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Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)
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Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)
Date: 30/10/01, updated on 30/10/01 (640 review reads)
Advantages: Crazy gameplay, Amazing Crazy Taxi elements, Superb plot
Disadvantages: , Violent
Look, I haven’t played any of the previous Grand Theft Auto games, but I can definitely assume GTA3 is the greatest so far! And what a game it is! With only 5 PS2 games to my collection, there’s no denying that this one jumps out, batters and runs off ahead of all the others, and I’ve got GT3 too! There is no single aspect of this video game, and you have to remember it is ‘just a video game’, that makes GTA3 such an addictive title.
Firstly, no matter how splendid and shiny a game is, the enjoyment will come from how well the game plays. It’s pretty hard to look past the violence and foul language in Grand Theft Auto, but if you can you’ll find one of the most addictive with the most fluid gameplay in a game that you can. I will be pretty annoyed if the gaming press slam the game for it’s violent level – if games like Quake and Half Life or even MSR are allowed then there’s nothing wrong with this. You wouldn’t go round street racing in real life - you would go round battering old people and stealing their cars either, that’s WHY we have computer games.
So, you’re an ex convict, back on the streets, and you need some money. No problem! Become a car thief, in fact, work for people that want you to carry out little tasks, and get a hell of a lot of cash for it. As well as the near 100 main missions, they’re also many sub missions and task for you to partake in and utilise your newfound gangster prowess upon. There’s a street race earlier on and many other typical mafia type missions to add to the main game!! Work for Joey, Luigi, or maybe even Tony, either way, this game has a certain charm like no other I’ve played on before.
One especially endearing feature is the atmosphere from this game. The voice acting is actually brilliant & in case you have hearing difficulties there are also subtitles. Depending on which car you’ve stolen you wil
l be able to listen to one of Liberty City’s excellent radio stations – if you thought Metropolis Street Racer had some decent ones, you’ll be overjoyed with GTA3’s! Some are so funny, they just add to the impressive gameplay and overall fun factor - listen carefully, they are superb!!
Right – graphics! Gran Turismo 3 set the standard for visual amazement in a console game, and although Grand Theft Auto 3’s graphics may not be as slick, they’re definitely near to Shenmue standard, but have some absolutely incredibly realistic lighting effects – the little fellas inside the PS2 must be working their socks off – at times you will believe you are in a real life city – living a gangster movie or something! Real time weather effects, that do actually change – fog, rain, sun, cloud, no snow as of yet, but it might change :-) Car explosions all look suitably horrific, with some nice smoke and fire effects & people will lose blood if you choose to practice your Uzi shooting on them. This is definitely a game that deserves it’s 18 rating.
Ah the police! No not Sting, but the most annoying factor in GTA3, but one that makes it all happen – avoiding the ‘fuzz’ will be something you have to contend with in most challenge/missions, and it is best not to try opening the police car’s door, they will bust you! You can die, but you’ll always have another life, but not be too wasteful, stats don’t lie and it could make effects the end of the game!
Overall, with decent sound, unbelievable visuals in places, the most addictive gameplay (where has my weekend gone!), with the charisma of Robert De Niro, and hard man presence of good old Vinnie, Grand Theft Auto 3 will not be leaving your PlayStation 2 for a long while. It’s better than superb, I’d give it 10/10. Flawless.
Oh and the cinematic views? Awesome stuff :)
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