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      16.02.2011 13:03
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      Do as much damage and cause as much chaos as you can

      I played the original version of Grand Theft Auto on the Play station quite a few years ago now and it is until this time the only edition I have used to any great extent even though this brand has changed and improved so much in the last few years to a game that is almost unrecognisable when compared to the first one I was so familiar with.

      The graphics of the up to date and recent versions are more 3 dimensional in their appearance whereas the first release is a bird's eye view and is more cartoon like in what you see on screen. In the game you are basically a small time criminal whose aim or object is to travel around the city causing as much chaos and committing as many offences as possible. You have the option to complete missions which are given to you by a multitude of gang leaders or crime bosses in order to complete levels to move to different cities or as I often did the world is your oyster and you can just drive or walk around causing mayhem and damage.

      A great aspect of the game like no computer game I had played before was the freedom to move around and explore as much as possible which meant that the experience never really got boring and often in fact led to hours of gaming, a bit addictive really. Jumping in to different vehicles was always great fun as you raced around the city; an added bonus was the different types of music or radio stations you could pick up depending on the transport you stole.

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      29.01.2010 11:56
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      Overall, a fantastic game of evil v good

      It's funny that before Grand Theft Auto came out and the many more games in the series that followed, all games that you played normally had you controlling the good guys. However, I always felt that although that was fun it always looked a little bit more fun to be one of the bad guys running from the law and doing exactly what they wanted with no regard for those around them.

      Well when this original Grand Theft Auto was brought out this is just what the writers of the game did. They reversed the roles and revolutionised this type of game by allowing the player to become the bad side and play as the evil crimiinals. This made a great game and I'm sure they didn't believe when it was first released the impact it would have on the gaming community.

      The main goal in Grand Theft Auto is relatively simple but great fun. You are basically a driver who has to listen to and obey the commands given to you by your boss. You are member of a street gang and each level you are given a different mission to perform and complete. The missions can vary in difficulty and involve stealing cars and robbing banks. In the middle of missions you can collect money by stealing other cars.

      You have to complete a certain amount of the commands from your boss before you can successfully move on to the next level. The missions can be quite challenging which is good so there is more replay value to the game and each level takes a long time to finish. Perhaps the levels are a bit too long but that's the only problem really. Some people may find this good and it's interesting but on the other hand sometimes if a level goes on for too long then you can lose a bit of enthusiasm for it. I think I found the major difficulty with having long levels is that you are not allowed to save half way through so you have to sit down and complete the level in one go.

      In each level there are many weapons that you can use and a load of different cars to choose from like a Dodge Viper or even a school bus. Every city along the way has everything you'd expect from a city in terms of scenery. You can drive about and cause mayhem in parks, rivers and parking lots for example. However, the police will soon be on your case if you cause trouble for them. They will set up road blocks to stop you if things escalate too much.

      One of the things I liked the most about this game is that are not really any constraints within reason to what you can do. You can run over pedestrians and cause hit and runs as well as a multitude of other damage like blowing up things. You see so many games where you don't get this amount of freedom but this is not the case here..

      Overall, I loved this original Grand Theft Auto and it's great to be able to cause as much damage as possible as you can't do it real life so why not have a bit of harmless fun doing it in a computer game

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        21.01.2010 00:55
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        A classic game that is as much fun now as it was back then

        This is the first game in the phenomenally successful (and controversial) Grand Theft Auto series. At the time the game was widely condemned for its supposed glorification of violence and crime. However, by today's standards of extremely realistic violence, its cartoony representations of people being run over and shot down seems pretty tame.

        The object of the game is simple. You pick up missions by answering telephone calls around the city. These missions usually take the form of either killing someone, getting a vehicle from A to B without it being destroyed or taking part in robberies. Most of these missions involve you driving around in a car (often one that you have stolen, hence the title of the game), however some mission require to travel on foot so that you can fire weapons at your intended target. If you successfully complete a mission you gain points. Once you gain a certain number of points you can move to a different city with harder missions and more determined cops.

        There are three cities in total and each is modelled after a real life city- Liberty city is supposed to represent New York, Vice city represents Miami and San Andreas represents San Fransisco. My favourite city to play in is Vice city as it tends to offer the fastest sports cars which accelerate so fast that sometimes the screen cant keep up with them!

        For me, what lets this game down is the on foot sections where you have to gun someone down. It's extremely difficult to aim in a straight line. Often the best tactic seems to be just to fire randomly from left to right in the hope that a stray bullet will find its target. The good news is that these sections are few and far between, with most of the game involving the much more fun driving missions.

