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A realistic, revolutionary title that gets passed off a mindless violence Matt Neuteboom (989) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Groundbreaking in 2001, dated in 2005 Edward Beezy (41) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
You can have my controller when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers, mom. Vance (101) unrated
GTA3 is the game that GTA1 and 2 wanted to be Depth Lord (1003) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
this is the greatest game ever accept no substitutes EVER !!!!!!! Iced Earth (11) unrated
An excellent game SamandMax (78) unrated
Quite possibly the best game ever Matt Ogles (18) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Endless possibilities await with this game. Exodia85 (2156) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A great game, beaten only by Vice City David Lafferty (16) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Mindless Violence, Repetitive gameplay, but its fun Jason Walker (1772) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (209 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Mixing stellar controls, a deep story and uninhibited freedom to explore your world into one brilliant orgy of criminal activity, Grand Theft Auto 3 sets a new standard for the action genre. In what could be billed as “the complete criminal experience” this game delivers in every category with jaw dropping graphics, stunning sound effects, a unique musical score that’s presented with countless hilarious commercials through your car’s radio, and a relentless AI that will hunt you down whenever warranted. In truth, the only real excuse for not owning Grand Theft Auto 3 would be discomfort with the subject matter. If you can get past the violence and illicit activities, every moment you spend with Grand Theft Auto 3 will convince you that there’s even more things just waiting to be discovered. A stellar achievement in gaming, this romp through Liberty City will go down in history as a classic, proving that the third time’s the charm.
Meristation (Oct 26, 2001)
Una de las sagas más originales y que más libertad de acción han ofrecido al jugador vuelve con su tercera parte. Métete en la piel de un vulgar hampón, lábrate un nombre y escala posiciones en la jerarquía mafiosa de Liberty City.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Tillåt mig bli medvetet överenegisk och en aning sentimental när sammanfattning ska göras. Som person är jag helt emot begreppet sunt förnuft och älskar allt som är vansinnigt. Detta innebär att jag verkligen älskar det här spelet som ogenerat uppmuntrar allt vad oprovocerat våld heter. Möjlighet, frihet, struktur, variation och bra berättande gör detta till det bästa Playstation 2-spelet hittills. Pang, på.
Entertainmentopia (Jun 22, 2002)
Grand Theft Auto III stands as a testament to game makers on how to do it right. The open-ended style of gameplay, the side-quests, the missions, the driving, the flying, the running, the shooting, the crime waves, the jumps, the cars, the people, the innuendo, the humor, and the sheer fun all combine together to make a great, easily accessible, sweet-ass game.
However, for those who love mob films as much as I do (I'm still waiting for Sopranos Season 2 to come out on DVD), and for those who own both a Dreamcast and PS2 and feel screwed over by the cancellation of Shenmue 2, then GTA3 is definitely worth a look. All the free-roaming gameplay of Shenmue mixed with a violent storyline similar to the Sopranos are mixed into one amazing little package. No title exemplifies the qualities of a true 5-gem title like GTA3 does.
GameSpy (Oct 15, 2001)
Yes, this is a gritty game. It's a game that you definitely don't want to give to a little kid, but it's also an insanely well-made and fun game to play. It's proof of the power behind the PS2s hardware, and it's a demonstration of the kind of quality titles we can expect to be released in the future. Grand Theft Auto 3 will suck you into its world and it won't let go for hours on end. Pretty soon an entire day will have gone by and you'll be sitting there, wondering where the time went. And that's the biggest testament to the quality of the game that can be made. If you can handle it, you should go out and buy GTA3 right this second, you'll love it.
The Next Level (USA) (Nov 28, 2001)
I can't praise this game enough. The fact that I'm normally a very Japan centric gamer should show that GTA3 is undoubtedly one of the most golden titles to be bred this side of the Pacific. The attention to detail, the scale, the control--everything is juicy. This game recaptures that beautiful element of fun that so many titles fail to create nowadays. And a huge surprise...alright, DMA, you got my attention. Let's see if you can keep me pleased :)
1UP (Jan 01, 2000)
GTA3 is the most fun I've ever had with a game. It belongs in every gamer's collection whether you're hardcore, or you love games, or if you'll only buy one PS2 game in your lifetime. It sets new standards for games. I'm in awe of it. And you will be, too.
