It's a great game, with a good storyline and gameplay. Altrough the bikes and boats are absent and the only aircraft is a half-winged Dodo, almost impossible to fly with. The Ammu-Nation is really limited, just like the range of weapons. There's only one weapons for each type, and for those who there's more than one, the player can take all of them, instead of replacing. There isn't the hability of buying properties, and there isn't a map on the menu either. Anyway, the game, for the first of Rockstar's 3D GTAs, was great.
The game was the first of the franchise to have a storyline, and it was a good one. In the game, you are Claude, who, during a bank heist, is betrayed and shot by your girlfriend Catalina, and left to death. Altrough, you survive, and is arrested by the local police (LCPD). While being transported to the prison, a Colombian Cartel car attacks the Enforcer, in order to rescue one of the three guys in it, giving you and your friend a chance to escape. You and 8-Ball(your friend's name) escape, and go to Luigi's club, one of 8-Ball's friend, in order find a job. Now you want to revenge Catalina's betrayal, while grow in the city's organizated crime, in order to become the king of the town.
The gameplay is close to Vice City's, altrough it doesn't have bikes, and only one boat, obtained only in one mission or trough modifications. The helicopters aren't enterable. The only aircraft is the Dodo, wich is hard, really really hard to fly with. The game has the hability of changing the camera's position, between Top-Down and 3D while on foot, and Far, Normal, Near, 1st Person, Cinematic and Top-Down while in a vehicle.
The player or pedestrians aren't able to crouch, that was only able after Vice City. The police is also in the game, trying to kill or arrest the player if he/she commits any out-of-law acts while in a cop's sight. The firefighters and paramedis are also in the game, coming when people die, of there's any fire.
GTA III's soundtrack is really huge, if compared with it's predecessor, GTA 2. It goes from a Pop/Rock radio to a Talk Show one, passing through Classical, Dub, Trance, Pop, Hip Hop, Drum/Bass,Old Pop, and even a User-Created radio. In Government vehicles, such as Cop Cars, the police chatter is played instead.
This is where the GTA series in its current form began.
Your character, Claude, accompanied by his girlfriend Catalina and a friend robs Liberty City Bank. Unfortunately whilst escaping Catalina turns on you both shooting your character and leaving with the money. You get caught by the police and are sentenced to jail. Luckily for you during the transfer the vehicle is attacked with the kidnap of another individual in mind, here you manage to escape. You then have to work for different groups i.e. the Mafia, the Yakuza etc. to get the attention of Catalina.
Not only are there many main storyline missions, there are plenty of side missions to keep you occupied. There are also other activities such as acting as a taxi driver, ambulance driver, vigilante and fire fighter. The music on the car radio station is in keeping with the gameplay. The worry with ports is largely the controls and I can't fault the GTA III pc controls at all. The storyline is interesting as are all of the missions. The map is extensive but not so large that it takes you days to become accustomed to it and there's plenty of hours of play. There's a fair chunk of replay value especially because of the activities listed above.
Although subsequent GTA games have for the most part improved on GTA III, in my opinion GTA III is still a 5/5.
I am also a member of Ciao and have posted this review there.
What do you get when you cross brutish behaviour, cold steel, no mercy, a horrible temper, and mistrust? That's right, your mother-in-law. But I'm not talking about her here (although she's a close second), I'm talking about Grand Theft Auto III. The crime game that makes you want to put down your spaghetti, grab your trusty baseball bat, and beat the living daylights out of your pain-in-the-hindquarters neighbour (and then drive off with his new Mercedes :)).
Yes ladies and gentlemen, this game is one for the hall of fame. And if you're feeling frustrated for whatever reason (getting stuck in traffic, your control-freak boss, your wife's mother coming for a visit), just jump into GTA III and beat up the first guy, gal or grandma (careful though, these little ladies are more than capable of kicking YOUR posterior) you come across on the street, and feel those worries just melt away.
You play a convict who just escaped from prison. Your looking for a job, so you sign up with the Mafia. You get various jobs to do, whether it's stealing a car and having it rigged with explosives (and then returning it to it's unsuspecting owner), or impounding a car with a stiff in the trunk (I mean a corpse!).
Of course, between missions (or during them, your choice), you can look after your own ends by stealing the baddest cars on the block, mugging people for their dough, or if your low on vigour, pick up a hooker and drive into a secluded alley for some fun.
You can get a whole bunch of guns, and they all help you to make a name for yourself with the Mafia bosses. Just be careful, you never know where you stand with these guys.
---Graphics and Sound----
I would be lying if I said GTA III would rival games like DOOM 3 in terms of graphics. In fact, all the characters seem to be little more than UV-mapped characters. But that aside, the graphics are still satisfactory. Not breathtaking, but good enough.
When you get in a car, you can listen to the various radio stations that have been recorded. There are quite a bunch of them and they all are unique and entertaining. But if you prefer a more personalized experience,one of the bonusses of the game is that you can add your own MP3s into the game by placing them into the game's folder. Then by simply scrolling through the radio stations, your ears are filled with the sweet sounds of your own personal music collection.
Minimum System Requirements:
Pentium III 450 CPU
16MB Direct3D Video Card
Fully DirectX compatible Sound Card
500MB free hard disk space
Direct X 8.1
Recommended System Requirements
700 mhz CPU
32MB Direct3D Video Card
Fully DirectX compatible Sound Card
500MB free hard disk space
Direct X 8.1
Windows NT (any version)
Who needs a shrink to tell you that you've got anger management problems? Save yourself the 300 quid and get the ultimate in rage therapy (and this one actually GIVES you something to take your anger out on). Buy this game if you haven't already (or even better if you can get your hands on one of the more recent releases), you won't be sorry! Italian accent and spaghetti sauce sold separately.
