DescriptionLie, 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.
- "侠盗车手2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "GTA 2 Беспредел" -- Russian spelling
- "GTA 2" -- Official abbreviation
Part of the Following Groups
- Genre: Open world / Free-roaming / Sandbox action and driving
- Grand Theft Auto series
- PlayStation Greatest Hits releases
- Protagonist: Gangster
|GTA revisited...||Ciarán Lynch (76)||unrated|
|Well, the graphics... are smoother... but that's all!||leon101 (62)||unrated|
The Press Says
|Power Unlimited||Jan, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
|Absolute Playstation||Nov, 1999||87 out of 100||87|
|Super Play||Dec, 1999||85 out of 100||85|
|Meristation||Oct 27, 1999||8.5 out of 10||85|
|All Game Guide||1999||80|
|Game Freaks 365||2002||7.8 out of 10||78|
|Player One||Dec, 1999||69 out of 100||69|
|GameSpot||Oct 22, 1999||6.9 out of 10||69|
|IGN||Oct 27, 1999||6.8 out of 10||68|
|Game Critics||Nov 07, 1999||4 out of 10||40|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Doesn't work with a Audio CD Player.||3||vedder (20210)
Jul 09, 2009
1001 Video GamesGrand Theft Auto 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Freeware releaseIn 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 versionIn the German version killed enemies don't leave blood behind.
ReferencesIn 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.
- PC Player (Germany)
- Issue 01/2000 - Best Action Game in 1999
Related Web Sites
- Grand Theft Auto 2 (Official Site)
- GTA II at GTAGaming (Information site about all things GTA II.)
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- Rockstar Classics - Free Downloads (Rockstar Classics website where you can download the game for free.)
- Wikipedia: Grand Theft Auto 2 (Information about Grand Theft Auto 2 at Wikipedia)