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Grand Theft Auto 2

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
75
3.6
Dreamcast
67
3.4
Game Boy Color
...
3.0

User Reviews

Just like the original, but even better Windows *Katakis* (37823)
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 (62)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 22 3.4
Game Boy Color 14 3.0
PlayStation 34 3.6
Windows 98 3.6
Combined MobyScore 168 3.5


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
WindowsAbandonia Reloaded
In my opinion the first GTA showed us an idea, but GTA 2 showed us that this type of game was here to stay. I dare say that the later GTA games would've never seen the light of day, had GTA 2 not improved the first game and proved to the world that such games were possible to make without flaws.
92
WindowsGame Over Online
In conclusion, if you played GTA and you like it and are not bored with it, get this game NOW! If you are new to this game, like arcade style games, and have a good sense of humor, this could be the game of the year for you. The graphics are early 1998, the sound is ok, but the gameplay and fun factor are outstanding.
90
PlayStationPower Unlimited
GTA 2 is als opvolger buitengewoon geslaagd. Alle dingen die tof waren in het origineel zijn nu nog toffer. dus vond je GTA al dope, dan moet je deze hebben.
90
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Болезнь. Эпидемия. Хроническое неизлечимое. Круги перед глазами, дрожащие руки, мозоли на пальцах. Начинаем день с ограбления банка, вечером обдумываем пути побега из тюрьмы. Драйв. Неудержимый. Черный. Живой. Рукотворный памятник всем автоугонщикам мира.
88
WindowsPower Unlimited
GTA 2 is een super vette game! De graphics zijn nog steeds lekker simpel, maar het is vooral de gameplay waar dit spel dubbel en dwars op scoort! Ziek, hard, humor en rete-verslavend.
87
WindowsGameSpy
So, in conclusion, you're not going to encounter a more addictive romp this side of Christmas, and I'll bet you money on that. I clocked up well over 50 hours worth of play within the first few days I had it and having recently completed it, I've gone back through it again to play all the missions I missed on my first outing. Just as the original did two years ago, GTA2 makes all those developers who churn out run-of-the-mill action games each Christmas look comical. It's a triumph of content and style blended together for DMA Design and Rockstar Games and the perfect stocking filler for the kid that never grew up.
87
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Regardless of what I say there will be many who will rush out and buy this game because of it's 'touchy' contentious subject. To the rest of you I say don't expect a graphical treasure but the gameplay will take take some time to complete while raising a few smiles on the way.
86
WindowsPower Play
Optik und Spielgeschehen gefallen mir also spürbar besser. Angesichts der deutlich gelungeneren Spielebalance lege ich wahre Freudendreher auf den Asphalt — ich kann tatsächlich locker zwei Realstunden durch die Stadt zotteln, Treppauf und Treppab über die vielen 3D-Dachlandschaften turnen und mich seelenruhig als Taxi- oder Busfahrer verdingen, ohne beim kleinsten Fehler gleich böse Blaulichter funkeln zu sehen. Auf belebten Plätzen nerven mit der Zeit allerdings die diebischen Rothemden.
86
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Zugegeben: Der tiefschwarze Humor, der sich durch GTA 2 zieht und die Grenzen des guten Geschmacks mehr als einmal verlässt, ist sicherlich nicht jedermanns Sache. Lobenswerterweise schafft es das Entwicklerteam Rockstar aber wieder einmal, die in der Stadt vorherrschende Gewalt dermaßen hemmungslos zu überzeichnen, dass die satirische Absicht auch dem letzten Skeptiker klar werden dürfte. Ansonsten ist GTA 2 im Prinzip ein Grand Theft Auto in Perfektion - nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Grafik, Sound und Gameplay sind im Vergleich zum Vorgänger klar verbessert, das Tempo ist nach wie vor atemberaubend - und süchtig haben die anarchistischen Blech- und Straßenschlachten schon immer gemacht. Ein im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes todsicherer Tipp für alle, denen Driver zu brav und Gangsters zu dröge war.
