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      25.04.2013 17:56
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      Turning point in gaming history

      -When I bought this game-

      I still remember the first time I ever played this game, it was at a friend's house after school, I played the first mission and immediately stopped at the traffic lights thinking you had to do that, however my friend said something like "Why are you stopping at the lights" so I drove on and have been addicted to the world of Grand Theft Auto ever since.

      I actually bought the game myself about 6 months later as I had just received a PlayStation 2 for Christmas, as I was too young to legally buy it at the time I got my parents to buy it for me.

      -My Experience-

      When I first started playing it I didn't have a memory card and as the console was shared between me and my younger brother I only had so much time to play it so I usually played for about an hour before I had to switch off (eventually my brother got interested in the game so I was able to carry on longer).

      The driving mechanics in this game were one of the best driving experiences available to me at the time (around 2002), I enjoyed being able to get into a car (usually stolen) and drive around causing chaos (the phrase "keep death off the roads drive on the pavement" springs to mind here), I also enjoyed the driving related missions such as the Taxi, Ambulance, Vigilante, Fire truck etc.

      Even though there are no planes or helicopters in this game I still manage to get into the air somehow even if it is using the cheats to acquire a tank and turn on flying cars, or using the dodo to stay in the air for about 3 seconds.

      The combat is also one of the best experiences I've had and still enjoy getting into fights and going on rampages, and then eventually being killed/arrested and magically re-spawning at the nearest Hospital/Police station (most of the time to immediately acquire more weapons and start another rampage).

      I also enjoyed the story very much and could easily play it over and over again, even though the main character never speaks I find it funny how he still manages to get through each job without having to ever tell people who he is, although he usually is just referred to as "kid" or even "Fido" on one occasion.

      I also enjoy the lines coming from pedestrians throughout the game, to this day I can still remember lines such as "I see pain in your future" and "My mother's my sister".

      The game also has one of the best soundtracks in any of the Grand Theft Auto games (GTA Vice City contains my favourite soundtrack), my favourites are Head Radio, Rise FM and Lips 106.

      The game also contains humorous parodies of real life adverts such as the Miabatsu Monstrosity and Liberty City survivor, there is also a chat station called Chatterbox FM which even contains a guest speaking about the main character at one point during the game.

      -My Rating-

      The game has also aged fairly well and can still be picked up again after years of not playing it (once you get used to the driving and combat mechanics again), overall this one of the best games I have ever played and would highly recommend it to anyone who might have played the newer games and have never had the chance to play this game, I would also advise looking at gameplay videos on YouTube to see how the game is played and for anyone unsure whether they would enjoy it, my personal rating for this game would be a 5/5.

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        06.09.2012 11:02
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        Brilliant game

        When games go from 2D to 3D success is not guaranteed, granted some games turn out to be a stormer when they become 3D such as Mario a 2D platforming legend is now a 3D platforming legend. Meanwhile not all games share the success Bomberman?s movement in to the 3D world was a disappointing, the multiplaying classic is now throw on to a heap with the other rejected titles. So what about GTA? A classic 2D violent game that has appeared on the Gameboy Colour, PC and Playstation.

        Any fear lay to rest here, if you never liked GTA ignore all prejudices GTA3 is nothing like GTA one, two and London, its similarities lies with similar characters and similar ideas but the whole 3D thing has revolutionized the title ten fold in what is without a doubt the best Playstation 2 game ever. 3 Islands many gangs, many missions and many hidden packages in this HUGE game. It is quite literally a 3D world, steal cars from all over liberty city and run over pedestrians in them, enjoy massive car chasses from the Police, FBI, Helicopters, and even the Army. There is so much to do and you will not believe such a game can be so stunning. It is all about Gameplay, not only is this game highly addictive, immensely fun and incredibly engrossing it is also hilarious. Listen to Chatterbox FM for an hour and listen to Lazlo and you will be in stitches, pop into the underground and look at the posters including films starring Arnold Stallone. Little bits like this are found all over the place there is so much to do and discover.

