Grand Theft Auto 2
|Grand Theft Auto 2|
|Release date:||October 22, 1999|
|Series:||Grand Theft Auto Series|
Grand Theft Auto 2 (also known as GTA2) is a video game that was released worldwide on October 22, 1999, by developer DMA Design (now Rockstar North); initially for the Windows operating system and the PlayStation. The game was later ported to the Dreamcast console and the Game Boy Color. It is the sequel to the controversial 1997 hit Grand Theft Auto. The PC and Dreamcast versions of GTA2 are both rated M by the ESRB. The language and violence was toned down for the PlayStation and Game Boy Color versions which received a T rating. Rockstar now offers the PC version as registerware for free download at their website. GTA2 was preceded by the original Grand Theft Auto and succeeded by Grand Theft Auto III.
Unlike other games in the series, GTA2 is set in an unspecified time in a metropolis referred to only as Anywhere City. The year is not specified, but the game's manual uses the phrase "three weeks into the future", and phrases such as "X weeks into the future" or "X minutes into the future" are common phrases meaning "near future"; fictional journal entries on the GTA2 website suggest the year to be 2013. However, radio host Johnny Riccaro mentions in the game that "the millennium's coming," which would set the game somewhere before 2001, most likely 1999. Anywhere City consists of three levels, or "districts." The first level is The Downtown Area and features casinos, hotels, a large mental institution and a university. The second area is The Residential District and contains the city's prison, a trailer park with an Elvis-themed club named "Disgracelands", a research center and a large hydroelectric power plant. The third and last area is The Industrial District. It holds a large seaport, a meat packing plant, a Nuclear Power Plant and a Krishna temple.
The player is a man named Claude Speed, who is freed from prison, having awakened from a cryonic sleep but experiences amnesia. The storyline shifts to his goal of becoming the "King of the City" by any means necessary.
The game can be played in two modes (only in the PC version), noon or dusk. On the noon setting the lighting is bright making the game clear to see (also lowering the graphics overhead on weaker hardware because of the fewer lighting effects). On the dusk setting the game is darker, with multiple dynamic lights from explosions and car headlights. This feature was also expanded further in Grand Theft Auto III where the daylight is changing with the time of day in the game.
Grand Theft Auto 2 includes a pool of seven gangs, with each of the city's three levels containing only a group of three gangs. The Zaibatsu Corporation gang is included in every level.
- Zaibatsu Corporation
- The Yakuza
- SRS (Sex and Reproductive Systems)
- Russian Mafia
- Hare Krishna
Each area features five radio stations from a pool of eleven, in which one of them would be played as the player drives most vehicles in game. Changing radio stations for preference was also possible in the Windows PC version by using the "F1" function key and also in the Playstation version by pressing the "up" directional button. "Head Radio" was present in the original GTA, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Each gang also has its own radio station that transmits within a limited area.
- Head Radio
- Rockstar Radio
- Lo-Fi FM
- Futuro FM
- Heavenly Radio
- Lithium FM
- Rebel Radio/KING
- Osmosis Radio
- Funami FM