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GRAND THEFT AUTO 2 UNOFFICIAL FAQ VERSION 1.1114 13 November, 1999 *GTA2 OUT NOW!* Updates available at http://www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest Best viewed at 800x600 in Notepad with Word Wrap on --- TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction 1.1 What's New? 1.2 What have you done before? 1.3 Versions 1.4 Disclaimer/Copyright 1.5 Contact Information 1.6 Contributors 2. Game Information 2.1 What is Grand Theft Auto 2? 2.2 What type of game is GTA2? 2.3 What systems is GTA2 available on? 2.4 Who are DMA Design? 2.5 Who are Rockstar Games? 2.6 Who are Take 2 Games? 2.7 Who are Gathering of Developers? 2.8 What are the minimum requirements? 2.9 Which 3D accelerators are supported? 2.10 I don't have a 3D card. Is there a software mode? 2.11 What other peripherals are supported? 2.12 What's so special about the new game engine? 2.13 Can I play multiplayer? 3. Gameplay 3.1 What is the general story behind GTA2? 3.2 What are the names of the seven gangs? 3.3 How many vehicles will there be? 3.4 Have the police returned? 3.5 What weapons are available? 3.6 What other features of GTA have returned in the sequel? 3.7 What other features have made their debut in GTA2? 4. General Questions 4.1 When will/was GTA2 released? 4.2 Where can I buy GTA2, and how much does it cost? 4.3 Are you going to buy GTA2 this time? 4.4 Is there a demo I can try? 4.5 What is the music like? 4.6 What other free stuff can I download? 4.6.1 Movies 4.6.2 Shockwave Animations 4.6.3 MP3s & Winamp Skins 4.6.4 GTA2 Demo Audio 4.6.5 Demo Time Limit Crack 4.6.6 Other Files 4.7 Are there any cheats? 4.8 What are some good sites to go to? 4.9 Is there a newsgroup? 4.10 Where can I find (p)reviews for GTA2? 5. Quickies 5.1 How do I save? 5.2 What are the debug screens? 5.3 Are there any plans to release GTA2 on other systems? 5.4 Why isn't there any blood? 5.5 I, err, lost my maps. Where can I download them? 5.6 Are there any useful keys I should know about? 5.7 Why are the Zaibatsu Corporation in every district? 5.8 What are all those GTA2 logos lying around? 6. Third Party Files 6.1 Save Game Editor 6.2 Unofficial GTA2 Screensaver 6.3 Blood Registry Cheat 6.4 Car Stat Editor 6.5 GTA2 Power Manager 6.6 GTA2 Registry Toolkit 7. Other Info 7.1 Compactor Rewards 7.2 Bonuses & What Rewards Do 7.3 Wang's Car Bonus 7.4 Garages 7.5 Introduction Movie 8. Hints & Tips 9. Bug List 10. Take 2's Acquisition of DMA Design 11. The End 11.1 Coming Up Next --- 1. INTRODUCTION === 1.1 What's New? === * GTA2 has been released, and is now available in all good software stores * Major changes to the tense of the FAQ (eg. will be -> is) * Shockwave update * Third Party Files section added, newsgroup mentioned * Reviews added, compactor rewards updated * Added Hints & Tips * Various spelling mistakes/punctuation === 1.2 What have you done before? === This FAQ is the fourth one I have written. The other three FAQs are listed below (in lovely chronological order) - * Need For Speed 3: Hot Pursuit * Cricket World Cup 99 * Need For Speed: High Stakes These three FAQs, plus the one you are now reading, are available at various sites around the Internet, including my website (see top of file). So far, all the FAQs have not had any competition (although there was a PSX NFS3 FAQ). === 1.3 Versions === This is the third version of the GTA2 FAQ. Previous versions were - 1.0908/1.1011. I have adopted the same numbering system as the CWC99 & NFS:HS FAQs. I have made up the version number using the following guidelines (1.0908 as an example) - 1 - The year it was written (1999 is 1, 2000 is 2, 2001 is 3 etc.) .09 - The month it was written in (eg. 09 is September) 08 - The date of the month it was written on. === 1.4 Disclaimer/Copyright === Grand Theft Auto is copyright of DMA Design and Rockstar Games. This FAQ has not been sanctioned by any of these companies. Information in this FAQ is correct to the best of my knowledge. However, errors occur. If you find something wrong in here, or have something to add, please contact me at the address below. This FAQ is the property of Nathan West. You may freely distribute this FAQ as long as the content is not changed. Feel free to include this FAQ on your website, although your URL would be nice. (C)1999 === 1.5 Contact Information === I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . It may take a few days for me to respond as I am usually only on the net every two days. You can find more information at FAQWorld, a site I created to house my four FAQs. This can be found at http://www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest. If possible, please use the subject GTA2, so I know which game you are writing about without having to read the message. If you have not received a reply from me after a week or so, try sending another. I try and reply to all emails I receive, although some go past unnoticed. For those who use ICQ my number is 49120585. Just mention this FAQ when asked for an authorisation reason. === 1.6 Contributors === Nathan West (email@example.com) - FAQ Author --- 2. GAME INFORMATION === 2.1 What is Grand Theft Auto 2? === Grand Theft Auto 2 (GTA2) is the sequel to the popular Grand Theft Auto, released in 1997 on November 15. Grand Theft Auto (GTA) was a controversial gang crime game which encouraged the player to highjack trains, murder innocent people, commit Grand Theft Auto, and plan bank robberies as they completed the mission based scenarios. There was a loud outcry, especially in the United States/Kingdom when the game was first released. Recently, an addon mission pack called Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, which, quite obviously, was based in London instead of the previous American cities. A downloadable addon