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 GTA London 1969 Review @ GU - Page 3
 July 6th, 1999 by Stuart Macdonald
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Gameplay: 15/20
The gameplay isn't really the problem with GTA London. The missions - which there are a lot of - are actually quite good, and although the new cars are just basically the same as the old GTA ones, it still makes for a large number of cars. If you can find any one of the many GTA fan sites, you can download a few editors that let you race in speedboats, helicopters, and other vehicles that you should've been able to drive in the first place. On the included map, it would've been nice if they had used smaller symbols for the bomb shops, etc. so that you're not driving around in circles trying to find a repair shop that the map says is around there somewhere. Oh, and you get to be a criminal! Not that it helps though because it's almost impossible to aim any damn gun.

Graphics: 8/20

Just take a look at the screenshots, and you'll quickly see that you'd rather look directly at the sun than look at these graphics for any considerable length of time. The explosions look bad, and the cars don't do any spectacular stunts, they don't even flip over! Everything is drawn in 3D, but it makes no difference because no matter what perspective you look at it from (you can't change the perspective, it kind of turns around your car), it still looks bad. And changing the resolution and colour depth doesn't make very much difference at all; it just zooms out slightly. Just don't expect great eye candy, and you won't be disappointed.

Controls/Interface: 17/20

The controls are a very large part of any driving game, and thankfully, they don't let GTA down (even if almost every other aspect does). After playing the Playstation version of GTA, I can say that it is much easier to use the keys in games like this than it is to use a joypad, and GTA's controls are very easy to get to grips with. You can't use analogue joysticks (well, no better than digital ones), so your $200 Thrustmaster won't be of any use here. Just plain old-fashioned accelerate, brake, and erm... shoot.

Multiplayer: 10/20

The multiplayer settings are the typical TCP/IP and modem-to-modem game options. There are no game servers (that I could find anyway), so you'll have to arrange an IP game if you fancy playing it on the Internet, but I'd advise that you don't because it is very lagged, and almost impossible to play. You have the option of deathmatch or race type games each of which are self-explanatory. Pretty good if you're on a LAN or some kind of fast connection I suppose

Sound: 7/10

The sound is okay. There is half-decent music that you can either change manually, or set it to 'radio' mode in which each car has it's own radio so when you steal a new car, you get another music track. The engine sounds are all slightly different, but it's nothing to write home about. The explosions sound cool though.

AI: 6/10

Some of the AI is just silly. If you drive by a police car at top speed, barging all other vehicles I your way into the nicely situated river, the police just completely ignore you. If you change car after a daring hit-and-run (even if the police aren't watching), then they always seem to know which car you are in. The only way to get the police off of your tail is to go into a auto-repair shop, and even if the police watch you go in, they are completely oblivious that the crime even happened when you drive out. Stupid! But they do set up roadblocks and try to barge you off of the road.

Overall: 63%

Okay, perhaps after a while of playing the game, it isn't actually as bad as I first made out. The price is very low (as it's an expansion pack, and NEEDS the original GTA to run), so the score got put up a bit because of that. If you are a die hard GTA fan, feel free to nudge the score up a couple of percent because you'll be used to the shocking visuals, and might even be able to shoot a gun straight! But if you never really liked the original GTA, then there's no reason for you to go out and buy this as it's just more of the same.

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Added:  Tuesday, July 06, 1999
Reviewer:  Stuart Macdonald
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