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London can be yours, but as betrayal and brutality engulf your world, you've got to keep a level head, keep earning the cash, and keep driving a sleek ride. Or you'll have your head kicked in, and no mistake, sunshine. You're playing with the big boys now, and we haven't had our dinner. So, my boy, only one question remains ... do you want in? If so, get to bloody work. If not, go and play with your action figures, and stop wastin' our time. Alright?
— Official Description

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (official title Grand Theft Auto Mission Pack #1: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London Special Edition, often shortened to GTA London '69 or simply GTA London) is the second instalment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise in the form of a extra mission pack to the original Grand Theft Auto game.

Outsourced to Rockstar Canada (current Rockstar Toronto) by DMA Design (current Rockstar North), GTA London 1969 is the first instalment of the Grand Theft Auto series to be published by Rockstar Games.

GTA London 1969 was released in 1999 for the PC and the PlayStation, the latter being a port developed by Runecraft. It offered 32 brand new missions, as well as a total of 30 new vehicles, relative to the time period. The game is very similar to the original Grand Theft Auto because it uses the same game engine and is presented in the same format of missions, sections and cutscenes. On the PlayStation, the disc for the original GTA game is needed to play London 1969, and on the PC, the original is also needed to be installed to play with mods. A standalone Special Edition was released for PlayStation in 2000 in the United Kingdom only.

Description[]

The game takes place in London, the capital city of England in the United Kingdom, and is set in the year 1969. As such, it (and the second expansion pack) is the only game in the series to take place in a real-life location. The player chooses the role of one of a group of stylish young hoodlums looking to work their way up the ladder of London organised crime.

The temporal setting has been exploited through a number of cultural and historical references, such as Get Carter, The Italian Job, the appearance of a James Bond-like character and a Bond-like villain, and the usage of relatively authentic Cockney rhyming slang. In addition, the unit of currency is the Pound Sterling and vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road.

A second expansion pack, Grand Theft Auto: London 1961, was later released featuring younger versions of the same characters featured in 1969, set eight years earlier in 1961. 1961 was released solely for the PC version and offered as free download from Rockstar Games. It requires GTA London 1969 to play, which in turn requires GTA.

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Gameplay[]

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The gameplay is almost the same in GTA, including the dock cranes for import/export, Kill Frenzies, police bribes, Pay 'n' Spray and bomb-fitting garages of the original, except the location and British specifics such as driving on the left hand side of the road. Navigating the game menus causes sounds such as the chimes of Big Ben.

Successfully completing a mission will result in a Cockney-accent saying "Nice one my Beauty!" If the protagonist attracts too much police attention, the London police will pursue, identified on the HUD by police heads with "English bobby helmets". When arrested by the "cozzers", the police will say "You're Nicked!". If the protagonist is killed, a message will come up saying "You're Brown Bread!", which is Cockney rhyming slang for "you're dead".

Similar to how running over a group of similarly clothed pedestrians would earn a bonus in score in the original GTA (such as a group of Hare Krishnas would earn the famous "Gouranga!"), running over a group of similarly dressed pedestrians (apparently football hooligans) will result in a "Keep London Tidy!" bonus.

Weapons[]

Main article: Weapons in GTA

The weapons in GTA London 1969 are identical in function and performance to the original GTA, although their HUD icons are changed to be given a retro, somewhat primitive, 1960s aesthetic.

  • Fist - People cannot be killed with the back hand. However, it can immobilise enemies for a few seconds.
  • Pistol - Slow firing rate, but kills with one shot. Lots of ammo can be found around the cities. It is always near hospitals and police stations, and is the standard weapon of cops and criminals.
  • Machine Gun - Rapid rate of fire, but it is only in specified places and it doesn't have much ammo. It is used by police when player has wanted level of four.
  • Rocket Launcher - Only used for destroying vehicles, but buildings will also catch fire when shot. It is found only in rare places.
  • Flamethrower - Can easily blow up a car or catch people on fire. It is most useful for killing groups of enemies, but it is a rare weapon.

HUD icons[]

These weapons and 1960s HUD icons were retained for the second expansion pack Grand Theft Auto: London 1961.

Characters[]

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Rodney Morash

The characters and protagonists are stereotypical cultural depictions of the era. Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 acts as a prequel and features mostly the same characters.

Missions[]

Over 30 missions are added in the GTA London 1969 expansion pack. The missions are similar to the original missions: usually getting jobs from red telephone boxes, walkie-talkies, and a "telegram pager", or if activating a mission when entering a certain vehicle.

After choosing from a group of potential protagonists, the player will do jobs for bigger and bigger London crime lords, removing rivals, gaining wealth and reputation. Missions start with Harold Cartwright and his gang, and get mixed up with a football team, secret agents and international terrorists.

