Grand Theft Auto 2, or GTA2 for short, is a top-down action game where you can steal vehicles, shoot at people and fulfill missions for various gangs in the city which unlock by having respect for them (it is recommended to do all missions for one faction at once since you should have the respect by the time you complete their missions). You gain respect by fulfilling missions and shooting enemy gangs. There are three gangs in each district (level), each with distinctive personality. As an example, there is an over-the-top asian gang, the mafia-like Zaibatsu, the Hippie gang “Loonies”, and so on.
The game is entirely controlled by the keyboard. It feels fluid, the graphics which at the time were too demanding for my PC (in 1998 the game would run but the graphic effects would leave white boxes because I had no 3D card) nowadays are good 2D from above. There is one known crash which was never fixed but can be easily avoided: Entering a vehicle while shooting the flamethrower crashes the game – no other gun crashes it.
The game can be saved at anytime outside missions in a central spot, of which there is one on each map (this costs 50,000 USD ingame, so you want to keep your multiplier from missions and reload if you die or get caught by the cops – this also means you need to do the first two or three missions in one run to get the score). There are additional collectibles – 50 GTA plates and 20 Kill Frenzies. Warning! If you play the game in German, they might be censored, I am not sure about that anymore (I only remember they were in the German version, but I don’t know if all were there).
I had great fun just bringing vehicles to the crane to see what goodies each one gives, then running rampage against the cops or against the civilians until I face my inevitable death or in very rare occasions even survive. At one time I even completed the first level with 100 percent. And although the game has only three levels, they can take a lot of time, although a speedrun probably could do them in maybe an hour each (of course only the missions then).
And I did not even talk about the hidden things you can discover such as combos, “Elvis has left the building”, the great soundtrack, the fun you can have with grenades and rocket launchers, the ability to even drive a TANK, etc.