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Grand Theft Auto 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Color
...
3.1
Windows
80
3.6
Dreamcast
69
3.5
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Description

Lie, cheat, and steal your way through three districts of a huge city in the follow-up to Grand Theft Auto. Earn the respect of 7 different gangs as you demolish the town in your attempt to make lots of cash.

The game takes place at an undisclosed time in the near future. Unlike the first game which featured three different cities, Grand Theft Auto 2 only features a single town, but it's divided in three districts which are unlocked one at a time: downtown, residential and industrial. Like in the original the player goes around answering phones to initiate various missions. The game uses an overhead camera in a 3D landscape and allows the player to freely explore the city and steal any vehicle the player sets his or her eyes on. To unlock new districts the player must reach a certain score which is done by committing crimes and finishing missions.

Because the game now features multiple criminal gangs, the player must choose allegiances. Performing missions for one gang, will decrease the player's reputation for another. When the player commits crimes he also becomes wanted by the local police, but as more crimes are committed without shaking the police, they will give way for first SWAT Teams, then Special Agents and finally the army.

New features include the ability to save at the church, when donating enough money, and various side missions, such as becoming a taxi driver to ear money. There are also many new cars with weapons attached such as a firetruck with a flamethrower and a car with machine guns.

On the PC version the player can change the time of day from noon to dusk to allow for more moody lighting. On the PlayStation the game can only be played at noon, and on the Dreamcast only at dusk.

Screenshots

Grand Theft Auto 2 Game Boy Color Choosing a character.
Grand Theft Auto 2 Game Boy Color Residential district gang cars
Grand Theft Auto 2 PlayStation Trying to escape the SWAT team.
Grand Theft Auto 2 PlayStation A trap! I'm going to Alma Mater prison

Alternate Titles

  • "侠盗车手2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "GTA 2 Беспредел" -- Russian spelling
  • "GTA 2" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

Just like the original, but even better Windows *Katakis* (37858)
GTA revisited... PlayStation Ciarán Lynch (76)
Original gameplay with great presentation (and a bad-ass attitude) Windows Late (98)
About as much fun as can be had with a five-year old hand-held machine Game Boy Color Una Manzana (6)
If Only The New Ones Could Have Been This Good Dreamcast Devin Walters (3)
Well, the graphics... are smoother... but that's all! PlayStation leon101 (61)

The Press Says

Power Play Windows Nov, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania Windows 1999 85 out of 100 85
Computer Games Magazine Windows Nov 20, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 17, 1999 15 out of 20 75
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jan 21, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Player One PlayStation Dec, 1999 69 out of 100 69
Game Chronicles Dreamcast Jun 06, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
GameSpot Windows Oct 27, 1999 6.8 out of 10 68
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Jun 06, 2000 C- 42

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Doesn't work with a Audio CD Player. 3 vedder (20289)
Jul 09, 2009

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Grand Theft Auto 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Freeware release

In December 2004, Rockstar put a full, free version of Grand Theft Auto 2, compatible with Windows XP, on their Rockstar Classics page. Check the related sites section for the link.

German version

In the German version killed enemies don't leave blood behind.

References

In the Residential Sector, two of the city's areas are named Largo and Stromberg, presumably named after James Bond villains Emilio Largo and Karl Stromberg.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Action Game in 1999
Information also contributed by Maw and Sciere.

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