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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
76
3.4
PlayStation 3
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PSP
88
3.7

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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 22 3.4
PlayStation 3 Awaiting 1 votes...
PSP 26 3.7
Combined MobyScore 48 3.6


The Press Says

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PSPEmpireOnline.com
Sure, the stripped-down PSP controls make it tough to position the camera in a firefight, and it’s hard to pick off rivals as the targeting system is unwieldy and cruelly flawed. But with a wireless multiplayer mode where you can challenge your mates to a shootout in GTA’s sublime urban sprawl, LCS is one of 2005’s most stunning games and another jewel in the PSP’s crown.
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PSPSnackbar-Games.com
Overall, it may not be the killer app everyone made of it. It's definitely a buy though, as the sheer size of it will keep you going longer than any other game at the moment. The dry black humour will raise more than a few giggles and the intense driving missions will keep you hooked. The inclusion of motorcycles in Liberty City Stories was simply a stroke of genius - Nothing gives you more of a rush than slicing up the road on a PCJ-600 at 90mph. And now you can do it on the go. Groovy.
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PSPUOL Jogos
Enfim, "Liberty City Stories" parece ter sido projetado para os mesmos consumidores da série nos consoles, porém, apenas um pouco mais de praticidade. Para quem já jogou "Grand Theft Auto III", interessa saber que os cenários são os mesmos, apesar de alguns veículos novos e missões diferentes. Mas nem tanto, pois alguns dos objetivos são virtualmente idênticos nas duas versões. Somente a modalidade multiplayer é uma adição realmente nova, apesar de não ser tão boa quanto o modo de história. A escala do game pode ter diminuído, mas continua tendo a aura de "Grand Theft Auto".
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PSPAustralian GamePro
GTA: Liberty City Stories captures everything you know and love about the GTA world and puts it on a handheld so you can take it anywhere and everywhere you go. And you better believe it is still the epitome of mature gaming with all the dodgy sex connotations, drug use, swearing, violence and ridiculously funny social sarcasm which has made the series such a vital and loved component of the games industry. Ok, so the controls take a bit to master and some of the gameplay features of San Andreas are missing, but if you think there is a better experience on the PSP in either single-player of multiplayer capacities, then you're kidding yourself. Liberty City Stories rules.
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PSPUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Rockstar has done it again. The latest chapter in the mighty Grand Theft Auto franchise, Liberty City Stories, is a PSP exclusive that is as good as any of its console cousins. Pack your bags for an extended stay in one of the worst crime-infested s***holes your mother, clergyman or local politician has ever warned you about.
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PSPGamePro (US)
GTA: Liberty City Stories is the first game in the series to hit the PSP, and you can bet it won't be the last. Given the dismal crop of PSP titles currently available, an original PSP-only GTA game couldn't have arrived at a better time. And the good news is, Liberty City Stories is a real Grand Theft Auto game, through and through.
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PSPMobile Tech Review
Whether you like the GTA series or not, you owe it to yourself to at least give this game a look, if only to appreciate just how far portable gaming has come over the past couple of years. And if you're a fan of GTA, your prayers have been answered because you can now take the GTA experience, in all its glory, with you wherever you go. What more could you ask for?
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PSPGame Chronicles
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has PSP Game of the Year written all over it. It’s not often that a console title can make the successful leap to a handheld, but when that handheld version actually surpasses the console in many key factors, you know you have something special. Is LCS reason alone to buy a PSP? I say yes! This game was like coming back home, and GTA is still one of the best ways to blow off steam, rebel against authority, drive fast, and kill indiscriminately, all without really going to jail. Best of all; what happens in Liberty City stays in Liberty City.
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PSPGameBump/Gaming Horizon
Overall it’s hard to imagine that any game in the next year for the PSP that could get much better than this. We are just over six months after launch and to have a game that looks, sounds and feels as impressive as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is amazing. I was stunned by how well made this game was. Stories certainly is a wonderful achievement for the PSP, but it does have a few drawbacks with the slowdown, camera issues, battery and a lack of online play, but you still can’t be that disappointed as this is the best game on the PSP.
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PSPStuff Magazine
No, it's not as deep or rich as San Andreas—considering the fact that finishing San Andreas is still on our to-do list, maybe it was a little too deep and rich in retrospect—but Liberty City Stories fits surprisingly well onto the PSP. The hell are you still reading this for, bird-brain? Get thou to the nearest game store and buy!
95
PSPTotalPlayStation
Sure, there are some targeting issues, but aside from that, this is a brilliant execution of the basic concepts on a system that nobody thought would be possible. This is the very definition of a must-have game, and the reason to own a PSP.
95
PSPGame Informer Magazine
The only area where the game comes up a bit short is in ofter animation-less story sequences. It may be on a handheld system, but fans should consider this the next installment in the illustrious GTA franchise.
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PSPGamersMark
Grand Theft Auto has finally made its way to a portable system in pure 3D. Only possible by taking advantage of the Playstation Portable’s technology, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an amazing transition of this generation’s Grand Theft Auto games from console to handheld. Regarded as the first major release on the PSP, Liberty City Stories is a major reason for owning the pricey handheld.
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PSPG4 TV: The Electric Playground
Don't be fooled by its size. LCS delivers the full GTA experience in the palm of your hand. Definitely worth the time and money if you own a PSP. If you don't, LCS alone almost justifies buying one if you're a hardcore GTA fanboy like me.
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PSPGaming Target
Ask any GTA fan what their favorite in-game city is, and chances are they'll tell you Liberty City. After all, most of the GTA fanbase got their start with Grand Theft Auto III and that famous town, even though Vice City was a bit larger, and San Andreas was not a city but instead a state, the old LC was always the most beloved. Obviously Rockstar has a soft spot for Liberty as well, since here we are again, 4 years after GTA III hit, with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories exclusively on PSP.
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PSPPortable Review
Overall, I'd say that this is one of the best representations of the series on a portable system and by far one of the best PSP games to date. To be sure, this is the PSP's "killer app" that everyone has been looking for. Most people don't know about the underground emulation scene on the PSP so the fact that you have to update to 2.0 for the game to work won't be much of an issue at all. This is the first game I can honestly say is worth it's price tag of $49.99.
93
PSPVicioJuegos.com
En realidad no ofrece mucho más de lo que ya hemos visto en otras entregas, pero por méritos propios se convierte, sino en el mejor, en uno de los mejores del catálogo de PSP. Si además te gusta la saga, no deberías dejarlo pasar. Imprescindible.
92
PSPGame Informer Magazine
Here it is folks, the game that will likely make a large group of you actually buy a PSP. Rockstar is careful with its flagship franchise, and this title reflects the effort that it puts into all its GTA games. This is not a half-assed port; this is a full-on game chock full of all the unlockables, side-missions, and over-the-top action you've come to expect from Rockstar.
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PSPIC-Games
If you are the type that just glances at the score and the summery, we have decided to save you some time. PSP game of the year? Without a doubt. The game might not be fault free but very few games are, and what Grand Theft Auto does well is hide shortcomings with some of the greatest gameplay seen in decades.
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PSPPGNx Media
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories won’t make you a believer in the franchise if you didn’t understand why people play Grand Theft Auto so avidly. However, for the millions of us that do, having a new story and an excuse to spend more time in Vice City is more than enough. Despite its flaws, it’s hard to have more fun than you could have with Vice City Stories.
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PSPGamers.at
Riesige Umgebungen, nahezu uneingeschränkte Bewegungsfreiheit, spannende Geschichten, Abwechslung en masse, Spaß für dutzende Stunden... all diese Vorzüge definieren grob eine der erfolgreichsten Serien der Videospielgeschichte: Grand Theft Auto! Nach unzähligen Erfolgen auf den Heimkonsolen dieser Welt macht sich Rockstar nun auf, auch den Handheldmarkt zu erobern und schickt seinen ersten PSP-Sprößling in die Schlacht. Doch kann "Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories" wirklich mit seinen "großen Brüdern" mithalten?!
