Grand Theft Auto Double Pack
Like it or not, the Grand Theft Auto series has rocked the world of videogames. Some might just credit its success to its mature theme and excess violence, but the fact of the matter is that behind all that bloody fluff are some incredible videogames. Years down the road, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City will be remembered as the defining games of this generation, not only because of the controversy it created, but also because of the numerous innovations it brought to the table. Now Xbox owners can see what all the fuss is about with Grand Theft Auto Double Pack, a two in one title with both Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Gamers across the country, hardcore or casual, have undoubtedly heard of GTA. Because of that, I won't drone on about the basic premises of the two games, but will just point out the major changes. But on the off-chance that you've never heard of the GTA, then I'll direct you to our two reviews that'll get you caught up on the whole car-jacking phenomenon: [Grand Theft Auto 3]) and Vice City.
Right off the bat, know that Grand Theft Auto Double Pack contains the complete versions of both Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Nothing more, nothing less. Anyone expecting new content from the two will likely be disappointed. That said, GTA3 and Vice City are both as fun as ever -- those who have never experienced the two are in for a treat.
The look and style of both games remain the same, but the visuals look much cleaner. Framerates are much steadier this time around and textures look a lot sharper. Character models look much smoother as well, and the irritating lip-synching inconsistencies noticeable on the PS2 and PC versions have been fixed here. But perhaps the most notable change is the shortened load times (both in-game loading and from boot up), which helps create a seamless experience between each section of town. But despite these additions, GTA3 and GTA: VC are both starting to look dated next to the current crop of action games. That's not to say it looks bad, but what was impressive two years ago isn't as impressive today.
The audio, however, has held up well. The impeccable voice-acting and fantastic music has remained intact for both versions, with the addition of customizable soundtracks if the music isn't your thing.
If you've had your fill of GTA3 and Vice City, then there's not much here for you -- the enhanced visuals just aren't worth fifty bucks unless you're an absolute GTA-nut. However, if you've yet to cause mayhem on the streets of Liberty City or cruise around Vice City while listening to Love Fist on VROCK, then Grand Theft Auto Double Pack is a great place to start.