Ever fancied being a tooled-up hoodlum, living on the wrong side of the law
and mixing it up with street gangs in a war over turf, drugs and cold, hard
cash? Welcome to Grand Theft Auto 3. Big brother of previous outings on the
PSone and PC, GTA 3 has gone fully 3-D to bring the fictitious environs of
Liberty City to life.
This PC version is even better looking than the PS2 one was, with even more
opportunity for flashy lighting effects, over the top explosions and beautifully
rendered mayhem. This is silky-smooth stuff and the graphical details are truly
awesome as you'll see the first time you carjack a taxi and take off like a
lunatic, mowing down the innocent.
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
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
Mob bosses need favours, gangs want you dead
Both narrative driven and nonlinear gameplay
A fully realized 3D city
Hundreds of characters and 50 plus vehicles
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