Sonically, GTA 3 cannot be beaten; in-car tunes are provided from one of nine radio stations, each with its own distinct feel, and the sounds of the city are all here too; walk around for a while and you'll hear far-off police sirens, motorists abusing one another and general chit-chat as people go about their business.
The game is very open-ended. Its major focus is the mission-based goals--start out as a convict accidentally sprung from jail and work your way up to become a shining light in one of the city's controlling gangs. If that gets dull, hijack a cab, police car, ambulance or fire engine and carry out missions suitable for your mode of transport, and if all else fails, find the ludicrously dangerous looking ramps and hit them hard for some big air and big cash bonuses.
It has to be said that GTA 3 fully warrants its 18 certificate, dealing as it does with mob warfare, indiscriminate murders, auto crimes, prostitution and more. The language gets a little "fruity" from time to time and you can't help but wince as you watch innocents get in the way of a good firefight. At the end of the day, though, this is a game and nothing more; thankfully, it's a good game, a very, very good game in fact, so buy it now. Or we'll send Luigi and the boys round. --Chris Russell
If you are reading this, considering buying GTA3, try to play either GTA or GTA2 first, then you will really appreciate the jump from 2D to 3D. And what a jump it is! From the top-down view of the first 2 games, to the crazy taxi style view of GTA3. Only Metal gear solid 2 rivals the graphics of this, and in my opinion, it beats it, considering there is about 5 seconds loading time between cities, and only about 30 seconds loading at the start.
GTA3 is the first game in the series with a proper storyline. It may be a clichéd mafia story, but there are many unique twists which keep it alive.
If you have played GTA or GTA2, you will know how exciting the police chases are, but you havn't lived until you have experianced a GTA3 police chase. Because of the 3D graphics, many new escape routes are available, and now helicopters chae you too, and if you have a rocket launcher, you can shoot the choppers down too.
The sounds of the city are amazing too, as everr car makes some sort of noise, as well as the pedestrians, who come out with random quotes. when you get in a car, there are 8 (i think) GTA radio stations, ranging from Hip-hop to Classical and the hilarious phone in station Chatterbox.
If all that wasnt enough, there are many mini-games & Sub-Missions: Taxi driver (basically crazy taxi round the GTA cities), Vigilante (get a police vehicle and kill Criminals!), Paramedic (rescue people in an ambulance), and, to keep those hardened-gamers happy, there are 100 hidden packages dotted around the 3 cities. There are many more, but i wont spoil the surprises.
Buy this game! trust me, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!
This game is fantastic. It is one of the most open-ended, non-linear games I've ever played. Remember this is not a "life" simulation, and does not hope to recreate the most minute detail.
Liberty City - is a busy active place to live. The makers have "gone to town" with this game, and have breathed life into an already fantastic genre. The graphics are great. No their not Gran Turismo beating, but they were never meant to be. The style is always simple and effective. The cut scenes are very well done, with the voice acting being off a suitably outstanding nature. You really feel that you've been taken under the wing of the local hoodlums, and have a chance to prove yourself. Anyone who accuses this game of being repetitive, should take a good, long look at themselves. The choices are massive. Why not take a break from the missions, and improve those driving skills? Many jumps are to be found, and the desire for greater leaps never fades.
The evening rolls in on an otherwise sunny day. Headlights blur gently into the horizon, and rain starts to fall. Watch those handbrake skids,as it gets awfully slippy when the skies have opened.
Don't fancy getting into a one on one? Stay in the car, and mow the perpetrator down.....or how about sticking that UZI against the glass and riddling him/her with bullets? The choice is yours. ALWAYS.
Grab some munchies...a few cold ones...and get ready for endless fun.
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