After a series of double-crosses on both sides, the protagonist will be asked to remove Cartwright for "the firm". Eventually the player will do jobs for firm middleman Jack Parkinson, who will lead the player onto London's biggest kingpins, Archie and Albert Crisp (based on the real-life Kray twins), and the player will finally take over London underworld from the Crisp twins for themselves.

Vehicles[]

Over 30 new vehicles were added to the GTA London 1969 expansion pack. These feature many new vehicles to steal and drive, including those common to the London of that era such as vehicles based on Minis, London double-decker buses, and black taxi-cab Hackney carriages. There are also designs based on many famous British cars of the era, such as Volkswagen Beetles, Bentleys, Jaguars, Aston Martins, and Rolls Royces.

The vehicles of GTA London (both the vehicles in GTA London 1969 and the vehicles in Grand Theft Auto: London 1961) were designed by Ray Larabie, who later designed the vehicles for Grand Theft Auto 2. There are numerous similarities between the vehicles in both games, since although many of the GTA 2 vehicles are futuristic there are also a large number of the GTA 2 vehicles that are based on classic British cars, such as the Aston Martin, Volkswagen Beetle, and Allard P1, among others.

Soundtrack[]

The soundtrack cycles through at least ten radio stations, including Blow Upradio , Heavy Heavy Monster Sounds , Westminster Wireless, Sounds of Soho, Radio Andorra, Kaleidoscope , and Bush Sounds. Each radio station only plays a few tracks (like Head Radio in the original GTA), before moving onto a new station. Every station has a different DJ, with the voices over-exemplifying stereotypes of the era; none of the DJs are named except "Doctor Peter Pants-On" of Radio Penelope.

The music tracks are comprised of primarily three kinds of music. These include late 1960s reggae/ska, psychedelia, and bombastic Swinging Sixties big band/jazz instrumental pieces. The former is taken primarily from the catalog of Trojan Records and the latter are taken primarily from the scores of 1960s Italian heist movies, especially those composed by Riz Ortolani. A listing of the licensed musical material used in the game can be found here.

There are also a number of tracks which are original material, developed in-house by Rockstar, such as "GTA Pomp", "GTA Spy Theme", "Saturday Nite at Dirty McNasty's", "The Queen's Theme", and "Austin Allegro Chase", which are played during certain missions, or when entering specific vehicles.

The radio is occasionally interrupted by news flashes warning of the crime and carjacking spree taking over the capital. There is also a track of ambient London streets sounds, and a humorous police radio channel (entitled "Book 'em") for the Metropolitan Police Service.

Development[]

GTA London 1969 was developed by Rockstar Canada, now known as Rockstar Toronto. It was originally intended to be developed by Gathering of Developers, another Take-Two Interactive studio, who would later go on to assist with the development of Max Payne

Reception[]

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 was met with mixed reviews.

Eurogamer awarded the expansion pack with 9/10, with the only criticism from the reviewer being the graphics, stating that "like the original game, is not a great looker. The graphics are highly pixelated and scrolling isn't the smoothest."

IGN awarded the PC version with 7.8/10, while the PS1 version received a lower 7.5/10. Jay Boor highlighted that "GTA London 1969 boasts 36 new missions, 30 new vehicles and most importantly, unlimited criminal opportunity" but later stated that "the open ended gameplay doesn't really have you doing anything different from the original GTA."

Next Generation awarded the expansion pack with 3 stars out of 5.

GameSpot were the least favourable, awarding both the PC and PS1 versions with 5.9/10; Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot thought the game "still manages to be reasonably fun" but concluded it "really doesn't hold a candle to GTA's original three cities".

Ron Dulin, also of GameSpot, found "there isn't much new in Grand Theft Auto: London '69" other than cosmetic changes, and that "all of the gameplay problems from the base game remain". He criticised the lack of development, citing "poor control, frustrating mission design, and mediocre graphics".

Trivia[]

  • GTA London 1969 was the first expansion pack for any PlayStation game, also the first expansion pack in the Grand Theft Auto series. A second expansion pack, Grand Theft Auto: London 1961, followed.
  • The number 69 in 1969 is an intentional joke by DMA Design/Rockstar North, referencing the 69 sex position.[1] This makes GTA London 1969 the first GTA game to use this reference.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV was released exactly nine years after this game, on April 29, 2008.
  • The GTA London games and Grand Theft Auto 2 are the only GTA games to use the GTA abbreviation on the front cover.
  • This game was part of a collection, the Grand Theft Auto: Collectors' Edition, for the PlayStation in 2002 and PC in 2004.
  • If playing on the PS3, the console will not boot back to the main menu when ejecting the disc in order to insert the original Grand Theft Auto disc inside, unlike many other PS1 games that cause the console to boot back to the menu when ejecting the disc.

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