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Game Over Online ~ Grand Theft Auto: London 1969

GameOver Game Reviews - Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (c) ASC Games, Reviewed by - Lothian

Game & Publisher Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (c) ASC Games
System Requirements Pentium 100, 16MB Ram, 4x CD-ROM, Original GTA
Overall Rating 65%
Date Published Tuesday, April 6th, 1999 at 03:48 PM

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Were I to ask you to steal a car, would you say "Kick Ass!" or would you say "Jolly Good"? Well, if you answered yes to either then brace yourself for some criminal fun with this new mission pack to the popular Grand Theft Auto. London 1969 presents a whole new opportunity to steal cars, assassinate mobsters, hijack a wide array of vehicles and of course, drive maniacally, though this time the traffic rules are reversed (remember, you're in ENGLAND!).

Grand Theft Auto was by no means visually stunning the first time around and holds true to form with this new reincarnation. The same engine has been used but once again, the graphics are far from disappointing. The scenery and objects are still well done in an overhead perspective and the criminal you control still has the same "stickmanish" look. This game is probably also one of the only games you’ll see these days that is also playable in DOS; This feature will most likely appeal to nostalgic gamers as well as anti-GUI preachers (they do exist...I think). The added bonus of the DOS version is the 3DFX support, which speaks for itself. The graphics tend to be crisper and cleaner and, as in most DOS games, the gameplay is much smoother. I don’t believe D3D is all the windows version supports since it doesn’t offer the same smoothness of gameplay the DOS port does.

When was the last time you were called, be honest now, a "Simpleton"? This and many other "profane" terms will be slung at you from British motorists throughout the game. The voices are appropriate even if the comments aren’t and the background music is upbeat and helps draw you into the action. The one drawback to this title is the lack of new CD Audio; This is most likely due to the fact that this addon requires the original GTA CD. The GTA CD Audio is still heard playing in the background but for us fanatics who’ve finished the game, the lack of new audio tracks is a bit of a letdown.

The life of a car thief is lonesome at best and is greatly improved with the accompaniment of a friend. The multiplayer games in GTA were what made the game really shine. This time around, there are four options: Deathmatch and Cannonball Run 1-3. Deathmatch involves, as you’d expect, a hunt for the other players. The Cannonball Runs are a race against other players but still involves the same chance as Deathmatch to slaughter your opponents. The gameplay is not in the least outstanding when in multiplayer since the lag is terrible. The only exception seems to be LAN play (even cable sucks).

The controls haven’t varied at all but are easily customizable for non-veterans. The basic controls are easy to learn and the character and cars you control handle extremely well. After ten minutes of gameplay, I was once again able to avoid any shunt ‘n’ bumps while blazing down the streets, behind the wheel of a police car (driving any car is still difficult if you’re drunk, though...only try this at home kids :).

If you liked the original GTA, you’ll like this mission pack to the same degree. Besides driving on the opposite side of the road, GTA: London 1969 isn’t innovative or improved at all. The graphics are just as acceptable as in the original and the same CD tracks still cycle in the background. Overall though, the game is just as amusing as it’s predecessor and won’t disappoint those expecting the same quality and hours of entertainment of Grand Theft Auto.


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