        The main aim of the game is making money by working for someone you gain money, your missions can involve delivering prostitutes from A to B (and yes you can pick one up yourself) and killing gangs of people with exploding ice cream trucks. There are many sub missions as well, including a Taxi mission, Ambulance missions and vigilante missions in a Police Car. But you don?t have to be doing missions to enjoy this brilliant game blowing up a few cars and r
        unning over a few people will get the police to go after you and watch the chase commence. Police Cars will go flying over walls and other vehicles in an attempt to stop you and as you hear explosions ring around you; you can not help but wonder if you will get out of this?

        This is not like GTA2, GTA2 was a simple upgrade (or downgrade as some say) of the original GTA. GTA3 is a game some developers should look at and realize that they may need to revolutionize their game (much like the new look Zelda) to keep it feeling fresh. If you miss the old top down view never fear and option to switch to an arial view is possible but by doing this you are taking away what makes GTA3 so special, its complete originality despite it being GTA but in 3D. What probably helps make the game special is the free to roam idea, you will constantly stumble across new areas never seen before and when you open up the next part of the city your desire to explore is immense. SR are not wrong this game is the best game you would have played for a long time.

        Music wise the game is very nice with enough Radio stations to suit anyone?s tastes and the sound effects of screaming people and explosions are spot on. Even the hum of the engine be it from a Plane, Boat, Tank, Car of Truck is spot on. Graphically is where the game slips up slightly, Fogging can be seen and there is the occasional pop up but despite this the graphics are nice and detailed enough to make these faults relatively unnoticeable. And since when has graphics ever made a game? Gameplay is the most important part of any game! So What else can I say to recommend such brilliance? Well I am a Nintendo fan and a big Nintendo fan at that and look at the praise I am delivering to GTA3 a well-deserved Ten out of Ten and this game is reason alone to get a PS2! The game is also on the PC so f you don't plan to get the dated console the PC one is always an option

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        11.08.2012 00:58
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        A landmark game of its time

        I was impressed by the gameplay, graphics and size of the map in this GTA game given this was the first ground level, 3D game in the GTA series. It was released in 2001 and i personally thought it was going to be really small, basic and pretty much rubbish games. It actually got off to a great start with a very wide variety of vehicles, reasonable audio a good story line and some fantastic radio stations.

        I'll start with the audio then, and the first issue i have is that the main character (Claude) has no voice throughout the entire game. He does not even utter a mumble or groan despite being shot at which frankly annoys me and makes me think it was laziness rather than mysteriousness. The soundtrack to GTA III is the best in the GTA series to date including GTA IV. Rise FM is a hard dance and trance station, MSX was a sort of underground drum n bass station with a bit of jump up DnB and Head radio offered a wide variety of adult contemporary and pop. There were many other stations including Lazlow's chatterbox.

        The graphics and in game features/places were great for the time, and offered a wide variety of new interactions for players. For example you can buy guns at ammu-nation and collect hidden packages, crush cars and unlock new islands. The game has a ton of great in game cars to drive from coaches to taxi's in many forms. There is a lack of variety where people are concerned, simply because you could walk down the street for 30 seconds and come across the exact same look a like character about 5 times. All taxi drivers are the same for example.

        The storyline is based on a jail break out by Claude and his friend 8 ball and it follows claude closely through his struggle to make money, and keep a low profile making some powerful enemies along the way. The storyline is outdated unlike GTA Vice City and does not bear any relation to current events at that time but does however have a very old fashioned feel to it. Some of the things they say sound very 2001 if you know what i mean.

        Overall is a classic, it's a nostalgia game that brings back memories of a huge map to explore and listening to some great music in what is for me the best GTA Soundtrack ever made.

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          12.06.2012 17:19
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          One of the best games on the PS2 hours of entertainment, Recommend to any gamer!

