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'''Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969''' is the first expansion pack, to the original [[Grand Theft Auto 1|Grand Theft Auto]] and was the first DLC
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{{Chronology}}
in the franchise. GTA: London 1969 was released in 1999 for the PC and PlayStation. It offered 32 brand new missions, as well as a total of 30 new vehicles, relative to the time period.
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'''''Grand Theft Auto: London 1969''''' is the first [[wikipedia:expansion pack|expansion pack]] to the [[Grand Theft Auto 1|original Grand Theft Auto game]], and was the first expansion pack and downloadable content (DLC) for any [[PlayStation]] game, also the first expansion pack in [[Grand Theft Auto|the GTA franchise]].
   
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 [[cutscene]]s.
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''GTA: London 1969'' was released in 1999 for the [[PC]] and PlayStation. 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 [[cutscene]]s. 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 without [[mods]].
   
A second expansion pack, [[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]], was later released solely for the PC version and offered as free download from [[Rockstar]]. It requires GTA London 1969, which in turn requires GTA 1.
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As the name implies, the game takes place in [[London]], the capital city of the [[United Kingdom]], and is set in the year [[1969]]. The player chooses the role of one of a [[Protagonists in GTA London|group of stylish young hoodlums]] looking to work his or her way up the career ladder of London organized crime.
   
As the name implies, the game takes place in London in the year 1969. The player once again enters the role of a criminal looking to work his or her way up the career ladder of organized crime. The temporal setting has been exploited through a number of cultural and historical references, including the appearance of a James Bond-like character and the usage of more or less authentic slang. In addition, the cars drive on the left, as is the case in Britain.
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The temporal setting has been exploited through a number of cultural and historical references, such as [[wikipedia:Get Carter|Get Carter]], [[wikipedia:The Italian Job|The Italian Job]], the appearance of a [[Endeavour Chambers|James Bond]]-like character and a Bond-like [[Hans Nemesis|villain]], and the usage of more or less authentic [[wikipedia:Cockney#Speech|Cockney slang]]. In addition, the cars drive on the left, as is the case in Britain.
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A second expansion pack, [[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961|''Grand Theft Auto: London 1961'']], was later released featuring [[Characters in GTA London 1961|younger versions]] of [[Characters in GTA London 1969|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]]. It requires ''GTA London 1969'' to play, which in turn requires ''GTA 1''.
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==Gameplay==
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[[File:Drive-on-left.png|thumb|left|Driving on the correct side of the road]]
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{{main|Grand Theft Auto 1#Gameplay}}
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The gameplay is almost the same in ''GTA 1'' and in the expansion packs, except the location and British specifics such as [[wikipedia:Right-_and_left-hand_traffic|driving on the left hand side of the road]]. Navigating the game menus causes sounds such as the chimes of [[wikipedia:Big Ben|Big Ben]].
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If the [[Protagonists in GTA London|protagonist]] attracts too much [[Wanted Level in GTA 1|police attention]], the [[Metropolitan Police Service|London police]] will pursue, identified on the HUD by police heads with "[[wikipedia:custodian helmet|English bobby helmets]]". When [[Busted|arrested]] by the "[[police|cozzers]]", the police will say "You're Nicked!".
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If the protagonist is [[Wasted|killed]], a message will come up saying "You're Brown Bread!", which is Cockney rhyming slang for "you're dead".
   
 
== Weapons ==
 
== Weapons ==
 
{{main|Weapons in GTA 1 Era}}
 
{{main|Weapons in GTA 1 Era}}
   
*'''[[Fist]]''' - People cannot be killed with this weapon. However, it can immobilize enemies for a few seconds.
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The weapons in GTA London 1969 are identical to the original GTA, although their HUD icons are changed to be given a retro, somewhat primitive, 1960s aesthetic.
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*'''[[Fist]]''' - People cannot be killed with the back hand. However, it can immobilize 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.
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
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*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
   
== Missions ==
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==Missions==
The missions are similar to the GTA 1's missions: usually you get jobs from [[payphones]], or you activate a mission when you enter a vehicle.
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{{main|Missions in GTA London 1969}}
   
== Gameplay ==
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[[File:Artwork-RodneyMorash-GTALondon.png|thumb|right|[[Rodney Morash]], one of the main [[Characters in GTA London 1969|characters]] and a potential [[protagonists in GTA London|protagonist]] in both GTA Londons]]
[[File:Drive-on-left.png|thumb|left|Driving on the correct side of the road]]
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{{main|Grand Theft Auto 1#Gameplay}}
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Over 30 missions are added in the GTA London 1969 expansion pack. The missions are similar to the ''GTA 1''s missions: usually you get jobs from
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[[Communication#Public_telephones|red telephone boxes]], [[Communication#Mobile_phones|walkie-talkies]], and a "[[Communication#Pagers|telegram pager]]", or if you activate a mission when you enter a certain vehicle.
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After choosing from [[Protagonists in GTA London|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 [[Catwright Gang|his gang]], but 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 middle-man [[Jack Parkinson]], who will lead the player onto London's biggest kingpins, [[Archie Crisp|Archie]] and [[Albert Crisp]] (based on the real-life [[wikipedia:Kray twins|Kray twins]]), and the player will finally take over London from the Crisp twins for yourself.
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==Vehicles==
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{{main|Vehicles in GTA London 1969}}
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Over 30 new vehicles were added to the GTA London 1969 expansion pack. These feature many new vehicles to steal and drive which common to London of the era, such as vehicles based on [[Myni|Minis]], [[Double Decker|London double-decker buses]], and [[London Cab|black taxi-cab Hackney carriages]]. There are also designs based on many famous British cars of the era, such as [[Bentover|Bentleys]], [[Jug Swinger|Jaguars]], [[James Bomb|Aston Martins]], and [[Royal Stretch|Rolls Royces]].
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==Soundtrack==
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{{main|Radio Stations in GTA London}}
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The soundtrack cycles through at least ten radio stations, including Blow Up Radio, Heavy Heavy Monster Sounds, Westminster Wireless, Sounds of Soho, 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, but none of the DJs are named.
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The music tracks are comprised of primarily three kinds of music. These include late 1960s [[wikipedia:Reggae|reggae]]/[[wikipedia:ska|ska]], [[wikipedia:Psychedelic music|psychedelia]], and bombastic [[wikipedia:Swinging Sixties|Swinging Sixies]] [[wikipedia:Big band|big band]]/[[wikipedia:Jazz|jazz]] instrumental pieces. The latter are taken primarily from the scores of 1960s Italian heist movies, especially those composed by [[wikipedia:Riz Ortolani|Riz Ortolani]]. A listing of the licensed musical material used in the game can be found on the GTA forums [http://www.grandtheftwiki.com/Radio_Stations_in_GTA_London here].
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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 used in various missions.
   