85
PlayStationMeristation
Los que piensen que este GTA2 es una versión del primero mejorada estarán en lo cierto, ya que a pesar de que en este CD los gráficos han sido rediseñados, la música es diferente, hay un montón de armas nuevas, la estructura de misiones es más compleja y que la ciudad
85
WindowsGamesmania
Ein genialer Coup. Eine dichte Endzeitatmosphäre, durchzogen von herrlich abgedrehten Radiosendungen und spannenden Missionen. Eine lebendige Stadt, in der das Überleben keine Frage der Intelligenz, sondern der Schnelligkeit und Reaktion ist. Eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Autos mit ihren eigenen Vor- und Nachteilen, dazu ein Waffenarsenal, das selbst Rambo die Tränen des Entzückens in die Augen treiben würde, und Tausend verschiedene Möglichkeiten, andere Leute um die Ecke zu bringen. Aber das ist vielleicht nicht jedermanns Sache. Es geht martialisch zu in diesem Spiel. Und hätten die Entwickler in der deutschen Version nicht das Blut von der Straße gewischt, hätte die BPjS mit Sicherheit einen Finger draufgehalten.
85
PlayStationSuper Play
Man kan tycka att det är lite slapphänt av DMA att inte försöka göra Grand Theft Auto 2 mer innovativt. I grund och botten skiljer det sig inte fundamentalt från Grand Theft Auto, eller Grand Theft Auto: London. Fortfarande härskar den grötiga grafiken, och spelkontrollen har inte förbättrats speciellt mycket. Det händer visserligen mer saker och ting runt omkring. Folk blir rånade, skottlossningar utvecklas och svordomar förmedlas i större utsträckning. Annars är allt mer eller mindre som förr - ett spel av vuxna för vuxna. Och absolut ingenting annat.
84
DreamcastNowGamer
It’s hardly a next-gen title in terms of graphics, but GTA2 is immensely satisfying once you’ve got to grips with the tricky control.
84
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
GTA 2 ziet er in de eerste momenten zeer beloftevol uit: knappe graphics, verbeterde A.I., grote maps, noem maar op... Spijtig genoeg wordt de gameplay serieus genekt door een gebrekkig overzicht tijdens het rijden en het volledig ontbreken van een mapfunctie. Misschien dat dit alles de echte GTA fans niet zal storen, maar wat mij betreft maakt dit van GTA 2 een schampschot in plaats van een rasechte treffer...
83
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Ohne das eigentliche Grundkonzept anzutasten, hat Rockstar geradezu unendlich viele kleine Fortschritte eingebracht. Die Steuerung und die wichtigste Neuerung: Endlich gibt es eine Speicherfunktion, die vor allem vor gefährlichen Aufträgen sehr nützlich ist. Wer schon den ersten Teil mochte, sollte nicht zögern, sondern mit Karacho zum nächsten Software-Laden brettern.
80
DreamcastElectric Playground
Whoever said that crime doesn't pay is a turd. As we can all learn from Grand Theft Auto 2, there's something to be said for moonlighting on the wrong side of the law. Isn't that right, kids? Behind the big 'M' for mature and controversial topic lies a fun and dastardly game that'll keep serious gamers locked in their rooms for 25 to life - hours, that is.
80
DreamcastneXGam
Wer schon immer mal Autos klauen, Banküberfälle usw. durchführen wollte, ohne dabei Gefahr zu laufen, im (Reallife) Knast zu landen, sollte sich GTA 2 unbedingt mal näher ansehen.
80
WindowsAll Game Guide
Overall, Grand Theft Auto 2 is the kind of game you play when you want to experience life as a member of the bottom of the criminal food chain. You don't ever want to find yourself living like one of these guys, but it's fun to visit for a while. If you like intense action, mindless violence, and total chaos, then Grand Theft Auto 2 is a game you want in your collection.
80
PlayStationAll Game Guide
With this slight irritation, Grand Theft Auto 2 is a brilliant delight, offering gruesome pleasure in a new kind of way. Though it is rooted within the original's origins, it offers up a new dimension of gaming that can be appreciated by those looking for something different. It will not, however, be appreciated by the concerned parents of young children.