AceGamez (2001)
Seriously though, this is a truly great game that will go into the gaming hall of fame, its content is very strong but that's why it has an 18 certificate and it is nothing you haven't already seen in dozens of movies and TV shows. All in all, this is an amazingly huge, free-roaming, entertaining game that will last you for ages and is a must-have for everyone old enough to own it.
Gaming Age (2001)
There�s no reason not to run out and buy Grand Theft Auto 3 as soon as possible. The cinematic presentation, flawless sound, sprawling cities, and great mission variety make it one of the year�s best. With well over 80 missions, there�s a good 70 hours of gameplay packed into this hard-edged masterpiece. You�ll love every minute of it. Rockstar has changed the way I look at videogames.
Grand Theft Auto 3 could quite possibly be the perfect game. Well, maybe not THE perfect game, but it sure has a lot of the earmarks - anyone can pick it up, but it's hard to master. Can't master it? That's fine, too! Like mini-games? You get a version of 'Crazy Taxi', and similar games for police cars, fire engines and ambulances. The 'Rampage's give you a fire-and-forget shooting spree and 'Carmageddon' flavored action is no further than your nearest sidewalk. In short, I won't say that GTA3 is perfect; I'm sure there are things that could have been done to improve it even more - but would anyone have noticed if it had?!
100 (UK) (Oct 30, 2001)
But you have to appreciate that these things are small fry compared to the main dish. GTA3 is a luscious, sprawling epic of a game and one of the most complete experiences I have ever encountered. If this is what I've waited a year to see on my PlayStation 2, then I would have waited ten. Magnificent.
100 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
Grand Theft Auto 3 has forever changed the face of videogaming. Not just with its adult attitude but with the gameplay that backs it up. If you haven’t played this game (and are of “legal age”), you owe it to yourself to try this game.
GamesFirst! (Nov 25, 2001)
GTA3 is violent, obnoxious, profane, and downright perverse. It is also a complex, witty, ironic, character-driven work of art. And it is devilishly fun. This is not a video game you would want to bring home to your mother, nor is it a game you want your young children playing. But for those mature people somewhere in between, those with a penchant for black comedy, this may be exactly what you have been looking for.
Just Adventure (Jan 27, 2002)
Here is where I normally conclude my articles by repeating the major points of the article. Well, I'm not going to do that, instead I am going to leave you with a story. My father never played games while I grew up. I went up to visit a few weeks ago and brought my Playstation 2 with me. I loaded up the game and after a few minutes of watching, he took the controls. Without ever using the controller, in a few hours he was running fire truck missions and power sliding corners. Before I left, he mentioned how much he liked the game. It is really that good.
GamersMark (Oct 30, 2001)
GTA3 is a refreshing change of pace from any other game. It offers complete freedom, which adds more than words could ever describe. Above all the great graphics, controls and sounds, an incredibly deep and dark world lies for the player to do whatever he/she wants with it. It is a game where the player is in complete control of the type of game they play through. Esssentially, the game is whatever you make it. Can a gamer ask for anything more? I really dont think so. GTA3 is polished and very solid across the board, and no mature gamer should be without it.
100 (Nov 17, 2001)
Overall Grand Theft Auto III is one of the best games I have ever played - it’s right up there with Zelda, Mario 64 and Elite. There is so much to see and do in Liberty City, you will find yourself exploring the city, or just finding out how much death and destruction you can get away with, and the police chases rival Driver for excitement.
The developer and publisher did not have to include as much as they did, and you can't help but be grateful for the extra effort put into this game. From the eight professional-style radio stations to the variety of mission objectives and hidden goodies, Grand Theft Auto III is packed with high production values and oozing with addictive gameplay. For those willing to accept the mature-rated content, DMA Design has made an offer you can't refuse.