          Grand Theft Auto III. What a game. Easily the best on the PlayStation 2, and probably any other system for that matter.
          You start off as a rookie criminal, busted by the cops after your girlfriend double-crossed you in a bank raid, quietly building up your contacts and level of respect in Liberty City, first with the Italian mafia, then with the Japanese yakuza and other criminal organizations. As your reputation improves you get offered more jobs via payphone, pager and face-to-face meetings. Sometimes your current boss meets you in the company of a mysterious stranger, who turns out to be some big-shot from downtown ready to offer you more work. Reliability is your key asset as far as they are concerned, and it helps improve your status and get you more work.
          Fans of the previous games probably wonder how anybody could achieve "reliability" in a game like Grand Theft Auto. In the previous games you could often mess up one mission, make a mistake, get shot, or something like that and then , that mission is no longer available to you. In some extreme cases this could render your progress up to that point null and void since there was no mid-game saving and if you needed to accrue loads more points you needed to get the missions which paid the best rates.
          This made reliability something of a fluke. Not so in Grand Theft Auto III. Although I'm not 100% sure I like it, you no longer have to get each mission right first time. You get an infinite number of chances to complete it, and you often have five or so missions available at various employers and payphones, so if you get stuck on any particular one you can leave it for later, Which makes the game alot easier to get through but at the same time takes away some of the urgency of the missions but I enjoyed it still the same and my frustration levels were at an all time low.
          Vehicles are the mainstay of the game, naturally. There are around a hundred in total and they range from the huge rig wreckers to the easy drive stationwagons.
          Everything is accounted for, and you can pinch just about anything on wheels (and perhaps more). You can also trash everything, as the cars have innumerable damage skins and crumple a lot more realistically than before. Nick a taxi as you swerve onto a main road and you'll know it. Hit something straight on and the bonnet flies up. Or maybe the doors give a little, failing to close. Ultimately, you can do far too many things for me to mention them all here.
          Watch out for it though, little tongues of flame mean the car is done for. In Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto II, it wasn't quite terminal until the car was a ball of flame but in GTA3 you get the hell out as soon as things start to turn red. You also need to get the hell out if you roll over.
          DMA have introduced Hollywood's attitude to physics in general - a car on its roof is a car which is about to blow up, and this can rock you off your feet if you're not too careful, losing you valuable health points.
          There are alot of problems with Grand Theft Auto III such as tree's you can drive straight through or the mnost noticable the distance clipping especially when driving very fast it's a little disheartening but doesn't detract from the game itself as it is easily one of the best games for the PS2
          5 out of 5 stars easily for one of the best games on the PS2.

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          26.03.2012 23:23
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          A decent action/shooter game that marks the peak in the GTA series

          Grand Theft Auto 3, or III as it is actually shown on the cover of the game, is a game made for Playstation 2 in 2001. It is an open world adventure game which basically means that you as the player have the control to navigate a map and enter into 'missions' or activities whenever you choose.

          With somewhat dodgy graphics at time, an inability to swim, jump fluidly or step foot in water without drowning, whats not to love! Of course I am being overly cynical as funnily enough, GTA 3 (as it is quite sensibly abbreviated to) was and remains one of my favourite Playstation games, one that I still consistently play and will continue to so long as my ancient Playstation 2 console holds out.

          The basic premiss of the game is that you are hardman Claude, living in Liberty City, a fictional city loosely (and I mean very loosely) based on New York City. Claude escapes with 8-Ball (a fellow criminal) from prison once he is left for dead following on from a bank heist and subsequent time in prison, when the Callahan Bridge is blown up. This is how the story begins, with you led by actions in the top right of the screen that tell you to press triangle to open the car door for example, and briefly explain breaking and accelerating as you drive a getaway type car to a 'safehouse' location. Claude's name is never disclosed in the game and it is not until following games that you really find it out until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, another game of the GTA franchise.

