Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

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This is the next installation of the Grand Theft Auto series, now back in Liberty City, just like GTA 3.

This time, the action takes place in 1998, and you're in the footsteps of Toni Cipriani. As usual in the series, you start off pretty low and work your way up in the food chain of the mob, fighting wars with other mafia families and doing all other sorts of dirty work.

The game is part of the Grand Theft Auto universe, so there you'll occasionally encounter characters you met in previous games of the series, although the storyline is pretty independent and makes few references to previous incidents and events.

All the other well-known elements of earlier games are in: You can have little side-missions as a pizza delivery boy, vigilante, cab driver, and more.

The PSP version supports multiplayer gameplay. Up to six gangsters can compete in deathmatches, capture the flag, and king of the hill.


Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 You can always count on humorous innuendos to be present in GTA.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 After completing the Car Salesman side mission, the Hellenbach GT spawns inside the dealership.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 Watching the streets outside your safehouse.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 A shotgun to the stomach should teach them a lesson or two.

Alternate Titles

  • "侠盗车手:自由城故事" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "GTA: Liberty City Stories" -- Informal abbreviated title
  • "GTA:LCS" -- Abbreviated title
  • "グランド・セフト・オート・リバティーシティ・ストーリーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Back to Liberty City - in more than one way PSP EboMike (3005)
The great PS2 game shrunk down to portable size. PSP Joshua Price (28)

Critic Reviews

UGO (UnderGroundOnline) PSP Nov 28, 2005 A 100 PSP 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 PSP Jan 02, 2005 92 out of 100 92
GameZone PSP Nov 04, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92 PSP Nov 30, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Game Freaks 365 PSP 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
NZGamer PlayStation 2 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Jolt (UK) PlayStation 2 Jun 13, 2006 7.7 out of 10 77
Armchair Empire, The PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
GameDaily PlayStation 2 Jun 09, 2006 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

The PS2 and PSP versions of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories appear in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German version

There are a number of changes in the German version:
  • People lying on the ground can't be hurt with melee weapons
  • There are no decapitations
  • Bloody tire marks after driving over people were removed
  • Killed enemies don't leave money behind
  • During the mission "Karmageddon" driving over civilians don't count towards the mission goal
  • Two statistics which count killed persons were removed
  • The Rampage missions were removed
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).


Like in all Grand Theft Auto games since GTA III, DJ Lazlow makes an appearance as a Radio Host on Liberty City Free Radio in this game's rendition of Chatterbox. Although in this particular game, his show is only a segment on the station, rather than the only running show on it, as was typically the case in other GTA games.


As of 2008 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is listed by Guinness World Records as the best-selling PSP game of all time.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – PSP Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PSP Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2005 – #4 Offline Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PSP Action Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PSP Multiplayer Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2006 - Online Handheld Game of the Year
Information also contributed by piltdown man and Sciere.

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