Drive dozens of varied vehicles around three of America's toughest cities. Only the best will be able to tame the fastest cars. Only the smartest will know all the short-cuts and the whereabouts of the hottest wheels. Only the toughest will be able to take on the world and finish the job like a professional...
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Very Positive (108 reviews) - 94% of the 108 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 30, 1998

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About This Game

Drive dozens of varied vehicles around three of America's toughest cities.
Only the best will be able to tame the fastest cars. Only the smartest will know all the short-cuts and the whereabouts of the hottest wheels.
Only the toughest will be able to take on the world and finish the job like a professional...

System Requirements

    • OS: DOS 6.0, Windows 95, Windows 98
    • Processor: 75 MHz Pentium or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 Mb of RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 80 MB of Hard Disk Space
    • Video Card: 1MB VESA compatible SVGA graphics card
    • Sound: Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
218 of 254 people (86%) found this review helpful
250 people found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Grand Theft Auto is now old enough to play Grand Theft Auto.
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66 of 87 people (76%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
It doesn't have Shark Cards. It also doesn't make you buy cars.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Short version: 73%
It’d be a lie to say GTA1 aged well, but the first entry of the series is still a fun arcade game about carjacking and other criminal activities, with the kind of satiric humour that stood the test of time.

Long version:
Compared to the massive open world lumbering giant the franchise grew into, Grand Theft Auto 1 is a simple top-down arcade action game, inspired by the highway car chase helicopter news casts.

The simplicity is reflected in the core mechanics: instead of playing through a story (which this game lacks pretty much entirely), all six levels require a target score to pass. While almost every action gives points, the intended way to progress is to raise the score multiplier, usually by completing missions. These missions are barely anything more than a random set of objectives, tied together with some immature and politically incorrect, yet not too controversial flavour text with some (black) humour and social satire.

The game is easy in many regards– enemies aim terribly, the police are quite ineffective, and all tasks can be described in a few words– but many small annoyances can ruin gameplay. For example, there are no mission retries, and when even the player dies in one hit, it is easy to fail a task on the first try.
The best way to approach GTA1 is to think it as a memorisation game: learn the city layouts, weapon locations, and the mission objectives, and it’ll go smoothly. Just don’t forget that there is no save, so each stage has to be completed in one sitting.

The game engine is ancient and difficult to run on any modern system. On top of that, it can cause nausea with the jerky camera movement and wonky frame rates. And when it works, the player can enjoy the interesting physics that turn every vehicle into a bouncy bumper car.
Still, if you can live with these limitations, GTA1 can still hold itself on its own as a good arcade game that can warrant a replay from time to time.
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33 of 57 people (58%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
FARTS all day long!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
You want realism? Here you can die from 1 single shot!

The game that started it all. Where you can burp and fart your way around Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas while hoping you don't crash against a building or another vehicle because the camera doesn't zoom out far enough.

Follow the -not so- intuitive arrow though the city to find and do the missions your bosses demands and rise your point counter in order to progress to the next city.

Blow up ♥♥♥♥, kill pedestrians and maybe... JUST MAYBE... You will find those Hare Krishnas and achieve the all mighty GOURANGA!
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