37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
This Game is the reason to buy a Playstation 2,
By A Customer
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto III (PS2) (Video Game)
Free from prison after a breakout job on transit and away you go stealing the first car you see. With the police behind, you need to be fast to get to the safe house. From here on in it's up to you. Roam around the streets of Liberty City causing chaos everywhere you go. This game is an amazing world of crime and corruption. The story line is very interesting and can change depending on who you do missions for. You start off with the Italian Mafia in Portland which is the industrial part of Liberty City. There's loads to keep you busy even if you want a break from full missions including Taxi Driver, Fire Man, Ambulance Driver and even Vigilante. These missions can be easily started by simply stealing the type of car or truck required eg. Cab or Fire truck etc. Doing these missions earn you cash which you can proceed to spend in the local Gun Shop, although every cop car stolen provides a shot gun and there's plenty of gangsters carrying guns to kill. The arsenal includes handgun, shotgun, Uzi, M16, Rocket launcher, grenades, Flamethrower and much more.
The whole city is broken up into 3 different sections Portland, Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale. Each with own level of class Portland being the poor and Shorside Vale being very Rich and where there's money there's nice cars. Travelling from one part of the city to another is very well designed and realistic. you can use one of the bridges or maybe travel by subway or perhaps the underground car tunnel or if you don't get sea sick why not steal a boat and drive across the sea. Your wanted level also changes depending on how dangerous you are. The levels are set by stars 6 in all. 1 star and you'll have a few cops running after you, 2 and they'll shoot at you on site, 3 and the police helicopter will be over head, 4 and the swat teams gets called out, 5 you better get running the FBI are coming and 6 well you must be some dangerous person because here comes the army in their tanks and if your really good you might be able to steal one and then they'll have a hard job stopping you then. You can even use the tank to shoot other cars or trucks.
This game is by far one of the best I've ever played and the life span is endless. I'm sure you will be playing this game until they bring out GTA4. The graphics are amazing the sound is brill with radio stations selectable in every car from Hip Hop to Classical and Dub to Dance. The playability is top notch and to be honest I really have very little to fault this game, but the one thing that I was disappointed with was when I reached the Airport and stole a plane I realised the wings where clipped but I think this has been done for reasons which everyone can understand. Who knows maybe they'll add it back in for the next realise.