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PSPGameZone
I have to admit that I was skeptical when Rockstar announced that they were bringing their much-loved and controversial Grand Theft Auto series to the PSP. It’s not that I didn’t think they’d bring a game true to the franchise (the recent Grand Theft Auto for the Game Boy Advance was brilliant) but I didn’t think they’d be able to offer an experience that was a nearly as compelling or as similar to the series’ third game or Vice City or even San Andreas for that matter. Boy was I wrong. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP is everything we could have asked for in a game that offers all the things we love about the console games. Really, this is the reason you and your PSP will not be seen apart for a very long time.
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PSPElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Soon after I began playing the PSP's first entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, I stopped on a street corner in Liberty City's Hepburn Heights neighborhood and took in the scene: Some elderly pedestrians shuffle by. A biker knocks over a crossing pedestrian, who gets up, jacks the closest car, and takes off. Ah...it's good to be home.
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PSPGamesmania
Mit Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories landen die Entwickler von Rockstar Games auf Sonys PSP einen ähnlichen Hit, wie damals mit GTA 3 auf der Playstation 2. Fans des Genres kommen nicht um dieses Spiel herum – im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen PSP Spielen ist das Spiel nicht nur technisch ausgereift und relativ frei von Ladezeiten, sondern es kommt auch noch mit einer eigenständigen Story und neuen Missionen daher. Der gelungene Mehrspielermodus rundet das Gangstervergnügen zudem gekonnt ab. Wir sprechen eine klare Kaufempfehlung aus!
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PSPInto Liquid Sky
Even with obvious signs that the game is overly ambitious for the handheld console, Liberty City Stories is quite enjoyable. While the game retreads familiar territory, in more way than one, it does offer enough for fans to sit down a play for hours on end. The story may not be too in depth and the characters don't endear themselves as previous titles do, but for those that bought a PSP, Liberty City Stories pays off big.
91
PSPGaming Nexus
With a lengthy story, exciting multiplayer modes, and plenty of white-knuckle action, Liberty City Stories offers just about everything you could want from a Grand Theft Auto game. It has a few quirks, but is easily one of the best portable games of the year!
91
PSPKombo.com
The game is leaps and bounds above any other PSP title on the market. Definitely a must buy for any PSP owner.
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PSP4Players.de
Ihr habt eine PSP? Dann raus mit euch, Geld gezückt, Liberty City Stories gekauft! Der neueste GTA-Teil ist für mich das erste wirklich Muss für Sonys Handheld: das Aussehen, das Spielgefühl, die großartige Atmosphäre von GTA 3 wurde perfekt eingefangen; LCS ist kein Klein-GTA wie GTA Advance, sondern ein ausgewachsenes Grand Theft Auto, das sich da in eurer Hosentasche tummelt! Noch nie musste ich innerhalb einer Spielesession so oft den PSP-Akku nachladen - gut, das mag gegen den Akku sprechen, aber es spricht definitiv für das Spiel. Okay, die Story ist nicht die gelungenste und gelegentlich fühlt sich LCS einfach wie ein GTA3-Add-On mit einigen Verbesserungen aus Vice City an. Doch trotz der bekannten Stadt ist es ein selbständiges Game, die gut 70 Missionen halten euch mindestens 20 Stunden beschäftigt – und danach warten nochmal so viele Bonus- und Nebenaufträge! Ein großartiges Spielerlebnis, das sich kein GTA-Fan entgehen lassen sollte!
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PSPGame Shark
The game has a high replay value and provides a reasonable amount of play time. If you have a PSP and are over 18, you need to pick up this game as it really showcases what the PSP can do, and you’ll have a great time being a thug.
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PSPDefunct Games
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is not perfect, the controls are a little loose and some of the missions are painfully lame, but that shouldn't steer you away from checking out the biggest, most ambitious PSP game so far. With its multiplayer mode, mini games, and lengthy story, this is one portable game that will keep you going for dozens of hours. Jack Thompson may not appreciate how impressive this first-generation PSP game is, but that shouldn't stop you from journeying back to Liberty City for one hell of an adventure!
91
PSPGaming Age
The PSP has been missing a true killer app since its launch in the spring. Arguably, there have been a number of great games for Sony's powerful portable, but nothing really mind-blowingly huge and high profile. Until Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, of course. Without even getting into any details, if you have any interest in the Grand Theft Auto series and own a PSP; close your browser, head to a store, and pick up LCS right now. If you don't have a PSP, buy one (and a copy of the game, of course).
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PSPGame Revolution
Love 'em, hate 'em, or completely misunderstand them, just don't call the GTA games overrated. They are not. Since redefining free-form gaming with the revolutionary GTA 3 , the series has managed to not only win every major video game award in the book, but has glided through the typically inhospitable hallways of GR like that nerdy kid in the corner of your math class, acing each test without breaking a sweat or a pencil. We hate how much we like these games.
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PlayStation 2Games Radar
However, there is one last detail that made us forgive and forget all about the lack of multiplayer modes: Liberty City Stories is arriving on store shelves with a sticker price of $20. That's right - $20. So yeah; there's no multiplayer, and other GTA games are bigger or have more famous voice actors and more well-known soundtracks. But $20 for a fairly fresh GTA game on PS2 seems amazingly fair to us. You might not need this if you've played the PSP LCS - though the clearer graphics and better controls easily make this the preferred version - but everyone else should already be on the way to the store.
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PSPMeristation
¿Es GTA un título que justifica la compra de PSP por si sólo? Pues francemente, no ¿Es el mejor juego de PSP? Pues si no lo es, es uno de los tres mejores. Liberty City Stories es una experiencia portátil única, al nivel de los GTA de sobremesa, cosa que sabrá ser apreciada por los usuarios de PSP. Pero de ahí a que un único juego justifique la compra de la consola hay un trecho.
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PSPSoftpedia
The game comes with a poster of Liberty City having on the other side a map of this town of sin and vice. I don't know how the producers managed to squeeze the whole GTA 3 universe in such a small device called UMD. There must be some sort of black magic involved... And what's more, the loading times are not big at all. Here we are gamers, we're enjoying a production where you can pick up prostitutes from the street and crash and flip cars around for points. Gangster, pimp, mobster, Don, king...it's what the people that grew up watching The Godfather will like to become. And please remember...it's only a game!
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PSPBoomtown
However, for the next generation of GTA I hope Rockstar will think about where it wants to take the franchise. It’s still fun, and the shedding of all the excess weight found in San Andreas did the game good – more is not always better. But we’ve been here many times now. Will we keep buying return tickets?
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PSPThunderbolt Games
Every inch as perfect as we could have imagined, Rockstar have done it again. GTA: LCS is the absolute pinnacle of PSP entertainment, with enough variety to appeal to a wide audience and comedy to outsell the legend Bill Hicks himself (well, maybe). Essential purchase? This should be tacked, taped and stapled to the forehead of every single PSP owner out there.
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PSPPlay.tm
Nothing is perfect and even GTA LCS has its flaws. The controls feel a little awkward due to the shortage of buttons in comparison the console controller, and some of the missions feel a little basic. The cop response isn't quite as overwhelming as in the console GTA's, but overall GTA Liberty City Stories is not only an amazing technical achievement but an awesome portable game worth any PSP owner's £35.
90
PSPGamers' Temple, The
Rockstar has somehow managed to stuff everything that you love about Grand Theft Auto onto a tiny UMD disk. It may have a few quirks, issues, and annoyances, but overall Liberty City Stories provides for a lot of very enjoyable gaming. Suffice it to say that if you’re a Grand Theft Auto fan you’ll love the game. Even if you’re new to GTA, you will probably enjoy it. It is the class of the PSP system and a game that every action fan with a PSP should have in his or her library.
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PSPVideo Games Daily
The singleplayer mission may well just be a 'greatest hits' of past GTAs, and in terms of structure and mission length isn't exactly suited to a handheld machine, but this is still GTA people, come on, it's worth a punt regardless. The multiplayer hi-jinks make this an essential purchase... and just in time for Christmas too, who'd have thunk...
