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Gaming how it should be!,
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto III (PS2) (Video Game)
Having not been the biggest fan of previous GTA games, due to jerky graphics, awkward controls and repetitive missions, I had reservations about buying this game. After having read many reviews and with the change to 3D I began to warm to the product, principally because I always thought the idea of the game was very clever and different. Previous attempts could never, in my opinion, really do the game justice.
As soon as I popped the disc into my PS2 the games new quality began to shine. Right from the Gangster style movie intro to those first tentative steps into Liberty City you will know you have purchased a quality game. Don't be put off at first by the ease the early missions. Although a worthy introduction to the various gangs in the city, they are, if anything, designed to get you familiar with the basics, stealing a car (writing one off!), beating a few locals with a baseball bat and maybe escaping the Police once or twice.
As the game develops you quickly get up to speed on how to handle the cars and get about the city. Before long you won't need the map that comes with the game as you will know every little short cut, hiding place and jump there is. The game quickly develops a plot and soon you will have various bosses offering you work, and from here, depending on what work you choose, the storyline will unfold.
So far I have found little to fault the game on, the graphics, lighting effects, music, sound and overall presentation are excellent. You really do feel like your in a living breathing city and soon will know whose territory your in depending on what part of the city you happen to be at. You see gangs on Mafia men walking the streets, down the road are the Triads etc. Missions aside there is no better feeling than walking onto their patch and stealing one of their cars, sparking a wild reaction from the gangs who come looking for you. The only fault is the occasional glitch when trying to shoot your guns in a crowded area as the targeting system often selects innocent bystanders and not the drug baron, walking your way and yielding a bat....still you can jump in your motor and run him over instead.
The game is massive, you can drive cars, busses, fire engines, taxi's even Ice cream vans!, if it moves you can steal it or kill it, that's the rule. Later in the game you can drive speed boats and even planes! as different parts of the city open up as the game progresses. You can also ride the trains, catch the tube and generally do whatever you want. Oh and be sure to visit the gun store to pick up the latest firearms!.
One of the best games, and longest lasting I think there is out on the PS2. What with this and Pro Evolution Soccer out in two weeks, its going to be a happy xmas.