Multi Theft Auto 0.5
How to play MultiTheftAuto 0.5

This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started playing MultiTheftAuto 0.5. It'll guide you through starting the client, finding a server and begining your first game.

Step 1: Download MultiTheftAuto 0.5
If you haven't done so already, download MultiTheftAuto 0.5 by clicking here and following the instructions. Once the file has downloaded, return here.

Step 2: Install MultiTheftAuto 0.5
Once MultiTheftAuto 0.5 is downloaded, you will have a file called mta05_full_installer_repack.exe. Run this program by double clicking on it and follow the on screen instructions to install MTA.

Step 3: Runing MultiTheftAuto 0.5 for the first time
The first time you run MultiTheftAuto 0.5, you will be presented with a "Welcome" message like the one show below:

Read the message, then click "Ok". The next screen you'll see will be the main client window. This allows you to connect to the server and change all the relevant settings:

The first thing you should do is change the Nickname from "MTAPlayer" to a name of your choice. Remember, it is not a good idea to use your real name.

If you are going to play Vice City, you should also set the "VC Version" drop down box to the correct version you have installed. If you have patched your version of Vice City (you will have downloaded a patch from the Rockstar Games website) then you are running version 1.1. If you are not sure, you should probably leave this as 1.0.

Step 4: Joining a server
A new feature in MTA 0.5 is the integrated server browser. This means you can find a server to play on, straight from the client. To do this, click on the "Connect" tab at the top right hand corner of the client, and click the "Servers..." button.

You'll see a list of servers appear at the bottom of the MTA window. This will take a few seconds to update, and you'll be left with a window that looks like this:

If you've ever used another server browser, such as the The All Seeing Eye, you'll find this works in a similar way, although it is quite basic.

When the server browser opens, you'll be presented with a list of servers. This list is initially sorted by "Ping". The lower the ping, the better, in general. You can click on the headings of the list, e.g. "Name" or "Players" to sort the list by them. This is useful if you want to find a server which isn't empty - just click "Players" once and you'll see the servers listed in order of their popularity.

Once you've found a server you want to join, just double click on it. If the server is passworded (a "1" will be in the 'PW' column), you'll have to enter a password then click "connect".

Step 5: Starting the game
Now that you're connected, you can use the "Chat" area to talk to the other people on the server. Just enter a messaage in the box at the bottom, and click "Send" or hit enter.

When you're ready to start playing, just click the "Start Game" button and the game will launch itself. The first time you do this, you may be asked where the game is installed. If you get any errors, ensure that you have chosen an installed version of the game (Vice City or GTA3) that has no mods installed.

If you want to change where your game is installed, go to the "Options" tab and click "Reset game paths".

Step 6: In game
Once you're in-game it should be quite self explanitory. You can chat using by pressing the "T" key and typing and you can show the score board using the F11 key. These keys can be changed in the config.cfg file in your game folder. If you have any problems, click the "Support" option at the top of this page, or ask when someone else when you're on a server.

Have fun!