developer: DMA Design
publisher: Rockstar Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1 - 4
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Grand Theft Auto 2 is the second installment of the cult video game series very popular due to rather naughty depiction of crime. In the games developed by DMA Design (later known as Rockstar Games) the player can steal cars, murder people, and drive over pedestrians. In general – the player can make evil things for which he is additionally awarded with money.
Grand Theft Auto 2 takes place in a fictional city divided into three large districts. In each district two local gangs and one giant corporation called Zaibatsu are fighting for influence. The game has a respect meter; by killing members of one gang, the player becomes favored by another one. This unlocks harder and more profitable missions. Of course, it works both ways – by killing members of a gang player loses respect of its members and can be attacked by them on sight.
Police is another worry. Policemen are frequently patrolling the streets. Stealing cars, crashing them, causing explosions and killing the pedestrians will result in the law enforcement engaging in a pursuit after the player. If the player makes even more damage while escaping, stronger forces can be send against him – including SWAT units, FBI agents and even the army. By using a large variety of weapons (from handguns to missile launchers) the player can ruin the surrounding area by destroying the vehicles and killing the pedestrians.
Around 120 vehicles are available in the game. They differ in maximum speed, acceleration and durability. Selecting a proper vehicle for the current task is the key to the success in the game. When situation becomes very dangerous, the player can use paint shop services to escape from the chase. One can also install machine guns, mines or explosives in the car.
Similarly as the first installment in the series, the action in Grand Theft Auto 2 is shown from a top-down perspective. The graphics were greatly improved. Music played from a radio whenever the player enters a vehicle is also a strong side of the game.
Game score 7.6 / 10 calculated out of 2897 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium II 233MHz, 64MB RAM