While the Tank in GTA 1 is based on a Centurion, the tanks in GTA 2 and GTA Advance are presumably original in design. As expected, the tank is distinguished by having a tank turret that can devastate anything in its path, as well as the ability to crush or destroy other vehicles.
All renditions are painted in some form of military green paintwork, fitting for their design as a military vehicle.
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As expected, Tanks tend to be slow and lumbering due to their excessive size, but the vehicle is regarded as special in the games due to its extraordinary strength and durability, its ability to run over smaller vehicles (inflicting large amounts of damage and typically resulting in them exploding), as well as possessing a turret capable of firing explosive rounds in any direction; the turret, however, has limited shots when the player uses it in Grand Theft Auto 1 and Grand Theft Auto 2. Tanks in Grand Theft Auto Advance are also capable of maintaining their speed while traveling off-road, something most road vehicles are not able to do. Tanks are only weak against explosive weapons (Rocket launchers, grenades, or another Tank's turret) in GTA 1 and GTA 2, and Molotov cocktails in GTA 2 and GTA Advance.
When used against the player in GTA 2, the Tank proves to be extremely deadly due to its tendency to open fire at the player using the turret; the vehicle will also be used to good effect in military road blocks to halt the player's advance while firing at the player. When one is in the hands of the player in any game, however, the player can inflict substantial amounts of damage and rake up a large numbers of points in the process. The Tank is less effective against tank blockades in GTA 2 because it is a very easy target for other tanks, whose cannons will make short work of it. Like other law enforcement vehicles in GTA 2 road blocks, a Tank cannot be stolen there.
The Tank in GTA Advance allows the player to activate Vigilante side-missions, and is also capable of sounding a siren.
In GTA 1 or GTA 2, the Tank is useful for gaining a wanted level which causes large amount of money with invulnerability, the player just needs to run down some cars or police vehicles. This is very useful if the player wants to proceed to a new area quickly.
Grand Theft Auto 1
- The Tank is a hidden vehicle which can be found in all three cities (Liberty City, San Andreas and Vice City).
Grand Theft Auto 2
- It may also be used by law enforcement agencies when the player has a six-star wanted level; Tanks in the game are found in all three districts of Anywhere City, and most Tanks trigger Kill Frenzies when entered.
Grand Theft Auto Advance
- The Tank appears in the same manner as Rhinos between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, when the player attains a six-star wanted level.
Grand Theft Auto Advnce
- The Tank in GTA Advance can start Police side-missions, and doing so will cause the Tank to turn silver and glow red and blue, instead of the normal green.
- Rhino - A reoccurring tank appearing in games from Grand Theft Auto III and onward.
- Royal Pain - Another tank appearing in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969.
- Tiger Tank - Another tank appearing in Grand Theft Auto: London 1961.
- APC - A medium-sized vehicle that fills the tank's role in The Ballad of Gay Tony.