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We are back again with our look back at the origins of one of the most popular video game series of all time, Grand Theft Auto!
Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999) PlayStation, PC, Dreamcast, GameBoy Color
Grand Theft Auto 2 was released in 1999 and it retained the same top down gameplay style as the original game and its London spin offs. While it had the same style, GTA 2 did polish up the graphics quite a bit and in general, things just had a much smoother and better look to them than the first game.
Grand Theft Auto 2 still let the player just go around the city (Anywhere City) and cause utter mayhem and taking part in all kinds of side missions. But Grand Theft Auto 2 was also very story driven, something that the other games in the series after this point would become known for.
You play the role of a guy who just got out of prison called, Claude Speed. He enters Anywhere City and he wants to become the king pin! He is willing to do whatever it takes to do this and kill anyone who gets in his way. The story is pretty darn cool and features things like the Yakuza and the Russian mafia. You have to walk a fine line when doing jobs for certain organizations as they will think you are exclusively on their side, which can make you a target for rival gangs.
While it is fondly looked back on now, Grand Theft Auto 2 when it was first released got mixed reviews. Many people felt the game looked exactly the same (even though it was polished up) and felt it was not a real step forward for the series. This would lead to DMA/Rockstar making some pretty big bold decisions for Grand Theft Auto 3!