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PSPJolt (UK)
Nothing is perfect and even GTA LCS has its flaws. The controls feel a little awkward due to the shortage of buttons in comparison the console controller, and some of the missions feel a little basic. The cop response isn't quite as overwhelming as in the console GTA's, but overall GTA Liberty City Stories is not only an amazing technical achievement but an awesome portable game worth any PSP owner's £35.
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PSPWham! gaming
It’s really a no-brainer if you’re thinking about picking up the latest GTA game. A sure bet on any platform, GTA on the PSP is the beginning of a portable revolution, setting the bar even higher for any future games that dare challenge it as king of the PSP. Whether you want single or multiplayer, racing or shooting, structure or freedom, you’ll find it all here in abundance.
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PSPUSA Today
Mature gamers who enjoy the contentious game play and open-ended mission structure found in past Grand Theft Auto games will not be disappointed with this competent hand-held version. And if this title is any indication of what the PSP is capable of, the future looks bright for the portable platform.
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PSPGamerDad
The game is good enough to transcend minor issues, and you enjoy working to master the controls all in the name of making it to the next mission, seeing what happens next, unlocking more content and hardware. Add to that mix the unique addition of a multiplayer mode (using ad hoc local wireless) with multiple game types, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a very good game that all adult PSP owners should definitely check out.
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PSPGamestyle
Though rough around the edges, it's hard to stop playing Liberty City Stories - there's just something so indescribably fun about it. This is no kids' game, yet one can hardly help giggling like a child as they mercilessly decapitate helpless pedestrians with a sniper rifle and then steal a tank when the army is called in, using the gun turret to propel themselves forward, causing city-wide havoc. A brand new city, and a bit more spit and polish, would make this absolutely essential; for now it's merely the best version of GTA3 money can buy.
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PSPPlayDevil
After playing hours, days, weeks, I came to the conclusion that right now there is NO better game for Sony's PSP then this one. "GTA: Liberty City Stories" is the most complete, amazing, stunning game availabe for the PSP and if you were not convinced in either buying a PSP or the game, then you must be now! The game is truly GTA in the palm of your hands combined with excellent gameplay, replay, gorgeous graphics and fantastic music/sound. GTA LCS is another masterpiece coming from developer Rockstar and it really shows what the PSP was made for!
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
Liberty City Stories is a summer time treat for PS2 owners who haven't played the PSP version. Even though it's an almost direct port, the control system is vastly improved on the PS2 and the budget price just seals the deal for this full length GTA adventure. Pack your bags for Liberty City and paint the town red.
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PSPCheat Code Central
Certainly not everything is hunky dory in Liberty City, primarily due to the camera and lock on troubles, but while these will frustrate you at a few points during your time with the game, they aren't dealbreakers by any stretch. Everything you loved about Rockstar's flagship title is present and accounted for. Liberty City Stories is a full-fledged GTA adventure with all of the trimmings and more, thanks to the robust and entertaining multiplayer mode. Featuring hours upon hours of playability, the only reason you shouldn't be buying this game for your PSP is because you're under 17. All others should rush out immediately and get a ticket to Liberty City. It's a dirty, disgusting place but someone's got to make it worse.
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PSPGameCell UK
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is as good, if not better than GTA III on the PS2. That’s not to say that GTA III wasn’t pretty much THE most amazing gaming experience at the time, but in so many ways, the small but beautifully formed PSP outshines that gaming landmark, not least because you can play it whilst crimping off a length. Liberty City looks almost exactly the same, but because of the timeframe (set before the events in GTA III) some buildings are not yet there, or are under construction.
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PSPAceGamez
Unless you've been sleeping with the fishes for the past decade, you'll know what the GTA series is all about and exactly why it's so bloody popular. Offering the player nothing but freedom, you normally start off doing low paid, low profile missions to scrape by - until you prove your worth and eventually work your way up in the gangster ranks. Missions only play a small role in GTA games though; it's the unlimited sidetracks and possibilities that make the Grand Theft Auto series just what it today - a unique masterpiece. There's nothing quite like it, and those games that dare to imitate the genre that GTA has created are 'taken care of' quickly and quietly. Liberty City Stories is the first Grand Theft Auto game for the new PSP platform. Chances are, if you've managed to get hold of a PSP in this mad Christmas rush and you've paid megabucks for one, then you're going to get this game. Quite honestly, you'd be a fool not to!
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PSPDarkstation
Grand Theft Auto has been one of the most talked about video games in 2005, not only for its game, but also for that damaging Hot Coffee fiasco of San Andreas. Sure this brought up quite a bit of controversy and quite a bit of a stir among politicians, but I think a lot of GTA fans have been looking forward to the latest GTA adventure for the PSP in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Is this the same great game on a smaller screen? Read our full review to find out!
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PSPFuturegamez.net
So this is it. The game which Sony is hoping will push millions upon millions of PSP's into homes around the world this Christmas. There's little argument that GTA: Liberty City Stories is an ambitious project, for several reasons. Firstly the PSP has a slower CPU then the PS2 meaning developers had to be careful not to be seen to be taking shortcuts or filling the game with slowdown.
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PSPPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
It’s hard to believe that Grand Theft Auto III was released four years ago, banned and then re-released shortly after. The game has spawned many imitations and ultimately none have come close to matching the original. The title finally made an appearance on the Game Boy Advance last year, and it’s simply incredible how far gaming has come since then. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is the first time the series has made an appearance on a handheld in 3D - is the experience just as fresh, memorable and addictive as the console versions, or have we been seriously disappointed?
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PSPExtreme Gamer
Liberty City Stories is a brand new GTA experience for the PSP and surprisingly it works so well that you won't even miss your PS2. Liberty City Stories isn't the next Grand Theft Auto episode you have been waiting for, but it will tie you over until then.
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PSPYahoo! Games
Every installment in the Grand Theft Auto series is met with as much fanfare and hype as any motion picture or television series premiere. That is, of course, because this is the best-selling action game series of all time. GTA is as much a critical success as it is a monetary one, and for good reason: These games spawn free-roaming gameplay, high production values, and are among the most ambitious titles ever released. With Liberty City Stories on the PSP, the result can once again only be considered a bulls-eye.
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PSPComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Tom Jones, what a fine specimen of a man. Voice of the people, scourge of Las Vegas and at the top of the charts for over four decades. But you'd never see Mr. Jones battering an underworld druglord with the bonnet of a police car, would you? Which is funny because Grand Theft Auto is just as popular and doesn't even feature a Welshman, let alone the unbeatable combo of a hairy chest and Speedos. Perhaps its only ommission.
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PSPOfficial U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
Passing judgment on Liberty City Stories requires you to consider the game in two very different ways. The first, as a remarkable example of what can be done on the PSP when a developer really puts its mind to it, reveals a magnificent game that will no doubt long be a benchmark on the system. It is a fully blown, no-holds-barred Grand Theft Auto experience with all the trimmings nipped, tucked, and tweaked for a handheld.
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PSP1UP
Portable GTA? Oh sweet land of liberty!
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PSPEurogamer.net (UK)
There are two ways to look at this GTA on PSP malarkey: 1) It's dull and unadventurous. 2) It's huge, vibrant and full of endeavour. It is, by design, witty, varied and hugely endearing. There's a reason I'm not bored of the GTA formula yet, and why none of the clones have overtaken Rockstar: the most important rules that govern the world are very effective. You will be able to drive cars like a stuntman, and they will only break if you treat them like wrecking balls or flip them on their backs.
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PSPWorth Playing
I am a happy little critic today! I finally own a game that I can take on the road and piss off the Conservative Right when I'm out and about. Foul language, drug running, hookers and all the good old-fashioned fun that comes with a Grand Theft Auto title are jam-packed into GTA: Liberty City Stories for your PSP.
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PSPIGN
Few games actually change the way you feel about a platform. They take the established standard and tear it to pieces. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City (LCS) Stories is one such game. It takes the preconceptions about what a handheld can do and totally ignores them. It provides an experience so large and so complex that it's a wonder that it actually runs at all. The GTA series has always succeeded in sheer scope and complexity, and thankfully, it's no different on the as a handheld. There are no hardcore sacrifices, either. LCS uses the same kind of intricate 3D engine that put the series (and the developer) on the map with GTA III.
