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Payback

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
3.4
Game Boy Advance
67
3.2
Amiga
...
3.9
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Description

Influenced by Grand Theft Auto, Payback is set across 4 different cities totaling 100 square kilometers of landscape. You can perform all manner of illegal activities to try to achieve wealth, including carjackings, murders, shootings and run-overs.

Stealing vehicles is the real meat of the game, as these must be used for the various missions, which are obtained by walking over to phone boxes, as in GTA. There are dozens of these, all with different handling characteristics, and include trucks, buses and even boats.

The mission structures are non-linear, meaning that how you perform in one part can affect how later parts unfold, and the game includes Perspective Corrected 3D graphics with realistic shadows and rotational effect, as well as a full 3D soundtrack of aggressive rap and mid-tempo rock.

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Payback Game Boy Advance Just starting...
Payback Game Boy Advance You get the 'Irony Bonus' when you run over people with their own vehicle.
Payback Game Boy Advance Surprise surprise - You get weapons by smashing crates.
Payback Game Boy Advance You get the instructions for your missions on the phone.

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The Press Says

Obligement Amiga Dec, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 Game Boy Advance 2004 8.6 out of 10 86
Obligement Amiga Apr, 2001 8 out of 10 80
TouchGen iPhone Jan 29, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN iPhone Feb 03, 2009 7.2 out of 10 72
DS-x2 Game Boy Advance Oct 01, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
GameZone Game Boy Advance Mar 23, 2005 6.4 out of 10 64
Eurogamer.net (UK) Game Boy Advance Oct 22, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Cubed3 Game Boy Advance Nov 14, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Macworld Macintosh Jun 26, 2003 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Contributed to by Hervé Piton (1663), Kabushi (121977) and Martin Smith (63162)