Game Chronicles (Dec 10, 2001)
This is by far the best game you could ever get for your PS2. This game is reason enough to buy a PS2 even if you never buy another game. Sure, it’s dark and dirty, and maybe even a bit evil, but we’re all consenting adults here, and this is a great way to release those pent-up frustrations at the end of a long day in a therapeutic and harmless fashion.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2001)
his is about as cool of a game as I've ever played and earns the first Game Revolution PS2 'A' with flying colors. I could go on and on trying to explain the plethora of intricate details - the realistic gang rivalries, the things you can do with prostitutes, the hysterical 'Rampages' that allow you to go on mass killing sprees - but I simply don't have the words nor the space to convey the fun. Just go drop 50 bucks on this gem and cherish your inner criminal.
GamePro (US) (Oct 29, 2001)
Grand Theft Auto III makes an offer you can?t refuse: Live a life of crime and reap the rewards that come with it. The gameplay in this third installment of the now-infamous Grand Theft Auto series hasn?t changed much from its predecessors, which means it's just as addictive as before. The visual and sound package is greatly improved.
Netjak (Feb 11, 2002)
This is a must buy for mature Playstation 2 owners. Expect dozens of hours in the game, with an almost endless replay value. I know many stores are "banning" the game, and it wouldn't surprise me if it was taken off the market altogether. Now is the best time to grab this game before it is too late.
Game Over Online (Feb 05, 2002)
GTA III is a masterpiece on so many different levels, and this review is barely able to convey my sheer respect for this game. I anxiously await the next in the series and drool at the possibilities. GTA III is my pick for game of the year and despite all of the other big releases, I feel that every mature PS2 owner must make room in their collection for this video game epic.
La saga GTA por fin se decide a dar el salto a las 3D, y no podía haberlo hecho de mejor manera. Jugabilidad en estado puro y violencia sin límites nos esperan en el nuevo juego de Rockstar.
TotalPlayStation (Jan 02, 2002)
If you ARE able to handle mature content, you CANNOT miss this game. I can't stress this enough. People should be buying a couple of copies just to ensure that DMA makes a sequel. If these is what we can expect from early-generation PS2 games, I'm almost scared to think what fourth- and fifth-generation PS2 -- and even more frightening, Xbox -- games will be like. This game is the absolute personification of what free-roaming means. You can do damn near anything you want, and more often than not you'll be rewarded for it. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Good, now go buy a dozen copies.
Simply a landmark game for open-ended gameplay.
PSX Extreme (Oct 30, 2001)
Overall, there's little to nothing wrong with the game. Aside from a few visual flaws, everything looks and runs perfectly fine. The gameplay is absolutely phenomenal, as this is single-handedly one of the most environmentally open games since Midnight Club and ATV: Offroad Fury. On top of that, the replay value is theoretically infinite.
96 (Nov 01, 2001)
Wir haben uns eindeutig verliebt in den knochenharten Action-Genre-Mix. Es werden zwar in diesem Jahr noch einige potentielle Top-Titel erscheinen, doch bisher ist GTA 3 unser absoluter Favorit unter allen PS2-Spielen.
Gaming Target (Nov 15, 2001)
Let's just say that Grand Theft Auto 3 is made up from the mind of a killer. What you hear, what you see, what you do is actually real in a sense that breaking the law is wrong, but fun. Similarly to life, if you've ever had the need to pull a car jacking, rob a person, kill a Mafia boss, blow up a cop car, all of the above is optional, enjoyable, and doable. Fans of the first two will die from the shock of the game's massive entirety. New comers will die from its insanity. And me? Well, I'm invincible. Whoever you are, whatever you do, Grand Theft Auto 3 will make the days last on forever from the sweet smell of kicking ass, one lowlife at a time.
IGN (Oct 22, 2001)
When it comes to portraying the world in which we live through a darkly humorous, rough-and-tumble lens, the folks from Rockstar and DMA surely win the prize. I mean sure, there is corruption in the world, there is lots of crime and undoubtedly far too much drug-dealing, prostitution, cruelty, etc., etc. These things we get to read about in the newspaper, if not live out in our own little lives. They're not pleasant. So can these elements comprise a game? What happened to simply solving happy little puzzles, saving penguins, and receiving kisses from princesses?