I don't like driving games. I don't even like violent games, but this is truly the best game I have ever played, without question. I was addicted for about 2 months, then I loaned it to my Dad and he became similarly addicted; so much so, that if mum mentioned I had phoned or e-mailed, all he asked was if I'd said anything about the game, so I guess that’s a recommendation! The people who made this have really thought about it. Right down to the detail on the radio stations, the things people say as you walk past, the different handling and speeds of the cars, the different weapons, the celebrity cameos. There is so much to do, I won't be finished playing with this for a long time, even though I did all the missions a while ago. Let me start with the basics. GTA3 is primarily a driving and shooting game based on missions. It is set on three islands, which you can travel between by means of bridges, tunnels and a subway. The three islands are populated by a variety of gangs warring with each other, who tend to occupy certain areas. You can walk around, steal cars, collect money and guns, kill people, do stunts, pick up prostitutes, drive a boat, fly a plane and lots more besides. The game starts with you escaping from a police van on the way to prison. You can only explore one of the islands to begin with (because of an explosion on the bridge - the reason you escaped, and construction work in the subway and road tunnel). The bridge and tunnels are gradually opened as you complete the various missions. One of your co-escaping convicts (8-ball) shows you the way to your hideout (where you go to save the game) and introduces you to a mobster, Luigi, who becomes your first employer. After this, you are free to do as you choose. There is a path through the game via the different missions and employers you meet. Sometimes you can have as many as three different employers on the go at once
, which is a good idea as occasionally when you find a mission too difficult, you can leave it for a while and pursue a different employer's missions instead. There are other missions too. Pick up a police car (try not to get caught) and you can complete vigilante missions for money. Similarly there are taxi, ambulance and fire engine missions too. If you drive somewhere and think you hear a phone ringing, it's not the radio station you're listening to, it'll be a phone booth somewhere nearby with yet another person on the end of it wanting you to do something for them, usually bumping someone off. But you don't have to do the missions at all (except in order to get onto all the islands). You can explore and just shoot people at random, do stunts and pick up prostitutes if you like, it's up to you. If you get shot too many times, or blown up, or drown, you end up back at the hospital, minus your accumulated weapons and a little lighter in the wallet. If your wanted level gets too high (more about this later) and you get caught by the police, you end up at the police station, again minus your weapons, and some dosh. There are things to collect as you travel around - health bonuses (obviously you need to be patched up occasionally), shields to protect you, various weapons (baseball bat, shotgun, sniper rifle, Uzi, grenades, Molotov cocktails, bazooka etc), sheriff badges which reduce your wanted level, and secret packages – for every ten of these you get a weapon or other useful item at your hideout, which come in very handy. There are also things called “rampages” (blue circles with skulls in) which give you a time limit to kill a given number of members of a certain gang, blow up a specified number of cars etc., and reward you highly if you manage it, although you can only do these once. If you spot a group of planks leant against something, chances are you have
found a jump. There are plenty of these around the place, and they can be great fun. Try doing stunts in coaches, fire engines, juggernauts or just in fast cars, they are great. There’s even a purpose built bridge for doing the James Bond Goldfinger car jump on the third island. If you do a stunt well enough, you get a slo-mo replay and a "stunt bonus" payment. If you manage to land it straight and keep driving, you get even more money. If you do it really well you can get "insane" or "unique" stunt bonuses which can be as much as £20,000, £30,000 even £50,000. If, however, you mess up, roll your car and don’t get out of it sharpish, it blows up, which is hazardous to your health. However, this can come in very handy if you need to blow a building up and can’t find or afford grenades or a car bomb at 8 ball’s garage. More about your wanted level: Basically the more bad things you do, especially if the police see you, the more this goes up. If you get a wanted level star, police cars you pass will start to follow you, lights flashing, and policemen on the beat will try to pull you out of your car if you stop, and chase you if you’re on foot. If you manage to lose the police and generally stay out of the way for a little while your star will go, but only if you have one, if you get two or more they don’t just go away. If you get lots of wanted stars it gets really fun, the Feds come after you, then helicopters (great to shoot down with a bazooka) then tanks. Hurrah! If you get a high wanted level, there are a few things you can do apart from collect sheriff badges, which can be quite spread out, and if you’re being chased by FBI cars who are setting up roadblocks and choppers firing on you, this isn’t the most efficient method. You can go back to your hideout for a cooling off period, or visit the pay & spray shop, which will give your car a new coat of p
aint; thereby fooling the police into believing you’ve disappeared. There are different benefits to the different weapons; you can use the Uzi when you’re in the car for drive by shootings, you can use the bazooka to blow up cars and helicopters with one shot, but my personal favourite is the sniper rifle. If you get yourself into a good vantage point, and focus in with the scope, you can use it to pop people’s heads, arms or legs off, which then spurt blood until the person collapses onto the floor. Marvellous fun! Usually shooting people results in a couple of piles of money, occasionally a weapon and after a little while, a chalk outline on the floor. Occasionally someone you shoot will be carrying lots of loot and will be surrounded by piles of it, which is always nice. Picking up prostitutes boosts your health temporarily. Just stop by one (they’re not hard to spot), she’ll get in your car, then drive to a quiet location, stop the car and it will start to rock. After the rocking has stopped, she’ll get out of the car and you’ll have a bit less money, but a bit more health (110% ish), although you can just jump out and beat her up then and get your money back if you’re in a stingy mood. There are four Toyz ‘n the Hood vans dotted around. If you get into one of these you get a remote control car complete with bomb and a time limit to blow up cars belonging to a specified gang. There are other cars parked in various places, which start up driving missions for you to collect things too. At the docks on the first island and on the hill by the dam on the third island there are import/export garages. On the wall is a list of the vehicles they require and if you take them there you get paid for one car of each type. If you take all the cars on the list you get a bonus payment and from then on, if you go to the garage, you can choose as many cars as you like from the selec
tion you took there. Also at the docks there is an area of yellow hashing on the tarmac. If you take emergency vehicles here, they get lifted onto the waiting ship and you get paid - another source of cash. On the third island there is an airport with a plane you can fly, although it’s tricky. My strategy is to tap the down key (never tap up) constantly, and eventually the plane gets up speed and takes off. Flying the plane around corners requires practice and there’s even a site on the net devoted to hints and tips for how to do barrel rolls, loop the loops and the like. The radio is fab. There are stations for pop, rock, 70’s and 80’s music, hip-hop, dance, and my favourite, the talk radio station with Lazlow and his inane guests and callers. The music isn’t bad, but the tongue-in-cheek ads are what make the radio stations so good. One benefit of playing this on the pc is that you can put shortcuts to your mp3 files so the radio also acts as a CD player. Another benefit of playing on pc is that if you are an arty type, you can create different clothes for your character, which isn’t possible on PS2. There are a number of cheats: type “ilikedressingup” and your character will change costume, perhaps into a fireman, perhaps an old lady, who knows. Type “itsallgoingmaaad” and the pedestrians will start killing each other. Type “ilikescotland” and it becomes overcast, “ilovescotland” makes it start raining. Perhaps my favourite cheat is “bangbangbang” which makes all the cars you can see spontaneously explode. There are other cheats to give you more money, more guns and less of a wanted level, but there are plenty of sites listing them, so I won’t here. I only have a few quibbles. Firstly you can’t choose to be a female character, but this would affect some of the story lines, so I can forgive this oversight. Secondly
, you need to have a pretty capable pc to be able to play this happily. I have a 1Ghz AMD processor and a 32 meg video card, which is way over the minimum spec on the box of 450Mhz +16meg video, but I had to download updated software for my video card, turn down the graphics detail, draw distance etc, and close all non-essential programs running in the background, so don’t believe everything you read on boxes. Having said this, this game would be an excellent reason to upgrade if your computer is a little tired… Also, the lucky owners of PS2’s can already buy the next instalment of this classic game – Grand Theft Auto – Vice City, which has motorbikes and helicopters to play with, but unfortunately, although destined for release on the pc, there is no release date as yet… There’s probably more stuff I’ve forgotten to mention about GTA3, but basically this is one cool game. It doesn't try to be nice, it doesn't try to be politically correct, but it does what it does very well indeed. Go get shooting!