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PSPGameSpy
Although it's not perfect, there's no denying that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is the most ambitious title to hit the PSP to date. The amount of content in the game is simply amazing and, like the console games, you'll find yourself playing even after you've completed the main story. The developers did a great job of making the game look and feel just like the console game, too, without sacrificing any of the things that made the series great. If you're a PSP owner, this is the game you've been waiting for.
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PlayStation 2Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
First things first: Let's get the obvious question out of the way. Why would you want to play this version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories if you've already played the PSP game? Well, to be completely honest, you wouldn't. More than 900,000 people have bought the handheld version for $49.99 since it was released last October, which means there's a good chance that many of you already know what it has to offer. That said, given the popularity of the franchise, there are doubtless millions who have yet to experience Toni Cipriani's adventures and are now being given the perfect excuse to do so, thanks to the crazycheap $20 price point.
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PlayStation 21UP
It will, no doubt, be terribly fashionable to make jokes at the expense of Liberty City Stories on the PS2 over the next few weeks. The fact that it's a handheld game that has, in effect, been dumbed down slightly in its transition to a "real" console will probably be the subject of endless podcasts, blogs, and editorials. To be fair, the PS2 version is only $20. (Which raises a whole host of other questions -- like, "Why is the same game on the PSP $49.99?") So, if you're not one of the 900,000 people who bought the portable version, but are one of the 12 million rabid GTA fans out there -- it should go some way to scratching that particular type of itch. Cheaply.
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PSPPSX Extreme
The PSP has had many good games (Ridge Racer, Burnout Legends, Virtua Tennis, Hot Shots Golf) but nothing that could be considered a “killer app.” In other words, there hasn’t been a game that has been so good that people have had to go out and buy the system just to play that game. Sony and Rockstar hope that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories will do for the PSP what the GTA franchise did for the PS2. There’s no question that GTA: LCS is a remarkable achievement from a technical standpoint.
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PlayStation 2games xtreme
Any fans of Grand Theft Auto will feel right at home with this, and it should even appeal to any gamer. People who own the PSP version though will not need to worry about buying this as there are no major differences in the two versions.
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PSPGame Freaks 365
The constant streaming of level and audio content makes it impossible for this game to be what we would consider a battery saver. GTA: LCS is one of the best titles for the PSP and is great for anyone who isn't offended easily by violence, and almost always has access to a power outlet.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Taking the PSP completely out of the equation, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is definitely a smaller, less involving game than San Andreas was, and for many, regardless of price, it won't be a worthy purchase. For everyone else who has yet to play the game, at $20 there's instant appeal to return to Liberty City and see how things are 3 years before GTA III came along and made PS2 a success. The port has come off fairly well, aside from the sloppy and dark graphics, and even for a 'stripped-down' game, it's got 50 hours of play in it somewhere. The most hardcore of GTA fans probably played it on PSP the first time around, but if you didn't, there's no reason to not take another vacation to Liberty City – GTA is GTA, and for a GTA game, it's still a great title – and for such a low price, it's a can't miss experience and the biggest & best PS2 release of the summer.
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PSPDaily Game
I must admit that I never thought a game with the kind of scale and freestyle gameplay that made the Grand Theft Auto franchise such a hit could be done justice on a portable game system. But surprisingly, although Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP has some flaws, all things considered it is just as good as, and in some ways even better, that its console and PC counterparts.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
I love Grand Theft Auto, and last year’s PSP hit Liberty City Stories was a fine addition to the GTA canon. While it was easily the best PSP title to date at the time it was released, it also managed to prove a couple of important things. One, it showed that not only could the PSP handle a huge, open-world game that held its own with the console versions, it could also implement a fun and engaging multiplayer component to the mix. Two, it demonstrated that, although we’ve come to expect new worlds and characters from each new GTA, that there is plenty of fun left in some of the time periods and locales from past games.
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PSPGame Over Online
There are few franchises that have become as influential for the game industry as the Grand Theft Auto series. On the one hand, it's expanded the scope of the 3D action title immeasurably, layering the main storyline with numerous side missions and hidden secrets in a persistent world. It's also managed to fit in more fast-paced shooting, driving and other content on a single disc than seems physically possible on either the PS2 or the Xbox. Now the GTA franchise expands its turf much like your in-game character, leaping onto the PSP for a taste of crime wherever you might be. Prepare to write your own chapter of crime as we explore Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
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PSPGameSpot
Liberty City Stories has its share of minor issues, but it gets enough of the GTA look and feel in there to be an exciting portable game overall.
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PSPJeux Vidéo Magazine
Un titre exceptionnellement réussi, résultat d'un exploit technique inespéré. Bref, un jeu qui vous enflammera votre regard quand vous en reparlerez, avec nostalgie, dans quelques années.
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PSPPlayFrance
Le passage de la série Grand Theft Auto à la PSP est une réussite quasiment totale sur le plan de la réalisation : seuls le système de visée et les quelques gels d’écran occasionnels viennent ternir le tableau. De même, on est très vite absorbé par le scénario et l’envie de connaître la suite des aventures de Toni ne faiblit jamais ! En revanche, il est regrettable que Rockstar n’ait pu ou voulu proposer aux joueurs PSP un environnement inédit : même si Liberty City est une aire de jeu complète, le fait d’y avoir déjà passé de nombreuses heures sur PS2 nuit quelque peu au plaisir de jeu. En outre, quitte à proposer la même ville, on aurait aimé pouvoir la survoler comme par le passé !
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PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was a great title on the PSP, made even more exciting by the fact that there are few other games that come close in terms of size and scale. Unfortunately that isn't the case on Playstation 2 with several other games surpassing this effort in both areas - as well as technical proficiency. Still, this is a very enjoyable title and while there haven't been many changes to the game - we lose multi-player but gain a bit graphically - it's still great value at only $AU49.95. It's hard to ignore this title and we do recommend you add GTA: Liberty City Stories to your PS2 collection if you don't have the PSP version.
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PSPJeuxvideo.com
Malgré ses nombreuses similitudes avec GTA 3, GTA Liberty City Stories est un vrai nouvel épisode qui prouve encore une fois toute l'efficacité du gameplay de la série. On ne se lasse pas des poursuites en bagnoles, des fusillades et de l'ambiance mafieuse qui plane au-dessus de tout ça. Liberty City marque donc un nouveau départ sur la console portable de Sony, et on attend impatiemment de voir la suite.
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PSPPress Start Online
Liberty City Stories remains an excellent adaptation of the series though, despite issues with the control system and the difficulty curve. The fundamental strengths of Grand Theft Auto as a series remain, with satirical humour, aptly selected music and gameplay so deliciously linear as to remain pick-up-and-play. The result is a world of Grand Theft Auto which is all the more accessible and much closer to the freedom the series has always strived to achieve. Grand Theft Auto on the toilet is freedom my friends, whether you choose to multitask or not.
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PSPCyber Gaming Network (CGN)
Grand Theft Auto, the granddaddy of all controversial series, has made its way to Sony’s Playstation Portable. Undeterred by the recent “Hot Coffee” scandal, the folks at Rockstar Games have taken their flagship series and shrunk it down to a bite-sized UMD disc. Make no mistake, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories retains all of the free roaming gameplay and expansive environments as its console brethren, but sacrifices with a slight dip in graphical quality and an even more awkward control scheme due to the PSP’s button layout. Even so, the ability to take GTA’s highly immersive experience portable is priceless, thus making GTA: LCS a must-own title for the PSP.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
If you've played the PSP version, then you know that LCS is another commendable extension of the GTA franchise. It has a better story and more interesting plot lines than GTA 3 and Vice City, though San Andreas outdoes it in terms of character development -- well, with the main characters at least. LCS follows Leone mafia member Toni Cipriani through his many adventures in the three islands of the city: Portland, Staunton Island, and Shoreside Vale. You'll meet familiar characters such as Salvatore Leone (Toni's boss), Donald Love, and 8-Ball, as well incur several run-ins with the ol' Triads and Yakuza. And, as expected, there are lots of new characters to meet along the way; women, the mayor, and even Toni's mom (we soon find out Toni is an interesting breed of mama's boy).