80
WindowsPC Gaming World
This game is a release for all who have chosen not to answer the little voice that urges them to inflict violence upon anyone who adds to our daily tribulations, storing up the daily stresses until our hearts can carry the burden no longer. The world needs this game.
80
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
It's arguable that because the original wasn't exactly lacking in gameplay, a mere evolution like Grand Theft Auto 2 (its new, slightly hipper moniker) isn't really necessary. And if you've been playing the original (and its expansion pack) obsessively for the couple of years, it may very well be a complete waste of your time and money. But for those that enjoyed the original's hours-upon-hours of gameplay and moved on to other things, this game is a welcome reminder that superior gameplay is always more important than cutting-edge technology.
79
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Hemmungslos über den Freeway brettern, die Polizei in halsbrecherischen Verfolgungsjagden austricksen, sich Feuergefechte mit den Gesetzeshütern liefern, nach Extras jagen und unter ultraknappen Zeitlimits schwitzen – das ist GTA 2. Wer sich von der Fortsetzung mehr erwartet hat, wird allerdings enttäuscht. Die Handlungsfreiheit garantiert zwar Langzeitspielspaß, trotzdem hätte ich mir Zwischensequenzen oder eine echte Story gewünscht – das Gangster-Szenario hätte doch wirklich genug Möglichkeiten geboten.
79
DreamcastGaming Target
This game will keep fans of the series playing for a while, while gamers new to this genre may find themselves pleasantly surprised or disappointed.
78
DreamcastGame Freaks 365
GTA 2 features cars that have unique characteristics of handling, performance, speed, and braking. The enemies are more intelligent than in the original and the cities have hundreds of streets, parks, buildings, and alleys. GTA 2 is one of my favorite PlayStation games and is highly recommended. It’s length is adequate for its $9.99 price tag.
78
PlayStationGame Freaks 365
The original GTA showed a gritty side of humanity; at the same time, it was unplayable for me, since looking at the screen would make me nauseous. The result of GTA 2 was a game that’s camera angle wasn’t out-of-control, featured a more comedic side to life’s problems, and of course, more weapons, cars, and gangs to deal with. GTA 2 features cars that have unique characteristics of handling, performance, speed, and braking. The enemies are more intelligent than in the original and the cities have hundreds of streets, parks, buildings, and alleys. GTA 2 is one of my favorite PlayStation games and is highly recommended. It’s length is adequate for its $9.99 price tag.
75
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Au final, GTA 2 est un remake du premier. Le système de jeu n'a subi que des changements mineurs et on retrouve hélas les mêmes bugs ou petits défauts que dans le premier, comme les zooms intempestifs pixelisant le moindre sprite ou bien encore les policiers qui, en voiture, ne font pas preuve d'une IA à toute épreuve malgré leur acharnement... Les quelques changements graphiques sont évidemment les bienvenus mais ne transcendent pas les graphismes. Si GTA 2 était sorti à la place de GTA, on aurait pu dire "génial" mais quand on sait que ce que des titres tout en 3D comme Driver arrivent à faire, on tique un peu malgré l'excellent gameplay et l'humour de la série des Grand Theft Auto.
75
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Sorti sur nos machines il y a déja près d'un an et demi, Grand Theft Auto avait su défrayer la chronique par un gameplay à la fois novateur et particulièrement violent. Autant adulé par les fans que détesté par une majorité de la presse spécialisée, GTA avait en outre su s'attirer les foudres de diverses associations de familles "bien pensantes", inquiètes pour la santé de leurs bambins. Toutefois, malgré plusieurs procès, cela n'aura pas réussi a effrayer Rockstar qui, fort du succès commercial de son titre, nous présente aujourd'hui sa suite, sobrement intitulée GTA 2.
