Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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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.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PlayStation 2 Title screen
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Vic's brother Lance. Maybe you remember him from <moby game="Grand Theft Auto: Vice City">GTA: Vice City</moby>
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Loading screen
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Vic's wardrobe

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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A step back in time and a step back for the series. PlayStation 2 Big John WV (25498)
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Critic Reviews

UGO (UnderGroundOnline) PSP 2006 A- 91
3DAvenue PSP Nov 25, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamesRadar PSP 2006 9 out of 10 90
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven PSP Nov 19, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Atomic Gamer PSP Nov 06, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Game Freaks 365 PSP Jan 13, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 May, 2007 7.75 out of 10 78
Meristation PlayStation 2 Mar 07, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 2 Apr 13, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
GameDaily PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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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.


  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best PSP Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 Best Licensed Soundtrack of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2007 - Handheld Game of the Year

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