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PSPGamers Europe
Overall then, it’s a great game - but more than that, it’s a fantastic achievement. This is full-on, full-size GTA running on a handheld. Something most of us would probably have thought impossible back when GTA III originally came out. There are a few rough edges that stop this getting a top score, but they don’t harm the sheer amount of fun you can have with this title. And if there’s a Vice City Stories in the pipeline, you can reserve me my copy now.
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PSPNetjak
It's not surprising that Liberty City Stories is still one of the PSP's top selling titles. With the popularity that Rockstar has accumulated over the years with its critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, it wouldn't be hard to make a mediocre product, slap the GTA label on it and still have the game top the charts. Thankfully, Rockstar still makes the quality of their products a top priority and Liberty City Stories is a true reflection of their great talent and ability to adapt in the industry.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Age
I have to say, I'm still partial to the PSP version since it was the platform the game was designed around to begin with. And of course, a big part of the reason I also loved the original was because it was "portable", a fact that the anti-PSP brigade seems to conveniently overlook. But for $19.99, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an absolute steal, and there's no way a non-PSP owning GTA fan (or bored summer gamer) should pass it up.
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PlayStation 2Game Vortex
All in all, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is another fine addition in the stellar library of the PS2, and long line of classic GTA titles to grace its screen. With a new storyline, and the same old solid gameplay, sounds, and graphics, this title looks to spread this glory even further. Plus, a $20 price tag out the gate ain’t too shabby either. My suggestion, go pick this title up - especially if you don’t have any other GTA title. Considering most rentals these days are $7 or more, it makes more sense to just buy it, savor every moment, and save some money in the long run.
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PSPGamer 2.0
The Grand Theft Auto series has come an extraordinarily long way in the first half of this decade. It started off as one of the most forgettable, less-than-stellar crime-spree games and became what is likely to be remembered as one of, if not the absolute greatest action-adventure franchises to ever grace the industry.
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PlayStation 2Gamernode
All in all, LCS is a wonderful game. Although it introduces nothing new to the series, LCS stands well as a sequel to a game that started a video game revolution. Those interested in finding out where the continuation of the story takes Tony will find themselves caught up in another mess to clean up, and more people to run over. Though the PS2 game excludes some fun multiplayer features, it,s a good bang for the low cost price of only twenty bucks... after all, it's Grand Theft Auto.
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
One of the biggest issues I had with the PSP version of LCS was the controls. The lack of a right analog stick was a noticeable annoyance, and the missing shoulder buttons made some situations more difficult (targeting, drive-bys, etc). This console release thankfully fixes those problems. Considering the fact that it’s available for $19.99, it’s an obvious recommendation for the hordes of GTA fans. Those that have become tired of the format of the series probably won’t be as enthusiastic about it, however.
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PlayStation 2PGNx Media
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has a number of mishaps and annoyances, some of them which are borderline frustration. On the PlayStation Portable this was forgiven because GTA: LCS brought a console-like Grand Theft Auto experience to the handheld. These problems are less excusable on the PS2 especially compared to the recent games in the series. However, if you haven’t played Liberty City Stories, you’ll find enough good in the game to justify the $20 price tag.
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PlayStation 2GameZone
The impact Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2 made on the game industry was overwhelming to the point that the “sandbox” gameplay influenced other games on several other consoles including the next-generation of consoles. The series itself evolved with Vice City and the controversial gaming masterpiece that is San Andreas but the series most impressive addition came in the form of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the Sony PSP. Liberty City Stories not only brought many of the things we love about the series but it was also an entertaining story true to the crime stories of past GTA games. Therefore, for those who might have missed it the first time or do not own Sony’s portable gaming machine, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a return to one of our favorite cities.
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Mit GTA Liberty City Stories wurde ein für PSP Verhältnisse sehr guter Titel auf die Playstation 2 portiert. Fans der Serie bekommen neue, herausfordernde Missionen geboten, müssen sich dafür jedoch mit den technischen Schwächen abfinden. Der günstige Verkaufspreis ist wohl ein Eingeständnis für die offensichtlichen Defizite. Trotzdem ist das Spiel ein guter Vertreter der beliebten Serie und bietet ausreichend Spielspaß für kleines Geld. Schade nur, dass der gelungene Mehrspielermodus nicht auch seinen Weg auf die Heimkonsole gefunden hat.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Ich zitiere mich mal eben selbst: »Okay, die Story ist nicht die gelungenste und gelegentlich fühlt sich LCS einfach wie ein GTA3-Add-On mit einigen Verbesserungen aus Vice City an« schrieb ich im Fazit des PSP-Tests – und gerade der letzte Punkt trifft doppelt auf die PS2-Version zu. Als Bindeglied zwischen den anderen drei großen GTAs macht es seinen Job dennoch super. Aber: Es macht ihn schlechter als auf der PSP, nicht nur optisch: es geht selten gut, wenn man das Bild eines Mini-Screens auf TV-Größe aufpustet, ohne dabei an Texturen, 3D-Modelle oder Geschwindigkeitsoptimierung zu denken. Der wichtigere Punkt ist, dass es für PS2-Verhältnisse spielerisch auf der Stelle tritt – es gibt mittlerweile ziemlich viel, größtenteils hausgemachte Konkurrenz. Ganz zu schweigen von dem nicht mehr vorhandenen Mehrspielermodus, der auf der PSP eine mittelschwere Revolution war!
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PlayStation 2TotalVideoGames (TVG)
The question you have to ultimately ask yourself is whether you need more GTA. For the many fanatics out there having GTA: Liberty City Stories in the collection is essential just for completions sake, so in this regard the PS2 adaptation certainly serves a purpose and at a price that fits; however, it makes no claims about pushing the series forwards and does feel slightly aged on the PS2, leaving the storyline and characters as the major pull through the game. Should you pick up GTA: Liberty City Stories, well that all depends on how much of a GTA fanatic you consider yourself to be.
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PSPEurogamer.fr
Quoi qu’il en soit, cet UMD n’en reste pas moins une référence incontournable sur la PSP, l’un des meilleurs jeux d’action à la troisième personne sur le support, doté de plus d’une durée de vie phénoménale lorsque l’on s’y plonge sérieusement.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
"Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories" é uma cópia fiel da edição para PSP. Mas se no portátil a dimensão do jogo impressionava, tudo isso parece bem modesto no PS2, e o intuito da produtora parece ser a imensa popularidade do videogame. Ou seja, sem nenhum extra, os que já jogaram a edição para portátil não tem rigorosamente nenhum motivo para refazer a aventura. Ainda que tenha uma escala menor, "Liberty City Stories" ainda é um "GTA". Melhor ainda com um preço econômico, que beira os US$ 20.
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PSPModojo
I originally wanted to slap it with a seemingly deserved three out of five, but every time that I'd come close I would blaze through the city on a bike, run over someone with a fire truck, or laugh at one of the excellent radio commercials or talk show sequences. Unlike the rabid fans I'm not sleeping with Liberty City Stories but I am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, and for that reason alone, I'm awarding it with a four.
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PSPBordersdown
There can be no denying that in terms of sheer enjoyment and worth, the game delivers exactly what its pre-release promised. As ever with GTA, the flaws and problems can be overlooked for the sheer amount of things which do work, though what Liberty City Stories shows more than any other recent title in the series, is that this can’t go on forever.
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PlayStation 2TTGamer
GTA Liberty City Stories gives fans more of what they wanted before the next game in 2007. If you go in not expecting a brand new GTA you will find a nice cheap filler full of action and storyline to keep you going for a little while at least – easily a bargain for its AU$50 price tag.
