Grand Theft Auto III

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Grand Theft Auto III

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: Z (Crime, Violence)
ESRB rating: M (Blood, Strong Language, Violence)
PEGI rating: 18+ (Bad Language, Drugs, Violence)
OFLC rating: MA (Strong Violence)
GRB rating: 18
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
GPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50793 & SLES-50330 & SLUS-20062 & NPUD-20062 & NPED-00063 & SLUS-20062GH
Japanese: SLPM-65382 & SLPM-65760 & SLPM-66789 & SLPM-55293
German: SLES-50793 & SLES-50330 & NPED-00063
French: SLES-50793 & SLES-50330 & NPED-00063
Spanish: SLES-50793 & SLES-50330 & NPED-00063
Italian: SLES-50793 & SLES-50330 & NPED-00063
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20062
SLUS-20062GH (Greatest Hits)
NPUD-20062 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: October 22, 2001
May 7, 2003 (Greatest Hits)
September 25, 2012 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 5E115FB6
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50330
SLES-50330/P (Platinum)
SLES-50793 (Platinum)
NPED-00063 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: October 26, 2001
March 28, 2003 (Platinum; Platinum, Australia)
September 26, 2012 (PS2 Classics)
October 4, 2012 (PS2 Classics, Australia)
CRCs: 581954FC
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65382
SLPM-65760 (CapKore)
SLPM-66789 (Best Price)
SLPM-55293 (Rockstar Classics)
Release date: September 25, 2003
December 16, 2004 (CapKore)
July 12, 2007 (Best Price)
September 29, 2011 (Rockstar Classics)
February 6, 2013 (PS2 Classics, Korea)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): DMA Design
Publisher(s): Rockstar Games (US, JP), Take-Two Interactive (EU, AU), Capcom (JP), SCEA (US), SCEE (EU)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Eurogamer10/10, Metacritic97/100, IGN9.6/10, GameSpot9.6/10
Game description: Crime does pay. The highly controversial Grand Theft Auto franchise moves into 3D in the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City. You play a crook with link to the Mafia. A man named 8-ball assigns you tasks ranging from delivering an item to killing the leaders of rival gangs. But you don't have to take that route, as Grand Theft Auto III gives you the freedom to go anywhere and cause your own trouble. Some of your activities might consist of jacking people's cars, beating pedestrians, and testing out your huge arsenal of weapons--including assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, and flamethrowers--on the police.
Grand Theft Auto III is the third title in the Grand Theft Auto series and is the first GTA with a 3D open world sandbox. Grand Theft Auto III is played from a third-person perspective in an open world environment, allowing the player to interact with the game world at their leisure. The game is set within the fictional city of Liberty City, which is based on New York City. The single-player story follows Claude, a bank robber who was left for dead by his girlfriend, and quickly becomes entangled in a world of gangs, crime, and corruption.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ stock settings
  • MSI GeForce GTX 470 Hawk @ 758 core
0.9.8 stable r4600 GSdx r4643 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r4600m 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r4510 0.10.0
FPS: 55-60 Lagahan
NTSC-U (?) ?
  • Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.80 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 OC x2
0.9.9 GSdx r5100 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r5025 2.0.0
  • LilyPad r4959 0.11.0
BIOS: 01.60, Using "Allow 8-bit Textures" is a must. Fully Playable 60/60 FPS. MozzaGamer
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 896MB
1.1.0 r5576 GSdx r5464 SSSE3
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 r5460
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5403
Seems to be running fast and smooth.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5754 GSdx 5752 SSE41
  • SPU2-X r5733 2.0.0
  • LilyPad r5403 0.11.0
Runs above full speed.
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40 GHz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx 10 (Hardware)0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5875
Game is able to upscale successfully at 1080p at 60FPS with only minor graphical glitches and slight stuttering. However, if the game is run at default resolutions it runs flawlessly. I observed no difference between using and not using 8-Bit textures, but your degree of success may vary. BIOS v2.0 was used. Zrooney
NTSC-U Windows 10 Pro x64 ver.1903
  • Intel Core i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 930MX 2GB DDR3
1.4.0 GSdx 1.0.0 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.1
The game runs unstable, can drops to 60% speed and 40 FPS. Nova Senpai
NTSC-U Windows 11 Home Build 22000
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
1.6.0 ? ? 4x native resolution (~1440P). Runs flawlessly with just a couple glitches here and there. MajorLeagueGinger

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
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? ? ? There are no test results for this game on this OS.
You can help by playing and submitting your test results here.

Test configurations on macOS:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
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? ? ? There are no test results for this game on this OS.
You can help by playing and submitting your test results here.


  • Original names: グランド・セフト・オートIII (SLPM-65382) & (SLPM-65760) & (SLPM-66789) & (SLPM-55293)
  • Widescreen crops the top and bottom of the 4:3 image, meaning less visible viewing area than when played in 4:3. In PCSX2 go to the System tab and click "Enable Widescreen Patches" to get a proper widescreen result.

Known Issues

There are currently no known, active issues for this title. If you find one, please add it here.

Fixed Issues

Cloned Character

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: if the intro cutscene plays out the character 8-Ball appears twice.
  • Workaround: Update to the latest nightly version of PCSX2.


Public compatibility forum links