        While this doesn't have as many side missions and mini-games that later installments feature, its still a very fun game. Cars are numerous and varied and each handles differently. This means that if you are being chased by the cops, you have to use different tactics depending on which car you are driving. For example, an ultra fast sports car allows you to just keeping driving in a straight line until the cops lose sight of you as their cars are too slow to keep up. However, this tactic will not work if you are driving a slower family saloon car and so instead you need to keep doing frequent sudden sharp turns around corners to throw the cops off your trail. Alternatively, you could always just hop in a tank and flatten any car that happens to be in your path!

        Overall, the game doesn't feature the bells and whistles that later games in the franchise would include (for example there's no helicopters to fly in this game and you can't really interact with the citizens of each city, other than to attack them.) However, despite (or perhaps, because of) its simplicity, it is still a very fun game. With this being an old game, it may be quite hard to find. A few years ago Rockstar were offering free downloads of this game on their website, however I don't believe this offer is still available. If you do happen to stumble across this game at a reasonable price, I recommend buying it as it really is a lot of fun.

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          28.11.2009 16:03
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          A fantasticly open ended crim sim

          Rockstar North (or DMA Design as they were known back then) had their first major hit in the form of this little beauty, Grand Thet Auto plunged the player into the rank heart of Liberty City, and although dated by today's standards, it was the forerunner of later, more accomplished installments of the now massive franchise.

          It caused a lot of controversy when it was released in 1997, like always some people seek to ban things that scare them. As it's fairly obvious that playing a video game will not turn a well centered, mentally stable person into a maniacal serial killer I don't personally think that banning films and games is at all productive, thankfully GTA survived to release and is still available in all major retailers to this day.

          The game is played from a top down perspective and the graphics were very poor, but that doesn't matter as the gameplay was excellent. The premise? Simply steal, murder and kidnap your way into favour with a selection of enigmatic crime bosses. Missions could be taken by locating pay phones, once a mission was completed you would receive a cash payment.

          The police in the game did lack finesse and basically just tried to plow you off the road, but this did provide some heart stopping cross city chases as they were very, very persistant. The law would deploy road blocks in an attempt to halt your escape. If you could survive long enough to make it to a respray shop then, for a price, you could have your car sprayed thusly losing all of the current stars you had accumulated (a ranking to express the level of police attention you'd attracted from 1 all the way up to 5).

          There were a wide selection of vehicles to hijack all varying in speed and performance. Super bikes could be taken but were impossibly fast to control. You could even commandeer a tank if you knew where to look.

          Music is present in the form of various radio stations accesible from inside most vehicles, this adds a nice touch and the radio channels are a great mixture of comedic disk jockies and suprisingly catchy songs.

          The game was a good size with literally hundreds of missions and even more side missions to complete, as well as the endless appeal of roaming one of the three cities available by the end of the game (being Liberty City-New York- Vice City-Miami and San Andreas-San Francisco).

          GTA is violent and as such is probably not suitable for young kids (at the parents discretion of course), but thats why theres an 18 certificate on the game. Anybody over the age of 18 who is unhinged enough to go out and immitate a computer game is going to be a danger to society even if every film, game and song throughout history were banned.

          The original GTA, while perhaps not the greatest by todays standards, did spark the revolution that has now spawned nine amazing titles with two expansion packs. The likes of Vice Cty and San Andreas could not have come to be without the humble original.

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          08.06.2009 05:41

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          very fun old game

          This game is an old gem for anyone who really likes their old games. Grand theft Auto started out here and it is a brilliant game to play. It may have very dated looking graphics but the gameplay is still fun. Running around in this game shooting people I find more fun sometimes thatn the newer versions of the game. There is just a completely different view on the game wen you hve the whole thing in 2D with a birds eye view.

          The view makes it interesting and fun as you can see whose coming for you better and you can see both in front na dbehind you. The gameplay depth is not as much obviously as the most recent games in the series however the missions you have to do can still be very challenging especially when having to drive trucks without them exploding. You might find that some of the missions in this game are harder than all those in your new Grand theft Auto's. Definately worth a look at, even if just to see where this all began at.

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          19.05.2009 15:03
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          Very popular game when released and the series is still going strong today

          Genre: Action
          Released: 1997
          Created by: DMA Design

          Wow this takes me back a bit and makes me realise how far computer games have come in such a small amount of time. My favourite car was the Sierra Cosworth and you could only find white coloured versions.

          This game when first released caused a few discussions surrounding the issue of its release. The main aim of the game is to complete various missions for which most of the time they are illegal and against the law e.g. transport weapons, assassinations and most illegal of them all parking on double yellows.

          Each GTA game tends to have a fabulous soundtrack which is played cleverly through the various radio stations whilst driving in a vehicle you may have just stolen.

          The series of GTA has grown very popular and is now one of the most played games ever. Many different actors including Dennis Hopper, Samuel L Jackson and Burt Reynolds have produced voice over for characters in the these games.