for this mission pack was made available a few months ago. === 2.2 What type of game is GTA2? === GTA2 is an arcade game played from a view directly above the player. You must accept missions from the gang leaders, which can range from bank robberies to making dropoffs from drug dealers. To get around the city (which is huge), the game allows you to steal cars and take them for a joyride to your destination. There are few restrictions on where you can drive, which is a method used in Carmageddon and Midtown Madness. To protect yourself from fellow gang members, weapons are also available, ranging from handguns to high powered slaughter machines. More information related to this can be found later. Although the gameplay is similar to GTA, Grand Theft Auto 2 offers so many more features that it will feel like an entirely new game. === 2.3 What systems is GTA2 available on? === GTA2 was released simultaneously on the PC and Sony Playstation. Due to the limits on the ageing Playstation, the game features less cars and pedestrians. The graphics are of poorer quality, and this can be blamed on the lower amount of memory and screen resolution. The PSX version has the same missions, large cities, and various gangs, along with other features found in the PC version. The simultaneous development was made possible by a program called SourceSafe, which allows the PC code to be converted into the language required by the Playstation. === 2.4 Who are DMA Design? === DMA Design are the creators of Grand Theft Auto, and its siblings. Although their other games are not as popular, DMA Design are well known throughout the industry because of the success of GTA. Other DMA games include Space Station: Silicon Valley, The DMA Design website can be found at www.dma.co.uk . At the time of writing, the DMA Design website was being redesigned, and was supposed to be back online in the last week of October (hmm, maybe not). === 2.5 Who are Rockstar Games? === Rockstar Games, a label owned by Take 2 Games, are the publishers of Grand Theft Auto 2 for the PC and Sony Playstation. Rockstar Games published London 1969, and will be publishing GTA2 in the United States, and possibly other countries. The Rockstar Games website is now available, where you can download game art, music, or just catch up on the latest news. View the Flash dependent site at www.rockstargames.com. Other games to be published by Rockstar include Thrasher: Skate & Destroy, Earthworm Jim 3D, Wild Metal Country, and Monster Truck Madness (N64 version, along with Microsoft). With the news that G.O.D. (see #2.7) are not the PC publishers of GTA2, Rockstar will be publishing both versions (PC & PSX). This is the first PC game published by Rockstar so far. === 2.6 Who are Take 2 Games? === Take 2 Games own the publishing label Rockstar Games, the American publishers of GTA2. Take 2 Games were the original publishers of Grand Theft Auto. Along with the games released under the Rockstar label, Take 2 published the recent Hidden & Dangerous, and also contributed to the Moto Racer series. Take 2 Games are part owners of Gathering of Developers. Visit their rather snazzy website at www.take2games.com. === 2.7 Who are Gathering of Developers? === Gathering of Developers were rumoured to be the PC publishers of GTA2. However, at the recent Playnow chat (www.playnow.com.au), it was confirmed that G.O.D. are not involved in the development or publication of GTA2. === 2.8 What are the minimum requirements? === These are the official minimum requirements for the full version and demo of GTA2. Other obvious equipment, such as a monitor, are definitely recommended ;). The requirements are - * Pentium 200 * 32Mb RAM * 4x CD-ROM * Windows 95/98/2000 * Direct 3D compatible video card with at least 4Mb RAM * Directsound compatible soundcard * Keyboard/Mouse * DirectX 6.1 Notice that a Direct3D compatible video card is required. Like all games, GTA2 may run on a computer with lower specs. This may be possible due to the "overhead" style of gameplay. These types of games generally do not require as much power as racing games with regular camera angles. I have read that a gamer with a Pentium 120 managed to play the demo, and said that it was running smoothly (although the 80Mb of RAM would have helped). It may depend on your memory or video card though. === 2.9 Which 3D accelerators are supported? === Direct3D video cards, with at least 4Mb RAM, are supported and required by GTA2. This includes (and these are only the most popular cards) - * Voodoo 1, 2, 3, Banshee * Riva 128, TNT, TNT2, GeForce 256 * Most recent S3, ATi and Matrox video cards === 2.10 I don't have a 3D card. Is there a software mode? === Don't you listen =) There is no software mode supported in GTA2. A Direct3D video card is required. The game would run too slowly in software mode anyway. Sorry! === 2.11 What other peripherals are supported? === Like all good games, joysticks/gamepads and 3D sound cards should be supported by Grand Theft Auto 2. It has been confirmed that 3D sound cards that use either the EAX or A3D standards will be supported by GTA2. === 2.12 What's so special about the new game engine? === There are many features of the new game engine - improved graphics, smarter AI, greater number of objects (pedestrians and cars) on the screen at the same time, and an atmospheric sound system. By today's standards, the graphics in GTA are shocking, although functional. The game ran smoothly on most systems, and was adequate in relation to the style of game. In the sequel, the graphics are much cleaner, and, with the addition of a 3D card, will look superb. From real-time coloured lighting to realistic shadows to pretty explosions, the graphics engine should satisfy those who crave graphics before gameplay. The AI was cunning in the original, although