          The gameplay is has components from driving games, as well as third person shooter games, especially in the main character's ruthless interaction with the public (who you may freely shoot or beat, a somewhat disturbing concept outside of the context of the game) and with enemies and mob bosses. Crimes, such as car theft, murder and theft will result in increasing levels of resistance from the authorities. If the player's "wanted" level reaches certain levels, the police, FBI, and army will respond accordingly. When I was younger, and sometimes even now, I was prone to purposefully increasing my wanted level to test how long I could survive a pursuit by the police with a huge number of squad cars, helicopters and even tanks following me.

          It is possible to 'die' or collapse your from injuries as many times as possible although this does come at a price. The game itself doesn't end and there is no ominous 'game over' warning across your screen, but instead you respawn at a local hospital, with all of your weaponry (of which you can store and access by pressing the L2 and R2 buttons to scroll through a menu) taken and a large sum of your money gone.

          To navigate the town you can walk, sprint, ride the monorail or steal a car that is either parked or perhaps stopped at traffic light, providing you are swift enough to speed away and avoid any police suspicion. As well as this, you are able to use weapons and perform basic hand to hand combat. As mentioned previously however, you cannot swim, and in my exploration of the city, I have found that if you step into a pool that may be present in some of the more expensive housing in one part of the city, the main character will simply stand about knee deep in the water, whilst the generic sound of water movement is heard.

          You can obtain cash which helps with buying weaponry and houses (but this comes much later as huge sums of money are needed to do this) through completing a number of missions wherein you follow the instructions that appear on the bottom of the screen, or by listening carefully to a cut-scene. Missions fall into two categories, that is storyline based missions, and side missions. The latter are typically much shorter and have no real involvement in the progression of the plot, whereas the former can sometimes limit what you can do next if you fail to succeed, and it becomes necessary to re-do certain missions a number of times if you are not good enough to complete them. Additionally, you are also able to gain money through committing petty crime such as robbing a civilian

          Weapons involved in the game include: the M1911, the Micro Uzi, an AK-47 and an M16A1, rocket launcher, flamethrower, shotgun and thrown weapons (Molotov cocktails and hand grenades). There is an auto aim feature that you can utilise by pressing a button, so that the character will automically follow a target across the screen. However, you must be careful with this as sometimes it can arouse police suspicion as some civilians in particular, are prone to running and screaming (understandably!) when they notice you are waving a gun in their direction!

          Perhaps one of the most humourous aspects of GTA 3 as well as the other GTA games in the franchise, is the inclusion of radio stations which you can listen to in cars or on motorbikes. This was always a favourite aspect of mine, and sometimes I'd become easily distracted, particularly by the somewhat ridiculous chatshows you could listen to. The radio stations include, with a brief description:
          Double Clef FM - classical genre, in the game, Double Clef FM is the favorite radio station of the Leone Mafia Family, and the DJ Morgan Merryweather is your typical pompous music snob.
          Flashback 95.6 - plays 1980s pop music, and is hosted by "Toni", a fictional DJ who also features in the previous GTA fames.
          Game Radio FM - hip hop genre, hosted by DJ Stretch Armstrong and Lord Sear (who are apparently real life DJs playing themselves)
          Head Radio - A contemporary and soft rock radio station hosted by DJ "Michael Hunt".
          K-Jah - dub genre (a branch of reggae) that features slower tempo songs, hosted by DJ Horace "the Pacifist" Walsh.
          Lips 106 - a typically pop genre station hosted by "Andee", another station to feature in previous games
          MSX FM - a drum and base channel hosted by MC Codebreaker and DJ Timecode (a real life UK DJ
          Rise FM - This is a trance radio station hosted by Andre The Accelerator that features electronic dance music.
          Chatterbox FM - Perhaps my favourite channel, hosted by a rude, back talking talk station host Lazlow, who belittles the callers in of his channel and interviews local 'stars' with subtle jabs made at their lack of success, which sometimes gets him into trouble. Lazlow is somewhat bitter at his fate as a talk station host and claims he is simply doing it because he "got kicked off the rock station". This is revisted in the following game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, (set 15 years previously) where he is the host of the radio station "V-Rock".