          Onscreen terror is shown from a top-down view which zooms out you speed up in your vehicle, which gives you a higher viewing point and allows you to see traffic and turns further down the road.

          The camera view then zooms up close as you slow down or if you are walking on foot so you are able to see all of the destruction and mayhem up close.

          The game can only be played offline as back in these times online play for only a dream. To sum this game up the graphics are a little basic but the sound effects are anything but basic.

          This game should remain a 18 but if your favourite games are 'beat em ups' then this is the game for you.

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            27.05.2008 15:04

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            Still a wonderful game after all these years. Have a look.

            Well here it is folks, the one that started it all , and how appropriate that I stick this on to have a game of while the PR extravagnaza for GTA 4 is going wild, yes you can't move for seeing adverts for Rockstars latest and greatest instalment and yes I know why because i've played it and by god it's something special. But I stuck o the one that began the great brand and was surprised at how much fun it still was.

            I think because they went for a 2d birdseye camera it meant that it played to the PSX's stregnths and even now the game doesn't look too dated and is still as fun and hectic and funnily enough even though you are carting around drugs and killing folk theres something quite childlike about this game now after playing the more realistic versions.

            The gameplay is still really fast and excellent fun to play as you stop at different phone boxes to get each mission or collect a kill frenzy machine gun and go crazy with flamethrowers.

            For me this game is still well worth a play and i'd recommend it to new fans who haven't seen it before as it is still a great title and lots of chaotic fun.

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            17.06.2007 19:43
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            The game that started the historic series

            Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular video game series of our time, notably because it allows the player to revel in a world where you are a paid criminal and can do pretty much anything you want. Of course, Grand Theft Auto was where it all began and where the world was introduced to a franchise which would become more and more controversial as time went by.

            The first GTA was a huge success and it is easy to see why. This game is set in 3 fictional cities in the United States; San Andreas, Liberty City and Vice City (later to be used as backdrops for later releases on the PS2).

            Each city holds 3 special levels where you are taken under a wing of the local Mafioso (these range from the Italian mob to the Japanese) and have to complete missions in order to move up the clan and gain more money.

            The jobs range from dropping cars off into private garages around the city, stealing drug shipments from other gangs, acting as a getaway driver for important business friends and generally killing police officers and pretty much anyone who gets in your way.

            As expected, with each level you pass, the tasks become harder and harder. Of course you are given weapons to help you along and these range from the simple revolver to the downright crazy rocket launcher! There are also a variety of cars to drive (and steal, as the case may be) ranging from the police car to an Army tank. Sometimes the most fun you can have is just driving around the city looking for new jobs or the slickest cars to steal and then sell on at the local docks.

            The graphics are what would be considered today as blocky, you can't make out characters faces although the buildings and the detail on the cars are quite well done. The only time I would call the graphics impressive is when vehicles blow up, there is a somewhat realistic little fireball but everywhere else in the game the graphics resemble that of a cartoon. The game plays in a bird's eye view and while many gamers have stated that this is a hindrance I personally find it particularly useful as it gives you enough space ahead of your character and behind to see the surroundings and how far back your enemies are (this is especially useful during car chases with the police).

            For me, this game gives the player the ultimate choice in how they want to play the game and reach the top of the Mafia world. It is ultimately up to the player whether they choose to complete all the missions or just enough to reach the next level.

            On top of the usual missions you have to take there are secret missions which can only be found via reading your pager or generally driving around and seeing unopened crates. The Kill Frenzy missions are dotted around the cities and often have a select target number of points you need to achieve whilst using a particular weapon in order to get a plump bonus. One of the most fun missions is using a little toy car packed with C4 and driving it around town looking for a specific suspect.

            The soundtrack for the game is a mish-mash of pop, funk, hip-hop and country. From the starting point of the game when you enter the blue 'company car' waiting for you and the track 'Lemon Pop' rings out with the singer shouting "Woo!" followed by the funky guitar and drums in the background you can't help but feel pumped up and ready to enjoy the game. Each car you enter has a different type of music, trucks have country music, sports cars have dance music and even police cars have you listening to their hilarious police radio conversations about doughnuts and spouting random numbers to make themselves sound more authentic.

            Another tip I can give to existing GTA owners or those who are interested in buying this game is that if you are a big fan of the music (like me), just insert the game disk into a CD player or your PC and you will get full tracks for all the songs in the game!

            Whilst the positives by far outweight the negatives of the game, there are a few I can mention. The impossibility of saving mid-level is one that can leave a gamer fuming at times. Some levels (especially those towards the end of the game) need over 3 million points and this isn't an easy feat so when you have been playing for 2 hours and are 10pts away from the requested total and your mother switches off the Playstation whilst hoovering you can't help but feel cheated. Obviously the graphics may not be to everyone's taste but you have to bear in mind that this was a game made nearly 10 years ago and that some of the most addictive games didn't necessarily boast the best graphics (Tetris...Pong anyone?)