The gameplay is almost the same in GTA 1 and in the expansion packs, except the location and British specifics such as driving on the left.
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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 "[[Busted|Book 'em]]") for the [[Metropolitan Police Service]].
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* GTA London 1969, along with GTA London 1961, are the only games in the GTA series to be set outside the United States and be featured in a real life location.
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* ''GTA London 1969'', along with ''GTA London 1961'', are the only games in the GTA series to be set outside the United States and be featured in a real life location.
* The number 69 in 1969 could be Rockstar's humor referencing to the [http://gta.wikia.com/69 69 sex position], if that's true, then GTA London 1969 is the first GTA game to use this reference.
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* The number 69 in 1969 could be Rockstar's humor referencing to the [[69|69 sex position]]. If that's true, then ''GTA London 1969'' is the first GTA game to use this reference.
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* This game was released in the same day as [[Grand Theft Auto IV|''Grand Theft Auto IV'']] (April 29), but nine years before the latter.
   
 
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Quotation Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 Main Theme QuotationReverse
GAME
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
GTA London 1969 Box Art
DeveloperDMA Design/Tarantula Studios
PublisherBMG Interactive
ASC Games
Release dateApril 29 1999
PlatformsPC and Playstation
Ratings

BBFC: 18
ESRB: M
USK: 16+
OFLC: MA 15+
OFLC (NZ): R18
SELL: 16

ProtagonistUnknown
LocationLondon
Year1969

Grand Theft Auto series
chronology of events

2D Universe

1961London 1961
1969London 1969
1997Grand Theft Auto
2013Grand Theft Auto 2


3D Universe

1984Vice City Stories
1986Vice City
1992San Andreas
1998Liberty City Stories
2000Advance
2001Grand Theft Auto III


HD Universe

2008Grand Theft Auto IV
         – The Lost and Damned
         – The Ballad of Gay Tony
2009Chinatown Wars
2013Grand Theft Auto Online
2013Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 is the first expansion pack to the original Grand Theft Auto game, and was the first expansion pack and downloadable content (DLC) for any PlayStation game, also the first expansion pack in the GTA franchise.

GTA: London 1969 was released in 1999 for the PC and PlayStation. 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 without mods.

As the name implies, the game takes place in London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, and is set in the year 1969. The player chooses the role of one of a group of stylish young hoodlums looking to work his or her way up the career ladder of London organized 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 more or less authentic Cockney slang. In addition, the cars drive on the left, as is the case in Britain.

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. It requires GTA London 1969 to play, which in turn requires GTA 1.

GameplayEdit

Drive-on-left

Driving on the correct side of the road

The gameplay is almost the same in GTA 1 and in the expansion packs, 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.

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".

Weapons Edit

Main article: Weapons in GTA 1 Era

The weapons in GTA London 1969 are identical 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 immobilize 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.

MissionsEdit

Artwork-RodneyMorash-GTALondon

Rodney Morash, one of the main characters and a potential protagonist in both GTA Londons

Over 30 missions are added in the GTA London 1969 expansion pack. The missions are similar to the GTA 1s missions: usually you get jobs from red telephone boxes, walkie-talkies, and a "telegram pager", or if you activate a mission when you enter 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, but 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 middle-man 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 from the Crisp twins for yourself.

VehiclesEdit

Over 30 new vehicles were added to the GTA London 1969 expansion pack. These feature many new vehicles to steal and drive which common to London of the 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 Bentleys, Jaguars, Aston Martins, and Rolls Royces.

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack cycles through at least ten radio stations, including Blow Up Radio, Heavy Heavy Monster Sounds, Westminster Wireless, Sounds of Soho, 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, but none of the DJs are named.

The music tracks are comprised of primarily three kinds of music. These include late 1960s reggae/ska, psychedelia, and bombastic Swinging Sixies big band/jazz instrumental pieces. 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 on the GTA forums 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 used in various missions.

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.

Trivia Edit

  • GTA London 1969, along with GTA London 1961, are the only games in the GTA series to be set outside the United States and be featured in a real life location.
  • The number 69 in 1969 could be Rockstar's humor referencing to the 69 sex position. If that's true, then GTA London 1969 is the first GTA game to use this reference.
  • This game was released in the same day as Grand Theft Auto IV (April 29), but nine years before the latter.

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