Grand Theft Auto 2

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Grand Theft Auto 2
Grand Theft Auto 2 cover
DMA Design
Rockstar Games
Russia Buka Entertainment
Release dates
Windows October 22, 1999
Series Grand Theft Auto
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Key points

To play online use GTA2 Game Hunter.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
GTAForums Discussion.
Grand Theft Wiki
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1] on the original 1999 release.
SecuROM DRM on Grand Theft Auto Classics Collection.
No DRM in GTA trilogy from Cenega sold in Poland.
Steam (unavailable)
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is no longer easily available digitally.
Demo is available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename Movie folder
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\
  2. Delete or rename the Movie folder.


The latest official patch 1.03 is available at

Enhanced GTA2[edit]

Add Windows 8 support, windowed mode, per-user settings and slightly increase game allowed frame rates.
Install GTA2 v11.44

Game data[edit]

External general settings.
External general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\DMA Design Ltd\GTA2\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12180/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\player\[Note 4]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12180/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


External graphics settings.
External graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use ThirteenAG's fix. See more info.
Use ThirteenAG's fix. See more info.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Might require GTA2 11.44 if it doesn't work with stock version.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Labelled as "Frame Rate Limiter".
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Locked at 25 FPS (30 with Enhanced GTA2)


External key map settings.
External key map settings.


External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[3] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Functions with GTA2 11.44
EAX support
A3D & EAX.[4][5]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Retail version, download.


External network settings.
External network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
6 To find matches use GTA2 Game Hunter.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400, 47624
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)[edit]

This is caused by missing DirectPlay
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Enable DirectPlay in Start->Control Panel->Programs and Features->Turn Windows Features On or Off->Legacy Components->DirectPlay

16x16x16 Video Mode error and no resolutions available in GTA2 Manager[edit]

This bug seems to be caused by faulty registry settings
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Launching both gta2.exe and gta2 manager.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode seems to resolve this issue
  2. After successfuly launching both EXEs the compatibility mode can be removed

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6.1
Glide 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 5.0r
Cutscenes Bink Video 0.9g

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 65 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D-compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12180/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12180) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).