            If you are new to the GTA franchise or have played the latest ones but missed the first, then try this game out, because if you don't…you will be missing out on a classic!




            Please note that parts of this review were taken from my review in Ciao under my username there, bwerket.

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              27.10.2006 01:55
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              Great game to play if you like to gun down things

              This game was the starting point of the growth of pure violence in games. It truely is a must have game. You start with limited money and have the choice to drive around, stealing cars, killing innocent people, selling stolen cars, or maybe even following the story line and completing the missions. However, the 2D overview and graphics aren't the best in the world but the princible is all there. So in conclusion, its a great game to play and will guarantee to entertain you, but that depends on how many ways you can vary killing innocent people.

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                03.09.2003 03:13
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                Firstly there was Mortal Kombat, then Duke Nukem and most recently Grand Theft Auto. What do these three very different game franchises have in common? They have all proved incredibly controversial, and though the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series has since evolved from the low-fi, sketchy violence displayed in it's original guise, it was the first PSOne title that rattled a record number of politicians and Daily Mail readers back in 1997. If all other games before it were decent, clean-cut pupils at the school of PlayStation, GTA was the hard-knock bully - it looked rather rough and scruffy, but sure enough provided unrivalled levels of violent entertainment to anyone that dared cross it's path. GTA was no drop-out though; as an overall game, it would get close to straight A's, even if it wouldn't tell it's mates. Looking back, it's odd that such a simple looking game caused such an uproar. Look at GTA 3 on the PlayStation2 - you can blow peoples limbs off, pick up hookers via some skilful curb-crawling, kill policeman and commit various other questionable acts in glorious, graphic 3D. It was a big surprise to me that on release, not even the tabloids had much of a say. Now, back to the original of which this review is based - whilst running over or shooting someone would merely create a small red blob where their sprite was standing, the people in the suits were shocked at the narrative of the game, which basically encouraged the player to go on crime sprees, breaking the law for points and getting bonuses for killing people in 'interesting' (usually via train tracks or electric cables) ways. Although the game was predictably given an 18 certificate, these suited-types still complained about how it could damage 'young, impressionable' minds, and so despite the adult content the game was still type-cast as part of the kids end of the entertainment scale (though if the only films ever made were Disney animations
                then you would say that films were for children too). Anyway, what we (eventually) have is a free-roaming , crime-based action game. The gameplay is viewed from above as you navigate a city either on foot or in a vehicle, such as a car, van or bike. The cities you can explore are often populated with foul-mouthed pedestrians and many impatient road-users. One thing that immediately endeared fans to GTA was the opportunity to choose completely what you wanted to do next; try out various missions for the cities resident gang-lords; familiarise yourself with the surroundings; steal a car and go on a joyride, or go absolutely mental with a machine-gun or flamethrower destroying everything that does and doesn't move. Remember kids: It's not real. This kind of diversity makes for addictive and compelling gameplay, but to unlock extra cities, bonuses and missions, you will have to carry out tasks for gang-leaders. These come in the form of colour-coded telephones that are scattered about the streets - answer one and you are given a task to complete. If you are succesful, you get a reward (extra points). Fail, and you have to look for more work. Variety is the spice of life as they say and missions involve all sorts - planting bombs, assassination, picking up/dropping off people, collecting cars and bringing wanted individuals to safe houses to avoid the attentions of the law are just a few of them. These missions triumph over the likes of Driver's purely because they are not blighted by tight and often unfair time-limits. So the biggest haul of points can be acquired from doing jobs, but stealing vehicles, damaging property, killing pedestrians/cops (ahem) and taking cars to the docks are also ways of making a bit of dough. Of course, commiting crimes wouldn't quite be the same without the threat of some smug copper throwing the book at you. If you get up to no good, you'll find a patrol car pursuing half-heartidly. S
                tay out of trouble for awhile and you'll be okay, but do something careless and before you know it you've got several cop cars trying to ram you off the road - attempt to get away (of course!) and you suddenly find yourself taking part in a thrilling chase that would shame anything that has appeared on 'Police, Camera, Action' in recent years. The police are crafty too - not only do they barge and follow relentlessly, they also set up road-blocks and the dreaded stinger that bursts your tyres, sending you all over the road. Your only means of escape comes in the form of re-spray garages: for a price your car can get a new identity (i.e new colour scheme and plate). It's really satisfying to see the patrol cars having to sulk away, defeated. Like I mentioned earlier, GTA was hardly a looker even in it's day. Whilst on the whole action is clear and runs at a smooth frame-rate, the sprites are very disappointing - the people consist of two or three garish colours, appearing as little more than blotches. The cars and environments aren't much better either - worryingly, the roads and lines don't really appear straight. Also, because of the high perspective, firing guns and successfully hitting targets is a very trying task, and one that would have been better off with some kind of guide or cross-hair. Overall, presentation wasn't actually too bad, as the menus proved easy enough to navigate and loading screens were pretty enough, and while on the subject of loading screens, the levels load in a very respectable time considering how large each level (or city) was. The motors were marvellous, bordering on revolutionary in it's time. Hi-jack something and not only does it produce it's own unique performance characteristics (handling, acceleration, speed, engine noise and durability), but it will be tuned in to it's own specific radio station, so while many vans are tuned to folk or country and weste
                rn, city cars will have a chart show playing, and police cars even allow you to intercept police radio traffic if you are being chased. A wonderful touch. Novelly, the game disc is also accompanied by a map of the three areas - Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas (ring any bells? These are the three locations of the PlayStation2 GTA outings, the latter being released in a few months). You'll need it too - they are also massive and, much like in real city, easy to get lost in. Depth is absolutely assured due to the plethora of back-alleys, killing-spree missions and hidden one-off jobs to discover. If you want to see everything the game has to offer, you'll get several weeks play out of it easily. Though given an 18 certificate on release, it's difficult to really take the violence too seriously as the graphics don't allow for 'in-depth' detail of your kills. It's hardly what you'd describe as 'good, clean fun', but aside from the frequent and quite strong language of narked motorists (I'm used to it from my Dad lol!) it isn't too bad. I've heard that later versions may not have a certificate as the swearing has been taken out (don't hold me to that though!). Controversial or not, Grand Theft Auto was (and still is) a thoroughly enjoyable effort that demands the attention of fans of the later titles. Unless you have a strange and rare phobia of sprite-based, 2D graphics, then this is well worth hunting down - it's a popular game so you should be able to find it on the internet almost anywhere, and for peanuts too.

