America.  While the Grand Theft Auto series was a huge commercial success during the 00’s and even now in the 10’s RockStar Games have been constantly attacked in the past for a variety of different things.


When Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox  back in 2004-2005 the game was criticized by some people for its explicit sexual mini games along with issues dealing with racial stereotyping and excessive violence.  Despite, how controversial Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the game still managed to be one of the best selling games for the PlayStation 2.  Since its release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had managed to sell over 20 million units worldwide for the PS2 which was astonishing.  In terms of video game controversy dealing with excessive violence many people would argue that the Grand Theft Auto series was much more violent during 00’s than Mortal Kombat was in the 90’s.

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