there were some aspects that annoyed many. GTA2 boasts a revised AI with intelligent law enforcement, innocent looking pedestrians who could be muggers or gang members, and decisive drivers. The new game engine allows up to 200 pedestrians and 50 vehicles to appear on screen at the same time. Although this situation will never occur, it shows how capable the engine is of controlling so many objects at the same time. However, having too many objects on the screen at once will probably degrade performance. An excellent sound system has been used by DMA, which was first featured in Wild Metal Country. The sound engine allows for 3D sound cards, so they will probably be supported in the sequel. The engine incorporates line of sight, which I won't go into too much detail just yet. === 2.13 Can I play multiplayer? === Yes. Although the multiplayer option in GTA wasn't that popular due to lag problems and boring modes, it has returned in GTA2. You are able to play the regular deathmatch option, where you must hunt down the opposition and eliminate them. A new mode, tag, is similar to the game played in schools around the world. The player who is "it" has to chase another car and shunt it. The player who is on the other end of the shunting is "it" and the game continues. This mode should be fun over a network. Internet play is not supported out of the box, and it is unlikely that it ever will. The requirements for a multiplayer game of GTA2 are the same as for single-player, plus a connection using the TCP/IP or IPX network. A maximum number of six players is able to play at the same time. --- 3. GAMEPLAY === 3.1 What is the general story behind GTA2? === You play the role of Claude Speed (hmm, nice and cheezy). Set in the very near future, your character must survive the streets of the big smoke. Your life long dream has been to be the King of the City, the leader of all the gangs. Now, just out of prison, you have the opportunity to accomplish this. But first, you must make your way up the ladder. There are seven main gangs in the game, and during play, you have the chance to swap loyalty from gang to gang. To make your way up the ladder, you must complete missions for these gangs. Do so, and your popularity and reputation will rise. Both the rival gangs and law enforcement will be out for your blood however, so you have to watch your back at all times. Those with previous experience with GTA will feel quite at home. === 3.2 What are the names of the seven gangs? === Seven gangs can be found in GTA2, with three available at once. In no particular order - * The Looneys - The name says it all. Escapees from a funny farm. * Rednecks - Yep, our favourite American people who are the butt of all jokes. Redneck Rampage anyone?? * Zaibatzu - Shh, no one is supposed to mention the underground gang called the Zaibatzu. =) * Yakuza - What would GTA2 be without different races. This Japanese gang is known for its dealing of illegal drugs. * Hare Krishnas - Remember the orange guys who used to run around chanting in the original? Well they have returned. A religious gang with beliefs slightly different to most mainstream religions. You won't be able to run them all over sadly, because they are now a gang in their own right. * Scientists - As mentioned, GTA2 is set in the near future, and science has gone a long way since the 1990's. Cloning is popular, and the Scientists are the results of a mass cloning experiment. * Zloty - The Russian equivalent of the Yakuza gang. They are experienced in the weapons trade. === 3.3 How many vehicles are there? === There are approximately 30 different vehicles present in GTA2, and these include passenger cars, buses, motorcycles, lorries and semi-trailers. Specific vehicles mentioned by Houser include - * Ice Cream Vans * Hot Dog Vans * Taxis * Buses * Electric Vehicles * Tanks * Trains * Lorries See the section on the compacters for more information on car names. === 3.4 Have the police returned? === The police have made a comeback in GTA2, and will get some help from fellow law enforcers. If you manage to evade the police cars and road blocks, the SWAT team will be called upon to eliminate the threat (ie. you). If your experience driving in GTA helps you defeat their high-powered weaponry, then the FBI will be summoned. By this stage, only the true GTA fan should remain standing. If the FBI's dirty tactics are ineffective, and you have managed to escape from Mulder and Scully, then the big guns are called in. The army will swarm to your location, and only those who cheat will be safe from their firepower. As you can see, this is a big change from GTA, where the police were the only law enforcers on the road. The police AI has improved from the previous version, and it is also possible for the cops to "forget" about you after a certain period of time, but only if you have a wanted level of one. Also, unless your crimes are noticed by the law enforcement, your wanted level will not rise. === 3.5 What weapons are available? === The arsenal provided for your character has drastically increased since the original. Approximately 15 weapons are available in the game, although the crate system has been modified slightly. The weapons that can be found in GTA2 are - * Pistol (in GTA) * Machine Gun (in GTA) * Rocket Launcher (in GTA) * Flame Thrower (in GTA) * Silenced Uzi * Land Mines * Grenades * Molotov Cocktails/Petrol Bombs * Tazers (electric weapon) * Microwave Gun * Water Cannon on the Fire Truck * Car Bombs (in GTA) * Car Mounted Cannons * Oil Slicks Remember, GTA2 is set in the near future, so that is why some of the weapons seem a bit futuristic (ie. tazer). === 3.6 What other features of GTA have returned in the sequel? === The similarities continue. These will also be found in the sequel - * Mission based