Grand Theft Auto 2

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Grand Theft Auto 2
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer:
Peripherals supported: Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
US
T-42102N
ESRB: Mature 17+
Sega Dreamcast
DE
T-40502D-18
USK: 16
Sega Dreamcast
FR
T-40502D-09
SELL: 16+
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.9939.99[3][4] T-40502D-05
BBFC: 18
Sega Dreamcast
ES/UK/IT
T-40502D-61
ELSPA: 18+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
AU
OFLC: M15

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Grand Theft Auto 2 is the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto, and is the only entry of the series to appear on a Sega platform - the Sega Dreamcast.

Gameplay

GTA 2 follows the player as a criminal named Claude Speed walking the streets of "Anywhere, USA". Like its predecessor, the game allows you to hijack any car on the map and kill anyone who gets in your way. It was seen to be as controversial as the previous titles as a result.

GTA 2 was the first in the series to introduce the concept of "gangs". Each of the three maps ("districts" or "sectors") has regions controlled by one of three gangs, and the player works for all three in order to earn "respect", indicated by three separate meters in the HUD. If the player has enough respect, they can continue taking on missions. If it's too low, they'll be shot at until the player murders members of rival gangs (which in turn reduces their respect meter). Balancing the three gangs and completing all the missions lets the player move onto the next district.

There are more NPCs in GTA 2 than its predecessor, as well as computer-controlled car thieves and pickpockets.

Districts

While GTA 2 has three maps (like the first game), all take place in the same city.

Downtown district
Residential district
Industrial district

History

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto 2 was re-released under a freeware license in 2004.

Versions

Unlike later entries in the series, Grand Theft Auto 2 was originally designed as a Windows PC game, before being ported to the PlayStation and Dreamcast (and in a simplified form for the Game Boy Color). The most striking difference between the versions is that on the PC, the player can choose whether to play the game at noon or dusk (later GTA games would feature an in-game clock which changes the scenery as time goes on). On the Dreamcast, you can only at dusk, while on the PlayStation, you can only play at noon.

Grand Theft Auto games simulate radio stations by having set of a long audio files (sometimes several hours long) which loop indefinitely. Traditionally the radio stations "continue" in the background regardless of whether the player is listening (much like real life), however on the Dreamcast version of GTA 2, no such system is in place. This means whenever the player enters a vehicle, the selected radio station will play from the beginning.

The Dreamcast conversion of GTA 2 is the most accurate of the home ports. On the PlayStation, for example, violence is toned down, some optional missions are removed and trains are missing, in addition to expected graphical cutbacks (it is also the only console game in the franchise to receive a "T" rating from the ESRB).

Magazine articles

Main article: Grand Theft Auto 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #139: "April 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (UK) #8: "No. 8" (2000-04-20)
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Print advert in Next Level (AR) #17: "Junio 2000" (2000-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 Konzol (HU)
85
[7]
Arcade (UK) PAL
75
[8]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
80
[9]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[10]
Dreamcast Monthly (UK) PAL
90
[11]
DC-UK (UK) PAL
80
[4]
Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel (FR) PAL
70
[12]
Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
81
[3]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
65
[13]
Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast (RU)
83
[14]
Fun Generation (DE) PAL
87
[15]
Joypad (FR) PAL
20
[16]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
86
[17]
Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
70
[18]
Video Games (DE) PAL
84
[19]
Sega Dreamcast
74
Based on
15 reviews

Grand Theft Auto 2

Dreamcast, US
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Cover
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Disc
GTA2 DC US Manual.pdf
Manual
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Inlay
Dreamcast, UK/IT/ES
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, UK
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Cover
Dreamcast, DE
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Cover
Dreamcast, FR
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Cover
Dreamcast, AU
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Dreamcast
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
2000-04-07 GD-R Page

References