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GTA revisited... Ciarán Lynch (88) unrated
Well, the graphics... are smoother... but that's all! leon101 (64) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall User Score (38 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Power Unlimited (Jan, 2000)
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.
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.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1999)
DMAs Grand Theft Auto verwöhnt das Spielerauge wahrlich nicht. Im Zeitalter von Dreamcast und Co erinnert die Grafik-Engine eher an das grafische Niveau einer 16-Bit-Konsole. Dieses Manko stört jedoch nur wenig, wenn man den immensen Spielspaß betrachtet, der in GTA 2 steckt. Es gibt nur wenige Titel, die einen solch spielspaßfördernden Charme versprühen, wie es bei Grand Theft Auto der Fall ist. Die Aufgaben sind sehr komplex und abwechslungsreich. Zudem steigern die vielen kleinen Detailänderungen im Spielprinzip, wie das Vorhandensein dreier rivalisierender Banden, deren Anerkennung ihr erwerben müsst, die Spielmotivation im Vergleich zum Sequel noch um ein Vielfaches. Einzig und allein den Wunsch nach einem Grand Theft Auto 3D haben die Programmierer bislang leider noch nicht erfüllt.
Meristation (Oct 27, 1999)
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
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.
Video Games (Nov, 1999)
Allzu viel hat sich im Gegensatz zu GTA nicht geändert. Und das ist auch gut so. Denn das völlig offene Spielprinzip und die vielfältigen Optionen waren von jeher die herrausragendsten Features dieser schwarzhumorigen Gangster-Sim. Die Verbesserungen beziehen sich auf technische Aspekte wie der höheren Frame-Rate und dem sanfteren Scrolling. Zwar ist die Fuzzel-Grafik nicht jedermanns Sache und wenn sich große Explosionen auf dem Bildschirm ereignen, ruckelt‘s dann und wann auch ein wenig. Doch in Sachen Spielsspaß, innovativen Ideen und non-linearem Handlungsstrang setzt dieses Game aufs Neue Massstäbe.
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.
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.
Player One (Dec, 1999)
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.
GameSpot (Oct 22, 1999)
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.
IGN (Oct 27, 1999)
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.
Game Critics (Nov 07, 1999)
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.