scenarios - although this has been mentioned previously, the mission based scenarios will return to GTA2. There are approximately 75 missions in total, and should be more detailed than those found in the original. * Spray shops - change the colour of your car, paint it a different colour, or upgrade it with powerful arsenal. * Three different zones - there is only one city available, although made up of three large zones. There were three different cities in GTA. * Different radio stations - dependent on the car you are driving. There is also the ability to blow up the actual station if you don't like the music. * Fire Engines & Ambulances - They look different than those in GTA2, but have returned once again. You can use the water cannon on the fire truck to kill pedestrians. I prefer the old ambulance though... === 3.7 What other features have made their debut in GTA2? === Apart from the new graphics, sound, music and AI in GTA2, there also new features that have appeared for the first time - * Ability to jump (in your car) from building top to building top. * Unnamed bonuses that you are able to collect while playing. * Mini-games which are activated at the end of a level. * Random crimes that occur in the city, unrelated to what you are doing. * Buses and Taxis act like real ones. They can pick up and drop off others. Pedestrians try and flag you down if you steal a taxi and take it for a spin. You can earn money just by being a taxi driver. * A proper save game feature! Drive into a church with a neon sign "Jesus Saves", and it will change to "U Save" confirming that the game has been saved. * The ability to sell cars to scrapyards, and receive bonuses and power-ups from the compacted cars as the wreck travels on a conveyer-belt. --- 4. GENERAL QUESTIONS === 4.1 When will/was GTA2 released? === GTA2 was officially released on October 22. At first, GTA2 was slow to make its way around the world, first appearing in Europe then the United States. Since then, it has appeared in most major countries, and should be available in your local software store. Although Oct. 22 was hyped as the date for the worldwide release, very few stores had the game on the shelves on this date. Rumours before the game's arrival relating to a delayed release were refused by Houser. === 4.2 Where can I buy GTA2, and how much does it cost? === GTA2 is available at most good software retailers, mail order companies, and Internet stores. Pricing in the US varies from $35 to $45 for the PC version, and from $38 to $45 for the Playstaton version. In Australia, GTA2 will initially sell for about $89.95, although you may be able to purchase it for $79.95. This may seem expensive for foreign readers, but is the average price for new games. === 4.3 Are you going to buy GTA2 this time? === Why you cheeky little monkey!! (if you are confused by this question, see the NFS:HS FAQ). To answer the question, if I download the demo and find it runs OK on my aging computer (P2-233), I will definitely go out and buy the game (don't quote me on that). I was originally going to purchase Midtown Madness until I tried the demo and saw it ran like a dog, so if the demo runs without twitching every five seconds, then I will go and buy it. ps. The demo is playable, so I will be buying it. === 4.4 Is there a demo I can try? === A demo was released late on the 22nd of September (US time). The demo is only approximately 13Mb in size, and can be downloaded at various sites on the web (www.gta2.com being the main one). The demo only runs for 6 minutes, although you can replay as many times. This is similar to the original GTA demo, which had a time limit on it. Rockstar say that this will make you want to go out and buy the full version, and it is only a demo after all. At the start of the demo, a member of the Loonies gang announces that you have a bomb in your stomach which will detonate in six minutes. After the six minutes, you, and anything around you, explodes. If you are not in a car, little Claude Speed is catapulted into the air and lands with a thud on the pavement. The demo allows you to try a few missions and weapons, and some of the various cars available. The weapons I have found are the Rocket Launcher (Kill Frenzy), the Molotov Cocktail, the Pistol, and the Uzi. However, if you know of another one, please send me the details. Unfortunately, someone has made a crack to remove the time limit. Don't expect me to email it you or mention a website address though. === 4.5 What is the music like? === The music has the same style as GTA, a type that I can't really describe. While the original game only had about 50-60 minutes of music, the sequel has approximately 2.5 hours. Sadly, this means that they do not use CD Audio, so you are not able to put the game CD in your stereo and play it. However, the music is saved as wav files, which can be played by nearly all sound programs in the world. These files are a bundle of songs thrown in together, with some of the radio chatter mixed in. They are located in the \GTAudio directory on the CD-ROM. Several websites have been wondering whether a separate game soundtrack will be released, and the official word so far is that they are uncertain. The bands featuring on the soundtrack include Taxi Driver, artists from Moving Shadow Records, and Flytronix. === 4.6 What other free stuff (official & non-official) can I download? === 4.6.1 Movies A live action movie was created especially for the game, and illustrates features found in GTA2. Set in New York, the movie features car chases, the Yakuza, Russian and Krishna gangs, and a real cast. The movie was completed in one week, editing included. I have seen the movie yet, mainly because of its file size. It can be downloaded in chunks at www.gta2.com . 