The second GTA was still top down and just as violent!
GTA the original created a recipe that in the meantime has proven to be one of the most enticing ever: you are free to roam in a violent city, trying to make ends meet and trying your best to conduct your life in such a manner as to face another day. And all of this mostly while behind the driving wheel, creating as much mayhem in the city as the local police would allow. GTA 2 would not jinx this premise but instead of a London setting this time the game takes you to America. The game still doesn't change the perspective to a first person or third person one, instead you see the game world from above, while the game is pseudo 3D (2.5D). The City, the place where the game takes place is split into a number of districts and each one is run by its very own gangs. While the beginning of the game won't put you under a lot of pressure, the more you progress, the more complicated the missions will become. In all aspects, the free roaming, trouble making, police escaping antics of game to come are to be found in this second game, so if you are attracted to that kind of gameplay outset, this is what the GTA of the late 90s had to offer. Coupled with simple and intuitive controls and a better more sharp view of the city than the original, GTA 2 can make your day today just as well as the later titles.