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
Series Grand Theft Auto
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General information

Steam Community Discussions
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Grand Theft Wiki
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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[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]

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.
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.

Glide API[edit]

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 on the same folder where gta2.exe is located.
  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[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, 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 Glide API)


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 Compatability, 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.


External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[4] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Functions with GTA2 11.44
EAX support
A3D & EAX.[5][6]
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
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]

Install DirectPlay

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

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
  1. Download newest dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe, dgVoodoo.conf, MS\x86\DDraw.dll and MS\x86\D3DImm.dll on the same folder where gta2.exe is located.
  3. Start dgVoodooCpl.exe and configure it.
  4. Go to DirectX tab and uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark.
  5. Click Apply and OK.

This error may also occur on systems where the current DPI is more than 100%, To workaround without globally changing the DPI back to 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.

Some Machines may still be limited to 1024x768 with DGVoodoo, you can set the resolution in the registry directly in this case at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DMA Design Ltd\GTA2\screen

Set the game to run in 16-bit color mode

Xinput support on Windows 8[edit]

Use Twin Stick Mod
If you are using ThirteenAG's WS fix then you can use Twin Stick Mod to enable Xinput support
  1. Download newest Twin stick Mod and updated Twin Stick scipt
  2. Extract into the Scripts folder

Other information[edit]


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

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
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).