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                  31.05.2002 02:11

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                  This game is the opposite of most other games. Most of the time you are playing the good guys, trying to kill or imprison the baddies. But, in this game you are a criminal. To win each level you have to get a certain amount of points. To get points you have to complete missions. Each level is set in a (fictional) city. Your character starts out with nothing. No car and no weapons. Obviously you need transport, so off you go and steal a car of your choice. Next you need something to do. To get your missions you have to find a phonebox that is ringing. You will then be given instructions of what to do. The missions range from things like stealing 5 taxis, to bank robberies and murders. For things like murders you will need weapons. These are in crates around the city, and there are things like pistols, machine guns and rocket launchers. Things may sound easy, but they aren't. What happens to criminals? That's right. They are chased by the police. Depending on the seriousness of a crime, you will have different numbers of police chasing you. They will try and do one of two things. They will try and arrest you, or they will kill you. If you get arrested your bonus multiplier is reset. Basically, each time you complete a mission your multiplier is put up by one. So, if your multiplier is 8, and you complete a mission that is worth 100,000 points, you will actually get 800,000 points. If you get killed, you loose a life. You only have 3 live, so be careful. You can loose the police though. If you find a respray shop, your car is re-sprayed, and repaired. This will loose tho police, as they no longer know what colour your car is. Also dotted around the city in crates are police brides. This will get rid of any police that are chasing you. As you are roaring around in your high powered stolen car, you will crash i nto things. This damages your car, making it slower, and it will eventually blow up, killing you. So you
                  will have to frequently get yourself new cars to drive. This has risks attatched, as some citizens will call the police, and some will even shoot at you. This game is really good fun, and you will find yourself playing it for hours on end, trying to get onto the next level, or trying to complete a really hard mission. When you have completed the game you can buy the Grand Theft Auto London Mission Pack, to add a whole new dimension to the game. It is definately a game you should have, and as it only costs £5 there is no reason for you not to have it.

