Grand Theft Auto

a game by DMA Design
Platforms: GameBoy Color Playstation
Genre: Action
Rating: 8/10
See also: Grand Theft Auto Games, GTA Series
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto

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.

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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
reggie posted a review

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!

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