          The game was an unexpected hit, and is a very marmite-like, in that there are people who love and swear by this game, and others who consider it much to violent or simply too poor spec. Regardless, it is undoubtedly entertaining, and there is always plenty to do, which is valuable as many games that are simply pushed out onto the market these days lack any originality and are simple to complete within a short time span, thus making them much less worth the money in my opinion. It is a game that for its time, excelled my expectations, and perhaps looking back is not as graphically excellent as I once thought, but it is easy to overlook this in terms of the variety of entertainment it offers.

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            19.03.2012 17:05

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            Great game

            Many, many years ago, I was given a game for the Playstation 1, GTA 1, and at the time, I thought at last, a new generation of gaming interface had arrived. However,, that was until the much anticipated arrival of this, Grand Theft Auto 3, a truly remarkable improvement in the gaming world, well at the time it was.

            I don't know where to begin when describing this game, but I suppose for those of you, whom played the first editions of this gaming series for PS1, then the most major advancement would be the more 3rd dimensional, first person game play. The character being able to move around the city, using a variety of weapons, cars and interactions was truly amazing for the gaming age at the time, and when compared to its predecessors.

            When it comes down to the plot of the game and what the user has to actually do to complete it, my opinion is this: extremely fun, yet also extremely unrealistic, however saying that, this is a computer game. Basically, the character has sprung from prison, and must climb the criminal ladder by completing numerous missions for different gangs around a fictional US city, although I presume it to be loosely based on New York, however I am not certain on that point. The amount of violence displayed in this game, much to do with the freedom of the character in the game, certainly warrants its 18 certificate, and although it is a know fact that the following statement will not matter regarding this game, I would definitely not recommend for those aged under 18.

            I would describe the graphics as good, but this is also based on the computer games which are on the market now, and the improvements made in recent years, but once again, for the time, top noch. I consider it a right of passage to play this game, and I am sure that most people who have the slightest interest in gaming, then you will have expereinced this game at least once, I myself having owned the game on multiple different occassions, what can I say, its really addictive.

            To sum up, an amazing game, fun and a great way to kill a good few hours. Also great for repeated gameplay, Once played, the user will not be able to keep away from it. Thanks for reading.

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            10.09.2011 19:27
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            Own it or play it at least

            I remember the first time i played gta3 was at a mates house when he had the ps2 before i had it and was amazed at the transition from the ps1 versions compared to this great gaming achievement. The most obvious change of all was the 3rd person view of a city full of options and crime and fun. Want to steal a banshee and run over as many pedestrians as possible why not, get a hooker and then beat her up for your money afterwards.. why not.

            The story itsself was good, the cutscenes as you make your way through the criminal ranks and meet new bosses to work for from killing someone to dropping them off or stealing cars was epic when your that age although i never understood why your character was a mute but then i never cared anyway. The city itself was awesome with that new york feel to it that you get with a lot of the gta franchise whether your driving through main city or finding some gangbangers to do a drive by on to even finding the dodo plane i spent hours doing it all.

            It seamed to be one of them games where you would either play sensible or just mess about untill the cops come and killed or arressted you or just that you could not punch the health cheat in quick enough it never seamed to bore.

            Even tho the franchise has moved leaps and bounds in terms of having satnavs in the cars and mobile phones this is by far one of the best early ps2 games there ever was fittingly like how gta4 was a marvel for the 360.

            Rockstar the produces of the series along with a new direction of gaming in LA NOIRE are a great gaming company and have the blueprint for a crime run and gun yet sensible and engrossing story down pat.

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            What some would call the beginning of the GTA series

            Plot: Grand Theft Auto 3 is a mission based third person shooter with your goal being to rise from a nobody to a somebody. This is achieved by completing missions for various gangs be it the Italian Mafia to the Yakuzas.

            Although there is a vague plot in there, it's much about taking each mission as it comes. They are linked but not by much compared to today's standards.

            Not only are there the main missions to complete, but there are side missions and extra money making/time wasting elements to the game too. The side missions tend to be received by certain telephone boxes dotted around Liberty City and the money making can be made from vehicles such as taxis.

