Grand Theft Auto
Whether you want to call it creative license, a marketing ploy or bad taste, Grand Theft Auto's theme is sure to raise some eyebrows (and become the target of an annoying senator or two seeking attention).
Think of everything vile (cussing, senseless violence, blood, mayhem, cop killing, running over people) that can be blatantly thrown into a video game, and you'll get an idea of what to expect in Grand Theft Auto. You assume the identity of a newly hired henchman who works for a mobster with a bad attitude (don't they all?). Just like any hired gun, you're given your marching orders via public payphone. At first, they consist of menial tasks such as stealing cars. When your boss gains confidence in you (and you earn his trust), you'll be assigned more complex and important missions which consist of assassinations, carbomb runs and mass killings. Sometimes you'll even have to kill people so that your boss can win a bottle of tequila (he occasionally bets that you could kill a certain amount of people in eight minutes).
The battles takes place in large, 3-D cityscapes (three different ones in all) that are viewed through a bird's-eye perspective. How you navigate within this environment is up to you--but rest assured, there are plenty of ways for you to make the commute. Just about any type of vehicle can be commandeered (30 in all) ranging from sports cars to school buses. It's as easy as walking in front of a car in traffic to make the cautious driver stop, at which point you yank him out the door so you can jump inside. You can even punch the driver, or just coldly run him or her over after-the-fact. Once you arrive at your destination, a large array of weapons (that include machine guns, flame-throwers and rocket launchers) allow you to turn the city streets into a bloody warzone.
Undoubtedly, Grand Theft Auto is the kind of game that is going to make consumer groups sweat. Regardless, we just hope that its gameplay is as entertaining as the controversy it wilt inevitably stir up.
- MANUFACTURER - DMA Design
- THEME - ACTION
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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With all the advertising fuss that's been kicked around for GTA2, it's a perfect time to go back to the original -and see how much better it is. Despite all the publicity Grand Theft Auto garnered for its violence, joy-riding and glamorising of anti-social behaviour, the reason it was a hit with the critics and public alike was that it was so much fun to play. On one hand, the top-down view and cartoony colours make it feel like a sophisticated toy (and make allegations against its unsuitability for public consumption preposterous). On the other hand, it's the fact that the city feels so real - you can even play it straight, obeying traffic rules like a good citizen - that makes it so much fun to be a criminal. If you haven't played it before and are considering buying 67142 on the assumption that it must be superior, save yourself a few quid and get the original and best.
As a carjacker trying to rise in rank within the Mafia, your role in Grand Theft Auto involves more than just theft. In order to gain notoriety from the "bosses," you must perform specific tasks, such as making hits on your enemies or collecting protection money from restaurants. At your disposal are 30 vehicles to carjack, plus a slew of weapons, ranging from a machine gun to a flamethrower. With over 200 missions taking place in three gigantic cities, will Grand Theft Auto be one of America's Most Wanted or will it be a victim of foul play? More on this Micro Machines-with-a-twist game soon.
Can't afford it? Then steal it. Grand Theft Auto allows you to steal anything from a bus to a Ferrari and attempt to evade the law with your new prize. The game features a unique top-down perspective offering tremendous visual depth as you race anywhere you can to escape. This game will be a real steal!
In Grand Theft Auto, you're a goon on the lam, pulling jobs such as bombings or drug runs as you avoid the police either on foot or by hijacking any car in sight. GTA's violent nature, complete with abundant cursing, is sociopathically chic...but the game's just not any fun.
The cities are mind-numbing mazes that require you to refer to a paper map included with the game (lame!). In addition, tall buildings block your vision in the overhead view, and your goon is so poorly rendered that you can't tell what direction he's feeing. On top of that, he's nearly as difficult to control as the cars--almost all of the dozen or so available are way too sensitive. The game's one redeeming quality is its sound, which offers music tracks from the radio of each car you commandeer. GTA's a cool concept, but it should serve 15 to 20 for wanton mishandling of gaming potential.
- Use trucks for your usual work, Penetrators for speed missions, four-wheelers when you need steady control, and buses when you're taking fire. However, you should stay away from using bikes--they're too easily destroyed.
- On Level 1, the four-lane highways will get you across the river--but if you're hot, rite bridges will be blockaded by the police. In which case, you should grab a Penetrator and ram 'em.
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