GTA3 is the first 3D version of the Grand Theft Auto series of games. Set in fictional Liberty City, the 'worst place in America', and incarcerated for a botched bank robbery, you escape dramatically with the help of fellow convict (and, conveniently, explosives expert) 8-Ball. He puts you in contact of a local mob figurehead, Luigi, and so begins your ascension into the Liberty City Hall of Crime. Starting with small errands, the 'missions' get more and more difficult throughout the game. Although you cannot progress without completing at least some of the 70+ missions, there is so much more to Grand Theft Auto 3. Firstly, the city is divided into three large boroughs; industrial and seedy Portland, commercial and financial Staunton Island, and suburban Shoreside Vale. At first you only have access to Portland, but, as you complete all the missions available there, the bridge connecting it to Staunton miraculously re-opens, allowing you access there as well. You continue to Shoreside Vale in the same manner. In each of these boroughs, you have a starting base, affectionately labelled with a 'home' symbol on your radar, that allows you to store cars, weapons and save the game. You have a 'wanted level', which increases with the severity of your misdemeanours; kill a pedestrian, you'll get a wanted level of one, blow up a police helicopter and it'll go up to three or four. You can get rid of your wanted level in a variety of ways, such as finding a hologram of a sheriff's badge. When you are not doing missions, you are free to wander round as much of Liberty as you have access to. The most convenient way of doing so is to hijack a car, but alternatively you can get on the subway, a boat, or just walk. To increase cash flow you can do a manner of extra jobs on the side; for example, hijack a taxi and you can ferry people around the city for money, a police car and you can help eliminate some of the
city's other criminals. Gangs are another thing that will dominate your life. Get on the wrong side of the Columbian Cartel, or insult the Mafia, and just hope you don't accidentally wander into their turf unprotected. They all have their own adopted cars, each with different qualities. There are some 40 different types of vehicle in the game, some with superb acceleration or handling, others built like a tank. When inside cars, you can listen to one of nine radio stations, each focusing on different subject matter; there's one talk station, one classical, one R&B, one retro etc. There is about half an hours worth of programming on each, but as you are in and out of cars so fast, it'll be weeks before you hear all of it. You also quickly develop personal favourites, and the commercials are hilarious. It'll take you weeks to complete the first time around, but you'll immediately want to do it again to take advantage of everything you missed out the first time. I've had the game since Christmas, but am still playing it loads. There is, of course, large amounts of modifications you can make, such as downloading new skins (what your man looks like), new cars, and the large amounts of innovative cheats ensures there's never a dull moment. Although this game is relatively old, its graphics are superb, but its minimum system requirements are not too demanding, considering those of some games out on the market now: 450Mhz processor, 96MB RAM, and 700MB HD space. And, when you can pick this up for £20, it's great value for money too. Although the sequel, GTA: Vice City comes out in May, I would still recommend buying this game now anyway. What makes GTA3 the incredible game it is the awe-inspiring detail given to every aspect of the gameplay. It's just a game you do not get bored of. As Play magazine so eloquently put it, Grand Theft Auto 3 is "the best game in the world".
Grand Theft Auto Three When "Rockstar Games" set out to make their games they make them but with a difference to all the rest, they make them perfect at all angles and it is my opinion that they have succeeded in doing that with Grand Theft Auto Three. The game starts with a small time crook "Tommy" who is betrayed and left for dead in the dark and unpleasant Liberty City-Portland (the industrial zone) where a bloody turf war has been underway for months and Tommy just happens to be placed in the middle of it. It starts with "Tommy" as I have already said being betrayed and sent to prison where an escape plan has been organised. He luckily escapes with the help of a fellow prison mate 8-ball who is a bomb expertise and luckily for Tommy a friend of "Luigi", the right hand man of Leone, the Mafia boss. Tommy begins his new life as a crook when Luigi gives him the job of an errand boy. But after over seventy missions, each one getting harder as Tommy's name grows and grows on the streets; the Callahan Bridge incredibly reopens (after the damage inflicted on it during the escape attempt is repaired) opening up a whole range of new opportunities for Tommy to explore. And the same thing happens in Staunton Island (the central business district) except this time Tommy is doing jobs for another set of boss figureheads. And just like the Callahan Bridge, the bridge connecting Staunton Island to Shoreside Vale (the Suburban Island) opens up this time after a mechanical malfunction. Allowing Tommy to visit the airport and hijack a plane and other things, which will put a grin on your face. And that's the plot of the game really; when your not busy with missions you are free to explore your surroundings but be careful not to tread ground on enemy property, as it will guarantee you being shot or something nasty like that. On each level you have a kind of home where you ca
n lie low, store your cars or save the game. It will be very useful to keep cars in your home as lots of missions involve fast cars and so it spares you the trouble of having to search round Liberty City for a fast car. Transport is another important aspect of the game because it can get pretty boring walking around the whole of Liberty City and so Rockstar Games have provided Grand Theft Auto Three with hundreds of different cars ranging from tanks to Ferraris. But that's not all, as I said earlier you could hijack a plane, hop on the subway, go by train, steal a boat or of course you can just walk. But be careful some people will be scared and will give you their car and then run away but others are quite happy to fight you for it. When in a car you can listen to nine different radio stations ranging from a talk show to a 70's music show, each one with their own hilarious adverts which will take a long time before you've heard all of it (i've had the game since Christmas and I've still not heard all of it). If you want some extra dosh you can keep an eye on your pager, which is always beeping, telling you of extra missions, there are also payphone missions (if your standing around a payphone and you hear it ringing you can pick it up and someone will tell you of a mission that needs completing). If you're getting bored of your usual lifestyle you can even help the community by becoming a public services employee. All you have to do is hijack a police car, Ambulance or fire engine and press the caps lock key and then eliminate the criminal threat, pick up injured pedestrians or fight car fires, you can choose. You can even be a taxi driver, and I'm not sure if it's true but it's rumoured you can be a pizza deliverer. During the game you can take part in feeling the pleasure of choosing from machine guns, rocket launchers, Molotov cocktails, grenades, mini guns, and all sorts of o