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                  When I first played Grand theft auto on a demo i lughed out loud at it's graphics. I would of laughed if these graphics gad of been on the SNES they were that bad. But when I played it was like heaven. It was so controvesial. A game where you steal cars and deal with the mafia. Heck, it was even banned in Brazil! Graphics 2/5 As I said before, these graphics are so simplistic it's unbelievable. people are like little dots and cars have little detail, but just enough so you can easily tell one from another. All in all though, before i saw/played GTA3 I doubted that GTA could be improved by better graphics. Gameplay 4/5 Well first things first, In Grand thefy auto you play a man who is payed by gangster bosses to do their dirty work for them. You do this in the form of mission. This is where the game makes up for its shortfalls in graphics. Missions are challenging and difficult to finish. Even if ou don't want to do the missions for your boss then you can do my personal favourite, get a police chase. Madlads35's Guide To Police Chases: 1: Get A Gun 2: Get a Car 3: Find a police Car 4: Bump into the Police Car 5: When the cop comes out, shoot him or run over him, then get in the cop car. 6: By this Stage there should be a 2 st*r wanted on you. If not, mow down innocent pedestrians. 7: No, actually foget that last bit, Mow down as many passers-by as possible. 8: If you see a barrier made of police cars/ Cops, try to go round it or change your route so that you don't go near them 9: MOW DOWN MORE PEDESTRIANS! 10: Your car should be damaged and if it hasn't already blown-up (if it has your dead) change your car. 11: Follow Instuction number 9 and when your car is battered, change car. 12: Repeat until you get the desired effect. The Missions are things like dropping drugs off to people and wasting members of rival gangs. All of which are
                  extremely exciting. There are 3 different cities on Grand theft auto 3, al of which are VERY Big. To Get from the The first to the second (liberty city to san adreas) you have to of completed all of the Missions on the first city. and so-on Sound 3/5 <br> Not exactly one of the games strong points like it is on GTA3 but still a good part. The radio pulls it up to a level 4 with good music from HEAD RADIO but the peoples voices and what they shout out drag it down to a level 3. Like you hear 'Get a life you moron' too many times and 'he's got a gun' is also in that category. Overall.... GTA3 is the perfect addition to anyone who hasn't got the PS2's collection. If you have got the PS2 go buy GTA3 after reading my review of it. If you already have a PS2 and GTA3 then what are you doing rading this review? GET ON YOUR GAME AND TRY TO FINISH IT! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                    The idea of allowing your children to steal cars, work for the city’s crime lords, and outrun the police is ridiculous, isn’t it? Not if they’re playing ever-popular Grand Theft Auto for the Sony PlayStation gaming console! This game was picked up at a pawn shop for about twelve dollars over one year ago, and has provided endless hours of excitement and entertainment ever since. My four younger siblings and myself still play it an average of once a week, which makes it more than worth the money dished out. All in all, the idea of becoming a rebellious thug is amusing – even if the fantasy DOES end when the game is turned off. Basically, you’re a thug. You rip off cars and deliver them to your criminal-minded bosses located in Liberty City. You run from payphone to payphone to answer their calls, and keep an eye on the pager icon located at the top left corner of your screen – this is where you will discover “bonus missions” that are not discussed via payphone. Hey, it’s something to do when stealing taxis gets boring! You will also be given other jobs: Run over a group of thugs and deliver their motorcycle to your boss, as it has his “goods” stuffed into the gas tank. Swipe a taxi and pick up one of your boss’ lackeys – he’s busily robbing the bank, and the cops are hot on his trail! There are many ways to break the law, run over pedestrians, shoot the police, and otherwise wreak havoc in one of the three cities featured in GTA – it’s all in the name of fun, so don’t get too uptight about it! There is mild profanity, not to mention the extreme violence that is the central point of this particular game. There is a bit of blood, especially when you run down innocent pedestrians in your just-stolen Mustang. (The cars are given pseudo-names that are similar to the real names given by manufacturers – probably to avoi