4.6.2 Shockwave Animations The Shockwave introduction found when you type in www.gta2.com and press enter is also available. You should be able to download it by right-clicking on it, or having a look through your browser's cache. Those who subscribed to the official newsletter also received a copy of the intro, bundled with the Shockwave player for easy viewing. I have a copy of this file hanging around here somewhere, so if you would like it, drop me an email with your address. Rockstar are also producing some small Shockwave promos which will be released heading up to the full version's arrival. Five of these ten files are now available, and can be downloaded at Jack Of All Games. Interestingly, JOAL are the distributors of GTA2 in the UK and OZ. I may also have a copy laying around if you want to see them. They require the latest version of Shockwave. 4.6.3 MP3s & Winamp Skins An audio file was released the same time as the demo (in MP3 format). It gives you a sneak peek of the music and radio advertisements that will be available. If you like the GTA2 demo, make sure that you also download this file. Coming in at a little over 3Mb in size, it can be downloaded at www.gta2.com . A second MP3 was released by DMA on September 27. This is a music file related to the Zaibatsu gang. Instead of a collage of different sounds, this MP3 is a full song. It can be downloaded at www.dma.co.uk . A third MP3 was released on the GTA2 website around the start of November. It contains clips of the top 10 songs featured on the GTA2 soundtrack. It can be downloaded at www.gta2.com Two Winamp skins have been created to enjoy the above MP3s. The first, created by the author of this FAQ, is themed on Rockstar Games. With a colour scheme and layout similar to the Rockstar logo, it can be downloaded at FAQWorld - www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest . The second skin, based on the actual game and created by Nick London, can be downloaded at G! (www.gouranga.com). Both skins are still being developed, with the equaliser and playlist to be completed. 4.6.4 GTA2 Demo Audio The audio used in the demo can be downloaded as one file (in RealAudio format) at http://gtaextreme.niteshade.net. 4.6.5 Demo Time Limit Crack Hehe, nice try! =) 4.6.6 Other Files The lyrics to some of the songs in GTA2 are available at various web sites (try G!, Nice One or GTA2 More Extreme. Screenshots can be seen at many online game review sites. Currently, the official site has very few, if any, screenshots to download. Once the full version has been released, there should be more files available. === 4.7 Are there any cheats? === Several cheats have been announced for both the Playstation and PC versions. The Playstation cheats are (I believe you must change your name to these) - * BIGSCORE - $10,000,000 * DESIRES - Maximum Wanted Level * HIGHFIVE - 5X Multiplier * LIVELONG - Infinite Health * LOSEFEDS - No cops * ITSALLUP - Level Select * NAVARONE - All weapons * NOFRILLS - Debug basic scripts (??) Only one PC cheat has been revealed, and it is (you must change your name to Gouranga, then the cheat)- * MUCHCASH - $500,000 * BUCKFAST - Most of the pedestrians go mad and kill each other, and also you if you don't watch out (note this was an old cheat from GTA1) * GOREFEST - Activates blood mode * GODOFGTA - All the weapons plus maximum ammo === 4.8 What are some good sites to go to? === Here are some good sites to go to - * GTA2 (http://www.gta2.com) The official GTA2 website. Information on the game is slowly appearing here, although navigation for first timers may prove puzzling. The Introduction (mentioned earlier) is a parody on the reaction by the general public when the original was first released. There are plenty of screenshots and links available, and it is the official download site for the movie and upcoming demo. Go here for the official word. * DMA Design (http://www.dma.co.uk) The developers of GTA2. Currently under reconstruction, the new DMA site will feature news on the development of GTA2. See question #2.4 for more information. * Rockstar Games (http://www.rockstargames.com) Rockstar Games are the publishers of both the Playstation and PC versions of GTA2. Their website is now available online, but make sure you have your Macromedia Flash player ready. See question #2.5 for more information. * Take 2 Games (http://www.take2games.com) Owners of the publishing label Rockstar, who will be the publishers of GTA2. See question #2.6 for more information. * Gathering of Developers (http://www.godgames.com) Hinted to be the PC publishers of GTA2, but has since been proven otherwise. See question #2.7 for more information. * GOURANGA! (http://www.grandtheftauto.com) A news site with information on all GTA games (GTA, GTA:L, GTA2). Updated daily, this should be one of the first sites you go to for the latest info on GTA2. Along with G!, it is one of the best GTA sites around. * G! (http://www.gouranga.com) Made by the same guy who does GOURANGA!, G! features news not found on its sister site. If you don't like the design of GOURANGA!, then have a look here if you are mainly interested in GTA2 news. * Nice-One (http://www.nice-one.com) A relatively new website, Nice-One is a GTA news site dedicated to providing content as well as quality. A lot of news here is original and not copied off other news sites. One of the contributors, Mugwum, is a well known GTA fan (and also contributes to other sites, such as PlanetHalfLife). * Crazy Bobs House of Guns (http://gta.telefragged.com) A news site hosted by the Telefragged network. Although it is updated daily, there is not as much news as the other sites. However, the news that is found here is usually unique, and not leeched from another site. Expect things to pick up once the full version has been released. * GTA2 More Extreme (http://gtaextreme.niteshade.net) A news site based on the development of GTA2. Try here for news that might not be found on the other sites. * Nice-One Forums (http://www.3dap.com/gta/forums/) A shortage of message boards based on GTA2 has been fixed by this forum created by the webmaster at Nice-One. Go here to get help from other GTA fans on all aspects of the game, and either version. Want your site here? