Pros: Can be very fun to play
Cons: Graphics, slowdown, controls
Before I get into the details, I would like to inform any reader that this is not an opinion of Grand Theft Auto alone. It compares the three games in the series: Grand Theft Auto(GTA for short), GTA:London 1969, and GTA 2. All of which were made by the same company, Rockstar. I have a system for writing opinions about games which includes five factors: graphics, controls, sound, replay, and others. Each will explain the good and bad in the game. So lets get started already.
ABOUT THE GRAND THEFT AUTO SERIES:
Basically, these games are created for anyone that wants to be a mobster, of course only on the game. What it allows you to do is practically anything, while you preform tasks and try to raise your ranks in the mafia. You preform hits on people, steal cars, blow things up, and evade police. If age is a concern to you, then this game is not for kids.
Grand Theft Auto- Yes, this is the original, and has original bad graphics. These graphics are a pretty large pain to live with, as they are annoying and frustrating. As you play the game will become sluggish and choppy. After about an hour or so you will see break-up, clip-art(things popping up out of the blue), and incredible slowdown. That's not all, the graphics aren't good to begin with. It's an overhead view which shows a small area of broken(graphically) cars and building. This is not Playstation material, it looks like a Sega Genisis product.
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969- The overhead view is still present, but the graphics are improved. The slowdown is better, and the cars look more rounded. The buildings have no clip-art, but are more polished in some areas than others. GTA:London 1969's let-down is the people. Your mobster is very poorly drawn and small. At times, usually when it matters, you can't tell if your character is facing forward or backwards. Though improved, the graphics are still not great.
Grand Theft Auto 2- Yet again, the overhead angle is here. These graphics are more refined than the two other games, and a little more put together. You can tell which way your player is facing, and the car models are more detailed. While the environments have no clip-art present, the slowdown has also been improved. The price you must pay is awful loading times, which isn't the Playstations style.
Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, and Grand Theft Auto 2- I am putting all these together because the controls are the exact same in all of them, only layout differing. In all the GTA's the controlling was a problem. It's hard to steer stolen vehicles, evade police while running, and shoot your weapon. I don't know why, I guess they set out to confuse the consumer to death. When you wish to move it takes several commands instead of one straight button. They are a pain, but can be handled with a little practice.
Grand Theft Auto- This game provides a different type of modern music depending on your situation. For example, when running around one type of music plays, then you steal a car and rap music plays off the radio. It's kinda cool, except if you enjoy a song and it gets cut off in the middle, do to you leaving the situation. The gunshots are unrealistic, but fit the game. If you run into people on the street, they may cuss at you, making the games morale drop. It does suit it though.
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969- The same style of music play is present here, just with a different mood. It plays 60's british music which I feel is really cool. All the people talk with an accent, and use a little less strong language. This is a good soundtrack and effects.
Grand Theft Auto 2- The same musical system is here, and almost the same music as GTA. I feel they could have tried harder to make the voice acting and songs different. GTA 2 provides more of the strong language present in the first game, and mostly same old, same old, one liners by people on the street. Overall, a repeat of the original.
Grand Theft Auto- This is a game that suffers pretty badly from graphics, and controls. That really tones the replay down notches, and makes this game fun for only about 2 weeks max.
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969- This is the shortest game, by far, in the series. It only consist of one city, as the others have three. It is one well done city though, and has fun missions and real landmarks. I would have to say that this is the funniest to play and will keep you gaming for up to a month.
Grand Theft Auto 2- This game is better than the original in every aspect, including replay. It is a fun game for a while, up until you decide all the cities are the exact same, and missions. It should captivate the average gamer for 3 weeks or so.
Grand Theft Auto, GTA: London 1969, GTA 2- None of these games have any bonus features really. GTA 2 does provide more cops, and even an FBI squad. This is a big improvement over the other two.
OVERALL RANKINGS ON A SCALE TO FIVE:
Graphics: GTA=2, GTA: London 69'=3, GTA2=3
Controls: GTA=1, GTA: London 69'=1, GTA2=1
Sound: GTA=3, GTA: London 69'=5, GTA2=3
Replay: GTA=2, GTA: London 69'=4, GTA2=3
Others: GTA=1, GTA: London 69'=1, GTA2=3
FINAL WORDS FROM joe14 ON GRAND THEFT AUTO SERIES:
Though none of these games are brilliant, they can be fun. If you were to buy one of the three, pick London 69'. It is fun, long-lasting, and you get to drive on the wrong side of the road (if you live in the US).