Review by THAguyINgta3

"GTA Gaming Goodness"

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) was the first game in the GTA series and was released for PC and PSX. It is a 2D crime simulator and a damn good one at that. The GTA series has created a cult following all around the world because of the open-ended gameplay. You can do basically anything you want, but there is a price to pay for doing some things. The price is jail and mission failure. Not too bad. Now, with that being said, on to my review of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto has open-ended gameplay. You can do anything you want; go on shooting sprees, drive your car around, or just walk around the cities. Of course you will pick go on shooting sprees though since it is the funnest. The controls are a medium level difficulty and take some time to get used to. There are 4 different characters to choose from when starting the game. GTA is divided into 3 HUGE islands. They are San Andreas (based on the San Francisco and Los Angeles area), Liberty City (main city in GTA3 for PS2 and PC; based on New York City), and Vice City (main city in GTA Vice City for PS2; based on Miami). In GTA, you mainly just go around and do missions for gangs but there is no certain order you have to do them in meaning no story line which could be a good or bad thing for you. When you do a mission for a gang, rival gangs will hate you and shoot at you when you enter their territory. If you are going on shooting sprees and kill a gang member, the gang will hate you more and tend to shoot at you more. The missions are pretty hard. There are loads of them too. The majority of them are assassinations, steal a car and bring it somewhere, or pick up someone and bring them somewhere. You do jobs for the reigning mob boss in the city you are in and after you earn so much money, you meet the boss of that city. When you meet him, the both of you will talk and a new city will be unlocked. There aren't really that many weapons but it is really quality over quantity with them. Some of the weapons are a pistol, uzi, rocket launcher, flamethrower, and a few others. Watch yourself when using the weapons though because the coppers are fairly hard to get off your tail and will tend to use deadly force against you while driving like ramming your car off of the road and things like that. The gameplay is awesome and it makes the game extremely addictive.

Audio And Graphics
The graphics are good. They are 2D as I stated earlier in this review. You view the game from a birds-eye-view (view from above). The camera can sometimes make people not want to get the game because it is sometimes aggravating to some people because you can't see too far ahead of you and that isn't a good thing when going 120 miles per hour in a car while being chased by the cops. The camera also plays a role in the control difficulty. It is confusing when turning or walking in a direction a lot of the times so it takes a little while to get used to. Explosions look really cool. Cars are average looking. You can't really tell features of people or anything like that. The sound is really awesome. There are radios in the cars and each car has its own station to fit its personality like some trucks are country music and etc. Gun and explosions sound good also. The best sound overall would have to be the sound of the pedestrians screaming in fear for their lives as you create chaos and reign over Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas.

There isn't that much replayability except for one thing, going on rampages around San Andreas, Liberty City, and Vice City. There are kill frenzies which are pretty fun and will keep you busy doing all of them throughout the game. A fun thing to do over and over is mow down a line of certain pedestrians in a car and here ''GOURANGA!'' pop up. It is fairly funny.

To Buy Or To Rent?
I would say rent it first to see if you can stand the camera. If so, this is a definite buy and will keep you busy for months. This is about a 30-40 hour game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 10/27/02, Updated 10/27/02

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