                    d lawsuits.) Along the way, you can run over, shoot, or punch crates located on sidewalks – these contain handguns, machine guns, “Get out of jail free” passes, et cetera. All of the various contents will provide you with a bit of help when it is needed the most. Remember, sometimes you’ll simply HAVE to gun down the police officers and pedestrians in order to accomplish your mission! This game is quite fun, because the cars go faster and faster depending on their make. The taxi, for example, will not speed up and down the city’s streets quite like the Mustang will – this gives Grand Theft Auto a much-needed touch of realism, albeit the only one you’ll find in this lightning-fast title. Some of the other features include a few “chop shops” that will buy the cars you steal – add the cash to your bank account, which is converted into points. When you reach the appropriate number of points to advance, you are sent to a man who wishes to talk to you. He in turn sends you to the next city: Be warned, however, that the criminal acts you will carry out will be much more heinous than in the last city. You may save your progress so that you can come back to the game after a much-needed break. The PlayStation Memory Card does not need but one block of space to save Grand Theft Auto progress in most cases, proving it to be an efficient title. Remember, you can only save your game after completing the missions assigned in your city: There is no “Save Game” option when you pause the game, which is one of GTA’s major faults. The Playstation controller is normally very simple for me to master: Most games are very logical and easy to pick up on, generally taking about fifteen minutes to master. In the case of Grand Theft Auto, it took more like two and a half to three hours before I figured out some of the options. GTA does not utilize all of the buttons to th
                    eir full capacity, but it DOES use them in a slightly awkward manner. The horn is located above the controller, and must be pressed with your index finger – ACK! That was not something that made sense to me, so I did not “get it down” for a bit. Even so, most kids find that GTA’s controls are a piece of cake to get the hang of, something that is true for most titles. Overall, this is a great game. The concept of becoming a criminal character is absolutely charming, not to mention every kid’s fantasy. Come on – admit it! When you were a kid you thought that joyriding in a stolen Thunderbird would be the coolest thing in the universe! As with most other games, there are cheats for Grand Theft Auto: Some will unlock all levels, giving you the freedom to run through all of the cities without the constraints of passing all the missions and scoring the millions of points required to advance. For example, if you select the default character (the big-haired thug) and go to the “Rename” screen, giving him the appropriate title of “BSTARD” will unlock all of the levels, give you infinite ammunition, and bestow 99 much-needed lives upon you. However, the entire police force is on your tail the second you enter the city, so either outrun them, be very wily, or just shoot them down and get arrested or blown up: Losing your life means you start again with a clear horizon (though not a clear conscience, of course). Other cheats can be found on the GameShark disc that is sold separately, or any major Internet search engine. As much as I love Grand Theft Auto, it definitely has its downsides – namely, the graphics. You are given a bird’s eye view of the scene. This is often helpful, as you can see oncoming police officers and other obstacles. However, it can become frustrating when you are trying to drive long sections of road, maneuver through a
                    lleys, or otherwise navigate tight spots. If you could change views, it would be much helpful – thankfully, later version of GTA (such as the third edition) prove to be more user-friendly. The graphics themselves are a laughing matter. The programmers might as well have released this title for the Super Nintendo, for all the lack of quality. They are blocky, sketchy, and often very small. This proves to be a bit frustrating when trying to pinpoint mission targets or become more deeply involved in the game. So, for this alone I have to knock off at least one star from the rating. Fortunately, later versions of GTA are much more sound graphically. Which brings me to sound effects. Horrible! Not even the sounds of pedestrians screaming as you mow them down are realistic! Bah! What’s worse are the radio options: You can have a radio playing in the background, which plays random cuts of different styles of music along with announcers, disc jockeys, and a few commercials. This is just annoying: I’d rather listen to a CD of my choice through my Discman while playing this game. Or, you can have constant music playing: Again, annoying. It’s randomized, a bit hard to hear over the sound effects of screeching tires and such. I still would rather put in my headphones and bounce to the latest Slipknot recording. Even with the shortcomings, Grand Theft Auto is a cherished possession in my household. It is one of the most addictive, amusing, and downright enjoyable titles – out of the hundreds of various video games in our collection! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is old enough to appreciate the differences between fantasy land and the real world – as well as to anybody who simply wants to have a good time. Be warned, of course, that it does not have a “G” rating. Grand Theft Auto is not designed for toddlers and younger children, so be careful of the eyes watc
                    hing you whilst you drive along sidewalks, mow down pedestrians, speed along on a stolen motorcycle, or interact with crime lords.

