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The Grand Theft Auto: Mission Packs are expansion packs for the original Grand Theft Auto. Two were released separately in 1999; both require the original Grand Theft Auto game to run, and are set in London during the 1960s.
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969
Grand Theft Auto: Mission Pack #1 - London, 1969 is a mission pack for Grand Theft Auto, and the second game in the series. London, 1969 was released on 31 March 1999 for DOS, Microsoft Windows. In April 1999, a version for Sony's PlayStation was released. The game uses the same game engine as Grand Theft Auto, thus giving the game graphics and gameplay similar to Grand Theft Auto. Like Grand Theft Auto, the mission pack is divided into sub-sections with short cut scenes between. London, 1969 was the first expansion pack released for PlayStation.
The player names their character (Default is 'Sid Vacant', a parody of Sid Vicious) and chooses a picture to represent them. The picture is only seen upon completion/failure of a mission and doesn't affect the appearance or personality in any way. The player must work for 'The Crisp Twins', another parody, this time of 'The Kray Twins'.
The expansion introduces 30 new vehicles, 32 new missions, and instead of fictional locations based on real-life cities, as in Grand Theft Auto (Liberty City, San Andreas and Vice City), the game takes place in London in 1969. The player again plays the role of a criminal involved in organized crime.
The temporal setting has been exploited through cultural and historical references, including the appearance of a James Bond-like character and use of stereotypical Cockney slang. In-game dialogue includes such lines as "Oi!, stop right there!", "You're nicked!" (under arrest) and "You're brown bread!" (i.e. You're dead).
Similar to the bonuses in Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2, the player receives a large cash reward for running over a group of Mods with a car without braking. Successfully performing the trick displays the message "KEEP LONDON TIDY!" and awards a cash bonus.
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961
Released on 1 June 1999, Grand Theft Auto: Mission Pack #2 - London, 1961 is a freely distributed mission pack, or expansion pack, to Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969. It is the third game in the series.
Like London, 1969, it uses the same game engine as Grand Theft Auto. As the name implies, the game takes place in London in the year 1961, eight years before the events that took place in London, 1969. The 1961 setting makes this mission pack the earliest Grand Theft Auto game chronologically.
Unlike London, 1969, London, 1961 is only available for PC, as it is downloadable freeware. At 7 MB, London, 1961 requires London, 1969, which, in turn, requires Grand Theft Auto. It can also only be played with the original London, 1969 disc; it does not work with the version included in the Grand Theft Auto: The Classics Collection pack.
Origin of GTA Mission Packs
Several independent authors developed 3rd party software tools which allowed the original PC GTA game to be modified by users and fans. One such tool was GTACars. These tools helped spark a user community which in turn created a large number of unique vehicles and levels of their own. Other tools included M1 and Junction 25 for the editing tiles and maps. The mission packs were created by DMA Designs using several of these tools licensed for commercial use.