ther weapons and then just letting go all your anger on a unsuspecting pedestrian. You'll find that as you kill more and more people your wanted level goes up and up until the F.B.I or the SWAT team manage to kill you. Sometimes it can be hard navigating around the whole of Liberty City and so in the bottom left hand corner of the screen there is a little radar map, this will show you where you are and where you want to be heading, it's very handy if you've got yourself lost. It took me weeks to complete this game, as there are so many levels to do and so many things to look at. You'll find that as soon as you've completed the game you'll want to do it again as you can guarantee you've missed out on something. You'll also find that there are also hidden missions and just last week I found a most peculiar car that I had never seen before, so the second time around try not to miss out on anything. There are also many differences you can make like, downloading skins, faces, cars etc. With so many cheats that will make you laugh, such as invisible cars and making a tank fall out of the sky and then you can make it fly and stuff like that. The reason I said not to tread on enemy turf is this. Throughout the game you work for different Gangs, and all the gangs hate each other. For instance you are working for the Chinese Triads and you have to kill the leader of the Columbian Cartel, if you succeed the Cartel will hate you and so if you walk on their turf, their number one priority is to kill you, get the picture. And so basically at the end of the game every gang in Liberty City hates you and so you need to keep your eyes peeled for where you are treading. The gangs also each have their own car. The mafia car is practically bullet proof and the Columbian Cartel's car is fast and can go over rough terrain easily etc. The installation is quick and easy and takes about five minutes and the system
requiremen ts (seeing as the graphics are top of the range) aren't unbelievable. Minimum System requirements .50Mhz Intel Pentium 3 or AMD Athlon processor .96Mb of RAM .4x speed CD / DVD drive .700MB of hard disk space .16MB of video card with DirectX 8.1 compatible drivers . DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card . Keyboard . Mouse This is a game that will blow you away, you'll be amazed by the amount of work Rockstar Games must of put into this to get it as good as it is. Although GTA Vice City is coming out on the PC in May it's still worth buying, and I don't see how Vice City can be any better than this so please buy it, seeing as it's only £20, it's cheap as chips. A bargain for those who don't watch David Dickinson (I don't, I hate him).
The graphic are amazing in this game. The missions get steadly harder, going from the very easy to the extremely hard. There are all kinds of little missions you can do, such as collecting cars and selling them or various other money making things, like stealing police cars and then going to kill criminals. The gun range is good, and contains grenades, pistols and a fire thrower. The game flows easily from mission, it being easy to go and find missions. The radio stations when you are in a car are very good. Chatterbox is hilarious. This game is worth the money, and I cannot fault
Computer games have always been linked with violence and the dropping standards of education in today's youth and mostly this has been unproven. Once every so often though, a game comes along which re-ignites the argument. The original Grand Theft Auto (GTA) was one such game, a top down (or birds eye view, if you prefer) of your character going around the city, performing missions for some top ranked gangsters and earning some cash into the bargain. It doesn't sound too bad, but when the missions are stealing, killing and general mischief, all of a sudden Mr and Mrs Smith don't want little Johnny playing on his PC or Playstation any longer. To be honest, if it hadn't been for the actions of Max Clifford, a publicist who managed to get tabloid coverage of the game ("Ban this sick filth" etc.), it's doubtful whether anyone outside the gaming circle would really have noticed the game with high levels of violence and dubious moral fibre. That said, it was still a terribly fun game to play, and the gamers cried out for more. They got it as well - an add on pack called GTA: London 1969 which 'recreated' London and used British cars with all the usual GTA shenanigans, only with Dick van Dyke comedy voices, and a proper sequel, GTA 2 which took on more of a cartoon style. However, these both differed from the original sufficiently enough for the people not to be pleased, despite not being terrible games. Then came the news that GTA 3 would be realised in 3D form, and the world was excited. This was the way the original GTA was first planned until the developers realised the technology wasn?t advanced enough. So, now GTA 3 has been released since last spring to wide acclaim on both PC and Playstation platforms. ? So, what do you do in this GTA3, then? Well, after robbing a bank in fictional Liberty City, you are shot and left for dead by a Latin American woman who proceeds to get away. You
39;re caught by the fuzz, and are being transported to jail when a pre-planned jailbreak by friends of a fellow prisoner (an old Oriental gentleman) leaves you at the side of the road with another convict with bandaged hands and an empty car. This young gentleman with the strange moniker, '8 Ball' directs you to a place where you can get some proper clothes, and informs you of another person who will offer you employment. Thus begins your adventure in Liberty City. ? What?s to do in Liberty City? Unlike the previous incarnations of GTA where success was measured in terms of how much money you earned, this game is mission driven. Your missions are given to you by a variety of people, some are necessary to further the story and some are there just for enjoyment and some bonus cash if you're successful. My advice to anyone who starts playing the game is to grab a car from somewhere (you can carjack people in the middle of the street, just make sure there are no cops around!) and explore the city getting used to how cars handle and where all the shortcuts and useful hideouts are hidden. The missions range from the innocent (giving a girl a lift from the hospital to her boyfriends club) to the not so innocent (killing members of a rival gang). Obviously, as the missions (and story) progress, they get more difficult. This is not a problem as you can save the game at any point except if you've started a mission, and then you'll have to wait until you complete or fail the mission to save. Each mission is preceded by a short cut scene animation describing the mission and showing you anything you might need to know for the mission. If you're playing through the mission more than once, you can handily cut these short. The variation in the missions is good enough so that you don't do too many of one type in a short period of time. There are vehicle-based missions, missions to be undertaken on foot, killing
missions, survival missions, racing missions plus numerous other types. There are also things called 'rampages' which replace the old 'kill frenzies' of earlier GTAs, and these usually require you kill or destroy a certain amount of people or vehicles in a short time period. Advancing the plot sufficiently will open up further areas of the city. You start in Portland which is mostly industrial, and after completing the 'Mafia' missions, you can move onto the next area, Staunton Island which would be more commercial before the final, residential area of Shoreside Vale. Each of these has their own style, feel and look to it. The first area, Portland, will be filled with construction workers, prostitutes, gang members along with many vehicles according to that type. Moving onto to Staunton Island may yield more yuppies, older people and vehicles to match e.g. sports cars etc. You can drive between these areas, once you have opened them up, and indeed, it?s necessary to do so for some of the later missions. Not all missions are done by dealing with gangsters and bent cops, mind you. Steal a taxi, police car or ambulance and you open up other missions. With the taxi, you have to ferry people from place to place within a certain time limit, in the police car, you can have vigilante missions where you have to kill criminals within a time limit and the ambulance missions require you to ferry people from somewhere to the hospital without killing them with your reckless driving (again, within a time limit). These all provide handy cash boosts, and can be a nice distraction from the Each of these areas is a square of sides 4km (if you catch my drift) which gives you a lot of exploring to do. It's not all flat either, so there are hills, tunnels, bridges to explore in your vehicle with footbridges and rooftops to explore when you're out and about for a stroll plus an elevated train around Portland and a subway system t
