Plot. A silent protagonist named Claude helps Catalina in a bank heist, but then, he is betrayed and left for dead. But he was arrested, and was heading for prison, until the Colombian Cartel released one of their members, destroying the bridge, but freeing Claude and explosives expert 8-Ball. 8-Ball helps Claude in return for some work to do. Claude must now work his way up to get revenge on Catalina: Mob bosses need favors to be done, crooked cops need help, and street gangs are out for his head. Claude has to rob, steal, and kill to stay out of major trouble.
Concept. The purpose of the game is to guide Claude throughout the three boroughs of Liberty City, and perform many missions that the mob bosses and associates have for him. When each mission is completed, they are paid a small at first, and later huge sum of money. Players can also play in mini-game missions such as Rampage, in which Claude goes on a shooting rampage, or by performing missions in police cars, ambulance trucks, and taxi cars.
Design. This game is a sandbox-style 3D game, which has third person shooter and driving game elements that players will mostly enjoy. While the predecessors of GTA 3 had Multi-player modes, this game is the only one to have single player.
Music. The game's music is comprised of radio stations, in which has licensed songs. The radio station Flashback FM, is comprised of songs that belong to the soundtrack of the cult-classic movie, Scarface. The only radio station that has no music, is Chatterbox, my personal favorite because the DJ, Lazlow Jones is so hilarious.
Controversy. GTA 3 has a history of major controversy because the game has given the players the choice to mug, carjack, and even kill people whether innocent or not. There were various lawsuits against the game, in which the disbarred Florida Attorney, Jack Thompson represented many people protesting against the game. Also, players picked up prostitutes to have sex and get higher health over 100, and then having the choice of killing her and taking her money. Games like Grand Theft Auto III has caused many stores like GameStop, Best Buy and others to ask purchasers for ID on M rated games since then. As I said earlier, I am sick and tired to hear what morons like Jack Thompson say, that video games inspired kids to cause school shootings like Columbine High School. When I was 7 years old, I played violent games, and I NEVER, NEVER, NEVER killed anybody.
Voice Acting. Most of the voice actors in the game have been in many mob movies, and provided voices for the characters. Most of these actors are Hollywood movie stars such as: Frank Vincent, Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Rapaport, and so on. Frank Vincent and Debi Mazar were both in the 1990 mob film classic "Goodfellas". Joe Pantoliano is well known for his role as the hot-headed mobster, Ralph Cifaretto in The Sopranos.
Rantings. Though police chases are fun, they can be an annoyance at times because you never know when a police car crashes into you and sends you falling down the bridge, ledge, and into the river. Or sometimes when they shoot you enough, your car blows up, and you can't even get out. I mean that was just not right. I also hated in the Rampage mini-game, that after blowing up so many cars, people would come to fight you acting like if they were heroes or vigilantes. I also hated the carjackers that took your car, you don't know how many times I had to fight him over it, or blow up the car if necessary.
Good Aspects. What I liked about this game, is not only the graphics, but also the storyline, the music, the voice acting, and the gameplay. I had so many hours of fun and excitement that I didn't even want to go to school the next day. Also, for sniping missions, the drug pills were very useful as you were able to complete the mission with ease. The game reminded me so much of movies and shows like: Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, The Godfather, and The Sopranos. The radio stations were awesome, and very hilarious too, especially Chatterbox.
Overall. Grand Theft Auto III is my first, and most favorite game in the series. In my days of high school, me and my friends highly enjoyed this game with so much fun and excitement. We would always talk about the game during lunchtime in school. This game is a must have, and it has replay value. You can by the collection for the PlayStation 2. This game gets a 9 out of 10