            You can stick as much as you want to the missions or you can create almost your own story by simply going on a rampage and seeing how far you can get before the ambulance comes to collect your body or the police come to arrest you.

            Graphics: Very dated now. I can see they were probably quite revolutionary for their time but nowadays the draw distance and detail of everything is quite poor and hasn't aged like some of the other games from its era.

            Controls: Quite simple to pick up. You have your back bumpers for weapon selection and your shape buttons for actions such a jumping and shooting. Within minutes, I had learnt everything I needed to know.

            Lifespan: Grand Theft Auto 3 took me just under 15 hours to complete which includes just the main missions but with a lot of deaths. With the side missions and general wandering around that you may like to do, could add an extra 5-10 hours.

            Once you've done the missions, I doubt there would be a reason to want to play them again. It's just not that kind of game. But I could see some people keep going back for the rampaging you can do.

            Overall: Although starting to show its age, GTA 3 is clearly a classic. While games after it have improved on what it had to offer, it's a game that many would say started the whole GTA phenomenon that's still going to this day.

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            A lot of fun.

            I approached this game cautiously because I never liked Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2 plainly because of the overhead perspective and the control method but this game plays different.

            The game starts with the main character performing a bank job with his girlfriend who subsequently turns on him and leaves him for dead and after escaping from the police you then take control of your character.

            The game has changed from the basic 2D overhead model into a full 3D environment full of vehicles, bustling pedestrians and a full city. You find yourself in the first district of Liberty City known as Portland and after heading to your safehouse you are then free to start taking missions.

            The missions are quite linear usually involving heading to an area wiping out a bunch of enemies.

            Any vehicle on the street is yours for the taking and they all handle different. Sports cars and fast and weak and vans are slow and durable. You can also fire machine guns from the windows drive-by style. The annoying thing is that often when your car is destroyed and you are running away from the police you often fine yourself finding an awful escape vehicle.

            The police can be quite tenacious and their strength is based on a 6 star wanted system. A 1 star wanted level means they aren't looking very hard and if you manage to stay out of their eyesight they'll eventually stop looking, but if you keep running people over and generally been mean then the wanted level will increase to a maximum of 6 stars which is when the FBI and the army will join the chase.

            You can stop the police from chasing you by heading to a pay and spray garage which will also fix your vehicle.

            If the police do manage to catch you they will either arrest you or kill you which causes any mission you are on to be failed and your character to be reset to either the closest police station or hospital.

            The game is a very linear affair involving picking up missions, completely them which will slowly unlock the other 2 districts which are Staunton Island earn Shoreside Vale respectively.

            You can pick up nightcrawlers and have some fun with them which will boost your health slightly

            Their are several other things in this game that will take you off the beaten path.

            Unique Stunt Jumps
            These involve you driving really fast up a ramp and completing a huge jump.

            Rampages
            Skull pick-ups which will give you a gun a set amount of people to wipe out in a set amount of time.

            Hidden Packages
            Small packages hidden all over Liberty City.

            Import/Export Garages
            Their are 2 garages in Liberty City each one asking for certain vehicles, some can be really hard to find.

            Car Crusher
            Their is a car crusher in Portland asking for police cars, ambulances and other emergency vehicles to be crushed.

            As well as the above missions you can also partake in vehicle missions in certain vehicles.

            Vigilante
            This is without a doubt the most fun thing in Grand Theft Auto 3 but unfortunately lost some of it's charm a bit in later games. After stealing a police car you can click R3 and head off crime fighting, you are given a timer and an area where the villain is and your aim is to wipe him out, simple yet fun.

            Paramedic
            Take an ambulance and you are given a destination which involves picking up injured people and driving them back to the hospital.

            Fire Fighter
            Flaming vehicles will start popping up on the map and you must use the fire engines water cannon to douse the flames within the time limit.

            Taxi Driver
            Steal a taxi and you must pick up people and drive them to their destination.

