Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
The GTA Series has never been about the stories or anything fancy. It was complete and utter mayhem that was very easy to play. Yes, you had a game with objectives and a storyline, but I guarantee the majority of the time people were simply driving around and fucking shit up. The capability to 'free roam' and have a great time is invaluable.
Grand Theft Auto 3 was the first game that wasn't a racing game that properly utilized vehicles, and hell, they actually did it better than most racing games.
The replay factor of the series post GTA 3 makes it a gem and it is unique enough not to be categorized into any genre (expect 'MA').