GameSpot (Oct 24, 2001)
Rockstar and DMA Design have obviously spent some time making sure that Grand Theft Auto III is a quality product, and that quality shows in everything, from the graphics, to the sound, to the plot points, to the gameplay itself. Unlike previous games in the series, the game is extremely fun whether you play it as it was intended to be played or eschew the game's intended mission structure and set out on your own to wreak havoc throughout the city. While the violent nature of the game will surely turn some people off and kids simply shouldn't be allowed anywhere near it, Grand Theft Auto III is, quite simply, an incredible experience that shouldn't be missed by anyone mature enough to handle it.
PlayFrance (May 04, 2003)
Utilisant des thèmes, mis au banc de la société, tels que le trafic de stupéfiants, le recel d'objets volés, la prostitution ou encore le meurtre, les développeurs de cette saga n'hésitent pas à casser des barrières morales, quitte à choquer une partie de la population. Bien décidés à repousser les limites du réalisme jusque dans leurs derniers retranchements, les employés de la société écossaise DMA Design n'ont pas hésité à administrer, à leur bébé, une cure de jouvence en le faisant passer à la 3D. Dès lors, la sensation de vrai qui se dégage de ce soft se fait on ne peut plus omniprésente, pour le plus grand plaisir des joueurs. GTA 3 s'annonce donc comme la simulation du parfait petit malfrat.
95 (Nov 12, 2001)
Aika näyttää, onko GTA3 samanlainen klassikko kuin sarjan ykkösosa. Tällä hetkellä tuntuu, että kaikki edellytykset siihen ovat ainakin olemassa: vaikka tekniikka on ottanut huiman harppauksen eteenpäin, on Ajoneuvon Luvaton Käyttöönotto edelleen äärimmäisen helpposelkoinen ja pelattava. Samalla sen vapaus ja monipuolisuus imaisevat mukaansa, ja pelaaja on koukussa ennen kuin arvaakaan: työpäivästä tulee vain välttämätön paha ennen kaivattua pelihetkeä ja strategioita hiotaan vielä nukkumaan mennessäkin. Aikana, jolloin markkinat ovat täynnä kalliilla lisenssillä tehtyjä, tavanomaistakin tavanomaisempia pelejä, GTA3 loistaa verenpunaisena rubiinina PS2:n kruunussa. Ainakin siihen asti, kunnes äiti saa tietää mitä pelissä oikeasti tehdään.
Although many will make comparisons with Driver, GTA 3 shatters the standards set by its predecessors. The only thing that prevents GTA 3 from winning Game Informer’s highest honors are some moderate pop-up issues, and a slightly cantankerous targeting system. Point blank – you need to buy this game.
One of the PS2’s best games. And, quite possibly, one of the best ever. Very rarely will you ever see a game that comes off as a totally complete package. This is one of them. If you own a PS2 you need this game.
Grand Theft Auto 3 is a benchmark game that future games will both try to imitate and be judged against as well.
Game Critics (Dec 11, 2001)
GTA3 is sure to turn some heads. The option to enact Armageddon on the city and its innocent dwellers will definitely raise some moral and ethical questions in the gaming community. But, you know what, this is a game. Even though the level of gaming technology today is starting to create vividly realistic imagery, it's still not real, and never will be. People who worry about the social implications of a game like GTA3 are missing that point. If you can realize that, and you have the stomach to sit through your average mobster movie, you're going to have a blast with GTA3. It's the first must-have game I've played for the PlayStation 2.
ou've had a long day at work. People are bitchin' at ya, workload is ludicrous, and you've been there for 10 hours. Wouldn't you just love to pop an old lady in the head with a sniper rifle? How about a few cops? There is simply no other game in the world like GTA III and that's a good thing. It's sick, it's twisted, it's funny, and it plays damn good. It contains all the right ingredients to make one of the world's greatest video games. [Disclaimer: PLEASE do not shoot old ladies in the head with a sniper rifle. At least, if your going to do it, don't say you got the idea here. Same goes for the cops]
Pelit (Dec, 2001)
Hillittömän hauska ja addiktiivinen väkivaltaooppera, jossa voi leikkiä rosvoa tarvitsematta pelätä seuraamuksia.

