Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
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  1. Don't expect a graphical treasure but the gameplay will take take some time to complete while raising a few smiles on the way.
  2. A brilliant delight, offering gruesome pleasure in a new kind of way. Though it is rooted within the original's origins, it offers up a new dimension of gaming that can be appreciated by those looking for something different.
  3. It's disappointing that some of the bloodshed from the first GTA has been toned down in Grand Theft Auto 2. There's no pleasant way to detail this: In the first game, dead policemen, gangsters and pedestrians decomposed. Lying on the pavement, they bled, made a big mess and later disappeared. Granted, the process was a little too quick to be realistic, but there was just something wonderful about revving up your Corvette with its back wheels planted on some poor sap's corpse, then spinning out with a trail of blood matching your tire tracks. Gross? Yes. Sick? Maybe. Fun? Definitely.
  4. A fun, irreverent romp and a great way to blow off some steam after a hard days work... [but p]layers expecting something radically different from the first game will be disappointed.
  5. When it comes down to it, stripping away the gameplay, all GTA2 brings to the table is foul language, gratuitous violence, and aging 2D graphics. Once my bloodlust was quenched, GTA became a monotonous and painfully shallow game.
  6. 70
    It's twisted fun for a while, but then it starts to get old.
  7. Carefully crafted, big and sprawling and, more to the point, fun and exciting, GTA2 retains the best qualities of its predecessors, and its new gang warfare element improves upon and expands upon the original idea, giving the gameplay a little more depth.
  8. The graphics have been redone, the music is different, there is a slew of new weapons, the mission structure is a bit more complex, and the city feels a bit more alive. But at its core, GTA2 is the same old game.
  9. Compared to its special effects pushing brother on the PC, Grand Theft Auto 2 on the PlayStation looks rather tame.
  10. I hate to use this cliché, but if you liked the first one.... etc. Just be aware that this game falls into the 'controller-throwing' realm of difficulty and frustration. But it also falls into the 'turning it back on 5 minutes later' realm of addictiveness.
  11. You never really escape the feeling that you've played all of this before - twice, in fact... As for people who just like to drive around and cause mayhem, we've got one word for you - "Driver."
  12. 68
    Here we have one of the few times that good gameplay has been badly hampered by control and graphic choices... Not a bad game, but essentially, it's more of the same.
  13. Those turned off by the awkward controls and odd viewpoint won't like this one either but it's the only game where you can be this bad. Too bad that experience wears tiredly.
  14. One of the most controversial games for the Playstation has created a bigger, better, badder, and more f***ed up sequel.
  15. Bangin' drum and bass kicks out of the stolen sports cars super woofers as you prowl the streets for criminal action. Climb behind the furry wheel of a pick-up truck and it's good ole' hillbilly rock. This game knows how to use music and it shows it big time.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
#16 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jan 3, 2017
    eu amo esse jogo, foi o jogo que eu mais joguei no meu Playstation 1, lembro que passava horas jogando, os grafico pra mim era perfeito, aindaeu amo esse jogo, foi o jogo que eu mais joguei no meu Playstation 1, lembro que passava horas jogando, os grafico pra mim era perfeito, ainda mais porque eu era criança na época, o mapa era grande, tinha muitas armas e carros, pelo oque eu me lembro nao tinha moto nesse jogo, dava para destruir tudo com o tanque, eu admito que eu nao zerei esse game, mais eu jogava demais, fazia muito zueira, na minha opnião so perde pro GTA V como melhor game da franquia, mais claro é so a minha opnião. Nota 9.6 Full Review »
  2. Feb 15, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The second GTA game. GTA II is perhaps the most strangest GTA in all of the series. II is set "Anywhere, USA" and its a retrospective game it is really strange, so if all GTA games are connected then II most be the last one since it is set in the future or something. I think the game is really cool and this is also the first GTA to be written by Dan Houser and he wrote the rest of the GTA'S after this and RDR and Bully and Max Payne 3. But is the game better than GTA I no not really GTA I is slightly better but that doesn't mean GTA II is a bad game. Also everybody says that the main character from GTA III is the main character in II but how can he be still alive since II is set years and I mean years after GTA IV, so I don't think its the same Claude. To finish this review I give GTA II, 7/10. Full Review »
  3. GTAguy
    Jan 15, 2003
    Very good but needs a lot more depth.