o take you between areas (which only opens up later on). Liberty is a vibrant city, and if you pay close attention you will see that the citizen's behaviour is well worth watching. If a car blows up, check out all the pedestrians rushing to gawp at the carnage. Driving fast past a pedestrian? Sound your horn and watch them leap put of the way, shouting obscenities at you. Of course, as day turns to night, a different breed of people appears. Ordinary citizens all but disappear and you'll see more gang members around. It's easier to commit a crime at night than during the day with less 'concerned citizens' around to call the police. There's a clock running in the top right of the screen informing you of the time of day, and this is not just a superficial feature because some missions require you to be somewhere at certain times. There are many different types of vehicle to use in GTA 3, and each of them has their own handling characteristics so that fancy driving you can do in the Mafia Sentinel (a BMW), you couldn't do in a Patriot (a Humvee). The cars aren't given their real life names, but are given names similar. Superficially though, they'll look remarkably like those in real life. As you might have guessed from the place names, real names aren't used in GTA 3, although Liberty City is sort of meant to be New York, and you'll see various instances around the city which are reflections of real life. The cars are one example as are the place names. The gangs are all 'real world' though - Mafia, Yardies etc. ? Playing the game. You can customise the controls to suit yourself, and there are quite a few controls to get to grips with. There's a set for when you're controlling a vehicle, and another, different set for when you're on foot. The default configuration is quite good though, and you should be playing away in no time whatsoever. The screen la
yout is excellent and provides all the information you need without being too cluttered. You get your radar in the bottom left of the screen, details of your car and the city neighbourhood pop up briefly in the bottom right. In the top right is where the most important information is displayed. Here, you get the clock, your accumulated cash, health and armour status and your wanted level which is represented by six stars. If you're doing a timed mission, then your countdown clock will appear here, also. A wanted level of one is easily shaken off after a few minutes and you'll have maybe one or two police cars chasing you (or one or two 'beat' cops if you're on foot). Get up to six stars however, and it seems you turn into a combination of Saddam and Osama as Uncle Sam lets loose with its boys and their toys. Tanks and troop carriers rush to your position to back up the cops and all hell will break loose. Don't worry though, as you have many different types of weapon to defend yourself with from your own fists or a baseball bat in the early stages to a sniper rifle or a rocket launcher later on, plus if you're sneaky, you might get to steal a tank! ? Pop culture. Within the game are loads of references to pop culture, although you really have to look closely at the game to see most of them properly. One of the more obvious ones is one of the main characters called Tony Cipriani, who has an overbearing mother and phones into the local talk radio station for therapy. Extremely like a certain Mr Soprano, isn't it? What about 'Mean Streets Taxis' in Portland? One of the later missions for a female Yakuza member refers to 'an oddly animated undercover cop called Tanner' which is a reference to a PC/Playstation game called Driver. There are many more little references like this throughout the game, but you probably won't see most of them unless you take time out from the missions and go
cruising around the city. ? The Visuals. GTA 3 is a beautiful game to look at. Liberty City has been created so well, you could almost believe that it's actually real. Day turns into night with orange sunsets, and the streetlights turn on around this time. Weather effects are well done with rain and fog creating problems for driving. If there was one down point, it would have to be the variety of pedestrians. The same people crop up again and again and while this might be good enough for displaying the huge number of different gang members, it's no particularly realistic. This is only an aesthetic matter, and doesn't affect the gameplay at all. Blood spills from crime victims and soon after, chalk marks appear. These are all nice little touches which show how much work has been put into the game. ? The Audio. As with the original game, you have radio stations to choose from, and each station has its own genre of music. The quality of music is quite good, although you may get fed up of listening to the same stuff time and again. There are reggae stations, pop station and retro stations amongst others. There are two other 'stations' to mention. The first is 'Chatterbox 109' with Lazlo, and I thought this was exceedingly funny. It's a talk radio station where people phone in to talk about all sorts of stuff: killer bees, puppet festivals ("Dude" Guys with puppets get chicks!") etc. and every so often, you might hear one of your employers call to sound off about something. The last 'station' is an mp3 player. If you copy some mp3s to the required folder in the GTA 3 folder, you can listen to your own music as you play the game! The sound effects in the game are excellent with each vehicle having its own engine noise and horn. The atmospheric background effects are well realised with the background noises being louder during the day than at night. Pedestrians shout at you
as you run past them, if you cut them up on the road, they?ll sound their horns and berate you. With all this work going into the minor aspects of the game, it's perhaps not surprising to learn that the same amount of work has gone into the main character voices. While not boasting A-list stars, there are certainly some big names in the GTA 3 cast list: Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, Bad Boys 1 & 2 and Daredevil), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Die Another Day), Michael Rapaport (Deep Blue Sea, Men of Honour, The 6th day), Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City, Twin Peaks, Showgirls) and Robert Loggia (Lost Highway, Independence Day) are the more well known actors. Everyone who provided a voice did an excellent job, but I think the best work was done by the people who are the Liberty City radio DJs. ? Didn't you mention something about adult themes? Well, yes. This isn't a game for the youngsters out there. There is plenty of swearing and violence in the main game, and more than a small dose of sex in the game. More often than not, mission will involve a murder of at least one person and those that don't will probably require theft of something. If you go into the red light district of Portland in a flash car with a wedge of cash and park at the side of a road, you'll attract the attention of a working girl. She'll get into your car (implying sex), and you?ll gain some health points for that. It's obvious that this is a game for adults, so parental discretion is advised when letting younger people anywhere near it. ? My overall impressions. I loved this game. I've always been a fan of the GTA series, and to finally experience it in full 3D with a wide variety of missions is simply breathtaking. There's longevity and replayability in the game as well as you'll probably not find all the missions when you go through the game the first time, plus loads of secret things to f
