Where can I download GTA2?
GTA2 v11.43 (Windows 8 compatible) - [17MB]
I recommend installing to "c:\games" or your documents folder. Installing to "c:\program files" is not a good idea since that folder is often protected by Windows and may prevent GTA2 and GTA2 Game Hunter from writing to the folder.
About this release
This is the newest and best version of GTA2 available anywhere. It contains numerous bug fixes and improvements over the original exe. If you would like to know exactly what has changed, see the gta2.exe changelog.
Due to all these changes, this release is the ONLY release supported by GTA2 Game Hunter. Now that you have this release, you do not need any other patches.
Why is the GTA2-GTAMP Edition so small?
The original game, as available from Rockstar Classics, comes in a 345MB setup file. Most of the space is taken up by music in wave files, and a few very poor quality videos. We have stripped the videos (which are available on youtube anyway) and the music (which is nice to listen to from start to finish, but in the game you only hear cut up bits and pieces of it while you are inside a vehicle, so it gets annoying. Apart for the music, all the sounds are still there!) and therefore managed to crunch the size down to a fraction of the original. To squash the size of this release even more, we used the powerful and free 7-Zip archiver.
How do I play online?
Get GTA2 Game Hunter - the best way for finding GTA2 multiplayer opponents. It's a small and free program that can be used to meet GTA2 players, hang out and play GTA2 multiplayer games. Warning: May require hours of port forwarding/firewall troubleshooting.
GTA2 tools and editors
You can get GTA2 tools and editors here.
GTA2 official printable maps and manual
GTA2 PDF maps - 1.5MB
This PDF contains images of the Downtown, Residential and Industrial maps that used to be included with the boxed version of GTA2.
GTA2 PDF manual - 496KB
There are several mistakes in the manual. The multiplayer section sounds like they are describing GTA1, you can't select a character in GTA2. The error is mentioned on the Xplosiv support site and used to be on the take2games.com support site.
GTA2 guides and other info:
Old versions of GTA2 required setting your desktop to 16bit colours to run the game in a window but v11.39 and newer work fine with with a 32bit colours.
Other GTA2 sites
wikigta.org - Grand Theft Auto Wiki - contains item/vehicle location maps for all cities
GTAForums.com - English forum. The modern GTA sections are very popular but the old school forum doesn't get many posts anymore. I am a moderator in the old school section.
GTA2 multiplayer screenshots - All taken by Sektor, years ago, mostly to keep a record of the Australian GTA2 players.