SummarySuperior to GTA III in almost every way.
The GoodFirst of all, this game's cast actually had a lot of big named actors in it. This includes Ray Liotta, Gary Busey, Lee Majors, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Fairuza Balk, and even Miss Cleo. One good addition is the ability to ride motorbikes (which were absent from the previous installment). There are many new weapons including a screwdriver (which is pretty useless for me), swords and knives, a chainsaw, and more. I especially like the chainsaw because if you want to steal a locked car, you can just cut the door off. Another new feature is the ability to change clothes, so you're not stuck with the same outfit all through the game.
The BadThe non-mission gameplay is almost exactly the same as GTA III, so it sometimes it feels as though I'm just playing a modified version of GTA III.
The Bottom LineSince this does not take place after GTA III, newcomers to the series can play it without getting confused.