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GTA2 inspired ‘Greedy Car Thieves’ gets release date; Linux beta

Running amok in Ubuntu need no longer be confined to running risky Terminal commands or toying with your GRUB menu with the beta release of ‘Greedy Car Thieves’ – an upcoming action game inspired by the pre-millennial action smash GTA2.

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With a top-down game style; users are free to create mayhem throughout the paradise city in a multiplayer melee – with a variety of game maps and play-modes  available, with ‘Free for all’, ‘Deathmatch’ and ‘Capture the flag’ but three.

A single player storyline is also planned.

Other features include: –

  • Cars, weapons, power-ups and destructible objects for varied gameplay
  • Precise aiming mode
  • Visual effects including ambient occlusion, dynamic per-pixel normal-mapped lighting, real-time dynamic shadows (cars headlights and sunlight with varying day-night cycle), water reflections, and more
  • Online  networking providing continuous multi-player gameplay
  • In-app map editor
  • Multiplatform (Linux, Windows and OS X)

Inspiration

Talking to DrivingGamesPro, the developers behind GCT are upfront about the inspiration of GTA2, which is available for free from Rockstar Games, and Greedy Car Thieves: –

“We spent many, many hours playing the multiplayer mode (via LAN) of GTA2 and had a huge amount of fun. Unfortunately, the networking in GTA2 is really screwed up (due to the very slow and deprecated DirectPlay engine).

This was the main reason for creating Greedy Car Thieves. We were also able to implement some really nice graphical effects because graphics hardware has evolved so quickly.”

Release date

So when can you get it? The developers have earmarked July 2011 as the release date proper, although a development beta is currently available for download.

The multiplayer version of the game is to be released for free, with the the in-game city enriched with advertising to pay for development costs. The  expected cost for the single player game (which will also come with the free multiplayer version) is targeted at the insanely low $5/£5/€5 (respectively).

Any good?

Despite having not played GTA2 for a very long time I have to say that the developers of Greedy Car Thieves have not only evoked what made GTA2 so awesome to play, but have also bettered it in so many areas – from the obvious, such as graphics and game physics, to simple additions such as better power ups and better aiming/targeting.

Download the beta

Whilst Greedy Car Thieves is under development a free multiplayer beta is available for download at the link below.