ind and do. The graphics and sound are amazing, and should are quite configurable, giving a wide range of differing specifications of PC to play it on (although, be warned, it still required a fairly recent graphics card [at least a GeForce 2] and a substantial processor [at least 700 MHz CPU] and a decent amount of memory [at least 128MB]). Hint: turning off the 'trails' in the graphics setup screen will dramatically help performance. My only criticism of the actual gameplay aspect would be the lack of any sort of multiplayer mode. I only played the multiplayer version of the original GTA a few times, but it was fun racing around the city trying to kill your mates, and the idea of doing it in full blown 3D is too tantalising! Sick, but fun! Even with the lack of multiplayer, I'd still recommend this to any adult gamer. ? Warning! OK, I've crowed on about how good this game is for yonks. There are only 2 major drawbacks with this game. The first I mentioned above about the lack of a multiplayer aspect. The second is how long it took me to actually get the bloody thing up and running. Firstly, I had a problem with loading saved games. This was easily fixed by applying the 1.1 patch from Rockstar Games (you'll get it on the website). Secondly, I had real problems with corrupted graphics and my game crashing every 10 minutes. Sometimes it would just quit, and sometimes it would actually reset the PC. This was eventually solved by updating every driver I could think of ? soundcard, graphics card and my motherboard drivers and applying the latest version of Microsoft's DirectX software (currently version 9.0, although GTA 3 claims it only needs version 8.1 to operate). I don't know what the actual problem was regarding the crashing and resetting, although the graphics problem is a result of some DirectX incompatibility and can be rectified by applying a patch from Microsoft, or updating to version 9.0 of DirectX. Once you do get it running, you'll be in for a treat. ? My system. Processor: AMD Duron 1.3 GHz Memory: 704 MB Operating System: Windows XP Professional Graphics card: Leadtek GeForce 4 MX440 Soundcard: SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 Platinum Direct X: 9.0 ? Web Resources Rockstar Games: http://www.rockstargames.com/ Take Two: http://www.take2games.com/ Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/
Ever fancied being a tooled-up hoodlum, living on the wrong side of the law and mixing it up with street gangs in a war over turf, drugs and cold, hard cash? Welcome to Grand Theft Auto 3. Big brother of previous outings on the PSone and PC, GTA 3 has gone fully 3-D to bring the fictitious environs of Liberty City to life. This PC version is even better looking than the PS2 one was, with even more opportunity for flashy lighting effects, over the top explosions and beautifully rendered mayhem. This is silky-smooth stuff and the graphical details are truly awesome as you'll see the first time you carjack a taxi and take off like a lunatic, mowing down the innocent. Sonically, GTA 3 cannot be beaten; in-car tunes are provided from one of nine radio stations, each with its own distinct feel, and the sounds of the city are all here too; walk around for a while and you'll hear far-off police sirens, motorists abusing one another and general chit-chat as people go about their business. The game is very open-ended. Its major focus is the mission-based goals--start out as a convict accidentally sprung from jail and work your way up to become a shining light in one of the city's controlling gangs. If that gets dull, hijack a cab, police car, ambulance or fire engine and carry out missions suitable for your mode of transport, and if all else fails, find the ludicrously dangerous-looking ramps and hit them hard for some big air and big cash bonuses. It has to be said that GTA 3 fully warrants its 18 certificate, dealing as it does with mob warfare, indiscriminate murders, auto crimes, prostitution and more. The language gets a little "fruity" from time to time and you can't help but wince as you watch innocents get in the way of a good firefight. At the end of the day, though, this is a game and nothing more; thankfully, it's a good game, a very, very good game in fact, so buy it now. Or we'll send Luigi
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I READ MANY POSITIVE REVIEW OF GREAND THEFT AUTO 3 FOR COMPUTER BOSS BOUGHT ME. HAHA, YOU KILL PEOPLE AND GET PEE PEE LICKED BY WOMEN! THIS GAME SOUND FUN SO I BOUGHT IT. GREAT MISTAKE. GAME HAVE VIOLENCE AND SEX INNUENDO MAFIOSO TUBERCULOSIS AND THE SPANISH! I HATE THE SPANISH! DIE SPANIARDS, WICKED EVILS OF THE WESZT!!1 I BUY THIS GAME BUT BIG MISTAKE I MAKE WITH ME TO GRAVE I TAKE. PEACE OUT, HOMIEZZZZ!!1 AAA A A A A A AA A A A A A DSGFSDF SDFDSF DS FSDF SDF SF SDFDSF SFD
This game simply is AWESOME. I cannot stress just how good this game is. Now i've played alot of first person shoot em ups, i've played alot of driving games, in fact i've wasted a fair bit of my life playing computer games, I remember the Nintendo, the original. Games back then feature on the mobile phones of today and god were they good. You could play them for hours, their simple repetitive brilliance would keep my eyes glued to the screen for AGES. Well good news, Grand Theft Auto 3 is another game that keeps your attention. I've completed all the missions, all the rampages you name it i've even gone back and done it all again twice, its that good. Then you just find yourself driving round killing anyone who pisses you off, scratch that killing anyone just because you can. The game consists of three islands, they can be considered levels, as you progress each island is unlocked, you are able to move freely between the islands eventually, completing missions on a combination of islands. Upon each island you'll complete missions on behalf of your boss, he gives you assignments to carry out. Mostly these will consist of either killing a snitch or killing rival gang members, but there is a huge ammount of variation and alot of sub missions as well. In fact there is a huge variety of missions. My favourite boss has to be El Burro, he is a sub mission boss on the first island (you never meet him you contact him through a payphone on his turf). Eventually if you complete all his missions your hard work is rewarded with a large stack of donkey porn outside your hideouts. I should explain, on each island you'll have a hideout, somewhere to chill out and save the game, you'll also get a garage because the citizens of GTA3 are just as likely to steal your car as you are theirs (so much so that they'll car jack you). When your car gets all beat up you can take it to your garage a
nd miraculously out come all the dents, you can store more then one car in each garage and so if you steal something particularly special its worth keeping, in case you need it. If your car gets too beat up you can take it to Eight Ball (he's the one you break out with). Eight ball has a magic ability to fix up your car so the cops just keep driving past disappearing your wanted level. Your wanted level is how much the police hate you, keep racking up those stars and watch as the cop cars disappear and the FBI start trying to pop a cap in yo ass. Be a naughty boy and tanks start rolling down the streets, who said being bad was gonna be easy? The cars in GTA3 are truly superb, they range from the mundane saloon thats slooooow, to the rather quick banshee and cheetah, you can even fly a plane though not very far (someone cut off its wings). One of the aspects i feel is missing from alot of games is that all the cars handle very similarly, not in GTA3 you can punt the tail out on the RWD cars and get the evil handling ambulance rolling horribly. They can't be faulted. The graphics are awesome, truly superb. The aspect you'll most love is the genuine feeling that the makers have thought of EVERYTHING. Its a really well rounded gaming world, and thats why its just simply so engaging, you could have fun just driving round whacking people, the missions are the icing on the cake. Go out buy it, and don't worry no matter what people say it won't warp your mind, assuming you were reasonably well adjusted to start with.
