Grand Theft Auto
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Saturday, 27 November 2004
When this game was released in 1997 it sparked a furious debate about computer game violence. In Grand Theft Auto you are an undercover cop on a mission to infiltrate criminal organizations in different cities.


Not a very great story perhaps but still a story. What you mainly do in GTA however is to drive around in different cars completing missions.

You usually get a mission on a pay phone from some notorious gangster in the area. The missions can be anything from driving a getaway car to assassinations. For each mission you complete you earn cash, at a certain level of cash you get a new city unlocked. There are a total of three cities in the game, Liberty City (based on New York), San Andreas (San Francisco) and Vice City (Miami).

Now of course the police in each city are very alert and you have to complete your business very discretely to not get attention from the police. The level of attention you are getting from the police is called police level, the higher the level the more police units engaged in finding you. At the highest level the police put up roadblocks and shoots at your car with machine guns.

The AI for the police isnít very good, they usually just follow you until they get you at all costs, however trying to avoid the police in car chases are very entertaining. The music in Grand Theft Auto deserves some mentioning the tracks are recorded by a band and ranges from country music to rap. You can change radio station in your car by pressing F5. In the game the different radio stations and music definitely creates a great atmosphere.

Grand Theft Auto is seen completely from above, the view is quite original but the graphics arenít that stunning. If you are the lucky owner of a 3Dfx graphics card you can enjoy a bit better graphics. However the graphics play a small role in a game like this, the entertainment brought by the game plays a much more important role.

The game is violent, no questions about that, however the violence isnít that graphic as in Grand Theft Auto 3 or other games. Also the violence usually has some sort of meaning, what I really hate in computer games and movies are violence without a point. However I believe that DMA really have made a good balance between what can be considered violence with a point and without.

I believe that this game is great, there are no flaws as I know of, some people might find it boring after a while and thatís why I canít give it the top score. But if you love car chases and good games this is so worth your hard-earned money.

Developer: DMA
Website for game: N/A
Publisher: BMG Interactive
O/S: Dos 6.0 / Win 95/98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game: About $15, available in those budget series or the game has been released for free by Rockstar Games, download it here.

486 DX100, 16 mb ram, 1 mb graphics memory
Tested on:
Pentium III Mobile 850 mhz, 384 mb RAM, Windows XP

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