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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 3

Racing / Driving video game by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 2

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An excellent game which changed the gaming world forever

  • Mar 4, 2006
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While the first few GRAND THEFT AUTO video games were popular, no one could have anticipated the enormous popularity which surrounded GRAND THEFT AUTO III after its release. After playing the game, it's easy to see why it was (and still is) so popular. You play a silent young thug who is freed from police custody after a miraculous accident. The thug - you - immediately begins getting his hands dirty again, working for (and against) the Mafia, the Triads, the Yakuza, and other gangs. Throughout the game you shoot, blow up, run over, and torture anybody who gets in your way - be they criminals or mere pedestrians. One of the things which makes GTA III unique is that it was one of the first video games allowing you to explore your surroundings and perform side missions in-between the primary story missions - and believe me, there's much to explore. There are three islands, each vastly different, with "Hidden Packages" hidden on each island. While not on a primary story mission, you can perform police missions, where you track down and destroy Liberty City's criminals; ambulance missions, where you race against the clock to deliver the injured to the hospital; or taxi missions, where you rush to deliver the hurrying citizens of the city. The game plays, at times, like one big crime movie - a violent, often funny, crime movie. Speaking of movies, numerous celebrities voice characters from this game, including Michael Madsen, Frank Vincent, and Kyle MacLachlan. If you get sick of driving around the city in silence, you can listen to one of many different radio stations, each boasting a different type of music. Lastly, you can steal a great many different types of vehicles; each drives just as you'd expect it would, and each can be damaged realistically. While it's not as brilliant as its sequel, VICE CITY, GRAND THEFT AUTO III is an excellent game which changed the gaming world forever.

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review by . June 22, 2006
posted in The Gaming Hub
The best way to play this game is to skip the missions and just start havoc in the city. Fight the gangs and police, attack the citizens and steal cars!! If you are able to find some of the cheat codes off the Internet, then this is where the fun really begins! These secrets can give you armor, weapons and even a tank (this is only listing a few)! As always parents, research a video game before you buy it for your 7 year old.
review by . June 14, 2002
posted in The Gaming Hub
Pros: Do whatever you want! ANYTHING!!! AHAHAHAHAHA!!!     Cons: The targeting just plain sucks     The Bottom Line: Got a watch? Swing it in front of your face. You are getting sleepy, Sleeeeeeepy.... Good. Now go buy this game. And slap yourself whenever you hear the phone ring.     Pop quiz, hot shot: You're sitting at a traffic light, and the light just turned green. It's been about ten seconds, but the old guy in front of you hasn't …
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WithGrand Theft Auto III, Rockstar proves that not all developers are concerned with toning down the violence in their games. This sequel is even more bloody, violent, and sadistic than its popular predecessors, offering up an enormous 3-D city in which nearly any criminal act is possible. Players are free to steal cars, beat up the local population for their money (or weapons), make time with prostitutes, or simply roam to their heart's content. Those seeking more structure can embark on dozens of plot-driven missions or steal cars that let them play minigames. Nab a cop car and you can go on vigilante missions. Grab a cab and you can play a deadly version ofCrazy Taxi. Take a fire truck and you can earn money putting out fires. The game just never gets boring.

As in real life, there are consequences for your criminality. As your random acts of mayhem mount up, the police start hounding you, eventually calling in SWAT trucks, the FBI, and even the army if you continue down the path of destruction. Shaking these pursuers is easily the most fun part of the game, especially when a bunch of friends are packed in the room to witness your narrow escapes.

Grand Theft Auto III is fine-tuned to near perfection in every category. All the vehicles, from slick sports cars to lumbering dump trucks, handle exactly as you'd expect and smash apart realistically when abused. The three islands in the game are rendered in terrific detail considering their size, and are packed with ...

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ESRB: M - (Mature)
Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: DMA Design
Console: PS2
Release Date: 22 October, 2001
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