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. === 4.9 Is there a newsgroup? === There sure is, and it has been around since the original was first released. alt.games.grand-theft-auto is a newsgroup based on both games, although make sure you don't say the wrong thing, because the regulars are suspicious about newbies. === 4.10 Where can I find (p)reviews for GTA2? === Previews for Grand Theft Auto are increasing every day. The following URLs are online previews of GTA2. This list does not contain every preview ever done, so if you see one not mentioned here, send me an email. Note that some of these links are for the Playstation version. Thanks to the various sites around the net for this list (including www.gta2.com) * http://www.gamespot.co.uk/pc.gamespot/driving/gta2_uk/preview_fl.html * http://www.gamespot.fr/actu/auto/a0001303.html * http://www.overgame.com/_page/p_actus.asp?actu=2232 * http://www.playnow.com.au/previews/Preview218.asp * http://pc.ign.com/previews/11648.html * http://psx.ign.com/previews/12390.html * http://www.avault.com/previews/preview_temp.asp?game=gta2&page=1 * http://www.videogames.com/psx/drvfly/gta2/index.html * http://www.gameinformer.com/news/jul99/071599b.html * http://happypuppy.com/press/index.html * http://www.evilavatar.com/buyerbeware/gta2/gta2_1.htm * http://www.next-generation.com/jsmid/previews/11402_1.html * http://www.gaming-age.com/previews/psx/gta2/ Reviews are slowly appearing, and here are the related links (some links have the rating given by the site after the URL) - * http://www.gamespy.com/reviews/gta2_a.shtm - 87/100 * http://www.gamespot.com/driving/gta2/index.html - 6.8/10 * http://video.gamespot.co.uk/stories/ps/reviews/0,8326,2378792,00.html - 9.0/10 * http://videogames.gamespot.com/psx/drvfly/gta2/review.html - 6.8/10 * http://rush.madasafish.com/reviews/g/gta2/ * http://www.gibworld.com/gw-reviews/review-gta2.shtml * http://www.quantum9.com/reviews/grandtheftauto2/ * http://psx.ign.com/reviews/12390.html * http://www.game-over.net/review/nov99/gta2/index.html - 92% --- 5. QUICKIES === 5.1 How do I save? === If you paid attention during the opening tutorial, you would have read that the church is the place to save. Note that it costs you a heap of money, and you can only save after a mission. If you can't find the church using the provided maps, steal a TV van and follow the satellite found on top. === 5.2 What are the debug screens? === The debug screens can be found in the GTA2 Manager, although it has not been revealed how to see them. At first, the existence of the screens started as a rumour, but since screenshots of the debug options were released, it has been proven beyond doubt that they exist. GTA2 fans are working on a friendlier way to edit the options. === 5.3 Are there any plans to release GTA2 on other systems? === GTA2 will be released on the Sega Dreamcast in either 1999 or 2000. At this stage, there is no definite release date, and no screenshots have been released. The original was just released on the Nintendo Game Boy. It is the same as GTA, except there are a few changes in the graphics and sound side of things. === 5.4 Why isn't there any blood? === Blood was removed due to the fact that the game may have been knocked back by the censors if it had been included. However, Rockstar added a cheat so that blood could be activated (see #4.7 for details). === 5.5 I, err, lost my maps. Where can I download them? === Very convenient. For all those who downloaded the warez version (tsk tsk), or really have lost their maps, GTA2 More Extreme have the maps ready for your downloading pleasure. === 5.6 Are there any useful keys I should know about? === These can also be found in the manual - * TAB - beeps your horn or makes you fart/burp when out of a car * F1 & F2 - Changes the radio station you are listening to * F6 - Pauses the game (FREEZE!), and displays useful info such as the number of missions you have completed for each gang, how many GTA2 logos you have collected, what the target money amount is, and how many kill frenzies you have successfully completed. * F7 - Displays the last text message displayed * F8 - Displays the GTA2 Manager (but also crashed my computer) * F9 - Displays which suburb you are currently in === 5.7 Why are the Zaibatsu Corporation in every district? === The Zaibatsu are the largest gang in the entire city. They dominate all the crime related activities, and affectively run the city. All the other gangs control a small section of the city, while the Zaibatsu own about one third of it. === 5.8 What are all those GTA2 logos lying around? === The 50 GTA2 logos in each city can be collected by either driving or walking over them. Rumour is, that if you collect all fifty of them (a very difficult task), a bonus level is opened up. More information on this will be added soon. --- 6. THIRD PARTY FILES === 6.1 Save Game Editor === Ishani, webmaster of www.ishani.com, has written a save game editor. It allows you to change your armour, health, lives, ammo, weapons, money, the multiplier values, and any powerups you had available when you saved your game. Totalling a minute 26K, this utility can be downloaded at either G! or Ishani's website. === 6.2 Unofficial GTA2 Screensaver === Tony Sutton, regular of alt.games.grand-theft-auto, has created a screensaver for GTA2. The screensaver contains a bunch of screenshots which dissolve, split, stretch and dissappear in