Gamespot voted the PS2 version of this game a 9.6/10 mentioning how 'Fun' this game is in terms of the missions offered, the exploration of Liberty City and the Wanted Level System. The report goes on to mention how good the soundtrack and ambience is in the game and that the 3d Aspect is good.
Here is where you can find that review written in October 2001 by Jeff.
With a different critic, Gamespot rated the PC version of the game a 9.3/10 mentioning the Good Plot, Good Environment, Advanced Graphical options for PC and the mouselook system but did criticize the Replay system saying it was thrown togehter and that the game itself was a little lacking.
Here is where you can find that review written in 2002 by Eric Wolpaw.
IGN wrote a rather extensive review on this game, which can be found here but this was the overall verdict:
They gave the game a 9.4/10.
Even with some minor problems and drawbacks, all in all GTA3 is an amazing experience that you shouldn't miss. I say experience rather than simply "game" because, with a living environment that plunges you into the middle of a gang turf war and intense attention to detail, Grand Theft Auto III expands the very idea of what a game has traditionally been. It's simply huge, and the intense open-ended gameplay, believable Artificial Intelligence, pumpin' soundtrack, and total immersion in the cityscape make GTA 3 an amazing game to play.
The only thing it loses any points for is the high system requirements and initial release bugs. There's nothing more frustrating than picking up an incredible game like GTA3 only to get it home and not have it work. And although I would have liked to have seen multiplayer in the game, GTA3 still stands as an amazingly in-depth and rewarding single-player experience, and I can't really fault Rockstar for not putting it in the game since they did such a great job with the single-player side.
It's titles like this that give us a glimpse into the future of gaming. If you have the system to run it and you haven't experienced the PS2 version yet, I highly recommend you pick it up for the PC and give it a whirl for yourself.
I'm not going to list down anymore - The above is just a small sample of what is a wide array of different reviews about this game and I was just wondering what you feel about the game and how accurate these reviews are.
I've made it clear before that I am a fan of III so my opinion may be biased in many areas but I think the first paragraph of IGN's verdict sums up my thoughts pretty well.
So, how accurate do you feel the reviews of this game are? Feel free to link other reviews as well.