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PlayStation 2videogamer.com
Discerning GTA fans will notice that Rockstar's latest isn't quite up to the hugely high standard that the first three PlayStation 2 games have set, but Liberty City Stories is still a GTA game, and ticks most of the boxes. This isn't a follow-up to San Andreas, and as long as you go into the game knowing that you're playing a game originally designed for the PSP, you'll find it hard to spend £20 on a better purchase this summer.
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PlayStation 2TotalPlayStation
So the game looks a mess; it runs with the clunkiness of hastily-assembled quick-and-dirty port. It's still Liberty City Stories at heart, which means you get to rip around on a crotch rocket, you get to see some buildings before they were built in GTA III (or, blow some others up as the case may be), explore more of Shoreside Vale, and experience the formation of what would later be the world of Grand Theft Auto III from an entirely new perspective.

Since the core game is the same, I invite you to check out our full review of the PSP version, where I gushed over the thing in plenty of detail. The adage of "you get what you pay for" holds true here, and despite some technical shortcomings, this is a GTA worth checking out. And really, for $20 and a good 50 hours of stuff to do, there's probably no better bang for your buck.
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PlayStation 2Boomtown
It's a fun little romp that returns to some of the classic elements of the GTA series after the stylistic bump in the road that was San Andreas. And thanks to this game I get to write something positive about the GTA series instead of the latest bonkers rant from Jack Thompson. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories does exactly what it says on the tin, and does it well.
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PlayStation 2GotNext
Despite a few bumps on the road, Liberty City Stories ends up being a solid and fun game. Liberty City was always a well-designed playground, and its re-use ends up feeling like a homecoming. The annoying glitches are overwhelmed by the sheer addictive nature of the gameplay, whether it's looking for trouble or going on any of the dozens of missions. There's always something else to do.
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PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Does LCS on the PS2 offer the usual GTA goodness? Yes, but its quality bar is way lower than you might be used to. It’s the best $20 worth of GTA you could ask for, and it will serve as a nice stop-gap title before GTAIV sees the light of day. If players understand the scaled-down nature of this budget title before they delve into it, they’re bound to enjoy most of it. The best way to explain Liberty City Stories (either on the PSP or PS2) is by calling it Diet GTA. What is there is very likeable, but it will leave a bad aftertaste in the mouth of some of its users.
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PlayStation 2Gameplanet
Even though it does seem like the makers are just trying to cash in because it is a straight copy to console, Liberty City Stories does have some benefits. With all the niggles in the latest installment of GTA on PS2, this one is still a great game to have.
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PlayStation 2GameCell UK
Regardless of the idiotic and annoying targeting/lock on system (it’s so bad that it will needlessly get you killed at least once and made me swear like a chav) the overall experience is pure GTA, with all its joys; superb individual vehicle handling, comic book violence, variety, freedom and irreverent humour in game and on the radio stations (the soundtrack isn’t great but the radio is still well worth a listen). If you’re new to GTA games then I’d say don’t start with this one (get Vice City first), but if you’re a fan (and most normal people are) then you obviously need to play this instalment through. Some control issues and a feeling that it could have been so much more if it had been given the full ”San Andreas treatment” don’t stop this from being one of the best games of the year so far, and light years ahead of most of the humourless, unimaginative and jaded rubbish out there.
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PlayStation 2AceGamez
Don’t expect Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories to be as good as San Andreas and you’ll be happy, that’s the bottom line. When you shell out half the price of a regular game for GTA: LCS, you really are getting a good deal, and if you never played GTA III then it’s a great deal! Plus it looks great sat alongside the other three GTA titles, with similarly themed box art! Sorry, that’s the collector/pack-rat inside of me coming out... Liberty City Stories is a great expansion of the Liberty story and backdrop, and gives PS2 owners the fix they need while they wait for the next instalment, Grand Theft Auto IV, which is still over a year away, leaving plenty of time for the release of another GTA game like, say, Vice City Stories… Go on, Rockstar – you know you want to!
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PSPDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Liberty City Stories is the killer application the PSP needed at launch. It is no less a killer app now. I just wanted to see this game at the PSP launch. It has been rumored that LCS has been in development for over two years after all. This is defiantly the game to pick up for Christmas if you have a PSP owner on your list. It is not often that a portable game packs more game play then its console brother.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
As was the case on PSP then, LCS is thoroughly familiar. The point is that you don't mind. We're not sick of the formula, and what's here is a fine distillation of the series' high points to date. A lack of flourish and invention, along with a tired set of on-foot mechanics, rob it of a higher mark - but too much stands in its favour not to recommend it.
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PlayStation 23DAvenue
GTA Liberty City Stories gives fans more of what they wanted before the next game in 2007. If you go in not expecting a brand new GTA you will find a nice cheap filler full of action and storyline to keep you going for a little while at least – easily a bargain for its AU$50 price tag.
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PlayStation 2IGN
The first title Rockstar Games developed for the PSP set a new standard for handhelds. No real surprise there. Its previous efforts, mainly the seminal GTA III, did pretty much the same thing for the PS2 back in 2001. Each presented virtual playgrounds bursting with crime, corruption and intrigue -- and they each flaunted an overwhelming sense of style and sleaze. It's a blend that proved very successful, both from a critical and commercial standpoint.
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PSPG4 TV: X-Play
Fans of the Grand Theft Auto series will no doubt welcome a return to the city that skyrocketed the series into the stratosphere. It's been far too long since we visited Liberty City, with its surly inhabitants, mobbed-up elite, and sleazy red-light district. And while Liberty City Stories sits precariously on the line between sequel and rehash, the same could be said about Vice City and San Andreas as well, and there's no denying that each of those were trips worth taking.
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PSPGameDaily
To read other reviews that are polluting the Internet's very digital fabric, it's quite obvious that most journalists have a warped sense of reality, because to them, Rockstar's latest gangster adventure, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was forged by a god that just so happened to let us mere mortals delight in its sheer brilliance. But as I played this game (and thoroughly enjoyed it), I just didn't see this apparent immortal craftsmanship. Therefore, I'm not going to BS you and use this review as a vehicle to gush like an open wound. Liberty City Stories is a solid game and a great addition to the PSP's growing library. Period.
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PSPGames Radar
Four years ago, Grand Theft Auto III changed the way people think about video games, introducing gamers to free-form gameplay and a decidedly adult tone. And while Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories takes us back to the same old territory, it's just as revolutionary. Not because the things it does are new or innovative, but because it does them on a handheld.
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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
LCS is still an enjoyable game and one that every GTA fan needs to play. Hopefully you have a PSP so you can play it the way it was intended. If not, the PS2 version will offer a suitable replacement as long as you don’t know what you are missing.
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PlayStation 2NZGamer
It’s not that Liberty City Stories is a bad game. As a flagship title for a handheld system, it must have been a very impressive addition to the PSP gaming library. Unfortunately, seasoned PS2 owners and Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts have come to expect more from their favorite series. This game retains the core gameplay of the previous titles while taking out most of the extra stuff, leaving you with a decent character embarking on the adventure that will define his career. It really boils down to what you want from your Grand Theft Auto games; fans of San Andreas will likely despise this game for its simplistic style, while others will appreciate this game for what it offers. Don’t buy this game expecting it to be something revolutionary or amazing. Liberty City Stories will never live up to its console-based brethren, but exist in its own little handheld-ported niche.
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PlayStation 2Jolt (UK)
In the grand scheme of things, we’d probably rate GTA: Liberty City stories as being somewhere between GTA III and GTA: Vice City. That should give you some level of guidance when considering whether or not the £20 asking price is worth it. For the completist it certainly is, and if supports further development of PSP titles, we’re not complaining, but in all honesty, if you really want to play Liberty City Stories and haven’t yet, you should consider biting the bullet and getting the PSP version.