various ways. It can be downloaded at Hypertony - www.hypertony.co.uk/gta2 . === 6.3 Blood Registry Cheat === Due to a censorship issue, the amount of blood in GTA2 has been reduced since GTA. However, Rockstar included a cheat that allows you to turn on the blood. A registry cheat has been made to automatically activate the cheat, as well as make you invincible and add other stuff. Find out more at www.xcheater.com . === 6.4 Car Stat Editor === A utility has been created by Nick Jones to edit the stats of the cars found in GTA2. It can be downloaded at his site - www.gta2mods.co.uk . === 6.5 GTA2 Power Manager === Ishani has been hard at work again. This time he has created a utility which, when run in conjunction with the normal GTA2 Manager, allows you to change the debug options, start on any map with any car, and change the car physics and stats. Once again, this utility can be downloaded at www.ishani.com. === 6.6 GTA2 Registry Toolkit === Devil and GTA Jedi have created a registry editor for GTA2. It allows you to change the features found in the registry using a friendly interface. Any changes can be viewed by running GTA2 at any time. This utility can be downloaded at Section 487 (http://www.worldwidewhitney.webfusion.co.uk/s487/). --- 7. OTHER INFO === 7.1 Compactor Rewards === This is a list of all the rewards you receive when you take a car to the scrapyard and get it compacted. This is not a complete list, some may be incorrect and several rewards are based on the demo. It is in alphabetical order for convenience. * Arachinio - shotgun (30 ammo) * B -Type - invulnerability * Benson - Electrofingers * Big Bug - armour * Bug - machine gun (30 ammo) * Eddy - machine gun (30 ammo) * Futore GT - double damage * Hachura - rocket launcher (15 ammo) * Loony- Invisibility * Maurice - machine gun (15 ammo) * Meteor - invulnerability * Michelli Roadster - machine gun (30 ammo) * Minx - Electrofingers * Morton - get out of jail free card * Panto - 15 grenades * Rednecks Pickup - Health * Romero - armour * Schmidt - Health * Secret Agent Car - Respect * Shark - 15 Molotov cocktails * Spritzer - 15 Molotov cocktails * Sportster - machine gun (30 ammo) * Squad car - police bribe * Taxi - double damage * Trance Am - flame thrower (30 ammo) * T-Rex - electro gun (60 ammo) * U-Jerk truck- machine gun (30 ammo) * Wellard - machine gun (30 ammo) * Yakuza - rocket launcher * Z-Type - silenced machine gun (30 ammo) Those cars that are not accepted by the compactor are (may only apply to the demo) - * Fire Engine * Ambulance * Bank Van * Bus * Van * Swat Van (??) * TV Truck (??) === 7.2 Bonuses & What Rewards Do === The following bonuses are available by fulfilling the requirements listed. In most cases, a money bonus is also offered. * Accuracy Bonus - try shooting four SWAT members without missing one to get this bonus. There are also other methods. * Cop Killa - Blowing up cop cars and killing cops (lots of them) * Cop Puncher - Punching many cops who are chasing you * Elvis Has Left The Building - similar to the "Gouranga" message you got when you ran over all the orange guys in GTA. Instead, drive over all the white jogging members to receive this bonus. * Genocide - Kill plenty of gang members * Insane Stunt Bonus - There is a ramp located about halfway between the Zaibatsu HQ and the Bottom Left Crane (see map). If you get a decent run up (there is a large strip of pavement opposite) and fly off the ramp, you get this bonus. * Medical Emergency - Killing the paramedics and blowing up their cars There are several rewards or powerups available in GTA2. You can either find these laying around the city, or get them from the cranes. Most of these only last for about 30 seconds or so. Those I can remember are - * Fast Reload - you, um, reload fast * Invincibility - you can not be killed (maybe not if you drown), although you can still be busted * Electrofingers - come in contact with a pedestrian and you will electrocute him/her * Invisibility - you become a faintly visible ghost on screen, and no one else can see you. Helpful when the cops pull you out of the car, because they can't see you, so they can't bust you. * Get out of Jail Free Card - You don't lose your multiplier or weapons when busted and released. * Cop Bribe - get one of these when you have a wanted level, and it will disappear (try crushing a cop car at the cranes to get this powerup as well) === 7.3 Wang's Car Bonus === This rather strange bonus was revealed soon after the full version was made available. On the second level (Residential Sector), there are eight cars scattered around the level which have a number on the rooftop (obviously numbered 1 to 8). When you hop into one of these cars, you are transported to Wang's Used Auto, where you receive $5000 x multiplier. When you manage to find and steal all eight cars, you receive the "Wang's Car Bonus", where you are given a flame-thrower truck, a tank, an armed military vehicle, various armed cars, and tons of money. Black Assassin is working on a map of all the car locations as we, umm, read. Descriptions of where the cars are will be added here in the next update. === 7.4 Garages === There are about five or so garages scattered around the districts. These offer a range of powerups for your car, at a price. In any order - * Car Bomb - pressing the attack key while in your car will activate the bomb, and you have five or so seconds to get out as fast as possible. * Car Mounted Machine Guns - Machine Guns are fixed to the roof of your car which allow you to shoot cops or peds from the comfort of your steering wheel. You do not have an infinite supply of ammo, unfortunately. * Respray - Changes the colour of your car, and fixes any damage. Removes any wanted level you have managed to accumulate. * Oil Slicks - Gives you oil