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 shotgun to the stomach should teach them a lesson or two.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 Acquire a tank for utter carnage.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 You might remember Love Fist from Vice City.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PlayStation 2 Title Screen

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

Game Chronicles PSP Nov 22, 2006 9.7 out of 10 97
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) PSP Oct 24, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Darkstation PSP Oct 17, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Meristation PSP Dec 05, 2005 9 out of 10 90 PSP Dec 11, 2005 90 out of 100 90 PSP Jun 04, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamezine PSP Jan 18, 2006 15 out of 20 75
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Jun 08, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gaming Nexus PlayStation 2 Jul 11, 2006 D 25


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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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