STAFF REVIEW of Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack (Xbox)

Monday, December 15, 2003.

Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack Box art Before I begin, Blockbuster doesn't packageboth of the GTA's together... you'll have to rent them seperately. Just a marketting skam! So, I rented GTA:VC and plan on renting GTA3 later.

Generally, the game is just what I expected, a tad better than I expected actually. I was surprised to see so many of the missions were actually FUN. Still, most were frustrating... The aging graphics engine rivals that of TrueCrime: Streets of LA, actually smashing it to peices in comparison. Sound is decent, the 80's music is a nice touch... but I'll never be caught listening to that crap for over 10 seconds. Kchat provided some humor, but outside of that, I only listened to my own ripped tunes. Overall, a very good game.

You're Tommy Vercetti, a 'right hand man' for a druglord... uh.. whats-his-face.. Sonny. A trade heads for worse and Tommy lost "THE MONEY!" So you're left with the crap and must make up the debt that Sonny put on you. To do this, you must take over the crime-infested city, Vice City.

The vehicles handle very well, although physics are rather funky. Most vehicles will fly around, as if they have no mass. It's wierd, but it's fun to ram other vechicles with a big-rig. Fighting and such is decent... auto-aim guns tend to lock onto the most obscure enemies, rather than those that're in your immediate area... especially those that're already smacking the crap outta you with a baseball bat. It's a shame that not all of the weapons have manual aim... it'd be a very welcome addition. I'd say about 90% of the missions are actually FUN, and about 90% of the missions are frustrating... even if they're fun, you'll get tired of it after screwing up 10x's in a row... that's assuming you don't screw around as much as me... A very fun game! :thumbs up: (I know there's no emoticon for that)

A nice graphical upgrade from the PS2 version. All vehicles take some form of physical damage... too much damage if you ask me. Character models look rather blocky, but nothing serious. The tell-tale PS2 motion blur is still in effect(motion is blurred to cover jaggies)... not really needed on an Xbox/PC game if you ask me. Lastly, in comparison to TrueCrime:Streets of LA, GTA:VC is gold.

Eh, I hate 80's music, a big thanks to Rockstar for enabling custom soundtracks. Some car sounds seem as though they've been ripped from previous GTA installments... but it's nothing to cry about. Voice acting is great, funny at time, but well practiced. Nice sound.

Give all guns manual aim... please.

Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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