Grand Theft Auto 3 rocked the world when it was released in 2001. If you owned a PS2 early in the console’s life and were old enough to play such a mature title, you almost certainly owned it. Now, 20 years later, GTA 3 is receiving a re-release for modern consoles, along with the rest of the trilogy, to allow old fans to relive the glory and to show young players where the modern open world adventure began.
If you are new to the game or need a little refresher, follow these tips below. Many of these are things you should do as soon as possible, while a few more are just tips to keep in mind on the journey.
Take on ambulance missions right away
If you jump into an ambulance, you can complete missions where you pick up injured pedestrians and drop them off in a hospital. You don’t do this just out of the goodness of your heart. Save 35 people to win a health pickup at your safe home.
Complete the 70’s and you’ll earn the chance to sprint forever. We recommend that you do this right away so that it is easier to make the stops in Portland and you can enjoy the benefits straight away.
Carry out vigilance missions
The protagonists of GTA often have a complicated relationship with the law. Claude Speed is not against helping the cops from time to time. They are activated by entering a police car and triggering the mission with the push of a button.
Rolling ten and then 20 on each island earns you a police bribe icon and the area hideout, respectively. These help exponentially when you want to cool down a fancy little meter quickly and don’t want to use the pay and spray system.
It is quite easy to lose health from bullets and other dangers. Even falling will take away a large portion of your health. Fortunately, there are easy ways to get healthy.
The safest way to do this is to simply get into an ambulance, of which there are many in Liberty City. If you have done the ambulance missions before, there is also a health icon in your safe house.
Do the taxi missions
Like ambulance and self defense missions, you can complete taxi missions just by getting into a taxi and pushing a button. We recommend doing these at the start of the game so that you have less area to cover when doing the pricing.
Take 100 trips and you unlock the Borgnine, a special red cab that spawns in Portland. It’s one of the best cars in the game. If that’s not enough for you, then at least the missions will net you quite a bit of money, which you will need for some of the missions at the start.
Enter the cop cars for a shotgun
You can buy guns from Ammu-Nation, but that’s not the only place you can find guns. At the start of the game, when you are particularly short of resources, enter a police car to receive a shotgun for free.
It’s not much, but in the early hours of the game it can certainly come in handy for some of the early missions. Additionally, police cars are some of the best vehicles you can commonly find.
Endurance increases over time
At first you are barely able to run a few meters before Claude has to take a break. However, the stamina stat is hidden and increases as you run on foot. You can also extend the sprint time by pressing the button instead of just holding it.
However, this problem becomes a non-problem if you do the paramedic missions first. Having great stamina or unlimited amount equates to being successful in some of the more difficult missions.
Causing chaos gives you money
Grand Theft Auto 3 still retains a lot of arcade sensibilities, a far cry from the realistic approach future entries would take.
There is no better indication of this than the fact that just messing around is making money. Blow up cars, increase your research level, and steal money from everyone. It doesn’t take long to earn enough Scratches to buy your own arsenal from the Ammu-Nation.
Get into new cars often
In Grand Theft Auto 3 you cannot jump from moving cars. It becomes a big problem when you can’t get out of a burning vehicle just because it hasn’t come to a complete stop.
With that in mind, don’t be afraid to leave a wrecked vehicle in search of a new one; it might just save your life. Fortunately, later GTA games added the ability to jump moving cars, thus avoiding this problem.
Find all hidden packages
There are many collectibles to be found in Liberty City. Hidden packages earn you a bonus for every ten you find. The first ten earn you a pistol that spawns at every hideout. Weapons get more impressive with each upgrade.
By the time you have collected fifty of them, you already have a formidable arsenal waiting for you for free. At 100, that’s just absurd firepower. There are 33 of them in Portland alone, so find them before continuing the story to already start with free weapons.
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