The Rockstar Universes are somewhat tricky to understand at times, especially if you’re talking about GTA for example. By the term ‘universe’, it doesn’t mean the game is out in a galaxy somewhere, it’s basically referring to GTA having different worlds, again not some characters being on Earth and some on Mars. With Rockstar’s games, there is the SD (Standard Definition) Universe and the HD (High Definition) Universe.

For GTA, characters from the PS2 era games (which is the SD Universe), such as CJ, Sweet, Claude, Catalina, Tommy, Salvator etc do not exist in the PS3/PS4 era games (which is the HD Universe). This is why you will never see CJ, Tommy, Claude, Tony and others from the PS2 GTA games in a future GTA game, because the don’t exist. 

The universes consist of each game however different rules can apply, for example, Max Payne 1 and 2 are both SD Universe games, however Max Payne 3 is a HD Universe game, though Max appears in all of them (obviously), this is what confuses people sometimes. Just note that characters from the PS2 and Xbox Original games will NOT appear in future games on the PS3, PS4 and future platforms.


The Grand Theft Auto Universe


Grand Theft Auto III



Grand Theft Auto: Vice City



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas



Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories



Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories



Grand Theft Auto IV



Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars



Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned



Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony



Grand Theft Auto V



Grand Theft Auto Online



Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition



The Max Payne Universe

Max Payne 1

Max Payne 1 Overview –

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Max Payne 2

Max Payne 2 Overview –

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Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 Overview –

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The L.A Noire Universe

L.A Noire

L.A Noire Overview –

L.A Noire Game Details –

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The Red Dead Universe

Red Dead Revolver

Red Dead Revolver Overview –

Red Dead Revolver Game Details –

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Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption Overview –

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RDR: Undead Nightmare

RDR Undead Nightmare Overview –

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Overview –

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The Midnight Club Universe

Midnight Club Street Racing

Midnight Club Street Racing Overview –

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Midnight Club II

Midnight Club II Overview –

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Midnight Club III

Midnight Club III Overview –

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Midnight Club LA

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The AGENT Universe


AGENT Overview –

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