            I do have 1 major gripe with this game though and that is the aiming method when shooting, over the course of the Grand Theft Auto games it has evolved from awful into bearable and unfortunately in Grand Theft Auto 3 it is awful.

            I have had this game since I first bought my PS2 and minor gripes aside it is brilliant.

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            Would definatly recommend

            Set in the fictional Liberty city (a basic mock up of new york city), this is the first game in the Grand Theft Auto series to be in 3D. As with the other games in the series the objective is to complete a series of missions which build into a storyline.

            Aside from the main missions there are almost endless others things you can do, hijack a taxi and make money taking fares around the city, Putting out fires with a fire engine. As the name suggests the game is based aroudn the use of a car (often stolen) Even after all the missions have been completed just simply exploring the city is part of, if not the main part of the fun. A point to note however is that initially only 1/3 of the city is unlocked and further parts are subsequentially unlocked as you complete the missions. Unlike the future version you can enter very few buildings, and there is only a single small plane to fly. However what GTA3 lacks in air transport it makes up for in rail transport, both an underground subway connecting the threee islands and a monorail on Portland island(First Island).

            Even the radio itself is very amusing (especially laslow as im sure many fans will agree) so overall there is almost limitless ways to enjoy this game, well worth a buy.

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            26.01.2010 18:27
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            fun game for casual and experienced gamers alike.

            GTA III was the first of the GTA games to go 1st person 3d. This was met with mixed reviews as the die hard GTA fans so far had loved the game for its simple top down view that made the character easy to control. This move to 3d however proved to be very successful as it opened up the game to a mass market of casual gamers who wanted the fancy new graphics that went with their fancy new games consoles.

            GTA III continues the highly immoral gaming style of its predecessors with players being encouraged to commit as many crimes as possible in order to complete certain missions and boost their in game rankings.

            One of the major aspects that makes this game stand out amongst the rest is its sandbox ability. Whilst the player has many scenarios and missions they may play it is also possible to just go wild on a city in a way that would mean life behind bars if done in the real world. This mix of total freedom mixed with set up gameplay means that the game has endless hours of replayability and attention grabbing possibilities that are often in short supply in most games.

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              04.12.2009 15:24
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              A fantastic game.

              GTA III pioneered the way for how all future titles would manifest, Rockstar North (or DMA design as I believe they were still known back then) had made the first 3D GTA and from here on in the series would rocket in popularity.

              It was released in october 2001, and takes place in the New York based Liberty City. Ostensibly the GTA formula has been tweaked rather than changed, gameplay will still see you accepting missions, stealing cars and joyfully murdering people left right and center with gay abandon. Police AI has been tweaked and slightly improved, although for the large part it's still a case of trying to batter your car into inoperation.

              Liberty City is big and looks spectacular fully realised in 3 dimensions, there are six levels of police attention that can be attracted, including the FBI and the army, complete with hijackable tanks.

              Unfortunately for whatever reason Rockstar had not incorporated planes into the game, there was a rubbish little glider called a dodo but that didn't get very far at all.

              There are loads of ground based vehicles though, ranging from juggernauts to small little 2 seaters, each car handles slightly differently with differing speeds, grip and manouverability.

              A nice selection of weapons is also available, grenade, rocket launcher, machine gun right down to the humble and ubiquitous pistol. A healthy complement of melee weapons can also be added to your arsenal from sharp pointy machetes to large flat bludgeoning instruments.

              At the time GTA III was unrivalled as the best open ended sandbox crim sim out there, in fact, the only games to beat it have been subsequent releases from the same franchise, all keeping the basic formula that is present in GTA III, and has made the games the huge success they are today.

              I reccomend GTA III to anyone (except small children), anyone over the age of about 14 should be alright with this one although the game itself carries an 18 rating. It layed down the gauntlet and raised the bar, sowing just what could be achieved in video game design.

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              10.11.2009 12:33

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              One of the best GTA games to be made

              The day the game came out I had to buy a copy of it. I was playing the game and loving each second playing the game. GTA 3 came with a brand new different storyline shame though the game did not contain much new features as expected.