73
WindowsIGN
When you boil it down, GTA2 doesn't further the aims of the original game, and it's still as base and sophomoric as ever. As simple and mindless as it is, though, it keeps me coming back for more. There's not much here in terms of graphical improvement, and there's really not all that much variety in gameplay, but damn if it's not a fun little game -- just like the original. There's nothing innovative, nothing that creative, and it's not going to win any awards, but I find it addictive, entertaining, and challenging ... and isn't that why we all play games in the first place?
70
Game Boy ColorEurogamer.net (UK)
The game has made the transition to the GBC quite nicely, with neat graphics and the same addictive gameplay of the original. Unfortunately the various problems entering and exiting the vehicles occur too often to keep an even flow to the gameplay. A shame really as it is not that far from being the perfect pocket crimewave!
70
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
All in all, GTA2 is very similar to the original, with arguably enough nuances to warrant calling it a full-blown sequel. If you were rapidly let down by the original’s lack of mission diversity, then the same will happen here. However, if you enjoyed playing the first one for any length of time beyond its initial novelty, or relish the idea of throwing political correctness to the wind and blowing it away with a Molotov cocktail, then this is the game for you. Cynics might term it “Grand Theft Auto Mission Pack #2: New York, 2060,” but I would argue that GTA2 has enough life and character to proudly distinguish itself from the original.
70
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The original GRAND THEFT AUTO was something of a cult hit, inspiring a large online community of wannabe thugs and car-jackers, partly due to its controversial subject matter. The success of this sequel will probably be the greatest indicator of whether the hubbub over the original was hype, or based on great gameplay. After playing GRAND based on great gameplay. THEFT AUTO 2, which simply rehashes the original game with a few new bells and whistles — like colored lighting, car-mounted weapons, and a more elaborate organized crime system — I’m sticking with the former.
70
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Aesthetics aren't everything. Britney Spears is hot, and has a decent voice. That doesn't stop her music from sucking. Similarly, Grand Theft Auto 2 may not be an audio-visual tour de force, but it's got heart. GTA2 takes its M for Mature rating, and bitch-slaps the ratings board with one of the most enjoyable games I've picked up in a while.
69
PlayStationPlayer One
Pas de grand bouleversement par rapport à GTA. Toujours aussi moyen techniquement, le jeu n'en reste pas moins fun et provocateur. Pas indispensable si l'on possède le premier.
69
DreamcastGameSpot
GTA2 provides the same comically violent gameplay as that of the original. If little guys peeling each other's caps with a variety of weapons easily offend you, or if exploding cars and police sirens turn you off, then don't waste your time with GTA2. However, if you're looking to commit some virtual crimes on your Dreamcast, then by all means steal a car, drive it down to your local game retailer, and slap around the owner until he gives you a copy. OK, it might just be easier for you to buy one instead.
69
PlayStationGameSpot
However, if you loved the first game but wished there was just a bit more variety in the mission structure, then by all means steal a car, drive it down to your local game retailer, and slap around the owner until he gives you a copy. OK, it might just be easier for you to buy one, instead.
68
DreamcastGame Chronicles
Fans of the original GTA will almost certainly love this game the moment they start it, but the violent themes that make this game any fun to play also give it the"M" rating that could keep it out of the hands of the very kids who will want to play it. You will be impressed at first then amused for the next few hours, but once the shock value of the violence and the beautiful graphics has worn off you will be left with a hard-to-control, frustrating strategy game that most of you will have to force yourself to finish.
68
PlayStationIGN
Call me a philistine for not liking what has been bandied as the next great game but I can't in all good conscious recommend Grand Theft Auto 2. Normally when poor graphic and interface choices have been made the overall gameplay wasn't that good anyway. Here we have one of the few times that good gameplay has been badly hampered by control and graphic choices. However, especially for those of you who enjoyed the first, I do recommend it as a rental because if you can get by the control and graphic issues this is a game you may well enjoy. As for it being new a different, well, you're not in for anything exciting.
68
WindowsGameSpot
Whether or not you'll enjoy Grand Theft Auto 2 depends on a couple factors. If you're easily offended by the concept of running around and committing wanton acts of destruction with a few simple button presses, this game isn't for you. If the first game's control scheme baffled you, there's no solace to be found here either. Though the game manages to be quite a bit of fun, it occasionally still feels like a glorified mission pack.
