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 (112 reviews) - 92% of the 112 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 30, 1998

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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
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drshorty03
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 6
I loved the original game, but unfortunately on modern PCs this version of GTA does not run well at all.
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╠R✗N╣ The Vigilante ☜☆☞
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game bring's back soo many memories, i have a laptop that it doesnt really work and i have a desktop that runs the game fine so it runs good depending on your computer. i rate this 9/11
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Milk Jug
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 25
this game is horrible. but i remember liking it when i was a kid.
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Furrek
2.0 hrs
Posted: July 8
To be honest, I was never a big fan of first Grand Theft Auto game. Maybe I was a little too young to understand how to take missions, back then I also didn't understand much of english. So, the only thing I was doing was driving around, killing people and jumping on THAT bridge. It was probably enought for me to have fun. Not sure how much time spend playing like that but I know one thing - it didn't lasted that long for sure. There were many good games around that time so I probably moved to another game.

After years, I wanted to give first GTA game another try. Finished some missions, played around for some time and, at least for now, no more. First of all, this game is really hard compared to other games in series. You can't save game after mission - you need to get way too much cash if you want to "save" your progress and move to next level. Does that mean it's no fun at all? NO. It's really fun. I probably enjoyed it more than newest Grand Theft Auto games. It's kind of game made purely for fun. Also, that main theme song (Joyride by Da Shootaz) is my second favorite one in whole series, it's so great. There is only one thing that I'm kinda of mad at - Rockstar never released mission packs (London 1969 and London 1961) on Steam. For what reason? I'm not sure. Since they brought back Steam pages for both first and second Grand Theft Auto games, maybe one day they will do something about those addons... at least I hope so.

At the moment I'm making this review, there is no way to buy first GTA game on Steam. You can hunt for old GTA Complete Packs on websites which sells games BUT there is no guarantee that it will be included at all. Guess you could also check Steam forums, there are always people who are making info about that. If you are fan of series, if you ever wanted to try it or maybe you played it years ago - doesn't matter, it's worth all the trouble of trying to get it.
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Nasty Nast
4.1 hrs
Posted: June 27
first time i played this the only thing a could was mayhem. damn miss those days
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Rockiwan
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 1
This game at the moment does not work for me; well it flickers constantly. Anyone know how to fix this for Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. GTA 2 works just fine for the moment which is shocking. But if anyone knows feel free to let me know. I cannot recommend this game until its fixed even though it is a good game.
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Goldnuget
81.4 hrs
Posted: May 7
Fun game. Kill frenzy!!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
If you somehow find this game somewhere then GET IT and then (If you don't already have that) get a computer that can run it... I played this long before I got Steam and I still think its better then most new games.
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316 of 367 people (86%) found this review helpful
378 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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247 of 287 people (86%) found this review helpful
218 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Better than Infinte Warfare
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119 of 150 people (79%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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49 of 62 people (79%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2012
Grand Theft Auto is the root of open world exploration and gameplay. Released in 1998, this classic title started jump started the future for gaming. I don’t recommend this game just because it’s classic, I recommend it because it genuinely has good gameplay. The world is rather large for a game of the late 90s, and gameplay is actually better than a lot of Indies of today. Multiple mission routes mean endless replay value. If you’re not the type to follow story, just go around stealing cars and killing ♥♥♥♥♥es, hoes, and pedestrians for mad points. It’s a real shame the developers gimped on the graphics of Grand Theft Auto. Even for a late 90’s game, the graphics for Grand Theft Auto is god awful. When my avatar leaves his car, I can’t tell the difference between his front and backside; this makes shooting quite chaotic and confusing at times. If you look pass the graphics, there is lots of fun to be had from this classic title. Play it.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2011
The most controversial game after Carmageddon :P
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Gateway game, I played this as a young child, never got off the computer.
Slept through classes.

10/10
Would sleep through school again
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2011
While a lot of people seemed to have first played the GTA series with the 3rd person games, I started here. It's a terrific, humorous action game without the involved stories of the newer ones.
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