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PlayStation 2Daily Game
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a worthwhile extension to modern classic that deserves play. While the PlayStation 2 version isn't nearly as impressive as the original release on PlayStation Portable, it manages to improve with better controls and a budget price. Murky visuals and rather short missions prevent it from being in the same league as other Grand Theft Auto titles, but it is nevertheless enjoyable. For those who have played through the PSP version, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories doesn't hold much else for you on PlayStation 2; yet, those who haven't jumped onto this latest crime spree are recommended to pick it up.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
If you're a fan of any previous Grand Theft Auto games, and you didn't play Liberty City Stories on the PSP, there's no reason that you won't have a great time with this game - especially at $20. If you played the heck out of the game on the PSP, there's really no reason to play it again on the PSP, as it hasn't really been improved in any way. Don't think of it as a sequel to San Andreas; think of it as an inexpensive way to pass the time while waiting for GTA to appear on the PlayStation 3.
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PlayStation 2Meristation
Liberty City Stories es un capítulo atípico en la serie. Si se le exige estar al mismo nivel que el exponente San Andreas, no dará la talla por su concepción originalmente portátil y diferencias en el desarrollo. Pero si se tienen en cuenta sus antecedentes y se le acepta tal y como es, todos los seguidores de la serie acabarán disfrutando esta carismática continuación de GTAIII. No se debe esperar un apartado gráfico mucho más allá de esta tercera parte, algo que supondrá un esfuerzo debido al paso de los años y a lo bien acostumbrados que Rockstar nos ha tenido en el pasado, lo mismo que con los añadidos que se implementaron sobre CJ.
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PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Au final, même si ce Grand Theft Auto reste un bon jeu il se révèle inutile pour les possesseurs de la version PSP. L’intérêt est encore faible pour les connaisseurs de GTA III qui sont certainement passés chez CJ à San Andreas. Seuls les néophytes de cette série trouveront là un terrain de jeu plein de surprises. Que de regrets lorsque l’on pense à tout ce qui aurait pu être ajouté à ce jeu avec un peu plus de temps! Rockstar North n’a toutefois pas osé nous proposer ces aventures à 60€, mais à 30. Cette conversion PS2 reste donc tout de même une belle poule aux œufs d’or.
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PlayStation 2Deeko
For a price of $19.99, those who don't own a PSP or are a fan of the series should definitely pick this up as an appetizer for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto: IV for the PS3.
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PlayStation 2Armchair Empire, The
In the end, though, Liberty City Stories does manage to provide some good times. While the game isn’t as robust as, say, Vice City or San Andreas, there is still plenty to keep one’s self busy, and the $20US price tag certainly doesn’t hurt either.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
Games aren't to be judged solely on how they are as standalone titles any more; these days, a game can't get a score without being put on trial against its peers. Liberty City Stories is entirely playable and excelled in its initial format on the PSP, where it was uncontested. As a first romp into the world of 3D Grand Theft Auto games, it's still worth taking a look at, too. However, both Vice City and San Andreas are better games, and GTA3, if you can find it, will provide almost identical play for a good $5 to $10 less. Even at its bargain bin price of a single Jackson, Liberty City Stories is outclassed by every single one of its competitors on the PlayStation 2.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
C'est vrai, on aurait préféré un nouveau GTA. C'est vrai aussi que l'adaptation de la PSP vers la PS2 n'est pas ce qu'il y a de mieux en terme de réalisation et de contenu. Cela dit, ce GTA-là parvient à garder quasiment intact le charme de la série. Alors même si on peste contre les choses qu'on aurait aimé trouver (de meilleurs graphismes, plus de voitures et de motos, des objectifs plus nombreux), on se surprend à ne plus lâcher la manette et à enchaîner mission sur mission. La série tourne peut-être en rond, mais elle parvient une nouvelle fois à nous entraîner dans sla danse avec elle.
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PSPGamezine
Si GTA LCS est clairement bluffant à regarder tourner sur PSP, il n’en reste pas moins qu’il n’apporte pas grand chose à tous ceux qui se sont déjà essayés aux précédents GTA. Ceci dit, l’adaptation sur console portable est plutôt réussie grâce à des missions qui sont raccourcies et à un mode multijoueur inédit. Bref, les fans se demandent quand ils auront droit à un tout nouveau GTA. Si vous ne vous êtes jamais essayé aux GTA (et que vous avez plus de 18 ans), foncez car il s’agit quand même d’un des meilleurs jeux PSP à l’heure actuelle.
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PSPGamingExcellence
Grand Theft Auto fans can finally take their hooker-clubbing, gun-toting, crime-spree action on the run, with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on the PSP. It essentially takes the series’ well-known formula of a sandbox-style form of gameplay, and brings it to the handheld. Anyone who’s ever played a Grand Theft Auto game will know exactly what LCS is all about. You, Toni Cipriani, a small-time criminal, must rise your way through the ranks of crime, taking over Liberty City. Yes, Liberty City. If you’ve played Grand Theft Auto III, you’ll likely find this exceedingly similar in location, as it takes place in the exact same place, albeit prior to the events of GTA III.
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PlayStation 2Gamer 2.0
If this is going to be your first GTA game you may want to skip this outing and start at the beginning of the GTA revolution, that being the Grand Theft Auto III. You can find it for the same price, or even less if you shop the used racks. Conversely, if you’ve wanted to re-explore Liberty City and don’t have a PSP, this is the game for you. Despite most of the game being less than phenomenal, it still is a good game and doesn’t do much wrong to the series. It’s a game that is absolutely worth the price charged, but definitely not worth anything more than that. GTA: Liberty City Stories is a short, less-than-perfect experience that could have used another year or so in the oven for fine-tuning. It’s a dish best served on a handheld where standards are lower.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
En conclusión, Liberty City Stories como expansión no resulta mala, si bien es una pena que no se hayan podido incluir más detalles, como algunas misiones extra- más largas y complejas- en la conversión a PS2. Tampoco se ha mantenido, lamentablemente, ninguna variación del modo multijugador de PSP, lo cual hace que la versión en consola pequeña sea francamente superior, y no solamente por su naturaleza portátil. El resultado final es un juego que por si solo resulta bastante limitado y ciertamente corto, pero que por aparecer a un precio reducido ya no puede decirse que sea mala compra. Si lo que buscas es una expansión de GTA3, esto te gustará. Si por otro lado lo que quieres es un nuevo GTA, te vas a llevar una buena decepción.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
The Grand Theft Auto series and the PlayStation 2 have gone hand in hand, which each game debuting on the PS2 before it travels to other consoles. That all changed with the release of last year's side story, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. This game, designed to take advantage of the PSP's hardware, was an impressive technical feat, managing to pack in a lot of what made the "big" GTA games so memorable. But it fell short in a few key spots, most notably the story, the characters, and the series' biting sense of style and satire. That stuff was easy to overlook when you could carry Liberty City around in your back pocket. But on the PS2, where you can compare it directly to the three Grand Theft Auto games that have appeared there, the whole package is significantly less interesting, even considering the PS2 port's budget price.
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PlayStation 2GameDaily
Liberty City Stories is by no means a terrible game, as it still manages to deliver most of the goods we remember from the PSP effort we went through last year in console form. But it could've used a little bit of touching-up to go along with its terrific price, so that the game could've gotten the same kind of respect and recognition that its previous chapters received. It's time for Rockstar to go back to work on something new, something blazing, something that shifted the paradigm just like GTA III did years ago, and I have a good feeling they can do it with next year's forthcoming fourth chapter. In the meantime, give Liberty City a second visit on rental and then decide if it deserves a permanent residence with you.
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PlayStation 2Video Games Daily
If it's wasn't for the budget price, it would be much more difficult to look past the flaws inherent in this port. The whole project smacks of squeezing more money out of the work Rockstar Leeds did. I've got no problem with this. What I do have a problem with is the frustration that comes with playing Grand Theft Auto games sometimes. If you're the type of person who loved the last three console games (and, most importantly, you didn't play the PSP version), pick this one up. As long as you keep in mind that what you're playing was meant for the portable and you didn't spend all that much money to buy this one, you'll be fine.
