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Grand Theft Auto 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Color
...
3.1
Windows
80
3.6
PlayStation
76
3.6
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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 Windows Bonus level: You've got thirty seconds to kill as many people as possible.
Grand Theft Auto 2 Windows Road blockade.
Grand Theft Auto 2 Game Boy Color The police chasing me while driving a car
Grand Theft Auto 2 PlayStation This phone gives you gang information

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* (37853)
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

Game Over Online Windows Nov 10, 1999 92 out of 100 92
GameSpy Windows Oct 26, 1999 87 out of 100 87
NowGamer Dreamcast Apr 20, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
neXGam Dreamcast 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1999 79 out of 100 79
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 17, 1999 15 out of 20 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Dreamcast May 04, 2000 6.9 out of 10 69
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Jan 01, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Dreamcast 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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Contributed to by Kartanym (10766), Grant McLellan (544) and JubalHarshaw (161)