My second most disliked GTA game, right after LCS. Still nothing has beaten GTA2 yet for me.
I have never seen anyone with this opinion, very interesting. What makes you like GTA2 so much?
Probably the lack of story and characters, that it wasn't cinematic etc. lol
The dystopia vibe, the soundtrack, the respesct system, and the general underlying themes. You have religious zealots pushing their agenda, big corporations like Zaibatsu monopolizing the city and pushing drugs upon its people, corrupt police system backed by the various criminal empires, toxic water supply with a government that shows no intention of fixing it, intense racist undertones, corrupt pseudoscience, etc. There was this general feeling that you were playing not as the self-deprecating anti-hero, but rather as a simple man that accepts his criminal fate in a world where everyone is out to get you, and if you don't play the world right, it'll play you.
There is that message, among a few other ones in GTA2 that really help parody the US much better than an annoying burger shot advert about fat people on the radio ever can. Rockstar put a lot of creativity into GTA2, but it's messages and jokes are only understood if you willing to think deeply.