Grand Theft Auto Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: The Grand Theft Auto series finally makes its way to the Game Boy Advance. You play as a member of the Mob looking for a way out of your vicious lifestyle. The murder of your mentor, however, sets you off on a search for those responsible. To track down the killers, you must complete all-newThe Grand Theft Auto series finally makes its way to the Game Boy Advance. You play as a member of the Mob looking for a way out of your vicious lifestyle. The murder of your mentor, however, sets you off on a search for those responsible. To track down the killers, you must complete all-new missions while avoiding every cop in the city. As in previous installments in the Grand Theft Auto series, you can jack cars, explore the city, and wield a variety of weapons. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. The game that we have been waiting for. It is the best GTA game on a portable system and it made a smooth transition from console to portable.
  2. If anyone but Digital Eclipse had worked on this title, it could have ended in disaster. It was definitely worth the three-year wait to get a quality Grand Theft Auto title on a Nintendo handheld.
  3. 80
    Despite the minor nitpicks that plague this game, Grand Theft Auto is a spectacular game that lives up to it's big-console cousins.
  4. Its old school style brings back lots of fond memories, and the huge amount of missions means that you'll be playing this game for a long time. While it's not as feature-packed as its big brothers, GTA Advance is a great stocking stuffer.
  5. Those that have fond memories of GTA past and a deep patience for moving a bit backwards in the control and visuals department will be fine here, with familiarity and a good deal more than two dozen plotline missions to complete.
  6. 60
    It can't provide the immersive realism of its console counterparts, but it does manage to recreate all the fun of playing with ants and matchbox cars -- especially if you liked blowing them up and setting them on fire.
  7. 40
    I just can't find any redeeming qualities in this game. It's not overly exciting, it looks almost exactly like the original Grand Theft Auto, only much smaller, and the game lacks any humor or interesting content.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. DrewA.
    Feb 15, 2005
    8
    Wow, can't believe the harsh comments! Sure this game isn't GTAIII or Vice City, but it's on a systematic equilvalent to a Wow, can't believe the harsh comments! Sure this game isn't GTAIII or Vice City, but it's on a systematic equilvalent to a Super Nintendo! Personally, i was quite impressed with how they managed to bring the world, colourful characters and story elements of GTA III to the GBA. It's rare for me to play thru a game all the way, but this one was quite enjoyable, once you adjust to the driving (which does take a little bit to get used to). Solid 8/10. Expand
  2. MattS.
    Nov 1, 2004
    8
    This a good GBA game, it lets you take the mayhem of GTA with you. It mocks the original GTA2fairly well, expect you cant go on roofs, the This a good GBA game, it lets you take the mayhem of GTA with you. It mocks the original GTA2fairly well, expect you cant go on roofs, the different gangs aren't marked clearly, and it seems as though it lost alot of passion, but it still has alittle bit of the magic, after all, they are having to cut stuff so it's on GBA. I would recommend getting it if you liked the original GTA2, but do not get it thinking it's a subsitute. Don't get me wrong, the City is huge, expecially for a GBA game, and there can be alot of action going on at once. I recommend this for GTA Vets. Expand
  3. BenS.
    Jun 13, 2006
    8
    Not on a great game, but you got to admit its fun to go on rampage. GBA was one of my first systems except for sega and nitendo, and it was Not on a great game, but you got to admit its fun to go on rampage. GBA was one of my first systems except for sega and nitendo, and it was fun. The driving and the Timed Missions got me mad but in all it was kind of fun.**Especially fun to Rampage with the Flamethrower while driving the tank, ohh ya, that was fun** Expand
  4. Ender32
    Nov 21, 2004
    7
    It sucks more than a vacuum cleaner.
  5. May 11, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I never played on game boy but I did not find it on pic version to rate it. i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    5
    I can't recommend this Grand Theft Auto because there are a few problems. The area is crammed with so much that it is confusing. Second, whenI can't recommend this Grand Theft Auto because there are a few problems. The area is crammed with so much that it is confusing. Second, when you drive a car, you cannot see much that is in front of you. Play the other Grand Theft Auto games like III and IV but not this one. Expand
  7. Wongit
    Jan 9, 2005
    4
    I love grand theft auto. all of them. except for the original 2, and the london add-on. This game is garbage. Let me say one thing. Rockstar I love grand theft auto. all of them. except for the original 2, and the london add-on. This game is garbage. Let me say one thing. Rockstar must of changed from their crappy bird eye view 2d game structure for a reason...so if they go back to it, somethings kind of fishy right? Well i had high hopes for this game, i thought "gta on gba, thats got to rock." It rocked for about 2 weeks, not even, after that i started seeing how crappy this game was. The story isnt that bad, but its no vice city or san andreas. My one complaint is the driving....ugh. first of all, theres bad music when you drive, and its difficult to manuver, and its extremely frusturating on timed missions, because you hit something, and you stall, or have cops on your ass. It is extremely annoying. It just becomes no fun at all. Avoid this game at all costs. I got so mad at it. its garbage. Expand

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