67
DreamcastIGN
For the most part, Grand Theft Auto 2 gave a big effort and tried its bloody little heart out at being a premier title. But with the shoddy play mechanics and a sometimes overspent nonlinear approach at completing your tasks, DMA and Take 2 could have done better. Recommended as a rental at best, try before you buy this creative entry into a usually cookie-cutter clean action genre.
65
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Le pire vient en tout cas de la maniabilité de cet opus sur Dreamcast. Les contrôles sont non seulement difficiles dans le jeu mais aussi dans leur pratique dans la réalité. Pour exemple, les commandes avancer et reculer sont dirigées par 2 boutons alors que votre axe de déplacement est lui contrôlé par le stick. Une double commande qui gêne la fluidité et on ne s'y habitue même pas après de nombreuses heures de jeu. Une faute grave surtout que la visibilité par exemple de nuit est médiocre, forçant à faire très attention en permanence.
60
WindowsSpel för Alla
Ett i största allmänhet snyggt och underhållande spel, men med för lite nyheter och djup för att vara en riktig klassiker. Det kanske är dags för lite nytänkande på GTA-fronten.
60
Game Boy ColorPocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Côté réalisation, rien de transcendant. Les graphismes sont un peu grossiers et manquent de couleurs. Enfin, les musiques sont variées, mais manquent de punch.
60
DreamcastAll Game Guide
Basically, I was unable to take Grand Theft Auto 2 seriously as a game. I found it much more rewarding and fun to ignore the jobs from the gangs and just shoot as many people as possible before the fuzz brought me down. The most annoying aspect of the game is the ability of the police to open your door as you try to drive off. I'm pretty sure I would lock the doors if the cops were after me for a killing spree. I do recommend Grand Theft Auto 2 for a good time, but not if you're looking for a serious game.
60
WindowsPGNx Media
Ultimately, GTA2 is a fun but flawed game. It could have used better graphics and a save feature. But at $10, you could certainly do a lot worse. However, many other Greatest Hits games are the same price, so you may want to check them out first. An interesting idea for a little while, but after that you won’t pick it up and play it that much. It’s too bad, because it brings some really innovative ideas to games of the action genre. People able to overlook GTA2’s flaws will like it a lot, but the rest should rent it to see what it does right.
42
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
The main problem with his game is the control. You're forced to use the analog controller, which is fine for driving, but it's hard to get your man to walk in the right direction - a big problem when you're running from police. Also, too much time is spent trying to find the phones. The sound is terrific, with realistic city background noises, and radio stations that play when you're in the car. Overall, GTA2 is somewhat interesting, but the control holds it back.
40
Game Boy ColorIGN
I appreciate the desire to try and move games from the higher platforms to the Game Boy Color, but geez, Grand Theft Auto 2? The first one was bad enough. I will take this time to plead with Rockstar Games -- just say No to GTA on GBA. The game isn't that good in design to bother bringing to the handheld -- let alone the limitation problems. This is it...no more GTA. Please.
40
Game Boy ColorSuper Play
Som ni säkert förstått vid det här laget är det här inget spel att satsa på. Gillar man actionfyllda bilspel är Driver en miljon gånger bättre. Köp det istället.
40
PlayStationGame Critics
I don't know what happened between then and now, but it feels like GTA2 was done by another company. The quality is substandard and the only thing that it reminiscent of the original is the premise. When it comes down to it, stripping away the gameplay, all GTA2 brings to the table is foul language, gratuitous violence, and aging 2D graphics. Once my bloodlust was quenched, GTA became a monotonous and painfully shallow game.
20
DreamcastJoypad
La réalisation, malgré un timide lifting 128 bits, fait toujours autant pitié et l'action ultra-répétitive manque atrocement d'intérêt. Il n'y a aucune transgression ici, un GTA reste un GTA, à savoir un nanar vidéo-ludique de la pire espèce.