I remember the first night I played GTA3, I went round to my sisters place to see her and ended up playing Grand Theft Auto 3 on her Playstation 2 until 2am when she insisted I left so she could go to bed. Yes, Its that addictive. In previous version of the game you had a 2D overview of a city where you drove round the city scoring points for running down civilians and evading the police. Now there is much more depth to the game. You now play the game in 3D and can carjack any vehicle from a taxi to a police car and then run round the city like a crazed joy rider. Ok this is the same as GTA1 and GTA2 but think GrandTurisimo 3 with police helicopters, mob bosses, guns, pedestrians and a fully city map. All this is before you attempt any missions. You are introduced to various mob characters who give you jobs. As you complete more jobs for one mob boss, they introduce you to an other wise guy who gives you more missions. As you do more missions and gain there trust they give more important missions. Eventually you become a "made man" - a fully fledged wise guy gangster. Of course you dont have to do the missions, if your getting stuck on one try another bosses mission while you think about the tough one or go mugging to collect money. You can try ambulance runs, a job as a taxi driver or a fire fighter. This game has so many features that make you think "thats cool". There is no expense spared in the detail and everything is there for a purpose. Even some of the scenery can be used a ramps for insane jumps. These are replayed in slow motion and your jump length, number of flips etc are counted and you earn money for it. One of most polished features is the radio stations. Mafia cars tend to have Double Clef Radio - the opera channel. My personal favourite. Even the radio adverts are funny. Who can forget petsovernight.com where they post you pets. You can even get music CD's of the radio stations. <
br>The missions are well balanced in difficulty and I didnt find I had to repeat many more than twice. The secret it to plan. If you fail a mission once don't just blindly try the same thing again. Perhaps there is a reason why you failed. For example, I had to drive the mafia bosses to the Dons house in a stretched lino but was always ambushed by several Yakusa trucks. When I finally made it to the Dons house there was two trucks parked infront of the drive blocking access. I then got bashed into oblivion by the rest of the persuing trucks. Before restarting the mission, I decided to a do a dry run to make sure I knew the route and found that there was another entrance to The Dons mansion over the grass behind a block of houses. This made the mission much easier and I completed it immediately. This isn't to say the missions are easy, far from it. The missions are hard but not impossible and they are designed to be challenging and increase with your experience. I always feel a sense of achievement and never feel cheated. The missions are all different so you dont get the feeling "Oh, its one of those missions is it". You never know what to expect. Something that might sound easy generally is not. The life of a mob man is full of double crosses and changing sides. This also means that the story developes as time goes on as you make new friends and old enemies. I was given the job of driving for the Dons mistress and took her to a rave. While waiting outside there was a police raid and I had to drive her at high speed back from to the Dons. All the stereotypes are there. Old god father figures and Soprano's like stooges. Columbian drug lords and street dealers. Old fans of the series will be impressed. The sick humour is still there and all the old weapons and some new ones. The only bad thing I can say about the game is that the auto-aim when on foot isnt very good but this is a slight blemish on what
I consider the best game so far on any platform. I met the Marketing guys for GTA3 on holiday last year. Out of all the games they were working on they said this was the best and were prowd to put their name to it. The game is the game that people will finally think that its worth buying a PS2 for. I can recommend this enough. If you have a PS2 get this game now. If you dont, get a PS2 and then GTA3. Its that good. I really cant wait for the next installment - Vice City which will be full of Miami Vice pastel suits and everything cheesy about the 80's.
Grand Theft Auto 3 started a new style of freedom within the gaming world.
You play as a character named Tommy, who has to find work with the mafia, the triads and the mexicans to get to the top and get even with your ex girlfriend who did you over at a bank robbery you were working on.
There are 3 fictional cities in Grand Theft Auto 3, Portland is the 1st island you start on. as you progress through the game you unlock the other two cities which are bigger and have faster cars and more detail.
One of the best features about this game is the fact you don't have to go through the missions and complete the game, you can feel free to drive around the city and wreak havoc amongst the civilians, gang members and police until your hearts content!
