Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    If you’re an action gamer like me you will probably play every last penny of this AWESOME game!
  2. The perfect gaming experience. Anyone who doesn't like it is a pansy wuss who needs sense beating into them with a baseball bat, and that's a fact. Capiche?
  3. GTA 3 is the crack cocaine of gaming: You know it's bad for you, but you keep using it. [Sept 2002, p.74]
  4. A stunning, involving experience that, though not for everyone, will appeal to both the gamer looking for a long, structured action/adventure game and the one looking for loosely organized chaos.
  5. 98
    The interaction between player and environment sets the bar so high for other games, that it is nearly inaccessible.
  6. I hope you’re not some sissy, the sort of guy who’s afraid to commit crime or see a little (bleep)ing blood splattered around every once in a while. It’s part of the job. If you don’t like it, I hear there’s a new (bleep)ing Barney game and a nice Britney Spears action-adventure out.
  7. Instead of desperately switching through the clumsy auto-targeting, now you're capping fools with a simple flick of the mouse. It's awesome. [August 2002, p.89]
  8. 94
    It's simply huge, and just gets better and better as players dig deeper into it, and the intense open-ended gameplay, believable Artificial Intelligence, pumpin' soundtrack, and total immersion in the cityscape make GTA 3 a delight to play.
  9. 94
    It's a game you could play for weeks -- maybe even months -- and still discover something new every day.
  10. Other than the addition of mouselook--whose beneficial impact on gameplay cannot be understated--nothing much has been added...But--and this is a big "but"--GTAIII is a faithful port of a truly exceptional game.
  11. The sound in GTA III is phenomenal - nothing was overlooked in this department.
  12. One of the very best things about this game is its almost total lack of any visible interface. [July 2002, p.56]
  13. GTA3 suffers a bit from console porting syndrome, and the designers could've worked a bit more on the whole side-quest concept, but I think you'll find that in the end, this is one addictive, intelligent and original game that's definitely worth your money.
  14. The number of different ways you can play GTA III is astonishing.
  15. 90
    What started out as a 10-minute compatibility check turned into an all-night rampage, after I got past all the bugs that is.
  16. Fun with impressive character development, replay, variety, and gore.
  17. One thing the PC version does have over the PS2 version is the fact players can re-skin the main character, and no doubt in given time people will create modifications and new missions, cars etc for the game.
  18. It’s not deep and it’s not teaching our children good things about being productive members of society, but it’s fun, and personally that’s all I expect a game to be.
  19. There’s more senseless violence in GTA3 than there are bleeps in an episode of "The Osbournes."
  20. 80
    As shocking, unsettling, and addictively compelling as a viewing of HBO's "The Sopranos." It's just that brilliant of a game. Capiche?
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 492 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
  1. Mar 10, 2012
    9
    Tune in to your favourite stations, step on the gas and run over that granny. A cop is comming to arrest you, blow his head off! More cops arrive, burn them to the ground! FBI is here, and soon thye army will join in, send them to hell! Then you die. But no problem. Get in a random car and start over. Or just go wherever you want. No limits. No preprogramed paths. No nothing. Just go wherever you want. You're free. Untill you're busted, or you pass out. Then you start it all over again, this time in a different manner. And that's why this game radically changed my view on games. I was playing Half-Life like mad. I was also playing Delta-Force: Land Warrior like mad. But i didn't realised how repetitive they were until i found GTA3. And after 10 years i still play this game. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2010
    8
    This is what makes Grand Theft Auto into Grand Theft Auto, it is the basic essence of the series: Stealing cars, killing people, and doing other 'shady' activities all while in a crime infested city. Although it has next to nothing to do compared to later releases in the Grand Theft Auto series, the story is still fun to play. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2012
    9
    There has been a before and after in gaming and GTA III was the ground-breaker. Its unique 3rd person perspective revolutionized and influenced, perhaps, every 3rd person action-adventure video game nowadays. Full Review »