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                    The idea of allowing your children to steal cars, work for the city?s crime lords, and outrun the police is ridiculous, isn?t it? Not if they?re playing ever-popular Grand Theft Auto for the Sony PlayStation gaming console! This game was picked up at a pawn shop for about twelve dollars over one year ago, and has provided endless hours of excitement and entertainment ever since. My four younger siblings and myself still play it an average of once a week, which makes it more than worth the money dished out. All in all, the idea of becoming a rebellious thug is amusing ? even if the fantasy DOES end when the game is turned off. Basically, you?re a thug. You rip off cars and deliver them to your criminal-minded bosses located in Liberty City. You run from payphone to payphone to answer their calls, and keep an eye on the pager icon located at the top left corner of your screen ? this is where you will discover ?bonus missions? that are not discussed via payphone. Hey, it?s something to do when stealing taxis gets boring! You will also be given other jobs: Run over a group of thugs and deliver their motorcycle to your boss, as it has his ?goods? stuffed into the gas tank. Swipe a taxi and pick up one of your boss? lackeys ? he?s busily robbing the bank, and the cops are hot on his trail! There are many ways to break the law, run over pedestrians, shoot the police, and otherwise wreak havoc on Liberty City ? it?s all in the name of fun, so don?t get too uptight about it! There is mild profanity, not to mention the extreme violence that is the central point of this particular game. There is a bit of blood, especially when you run down innocent pedestrians in your just-stolen Mustang. (The cars are given pseudo-names that are similar to the real names given by manufacturers ? probably to avoid lawsuits.) Along the way, you can run over crates located on sidewalks ? these contain handguns, machine guns, ?Get out of jail free? pas
                    ses, et cetera. All of the various contents will provide you with a bit of help when it is needed the most. Remember, sometimes you?ll simply HAVE to gun down the police officers and pedestrians in order to accomplish your mission! This game is quite fun, because the cars go faster and faster depending on their make. The taxi, for example, will not speed up and down the city?s streets quite like the Mustang will ? this gives Grand Theft Auto a much-needed touch of realism, albeit the only one you?ll find in this lightning-fast title. Some of the other features include a few ?chop shops? that will buy the cars you steal ? add the cash to your bank account, which is converted into points. You may save your progress so that you can come back to the game after a much-needed break. The PlayStation Memory Card does not need but one block of space to save Grand Theft Auto progress in most cases, proving it to be an efficient title. The Playstation controller is normally very simple for me to master: Most games are very logical and easy to pick up on, generally taking about fifteen minutes to master. In the case of Grand Theft Auto, it took more like two and a half to three hours before I figured out some of the options. GTA does not utilize all of the buttons to their full capacity, but it DOES use them in a slightly awkward manner. The horn is located above the controller, and must be pressed with your index finger ? ACK! That was not something that made sense to me, so I did not ?get it down? for a bit. Even so, most kids find that GTA?s controls are a piece of cake to get the hang of, something that is true for most titles. Once you accomplish the missions in the first part of Liberty City, you are taken to another part of this enormous area, and given a totally new set of missions ? with newer, more evil bosses! As you progress, your crimes will become more heinous, but don?t worry: It?s just a game! (Unless you?re a young c
                    hild, in which case I discourage you from playing: It can get a bit involved sometimes, and if you do not know the difference between fantasy and reality this might come back to haunt you at a later time ? who knows?) Overall, this is a great game. The concept of becoming a criminal character is absolutely charming, not to mention every kid?s fantasy. Come on ? admit it! When you were a kid you thought that joyriding in a stolen Thunderbird would be the coolest thing in the universe! As with most other games, there are cheats for Grand Theft Auto: Some will unlock all levels, giving you the freedom to run through all of Liberty City without the constraints of passing all the missions. Some will keep the cops from chasing you ? not one of my favorite cheats, but one that some find necessary. Some will give you infinite lives, never-ending ammunition, or faster cars. If you want the cheats, either log on to any Internet search engine or put in the PlayStation GameShark disc ? either way, you?ll get plenty of altered menu options and codes to help you beat this game. However, it definitely has its downsides ? namely, the graphics. You are given a bird?s eye view of the scene. This is often helpful, as you can see oncoming police officers and other obstacles. However, it can become frustrating when you are trying to drive long sections of road, maneuver through alleys, or otherwise navigate tight spots. If you could change views, it would be much helpful ? thankfully, later version of GTA (such as the third edition) prove to be more user-friendly. The graphics themselves are a laughing matter. The programmers might as well have released this title for the Super Nintendo, for all the lack of quality. They are blocky, sketchy, and often very small. This proves to be a bit frustrating when trying to pinpoint mission targets or become more deeply involved in the game. So, for this alone I have to knock off at
                    least one star from the rating. Fortunately, later versions of GTA are much more sound graphically. Which brings me to sound effects. Horrible! Not even the sounds of pedestrians screaming as you mow them down are realistic! Bah! What?s worse are the radio options: You can have a radio playing in the background, which plays random cuts of different styles of music along with announcers, disc jockeys, and a few commercials. This is just annoying: I?d rather listen to a CD of my choice through my Discman while playing this game. Or, you can have constant music playing: Again, annoying. It?s randomized, a bit hard to hear over the sound effects of screeching tires and such. I still would rather put in my headphones and bounce to the latest Slipknot recording. Even with the shortcomings, Grand Theft Auto is a cherished possession in my household. It is one of the most addictive, amusing, and downright enjoyable titles ? out of the hundreds of various video games in our collection! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is old enough to appreciate the differences between fantasy land and the real world ? as well as to anybody who simply wants to have a good time. Be warned, of course, that it does not have a ?G? rating. Grand Theft Auto is not designed for toddlers and younger children, so be careful of the eyes watching you whilst you drive along sidewalks, mow down pedestrians, speed along on a stolen motorcycle, or interact with crime lords.

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                    How cool is this game. do everthing that you cant do in real life on a computer game, Hijack car, beat up people, shoot people it is justy a fun game. This is one of those few games where graphics dont matter. The graphics on this game a actually pretty rubbish but because the gameplay is so good it makes up for that. I think when they a full 3d version which i hear they are doing now that will just make this game unbeatable and totally unmatchable. The missions on this game are just so fun. Planting bombs in places, assasinating v.i.ps. One of the funnest things by far on this game is getting chased by the police. Then darting in to a garge getting your car resprayed and escaping a free man. I completely reommend this game to anyone who likes crime gamesor just fun games in general. But if you don tlike this i suggest you try out Driver 1 and Driver 2 as they very much the same missions and fun factor. Thanks for reading my opinion and happy playing!!!

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