              No riding helicopters in the game and neither was their new fast cars included in the game either. I had hoped they had put this in but they had not.

              There was 3 main places in the game where you had to after finishing missions in each place. The missions were standard ones and most of them did not take long to finish. The map of the game was a little confusing though with some places shown on the map being very hard to find in the game.

              I liked the missions in the game which were simple. Sound in the game was a little bit freakish with some of the radio stations being horrible to listen to. The police would give you a good chase in this game as they would chase you all the way. Shame you could not swim in the game which would have made it better to play.

              To rate it overall the missions in the game did not last long enough. GTA 3 was too short to play and just took me less than 3 weeks to finish. I did not enjoy GTA 3 much because of the less missions in the game.

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              05.09.2009 16:37

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              Simply superb

              It simply fascinates me how far the Grand Theft Auto series has come - from the crudely made, but incredibly fun original on the PlayStation, where you gained points for committing numerous acts of murder and mayhem - to the 3D wonder that began with Grand Theft Auto 3, and has seen through numerous sequels, most recently including the fourth game.

              With the advantage of newer technology, the dodgy "blimp cam" from the first set of games has been replaced with a fully realised 3D world, emphasising just how robustly designed and huge this living, breathing world is. Liberty City is surely one of the best engineered and densely packed worlds ever created in a video game, and you play a nameless thug recently double crossed by an associate. You want to get revenge, so you get to know some of the local mobsters and drug dealers, and earn their trust by performing various crazy missions for them, from simple assassinations to insane set pieces such as having to drive a truck rigged with C4 into a fish factory and letting it send mackerel sky high!

              The missions are only a small slice of the cake, though, and I know many people who haven't even touched the missions despite owning the games for years - the free-roaming element is extremely impressive, and the fact that there's not too much pop-in is astounding. There are also numerous extra things to do, such as pick up hookers, become a cab driver, and even steal a fire truck and perform fire missions! Of course, what everyone really loves doing, though, is nicking a police car and starting a high speed chase, and I must admit to wasting many hours away from the story mode doing this.

              With an astounding level of extras, from the hilarious radio stations, to the immense missions, this is a game of mind blowing scope, and one that began a pop culture phenomenon that still reigns today. Simply one of the best games ever made.

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              10.08.2009 11:32
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              Great game.

              Grand Theft Auto III is an action game developed by Rockstar Games for the Playstation 2.

              This game follows the story of a silent and nameless protagonist from his escape from prison trying to make it in Liberty City. To make it you get in with all the crime lords and wrongdoers in Liberty City as you try to get by. The main character isn't the most interesting (for obvious reasons) but the supporting characters you will do missions for are usually insane and over the top and will make you laugh or shock you!

              Grand Theft Auto III brings Liberty City to life, pedestrians walk around going on their business, traffic fills the streets, gangs war over territory, planes fly overhead, criminals try and run from the police, police patrol the city ever vigilant. The living breathing city environment feel is perfect and its all yours to play around in!

              The missions in Grand Theft Auto 3 will usually involve either driving around or gunning enemies down or a mixture of the two. The driving physics are perfect and it is easy to pull off skilful manoeuvres, the shooting uses a lock on system but some weapons are free aim like the sniper rifle and rocket launcher. This lock on targeting can get confused sometimes but in general it does a good job of finding the target you want.

              This game was released shortly after the release of the system and at the time it had some of the best graphics you have ever seen, it was the first ever GTA game to be in 3D. Now they are merely passable at best and even the Playstation 2 has far more impressive titles visually. The radio is still great with some good tunes and hilarious talk shows.

              Grand Theft Auto III is one of the best games for the Playstation 2 and if you missed it why not pick it up now and see what all the fuss was about way back in 2001!

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            Crime does pay. The hugely successful, highly controversial Grand Theft Auto franchises moves into 3 dimensions in the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City. With the freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, Grand Theft Auto 3 puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips, if you have enough guts to take it.