Grand Theft Auto

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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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Score distribution:
  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: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jan 18, 2020
    10
    A great game on the game boy advance who would not love to play grand theft auto on the go. this game is a solid game 41 missions a ton loadA great game on the game boy advance who would not love to play grand theft auto on the go. this game is a solid game 41 missions a ton load of action rampages races. It's a great game try giving it a try if you still own a game boy advance or if you have a phone just download an emulator and download the rom and try playing it Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2017
    10
    I love GTA and this game is no exception...a massive world as big as a ps2 game with 41 missions, 21 rampages and 100 collectibles there isI love GTA and this game is no exception...a massive world as big as a ps2 game with 41 missions, 21 rampages and 100 collectibles there is just no end is sight to the content they packed into this little cartridge is pretty impressive this is a very underrated game you should check out
    Plot: good for GBA with a REALLY GOOD twist near the end
    Gameplay: Great as even it would hold up as a ps2 or 3 game
    Presentation: Great is plays and works like a GTA
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  3. Mar 31, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Looking specifically at Mike can say two things.
    1.- You have a combination between Tommy Vercetti and Niko Bellic, why do I say this? Simple, Tommy in Vice City was a tough guy who did things without thinking and something similar is with Mike a tough guy who does things without thinking causing more conflict with the mafias, now why do I say that he has something similar with Niko ? If we do not look closely at the story of GTA Advance, Mike, seeing how Vinnie is "murdered", decided to search for the murderer without a doubt, Niko suffered an accident in the war where they killed their comrades in the war and decided to go to Liberty City to find the murderer, do you find this curious? Both shared the same motivation seeking revenge and in the end they ended up being a lie, on the one hand Vinnie betrays Mike to keep the money and on the other Niko sees nothing more than a Darko as a useless person who has nowhere to fall. dead, both games take the same but what varies differently and that for me is splendid.
    2.- He is a better protagonist than Claude Speed, here I am going to be a director, Claude killed whoever he wanted if he offered him something for his benefit, he will not show feelings, moreover, he should not even be interested in taking revenge on Catalina, Mike is very but Very different from Claude, Mike never betrayed his bosses, he was always loyal to each one, a clear example is when the Yardies kill Jonnie, Mike not only at that moment decides to seek revenge for Vinnie's "death" but for Jonnie, here we can see a true loyalty will never be carried away by money or anything not, here if they killed a friend of his he would go directly to find out who was the **** who killed him, which to me would seem the sum of points to the protagonist, never betray your ideals.
    The story itself for your console is great (in my opinion), it leaves you wondering who was Vinnie's "killer", what will happen next? Can the protagonist get out of this? It gives you that mystery focus that is exquisite, not like the height of GTA IV but that is on a level with it.
    Rating: 9 / 10.
    Well created that would be it, greetings.
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  4. Ender32
    Nov 21, 2004
    7
    It sucks more than a vacuum cleaner.
  5. Feb 15, 2013
    7
    The game that started it all. GTA I, long story short GTA I is the first game in GTA series and its a classic but I have to review the gameThe game that started it all. GTA I, long story short GTA I is the first game in GTA series and its a classic but I have to review the game as a game, the graphics are the gameplay OK and the story is OK. But its the classic and the really good thing about the game is you get to pick the protagonist, but now we have to go with (NIKO BELLIC). This GTA is even better than GTA IV or TLAD or even TBOGT. So is the good, yes really is, and probably the best Top-Bottom game ever made. I say GTA I is a great time. 7/10 Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2018
    7
    This game would've been ok if it was not released at the same time as GTA San Andreas
  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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#13 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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#9 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004