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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 A number of costumes and outfits are available at your safe house.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 Donald Love is back and has more missions for you to do.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PSP On a street on Staunton Island.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 I'll take this ride off your hands for you.

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 (3009)
The great PS2 game shrunk down to portable size. PSP Joshua Price (28)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) PSP Jan 05, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Stuff Magazine PSP Oct 24, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
Portable Review PSP Oct 30, 2005 38 out of 40 95
G4 TV: The Electric Playground PSP Feb 14, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PSP Oct 24, 2005 9.17 out of 10 92
PGNx Media PSP Nov 03, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
Game Informer Magazine PSP Dec, 2005 9.25 out of 10 92
PlayFrance PSP Dec 06, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 Jun 27, 2006 B+ 83
AceGamez PlayStation 2 2006 8 out of 10 80


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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 schnittberichte.com (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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