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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
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile, Bus, Tank, Transport, Truck
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Grand Theft Auto
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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.
Official website (unavailable)
Was available for free via Rockstars' "Rockstar Classics" series to mailing-list subscribers.[3]
Steam (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is no longer officially available digitally.
Demo is available.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename Movie folder
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data.
  2. Delete or rename the Movie folder.
Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen fix


The latest official patch 1.03 is available at


FrontendFix is a plugin that enhances and improves GTA2 on modern machines. It features:
New settings menu based on the PlayStation release of the game. Scaled properly for any resolution.
Loading screens and pause menu from the Playstation version including menu background music.
Full mouse support (in game and in menu); Ability to control Player Direction and combat via the Mouse.
Native support for Fullscreen, Windowed, and Borderless Windowed mode. Support for 32-bit resolutions and 30FPS.
Multi5 language support.
Only compatible with GTA2 version 9.6. Requires ThirteenAG's Widescreen fix.
Settings, including resolution and controls, can be set by editing the file <path-to-game>\ufiles\settings.xml.

GTA2 v11.44 (Unofficial)

Adds Windows 10 support, windowed mode, per-user settings and slightly increase game allowed frame rates (25 FPS > 30 FPS).
Doesn't include music or the intro movie, but they can be copied over from an original install.
Intro movie does not play when using ThirteenAG's widescreen patch.
Not compatible with FrontendFix and many newer mods.
Install GTA2 v11.44
Restore music and intro
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data on an original install.
  2. Copy the GTAudio and Movie folders into <path-to-game>\data for 11.44.
Alternative way of restoring music and intro (Doesn't require an original installation)
  1. Download GTA 2 - Music and
  2. Extract the contents (GTAudio and Movie) into <path-to-game>\data for 11.44.

Glide API

Not needed if using v11.44.
Adds support for higher color depth and resolution, and fixes font rendering.
Not compatible nor recommended to be used with the widescreen fix.
Install nGlide
  1. Download and install the latest version of nGlide.
  2. Download newest dgVoodoo 2.
  3. Extract MS\x86\DDraw.dll and MS\x86\D3DImm.dll into <path-to-game>.
  4. Configure resolution in nGlide settings.
  5. Launch gta2manager.exe and make sure 3DFX Glide is enabled under Screen Mode in the Video tab.

Game data

External general settings.
External general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

Save game cloud syncing

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, or see Windowed
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 or FrontendFix or Glide API)
Disabling "Frame Rate Limiter" in options runs too fast.[4]


Set GTA2 exe to 16-bit color mode
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Right-click on GTA2.exe and choose Properties.
  3. Go to Compatibility, tick the Reduce color mode box and from the drop down box, choose 16-bit color and click Apply.
  4. Inside GTA2Manager.exe, in the Video tab, choose Windowed.


External key map settings.
External key map settings.

XInput support

GInput[citation needed]
  1. Download Ultimate ASI Loader (not the x64 version)
  2. Copy the dinput8.dll to <path-to-game>
  3. Download GInput
  4. Copy GInputII.asi and GInputII.ini to <path-to-game>\scripts\ (create the folder if it doesn't exist)


Adds support for gamepad controls from the PS1 version of the game including vibration
Doesn't support the unofficial 11.44 patch
Twin Stick Mod[citation needed]
  1. Download the newest Twin Stick mod and updated Twin Stick scipt
  2. Extract into the <path-to-game>\scripts\ folder


Requires the unofficial 11.44 patch
If using ASI Loader, WidescreenFix and/or TwinStickMod, game will be incompatible with multiplayer, causes desync.


External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[5] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Functions with GTA2 11.44
EAX support
A3D & EAX.[6][7]
Royalty free audio


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


External network settings.
External network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
Use GTA2: Hacker's Remix
LAN play
Online play
6 Versus
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

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)

Install DirectPlay[citation needed]

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

If you are using ThirteenAG's WS fix then first rename the ddraw.dll from ThirteenAG's WS fix to dinput8.dll and remove wndmode.ini to make them work together
Use dgVoodoo 2 wrapper
Some machines may still be limited to 1024x768 with dgVoodoo; in this case, set the resolution in the registry directly in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DMA Design Ltd\GTA2\screen.
  1. Download newest dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe, dgVoodoo.conf, MS\x86\DDraw.dll and MS\x86\D3DImm.dll into <path-to-game>.
  3. Start dgVoodooCpl.exe and configure it.
  4. Go to DirectX tab and uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark.
  5. Click Apply and OK.
Globally changing the DPI back to 100%[citation needed]
This error may also occur on systems where the current DPI is more than 100%,
  1. Right-click GTA2.exe
  2. Click the Compatibility Tab
  3. Click the Change High DPI Settings button
  4. Tick "Override high DPI scaling behavior" and leave the menu set to "Application"
  5. Click OK and Apply and Ok again.
Set the game to run in 16-bit color mode

Game runs too fast

The game only locks at 25 FPS (30 when using Enhanced GTA2 or Glide API) using "Frame Rate Limiter" option.
Lock framerate to 60 fps with RivaTuner Statistics Server

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Glide 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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

Debug Menu

The game includes a Debug menu that let's you enable cheats and mess with the game physics
Add a new registry string[8]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\DMA Design Ltd\GTA2\Debug
  2. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) registry key, name it bob_debug_display and set its value to 1.
  3. Now the Debug and Physics menus should appear in gta2 manager.exe.

GTA2 Radar

Adds in-game radar, showing mission blips from gangs, churches, garages, current objectives and markers height levels.

High quality radio music at all times

For some radio stations, if you're in a far distance from the area, it switches from a high quality to a low quality version. But with this, you can have HQ music at all times.
Rename music files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\GTAudio
  2. Copy the files 5.wav 6.wav 7.wav 8.wav 9.wav 10.wav and 11.wav to different folder
  3. Rename them to 5a.wav 6a.wav 7a.wav 8a.wav 9a.wav 10a.wav and 11a.wav
  4. Copy them back to the GTAudio folder and overwrite when asked.

System requirements

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
DirectX 6.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for 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).