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Chris Rock

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I've never played Grand Theft Auto games before, but I purchased GTA3 for my PC on the recommendation of several people.

Can anyone compare the gameplay to any other game (or type of game)? Someone tell me it's more than just a crime simulator.
 

Chris Rock

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Well, it looks fun, but I'll have to see whether I have as much fun with it as everyone else.

I just don't have a deep down desire to live a thug's life. Shooting cops and making it with hookers doesn't have that much appeal to me on the surface.

I'm sure a coupla hours of gameplay will do the trick.
 

Graeme Clark

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It's a combination of Midtown Madness, Max Payne, Shenmue, Crazy Taxi, and Chase HQ, all molded into one fantastic game for the most part.

The main of the game deals with doing missions for different crime bosses of the city. It starts off with getting (stealing) a car, picking up hookers and taking them to their destination, and quickly turns into killing rival gang members, smashing cars with important cargo, and dealing with a time limit. The nice thing is that you can move at your own pace. You can just whip through the missions if you so desire, or you can just walk around the city, try to take everything in and "shoot cops and make out with hookers".

There's hidden items all over the cities to find, side missions to do (which include things like racing, and picking up pornograhpy), hidden "rampage" missions, and at anytime you can hop into a Cop car and play Vigitante, hop into a Taxi and play some Crazy Taxi, Play Fireman in the firetruck or Paramedic in the Ambulance.

Or, you could take a ride on the L Train, or the subway (or run through the subway tunnels like I did), run around in a boat (and see how far inland you can get it) or finally just hop in a fast car and hit some of the jumps littered through the city and earn some extra "insane stunt" money.

If you play long enough, you can TRY and fly that damn plane!

Funny that you should purchase it first, then ask for opinion here afterwards.
 

Morgan Jolley

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From my experience with all 3 games (and I've played them all for an hour or two, not really in-depth but not just a short demo) I would say the best word to describe the series is "monotonous." I found that every mission revolves around shooting people and cars with little variation between them. Sure, other games in other genres have little variation in gameplay, but they have other aspects that make them so good, and I find GTA3 is devoid of those aspects (like a storyline I could care about, puzzles, multiple solutions to puzzles, etc.)

I can honestly say that I didn't like the GTA games from the beginning.

I'm a big fan of FF. Others are not.
Others are big fans of GTA. I am not.

This is just my p.o.v. on the series.
 

Joe michaels

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My problem with the game is it gets way to difficult too fast and some of the timed missions are just ridiculouss, like getting to 4 different phone booths in minutes or stealing several expensive cars and getting them to their destination without a scratch. When you get to that point the game is more of a pain in the ass than anything.
 
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Joe:

If you want tons of fun, get ahold of a fire engine or a big rig and go on a rampage.

Of course, if that proves too tough, you can always run around and beat up hookers... ;-)
 

Iain Lambert

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My favorite things to do in the game that don't involve actually solving the missions are:

1) Play Crazy Taxi. I could just load Crazy Taxi yet again, but playing with damageable cars makes for an interesting gameplay variation.

2) Find some interesting jumps to attempt, and hunting down the fastest, lightest possible car in order to try them with. Something that will look cool, and ideally land you somewhere you can't normally get you is always best. Extra humour value for landing badly on a second ramp and flipping the car end-over-end is always a good second though.

3) Working out how you can cause a nice big fire. Not just for the pyromaniacal of you, but because the cash prizes on the Firefighting bonus game make the Taxi ones look pitiful, and driving that huge truck around, smacking everything else out of the way with impunity is hilarious.
 

Mark Evans

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I loved GTA3, personally, though I admit the difficulty does leap through the roof quite quickly. But, it's a huge improvement over the first game (never played the second) inasmuch as you can save whenever you want, which is a very nice touch. Instead of having to repeat, say, eight missions monotonously to get to something new, you just have to finish one, then you can save it.
That makes up for a LOT of frustration, imho. And GTA3 is so free-form and immersive, which I think counts for a lot. Want that shiny new car stuck in the dealer's showroom? Back a truck through the glass and take the damn thing :D.
What really makes a game beyond good fun gameplay is the little touches, and GTA3 is filled to brimming with little touches.
And I looooove indulging in my anti-social side as well, so your mileage may vary ;)
 

Chris Rock

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It's a combination of Midtown Madness, Max Payne, Shenmue, Crazy Taxi, and Chase HQ, all molded into one fantastic game for the most part.
I've only played for an hour, but I'd say this explanation is very accurate. I can see why everyone digs this game. I can't wait to have some real time with it.
 

Doug Schiller

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Something else that others haven't mentioned (I think).

You can do a single mission 10 times and each way to the solution can be different depending on the number of pedestrains are around, how mad other gangs are at you, weather, vehicles you use, actual methods of killing someone, weapons available, etc.

I've played through it about 4 times and rarely see the same thing twice.

And if you think you are too good, give yourself missions (Like getting a tank without cheating or obtaining rare, bullet proof cars).

Doug
 

Derrik Draven

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The hardest thing for me has been to get the last car for the chop shop by the airport.

I think it's the ride that the feds are driving. I just can't survive long enough to get it.

The 1st set of cars were pretty easy to get for the chop shop in the shipping docks.
 

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