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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
74
3.6
PlayStation 3
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...
PSP
85
4.1
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Description

Vice City Stories is a prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2 years earlier) and it is the sequel to Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Set in 1984, players take on the role of Vic Vance, an army soldier who loves his country, family, and himself. One bad decision turns everything around and he is kicked onto the streets of a tough city. He has to build an empire to survive, or be left to die. Together with his brother Lance, a drug addict, the siblings try to take over Vice City.

Just like other GTA titles, gameplay consists of third-person shooting and driving sequences in an open environment. You will meet new enemies and gangs, and old foes. The missions require you to kill with a selection of weapons, steal vehicles such as a car, a boat, or a plane, rob to make it big, or just to have fun. New features for the portable version include swimming, and side missions such as Air Rescue, Vigilante, Firefighter, and Paramedic.

Similar to San Andreas' gang wars, this title has an Empire mode. To make money, you have to take over businesses from other gangs. By attacking and damaging rival businesses, it will be put up for sale, for you to take over. With a new building constructed, you can then choose an activity such as prostitution, drugs, protection racket, smuggling, robbery, or work as a loan shark. These activities earn money and the location in the city influences the revenue.

Multiplayer is available over Wi-Fi with ten different game modes, either focusing on fighting (Vice City Survivor), businesses (Empire Takedown), racing (Street Rage), stealing/selling (Grand Theft Auto), capture the flag game types, or games centered around a single vehicle such as a tank.

Screenshots

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Looking for a new mission
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP A great addition to classic gameplay: you can pay a bribe of just $2000 to get your weapons back after you are killed or busted
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Vic is drugged
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP At an illegal shooting range looking for guns

Alternate Titles

  • "俠盜獵車手:罪惡城市" -- Taiwan title
  • "GTA: Vice City Stories" -- Informal title
  • "GTA:VCS" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

A step back in time and a step back for the series. PlayStation 2 Big John WV (25291)
Perfect for Misogynist PlayStation 2 lasttoblame (393)
GTA in your hands PSP Mario Duenaz (32)

The Press Says

GameZone PSP Nov 08, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
PGNx Media PSP Nov 03, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
AceGamez PSP 2006 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online PSP Dec 20, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot PSP Nov 03, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Lawrence PSP Nov 21, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
videogamer.com PSP Nov 21, 2006 8 out of 10 80
AceGamez PlayStation 2 2007 8 out of 10 80
Pocket Gamer UK PSP Nov 09, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2007 3.7 out of 5 74

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Trivia

German version

In the German version there are a number of changes:
  • People on the ground can't be hurt with melee weapons
  • All blood effects and decapitations were removed
  • There are no bloody tire tracks when driving over a corpse
  • Killed people don't leave money behind
  • The two body count and the special attacks statistics were removed.

Awards

  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2007 - Handheld Game of the Year

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