Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Both games' inherent brilliance remains intact. As playgrounds, they're marvelous. As experiences they're undeniably powerful. [Mar 2004, p.77]
  2. GTA's go-anywhere, do-anything gameplay design is something that truly shouldn't be missed by any gamer. The GTA Double Pack is a must-have for any console gamer.
  3. 100
    It's everything a videogame should be; innovative, compelling, challenging, long-lasting. And spiked with controversy and a wonderful wit, it's also something that so few videogames can ever be - cool.
  4. AceGamez
    It doesn't revolutionise the series, but setting it in the Eighties was a stroke of pure genius and makes everything feel totally fresh.
  5. In a complete reversal of modern trends, these are games whose visuals play second fiddle to the sheer wealth, diversity and involvement of tasks on offer, all the while playing on some very tongue in cheek moments and dark humour that even Hollywood's finest would have a tough time trying to rival.
  6. GTA sells on the back of violence and lives through the unequalled freedom on offer. These are classic games for the best reason there is - they are just fantastic, almost unlimited fun. The Xbox versions are no great leap over the originals but who cares? Brilliant stuff. [Xbox Gamer]
  7. Game Informer
    Even if you've played the PS2 games to death, you'll notice a lot of cool new details. [Jan 2004, p.146]
  8. 100
    These are by far the best console versions of the games (and are arguably better than the PC version). People who have an XBox and haven't picked these up yet for any other platform are in for a treat.
  9. The graphics in the game are absolutely breathtaking. The Xbox has made the graphics from Vice City 10 times better with the lighting effects and the sheer power of the Xbox. Everything looks so vibrant and awesome. [Grade = A+]
  10. You'll be laughing with delirious glee the minute you lay down 50 bucks and walk out of the store with two of the best console games ever made. Sure, they're older. Sure, they already came out on the PS2 and the PC. Some people prefer GTA III; others (like me) think Vice City is the better game. But what do you care? You get both!
  11. 97
    GTA Double Pack is a "desert island" type of game that you can play for ten minutes to ten hours, regardless of how long you've owned it.
  12. If you're an Xbox owner who either hasn't played these games or is looking to play them again, the Xbox versions of GTAIII and Vice City are the best ones available.
  13. With the additional features, cleaner graphics, and slick $49.99 price, it makes the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.
  14. Definitely for the over 18 crowd, GTAIII delivers a great gaming experience, and at a 2-for-1 price... well, it's a stupendous dollars-to-gaming ratio.
  15. 95
    The best version of these two games on any platform. The improvements are enough that you may want the Double Pack even if you've finished both games before.
  16. The use of the Xbox hard drive is definitely an improvement to the overall GTA gaming experience. For one, you don't have to use a memory card. Second, loading times have been drastically cut down. Thirdly, and my personal favorite, custom sound tracks.
  17. 95
    The best enhancement for high-end gamers, though, is progressive-scan support. If you've got an HDTV-compatible set, make sure your Xbox has 480p widescreen mode on -- in this mode, the Xbox ports are without the doubt the prettiest GTA experience you'll get on a console.
  18. 95
    If you don't own a PS2 or you just never got around to playing these games now is the golden opportunity - deals simply don't come much sweeter.
  19. The richness of what's on offer far outweighs the minor annoyances, and compared to any other full-priced title, even GTA III itself would stand well ahead of the pack. The fact that you get Vice City itself is the neon and pastel cherry on the cake.
  20. After playing the game for many hours, I realized why this game sold so many copies and won so many awards. Almost every aspect of the game is done to perfection.
  21. 94
    The look of both games has been enhanced and this is the area that will receive the greatest amount of attention.
  22. 94
    Two truly great games that are both landmarks in gaming history. We'll be feeling the influences of their achievements for years to come.
  23. The look and style of both games remain the same, but the visuals look much cleaner. Framerates are much steadier this time around and textures look a lot sharper.
  24. Maybe I didn't toll hard enough so I'll toll again: the Xbox is a fine platform for the next Grand Theft Auto to show up on.
  25. The character models, cars, and buildings don't have all the ugly "jaggies" that were present in past versions of the games. Everything looks a lot smoother and the frame rate is much improved as well.
  26. Official Xbox Magazine
    Whether you've played them or not, the pair of masterpieces contained in the Grand Theft Auto Double Pack are too good to pass up, especially when it's a two-for-one deal. [Holiday 2003, p.97]
  27. There's no new content here, but you still have two absolutely fantastic games that have seriously impacted the future of gaming. You can't go wrong.
  28. games(TM)
    Xbox gamers have been granted superior versions of two of the best mainstream games of this generation. [Christmas 2003, p.124]
  29. The upgrades to both the visuals and audio plus the all-in-one price of $49.99 make the GTA Double Pack one of the best values in videogame history.
  30. Cheat Code Central
    A new mission or two would have had previous owners falling over themselves to buy it. While I admire Rockstar's restraint from the "quick sale", for the life of me I can't understand why they didn't go for it.
  31. Replayability, realism, and unequaled entertainment are just some of the reasons why you should definitely buy GTA.
  32. GTA responds to all of our most basic impulses and allows us to do all the things we'd be given a life sentence for in real life.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#13 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 83
  2. Negative: 10 out of 83
  1. JonathanG.
    Jun 7, 2006
    This one of those rare games where it is really fun to just drive around and not do the missions.
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    What's not to love with having two of the best Grand Theft Auto games on the Xbox?

    Both games play exactly the same as the PlayStation 2
    What's not to love with having two of the best Grand Theft Auto games on the Xbox?

    Both games play exactly the same as the PlayStation 2 versions but have improved graphics in terms of character models, textures, reflections, better audio and a custom soundtrack.

    There are some things that have been added to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and some things that have been altered.
    -They fixed the control and handling problems with the RC plane, helicopter and the boats in Vice City.
    -A new menu selection called tutorial and unlocked items has been added to Vice City.
    -It feels like that the difficulty for Vice City was toned down as well.
    -The song "Running With The Night" by Lionel Richie was removed from Vice City's soundtrack.
    -Many bugs are fixed.

    Overall they're more polished than the Playstation 2 versions. A must own.
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  3. Aug 1, 2014
    Grand Theft Auto Double Pack includes Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which are a couple of the greatest sandbox gamesGrand Theft Auto Double Pack includes Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which are a couple of the greatest sandbox games ever. Grand Theft Auto III absolutely stunned gamers with its free roam and not so linear gameplay. The missions are great with lots of action, the story is good, and the characters are also pretty good. The graphics were decent for 2001 but now they are obviously dated. This game revolutionized the gaming industry by creating a whole new genre and everyone should try it out. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is such an amazing game, and I personally believe it's a big improvement from the previous title. The biggest aspect I love most about this game is the setting; it's in a 1980s, Miami-like atmosphere, so it's pleasing to see all the bright colours from club lights and the beach front strip and also seeing the cooler sports and super cars, which Grand Theft Auto III didn't have. All of the characters are amazing and unique, the story is amazing, and the missions are amazing, everything is amazing. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is such an incredible game that everyone has to play. Full Review »