+ Hyvää
• Vapaus viehättää.
• Erilaisia kulkuneuvoja on runsaasti.
• Tekeminen ei lopu ihan heti kesken.

- Huonoa
• Joissakin tehtävissä on aikarajat.
• Ruudunpäivitys nytkähtelee.
• Levoton kamera tekee ammuskelusta hankalaa
To say that Liberty City (which is inspired by New York City and its accompanying boroughs) is teeming with life is the understatement of the year. Everywhere you go, not only do people blanket the sidewalks, they react. All the little touches in the world, however, don't mean jack if the game is no fun. So, over the course of a hundred-plus missions, how does GTA3 manage to keep things interesting? By giving you a huge variety of jobs and mission objectives, along with strong storyline elements to back them up. And what would Grand Theft Auto III be without the theft of autos? Despite the dazzling array of game styles available, GTA3 hasn't lost an ounce of what made this series interesting in the first place: it's still fun being bad. Just imagine a life lived on the wrong side of the railroad tracks... a virtual Pulp Fiction played out in 128 bits. Consider this the guiltiest of pleasures.
93 (Oct 30, 2001)
Grand Theft Auto 3 ist kein Kinderspiel! Dazu ist die -wenn auch Comic-hafte- Zelebrierung von Gewalt einfach zu deutlich. Wer sich davon jedoch nicht stören lässt, wird zahllose Stunden in Liberty City verbringen. Ein Soundtrack, der nicht von dieser Welt ist und eine bis auf wenige Ausnahmen überzeugende Grafikengine sorgen für viel Atmosphäre. Doch wo GTA 3 hauptsächlich Punkten kann, ist die absolute Freiheit, die Ihr in Liberty City genießt: kein Zeitdruck, kein eigentliches Spielziel. Obgleich man natürlich interessiert ist, wie die klasse Story weiter geht. Trotzdem könnt Ihr tun und lassen, was Ihr wollt. Und in welchem Spiel kann man das schon? Vollkommen zurecht stand der Titel auf den Wunschlisten ganz oben, denn GTA 3 ist ein ganz heißer Anwärter für das PS2-Spiel des Jahres. Und jetzt nicht mehr lange warten - kaufen.
Gamezone (Germany) (Oct 24, 2001)
Dieser Titel ist bestimmt eines der genialsten und revolutionärsten Spiele, welches je auf einer Konsole erschienen ist. GTA 3 ist absolut zu empfehlen!
91 (Jan 11, 2001)
GTA 3 ist der Hammer. Das Prinzip wurde konsequent weitergeführt und astrein in die 3D-Umgebung herübergezogen. Auch wenn das geniale Respekt-Meter aus dem zweiten Teil fehlt und man nicht wirklich frei entscheiden kann, für wen man arbeitet, fesselt das Spiel mehr als seine Vorgänger. All die kleinen Details, deren Aufzählung hier den Rahmen gesprengt hätten, bilden einen hervorragenden Gesamteindruck. Der Abwechslungsreichtum der Missionen, die Größe des zu erkundenden Gebietes und die Möglichkeit, die Seiten zu wechseln oder wie besengt zu randalieren fesseln Tage und Wochen an den Bildschirm. Die Ansprechende technische Gestaltung tut ihr Übriges, um einen echten Hit zu kreieren.
90 (Mar 12, 2020)
En dehors de l'aspect film noir scénarisé et les graphismes somptueux, on peut noter que ce titre reste encore et surtout politiquement incorrect. Il est truffé de détails, mais aussi de références liées à la pop culture et aux films de gangsters. Le casting vocal peut se targuer d'avoir Joe Pantoliano ou Michael Madsen. Il a fait fureur à l'époque, il a fait pleurer des associations qui défendent nos chères têtes blondes, et il était interdit aux moins de 18 ans partout sauf chez nous (16 ans), mais tous les jeunes de 14 ans l'avaient déjà. Tellement proche des références du polar noir qu'un pack GTA III + Pulp Fiction était vendu pour 60 boules.