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PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
It’s not that Liberty City Stories is a bad game. As a flagship title for a handheld system, it must have been a very impressive addition to the PSP gaming library. Unfortunately, seasoned PS2 owners and Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts have come to expect more from their favorite series. This game retains the core gameplay of the previous titles while taking out most of the extra stuff, leaving you with a decent character embarking on the adventure that will define his career. It really boils down to what you want from your Grand Theft Auto games; fans of San Andreas will likely despise this game for its simplistic style, while others will appreciate this game for what it offers. Don’t buy this game expecting it to be something revolutionary or amazing. Liberty City Stories will never live up to its console-based brethren, but exist in its own little handheld-ported niche.
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PlayStation 2PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories was an enjoyable game on the PSP and it's still enjoyable on the PlayStation 2, but so are the other three Grand Theft Auto titles on the PlayStation 2. A rather pointless port but still an enjoyable game available at a budget price point.
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PlayStation 2GamingExcellence
At the end of the day, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is still a lot of fun to play given that most game play elements that fans have come to enjoy are intact. Unfortunately, key elements of the franchise's presentation that made past installments in the series so memorable don't show up here. Heads should roll at Rockstar for the lame soundtrack. I wasn't expecting any huge improvements on other games in the series, but I didn't anticipate such a let down either. I guess we'll have to wait for a next generation GTA game in order to see the bar raised for this genre of game. As it stands this entry is a significant downgrade from others in the series after playing San Andreas. Rent it if you have to see how Tony Cipriani's story plays out, but take it from a GTA nut – it's not a bad game, but you won't find it on my GTA wall of fame anytime soon.
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PlayStation 2Fragland.net
I can imagine that a conversation like the fictional one above somehow started development on the PS2 port of last year's widely celebrated PSP game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. But hey: mission accomplished: for several weeks now, LCS is doing well in the sales charts of the US and Europe, in large part due to its low retail price of 25$/20€.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
So, let this serve as a caveat. There are people are going to snatch this game up no matter what. GTA on home consoles has practically given Rockstar a license to print money. And for those who neither own a PSP, nor ever plan to buy one, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is by no means a terrible game. It's just a very slapped-together title that shows that direct ports of handheld games to PS2 probably aren't a great idea. Granted, there are worse things people could buy for $20, but PSP owners won't find anything new here. And if you haven't played any of the other GTA games, then pick those up before you grab this one. Otherwise, for Grand Theft Auto fans who've mauled the other games, don't own a PSP, and want something to occupy their hot summer nights, this is definitely a good buy for the money.
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PSPGamesAreFun.com (GAF)
When the PSP first launched, it seemed to lack a true "hit". Of course there are hits in comparison to the current PSP library, such as WipEout Pure, Ridge Racer, and Lumines, but there were no Devil May Crys Socoms, or GTAs. Well, obviously that's changed now with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories out at retail, but is it that AAA title that the PSP really needed at launch?
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PlayStation 2Gamer.nl
Ports van de PS2 naar de PSP zijn meer regel dan uitzondering. Het is dan ook verrassend dat een game als Gran Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories naar de PS2 wordt geport. Het lijkt in ieder geval een trend te gaan worden, want verschillende ontwikkelaars zijn inmiddels bezig games te porten van de PSP naar de PS2. De gelijkenis in hardware, plus het extra geld dat men kan krijgen, zijn hiervan waarschijnlijk de oorzaak. Inherent aan PSP games is echter wel dat deze moeten inleveren op een aantal opties zoals graphics en gameplay. Laten we kijken of Rockstar deze omzetting heeft gebruikt om van de handheld-versie van Liberty City Stories wel een volwaardige consolegame te maken.
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PlayStation 2Gamer Within
In many cases, the original is always the best, which can be a perfect summary for the arrival of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on the PS2. When played on the PSP, the game can be considered as being a technical feat, and is a perfect offering of GTA-goodness for gamers on the go. With the core design of the game being targeted towards a handheld platform, however, throwing the game onto a console platform without making any significant changes or improvements does feel rather awkward. Given the recent treat of San Andreas that we have all been treated to, going back and playing a game that doesn’t offer half of the welcomed innovations that San Andreas included feels like a step backward. For true fans of the series, Liberty City Stories is the best fix of free-roaming, violent and humorous action that you’re going to get for some time – as long as you haven’t already played the game on the PSP.
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PlayStation 2Game Shark
So, even at $19.99, is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories worth the money? I’d have to give a qualified. “yes.” Sure it is a cheap way for Rockstar to give fans a dose of GTA and make a few shekels while we all wait for Grand Theft Auto 4 on the next gen consoles, but if you like GTA in any of its PS2-or-later versions and have tired of the same missions over and over, I don’t think you’ll be really disappointed with GTA: Liberty City Stories’ slightly inferior production values. There is nothing new here in gameplay, but you’ll probably enjoy the new missions. A solid but unspectacular B- score.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
While we’re on the subject of worth, the $20 price tag definitely makes this package more compelling. Liberty City Stories is unequivocally the lamest GTA to appear on the PS2, the first real blemish on its hitherto clean record, but that doesn’t make it a bad game. All the criminal insanity you’ve come to know and love from this series is here, warts and all, and considering the low cost, that’s nothing to scoff at. Then again, the lack of new content and rough graphics make this the first GTA not worth breaking a kneecap over.
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PlayStation 2Defunct Games
If you've never played the PSP version of Liberty City Stories then by all means check this PlayStation 2 port out. However, I found that the PSP version of the game was just a much better experience, not to mention that it features sharper graphics and your own homemade soundtrack. For $20 the game may be worth buying for collectors of the series, just don't expect anything on the same level of San Andreas or Vice City.
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PSPGame Critics
The most common bit of praise that will probably be heaped on Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is how well it has made the jump to a portable system. Where it stumbles is that it has brought every one of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series' faults along too, before adding a few new ones of its own—problems that are only magnified by the game's portability.
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PSPThe Next Level
Liberty City Stories is a great Grand Theft Auto game, but it's really not going to be fun unless you have the time to sit down and dig into it. If you're going to do that, you might as well play either of the San Andreas console iterations and enjoy all the gameplay additions that we've become accustomed to in the last four years.
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PSPGame Critics
While it's true that I did hand out my one and only ten to San Andreas, it's safe to say that Liberty City Stories is no San Andreas. Newcomers to GTA might get some mileage out of this UMD, but it'll offer nothing to anyone who's already had their fill of Rockstar's premier franchise. In fact, this game is the perfect example of why porting and one-offing PS2 games to the PSP is a poor strategy. I don't want the same kind of experience that I already get at home, I want to see ideas that take advantage of this new platform. Lukewarm software that rehashes old offerings ain't gonna cut it.
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PSPMygamer.com
Have you ever eaten a perfect cheeseburger? A burger so fresh, so tender that it absolutely dwarfs everything ever eaten before it… with melted cheese softly dripping off the edges, lettuce freshly cut bringing a slight crisp to the overall texture, and a tomato so ripe you could eat it like an apple. This perfect burger might have cost a little bit more money than you are used to, but it was well worth its price. After eating such a fine piece of beef, how can one go back to eating the greasy, low-grade McDonald’s double cheeseburger?
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PlayStation 2Netjak
So I guess if you preferred the gameplay of GTA III or Vice City over San Andreas, then this is probably a good deal for you. Others might want to give this a rental just to blow through the story. Just don't expect anything ground-breaking you've come to expect from the GTA series, or else you'll be sorely disappointed like I was, even at the sub-$20 price point.
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PlayStation 2Snackbar-Games.com
Even though the game is budget priced, I recommend renting it. With the lack of added features, the fact remains that it is "just a port" and that it is not too long compared to other GTA games… it simply can't justify a purchase for me.
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PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play
The rest of the Grand Theft Auto series is dirt cheap now, and offers better gameplay in a far more massive world, with vastly superior graphics. So, unless you have absolutely maxed out on all things GTA, it’s unlikely that Liberty City Stories will be anything but a minor curiosity. For the price, it’s worth a look for fans (especially those who never had the chance to play the PSP version), but don’t expect a full-on Grand Theft Auto experience.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Nexus
Liberty City Stories is a great PSP game that didn't need to be ported to the PlayStation 2. If you're in the market for a Grand Theft Auto game on Sony's current generation console it's better you stick with Vice City or San Andreas.