The ability to steal any car in this big world is amazing
Driving, adventure and a heavy does of violence and gore come together, perfectly balanced for your hidden, menacing side in this game by Rockstar Productions. With its unique perspective, Grand Theft Auto III (GTA III) puts you right in the middle of harm’s way while you peddle drugs and kidnap your way to mo’ money. The blatantly offensive title has taken a huge step by offering a fully 3D street experience to become one of the best action games yet to arrive for the PC platform. Another first time highlight in this “three-quel” is a fast paced story line with twists and turns you would expect from a Pacino flick. Story Well there is nothing here like you have to save a world from aliens who have come into earth through a portal to hell, or saving a country in a war, or fighting terrorists who have a deadly virus or a nuke with them. You are just here to save your own ass and make a better life for yourself. You are with a friend named 8 Ball and you escape from a prison van and from there you start your criminal career. All this action takes place in the Liberty City. Liberty City is divided into three islands, which are unlocked by completing missions. You'll begin in Portland, the industrial sector. After doing work for several employers here, the Callahan Bridge, which was destroyed during your will be repaired so you can cross over to Staunton Island. After working for more new employers here, the Shoreside Lift Bridge will be fixed, giving you access to the final island, Shoreside Vale. As I said you have to work your way up the ladder and make a name for yourself. Gameplay Oh My God! Where do I start? There are so many things that you can do in this game. Okay let me give it a try. As the name of the game suggests, the game involves a lot of stealing of cars to finish the jobs or missions you are assigned to. The jobs range from getting a streetwalker to a mafia boss or getting a bomb attach
ed to a car or stealing a pay roll van or even killing off some rival mob members. You will be working for various groups like the Salvatore, Yakuza and the likes. You get money for finishing these jobs and this money can be used to buy new weapons. And of course you have the police after you while you are giving the world your dose of anarchy. This is not all! Then you have something called as Taxi missions where you have to take people to their destinations and you get cash for that. Then you have the ambulance missions where you have to transport the injured to the hospital. You then have the fire missions where you have to put out the fires and you also have the vigilante missions where you have to catch the bad guys for a change. Overall there are around 72 missions. Then in somewhere in the streets you can also perform stunts. For example, in one place you have to jump over a row of trailers and then somewhere you have to jump over the ocean, of course in a car. Also if you are “bad” enough during the game, the police will stop chasing you and the FBI will take over! And if you are really wicked, the National Guards will come into the picture with tanks and all. Consider suicide. There are a load of other things which if I start to write will take an eternity. So I guess I will stop here. Graphics Woohoo! That is what I have to say about the graphics of the game. The 3D environment in the game is real cool and it is the small details that make the difference in this game. You have papers and leaves flying and then you have the hoarding for the different shops. The graphics when it rains are very much detailed and you can see an individual rain drop too! The face models of the characters are excellent and very real. A mafia guy looks like a mafia guy and a drug pusher looks like a drug pusher, hope you catch my drift. The cars too are excellently modeled and you can differentiate each car by the looks itself. There are so many cars
in the game and by the time you have played even 20 missions you will be able to recognize a kuruma from a banshee and a rumpo from a moonbeam. Believe me! Also the in-engine movies which brief you about the mission are pretty good to look at. Sound Awesome to say the least. You have the very innovative radio FM in the game. When you get into a car, you have a choice of few radio channels to listen and they offer a range of music for your ears ranging from country to techno to hip-hop and the funny chatter-box where as the name says, there is a lot of talking going on. And if you don’t want to listen to these radio channels you can just copy your favorite songs to the MP3 folder and listen to them while your playing using the in-built MP3 player. Cool, Right? Then going on the actual speech by the characters in the game. The voice acting is perfect here. The voice of the characters is crisp and clear and they talk the way they should. The best example here is the Mafia group where the characters sound straight out of Al Pacino Mafia flick. You will love listening to these small dialogues wherein you are briefed about your mission. The following is one of my favorite. One of the mafia boss Luigi tells this. “There’s a new high on the street which goes by the name of Spank. Some guy down at the shore has been introducing this stuff to my girls. Go and introduce a bat to his face. Then pick his car, respray it and bring it to me. I want compensation for this insult”. Weapons Well you don’t have any fancy weaponry like a rail gun or a plasma gun or the holy and almighty *heads bow in reverence* BFG10K. Heh heh. The weapons here range from the usual pistol to the Uzi, shotgun, machine guns, sniper rifle, rocket launcher, flame thrower, Molotov cocktail and the grenades. Nothing very impressive but these are the perfect weapons for this game. But I guess they could have improved a bit on the wea
pons controls. Otherwise a pretty much decent effort but a poor effort if you compare it to the other aspects of this game. One more thing I would like to mention is that you can still fire your Uzi when you are riding in car a la bank robbery flicks. Other things Well you have a section called Stats in the menu of the game which you can access during the game. It gives your criminal rating which starts from bully and goes all the way upto Boss. It also gives you other information like total cars destroyed or people wasted or maximum insane jump height and length. My insane jump height is 32 feet and length is 212 feet. Others who have played this game, please share your insane jump statistics with me. Then you can also pick up streetwalkers on the road. You just go stop a car near them. They enter your car and for each second , a dollar is reduced from your balance. Take the car outside the road and stop the car and the car starts shaking! Your health also increases in the process. There are loads of other things which you can check out by buying this game. System Requirements. Well, the basic requirements given are a joke and I won’t even mention them. You require a powerful, correction, very powerful computer to run this game smoothly and you might still see a drop in frame rate after some time of playing. My system specs are P IV 1.5 GHz Geforce2 64 MB graphic card 256 MB RDRAM Creative Vibra Sound Card Windows XP. I guess you should have atleast 128 MB of RAM and a good card with 32 MB RAM with an 800 MHz processor to even think of playing this game. But I guess this is one of the games where you can and should go for the “break-the-piggy-bank-upgrades”. My Take. This is definitely one of the best games ever made for the PC and also one of the most addictive games made. I just cant wait for GTA III - Vice City for the PC to release. But please don’
t let the kids play this game as it has been rated as “M” and the original version of this game was banned in Australia. This game has everything an avid gamer would like, i.e., violence, guns, cars, slapstick humour and the likes. With GTA III, you don’t have to worry about wetting your pants after getting busted for a hit. So go ahead and get ready for the ride of your life.
LIBERTY CITY, USA. WELCOME TO AMERICAS WORST CITY. Youve been betrayed and left for dead. Now youre taking revenge, unless the city gets you first. Mob bosses need a favor, crooked cops need help and street gangs want you dead. Youll have to rob, steal and kill just to stay out of serious trouble. Anything can happen out here. With a cast of hundreds, 50 plus vehicles, ranging from sports cars to ice cream trucks and from boats to buses, 3 hours of music, including opera, reggae, house, drum and bass, pop and disco, a huge array of street ready weapons and some of the seediest characters in video game history, Grand Theft Auto 3 is a sprawling epic which will show you that sometimes, crime can payand sometimes it can pay you back.