Gamekult (Oct 31, 2001)
Avec Grand Theft Auto III, DMA Design et Rockstar Games offrent une nouvelle référence au genre. Le gameplay du premier épisode, associé à une liberté d'action jamais vue, une ville superbement modélisée, un moteur physique bien sympathique, des graphismes somptueux et une durée de vie exemplaire, la barre est placée très haut. Le système de visée des armes à feu aurait vraiment mérité d'être revu et le frame rate accuse quelques faiblesses de temps en temps, mais le résultat final sur PS2 est impressionnant. En bref, un jeu à posséder.
PSM (Dec, 2001)
In the end, GTA3 might not have quite the same gameplay balance and totally gripping story of Metal Gear Solid 2, or the technical majesty and finely-paced action of Devil May Cry, but it's still a top-notch experience that really stands on its own. If you're ready for a game that rewards you for being a grown-up and doesn't pull any punches, then don't pass this one up.
Tillåt mig bli överenergisk och en smula sentimental när sammanfattningen ska göras. Som person är jag helt emot begreppet sunt förnuft och älskar allt som är vansinnigt. Detta innebär att jag verkligen älskar det här spelet och ogenerat uppmuntrar allt vad oprovocerat våld heter. Möjlighet, frihet, struktur, variation och bra berättelse gör detta til det bästa PlayStation2-spelet hittills. Pang på.
90 (Nov 17, 2003)
Grand Theft Auto 3 does a great job at immersing the player within the game, and for me, racing from the cops trying your best to stay alive is a more exciting than most new games. It may not have the most technologically advanced graphics, but it’s put together in such a great way that the cities truly come to life. The audio also plays a very important part in Grand Theft Auto 3, with professional voice-overs and very diverse music. Multiplayer would be an awesome addition to the game, and even though it sadly isn’t included the single player part is very fun to play, and with so many challenging missions you’ll surely get your money worth. If you like action in any way and have a somewhat new PC then be sure to buy this game, just don’t shoot the clerk at the store.
You can play GTAIII for hours and still find new surprises. You can hijack fire-engines and then go round putting out fires. You can run fares in stolen taxis for some extra cash. There are shops to buy guns, shops to buy bombs, shops to re-spray your cars and car compactors to destroy incriminating vehicles. You'll be amazed they've crammed it all in. Of course there are niggles – the map is not as useful as it should have been, the police can get too easy to provoke and you can't actually go inside most of the buildings. But in the face of such a criminal masterpiece, these are but minor felonies that we'll let go with a caution.
Cincinnati Enquirer (Dec 12, 2001)
So, if you're a fan of gangster movies such as The Godfather or TV shows such as The Sopranos, take a walk on the wild side with Grand Theft Auto III. It's a fun, fictional getaway that should keep you glued to your PlayStation 2 for a long time to come.
GTA 3 is totally immoral; a totally disgusting game in terms recreating modern disasters, but it is totally fantastic. You don’t need an evil streak through you to play this game because it loses the edge of real crime (it’s a game) and adds the edge of black humour. Perhaps it’s wrong to play a game, which mimics morbid crimes but it’s just to damn addictive and remember chaps, it is only a game and you will be overcome by its charm and sophistication. It’s not going to last you forever but it really does need to be in your collection, if only for shear pick up and play value.
Gameplanet (Dec 04, 2001)
One of the best games so far on PS2! Very deep and a lot of fun with plenty of diverse gameplay and longevity. Just get it now!
Gamers Europe (Apr 07, 2002)
Overall its one of the best games on the PS2, and as long as you're not afraid to see some of the bad points of this world in a video game it is well worth the buy.
DarkZero (2003)
Worth picking up if you can afford it, maybe even if you can't! GTA3 will go down as one of the greatest games made for PS2, and it certainly should go down n your list of games.
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 23, 2001)
I was pleasantly surprised by Grand Theft Auto 3. I was always turned off by the first two installments of the series because of the top-down view but this incarnation's fully 3-D setting has finally materialized the gritty world only hinted at before. It's rare to find such a playable game, such a monolith to non-linear gaming. It's also rare to find a game with so many enjoyable factors that the negatives are so neatly buried underneath. With such freedom you'd expect convoluted camera angles and badly planned game play to dampen the experience but in this case, I've reaped nothing but enjoyment from Rockstar's fourth PS2 attempt. And that, to me, is what it's all about.