slicks which you can drop on the road to make other cars slip and slide. Useful when cops are on your butt. === 7.5 Introduction Movie === The introduction movie to GTA2 contains the logos of Rockstar Games and DMA Design, as well as a live action film featuring Claude Speed. This movie was made using clips from the movie that can be downloaded at the GTA2 website. If, for some reason, you would like to view this movie outside of the game, you must download a utility from RAD Game Tools to play it. RAD Games Tools are the creators of Bink (the format the movie is in) and Smacker (an ageing format also used for movies). --- 8. HINTS & TIPS === Most of these hints and tips have been grabbed from various news sites on the net. The tips starting with a "*" bullet have been confirmed by the author. The tips starting with a "#" bullet have not been confirmed, or could not be used. Some of these tips may be useless in the full version. * Stop at a bus station, and magically, a bus will pull up. Carjack the bus, and once people are on board, drive around the various stations. Don't forget to pick up and let down passengers. * If the cops are chasing you, and you have no weapons, try and run towards your gang headquarters. Your fellow gang members will shoot at the cops and try to protect you. * When a cop car pulls up and the occupants get out, stay close to the door, press the Enter key and quickly drive off. You will leave the cops behind in your tracks. * Carjack a taxi, and pull up beside the pavement. A pedestrian will hail you ("Hey Taxi!"), and hop into the car. As long as the passenger remains in the car (don't go around smashing the car up), you will earn one dollar per second (the red multiplier also affects the rate). * Stand still for awhile, and watch what Claude does. He will light up a cigarette, and blow smoke into the air. * If you are really desperate for money, try getting chased by four cops. That's $2 a second in your piggy bank. * Ensure you visit one of the car compacters scattered around the city. These replace the ports in GTA. Drive a car underneath the right yellow crane, get out, and watch the crane pick up the car and drop it in the compactor. Walk up to the conveyer belt using the stairs, and wait for the bonus. See more information on the bonuses elsewhere in this FAQ. * Watch out for fellow pedestrians. Those with a green shirt and white cuffs are carjackers. Many a time you will steal a car, then get pulled out by one of these guys and have your prize driven away. And watch out for the pedestrians in red and white. These muggers will chase you around the streets, and if they catch up, they will rob you. * Can't find a decent weapon?? Try and steal a fire engine. The water cannon on top (controlled using TAB and CTRL) is capable of blasting pedestrians with a stream of water. * An alternative method of removing the cops from your butt is successfully completing a Kill Frenzy. For some reason your wanted level disappears once you complete a KF. * Hold the TAB key down (the horn button) to play the music when you are driving the ice-cream truck. * Use the ALT key or the number pad keys to control the camera. * If you hate the scientists and they hate you, trying killing them all to get the good weapons. * The ambulance men (or is it women??) are capable of resurrecting those who you have turned into ash. * If you are wanted, steal a cop car and head towards the closest car crusher. Crush the cop car, and you get the cop bribe reward, which removes your wanted level. # When you have the Molotov cocktails, press jump (usually space) and hold the fire key. If done correctly, you can fly. --- 9. BUG LIST === Having suffered a few bugs myself, I decided to create a bug list which you can add to just by emailing me. I will add any other bugs I see mentioned on related websites. In no particular order - * Introduction movie freezes during either the Rockstar Logo explosion or the DMA guy getting run over * Game crashes after finishing a sector/level or even a mission * Possible to disappear through the road, go underground and get stuck (usually have to restart to fix it). * Several video cards cause graphics problems (see readme.txt included with game for more information on some cards) --- 10. TAKE 2'S ACQUISITION OF DMA DESIGN === It was announced on the 29th of September that Take Two Interactive were acquiring DMA Design for a cool $US11 million (that's a lot of notes). DMA Design were originally owned by Infogrames Entertainment. This will mean that there will be more GTA games made, and Take 2 will not have to pay royalties for the software anymore. One interesting aspect of the decision was the announcement of two upcoming GTA related titles - GTA3D and The Grand Theft Auto Online Crime World. So far, GTA3D is only in the planning stage, and there has been no programming done so far. The press release by DMA can be viewed at their temporary web site - www.dma.co.uk . --- 11. THE END === 11.1 Coming Up Next === *rant* Well, GTA2 has finally been released, and although it was slow to make its way around the world, nearly every GTA fan should have it by now. Yet I have a feeling that the original will be more popular, and the mainly negative reviews don't help either. They seem to focus on the fact that it is a sequel, and has similar gameplay to the original. The violence, language and drug references also gain a mention. Oh well, things should pick up once a couple of mods are out and a easy to use car editor is made available. Lets see what DMA and Rockstar can come up with. *rant off* ps. If you want to help write this FAQ, send me an email. I would appreciate as much help as possible. I really want this FAQ to answer any questions people have about the game, as well as provide lots of information on other aspects.