Grand Theft Auto
Huh? They're GIVING AWAY the first three volumes of Grand Theft Auto? That'll be over at Rockstar Games who are in a generous mood then. Good on 'em I say. This game revolutionised game playing at the time (1997) and was the first driving game I (amongst others) actually enjoyed playing. Except that it wasn't a driving game, it had a massive role playing aspect, and even elements of a shoot 'em up. Except that most of the time you spent driving it seemed, so it was a driving game ... you see what I mean? It crossed boundaries and genres with a mass appeal and competent skill. Not happy with just releasing these classics to the like of us for free they've even tweaked them a little so they will play better on modern computers and operating systems. These are big old downloads though so be aware:
328 MB for GTA1,
165 MB for Wild Metal &
344 MB for GTA2
You will also need to register with Rockstar to receive the downloads but so far I haven't received any spam from that quarter yet, and even if they do, I'll be too busy playing their games to notice. A small price to pay. If you grew up or played games in the nineties these are worth a free revisit. Even if you didn't I heartily recommend it to find out what all the fuss was about then and the roots of what you get today. Ok, It's a long way from the sharp 3D graphics of their modern offering, GTA San Andreas but there's a massive replayability to this series. The graphics have that correct retro feel to still appeal to the subconscious as you have loads of fun destroying things or traveling from phone box to phone box completing the missions that can be picked up from them. Our favorite, even on the modern version is to see how many police you can kill or get chasing you and still survive. Can't remember what the records were but I've a feeling I'm about to be making new ones.
Footnote: ... hmmm, just noticed this ... "Your life of crime begins on foot in Liberty City, in an area called South Park. " ... South Park ... I wonder...