85 (Nov 01, 2001)
Beau, long, original... GTA 3 dispose de toutes les qualités requises pour devenir un must de la PS2. Déjà censuré pour sa version française, il reste seulement à espérer que ce titre ne ravivera pas la grosse polémique qui a entouré la sortie des épisodes précédents. A ce sujet, il est quand même bon de rappeler que les jeux vidéo ne sont ni plus ni moins qu'une manière de s'évader de la réalité. Partir à la conquête de territoires inconnus, disputer des matches de foot contre des équipes internationales, piloter des vaisseaux spatiaux, ou pourquoi pas, comme ici, endosser le rôle d'un malfaiteur... Où serait l'intérêt d'un jeu qui nous replacerait dans notre vie quotidienne ? Je vous laisse là dessus.
Gamezilla (Jan 05, 2002)
As a person who has always considered himself to be an honest, non-lawbreaker type, I was fairly disgusted with myself for having as much fun as I did. This was a graphically violent game that certainly pulled no punches when it came to the money shots. I can’t stress enough that this game is meant for players of an older age bracket, like 17 and up. I must say however, that it was a refreshing change for me as I have never played anything that made being bad feel so good.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 13, 2002)
The character models are blocky, but at least their mannerisms are realistic, with the exception of the prostitutes who walk funny and look like they're wearing shorts. Although you can explore the city freely, there are very few buildings you can enter. The difficulty of the missions are wildly uneven, but otherwise GTA3 is a thrilling ride that I would recommend to mature gamers.
Edge (Nov 29, 2001)
The one jarring flaw is the spurious nature of up-close combat – it’s an awkward system that stymies play during hectic hails of gangland warfare, and is doubly infuriating at the end of a protracted campaign. It feels even more unfair when juxtaposed with the wonderfully laissez-faire attitude of the cruising patrol cars. There’s a lamentable lack of freedom for your own criminal genius, too. You’re still boxed in by the whims of your current overlords – any schemes of your own ruthless devising are restricted to trivial pursuits for petty cash. While the coherent and emergent behaviour of the city is limited to a local scale, GTA3 definitely gets one crucial thing right: it’s all about owning the streets, strutting your territory and walking tall.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 01, 2008)
Grand Theft Auto 3 is a good old tale of revenge told with panache, great humour and taking place in a beautiful and beautifully detailed city. While it has been superseded by its own sequels in many respects, there is still much here to admire and discover if you haven’t previously visited Liberty City. Give it a try, and discover why this legendary game spawned an entire genre of inferior imitators.
It's difficult to find anything else to criticise, in all honesty. Sure, the presentation could be slicker, but who cares? As I said earlier, GTA3 is all about pure gameplay, and it delivers, in spades. The sheer depth, the sheer amount of things to do ensure that it's next to impossible to become bored of this game. Sure, the whole thing is totally morally bankrupt, but when it's this much fun, who cares? GTA3 is the best PS2 game so far, the best game released so far this year, and a serious contender for game of the year. And if you don't believe me, I urge you to simply sit down with this game for five minutes. After three, you'll be converted. If you own a PS2, there's simply no excuse for not owning this game.
The Game Hoard (May 01, 2022)
While the crime drama plot mostly serves to set up the action in GTA III, Liberty City itself has a character all its own that propels the game forward. Satirical commentary on the radio pairs well with a city riddled with criminal organizations at each others’ throats, and as you guide your quiet character from one squabbling group to the next, you are given plenty of interesting activities that test your driving skill and let you embrace the chaos the game lives off of. The freedom to explore the city and make your own trouble is a nice breather between structured missions and it can pay off with extra goodies, interesting discoveries, and a growing knowledge of ways to use your knowledge of the city’s layout and opportunities to better clear even the hardest missions. While the driving works well and the amount of focus on it feels appropriate for it, gunfights often struggle with the lock-on combat system or are made less thrilling for its lifeless approach to targeting.

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